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.
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.
Also want to give a quick shout out to all the wonderful illustrators I met at the conference! Hello to Holly Graham, Cathy Gendron, Yuko Katakawa, Yvette Piette Herrera, Moira Birch Swiatkowski, Leeza Hernandez, Jen Hill, Nina Edwards, Caroline Gray, Dan Moynihan, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Ben Rubin, Teresa Koester Mills, Erin Reilly, and Michelle Kransny!