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...
#KeepShiningBright: Post 1
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 School!
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
Big thanks to APANO and the organizers of this year's festival! I had a lot of great visitors to my table (one kiddo and his family had me almost in tears of joy.) I also had a chance to read The Pawsons Move In with a creative group of kids - best part of my job. All and all, another amazing event :) Photos by Tojo Andrianarivo.
Also check out the amazing article about me and Believe In Wonder Publishing - Altering Realities and Breaking Limits Through a Powered
“A world Neil Gaiman himself would be eager to explore. Parker’s imagined history reveals the majesty, intrigue and beauty behind the secret powers that guide and protect our civilization. A fresh and engaging perspective fans young and old alike will enjoy. Magic truly is Wonder!”
-Ted Fauster, Weird Fantasy & Speculative Fiction Author
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Believe In Wonder Publishing was s in the house at this years Portland Zine Symposium! What a wonderful collection of creatives from all over the Portland area. We were proud to be counted amongst them. Big thanks to the participants, and to the sponsors (especially those helping out in the kids section - what a life saver!) We had a great time selling books and geeking out with our fellow storytellers. #believeinwonder
I recently had the privilege of speaking on a panel on Comics Activism with some very talented people, including panel lead Ben Passmore, Pharoah Bolding, Clara Emiliana, Nichole Robinson, and Sean Wynn. It's always a joy to lend my voice to promoting diversity in literature, encouraging underrepresented groups to share their stories, and being an advocate for creativity in all its myriad forms. It's especially nice when surrounded by such talented, gracious, and cool people as these. Thanks for having me! Check out the video below! #BelieveInWonder