Festival of Friends!
It was super fun to be at the L.A. Times Festival of Books signing books and meeting fans, but it was also great to hang out with good friends . Here are some highlights:
It's always great to spend time with Author/Illustrator, Kid's Lit Rock Star, Jarrett J. Krosoczka. He is the man responsible for wonderful things like the picture book, Punk Farm and the graphic novel series, Lunch Lady.
He's also one of the nicest and funniest guys I know.
And I finally got meet his equally nice and funny wife, Gina. Apparently their secret to staying young and energetic is a strict diet of Cotton Candy and Churros!
As if hanging out with Jarrett and Gina wasn't enough, we got to stroll around the festival together with YA Lit Super Star Author and Scholastic Editor David Levithan. He wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, co-wrote the hit book Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, and is the editor of Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (who used to write scripts for Wubbzy). He also has great taste in t-shirts!
We were yukking it up in front of the YA stage when I spotted Animation creator/Author/Illustrator, Tom Warburton. Mr. Warburton is responsible for Codename: Kids Next Door and the book 1000 Times No.
But wait! There's more!
We also got to chat with our good friends Stephen Silver and his lovely wife, Heidi. As usual, Stephen had an amazing booth set up with all of his amazing books and prints.
My super awesome niece, Viviana, is attending UCLA and since the Festival was held on their campus, I was able to visit with her and her crew of friends.
My friend and Wubbzy Post Production Supervisor, Yvette Espinosa (on the right) stopped by with her family. I was busy signing so I didn't get to spend any time with her but my wife Teri (on the left) was lucky enough to hang out with her for a bit.
And Angela and Ned Gilman stopped by with the kids.
Books are cool, but people are even cooler!