Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Emberley Galaxy in the press

Some recent press on Emberley Galaxy:

Maija Zummo does a brief interview with me for Cincinnati's free weekly Citybeat.

And Emberley Galaxy is also spotlighted in the newest issue of Giant Robot, one of my favorite magazines, I'm thrilled!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poopsheet on Emberley Galaxy

Ed Howard reviews Emberley Galaxy at the Poopsheet Foundation site:

"These artists take a number of different approaches to giving Emberley a nod, and the resulting anthology is both entertaining in its own right and a fantastic summation of what makes its title subject’s work so exciting and enduring."

Monday, September 7, 2009

Rob Clough on Emberley Galaxy

Rob Clough reviews Emberley Galaxy over at High-Low Comics:

"I've read a lot of themed anthologies and comics textbooks, but I've never read anything quite like Emberley Galaxy...even those unfamiliar with [Ed Emberley] will find something to enjoy."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Emberley Galaxy available now!

Update: I'm no longer selling Emberley Galaxy through this site, but you can still buy it through me on Amazon.

Emberley Galaxy: A Tribute to Ed Emberley is finally here!
It's 60 pages of comics and drawings based on Ed Emberley's drawing books.
Scroll down to earlier entries in this blog for more details and some previews.
It'll cost you $12 + $3 shipping and handling.
If you need more than one copy, or are ordering from outside the US, please write me first!
Look in the comments below for my email address.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Make A World

I regret that this blog has been stagnant for so long, but I do hope to update more regularly from now on. I've got a dependable internet connection at home for the first time in a while.

Correcting the proofs and getting to to the printing stage has taken longer than I expected (I don't know what made me think printing would be the easy part), but Emberley Galaxy is in production now and I expect to have it this week.

In the meantime, you may be interested in reading up on the Make A World documentary that is being put together by the good people at Chicago's the Swiderski Institute:
As the title suggests, the movie focuses on Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make A World, perhaps the most influential of all his drawing books, certainly the most minimal and flexible in its designs.
Ed Emberley himself is in the film, and the crew also visited me and C. Spencer Yeh at the Art Damage Lodge in Cincinnati to talk about Emberley. Friends at Wire and Twine of Oxford, OH are also involved.
There's also a Make A World fan group for the film you can join on facebook.

Update: the Make A World film has been canceled.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Night's Nice

Little, Brown recently reissued a classic Barbara and Ed Emberley picture book from 1972 called Night's Nice. It's a great bedtime story in lovely blues and purples.

I'd love to see more vintage Emberley books get a classy reprint like this one.

Emberley Tribute: Rina Ayuyang

Rina Ayuyang's comic is based on Ed Emberley's Thumbprint and Fingerprint drawing books.
This anthology was intended to be all black and white, but Rina's story will be in color because it has to be.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Emberley Tribute: Joe Kuth

My story is based on 'Zort' from Ed Emberley's Big Green Drawing Book.

Emberley Tribute: Endpapers by Matt Kish

Matt Kish's endpapers are based on an idea of mine: a spiral galaxy composed of Ed Emberley's drawing symbols and shapes.
Matt did a much better job of it than I could have managed.

Ed Emberley Classics

Most likely if you're an Ed Emberley fan you've come to love his work through his drawing instruction books. Or maybe someone read Go Away, Big Green Monster! out loud to you, or you checked Drummer Hoff out of the library every other week.
But Emberley has been drawing books for decades and has dozens of titles to his name, drawn in an array of styles.

This cool but confounding site has beautiful illustrations from several out of print Ed Emberley picture books. (Scroll down and click on the red icon next to each title.)
The spread shown above is from Wing On A Flea.

Emberley Tribute: Chris Cornwell

In Chris Cornwell's story, the skeleton from Make A World has an enlightening vision.

Emberley Tribute: Joe Kuth and David Paleo

David Paleo finished these battle comics based on my doodles. These pages include monsters and creeps from several Ed Emberley books, plenty from Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Weirdos.

Emberley Tribute: Dan Zettwoch

Dan Zettwoch's story is based on Ed Emberley's Big Orange Drawing Book and Big Purple Drawing Book.

Emberley Galaxy

I hope to finally have Emberley Galaxy: A Tribute to Ed Emberley available in just a couple of weeks.

It will cost you $12, it's 60 pages, 8 1/2" X 11", mostly in black and white, and features interpretations of Emberley from 19 different artists. Here's the role call:

Rina Ayuyang
Jeffrey Brown
Chris Cornwell
Warren Craghead
Toby Craig
Cansafis Foote
Jack Fraley
Stefan Gruber
Sam Henderson
Alex Holden
Dave Kiersh
Matt Kish
Joe Kuth
Doug Meyer
Dan Moynihan
David Paleo
Dalton Webb
C. Spencer Yeh
Dan Zettwoch

Ed Emberley is the artist and author responsible for an amazing series of drawing instruction books for kids that first appeared in the 70's, and have been staples on the shelves of libraries and bookstores ever since.
You may remember, like me, finding the Drawing Book of Animals or the Big Green Drawing Book on the shelves of the public library, or using whatever was available from the bookmobile, and drawing from them feverishly. Like me, many artists I know have learned a lot from these books and still enjoy having them around both for reference and for fun.

Many people will recognize Emberley's books without necessarily knowing his name, so if you're still in the dark you may want to check out previews at
, or see . Or better yet, just find the books themselves. Get the old editions, I do not recommend the current editions in botched vertical format.