I have the honor of being one of the nominees to receive a Saturday Visiter Award during the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival.
The Saturday Visiter Awards are presented by Poe Baltimore to recognize a new generation of artists continuing Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in the arts and literature around the world. The prizes celebrate media, art, performance and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works.
Though he was not wealthy in his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to support himself entirely by his pen. The Saturday Visiter was the name—and spelling—of a local periodical that held a contest for poetry and short stories. Poe won the award for his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” (which he wrote at Poe House.) The Saturday Visiter Awards are named after the prize a young Edgar Allan Poe won while he lived in Baltimore which helped to launch the famed writer’s career.
Saturday Visiter Awards are presented in two categories: works that adapt Poe’s life or writing (including biography, or true adaptations of his poetry or prose), and original works that are inspired by Poe’s life or writing. In addition, important "Poe Places", including The Poe Museum (Richmond, VA) , The Poe Cottage (the Bronx NYC) and Poe House (Baltimore , MD) will highlight exceptional entries specific to their region. The awards are presented every October at the annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards in Baltimore, Maryland.
Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the fourth annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 8 & 9, 2022. This FREE, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts. VIP Tickets and Tours, including for the Black Cat Ball, available now!
The festival will take place directly across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street in Baltimore, in the newly-built “Poe Park” at Center/West. Attendees will learn about Poe’s life and works from some of the United States’ preeminent “Poe Places”, with representatives from The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (Baltimore), The Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia), The Poe Cottage (Bronx, NYC), The Poe Studies Association, The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and Westminster Hall & Burying Ground. The winners of the 2022 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards will also be announced festival weekend!
See you in Baltimore!
Celebrating Book Day, on April 23, I will be giving away three packs with:
* Eggie’s Adventures at Poe Cottage
* Limited edition Eggie’s tote bag
* Is it Halloween Yet sketch book
* A limited C-Print from one of my illustrations.
I will be posting every day until Saturday April 23, and until then, for each post you can win an entry for the giveaway doing all of the above:
-Like the post
-Share the post
-Tag someone that will like this!
And good luck to everyone!!!
Only USA addresses will be valid.
Sunday, May 1, 2022 // Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us!
Join Bronx Bound Books and the Riverdale Y Sunday Market for a day filled with nutritious food for the body and for the soul!
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. I will be signing my picture book "Eggie's Adventures at Poe Cottage" and I will have some surprises too! Come and meet author Tara Tatelbaum and learn more about her book "Putting My Heels Down".
This is going to be a great Sunday!
Find me this weekend at the MoCCA Arts Festival
125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Saturday, April 2, 2022 - From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 2022 - From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eggie and I will be at Booth A115
This is very exciting! It will be my first time at MoCCA Arts Festival as a vendor and I am hoping to see many of you there. The festival not only has exhibitors, it is a two day multimedia event and Manhattan’s largest comics and cartoon festival. It is the place to find the best independent comic artists, there will be panels, signings, demos and many other activities that I am sure you don't want to miss!
Last week I was interviewed by Gary Axelbank for The Bronx Buzz at Bronxnet TV. We talked about "Eggie's Adventures at Poe Cottage" and it was as always a pleasure to chat with Gary for a little bit!
Join me and the Bronx Library Center, right across the Poe Park, where the Poe Cottage is located, for the exhibition of the Spanish version of my children's book "Las aventuras de Eggie en Poe Park. La Casa Museo de Edgar Allan Poe" We will have a reading and a Q&A after.
Come to the 4th floor and read the book that will be exhibited at the Puerto Rican Heritage Collection and Gallery, together with some of the images used for the promotion of the kickstarter.
If you come to the opening I will have a surprise for you!
Exhibition open from November 1 to November 30.
Opening Reception - November 5 from 5:00 to 6:00pm.
Closing Reception - November 30 from 5:00 to 6:00pm.
Bronx Library Center
310 E. Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY, 10458
Give the gift of reading! And be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud, like Maya Angelou said. If you want your copy of “Eggie’s Adventures at Poe Cottage” you better get it now! Just a few hours left to pre-order to get your bundle before the holidays. Rendition to the mural I did during the summer for Uptown Grand Central
I got the tote bags yesterday! They are looking great. I hope you like them. If you didn't select one during your pledge but you want one, you can do it either, changing the pledge or through the add on option once the campaign finishes and you finalize your order. Stay cool everyone!
Kickstarter campaign is almost over! Get your book now!
Bronx Bound Books is a bookstore on wheels aka a bookmobile. It is in the making, and will travel the streets of The Bronx to bring literature to the people. Bronx Bound Books is leaving no community behind. It will be a mobile bookstore able to travel throughout the borough. Especially to neighborhoods where it may be needed the most.
It has been years already, I met Latanya when she was part of the advisory committee of BxArts Factory. SInce then we have collaborated many times. When I was about to launch this Kickstarter campaign I wanted to include the opportunity of people giving back. There is a pledge where you can donate 15 books to Bronx Bound Books and that is accompanied by a book reading and a workshop.
I am going to send them 10 books from the donations I got without a pledge, so follow my lead and help them get some Holiday reading books for the Bronx kids.
On this Sunday morning I wanted to share some pictures of the process of creating the illustrations in this picture book. It takes a long time from the idea and concept until you are happy with the outcome. For the illustrations I tried different mediums and styles, until I found the one it felt right.
To work on the human characters, sometimes I use picture references. For Neil's character I decided to take pictures of myself doing the expressions I was looking for. When you don't have a model, internet can be a resource, but most of the times it takes longer to find those images than taking the picture yourself. I knew exactly what pose I was looking for, so it was a quick thing to do. After that I used those pictures to make sure the characters had a "natural" appearance.
Let me know if you have any questions about the process!!
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