This is the grand launch of my NEW and IMPROVED blog/portfolio site, JEFF CROSBY/ILLUSTRATOR AUTHOR! It was formerly a neglected blog-only site, but I have now added my portfolio of illustrations to it, right at the top of the page. The portfolios feature my new work as well as some older favorites. So, since it’s been almost two years since my last posting, I think I need to do a bit of updating on where my career stands.
Meet Otis Steele! He is a foolish trapper in the swamps of East Texas and is so hungry he could eat… The first of my book projects to be coming out this year will be Otis Steele and the Taileebone, written by my friend and traveling storyteller, Tom McDermott and published by Pelican Publishing Company. It’s a creepy tall tale that will be released later this month, just in time for Halloween! Tom and I will be having a book launch party for it at BookPeople on Saturday, October 19th at 5pm.
Here come those billy goat brothers to raise a ruckus! My second book project is the long awaited picture book, The Rockabilly Goats Gruff. This one I both wrote and illustrated. It is being published by Holiday House and will be out this February. I worked long and hard on this book, not just with the writing, but with trying out a new style of illustration. It ended up being one cool book, Daddy-O! I’ll be having a rockin’ book launch party for it at the Shimmy Shack in early 2014.
Introducing, Winny! Winny is a pony obsessed with playing princesses and is in search of someone to share her obsession with. Will you play with Winny? This is another picture book that I wrote and I plan on illustrating. My agent, Scott Treimel is shopping it around to publishers right now. Hooves crossed!
Don’t despair, Wiener Dog! I am still out promoting Wiener Wolf. It was on the Texas 2X2 reading list for 2012-2013 so I performed many school visits last year all over Texas and have several more lined up for this school year. Could there be a sequel in the works? One where Wiener Dog must win the heart of a dachshund dame by winning the race of his life?!! Maybe… It’s possible.