Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Julia's House

It is a very cold day and the year is young. 2014 is stretching out ahead of us all.

Summer is coming...


For me 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy and exciting year, and that's just considering the stuff I know about (every year is full of surprises, isn't it? Some wonderful and some terrible). I'm currently working on a brand new graphic novel, which is a lot of fun and which I will post more about later.

I also have two books being released this year. The first is The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, which is coming out in May, and the second is a picture book called Julia's House for Lost Creatures, which will be released in October.

I am Very Excited about Julia's House.

The website Geek Dad has posted the cover, book announcement and a bit about the story and what went into the writing of it. Here is the link for that:


In the meantime I thought I'd post a bit of concept art here. I did a lot of concept art and sketches while developing this book. Here is just a bit of it through which you can see the development of the main character:


Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

When can we pre-order Julia's House? And why can't you release your books according to my children's' birthday schedules? JK! ;) Actually, the May release of Zita works out perfectly for Blaise's birthday this year. The youngest turns 3 in September, but she won't notice is Julia comes a month later.

Ben Hatke said...

Aw, sorry the pre-ordering isn't up yet. I'll make a big noise when that's up.

Sadly, I don't have much control over my publishing schedule (beyond doing my best to turn my books in on time!) Perhaps you should send all of your children's birthdays to First Second?

Anonymous said...

Oh I love this!!! I can't wait for it to come out!! I simply love fantastical creates! ( I also love drawing them! )Zita the Spacegirl has been a favorite graphic novel of mine ever since it came out- I'm so excited to see what other stories you can think up!


Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

I will get right on that! Do you think you can crank out 5 new books every year? ;)

Ben Hatke said...


Anthony VanArsdale said...

This looks like a really good story. Congratulations! I love the watercolors. Actually I love them all but I thought I'd mention the watercolors.