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Animals of Oz #3

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Animals of Oz series #3: The Queen of the Field Mice, Eureka the Pink Cat, and Toto the dog

This time, my daughter placed the setting at the field of poppies along the yellow brick road.  She decided to portray the Queen of the Field Mice, Eureka the Pink Cat, and Toto the dog all walking together.  On the back she included a quote from the novels.  “You have some odd friends, Dorothy,” she said. “The queerness doesn’t matter so long as we’re friends,” was the answer.”

Her goal was to portray that despite all our differences, we can all get along.  I think she’s on to something with that line of thinking.

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Animals of Oz #2

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Animals of Oz series: #2 by Lana Rose Pipito – The Hungry Tiger

One of my daughter’s favorite characters in the L. Frank Baum Oz novels is The Hungry Tiger.  She finds it funny that he wants to eat fat babies, but doesn’t because it is wrong.  This is her version of the Hungry Tiger sitting in the palace in Oz.  On the back she put the a quote from the character in the books: “Hungry I was born and hungry I shall die, but I’ll not have any cruel deeds on my conscience to be sorry for.”

 


Animals of Oz #1

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Animals of Oz series: #1 by Lana Rose Pipito. The Cowardly Lion

My daughter (she’s 9 years old) has loved art since she could hold a crayon, and now that she’s had a few classes on it, she’s been really taking to acrylic paints.  Since she’s being taught a few things from her uncle Dan (my brother who does the cover artwork for my novels) I wanted to share with all of you her work.

She is a big fan of the original L. Frank Baum Oz novels, so she wanted to start there with an animals of Oz series.  First up is the Cowardly Lion on the yellow brick road by the forest’s edge.  On the back of the canvas she wanted a quote from the novel THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ… “True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”

I asked why she wanted this quote in particular, and she claimed that it takes courage to put skills and talents out there knowing that people will criticize it.  I couldn’t agree more, but I think this little lady has a fine future in front of her.

 


Day 3 #authorlifemonth – art

Here’s a design Dan Pipito came up with for the trilogy release cover, on which I’m working.  It is obviously a take on DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man, but really captures what is going on in the Beyond Human Trilogy.

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Day 29 – Looking at a past release

imageOkay, so I got away easily with this post in doing something similar to yesterday’s.  Since time travel is the topic for today I decided to do a little of it myself.  Just a year ago I released my first children’s book, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS.

While the sequel has hit some road bumps, it will be here sooner than we know it.  When my daughter was in the womb, I read to her mother’s belly every night.  I knew somehow that she’d be a girl, even before we found out by the doctors.  As a fan of Baum’s Oz books, and Alice’s adventures in wonderland, I read those to her first.  I remember her moving to the sounds of my voice as I told her all about Dorothy’s journey to see a wizard, and her adventures afterwards.  By the time she was born she’d already heard four and a half full length novels!

As a writer I came up with an idea for her own children’s book.  One of the things she used to do, other than twirl around in circles in the belly, was to send jolts of excitement.  These came in the form of hiccups.  It dawned on me then.  A story about a girl who is lost in a land with some strange creatures by the same name.  There would be a certain degree of education in the book, while keeping it fun for kids and have an underlying moral to the story.

While we wait for its sequel A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS, we can always go back and share a fun reading with our little ladies.  Here’s the description of A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS: When a little girl finds herself a long way from home, she must help her new Eskimo friends to rid their land of the Hiccups, miniscule little creatures that are more of an annoyance than anything. From award winning author, Rick Pipito, the story is aimed for a young female audience, but can be enjoyed by all. With art by Dan Pipito, this heart warming tale will inspire young readers to never give up hope and put their best thoughts forward.

What are some of your favorite memories of the past?  Do you have a favorite children’s book?  Make sure to use the hashtag #scrypthalloween when commenting, and you may win a copy of one of my novels.  You can find this book and more of mine in print at Lulu.com, and on Amazon in digital.

hiccup art by Dan Pipito

No one likes a case of the Hiccups.  Here’s one of those tiny pesky creatures.  Art in the book is by Dan Pipito


Think, Sip, Write – Ep 7: sCrypt

For this episode I talk about what got us into sCrypt comics, the process of it all, and how it evolved. At the end I included a slideshow with samples of the art.

Special thanks to the artists. They are: Dan Pipito, Leanne Wiedmeyer, Asher Humm, Joe Parisi, Angela McQuillan, Fred Loeffler, Tiff Pugliese, TJB, Phillip Allie, J.C. Spence, Jacob Greenawalt, Sakura Jones, Ivy Duffy, Scott Modrzynski, Vince Pipito, Kelly Swann, Mike Coppolecchia, Ken Hensley, Michael Garard Jr, Kristie Vanderzee, Muhammad Nurul Islam, and Mao Estheim


Day 14 of #authorlifemonth fave cover

Day 14 of #authorlifemonth is my favorite of my book covers. While each one holds special meaning to me, the cover for A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS is my favorite. @dpipito did the art and design for it

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Day 5 of #authorlifemonth: Comp covers

A comp cover is a design or concept for a book cover that didn’t make the final cut.  Fortunately I haven’t had many that were rejected.  For my novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, my brother, Dan Pipito originally came up with this design.

While the artwork certainly matches the theme well, and is an amazing piece of work, we decided to go with something a little more involved for the final product.  Here is the original concept revealed!

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A Little Girl In: The Land Of The Hiccups

FRONT COVERFollow the adventures of a little girl as she finds herself lost in a village of Eskimos.  As she searches for her way home, she uses a bit of intuition to help the villagers rid themselves of annoying little creatures called “the hiccups.”

This is Rick Pipito’s first children’s book with all of the art done by Dan Pipito.  It’s the perfect gift for any little girl or anyone who enjoys a timeless tale.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon or here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/a-little-girl-in-the-land-of-the-hiccups/paperback/product-21910133.html

There are always discount codes available as well, so feel free to contact me for them.


Day 16: A Children’s Book

lohWhen my wife was pregnant with my gorgeous little girl, I wanted to write a story specifically for my angel.  It strayed from my horror roots, but fit in well with vivid imagination.  I remember the doctor telling us that the shakes that we could feel were because my daughter was hiccuping in the womb.  This went on for months before she was born.

 

Then the idea came to me.  A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HIC-CUPS was written.  The hic-cups are these funny little creatures that cause sudden shakes and there is only one way to defeat them, so our hero girl is thrust into a situation where she’s got to use her common sense to save a small village from these creatures.

 

Now it is six years later and that book is finally going to be released!  Dan Pipito has almost finished the artwork and is going for his classic water color style in doing so.  It will be released just in time for holiday shopping this year (2014), so stay tuned.