space-invaders.com This site is very cool indeed. Perhaps you have noticed the invasion... and if not, look closer damn it!

fudge factory comics.com I really like this guy's cartoon drawings. They're exactly my type of thing--nice shading, dynamic, but retro looking

childrensbooks.lisathiesing.com Yes, there's another Aliens Are Coming! book. Lisa's is a beginning reader, full of Martians and mayhem. Check out her site for other great books.

duanekeiser.blogspot.com This is just plain genius. This painter does a postcard sized painting a day and auctions the work off on ebay. The paintings range from moody landscapes to half eaten bits of candy and other gooey treats. Beautiful. I want one of those paintings!

www.fedexfurnature.com This simple website tells you how you can make your own furniture (desk, table, even bed...) out of FedEx boxes. I checked out the site after seeing a 20/20 piece about it. The guy who made it is really inspiring. FedEx, of course, is threatening to sue and accusing the website creator of trademark infringement. The website creator/box dweller even turned down a 16,000 dollar offer to sell the site. He didn't sell it! Check it out. Furniture out of FedEx boxes is an art form!

www.drawn.ca This is called Drawn! The Illustration Blog. Lots of great artwork and illustration chatter.

www.punkfarm.com This is Jarrett's new site for his new book Punk Farm. It's crazy, punked-out fun!

www.lindawingerter.com Linda's a RISD grad and her artwork is gorgeous. Be sure to check out her side-projects--the miniature dolls!

www.annaalter.com Anna is also a RISD grad. Her website is wonderfully designed and her characters are so appealing!

www.jeremyphillips.com Jeremy is a talented 3D illustrator AND he's a rockin' bass player. Anyone who can do both gets a big thumbs up in my book!

www.mikeoverbeck.com A great animator--his stuff is so funny! This site is worth checking out just for the funny animation loops he's put on (RISD grad, big surprise). Mike is moving from NY to San Francisco to concentrate on his animation full time. I'll miss you Mike!

www.neistat.com My pal Christina brought this work to my attention, because she's been hired to make artist books for these guys. Check out the short films. Very cool.

www.tylerfyer.com Okay, so Tyler Fyer isn't a traditional artist, per se, but what he does is a great artform. He breathes fire and swallows swords. That takes a heck of a lot of artistic talent! He puts on a great performance... and if you happen to be at a bbq, and he attends, he may put on an extra special outdoor show to light the grill.

www.studiodubois.com Liz is a fellow Scituate Rhode Islander who also went to RISD. Imagine that! She also lives on what used to be an apple orchard. I have fond memories of picking apples and eating lemon pie and sipping on hot cocoa as a child at what is now her home! The apple orchard had an Indian theme––full of wooden carvings. I think Liz still has a few! She's a great artist so check out the site––I love the fun little animated rollovers.

www.robettssnow.com This site is for a children's book illustrator auction this fall. Over 100 illustrators (some very big names included) will be donating wooden snowflakes to be auctioned off, for cancer's cure. Check it out! Bid on a snowflake!

www.studiojjk.com Mr. Krosoczka now gets top billing because his website rocks. Jarrett has revamped it. Now you can play video games ala Atari and old-school Nintendo. You can view his books in big theater movie style. I'm so jealous of his new website. Enough said. Go Jarrett!

www.bigempire.com/postittheater/thisweek.html This is Post-It thearter...which I stumbled upon while looking for flip books. These little Post-It flip books are cool!...and you can try it yourself at home.

www.thesoundoflincoln.co.uk/freak.htm Freak Show in a match book! I just happened to stumble upon this... watch "man with bad legs" and "fly girl" animate. This is quite creative and fun. Check it out.

www.MrBiggs.com Brian is an awesome illustrator. Check out his site and buy his latest endeavor, Shredderman.

www.copyrightdavis.com A million pop up ads flying at you at once, only these are small, brilliant colored square post-it notes covered with the most exquisite doodles. Beautiful!

www.markryden.com Picture the old master paintings adorned with ornate gold frames...now picture the models ghastly and white, wide-eyed, like the children of the dammed. Ryden's finely detailed paintings are full of beauty, pain, and humor, all rolled up into one.

www.claytonbrotherd.com A collage, retro look with stylized text and colored circles floating on top of a strange drug-trip world, that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

www.camillerosegarcia.com Creepy, black eyed people sit in a black world sprinkled with pink and blue pastel colors lifted right off a cupcake. These nightmare fairy-tale scenes are both fun and disturbing.

www.shag.com Some real retro-funky fine art filled with monsters, goblins, and some real cool people wearing dark shades and tight pants while sipping on cocktails ... yeah baby!

www.garybaseman.com One of my favorite illustrators. He mostly does editorial work but has recently delved into the children's arena with his TV show TEACHER'S PET. This guy is funny!

www.calefbrown.com Calef brown rocks. His editorial work rocks and so does his kids' book stuff. Oh, and I JUST noticed that he did an OK soda can! I LOVED OK Soda! Why, oh why did they take my OK Soda away from me? Waaaaahy? His can is so cool. I actually have the can, which I saved from the mid 90s, on my bookshelves. That's all I have to say.

www.christiannortheast.com This is another illustrator who I really admire. He makes maximum use of collage and retro images.

www.lisakopelke.com Author/illustrator of Excuse Me! and Tissue Please! Her frog has lots of personality.

www.cngruppuso.com These twin divas do some kick butt artwork. Wonderful photography by Natalie and amazing animation by Christina...and yes, Christina went to RISD.

www.kelmurphy.com Fellow RISD grad -- this site is beautifully designed and Kelly is a great illustrator!

www.gracelin.com Another RISD grad. Grace has written and illustrated The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone, to name a few. Her artwork is vibrant and lots of fun.

www.ryanmwallace.com great editorial illustrator. Ryan's illustrations have that funky painterly primitive thing going on. Really great work! (yeah, he went to RISD, too)

www.modernfrog.com The work of Evan Larson. His illustrations crack me up! And the homepage is worth the visit alone! (yet another RISD illustration grad - like the plague!)

www.anikmcgrory.com Author of Mouton's Impossible Dream. She's a great water color artist and um, she's yet another RISD grad.

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www.bobfromaccounting.com/childrensbooks "bob from accounting" shows some new promising children's books. Okay, so this page isn't useful for "people who want to write kid's books" but it is funny! If you know your stuff, you'll be able to pick out the REAL book covers, from the fakes. Good luck!

www.publaw.com This is a really great site for writers and illustrators. It has articles on copyright law, publishing law, and more!

www.yellapalooza.com A newly developed site for people wishing to illustrate picture books. There are plenty of useful articles on writing and illustrating children's books

www.verlakay.com A really useful site! Make sure to check out the transcripts section...so many interviews with editors, writers, and agents. This is a site to bookmark

www.underdown.org Another really great site for writers...lots of articles and insider information

www.cbcbooks.org A good beginner's resource. Also, check out the publisher information page to see who is and isn't accepting manuscripts

www.murdermustadvertise.com This is a must read for anyone wondering about those darn amazon numbers! Takes the confusion right out of the equation!

www.publishersweekly.com Publishers Weekly online site. Read the feature articles online

www.ivanhoffman.com Law articles for writers and publishers. Articles include copyright issues, contracts, foreign rights, etc.

www.societyillustrators.org The Society of Illustrators site. Check here to see what's showing and to download the latest contest entry forms

www.scbwi.org The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - see schedules for the latest conferences. Even if you're not a member you can still go. In NYC they have monthly lectures for 15 dollars.

www.authorsguild.org The authors guild contract tips - things to watch for

www.writerswrite.com Go here for an article about how to make your next booksigning a success.

www.barnesandnobleinc.com If you're self published or just curious, check this B&N page out for information on how you can get B&N to carry your book.

www.englishplus.com/grammar Have a grammar question? This site has everything.

www.robinsnest.com Another good grammar resource.

www.authorlink.com Editor, agent, and author writing insights...lots of articles.

the drawing board Information site for illustrators.

www.planetesme.com Author EsmeRaji Codell has created a great book resource for parents and children... book reviews and more

www.hbook.com A periodical specific to children's books... plenty of book reviews and author interviews.

www.ala.org/ala/booklist/booklist.htm American Library Association's Booklist Magazine - the online version. Subscription to the print version can be done online. The magazine contains many book reviews.

www.bookslut.com Author interviews and other book stuff

http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/ Preditors and edtiors.Find out who is "legit" and who is not

www.intellectlawgroup.com/Article%2010.htm This article will dispel the old mail yourself your manuscript myth once and for all!

.zNew - (this hasn't been updated in a while and as you know blogs are all the rage, so stay tuned for a lot of good ones very soon!)

blog sites by writers and...gasp... editors and agents. These are interesting. I recomend checking them out. No, editors and agents aren't robots, they're human!

Fuse#8 - Ah, fuse. A dedicated children's librarian working at the big-time Donnell Library in NYC. This lady knows her stuff! Hmm... she's like 6 months younger than I am so I'm going to call her YOUNG lady. Anyway, her blog is a fun mix of reviews, gossip, and funny, funny stuff.

www.sharyn.org - Sharyn November, senior editor at Viking and editorial director at Firebird, has her own blog. I recomend reading the section on "slush."

Agent obscura Agent starting a new literary agency called Firebrand Literary speaks here.

bgliterary/ Children's literary agen Garry Goldblott speaks out. There are some interesting things in this blog!

www.livejournal.com/users/halseanderson/ Blog of Laurie Anderson, author of Speak and many other YA titles.

Seven Impossible Things - These ladies have lots and lots of great author/illustrator/editor interviews (ahem... including one on yours truly) on their blog. They also review books and dish up other kiddy lit info. Check it out.

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www.shakerleg.com I see this guy playing down by the L train every week. He's the best drummer EVER!

home.nycap.rr.com/useless/index.html The usueless information page. So many interesting facts about strange things. They claim it's useless...but is it?

www.davidasselhoffonlone.com This is David Hasselhoff online... need I say more? Okay, I have yet not gotten past the intro page... but it's worth looking at just to see that, trust me!

www.homestarrunner.com All you children's book people with a sense of humor need to check this out! See what happens when a children's book gets some modifications, complete with animation.

www.forgotten-ny.com Rivers running through Manhattan? Abandoned air fields? Overgrown wild streets? In NYC? Check here to see the untamed last remnants of NYC history, yours for the exploring.

www.stillruns.com Um...I cam across this while researching the perfect car for an illustration. I found it amusing -- plenty of beat up cars and some funny captions.

www.jinwicked.com Don't like Thomas Kinkad? Don't appreciate the fluffy soft beauty and the glowing mysterious light he produces? Check this link out to be enlightened. You'll definitely chuckle...

www.glyphs.com Museum of Bad Art - "art too bad to be ignored."

www.yourpetpics.com Want to see some really funny dog photos? Sure you do...check these out, it's worth it.

www.petrix.com This is the only list you'll ever need when looking for a dog name, and I can say that without owning a dog!

www.akc.org This is the American Kennel Club's website. If you want to see what really goes on in the world of dog shows, click here

www.billburg.com See what's going on in Brooklyn, at the hip side of town...home of indie rock and plenty of art. Great apartment listings and you can even check to see when the next L train is running!

www.availavail.com I'm not giving this band props because my cousin is the singer, but rather because this is one really great punk rock band! You must see them live...their energy is amazing!

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