Sunday, November 28, 2010

Miami International Book Fair

0n the second day of the Miami International Book Fair, Elayne Pines, our hostess had one more author interview to do for her syndicated radio show "The Book Report." I did this sketch from outside the authors lounge which I had been denied access to. In this courtyard near the children's area, authors would sit at tables and sign books for the lines of people who gathered. Some people would arrive really early and sit on the pavement to wait. This book festival has grown quickly over the years but it maintains it's grassroots simplicity. Authors love coming to the fair because for once they are treated like rock stars.

Later that day I got a text from Brian Feldman who wanted my help to get into the book fair. I won't go into the details of that clandestine mission, which involved a homeless man, a sketch and hiding from security behind a CNN TV broadcast truck. When Brian arrived, Terry and I were waiting outside an auditorium to see Salmun Rushdie. Brian waited in line with us for a while working his iPhone the whole time trying to get me in to sketch a Spanish singer that night. He didn't have any luck getting tickets and he wandered off to look at all the tents full of books. He had to leave before the book fair closed to get to another "Going Green" performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Brian had arranged another performance in Miami where he will autograph 1500 head shots for anyone who wants one.

While walking the book fair I paid close attention to every graphic novel I saw. I finally had to buy a graphic novel by Nicolas De Crecy called "Glacial Period." I have been talking to an author about collaborating on a graphic novel, so I am opening myself up to the possibility.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

1 comment:

Lou Belcher said...

Thanks for a peek at the fair. Beautiful sketch.