Of Course We Brought Kid Cthulhu Cupcakes!

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I’m foresworn to deny you the recipe for Diane’s Kid Cthulhu Cupcakes — an old family secret — but I can tell you that if you come to one of our Go to Sleep, Little Creep launch party/signings, you can have one on the house.

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Both the new children’s picture book and the ectoplasmic sugary treats were a hit at The Spider’s Web a little while ago. Joined by my wolfgirls Diane and Olivia, I engaged with a warm and friendly crowd of comics culture people, showed off and signed copies of the book, and chatted about the long run of other stories I’ve written in comics and film over the last three decades. I think my daughter enjoys getting a sideways glance into the old man’s past…

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The real thrill of the afternoon was watching human kids interact with the Little Creeps, as brought to life on the page with the collaboration of artist Ashley Spires. I’ve captured a couple of examples here, and readers and friends have started posting and sending images of their own little monsters loving the book, howling along with Wolfgirl and Little Foot. (Feel free to post your own in the comments!)

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IMG_4441.jpgBefore we left, we signed every #quinnsessentials book Paul and Andrew had in the store with my name on it, so if you missed us, The Spider’s Web has you covered. And the guys and I have fiendish plans this October 27 for Halloween Comicfest, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Check back here for more “on the road” dates soon.

“And May All Your Nightmares… be Little Ones.”

 

 

 

Go to Sleep, Little Creep on the Road

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Where and when you can come to a Go To Sleep, Little Creep event, participate in a signing or discussion, and get your book signed?

I’m about to tell you. But first, a few images to illustrate the Toddlers of Terror on the road this summer, in California and right here in Sleepy Hollow Country.

I’ve been a guest at San Diego Comic Con on and off since my late college years, 31 years ago. (Faust: Love of the Damned had unleashed. I had sold a couple of stories to DC Comics.)

Over the years, I returned, meeting up with collaborators and creatives and fans and signing a mountain of comics, for Marvel, Dark Horse, Chaos, nearly every 1990s work for hire publisher and especially my creator-owned work like Faust, The Wrath, Nightvision, The Not for Children Children’s Books, etc.

Comic Con has grown, most of you know, from an intimate-ish gathering for fans and readers OF comics to a mega-media/toy and game market and cosplay parade INSPIRED BY by comics.

(Aside: no I’m not disparaging cosplay, as you can read in my earlier blog, Dreaming in Public.)

And as the show evolved, my participation evolved. Instead of facing Comic Con as full time work, I bring my family and create a work/play vacation. I meet with collaborators, but I also enjoy the Science Center, the restaurants, and one of the most beautiful beaches I know, with Diane and Olivia.

I couldn’t be happier.

Work is better with family. Family is better with work. Or at least that’s how it goes for me at this stage of my long, strange career.

My new picture book with Ashley Spires didn’t come out till after this year’s show, but the preview copy I carried with me put smiles on faces.

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Imperial Beach, Coronado Island
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Hotel Del Coronado Daily Ice Cream

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Preview copy of CREEPS meets CHICK – my bet’s on the CREEPS

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Artist Jodi Tong meets the kids.

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At Jim and Holly’s BroadSword Comics booth with Stephen Strange

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Mantis

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Uncle Tim, co-creator of Faust and many, many more

Preview: Go To Sleep, Little Creep by David Quinn and Ashley Spires

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Ben Herman, as well as enjoying savvy pop culture blogging, including some enjoyable and thoughtful close readings of some of my own stories, so he was one of the first people I showed my new children’s book. Thanks for the recommend, Ben! I will be reading you…

In My Not So Humble Opinion

Writer David Quinn is a versatile and imaginative creator.  Although he is best-known for co-creating the adult horror comic book series Faust: Love of the Damned, and for writing Doctor Strange for two years at Marvel Comics, Quinn has written a wide range of material over his 30 year career.

Quinn’s newest project is in collaboration with illustrator Ashley Spires.  Go to Sleep, Little Creep is a rhyming picture book about baby monsters and their monster parents who are trying to get them to go to bed.

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Quinn was kind enough to e-mail me a preview copy of Go to Sleep, Little Creep.  It was a very charming read.  Quinn’s prose is sweet and humorous.  Spires’ wonderful illustrations are adorable and funny.  The designs of the baby monsters are wonderfully sweet.

By the way, as a huge fan of both cats and scary stories, I think the Mummy…

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Happy Mother’s Day from the Little Creeps #gotosleeplittlecreep

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Go to Sleep, Little Creep by David Quinn, Illustrated by Ashley Spires

For all you Mothers out there…

Here’s another “behind the scenes” taste of our children’s book, coming this July from Crown Books for Young Readers. I can’t wait to share the whole book with all of you, so I’m sharing “bonus DVD content.”

As I began to work on the book with my Publisher Phoebe Yeh, I proposed we use something like the following for the endpapers – these are the pages inside the book cover that come before and after the book. I always appreciate it when this prime book real estate enriches the experience of the book.

Although they were never developed for the final book, they might make good trading cards or book marks — and they are fun to share with you here!

GTSLC Endpapers – Proposed by David Quinn

GTSLC endpaper design: tell a story about the story through artifacts parents collect, such as baby pictures and birth announcements of all the little creeps, something to really study and mine for fun details that support the story.

Endpaper Front

Little Peanut Mummy’s baby picture, inscribed “2001 Years Old”

Dracula’s Daughter – her own childlike crayon illustration of herself sandwiched in between Mom and Dad. All smiles. All valentine hearts and halloween bats in the air around them.

Baby Godzilla stompy watercolor footprint Mother’s Day card, inscribed “I Love You, Mommy! Baby G”

Frankie Jr. birth announcement postcard, scrawled electrically to blast out the words “He’s Alive!”

Framed Baby Pic Photo: Little Miss Alien when she was just an Egg

Endpaper Back

Kid birthday party invite: “Party in the Woods Tonight!” “Happy Birthday, Little Foot!” “Time: After Dark” “RSVP Mrs. Big Foot C/O The Broken Tree, The Woods”

Baby Lagoona (Gill Creature) baby picture, clutching a very wet blanket to her cheek

The Facebook page of Patsy and Rhonda Romero; in the headshot space, the loving Mommy Zombies are hugging, and in the large portrait, their kids, the Zombie Quintuplets Group Picture – total anarchy, awkward framing, partially out of focus

Little Medusa baby picture, surrounded by snakes

Wolfgirl First Night on the Schoolbus Photo – wearing a giant back pack, adorable and beaming.

 

Go to Sleep, Little Creep, Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
On Sale Jul 24, 2018
ISBN 9781101939444
Copyright 2018, David Quinn
Illustrations copyright 2018 Ashley Spires

For more information and to pre-order

#LittleCreepTakeover! Meet the Romero Triplets.

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It’s Children’s Book Week… and some Little Creeps are celebrating with a #LittleCreepTakeover, posting their own introductions, a “behind the scenes” taste of our children’s book, coming this July from Crown Books for Young Readers.

Meet Patsy Romero:

Hey there! Wanna join our pile?

 I’m Patsy Romero. Do you like playing outdoors all night? All us kids do!

But when the sky starts to get all bright and burny, Mom and Mommy hustle us inside. We find a dark, safe place where we can shut out the light.

Sometimes light makes us a little nervous…  but when you’re sleeping with your family in a great big pile, nothing’s scary for long.

 Come on, you know you wanna join our pile!

 Mommy always says, “A zombie is good at sharing.”

 Mom always says, “Tomorrow is another night.”

 

#CBW18
Go to Sleep, Little Creep, Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
On Sale Jul 24, 2018
ISBN 9781101939444
Copyright 2018, David Quinn
Illustrations copyright 2018 Ashley Spires

For more information and to pre-order

#LittleCreepTakeover! Meet Wolfgirl.

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It’s Children’s Book Week… and some Little Creeps are celebrating with a #LittleCreepTakeover, posting their own introductions, a “behind the scenes” taste of our children’s book, coming this July from Crown Books for Young Readers.

Meet Wolfgirl:

“What’s up?

The Moon!

Get it?

I’m Wolfgirl.

And I’m kinda like very important, if you know what I mean. Sure, there are other kids bigger than me. There are other kids that live in big fancy castles or know how to fly, or even walk through walls.

But I Sing the Moon.

I’m learning how to Sing the Moon into the Sky when it’s time to get up. I’m learning how to Sing the Moon into the Mountain when it’s time to go to sleep.

My Dad’s teaching me.

Dad says it’s the most important thing you can Sing, because without the Moon, we would have nowhere to play.

So, I’m a little sleepy…  but first I have to Sing.”

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Go to Sleep, Little Creep, Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
On Sale Jul 24, 2018
ISBN 9781101939444
Copyright 2018, David Quinn
Illustrations copyright 2018 Ashley Spires

For more information and to pre-order

#CBW18
@EveryChildRead
@EveryChildaReader
@CBCBook
@ChildrensBookCouncil

 

#LittleCreepTakeover! Meet Mau.

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It’s Children’s Book Week!

Bookstores, libraries and schools celebrate children’s books and their unique role in instilling the lifelong joy of reading. Meanwhile at inwalkedquinn.com, some Little Creeps have threatened a #LittleCreepTakeover!*

Meet Mau:

“Call me Mau, as my Mummy does. Mau has lived with Mummy and her family all Mau’s life, and all Mau’s afterlife…  so far.

Here’s what Mau knows.

Mummy loves Mau because Mau is smart.

Mummy loves Mau because Mau is loyal.

Mummy loves Mau because Mau is super cuddly, just like Little Peanut Mummy is super cuddly.

Best of all, Mummy loves Mau because Mau and her Mama are the fastest mouse catchers in the land.

Here is what Mau likes: a little milk on Mau’s tongue.

Here is what Mau does not like: tasting a moth by accident.

Some say Mummy and Peanut should be afraid of Mau. But this is silly. Mau’s Mama, a wise mouse catcher named Bast, says Mau is a cat, and cats are guardians of the dead.

Here’s what that means: no mice.

Gotta go! Bye!”

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#LittleCreepTakeover
#GotoSleepLittleCreep
@EveryChildRead
@EveryChildaReader
@CBCBook
@ChildrensBookCouncil
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Go to Sleep, Little Creep, Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
On Sale Jul 24, 2018
ISBN 9781101939444
Copyright 2018, David Quinn
Illustrations copyright 2018 Ashley Spires

For more information and to pre-order

*#LittleCreepTakeover! is a special “behind the scenes” look at our children’s book; in each post, a character from our book reveals a hidden monologue, a voice that’s not in the text of the book.