And the winner is...

Merry Skary Christmas, everyone! I hope that all of you are having a marvelous day, whether you celebrate or not. Now *drumroll* for the winner of the contest to win a signed copy of my book: *more drumrolling* BRYAN CALLAGHAN and his daughter. Bryan, send me an email at http://skary.com/contact and tell me where to send the book and to what name I should write the inscription. :)

And now for a nature lesson

Polish fan Joanna sent me a photo of her Nepenthes Rebecca Soper, which is a carnivorous pitcher plant. And, as many of you know, I have a particular fondness for plants that eat living things! Pitcher plants work by attracting insects - and sometimes small rodents in some of the larger plants! - to their sticky sweet fluid. Once the prey falls into the liquid, it drowns, and the liquid breaks the body down to the nutrients the plant needs to survive. Delightfully diabolical, no?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trWzDlRvv1M

We Wish You a Skary Christmas

What's the one thing you want for Christmas more than anything? Well, I'm afraid I can't give you a unicorn that transforms into the Batmobile on command, but I can give you the next best thing:  a signed copy of Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow! All you have to do is comment on my Facebook or Google+, OR follow and tweet @katytowell on Twitter, telling me why you want this book. You can enter to win it for yourself or gift it to someone you love! Send your comments today through Christmas Eve (until 11:59pm Pacific, December 24th)! The (one) winner will be picked and announced some time on Christmas Day. The contest is open to anyone in any country, and the book will be mailed to the winner after the announced winner sends me his/her/their giftee's mailing address. Happy holidays from the Childrin!

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow

 

 

 

Shout-out to Mrs. Corcoran and class!

This is the kind of email (okay, so there are many kinds, but this is definitely one of them) that makes me smile. From: Mrs. Corcoran's class

We have been reading aloud your story for the last 2 months.We feel that it is exciting, scary, and a little disgusting. Whenever our teacher reads, we are completely enthralled by the story line. We just found your website and wondered if you are planning to make a movie in the future? Please contact us.

Hello, Mrs. Corcoran's class!

I'm so happy to hear you're all enjoying the book. :) I don't have any plans for a movie made of it yet, but I have been contacted by movie producers before, so who knows? It could happen! In the mean time, I'm working on unrelated animated shorts and writing another book that I hope will be even more exciting, scary, and a little disgusting, too. ;-)
Thanks for emailing me!
Katy

Buy some art! Help some kids!

It's the holiday season in the US and many places around the world. It's also getting pretty cold in the US and many places around the world! Then again, it's also neither in many places around the world. But every place has children in need, and you can help them out while getting a little something for yourself. Now that 31 Days of Halloween 2011: The Truth About the Glass has finally ended, you have a chance to bid on all the illustrations. All of them! For you (if you win)! Signed, too, if you like. And 100% of the winning bid will go to Children International.

Click here to bid. The auction ends in ten days!

 

You like it! You really like it!

As of this post, there are over 9,000 fans on my Facebook page, almost 25,000 YouTube subscribers, 2200+ Twitter followers, and 200-some folks have me in their Google+ circle. Let's not get started on the messages in my inbox right now. ;-) I'm not bragging - okay, I'm totally bragging, but I'm also saying thank you to all of you for following along, and for interacting with each other and me! You all continue to make it worth it. Here's a look at what's on my project list right now:

 

Questions and the answers who love them

I've bought your book the moment it was released: awesome and thanks for writing that story. The book itself lived up to my expectations, regarding the "previews" released by you on YouTube. I have a question: on your website you have two graphics about Gracie: Gracie's Fall and Gracie Gets Back Up. The accompanying texts made me hungry for more. Is there a complete story coming up sometime or do you leave it at that? The latter would be a pity although my imagination carries me towards a nice story too. But that could never be something that you would create. And that's what interests me.  -EA I have always wanted to do a longer story for Gracie but haven't gotten around to it yet. So, let's just say that I have no immediate plans, but she's on my mind. Glad you liked the book! :)

Hello, Ms. Katy towell I know your very bussie, but I just had to ask if there would be more books for the Skary Childrin, with the same kids. I loved it by the way! My friends want to read it so I'm letting them brow my book. Your drawings were great! I read pages 174 and 175 before I went to bed, I was a little freaked out but that just made it more fun! It's cool how you got the bugs on the page, I just finest the book. I was a little sad, I always am when good stories end. -C

Aw, thank you! And I don't know if there will be more books with the same band of kids just yet. I am working on a second novel at the moment, but it's about another kid entirely. That doesn't mean never, though!

Hey Katy, um Few things:

1) thank you for signing my book.

2) Thanks to the 31 letters from previous inhabitants I'm jumpy now but, seeing how I'm too wussed out to see the ones that says "Click Link Bellow" could you tell me what they were?

and 3) ....were those based on actual events? 

--F

1) You're welcome! 2) They were letters from ghosts, of course. As to what those letters said, you're just going to have to take the risk and click those links. ;-) 3) Yes. ...In my mind.

I just saw that you published you book, congrats on that, i love your animations on youtube (that's where i found you ^_^) and i was wondering if your book will also be avalible in the Netherlands (where i live). If so, where can i buy it? -J

I am a girl 12 years old I loved your animations I would appreciate if you could inform me, your book is sold in Brazil? I live in Brazil and would love to read your book! -H

Hi. I'm an 18 years old girl from norway, and i'm a huge fan of you and your work. where do you get your inspiration from? i also wanted to know if your book, the carousel of sorrow, is sold here in norway? i haven't seen it anywhere :( I hope you will answer me ^^ have a skary day =D -B

For those of you seeking the book outside the US and Canada, check with your favorite book store first. If they don't have it (and they very well may not), you can order it online. I recommend BookDepository for this because they have free shipping wordwide.

Hello katy I got you a question.... why did you make SKARY.NET? -AC

Because childrin r skary? Really, though, I started drawing the series to cheer myself up. It was cathartic and fun and nearly never meant to be taken seriously. Several years later, it's still fun! Beyond that, I guess the answer would be the same as if the question were why any artist makes anything.

Because the mothership commands it.