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And get ready for a really special night!

Recently I talked about being contacted by Connor from Conlan Press, the publisher and manager for Peter S. Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn among many other excellent works), about marketing my prints to their fans, creating art for their book covers and other surprises.  It’s a tremendous opportunity, made all the better by the fact that Peter’s body of work has had huge, wonderful effects on my life… especially The Last Unicorn, which was turned into a film in 1982; a faithful rendition of the original work since Peter wrote the screenplay.

Right now Peter and Connor are in the middle of a huge, cross-country (soon to be international!) screening tour of The Last Unicorn.

Image taken from Conlan Press' site.

Image taken from Conlan Press’ site.

While it would be exciting enough just to be able to see Unicorn on a big screen, the tour is far more than that.  Peter will be at each and every screening to hold Q&A sessions and sign books.  There will be raffles and drawings.  Costumes are encouraged and, according to their site, “great ones will be rewarded.”  I hardly need encouragement to dress up in costumes!

Perhaps most exciting for me personally, Connor will be officially introducing me and my art to Peter’s fans at this screening.  The idea alone is so thrilling, I have no idea how I’m going to make it through the actual evening, but I’ll do my best!

So if you’re in or near the Newport Beach area on Wednesday, August 21st, I’d love to have you come to the Regency Lido Theatre and enjoy the show!   Tickets are extremely reasonable, even to constantly-broke me.  😉  All the screening details can be found here.  And general info about the tour with tons of FAQs can be found here.

I hope to see you there!!

In The Lilac Forest - just the most recent of my Beagle-inspired works.

In The Lilac Forest – just the most recent of my Beagle-inspired works.

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You all remember Andrew.  My childhood friend who grew up into the biggest badass.   And as a result of that heroism, he and 18 of his comrades died in the recent fires in Arizona.

Now the city of Prescott is trying to deny paying his family the benefit package promised to them.   Because his poor widow doesn’t have enough to deal with after losing her husband and best friend, and is faced with raising their four very young children on her own.  No, what she needs is an ugly, drug-out argument with heartless state officials and insurance companies.

I sign a lot of petitions.  Really, a LOT.  But I very, very rarely mention any of them here.  Not this time.  Andrew’s father Tom (who I also remember from when I was very young) has started a petition to get Andrew’s family the benefits promised them.  That’s only fair.

SO much more should be given to this family.  After the loss they suffered… a loss of their main provider, in the line of duty while protecting the state’s land, they absolutely should not have to battle this too.

So please, take a second and sign the petition.

And while you’re at it, get a copy of To The Lost as a print, card or IPhone/Pod/Pad case.  75% of the proceeds go to a fund for the families.

EDIT: As my sweet husband Geoff pointed out, it’s the city of Prescott that refuses to pay Andrew’s widow.  The mayor sounds like a peach.  To quote the article, he said of Andrew’s widow: “She’s a neat little lady… but money took hold in this situation real fast,” he said. “This is big bucks when it’s all over, big bucks. And money seems to be leading some of the battle over the city’s participation.”

What a swell guy.  An amazing man.  Does he kick puppies in his spare time too?

Cote of Arms - a semi self portrait with Katie Johnson.  I think the love and comfort displayed by the characters in the photo fit well with the aim of the post.

Cote of Arms – a semi self portrait with Katie Johnson. I think the love and comfort displayed by the characters in the photo fit well with the aim of the post.

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