Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pot o' Comic Gold

Hello friends and/or casual readers! And a happy St. Paddy’s day to you! Here is a little comic I scribbled up and an update below...


UPDATE: Looks like I'm not the only one to make a comic with this gag...

Ha ha! Pinching! Ha! Okay. So I’ve done a couple of interviews lately and I wanted to share them with you today. Both of these cropped up on the internet just this week:

-The first is an interview for the fantastic blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. If you haven’t visited Seven Imp before, now is the perfect time. The blog’s author, Jules, has just started writing for Kirkus Reviews.

-The next interview is for the BookPage blog. You may remember that I recently did this illustrated questionnaire for them. The interview is a nice follow up and features my own daughter, Zita, who is turning six this week (Five! oh Five where did you go?). Also, and here’s the important bit, they are giving away three copies of Zita the Spacegirl. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment in the comments section answering the question “Who was your childhood hero?” (I am probably not going to enter).

-Finally, here is a nice review of the book by the super cool Dr. Katie Monnin who Anna and I had the pleasure of meeting last fall before the New York City Comic Con. She uses comics in the classroom as reading and literacy tools and this review even includes a lesson plan. For real!

On my table now:

7 comments:

mordicai said...

As a dude who wears all black, I am quite proud of my invention: a green rubber band around my wrist. Take that, pinchers!

Kelly said...

I popped into a bookstore in Seattle last night, just to check it out, and there was Zita Space Girl on display!!! I was so excited that I actually shouted. Then I bought it. The lady who ran the shop sang Zita Space Girl's praises. The kids LOVE it.
Good job :)

Ben Hatke said...

Good deal Mordicai. If there's one thing I've learned in this crazy life it's that you've gotta stay one step ahead of the pinchers.

Ben Hatke said...

And KELLY! Thanks for passing that along. It's so good to hear it was actually displayed and that the bookstore people like it. That's a big deal...

Shaylynn said...

I was looking at the interviews and one had some non-Zita pictures you had drawn. One of the pictures was a guy who looked alot like comic-you standing by a streetlamp... with a UNICYCLE!

Do you ride the unicycle? I wouldn't put it past you, what with fire breathing and juggling and all. That would be EPIC if you ride it. I do, and I've only ever met one person before who can ride. Right now I'm working on going backwards and jumproping and MUni (mountain unicycling-- someday I hope to ride on our hiking path).

Anyways, I'm also excited because mom bought my little siblings a book of saints and I recognized your artwork on the front! :)I saw the book when the package came, and said "MOM THIS WAS DRAWN BY BEN HATKE!" ...and she just looked at my blankly. Then I remembered that I'm the only one who browses art blogs...

Ben Hatke said...

You know I do ride a unicycle! I started unicycling when I was fourteen. For a while I would unicycle all over town. I cannot jump rope on it though (actually I've never tried). I've tried juggling and unicycling at the same time and I've found that it's more like "dropping and swearing" and then falling.

The unicycle in the picture you saw was my attempt at drawing one of the taller ones with a gear and chain. I had the chance to ride one like that once -a five foot tall unicycle. It was an absolute beast to get mounted on, but once you were up it was surprisingly easy to ride.

But hooray for you! It's always great to know that there are more one-wheeled-wonders out there.

Anonymous said...

I love this game :)