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This painting by Ander Mathias shows Astro, star of the video game AstroMonkey: Hitball Arena, proudly holding The Elephant and Macaw Banner.
Here’s a picture of me with three members of the team at my recent book launch. As you can see from my t-shirt, I’m a big fan!
My heartfelt thanks to the team for this beautiful gesture, and I wish them great success on their many fantastic games to come!
December 12, 2014
I’ve been embarrassed by an outpouring of kindness this week from friends and acquaintances. Today I found out that three students from Florinda Tubino Sampaio school–Gyziane Souza da Silva, Laura Wabner Porto, and Luiza Henriques Pinheiro–painted this gorgeous oil painting based on one of my stories, “As They Appear”. This is such a beautiful, spontaneous gesture that it’s hard to express my gratitude. So I’ll just let their amazing work to speak for itself. Thank you all so much!
November 10, 2014
I’m proud to announce the first publication of a story from The Elephant and Macaw Banner universe in graphic novel format!
The work is an adaptation of the novelette “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara”, with script by Christopher Kastensmidt, illustrations by Carolina Mylius, and color by Ursula Dorada (SulaMoon). It is being published in Brazil, in Portuguese, under the title A Bandeira do Elefante e da Arara: O Encontro Fortuito (The Elephant and Macaw Banner: The Fortuitous Meeting).
The book is 112 pages long, with 92 pages of comics, an afterward by Brazilian novelist Roberto de Sousa Causo, a making of, and other extras. Here are a few samples (click to amplify):
Coming soon in English (I hope!)
Thanks to a program called Autor Presente in my state, I had the pleasure of visiting the Basic Education School Professor Erica Marques in the city of Terra de Areia.
Little did I know that the eighth-grade groups 81 (coordinated by Gizane Medeiros) and 82 (coordinated by Tatiana de Souza) had prepared an unforgettable day.
Group 82 read “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara” and built a lovely model based on the story’s principal settings: Salvador’s main plaza, the sacred Orfu grove in Africa, Salvador’s port, and the Bahian forest where Gerard met Saci. Spectacular!
Group 81 acted out an amazing adaptation of “A Parlous Battle against the Capelobo”, under the direction of students Leonara Almeida and Tamara Silva. The play was a magnificent production of almost thirty minutes.
Student actors from group 81
These two short clips give an idea of the time and effort that went into the production. It was an exhilarating experience for me:
At the end, I took some pictures with the stars of the day: the eighth grade students of Erica Marques school.
I’d like to thank everyone involved: the students, the professors, the coordinators (Luci and Izabel) and the state’s Book Institute for making possible this unforgettable visit.
(Photos: Tatiana de Souza, Christopher Kastensmidt and E.E.B. Erica Marques)
September 29, 2014
Coming soon in Romanian…
In “A Parlous Battle”, Gerard and Oludara must face the ferocious Capelobo in order to win the trust of the Tupinambá natives.
(Czech) Pevnost, August 2013
As “Zuřivý boj Gerarda a Olundary s Capelobem”
Translator: Andrea Peprlová
Foreign Ed.: Martin Šust
(Romanian) Revistă Societatea Romana de Science Fiction si Fantasy, July 2014
As “Lupta crâncenă împotriva monstrului Capelobo”
Translator: Antuza Genescu
Foreign Ed.: Cristian Tamas
Find it here
Coming soon in English…