7.19.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 195 - 7.18.16


Keeley's second excellent postcard contribution for the week. A full day of summer school visits yesterday and then we spend three days backpacking in the North Cascades! We'll keep a look out for wolverines and other wild Washington critters, but there will be a little lull in my post card posts. Stay tuned for a deluge when we return!



Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 194 - 7.18.16


A 12-hour day on the road for Wenatchee-area school visits plus my daughter's violin lesson left very little time for post card painting... Thankfully, Keeley jumped into the fray again to help keep the project on track :) I kind of LOVE this fantasy hybrid polar bear creature that she painted while I was drawing with Cascade and Grant Elementary summer school kids :) Something about the colors and the shading reminds me a bit of Sophie Blackall's amazing work. Thanks a TON kiddo!

7.18.2016

Teaching Comics in Wenatchee... and look out for LATER, GATOR!



Down in Wenatchee today teaching a comics workshop in summer school! Drew last week's comic on the iPad Pro enroute back home from Boston. Not my usual routine (I normally ink with a brush and color in Photoshop) but it worked out pretty slick AND you can watch it happen!

Oh, and LATER, GATOR! debuts tomorrow :) Come say 'hi' to the little Gator guy at my hometown book release party: Saturday, July 23rd. 2pm at Trail's End Bookstore


7.15.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 193 - 6.15.16


For #ArcticSeaIceDay: In the year 2052, precocious ursus maritimus inventor Albert Karhu develops the SEAICE3000 -- forever stemming the tide of a melting Arctic via a device that transforms C02 into ice! 

Should this NOT prove a viable course of future events, we should do all that we can today, in 2016, to SAVE OUR SEA ICE and to take our own climate actions to preserve this fragile world!

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project - Student Contribution!


A great new student contribution to the #polarbearpostcardproject today! After a school visit in June, this student wanted to keep working on her card beyond the time that we'd had in class. Her submission, which I remember at the time seeming sophisticated in its content for a 4th grader, finally found its way to me -- and this afternoon I passed it along to President Obama. If you are a teacher or librarian with climate change and arctic animal related curricula, I'm happy to do free 20-30 minute Skype visits to speak about my own trip to the Arctic and the reason that I'm painting and drawing all of these polar bears. Give me a call or send an email! #wearethearctic

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 192 - 7.14.16


Another day, another event to set you on your heels... one step at a time.

7.14.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 191 - 7.14.16



Follow the link above to find out how you too can help to protect the Arctic Refuge!

Harts Pass No. 307

I usually ink my comics on paper and then color them in Photoshop with the wacom. In order to keep a lighter load for the International Literacy Association conference in Boston last weekend I left the computer at home and did this week's strip on an iPad Pro with the Procreate app -- and I'm pretty pleased with the result! Not only that, but that app records the entire process so you can basically watch me brainstorm :) NOT a pretty process, so don't expect a video link every week!

7.13.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 190 - 7.13.16


"Home Sweet Home!" after a great several days at the Boston-based International Literacy Association Conference, I did fall a little behind on my post cards - but I'll make it up this week. The workable trade-off came in the form of speaking with hundreds of people as a part of the Alaska Wilderness League's booth and in helping to pass out about 900 #wearethearctic books to teachers, librarians, and literacy specialists from around the country. I gave away 135 Polar Bear Post Card Prints as well, and hope to speak with even more students and teachers this fall in the form of Skype visits to encourage support for Arctic protecions. GRRR!

7.10.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 189 - 7.10.16


A second fine day of giving away #wearethearctic books at #ILA2016 Talked to LOTS of people about the Arctic National Wildlife refuge and the bears have distributed at least 120 Polar Bear Post Card Prints to teacher, librarians, and educators from around the country! Looking forward to Skyping with schools and hopefully helping kids and classrooms to send even MORE post cards of support for Arctic protections when schools ramp up again in the fall. One more half day at the conference on Monday so stop by booth NO. 610 and get you free books on the refuge.

7.09.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 188 - 7.8.16


A post card drawing yesterday from the Boston Gardens -- not too far from my hotel and the 2016 International Literacy Association conference. It's a little dark because scanning on the road is nothing like working from home, but so it goes :)

Thinking a lot today about the role that literacy plays in creating a better world -- one where fear of other people/places/ideas/religions is perhaps not quite so prevelant. And the weeping willow... there are several scattered around the garden, but the events of the last few days are sad indeed. In the words of our fine President and the recipient of this card: We can do better.

7.08.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 187 - 7.7.16


In Boston for the International Literacy Association Conference... and the bears kept a low profile among the brownstones and tiny streets on the south end of town. Set up tomorrow and then things really get rolling for the weekend :) I'll be doing a short little talk about humor in children's lit on Sunday 8-9am and will be helping to staff the Alaska Wilderness League's booth -- and hopefully drumming up more participation in the polar bear post card project during the rest of the time.

7.07.2016

Harts Pass No. 306

Still reveling in the exploratory freedoms of summer :) Not quite the same luxury for adults as it generally might be for kids, but good to remember that even away from "work" we can still be soaking' things in! 

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 186 - 7.6.16


Ugh! I guess this is grumpy me when I've had way too much to do in way too short a time... VERY excited to be heading east to Boston and the International Literacy Association Conference -- and the furrowed brow of build-up has eased a bit now that I am on the road :) Stop by the Alaska Wilderness League Booth to chat about the Post Card Project and take your own first steps towards #climateaction to protect the #Arctic

7.06.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 185 - 7.5.16


After a great weekend at the Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene!