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TAG! I’M IT! In the Illustrator Blog Tour (OF GREATNESS.)

Illustrators can get lonely sometimes. They sit in their studios for hours on end… talking to their pencils, cursing at their Adobe Suite, and confessing their love to the charming recorded voice of Robert Krulwich. (Or is that just me?) 

Now I have learned of a new thing they do: Illustrator Blog Tours!! Sassy & talented people — like the effervescent Jaime Temairik— tag you in their blog and send you questions about your latest book. Then you answer in YOUR blog and send it right along to another illustrator! Let’s get started, shall we? 

1) What is the working title of your next book? 

This Monster Cannot Wait! by Bethany Barton (obviously.) And it’s brand new! Just came out last month! Woo hoo! 

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was on the phone with my agent— who’s full legal name is AGENT STEVE— making fun of my own terrifying lack of patience, when I said, “I should write a book about patience, to teach myself a lesson.” …I would finish telling this story but I learned nothing from writing the book and simply don’t have the patience to keep telling it…

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Is BEST BOOK EVER a genre? If not, then it’s simply a picture book, with lots of giggles and a lesson attached.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The Muppets. Stewart wants to be a Muppet more then anything.

(until his dreams come true, I will stick to crudely Photoshopping Stewart into images with The Muppets.) 

Don’t let this video fool you Kermit & friends, Stewart is very easy to work with.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Loveable Stewart simply can’t wait for his very first camping trip— because patience is hard — and so is writing a one-sentence synopsis. 

6) Who is publishing your book?

Dial Books for Young Readers under the Penguin USA mothership. 

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I actually don’t recall? But I think the whole book took 5-ish months, start to finish. Not including the time I completely re-drew the cover while getting on a plane to Uganda. True Story. 

(That’s me reading This Monster Needs A Haircut to orphans in Uganda!)

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

War & Peace - The Picture Book

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My own inability to be patient, and the way I turn into a Terrible Me-Monster when being impatient. I hoped the book would teach me — and other kiddos with a tendency to turn into Me-Monsters — a valuable lesson!

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

The greatest input I’ve gotten on This Monster Cannot Wait thus far were:

1) A librarian told me once that she liked my books because “Stewart has PERSONALITY, but not ATTITUDE.”

2) Cullen (age 8) told me “This book is better then the first book. It’s really funny.” 

3) When I met Jon Scieszka, he hadn’t read any of my books yet, but informed me they “probably needed more explosions.” Noted. 

Up next will be the adorable & wildly talented Katherine Roy! TAG, KATHERINE! YOU’RE IT!

Okay, I haven’t actually asked her to do this yet, but hopefully she’s down. — Bethany begins texting Katherine Roy furiously—  I intend to add many ridiculous questions for her to answer… ‘cause I’m a professional like that.

Any questions from the studio audience about This Monster Cannot Wait, illustrating and/or writing picture books?? I’d love to answer your questions! What you got?

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Apparently, “pouring coffee on your laptop in hopes it will glitch and write the perfect scene” is not covered by the warranty. (whoops.)

Apparently, “pouring coffee on your laptop in hopes it will glitch and write the perfect scene” is not covered by the warranty. (whoops.)

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"thank you for all the pet butterflies I keep in my stomach since meeting you (what should I feed them?)"

"thank you for all the pet butterflies I keep in my stomach since meeting you (what should I feed them?)"

3 Notes

"so, this is a fingerprint monster and despite his adorableness he cannot be trusted."

"so, this is a fingerprint monster and despite his adorableness he cannot be trusted."

5 Notes

"let’s fall in mutual respect."

"let’s fall in mutual respect."

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"I would give you my heart except then I’d have nothing left to love you with. (and well, that’s just silly.)" 

"I would give you my heart except then I’d have nothing left to love you with. (and well, that’s just silly.)" 

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Where in the World is bethany bARTon?!

Hey! Okay, so you’re probably thinking, "Where the heck have you BEEN bethany? You were posting all this art all the time and I was kind of enjoying it (or enjoying making fun of it) and then you went away! Are you still making art? Did you fall in a well? WE WANT ANSWERS." 

I’m alive! And making art, I promise! I also promise to get back to posting art here very soon! But first, here’s an update on some of the things that have been keeping me busy:

1) I made a picture book! It’s a monster tale called THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT, and the wonderful folks at Penguin published it! You can buy it just about anywhere, so feel free to buy 750 copies!

(If you DO grab a copy, and had a desire to make me smile really really big, you could post a picture of you with my book on my Facebook Fan page!?!!)

2) I also made a monster puppet, and a YouTube video of me being ridiculous with it. If you’re into that sort of thing. 

3) I got to illustrate this really cool middle-grade novel by Todd Hasak-Lowy called 33 Minutes! It’s hilarious & heartbreaking, so my doodles fit right in. The book doesn’t come out until January, so I can’t really show anything… um… so…. here’s the part with my name on it?!

4) DID SOMEONE SAY VODKA?! Well, you should have. Because I’m collaborating with EFFEN Vodka for their Art of Design Event. And if you’ll be in LA August 8th, you should come drink free vodka and see the art I made (it’s pretty flipping cool.) The Art of Design event is basically “Iron Chef” for mixologists— they all compete to make the perfect EFFEN cocktail, and we get to taste their creations! What an amazing celebration, right?! It’s free, but you have to RSVP through my fancy link here.
And here’s a sneak peek at once of the EFFEN art pieces I’ve made… you like? 

5) Okay, I know I’ve mentioned THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT a zillion times already, but I’m about to do it again. If you’re anywhere near Redlands, CA (which is the closest thing to a hometown I’ve got) on August 11th, you should head over to the Frugal Frigate - A Children’s Bookstore at noon! I’ll be there with my Stewart Monster Puppet— signing books, making funny noises and giving away free high fives.

6) In order to keep thehonestyrevolution 90% art-filled, I started a “NEWS” blog. The plan is to use it to post my book readings/signings, events, gallery shows, news, whatever, so that THIS blog can just be chock fulla art (well, after THIS post.) Here’s one of them thar news-type clippings:

7) Speaking of art— did you know that I sell stuff on Etsy? Yeah, I do that sometimes. I never know which pieces to make prints of, so shoot me a message here or on my Facebook Fan Page & tell me which pieces you’d like to see as a print, and I’ll make it happen. BOOM. Like that. Like BOOM.

I think that’s about it. Is there anything you fine folks think I should be doing/making/sharing? Anything you wish I’d draw some pictures on? Stuff I should be involved with? Talk to me! I miss you guys! 

3 Notes

"finger painting of a Chinese character tattoo that reads: ‘this doesn’t actually say anything’"

"finger painting of a Chinese character tattoo that reads: ‘this doesn’t actually say anything’"

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"you have a supernatural ability to make me smile like no one else can"

"you have a supernatural ability to make me smile like no one else can"

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"Wake up. Go after it. Repeat."

"Wake up. Go after it. Repeat."

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"I would never have grown up if I’d had any idea it involved so much more crying and so much less dinosaurs." 
People ask me for prints of this piece all the time, and now the folks over at StealThisArt are making it possible! Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10th) at 8am PST, this artwork will be available as a super sexy limited edition print! Only 100 14” x 18” giclees are being printed, and they’re only available for 24hrs on the StealThisArt site. GET INVOLVED! TELL YOUR FRIENDS! TELL YOUR ENEMIES TOO! CAPS LOCK! EXCLAMATION POINTS! 

"I would never have grown up if I’d had any idea it involved so much more crying and so much less dinosaurs." 

People ask me for prints of this piece all the time, and now the folks over at StealThisArt are making it possible! Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10th) at 8am PST, this artwork will be available as a super sexy limited edition print! Only 100 14” x 18” giclees are being printed, and they’re only available for 24hrs on the StealThisArt site. 

GET INVOLVED! TELL YOUR FRIENDS! TELL YOUR ENEMIES TOO! CAPS LOCK! EXCLAMATION POINTS! 

3 Notes

"it’s all yours."

"it’s all yours."

13 Notes

"she filled her home with food and love and food made out of love (oh and sex. lots of that too.)" 

"she filled her home with food and love and food made out of love (oh and sex. lots of that too.)" 

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A birthday present for my friend Chad (he loves him some Pacifico.) Now I’m thinking I’ll do a whole series of delicious boozes! 

A birthday present for my friend Chad (he loves him some Pacifico.) Now I’m thinking I’ll do a whole series of delicious boozes!