exciting news! and Tony DiTerlizzi visit

Getting into the rhythm of my final year at Willamette University has kept me from posting for awhile, but now that I am good and adjusted I thought it would be a good idea to share a couple of exciting things.

First of all, on a more personal note, I'm engaged to the lady I love! Our journey together started three years ago and it has been fantastic . . . I look forward to where marriage will take us!

Other exciting stuff includes the "completion" of my Carson Grant. I had received a grant to work on a picture book over the summer (as a couple of my other posts elaborate on) and after lots of hard work I am done (at least with my initial goals). I will, naturally, be continuing to work on the book, but it feels AMAZING to have gone through doing my first 16 spreads (with MANY revisions and redos) of a book.

To add to the sweetness of reaching my book goal and becoming engaged, we add the frosting of a Tony DiTerlizzi (one of my ALL TIME, OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD FAVORITE ILLUSTRATORS) and Holly Black visit. This last weekend the two of them were in Beaverton. My fiancee and I made the hour drive from Salem to see them. There were a lot less people at the event then I had expected. One of the Powell's ladies who was putting together the event blamed this on the sunny weather but I would say it had to do more with poor local publicity. Anyways, smaller crowd meant a better event for those of us who went. Tony and Holly talked a bit about their inspirations for the latest and FINAL Spiderwick book, The Wyrm King.

Tony provided some great doodles to illustrate the dragon components of the book and Holly read a thrilling passage. After taking questions they did book signings. I ended up getting three books signed. Of course, I got the Wyrm King signed by the two of them:

I also had brought two other books to be signed that Tony has done (would have brought more of his, but I was afraid I would be a nuisance ;)) The ones I brought were Ted and Kenny and the Dragon.

Even got a doodle on Kenny and the Dragon! But even better received an encouraging note from Tony to keep on drawing.

Find out more about Tony and his work at his blog and website:


Find out more about Holly at her website: