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Portland ABC just arrived from the printer. It’s the second ABC book in the series (after Seattle ABC), but this time we tried a new format. Square, a bit smaller, and –in a career first!– a spot varnish on the cover.
Because the structure is less narrative the ABC books provide an opportunity to push the art in a more graphic direction. Peter P. Plasencia’s Space Alphabet is a masterpiece of minimal two-color design and inspired the look of Seattle ABC. I considered limiting Portland ABC to two colors plus black, but it just didn’t feel like a Larry book. Each spread is approached as limited color (from 2 to 3) but the book has a typically Larry-like range of colors.
I’ve had more pre-publication interest in Larry Gets Lost in Washington, DC than any Larry book so far. I even sent a pdf of an early draft to one family that was headed there on vacation and just couldn’t wait.
We just sent off to the printer. I’ll post more art as the publication date approaches in Spring 2014.
Somehow I’ve neglected to post about Larry Gets Lost in Philadelphia! (Now available) Let’s remedy that immediately.
Phillie is still using old fashioned metal tokens on public transport. On the title page I wanted to capture that as well as acknowledge the iconic L Train. A clumsily cribbing of M. Sasek who did it better in This Is London.
The great cheese steak showdown: Pat’s vs. Geno’s. Much like the Chicago hotdog (Larry Gets Lost in Chicago) or the New York pizza (Larry Gets Lost in New York City), my books require exhaustive research into the local cuisine.
Though some might wish otherwise, the Philadelphia Art Museum and Rocky Balboa will be forever linked.
Larry is ready for his closeup. Here’s his very first book trailer. My friend Ava Schwartz provided the voice talent and Rightchuss Noize did the music and sound effects. Thanks everybody!