The Last Viking Returns out now

The-Last-Viking-Returns-cover-500pxMy new children’s book The Last Viking Returns is finally out!

Written by Norman Jorgensen, it’s the sequel to The Last Viking. Here’s the official synopsis:

Josh is still as brave as a Viking warrior, and not much can scare a Viking … but the two littlest Vikings have grown up a bit since the first book, and they’re going berserk. They think they’re invincible, and that spells trouble!

When Pop takes the family to Viking World, Josh finds out just how far he’ll go to keep them safe.

You can find The Last Viking Returns at your local bookstore and online.

Hit the link for more photos from the official launches!

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Thank you.

Hi everyone, sorry I’ve not posted anything in a while. I’ve been working on a few things:

  • tying up loose ends on my new book The Last Viking Returns;
  • working on a picture book for older readers that’s coming out in 2015;
  • visiting lots of schools and libraries to present talks and workshops;
  • and doing an Artist Residence at Mount Hawthorn Primary School with fellow author/illustrator Briony Stewart.

This year has been busy! But on to the purpose of this post.

Today is a landmark for a few reasons.

Firstly, it marks the end of my first year as a full-time author/illustrator.

It’s been an amazing year and I want to thank all the schools, libraries, freelance clients, teachers, students, parents and colleagues who have supported my work and helped make all this possible. I’m very lucky to be doing what I do.

Secondly, it’s only 2 months until the launch of my new book, The Last Viking Returns!

To celebrate both of these occasions, here’s the book trailer for The Last Viking Returns. Turn the music up loud.

 

For more Last Viking Returns action:

Check out the Last Viking Returns page on my website;

sign up to the Last Viking Returns blog; or

like The Last Viking Returns on facebook.

 

Thanks again for your support!

James

The Last Viking Returns in 2014

The Last Viking Returns is the sequel to The Last Viking (2011) and is once again illustrated by me and written by Norman Jorgensen. It’s being released in September 2014 by Fremantle Press!

Here’s a timelapse of me painting a page from The Last Viking Returns.

This page features Odin and his ravens, as well as Freya (the goddess of love and beauty), Sigurd (blacksmith to the gods), and Thor (no introduction needed).

All the illustrations in the book (including this one) were drawn with pencil, then scanned and coloured digitally using a Wacom Intuos3 graphics tablet and Photoshop CS3/Corel Painter X3.

The footage was captured using Screenium. The colouring process took 4 hours in real time.

 

Last Viking flying high

My first picture book The Last Viking (written by the great Norman Jorgensen) has won the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) Crystal Kite Award.
SCBWI Crystal Kite This is a members’ choice award. Writers and illustrators from each region voting on their favourite title for the past year.

Congratulations to all the other Crystal Kite winners around the world! And many many thanks to all the Australian and New Zealander SCWBIans for choosing our book; it’s very humbling to have your support.

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Last Viking shortlisted for 4 awards

Norman Jorgensen and I received great news this year regarding our children’s book, The Last Viking. It has been shortlisted for 4 awards!

  • the 2012 Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards
  • the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Awards
  • the 2011 Aurealis Awards for Australian fantasy, science fiction and horror creators

It’s a great buzz to be nominated with Norman, and also to be nominated alongside illustrators that I look up to.

HeARTlines in Mundairing

Although Children’s Book Week is over for another year, the fun ain’t over yet – because the HeARTlines Festival is just getting started.

This biennial festival celebrates children’s literature and book illustration, and is held at the Mundairing Arts Centre in the Perth hills. This year HeARTlines is dedicated to the memory of the festival’s founder, WA author Louise Schofield. Louise was an incredible woman and it’s an honour to be a part of her festival this year.

I’ll have original artwork from The Last Viking on display in the exhibition, and prints for sale too… the exhibition opens tonight (Friday 2nd September) and closes Sunday 9th October.
The Last Viking artworkI’ll also be running a school holiday cartooning workshop during the festival – here’s the details:

Friday 7th October
10am-12noon
Ages 9-13
Cost: $15 ($10 for members of the Mundairing Arts Centre or Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre).
Call (08) 9295 3991 to book your place.

The Last Viking launch

Viking VIPs
(L-R: Author Norman Jorgensen, Illustrator- me, Kris Williams, our editor Cate Sutherland, Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre director Lesley Reece)

It was a dark and stormy night…

Actually, it was. Norm and I had been watching the weather forecast all week, wondering what the heavens would bring on the Friday night of our launch. By Tyr’s Day, we could see that rain was likely. By Wodin’s Day, rain was certain. Come Freyja’s Day, when the wind didn’t let up all day, we knew a storm was brewing. Thor was angry. The joke going around was that his invite had been lost on it’s way to Asgard. But maybe that was true, and he thought we were snubbing him… and when you snub a Norse god, you get a once-in-10-years weather event. Thirty millimetres of rain fell in 30 minutes: the precise 30 minutes in which our guests were en route to the launch.

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Let the Pillaging Begin!

It’s only three weeks until we launch The Last Viking!

The Last Viking launch
Friday June 24
6pm for a 6:30pm start
Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre (Old Prison Hospital)
cnr Knutsford and Hampton Rd, Fremantle

RSVP to Fremantle Press on (08) 9430 6331 or email admin@fremantlepress.com.au

Come invade the Literature Centre and help us celebrate.

Here’s the book trailer to get you in the Viking mood…

Artwork complete for The Last Viking

The illustrations for my first picture book, The Last Viking, are all done! Hooray!

The Last Viking is written by Norman Jorgensen and will be published by Fremantle Press on June 24 2011.

The supremely talented book designer Tracey Gibbs has been laying out the pages and I’m really pleased with the proofs so far.

here’s some more info on the book on the official page, including some sample illustrations. There’s also a facebook page and a blog, where Norm and I have been documenting the process of making the book since June 2010. Come by and visit some time.

The Last Viking blog link

Ever wonder how a picture book is made?

Me too. I’m working on the illustrations for my first picture book, called The Last Viking.

The book centres on Josh, a shy boy who is afraid of everything. His Pop teaches him about Vikings, those mighty warriors of the North, and Josh makes up his mind to follow in their fearless footsteps. He takes the Viking name Knut, dons his home-made armour and builds a longship. When bullies threaten Knut he must find the courage to stand up for himself- and luckily, the Viking Gods have been watching…

It’s written by Norman Jorgensen, author of Jack’s Island, In Flander’s Fields, and the Ashe of the Outback series. It will be published by Fremantle Press in mid-2011.

Norman and I will be sharing the book-making process on a blog- come behind the scenes and see how it works! There’ll be competitions to enter too.

Check it out at www.knutthelastviking.wordpress.com.

The Last Viking blog