Calamity Jack Launch Party

10 Jan, 2010 by in Nathan Hale, Rapunzel's Revenge, Shannon Hale 2 comments

From Goodreads…”Jack thinks of himself as a criminal mastermind with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, a trickster …maybe even a thief? But, of course, he’s not out for himself he’s trying to take the burden off his hardworking mum’s shoulders. She’d understand, right? He hopes she might even be proud. Then, one day, Jack chooses a target a little more …’giant’ than the usual, and as one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk, his troubles really begin. But with help from Rapunzel and other eccentric friends, Jack just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of the people who live there …whilst catapulting them and the reader into another fantastical adventure”

Let me start by saying that Shannon Hale is one of my very favorite authors. I have read all of her Books of Bayern series except for the newest one “Forest Born”, as well as Austenland and The Princess Academy. So when I hear that the King’s English was hosting a release party for her newest book I HAD to go! We learned a lot of interesting things about what a caper is, how comics go from beginning to end, and how it is to work with more than one author. Shannon and her husband even danced an interpretive dance to a song by “deep Forest” to show us what it means to collaborate. Some very exciting announcements were made about future Austenland projects, which I’m not sure we are allowed to share…but SQUEE!…. is all I can say.
Read more about Shannon’s launch week on her website http://www.squeetus.com/stage/main.html
and check out Nathan Hale’s REALLY cool website!

Shannon standing on Dean’s back…later she used him as a horse

Shannon and Dean at the signing table

Dean autographing our book

Shannon and Dewan “capering about” taught us what a true caper is!

Nathan Hale’s work for Calamity Jack…
the middle image almost became the cover for the book


Rapunzel artwork by Nathan Hale


The authors talking about the process of publishing their newest graphic novel

Trailer of Rapunzel’s Revenge, the first in the series

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