Thursday, May 10, 2007

The artwork is realistic and compelling -- it’s hard to look at the young monkeys without feeling more than a heavy dose of compassion and pity. Artist Dylan Meconis has hit just the right mark here, and adds to the story while still making it about the real people he depicts and not his interpretation of who they were.

Bookslut reviews Jim Ottaviani and Dylan Meconis' Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love.

The robot's illustrated biography is delayed, but to its benefit.

Publication of the eagerly awaited hardcover book Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel, the saga of a robot invented in 1893, has been postponed until 2008. The delay is due in part to the bankruptcy of distributor Publishers Group West (PGW).

But never fear! The silver lining is that Boilerplate creator Paul Guinan and co-author Anina Bennett will now have time to pour even more creative effort into recounting the robot's amazing adventures with Teddy Roosevelt, Lawrence of Arabia, and other famous historical figures. The manuscript and images for Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel are nearly complete, and the publishing delay will give the husband-and-wife team an opportunity to polish their work to near perfection.

The Boilerplate web site (www.BigRedHair.com/boilerplate) has already been praised by the press, educators, scientists, bloggers, and readers around the world. The New York Times describes it as "deliciously detailed" and the book promises to be even tastier.

For Boilerplate fans, as well as the book's authors, the wait shall be worth it.

Karl Kesel is auctioning another great piece of original art to pay for his corgi's surgery. Dog and art lovers should go take a look.

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