Thursday, September 17, 2009

Spiderwick is over!!

Yup. That's the word from the back of the last book in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, the Wyrm King, the front of the Wild Rumpus and straight from the authors' mouths. I made my way over to the Wild Rumpus to share in the festivities.

If you ever get a chance to check out the Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis take it. If you live in the area and have never been, you should go. It's an amazing bookstore decorated with imagination and home to an interesting cross section of domesticated animals. Here the cats have decided to take over the front window. You can see an ear over the right shoulder of the orange one and then there is a gray one immediately to the right of the view.

Here's Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. They met while she was writing an article for a gamer magazine and he was working for Dungeons and Dragons.

The new book was inspired by the mythical rat king, which is where rat tails get entwined by "stuff" and there is a mass of rats living in that interconnected state. The Wyrm King is a dragon version of this. Pretty neat, huh?

Tony draws throughout book tours. Maybe it keeps his skills sharp. He often draws when he signs, too.

Tony drew a river troll upon request and then they had a trivia question to see who one the drawing. He did the same thing with the following goblin.

Then Tony began to make fun of Holly's cats, Mr. Fizzy and Lily. Mr. Fizzy is supposedly an angry puffy gray thing while Lily is a hairless cat who Tony says looks like a lost sock.

Tony had to draw a little something for the Wild Rumpus and he drew up the signature Thimbletack Brownie/Boggart.

In addition to an all around fun evening, the Wild Rumpus celebrated its 17th birthday. They brought out the sign from their first birthday for the occasion and had a cake to boot!

In other fun news, I am having a pattern sale in my shop! All patterns including the set are only $2!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 04, 2009

A Bear and a Skunk and Some Weird Cat Anticts

Here are some custom rocks in costume. A bear and a skunk this time.

And then our cats don't really like the ongoing construction of our living room. We've at least got the two new windows in, but now no drywall over the insulation.

Here's Jasper being determined to get behind the drywall.

And here's kitty licking condensation off the front window. He can be so strange some times.

I can't wait to put my living room back together. It's been in boxes for two months now waiting for the project to be done. Maybe next week?