Friday, July 11, 2014

Numberlys Storytime at Barnes and Noble, Special Sale through August 25th

On Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m., stores nationwide will celebrate reading via a free event for children ages 3 to 7 featuring William Joyce's new picture book, The Numberlys. Based on the award-winning app, this is author William Joyce's homage to everyone who knows there is more to life than shades of black and gray.

The Numberlys is the creative story about friends with dull lives because there are only boring numbers. So, they break out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and start creating numbers. One letter after another emerges until there are 26, and when the letters enter the world, something truly wondrous begins to happen like Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books! The book highlights the process of making art and the thrill of discovering new things through one's imagination.

From July 15 to August 25, while supplies last, customers who want to bring the fun home can buy The Numberlys for only $8.99 (regularly priced at $17.99) with the purchase of any children's book.

Use the Barnes and Noble store locator to find a storytime at a store near you!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Photos from the 2014 Children’s Art & Literacy Festival in Abilene

Photo by Joy Lewis, Abilene Reporter News
Hanging with the Guardians, including MiM!

One of the six Guardians statues unveiled during the festival.

A fierce Guardians pose.

Folks waiting outside for a screening of films until...
...a hailstorm courtesy of Jack Frost poured down.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Abilene to celebrate the Children's Art & Literacy Festival! During the festival, six new Guardians sculptures were unveiled, including Jack Frost, Nicholas St. North, Toothiana, E. Aster Bunnymund, Sandman and Man in the Moon. The exhibit "William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood" will be presented at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature until September 27.

Friday, June 13, 2014

William Joyce, Christina Ellis and friends at Toy Fair for the Numberlys Book Signing

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

William Joyce, Peter de Sève, Carlos Nine and Bill Plympton Exhibit Work in "Icons of Animation" Exhibit

June 4th - August 16th, the Society of Illustrators will celebrate the work of four iconic illustrators including William Joyce, Peter de Sève, Carlos Nine and Bill Plympton. The exhibit features one hundred pieces of original works including illustrations and work from each artist's films, including the above image from the upcoming Jack Frost picture book. For more details, visit the Society of Illustrators website.

On June 5th at 7:00PM at the Academy Theater, Bill Plympton and Peter de Seve will present a series of film clips of their work and participate in a panel on the craft of motion picture animation. The panel will be moderated by J.J. Sedelmaier and is presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For tickets and more information, visit the Academy's website.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

William Joyce Exhibit at the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival - June 12–14

This year, the third annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival (C.A.L.F.) in downtown Abilene, Texas celebrates William Joyce, June 12–14. C.A.L.F is hosted by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL).

Along with Abilene’s Center for Contempoary Arts, NCCIL will host an exhibition entitled “William Joyce: A Guardian of Childhood” featuring original work created for the Guardians of Childhood picture books, Meet the Robinsons and The Mischievians. It’s the first time these 20 new works have ever toured, so it’s an opportunity to not be missed.

Festival events with William Joyce include:

June 12 at 6:30 PM: Artist Talk & Book Signing

Join artist William Joyce at the Paramount Theatre for insights into his work with a book signign to follow. NCCIL’s Camp Reader’s Theatre will perform a theatrical version of the Academy® Award winning film The Fanstastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore starting at 6:00PM. This event is FREE.

June 13 at 6:30 PM: William Joyce Homecoming Dinner.

A special exhibition viewing and dinner in honor of William Joyce at the NCCIL Gallery. Ticket sales available online. Must RSVP not later than June 4th.

Other Book Signings

Friday June 13 @ 10:30 AM and Saturday, June 14 @ 10:30 AM in the NCCIL Gallery

The NCCIL is a nonprofit that relies on donations, memberships and bookstore sales. Only books purchased from the NCCIL will be signed. Avoid long lines: pre-order your books at the NCCIL bookstore today.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mischievians a SIBA Book Award Finalist

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced that The Mischievians among the children's book finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Awards, recognizing great southern literature from the last year. There are twenty-two books on the 2014 list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at

Thanks, SIBA for honoring Moonbot, William Joyce and Dr. Zooper and spreading the word about the mayhem that these Mischievians have been creating around the globe.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

William Joyce Chats with the Turner Classic Movies Podcast

One of the first things that visitors to Moonbot Studios see is our lobby television that's usually tuned to Turner Classic Movies. William Joyce recently sat down with TCM's Podcast to talk about classic movies, the Numberlys animated short and how he was first introduced to their programming.

Check out both episodes of the podcast below: