happy diwali!

Festival of Lights - Birthday Card

Diwali Tree - Blank Card

Diwali Dreams

Happy Diwali! I hope you and yours have a wonderful, light filled year.

I will be in Santa Cruz at Atlantis Fantasyworld signing PASHMINA this Saturday from 4-7pm. Also on Monday I will be at the Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach for a discussion and signing with Cecil Castellucci.  See details and more of my upcoming events here. I hope to see you on the road!

 

inktober + launch party

The seeker (available)

The audiophile (available)

All inktober drawings are available for purchase, $45 each, if you’re the first to contact me. They measure 2.5×3.5 on bristol board made with a combination of brush pen, gold paint, and a dash of colerase pencils. I will update the post when they’re gone!

Tomorrow is my official Pashmina launch party at Trickster in Berkeley (which is thankfully indoors) There will be some light snacks, a short presentation and lots of fun. I hope you can make it!

pashmina is out today!

Eeee! Pashmina is officially out today! You can go into your local bookstore, comics shop or library and find it (and if it’s not there, request it!). Thank you everyone for your support, love and kindness through this journey. I hope to see some of you this month on my mini book tour.

I will ask one favor – if you can write a review on Amazon, that helps me a lot!

Thank you to Lyla Warren for animating this beautiful book teaser.

I hope you have a lovely day <3

puerto rico

The publishing community has come together to raise money for Puerto Rico. You can bid on a signed copy of Pashmina and a 50 page graphic novel or art portfolio critique here. You can also browse and bid on offers from other authors, editors and artists. Bidding is open now and closes Thursday.

Please share and support Pub for PR.

Almost there

A little sneak at some panels from PASHMINA which is less than 2 weeks away from release. Its received its second starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

If you’re in the bay area, I hope to see you at our official launch party. If not, I hope to see you at one of the cities I am visiting on my mini tour.

Have a great week!

pashmina tour dates!

I can’t believe we’re 3 weeks away from Pashmina’s release date! I will be traveling around to promote its release. At each event I will speak about the process of making Pashmina and sign books.

You can find more details about each event on my website or RSVP to them on my facebook events page.

I hope to see you!

a starred review

Making PASHMINA was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my career so far. To wake up to read a professional review of it in the School Library Journal (a starred one, none the less) is a feeling I cannot describe.

I am so very excited to share PASHMINA with you – we’re less than a month away from it’s release!

Thank you for your support, always.

NPR, SDCC and tour

I am thrilled to be included in this article on NPR today.

We’re deep in prep for San Diego Comicon – every year it sneaks up on me. I can’t believe it’s next week! I will have a table at O-14 in Small Press. I will also be speaking on multiple panels. I hope to see you at the show!

If you’re in the Bay this weekend, my work will be available at the SF Etsy Pop Up in Ghiradelli Square. There will be dozens of local artists selling there, please stop by!

Lastly, I have added all my Pashmina tour dates to my events page! I’m excited to meet folks while I travel around the country this fall!

That’s all from me – I hope you have a great week!

book expo america

This is a panel from Pashmina. The word shabash means congratulations in Hindi. Beta is the word for son/daughter. Around our house we’re always saying shabash to our daughter – and I imagine my mom saying this to me as I embark on my trip to New York tomorrow for Book Expo America.

The trip will mark a lot of firsts – my first author trip to promote Pashmina, first publisher luncheon with other authors, first round of interviews and meetings for Pashmina. Among many of those firsts – I will see and hold my book for the first time at my first book signing (advance copies, the book still releases on October 3rd).

It’s about to become very real and I am very excited (and nervous, too!)

 

this is india

Do you remember the first positive representation of your home country? The lead character in my debut, PASHMINA, Priyanka is introduced to India in one of my favorite pages. I will be sharing a few sneak peeks before its release in October.

I remember inking this page not sure if I could convey what I wanted – but when I added color it came together.

I hope you have a happy weekend!