Monday, January 30, 2012

The Big SCBWI Blog Post!


The past weekend, I attended the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (aka SCBWI) Winter Conference 2012 in New York City for the first time with fellow friends and Illustrators Hope Myers and Qing Zhuang. It was a full weekend jammed packed with exciting information on the progression of everything Children's books and Young Adult Books.

From left to right: Qing Zhuang, Hope Myers, Me, Qing Zhuang again 

Friday, I attended the portfolio drop off around noon.  It was set up so art directors, publishers and many other people could come in and take postcards of your work and look at your portfolio. The Illustrators weren't allowed in till 9pm to look at everyones portfolio and pick up their own so we had the whole afternoon free to browse the city.  We visited the Society of Illustrators to see the recent show from the annual competition and met up with my friend, former roommate, and graphic designer, Katrina Kelly for dinner. We had dinner at a small delicious crepe place around Pratt, where we met up with Hope's sister and a friend. 

Katrina Kelly and Hope Myers

I also forgot to mention that Hope and my hotel room was super fancy and had the lowest toilet we have ever seen since preschool.

Photos from our room. You can see me in the bathroom mirror.

We were finally able to pick up our portfolios and turned out I had quite a good deal of postcards taken! Very exciting.

Lin Oliver

The rest of the weekend was filled with amazing keynote speakers such as Chris Crutcher, Cassandra Clare and Kathryn Erskine. Lin Oliver was our wonderful host. I attended very informative workshops about Picture Book Illustrators with Cathy Goldsmith, Fantasy novels with Arianne Lewin and the evolution of the Ebook with Ruben Pfeffer. We also had a surprise guest who was none other than............


Henry Winkler! For all of you younger than me who didn't grow up watching Nick at Nite, he is none other than Fonzi from Happy Days.  He's come out with a series of young adult novels now with Lin Oliver called Hank Zipzer. It was quite the surprise!


We also had three amazing panels with wonderful people.  The first panel was about today and tomorrow in children's books withe experts such as Jean Feiwel, Barbara Marcus, Nancy Paulsen, and  Rubin Pfeffer. The second panel was moderated by Laurent Linn and was about the Illustration side of the Children's book Industry with illustrators such as Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Peter Brown, Brian Floca, David Gordon, Brett Helquist, Aileen Leijten, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sean Qualls, John Rocco, Sergio Ruzzier, and Dan Yaccarino. We also heard from a panel of Agents such as Regina Brooks, Ginger Knowlton, Chris Richman and Ken Wright.  Other speakers included Jane Yolen and Stephen Mooser.  Overall the experience was jam packed with information and I met a ton of illustrators, writers and other people in the industry. I would highly recommend it to anyone. 


Qing said...

I'm so happy we got to go to the conference together! Let's do it again ;)

Dan Moynihan said...

Hi Kelly,
It was great to meet you at the conference, and I've enjoyed checking out more of your work on your blog. Really wonderful stuff!
best wishes,

Teresa Koester Mills said...

Hey girl, it was lovely meeting you. I absolutely enjoyed rifling through your portfolio. Louisville, represent!