When HeyLookAWriterFellow (Mike Allegra) sent my son a “Celebrate” stamp (see post “Celebrate Cats!”),
he didn’t know what he was getting himself into—or maybe he did.
My son thanked Mike for the stamp by creating a new stamp, “Celebrate Falling!”
and a comic book (see post “Alien Invasion – A Graphic Novel” and sending them as gifts.
So I was surprised when he received a new stamp from Mike in the mail last week:
and a lovely note, encouraging him to keep drawing and creating. So now young Master Hoffmann is sending a thank-you note with the following stamps to add to Mike’s “collection”:
This last one is a “twofer,” celebrating stamps and cash (although this particular combo hasn’t worked for the always bankrupt postal service).
I don’t think my son believes that being an illustrator is a quick way to earn cash, but he plans to “make millions” by selling everything from lemonade to cookies to comic books at a stand he’s setting up with friends in a local park. We’ll see how that shakes out.
Instead, I think his “cashing out” dreams are right in line with the other tongue-in-cheek stamps he’s created to celebrate falling, diving into concrete swimming pools or crashing into brick walls. Any artist can identify with all of those calamities. There’s a certain Three Stooges meets Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner sensibility at work.
So I would like to take this time to honor and celebrate all the great illustrators we know and love, including HeyLookAWriterFellow (who WILL one day–in the not to distant future, right Mike??– give the world a book filled with his fabulous illustrations).
Here are a handful of a few favorite illustrators:
Judy Schachner (author/illustrator) Skippyjon Jones series
David Macaulay (illustrator) The (New) Way Things Work (author – Neil Ardley), architecture, etc. (one of my son’s favorites)
Nina Laden – (author/illustrator) The Night I Followed the Dog
Graeme Base – (author/illustrator) Uno’s Garden
David Gardner (illustrator) Sarah Gives Thanks (Mike Allegra -author)