Fusenews: Rot and Bother
One of America’s great cultural icons has been co-opted in a move that depresses me severely. From Cynopsis Kids:
Warner Bros. has teamed with Alcon Entertainment to develop a family-targeted movie adaptation of the Looney Tunes’ Marvin the Martian , the character created by the great Chuck Jones, according to Variety.
In the words of the great man himself, "I’m getting very, very angry!"
If you have not yet read the Salon article on the Twilight series, get thee to this website. As Matt pointed out to me the other day, the fame of Stephanie Meyer isn’t akin to that of J.K. Rowling. It’s far closer to the heyday of Anne Rice, both in size and scope. An interesting thought.
I don’t know if this translates across the ocean, but in Britain Random House has been bit by the silly bug. Here’s a new clause RH just inserted into their standard contract for children’s books.
"If you act or behave in a way which damages your reputation as a person suitable to work with or be associated with children, and consequently the market for or value of the work is seriously diminished, and we may (at our option) take any of the following actions: Delay publication / Renegotiate advance / Terminate the agreement."
One wonders what could have inspired such a turn of events. Who did what to whom? Good thing Shel Silverstein’s dead. That man wouldn’t have lasted five seconds under such rules. And what about Mo Willems and Jon Scieszka having bikini tops thrown at them at the Book Cart Drill Teams at the last ALA? They’re Hyperion men, right? The Guardian article about this gets delightfully English at one point and goes on to say, "This is not to say anyone will stand for it – the SoA advises affected authors to ask for it to be removed – and that Random House will suddenly realise that it’s not very good PR and cease this rot immediately." I love the term "Rot". I shall now attempt to use it daily in some manner. Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.
And the award for Most Original Method of Teaching People About Picture Book Art goes to . . . . (drumroll please) . . . ah yes, it goes to Dr. Bergeron’s class at the University of Miami (wild cheers erupt). On what do I base such a presumption? Well check out this amazing Book Quilt assignment.
"Every teacher and pre-service teacher enrolled in Dr. Bergeron’s undergraduate and graduate Children’s Literature courses at the University of Miami makes a child-sized quilt-top inspired by a piece of quality children’s literature. Then, Dr. B quilts their projects and the quilts are displayed at the Lowe Art Museum. The purpose of this assignment is educational. It asks the students to look closely at the artwork of the “masters” in children’s literature in order to develop “visual literacy”."
The results are often magnificent.
Stellar idea, Dr. Bergeron. Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
Remember Garfield Minus Garfield? It was the world’s most perfect example of how to make a bad comic strip work. Well apparently there’s now a book deal in the works. I would just love to know how the heck that’s legal. Does Davis get a cut? He must, right?
Like most New Yorkers, I am a fan of the Strand bookstore. Now I see that they have created the mother of all store bookbags. I’m not much of a bag person myself (and yet they flock to me like kittens to cream) but this baggie might lure me towards a purchase. Check it out over at Galleycat.
And finally, on the off-chance that you’ve always wanted to see Astro Boy created out of recycled train tickets but didn’t know where to look:
Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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