Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ida Penthea

Something kind of big has happened since I last blogged. The Hatkes have welcomed a new member into their ranks. My girls have a new sister to fawn over, and to draw into their adventures. She is Ida Penthea, fifthborn of the Hatke Clan.

Here are a few sketches:




(for baby photos try Anna's Instagram)

And here are some other recent odds and ends which have mostly been posted already on Tumblr and Twitter:




Still here? Good. I've been thinking about this year, and about last year. 2014 was a very exciting and very public year for me. I had two books released (Legends of Zita and Julia's House). I went to a lot of festivals and conventions. I got to meet hundreds of people. My French publisher invited me to Angouleme. I managed to turn in a graphic novel (Little Robot). We became the owners of the old farmhouse we'd been renting for 4 years, and we found out that we were expecting a baby...

I knew this year was going to be different. Last year was a year of adventure; this is a year of work. Little Ida was born and I'll be traveling a lot less. Little Robot comes out on September first and until then I plan to have my head down here at home, working on the next graphic novel.

But I'm going to try to post more often around here. There's a whole spate of new projects that are going to be announced during Children's Book Week in May, which is exciting. And I'll post other stuff here in the meantime.

For now, here's Wonder Woman:

Sent from my iPad

24 comments:

Faith E. Hough said...

Huge congratulations to you and Anna and all the girls! I had to peek over to see the newborn photos; Ida is just gorgeous.
I'm pregnant with #5 for us now...due in August. We're all just presuming it's a fifth girl, cuz we're used to them now. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Yay! Congrats to YOU, Faith.

Christina said...

Congratulations, Ben! And Anna, too! She is beautiful, and I love your sketches.

I rather like the princess/warrior/wolf princess (?) with the bird. Lots of emotion and meaning in simply her stance.

Christina Hicks said...

1. Still love your Wonder Woman.

2. Congrats congrats congrats on your newest addition to the clan!

Rebecca Gomez said...

What a beautiful name for your little girl! Congratulations!

AyolahSehat said...

wow , nice picture

rachel snowden said...

Congratulations on your newest addition! I just love your work and can't wait to see what you have coming up, and I think your family seems just beautiful and incredibly cool, so blessings as you welcome the newest member!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Congratulations! God Bless the Hatke family!

Guillaume Fabre said...

Congratulations from Paris !
Welcome to the world, little Ida Penthea.

Guillaume and the team of Rue de Sèvres

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Guillaume!

Anonymous said...

I just heard the news! Congratulations!

–Chris Chan

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