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(A Poetic) Friday Fan Art

June 15, 2012

11 year-old Abby from Clapham, England is quite a fan of The Spider & The Fly. “How big of a fan?” you ask. She’s such an awesome fan that she penned an awesome sequel. Check it out.

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io9 Has Seen the Future

June 7, 2012

I can’t tell you what a thrill it is when a media blog that I adore (like the Hero Complex and Geekdad) posts about something I’ve created. Especially when the post has nice things to say.

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Friday Fan Art

June 1, 2012

This week’s Friday Fan Art is from Paige, an artist whom I met on tour that found creative inspiration from the WondLa series.  (more…)

Another WONDLAful Tour!

May 26, 2012

This year marked a decade of touring for my books (the first tour being for The Spider & the Fly back in the fall of 2002). And, though the travel hasn’t become less stressful, I still love coming to a bookstore, school or library and talking books. I can’t thank you all enough for making it all worth the while. (more…)

LA Times Interview

May 11, 2012

Geoff Boucher, of the LA Times, asked me a few key questions on the challenges of writing the second book in a trilogy. See what I had to say over at the Hero Complex.

GeekDad Interview

May 11, 2012

Jonathan Liu, of Wired magazine, has posted an in-depth interview where we talk WondLa, reading, and being all around geeky dads. Take a look.

“Hero” Featured on CNN

May 7, 2012

Saturday (May 5th) I flew up to Atlanta and had the opportunity to talk all things WondLa with CNN’s Randi Kaye. (more…)

Wired Loves HERO!

May 4, 2012

Jonathan Liu’s (Wired magazine) stellar review of The Search for WondLa a couple of years back, made me one happy geek. Especially because it was posted on Wired’s Geekdad blog, which is like a big kid’s blog custom-made with everything I adore in this world. (more…)

Doodle for Google Finalists!

May 3, 2012

I helped choose the 50 State Winners from the nearly 114k entries to this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest. (more…)

Sneak a Peek at HERO

May 2, 2012

With less than a week remaining until the release of A Hero for WondLa, I thought you may like to see a sample of the 50+ illustrations I rendered for the book. (more…)

Friday Fan Art

April 27, 2012

It’s been an art-filled week here in DiTerlizziland reviewing entries for the Wonders of the Future WondLa Giveaway; so for this weeks FFA I’d like to come back from the future to take a look at the fantastic. (more…)

Paperback WondLa

April 25, 2012

This week, The Search for WondLa was released in paperback. Its now at an affordable softcover price, and yet, still retains the plethora of 2-colored interior art – yay!

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“Wonders of the Future” Winners!

April 24, 2012

My latest contest seemed simple enough, but in fact, it was a rigorous exercise in imagination: show me your vision of the future.

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Walla Walla Event 4/17

April 16, 2012

For my readers in Washington, I’ll be signing tomorrow night (with Andrea Pinkney) as part of Walla Walla Kids Read.

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A (Fey-riffic) Friday Fan Art

April 13, 2012

Herb Leonhard is a fantasy illustrator whom I was introduced to years ago when I contributed an image for Tori Amos’ RAINN calendar.

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The Spring 2012 HERO Tour

April 3, 2012

Finally! I have details of my May HERO FOR WONDLA book tour that I can share. I hope to see you there!

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A Masterful Friday Fan Art

March 30, 2012

(*Parents, teachers: This week’s FFA involves a naturalistic depiction of a mermaid. Thus, she wears no seashell-bikini.)

I’ve seen lots of wonderful submissions for Friday Fan Art over the years. Each time a drawing, painting or sculpture arrives in my studio inbox, I am over the moon with joy that my work has inspired others. However, every once and awhile something comes in that completely BLOWS MY MIND.

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Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Con

March 27, 2012

While we put together the final details of my spring tour for A Hero for WondLa, I can tell you that I will be attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers & illustrators (SCBWI) summer conference in Los Angeles, California from August 3rd through the 6th.

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“Wonders of the Future” WondLa Giveaway!

March 23, 2012

As many of you know, the second installment of The Search for WondLa trilogy is about to hit shelves in May, but here is your chance to read the book and see the art before everybody else – announcing the “Wonders of the Future” Wondla Giveaway Contest!

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“Hero” in Stores May 8th!

March 12, 2012

Mark your calendars, Orbonians, in just a couple of months, the sequel to The Search for WondLa will be released in bookstores everywhere.

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Jean Giraud, “Moebius”

March 10, 2012

It is a sad day in DiTerlizziland as I mourn an artistic visionary, Jean Giraud (known as “Moebius”) who lost his battle with cancer this morning at age 73.

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Fantastic WondLa Review

February 24, 2012

On this fantastic February Friday we are featuring a video book review from the very talented Sarah Laties.  Sarah is the Special Projects Assistant at the Children’s Book Council (known as the CBC). (more…)

Doodle for Google Reminder…

February 16, 2012

Time is running out to submit artwork to Doodle 4 Google 2012! I’m helping Google choose which lucky artist will see their work on Google.com, win a $30k college grant, and earn $50k for their school so be sure entries are in by March 23rd! Get doodling today: www.doodle4google.com

A WondLaful Friday Fan Art

February 11, 2012

I have always been so touched and impressed by the fan art I have received over the years. For this week the same holds true.  All these images were inspired by The Search for WondLa.  These young talented fans did a fabulous job creating their own versions of some of my favorite characters and scenes. Check it out and tell me what you think! (more…)

For Teachers and Librarians

February 5, 2012

Since it will be available paperback come April, Simon and Schuster has created a new discussion guide for The Search for WondLa combined with Kenny and the Dragon (which was just released in paperback). (more…)

Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.