Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Orleans Here I Come

The travelin’ artist rambles on...



This weekend I will be in New Orleans for the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. This is adventure marks a number of FIRSTS for me. Not only will this be the first time I’ve been to the ALA conference and the first time I’ve been to New Orleans, but it will also be the first time I’ve ever had a table at one of these things.

When I started preparing I worried that my table would be bare and uninteresting. But I’ve gathered all kinds of things from my little studio/office to display and sell. I’ll have lots of copies of both Zita the Spacegirl and my little Bohemian Highway book, Two portfolios full of original art, a few framed drawings and paintings, some art cards to give away, and I’m bringing some watercolor, pens and brushes so I can create art on site.

If you are reading this and will be at ALA this weekend please drop by my table and say hello! My table number is #1768. I’m seriously considering trading sketches for beignet.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have a fabulous time, Ben!
Love, Mama

Trade Your Talent said...

great illo!

Arkonbey said...

Travel well, sell lots and have a blast.

I'm still hoping you'll get a chance to head North :)

Ann said...

Are you going to be in the exhibit halls on Monday? I'm interested in seeing more of your book but couldn't figure out which publisher you were with. Thought it was Macmillan. What time are you at the table? My librarian friends and I only got to see the book briefly at Windsor Court the other night.

Hope I didn't miss you.

Ann

Sara Leonard said...

I've looked through your art work, and wow, its all amazing. And very inspiring. Its making me want to sit down and do a bunch of drawings right now!

And you're welcome for the directions to Subway. All the convention people go there for lunch.....EVERYONE....

Enjoy your stay!

Sara

VanillaxSmoke said...

Heya Ben! Found your blog ^_^ I'm the girl with the blue hair that you met yesterday. Thank you soo much for drawing that awesome wolf. Wolves are so cool, man. Right now, it's hanging in my room just between my Abbey Road and Amnesty International posters. It looks ace. Thanks again!
Emma

Ben Hatke said...

Hey Emma,
I missed you two the last time you stopped by, but my friends said you picked up a copy of the book. Sorry I wasn't there to sign it.

Glad the wolf is filling up a little piece of your wall...

--B

Ben Hatke said...

SARA LEONARD.
Glad you got my website info from the top secret hidden location. I hope your cover wasn't blown.

I am back home now, safe and sound!

Ben Hatke said...

Ann!

So sorry I missed you. If you don't have a copy yet, send me an email (the address is on my site benhatke.com). I still have a few copies here at home and I can get you a signed one.

Hayley McEwing said...

Ben, it was a pleasure to meet you at ALA. Thanks for selling me some FAN-TABULOUS art! Hope you don't mind I mentioned you/your work in my blog: http://librarieslearnlead.blogspot.com/ ... Can't wait to see the second Zita!

Ben Hatke said...

Hi Hayley!

It was nice meeting you and I'm really glad you could take home some art. Thanks for mentioning me on your blog -that picture didn't turn out half bad!