Here’s some more of the awesome artwork from the Japanese edition of Hero’s Guide (or as it’s called over there, “Prince Alliance!”). A big thank you to illustrator, Nawoko Kawamura!
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has just been published in Japan and I couldn’t be more excited! Take a look at the awesome manga-style cover for this Japanese language edition. I love Gustav’s over-the-top armor and crazy-long hair. And Liam’s cape is amazing! I would totally wear that cape!
So, this contest proved to be a little on the difficult side. Sorry about that. Thank you so much to everyone who took a stab at the answers… And congratulations to Marci Stevenson and Max Teff, the only two people who got them all correct! Marci and Max each have a signed book on the way. For those of you who came close and want to see what you missed, or those of you who came too late to enter and want to see if you might have stood a shot at winning, I’m moving this desk pic over to its own page—complete with the answers! So to find out just what is on my desk, click the pic below. Have fun!
Contest #3 will be coming soon. (Yes, I know I have a loose definition of the word “soon,” but I promise it will be before summer.)
Hey, remember that contest I said was coming in November? Well, it must be November, because it’s finally here! (Actually, it’s January–please don’t mistake this for an old post and skip reading it). So…
It’s time for CONTEST #2: What’s on My Desk? Can you name every book, movie, TV show, video game, comic book, or other piece of pop culture that appears in this photo of my actual desk? (Go to the Contests page for the full story, the rules, and a much better version of the photo so you won’t have to squint so hard.)
The folks over at Walden Media (Walden Pond Press’s film branch) have just launched a new website called WaldenTV. And one of their first projects is a great little live-action short that depicts the prologue from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Watch it below. And if you like it, please spread the word! Link to it on your own sites and blogs. Teachers and librarians, feel free to show the video to classes! And don’t forget to pop over to WaldenTV for more fun videos.
Thank you to everyone who entered our very first contest! Your task was to draw Prince Frederic’s loyal valet, REGINALD! Poor Reginald has been Frederic closest confidant and most loyal servant since the prince was born—and yet, he’s never had his own portrait… Until now! Here is the winning entry by Amy Park!
And here are runners up, Anabel Stickney and Ben Adkins.
Check out Amy’s, Ben’s, and Anabel’s artwork in the gallery on the contest page, along with a bunch of very worthy honorable mentions. And thanks again to all who entered!
For any of you who’ve ever wondered what my school visits are like, this article from New Jersey newspaper, The Town Journal, paints a pretty nice picture of them. Click to read the whole article.
Contest #1: What the Heck Does That Character Look Like, Anyway: Reginald Edition has had its deadline extended. Entries will now be accepted until midnight on Sunday, October 18th. So what are you waiting for? Draw me some pictures! Creativity counts for more than artistic talent, so don’t worry if your best work is in the “lopsided stick figure” genre, just make your lopsided stick figure look totally butler-like. I have the most awesome fans in the world: I know you can do it!
Catch me at the 2015 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10am–4pm at Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, New York. I’ll be there all day, signing and selling books, chatting with fans, and at noon, doing a reading from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. As awesome as I am, though, I’m not the only attraction. Check out the amazing list of other authors who will also be there.
Yeah, I know—it’s very tiny writing. But believe me, my name is on there. Click over to the festival website to see a much more readable version. And then come visit me there!
Aaaaaaaaaaaand we’re back. Sorry that took a while, folks. But I hope you’ll agree that the site is now much nicer than it was back in July. For one thing, it’s a whole lot neater. Way less cluttered. It should be (I hope!) easier to navigate. And while old visitors are not going to find a ton of new content yet—it’s coming. Expect more frequent blog posts, monthly-ish contests, reader challenges, and some other random bits of silliness to be forthcoming.
The first big new addition is already here: CONTESTS! Check out—and enter!—our inaugural contest, in which I challenge you to draw the previously-never-illustrated character of Reginald, Prince Frederic’s stalwart servant. You could win some signed books!
And, hey, if you have any suggestions for new features you’d like to see on this site—send ’em my way! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just click the tiny envelope icon in the upper left corner.
Stay tuned also, for news on the upcoming relaunch of OfficialHerosGuide.com, which is also currently under renovation. And thanks for sticking with me!