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Good reviews are always a relief…

16 Feb

I got some good reviews for my upcoming picture book, CHUCK AND WOODCHUCK, out March 8th.


The cover will look a teeny bit different, as the designer picked a different font for my name, and I gave my one advance copy away to a friend! Otherwise, it should look like this…

This book is kinda nutty, so it’s a relief that the reviewers seemed to “get” it. Thanks to all the reviewers for taking the time to read it, think about it, and write about it. Anyway, here are the reviews, and I hope y’all will check it out!

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One more MoCCA illustration!

9 Feb

It’s been so much fun making these stamp illustrations and sharing them with you. I gotta do more of this…


A weekend MoCCA post for you!

7 Feb

Hope you are all having a grand weekend!

Here’s another one of those stamp illustrations I’ve done for MoCCA. It’s quite possibly the strongest man in the world! (Other than Artie from Pete & Pete…)


Friday’s MoCCA illustration!

5 Feb

Another spot for MoCCA!


Today’s new MoCCA illustration…

4 Feb

Here’s another stamp illustration for the lovely folks at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art way up in New York City!


Another spot illustration for MoCCA

3 Feb

Here’s another spot illustration for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art!

CeceBellMoCCA.02RGBTune in tomorrow for more!

Illustrations for MoCCA!

2 Feb

I get to visit the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) during its Arts Festival (April 2nd and 3rd, 2016) as a special guest. Gracious.

The icing on the cake is that MoCCA/Society of Illustrators asked me to create a few spot illustrations for the museum for PR and merchandising and stuff. I thought I’d share these with you…maybe dole ’em out, one a day. Like vitamins! There are six, so almost a week’s worth!

They’re kinda experimental for me. I’ve been playing around with homemade rubber stamps and thought this assignment would be the perfect opportunity for me to actually put my stamping to good use. So, without further ado, here’s the first one!


HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY to FirstSecond Books

2 Feb

YEAH! :01 is AWESOME. I mean, come ON!

So many amazing comics in just ten short years. CONGRATS!!!


Book signing for COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH this Saturday!

25 Jan


Hey Everybody! Are you hungry for some LUNCH?

I’ll be at Imaginations Toy & Furniture Company at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 30th, to talk about a yummy collection of comics called COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH!

Come on out and join me at one of the coolest shops in Blacksburg! And since Imaginations is right next door to one of the best health food stores around (Annie Kay’s Main Street Market), we’ll also be lunching it up!

(For further event details, please contact Paula Bolte at ((540) 951-8515/

I’ll be reading aloud from my own contribution, a short comic called “CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LUNCH,” and I’ll also be singing the praises of the other crazy-talented contributors, including Lunch Lady’s Jarrett Krosoczka, Baby Mouse’s Matt and Jenni Holm, Odd Duck’s Sara Varon and Cecil Castellucci, Meanwhile’s Jason Shiga, Darth Vader and Son’s Jeffrey Brown, Hazardous Tales’ Nathan Hale, and PEANUTS!

Some of my other books will be available at Imaginations, too. It’s going to be lots of fun.


And to add to that fun, some of the other contributors will be doing their own events on the VERY SAME DAY! Maybe you can’t make it to Blacksburg…so check out these contributors and their locations here:

An Unlikely Story – In-store Event with Jarrett Krosoczka – 1:00 PM
111 South St • Plainville, MA 02762

Once Upon a Time – In-store Event with Jenni Holm and Cecil Castellucci – 2:00 PM
2207 Honolulu Ave • Montrose, CA 91020

A Children’s Place – In-store Event with Matthew Holm – 2:00 PM
1423 NE Fremont St. • Portland, OR 97212

The King’s English – In-store Event with Nathan Hale – 2:00 PM
1511 1500 E • Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Can’t make it to any of these events? Check out the COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH blog tour here, with sneak peeks at all the stories:

Curling Up With A Good Book, Panel from Cecil Castellucci/Sarah Varon

As They Grow Up, Panel from Jarrett Krosoczka

The Reading Nook Reviews, Panel from Cece Bell

Kid Lit Frenzy, Panel from Jason Shiga

Word Spelunking, Panel from Nathan Hale

Mel’s Shelves, Panel from Jennifer L. Holm/Matthew Holm

Imagination Soup, Panel from Jeffrey Brown

Hope to see you Saturday at Imaginations!

El Deafo is On the Road!

3 Nov

OntheRoadHey Kids!

I’m going out on the road, and this trip’s gonna be a doozy!

On Wednesday, November 4th, I’m headed to Atlanta, Georgia to be part of this amazing program: On the Same Page. Check out all the cool things the folks in Atlanta have been doing in preparation for my visit! It’s a real honor that On the Same Page chose EL DEAFO for their program this year. Just, wow.

I’ll be doing school visits at the Atlanta School for the Deaf, the International Community School, the Global Village Project, and Clairemont Elementary School. The school visits are not open to the public, but don’t despair…

Because there IS a Grand Finale on Friday, November 6th, and everyone is welcome to come! It’s at the Drew Charter School Auditorium (301 E Lake Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30317) and begins at 7:00 pm. I’ll do a presentation, and one of my favorite book stores, Little Shop of Stories will be there with books that I will be happy to sign. It’s gonna be fabulous.

Making the trip even crazier is the fact that I’ll be driving down with my mom, the amazing BARBARA BELL, and my older sister, the dy-no-mite SARAH BELL, both featured in EL DEAFO. I’m hoping that the whole thing will turn into some kind of movie-worthy road trip, preferably without the Thelma & Louise ending.

ThelmaLouiseAfter Decatur, I’m headed to Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Steelers—who were all the rage when I was in elementary school. I bet anyone reading this who grew up in the seventies remembers those black satin Steelers jackets that all the cool kids were wearing. Anyhoo…

SteelersOn Sunday, November 8th at 2:00, join me at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall for the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures Kids and Teens Program! This presentation will be a conversational format focused on talking to the kids in the audience, followed by a 20 minute Q&A. I’ll be doing a signing, too. FYI, this event is ticketed, so if you’re interested, you might want to check out the website.

And finally, on Monday, November 9th, I’ll be doing a video conference with participating Pittsburgh schools, so maybe I’ll see you on the teevee!

It’s gonna be a wild one!