7.21.2015

BACK IN THE PNW!


Feels great to be back in Seattle and the PNW!

Already have a couple events lined up . . .

Something Extraordinary STORY TIME at GREEN BEAN BOOKS
JULY 28 @ 11 AM
http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com

Hard to believe but this will be my very first signing in Portland, OR!

STORY TIME at the Bellevue UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE
SEPT. 17 @ 11 AM

http://www.bookstore.washington.edu/home/home.taf?

Would love to see you there!!

The trip across the country was awesome! It was my sixth time across and this was the best trek so far. In large part this had to do with a lovely stop in Reno, NV to visit my sister and her husband. They own Sierra Water Gardens and The Wedge Ceramics Studio. Such a great spot!


While in Reno I had a signing at Sundance Books and Music. Awesome bookstore! One of the best I've ever been to!



Also went to the Redwoods for the first time. Completely blew my mind. I thought I had seen old growth forests before. This is one of the smaller trees . . .


And of course any road trip involving some dinosaurs is a good thing.


Working on a book featuring a bunch of dinos! More on that soon!

6.16.2015

Something Extraordinary


Today is the book birthday of my latest (fifth!) picture book, Something Extraordinary. To celebrate I'm giving away three signed copies of the book on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Clantoons. Taking entries until 12 EST tonight. Also out today is an interview with Writers' Rumpus (via my critique group pal Kirsti Call) (http://writersrumpus.com/2015/06/16/interview-with-ben-clanton-gifted-author-and-illustrator/) in which I talk about Something Extraordinary amongst other things.

If you happen to be in the Andover, MA area or in Reno, NV, I have two upcoming signings! 

Andover Bookstore (America's second oldest operating bookstore)
Saturday, June 20 @ 1:00 PM
I'll be giving away an original piece of art with each book sold! This event is a bit of a farewell to the region. I've lived in North Andover for two years, but am now moving back to Seattle.

Sundance Bookstore in Reno, NV
Sunday, June 28 @11:00 AM
This will be my first trip to Reno! I'll be visiting my sister and her husband who own Sierra Water Gardens and the WEDGE Ceramics Studio. Forgive me if I look a bit tired at this event. I'll have driven six days in a row to get there. ;)

A bit about the book (this is the blurb Simon & Schuster came up with) . . .

Amazing things are happening all around you. You just need to know where to look—and this whimsical picture book is the perfect place to start.

Have you ever wished for something extraordinary? Like the ability to fly? Or to breathe underwater? What if you could talk to animals?

It’s fun to wish for amazing things. But take a look around, and you just might find that the most “ordinary” things…can be extraordinary.

The idea for the book came to me a few years ago on a rainy day in Seattle. A picture of a boy taking in colorful and tasty rain came in to my mind and I wanted an excuse to draw it. Soon all sorts of things I wish for were bubbling to the surface in a series of images. With the help of some extraordinary events in my life those images came together to make this book. Hope you like it!!


5.02.2015

SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY





Finally some warm weather in NE MA! I think today might be a good day for a coast trip.

4.22.2015

Hello again!

Was my last post seriously at the beginning of January?! And I started the year off planning on posting weekly . . . but I have a good excuse. I've been illustrating my butt off. Well, not off . . . it is still attached but it has been glued to a chair. The book I was working on took much more time than I had expected, but I've now completed interior art! I dropped it off just this Monday at Simon & Schuster. Here is a sneaky peek . . .


Can you guess what it is about?
More soon!

12.31.2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Have a magical NEW YEAR!