Spring Fever! Plus, where I’m headed…

28 Mar

Where I’m headed? I’m headed to the Land of Inappropriate Comics, if I keep this up!!!


Where I’m literally headed? Charlottesville, VA and NYC! Come see me, if you’re around…

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Book birthdays, Kyle T. Webster, and the future of illustration!

4 Mar

I’ve got a book birthday coming up.

March 8th, to be exact. The book is Chuck and Woodchuck. I got a box of ’em last week.


The crazy thing is, Tom has a book birthday on the same day, for his book Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall. We’re gonna have a book party at Imaginations Toy & Furniture Co. (1531 South Main Street in Blacksburg, VA) on that very day, March 8th, at 6:00 pm. It’s gonna be fun.

But this post is actually a big ol’ thank-you note to the amazing Kyle T. Webster.


All that stuff coming out of Kyle’s head? Created with Kyle’s own brush, BLOT BOT PERFECTO!

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Another good review!

23 Feb



Here’s one of the cover roughs for Chuck and Woodchuck!

Thanks to Susan E. Murray of  School Library Journal for a generous and kind review of Chuck and Woodchuck, out March 8th:

Caroline is excited to show off her grandfather’s ukulele at show and tell. Her classmates have cool stuff to show, too, but no one’s item tops Chuck’s. Chuck brings a…woodchuck to first grade. When the woodchuck turns out to be fun to spend time with, the class begs their teacher to let him stay. Caroline knows that he is always kind and generous to her, but she doesn’t exactly know why. When Caroline loses her cupcake, Woodchuck replaces it with Chuck’s. And it’s Chuck’s hat Woodchuck gives Caroline when she is cold during recess. It turns out that Woodchuck has been doing some friend-matching for Chuck, who is too shy to approach Caroline himself. Bell’s charming cartoon illustrations are humorous and have a retro feel to them. Readers will go back and review the illustrations after catching on to Woodchuck’s plan, and see Chuck hovering nervously at the edge of the page while Woodchuck takes the initiative. The story is told from Caroline’s point of view, and it is pitch-perfect. This will be a fun classroom read-aloud, since it goes through the whole school year. VERDICT Children will be clamoring for their own woodchuck once they read this tale—where did Chuck find his?

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!