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InkTober and the Kitchen Cart

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First there was a great wooden kitchen cart that I found put out to trash in Manayunk.

Then… there was InkTober.

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Inspired by Ben Hatke of the Zita the Spacegirl series and Jake Parker of Missile Mouse series? Yep, these kids were game. And at first… at first paper was enough for us.

But the supplies were on the kitchen cart… and they know my feelings about artistic graffiti created in the right situations… Sooo…

It’s been a week and they’re still drawing. The kitchen cart that almost went into a landfill, now has a new life as a work of art.

 

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Ben Hatke: Wizards and Libraries Forever!

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Usually we leave the library laden with treasures, grateful and excited. This time, we brought our treasures to the library, and not surprisingly—because libraries are magic—we left richer than we arrived. We got to know the fabulous Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and take one home, have our Zita books signed, and heard an awesome talk from artist and author Ben Hatke.

See? Magic.

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 Not only did the kids get his signature and their book personalized with their names, but each also got an unhurried sketch in their books—the bird from Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, One or Strong-Strong or Zita from the Zita series.

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Oh, there’s more. Yes. There was a great talk about books and illustration, an art game (will have to try this one at home), a reading of Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and a reading from Ben’s upcoming book.

There was also the hilarious and illuminating What Happened to My Cheeseburger?!? Demonstration:

It was about gesture, body language, and how to explain feeling through a drawing, sparing the speech bubble for further explanations. This made an impression. My son, later that night:

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And one for me, my absolute favorite (so far) from Ben’s InkTober series, The Widow of the Outlands. That’s right, I framed it.

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Wizards Forever! And Artist-Authors! And Libraries! Yes, definitely. Magic all around.

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