So how do you spread a message without being too "preachy?" That's a difficult task that I face even now as I write this. The truth about Zebrafish is that, sure it's my first book as an official published illustrator, but what this is REALLY all about is...
Children's Hospital Boston.
The zebrafish research lab at Children's is entirely funded by donations. When you buy this book, a generous portion of the proceeds goes to cancer research.
Ultimately, you are putting money towards helping CURE children who are sick.
The characters in the book form a band with the intent of putting on a show to raise money for the hospital.
Did you know there's a real-life band doing just THAT!? They're called Yellowcake and they are AWESOME. Alone, they have raised $7,000 for the hospital.
Photo Creds: CHildren's Hospital Boston
7 other local high school bands also joined the cause to help raise money, listen to their music here: http://www.zebrafish.com/notes.html
If that isn't what it's REALLY all about, I don't know what is.
So today, I am celebrating not only my first day as a published illustrator...I am celebrating the beginning of what could possibly be the most wonderful thing to happen to Children's Hospital Boston. At least, I am crossing my fingers for it.
And because everyone seems to respond well to PROCESS images! I decided to choose my favorite page. I'm excited to share it because EVERY artist on the FableVision staff contributed a bit of flair to this page.
Soccer game: Thumbnail
Soccer game: Final Ink
Soccer game: Final Color (Click for larger view!)
2. Didi Hatcher
3. Allie Biondi
4. Adam Ziskie
6/10/14/15. Keith Zoo
8. Bob Flynn
11. John Lechner
12. Tami Wicinas
13. Hannah O'Neal
16. Taryn Johnson
I'll be selling and signing some Zebrafish books at the Maine Comic Arts Festival in Portland on Sunday, May 23rd. I'll also have all kinds of fun things that I've designed including bookmarks and art prints. Please do stop by and check it out!! http://www.mainecomicsfestival.com/
Also, check out this amazing list of GUESTS! http://www.mainecomicsfestival.com/Guests.html
And also, if you missed it back in December, you can watch the book trailer here: http://kurillastration.blogspot.com/2009/12/so-much-for-secrets.html
**OH and I promise never to be this wordy ever again. You have my word. ;)
*Transparent Zebrafish Photo Creds: Dr. Richard White