Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oh. Wow. So that's what I sound like?

As I've mentioned, The Book of Horrible Stories features illustrations done by my partner-in-crime, Wesley Wong. There is, however, one mini-story inside of it that I didn't ask him to illustrate, and that's the book's preface, "Five Stories, Ten Dollars." I had already gotten five drawings from him; I figured I'd bugged him enough.

But I thought it might be fun to get another artist friend in on the act and put together something like bonus material. So please find below a short clip of me reading the preface to The Book of Horrible Stories, "Five Stories, Ten Dollars," featuring some fabulous illustrations by my friend Dan Dougherty.

And if you like what you hear, consider purchasing The Book of Horrible Stories via those links on the right-hand side, or better yet, joining me at Open Books (213 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL) on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m. for a reading. Information about that event can be found here. It should be decidedly less awkward than me sitting in front of my computer, talking loudly into a gaming headset, which is how I recorded my audio part for the video below.

video

Just to make sure I'm giving everyone proper credit, here's a citation for the music used in the clip: 
Club de Jazz presents… A Full Moon Party (The Emer Mulholland Group) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A smattering of stuff I'm happy about.

We have not only a flyer...

...but also a store display!


Thanks to the fabulous Kevin and Lizzy for this. And if you'd like to check it out in person, head over to the Open Books bookstore at 213 W. Institute Place in Chicago. Open Books and I are going halfsies on any money made from sales there, because I love them so, so even if you don't like me, half of your money will support literacy-boosting projects.

And finally, just so I'm not babbling about books all the time... we also have berries.

This has nothing to do with anything. I'm simply amazed that the plant grew.