Hey all! I'm excited to share the newest addition to my Santa Propaganda Poster series! I love taking the intriguing art from WW2 propaganda and using it to promote giving, kindness, and the wonder of the holiday season. This is my tenth poster and tenth year doing this - I think this is my best one yet. Thank you all for your support.
Order your copies of the #SantaPropaganda posters! https://believe-in-wonder-publishing.square.site/
All legends have a beginning - even Santa Claus.
Nicholas is the son of Bishop Nicholas of Marya. After his father's death, Nicholas goes off in search of his mother's homeland to learn about his past. What he finds sets him on the path to becoming the most legendary mage of all time. He'll discover that he comes from a rich magical history that is as wonderous as it is dangerous. This is the beginning of his story - The Epic of Nicholas the Maker.
#NicholastheMaker official lauch is November 1st! You can get our copy here!
#santaclaus #diversefiction #diversityinpublishing #kidlit #blackownedpublisher #diversecharacters #fairytales #Christmas
Hey all! I'm excited to announce that our line of t-shirts and accessories are now available through Teespring in our Believe In Wonder Apparel store! Exciting, right?! We've always wanted to make these designs available to our fans and supporters, and now we have. Our classic BIW logo shirt is there, as well as You Can Rely On Platypi and The Laurel Society from The Wonderous Science. We've also made a new set of designs - DAD IS TRYING and MOM IS TRYING shirts and accessories are available today. Thanks everyone for encouraging us to make this a reality. #BelieveInWonder #apparel #Teespring
Get yours here!!
Check us out! Josie and I got a chance to talk on our favorite podcast, Hybrid Pub Scout, about a host of topics that are facing POC publishers and readers. Emily Einolander has been a huge supporter of our work at Believe In Wonder, and we were delighted to sit down and talk with her again! Watch the interview here!
#POCpublishing #diversityinpublishing #blackownedbusiness #authorlife #kidlit
Thanks Grace Nuth (writer, artist, and fine art model) for including Josie and I in your blog series! We love fantasy art, and strive everyday to increase representation in spec fiction, so it's nice when someone notices.
Check out our comments on being working POC artists in the fantasy genre, the importance of this moment in time, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement in publishing.
UPDATE: Here is the full interview!
Josie and I are excited to be a part of the Grand Rapids Public Library COMIC GEEK OUT! #BelieveInWonder representing! Creating the poster was so super fun, and if you look close you'll notice Zora Sparks from #TheWonderousScience makes a cameo ;) I'm dropping some process photos from the design, and here is the info for the online event:
Comic Geek Out
June 20, 2020
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Discover your inner hero at the library’s virtual comic event! Celebrate the comic books you love, and geek out by attending the event on Facebook. Join us for a day of live broadcasts, a free digital book, a Comic Workshop, and other fun events!
Find a full list of events and more information. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/event/comic-geek-out/
Questions? Call 616.988.5400
Sign up for the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/279571306770874/
Here is my other big reveal - this will be one of our fall book releases! Some already know I've been working on this one since November and I'm excited to get it out and in the hands of readers. It's a little early in the season, but I figured why not share some of my joy. :D Nicholas the Maker has lived in my heart for so long - now it's time to bring his adventure to the world. Expect more exciting things from #BelieveInWonder this year. #KeepShiningBright #NicholastheMaker #santa #fantasyart #kidlit #middlereader #fantasy #adventure
Here are some process images...
Post 1: Seasons of Wonder
This is the piece that started it all! While working for a credit union in the marketing department, I found myself getting really depressed about my art. "I'm not telling stories," I'd tell myself, which has been my life long dream. Of course when I told Josie, she gave me her patiented "short form wisdom" - brilliantly susinct and too the point. She said, "Well, make something that inspires YOU." Genius! So, we talked it out and the product our discussion was a series of illustrations titled "Seasons of Wonder." It harkens back to those childhood days running with friends when anything was possible - when your imagination could change the world around you to whatever you wanted. I think we still hold that power inside us. We just have to remember how to use it. #BelieveInWonder #KeepShiningBright
We live in a world filled with beauty if we take a moment to look. Josie and I have been inspired by our friends and fellow creatives over the last few days who, in the midst of fear and uncertainty, have decided use this time to create and share their inspiration and joy. Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be sharing our art and love of stories with everyone. We'll feature a #BelieveInWonder book art piece of art everyday, talk a little about our creative process, and feature some links in case you want to grab a copy for yourself our someone you love (maybe a kiddo whose stuck at home in need of another world to explore.) Everyone out there who is finding time to see the beauty and make their art, we are with you - #KeepShiningBright
Thank you King Elementary and Black Parent Initiative for hosting me at their Jack’s and Jammies event! What a great group of kiddos! I had a blast. #BelieveInWonder