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SF public library Thursday!

I’m working away on things I can’t share yet – but here’s a sneak peek!

I will be presenting about my path to art and comics at the San Francisco Public Library, Noe Valley branch this Thursday from 4-5pm as part of their women’s history month events. I hope to see you there!

Have a great week!

love in the leaves

I had the privilege of creating this custom illustration for a lovely couple who will marry this fall. I’ve been buried under deadlines and at times unsatisfying work. Drawing this reminded me why I love my job.

Next week I will be at Denver Comicon as their special guest, I will participate on a slew of panels as well as have an artist alley table and I’m excited to share that my office manager, Nickole, will have her original art there as well! I will kick of the weekend with a presentation at the Denver public library on Thursday. If you’re around the area, I’d love to see you!

I hope you have a great week!

Jasmine graphic novel

I wrote, drew and colored (with flatting help from Nickole Caimol) this graphic novel last year with Disney Publishing. You can read about it in the exclusive press release in the Hollywood Reporter. It releases in Oct with Dark Horse Comics and is available for pre-order here. I hope you enjoy it!

signed copies of pashmina!

I’m thrilled to share that you can now order signed copies of Pashmina from a wonderful local bookshop, Bel and Bunna here. Each book is signed and comes with a limited edition postcard! If you’re around Lafayette, you can get one in person and if not, no worries, she will ship it to you!

I met Bel at the Northern California Booksellers meeting back in November. She handed me her card and I noticed that her shop was only 20 minutes from where we live now in the East Bay. Then she mentioned they had a weekend story time. We went to a couple, our daughter played with legos and coloring sheets while listening to Bel read. We loved the welcoming and comfortable environment she created in her shop.

Recently, I received a few requests for signed copies of PASHMINA. I wanted to partner with a bookshop to meet these requests so I called her to see if she would be open to working to meet those requests. She was! Within one day she had books online and arrangements made with the local pack and ship.

I love being part of this industry for all the amazing people I’ve meet like Bel who are committed to supporting authors and stories.

The same association, NCIBA, that allowed me to meet Bel announced that PASHMINA is the middle grade book of the year!

I hope you have a wonderful week! ^_^

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

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!

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.

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!

seattle bound

Thank you to all the people who came by Disney’s Wonderground Gallery through the month of February. I finished Snow White and have two other paintings that I’ll finish up after this weekend. But my traveling won’t stop!

I’m driving up to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon. It’s my favorite show of the year and I’m happy that Everyday Love Art will be sharing booth 409 with Unicorn Crafts! I will have prints, cards, magnets, original watercolors and canvas prints – if you’re in Seattle please come by and say hello.

This year I will also be promoting my debut graphic novel, Pashmina. I will be on FIVE PANELS (eeeks!) with some amazing authors like G. Wilow Wilson and Gene Yang. 

Hope to see you there!