On Saturday, last, I had my first solo author event ever (Julie and I have done a team show in years past, but I've never held the spotlight alone). And this was the first TROUBLE GUM event so far--complete with a reading, some awkward banter, a little drawing. It was a great success! Thanks to Robert McDonald and everyone at The Book Stall in Winnetka! Thanks to everyone who showed up, smiled, supported, bought books! And special thanks to Julie, Romy, and Grandma Janice for moral support and advice. Looking forward to doing this again--polishing, revising, getting better, and crushing this fear of public speaking once and for all. Now here's some pics. Thanks to my lovely wife and assistant for making with the digital camera.
Check our man out. Pretending to be all cool just before the start.
My first ever read-aloud to an audience. Complete with "voices".
Getting my draw on.
I did a bit of show-and-tell with drawings from the Cordell archives. Here I am telling my infamous "cabbit" story. Mental note: tighten up the "cabbit" story.
Giving a step-by-step drawing lesson of TROUBLE GUM's star pig, Ruben.
From the front.
The kiddos and adults did a bang-up job in the drawing lesson.
Signed some books and cooled down afterward. Here I am signing a big sketch of Lord Vader for a fellow fan.
Thanks again, everybody! I had a blast. More to come.
Stepping on my soapbox a sec here: Support your local independent bookstore, people! Even if you're maybe paying a tad bit more (I certainly know it's hard times) than the big corps and chains, you walk out with a squeaky clean conscience! And you can't put a price on that.