Fuse #8

Friday, July 07, 2006

HEY! Illustrators! Call For Entries, Here!

Living in hoity-toity New York (I have the credentials to say that, having grown up in Kalamazoo and all) I like to take note of hoity-toity metropolitan groups and contests. And none are quite so much with the hoits and the toits than The Society of Illustrators. I get goose pimples just saying the name. Well, it seems that right now this here society is calling for entries for The 26th Annual Exhibition of “The Original Art”. That means that if you're an illustrator then you've a chance to get some pretty high-faluting notice. And who, you may ask, is chairing the committee that will choose the winner? None other than Still the Nicest Guy In the World Brian Selznick, of course. It gets better. Check out who's going to be on the jury: Molly Bang, Bryan Collier, Diane Dillon, Mordecai Gerstein, and Chris Raschka amongst others. The entry deadline is August 1st. Make me proud, sweeties.


At 1:25 PM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

This is OT, but it refers to an earlier post you made about your Prayer for a Child review breaking the camel's back, as it were.

Yesterday, I was in a frenetic winnowing mode. I had my three-year-old daughter take an active part in weeding her collection (though truth be told, the items were going down to the Annex rather than the Book Sale, if you get my drift). I brought up a couple of boxes of books to examine for some hard-core weeding, and found Prayer for a Child in the one of the boxes. Someone had given me a discarded copy, and I had put it in a "to be dealt with later" box. Yes, later is always later than I think.

My daughter saw me putting the book in the discards box, and seized it for her own. "Read it to you!" she said. "Read the book about the angel."

"I really don't want to read this book," I told her. "I really, really don't." Since I read 99.05% of the books she brings to me, I felt perfectly justified in turning it down. She spent the next 20 minutes perusing the pages.

Now... ethically, what do I do? I don't want to censor her reading materials, but the book gives me the heebie-jeebies. Final decision: let her look through it until she gets tired of it, then discard it. If she truly wants it again, we can get it from the library. I'd keep it around, but we simply don't have the space, eh.

Promoting freedom to read and eating her own words,

At 2:08 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Well, I'm just happy you're with me on that title. The book that spawned a million Precious Moments figurines, that one. *shudder*

I haven't any l'il 'uns of my own yet, but when I do I don't relish dealing with the child that will undoubtedly yearn for Rainbow Fish day and night.

At 9:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egad, this blog is not only entertaining, but useful as well. I usually miss this opportunity, but not this year. Thanks for the info.

At 9:56 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Nice use of the word "Egad", Mr. Buller. And a tip of the hat to your book this year. Nicely penned.

At 9:58 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

You're the guys who made "The Noisy Counting Book"!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE "The Noisy Counting Book". Do you realize that our toddler storytimes ALWAY use that title and that it's a huge sweeping hit?


At 7:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Noisy Counting Book is one of those books that was very successful with people who bought it, and read it to their kids -- but not that many people bought it. We often get letters from parents and day care centers whose copy has been read to tatters, asking us if by any chance we have any copies stashed away that we might be willing to sell. We forwarded a packet of these letters to Random House, hoping that it might convince them to publish a new edition. They said sales figures showed that it did not sell as well as The Quiet Counting Book (done by someone else -- never saw it), and they didn't think a reissue would be profitable. Then we asked for a reversion of rights, thinking we might do a print-on-demand edition, and they never answered the letter.

At 11:00 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

All right, then. Consider it my personal goal to bug, needle, and poke very hard at all the people I know at Random House to get this book republished ASAP. In my previous excitement I was trying to say that the book is a staple of our preschool storytimes, which bring in roughly 55 children each week. If it means giving you guys a reservation of rights, then it should be done. This will make an excellent future posting. Thanks for the info. Oh, Raaaaandom Houuuuuuse...

At 3:59 AM , Blogger Erik Brooks said...

Echoing Mr. Buller's sentiment, you have successfully prodded yet another illustrator into action. Thank you. I will prepare a book or two for sumbission tomorrow.

I always assumed that the annual contest was for Society members only...



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