Monday, August 10, 2009

MILO and his Editors

After a 2 month absence from blogging I am back. Wish I could explain away my lack of posting because of travels to mysterious and exotic locales - but the truth is I have been busy working hard on getting MILO into the kind of shape he needs to be shaped into.

I keep pinching myself about how lucky I am to be working with my wonderful team at Aladdin; Liesa Abrams, editor extraordinaire is helping me edit the story into a trimmer tighter tale. Not only is she brilliant at story, she is that rare breed of editor who is careful to couch any "cutting" comments with positive and sensitive spin. She couldn't possibly be more respectful of my story. 

I am also having a ton of fun working with Karin Paprocki, the art director on MILO. Together we have been redesigning the 4 main characters of the book and though at first it was really hard for me to have to reimagine what Milo looked like...

(old Milo designed on the adolescent "me" who lived this story)

...I am now really happy with what he looks like (see top of post!) The back and forth of sketches and the discussions that followed is not only helping define the look of all the cartoons but helped us see Milo as the kind of main character kids will relate to in a visual way. Sure it was hard to change how I saw the character - afterall, I'd been doodling him  for over a year. But again, I am blown away by the careful way Karin has been directing her comments to me about what makes one drawing work better than another. And like I said, the end result is wonderful.

What strikes me is how much everyone behind the book is BEHIND the book (and respectful of my process).

With publication just a year away and deadlines for final text and artwork coming soon - I am swimming in the fun part of making a book, my book....my Milo!

12 comments:

adrienne said...

It's always good to hear from you on your blog, but the books are what we're really waiting for. Keep having fun with your process!

SilberBook-Blog said...

I know 12 months seems like a lifetime! But MILO arrives Fall 2010 so that's where my sights are set! Thanks for the encouragement A.

web said...

Awww... I really liked the original Milo. Though I can see the arguments behind the changes. He looks more like a kid, now.

SilberBook-Blog said...

It's funny. I had a really hard time letting go of "my Milo" - he had been the character that I wrote about for so long - that was the image in my head as i wrote...but now I'm really in love with the "new" Milo and as I edit HE is now in my head.

Hopefully kids will like him too.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your success :)

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海產 said...

你可以從外表的美來評論一朵花或一隻蝴蝶,但你不能這樣來評論一個人........................................

Jill Murray said...

Alan, I've been trying to invite you to my book launch party, but your inbox is full!

It's next Thursday. Here's the info:
http://www.jillmurray.com/2010/02/03/feb-18-book-launch-babar-en-ville/

資料 said...

任何事都是由一個決心,一顆種子開始。........................................

化妝 said...

此處是值得一探究竟的好部落格!!........................................