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Robert’s Snow-Meet Joe Kulka!

November 6th, 2007

Welcome to Blogging for a Cure!
Here’s where we, the Bloggers of the Kidlitosphere, are chatting about the fabulous artwork that’s showing up on snowflakes these days. Each piece of art is available to buy through Robert’s Snow, with proceeds going to cancer research. If you know anyone who has fought this disease, then you know how important research funds are in finding new treatments and an eventual cure. It’s great art for a great cause, so bid like crazy!

Today’s featured flakemaker: Author-illustrator Joe Kulka!

Joe’s been having some major e-mail trouble lately, so I wasn’t able to connect with him for an interview just now (I’ll update the post when I can).
But that’s OK, he’s been in my critique group for about 7 years, so I know a few things about him!

For one thing, he’s an amazingly talented illustrator, and has been successfully working for years in the fickle world of illustration. To his credit, he can do all kinds of art, from goofy cartoons to technical and medical illustration wih equal grace. While he works digitally most of the time, he is also an accomplished oil painter, and has returned to this favorite medium for his new book called The Rope, coming next year.

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This year marked Joe’s debut as both author and illustrator- Wolf’s Coming, published by CarolRhoda books has garnered great reviews and recently won a Bronze Bronze Medal in the “Picture Book – 4-8 Year Old” category of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Joe’s flake this year is wolf-based:

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Joe lives and works in Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and three children. As his family has grown, so has his arsenal of books, and it has been wonderful seeing both blossom forth. I am sure there will be many more Joe books to come- now’s your chance to pick up a piece of his original art while you can, and raise important funds for cancer research, too!

Go bloghopping! Check out all the other Robert’s Snow flakemaker features this week!
Visit Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast for the complete lo-down.

5 Comments

  1. on November 6th, 2007, Kate wrote:

    Great feature! I love that illustration of the drooling wolf. Thanks for sharing Joe’s work with us!

  2. on November 6th, 2007, Liz in Ink wrote:

    Oh, this is really fun. That greedy drool.

  3. on November 6th, 2007, Jules wrote:

    What a great snowflake! I JUST read a copy of Wolf’s Coming! and thought it was terribly clever.

    Thanks for this feature. Can’t wait to see his illustrations in oil.

  4. on November 6th, 2007, Sandra Alonzo wrote:

    Liz: I’m glad you made it clear that the wolf’s the flake, not Joe. He’s wonderful, as is the art. Love the flake! Sandy

  5. on November 12th, 2007, TadMack wrote:

    Okay, the wolf is menacing? But how cute is he? And the little pig being yanked off his feet. Love the story told on such a small piece of wood.

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