Friday, June 12, 2009


As you can see, fresh Moonshot agitprop is now up and running on YouTube.

And I’m happy to say I’ll be speaking about Moonshot this weekend, as part of the World Science Festival in Washington Square Park here in New York. You can read more about the festival at their web site, here, and in a review in today’s Times, here. I’ll speak on the early side on Sunday morning, from 10:00 to 10:30, and if the AV system is willing I’ll show slides about the process of making the drawings in Moonshot. I’ll be signing books at 11:00. Schedule and venue details are here. I hope you can come by!

EDIT: “As you can see” may have been a poor choice of words; the video seems to be loading irregularly. If it’s not showing up here, you can watch it on YouTube here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Go like heck

Many of the scenes in The Racecar Alphabet are either of actual raceways, or stand in for moments in the history of racing. The night scene on the V page, for instance, is meant to represent the 24-hour road race at Le Mans. Now there’s a new book about Ford’s efforts during the 1960s to wrest dominance of Le Mans from Ferrari, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, by A. J. Baime, reviewed here in the Times, that sounds like a lot of fun, if your interests go in that direction.

This also serves as an excuse to mention that I recently received a copy of The Racecar Alphabet from its latest reprinting — its tenth time back to the presses, I’m happy to say. (Tenth big printing? No. But tenth printing!) Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here’s a short discussion with Avi about the Poppy books — about the characters and how some of them came about, about the intersections between the stories and life, and about concluding the series. I may be biased, but I say it’s a good watch!

And a reminder: my earlier, shorter, and substantially less thoughtful video about the Poppy books is still available here.