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#picturesmeanbusiness in the media

Big thanks to everyone who's supporting the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign! We're making a bit of noise: right between Heathrow security and boarding my flight to the USA, I got e-mails from both Kat Brown at The Telegraph and Alison Flood from The Guardian, wanting to report on the campaign. I managed to borrow a laptop in the USA to do a Skype interview at my friend's dinner table with Dan Damon for the BBC World Service. I haven't had a chance to link to them properly, but here they are now, and I've posted them onto the 'Further Reading' section of PicturesMeanBusiness.com.

Kat Brown in The Telegraph, read it here:

Alison Flood in The Guardian, read it here:

Dan Damon interviewing me on BBC World Service, listen here:

We still have a long way to go. I was sorry to see Mariah Carey's new picture book won't have the illustrator's name on the cover (implying that Mariah has taken to painting).

I was hoping to big up the book's illustrator, Colleen Madden, on Twitter but she doesn't have an account. I understand the need to use a big celebrity name to sell a book, but it's dishonest and misleading not to mention the illustrator on the front cover, at least in smaller letters. Publishers may argue that they credit the illustrator on the back cover or inside the book, but these aren't what people see when they browse book covers on the Internet. Particularly with a PICTURE book, big credits for the illustrator should be a no-brainer decision for the publisher.

Jarry Lee on BuzzFeed, read it here


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 26th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. As a mom of a potential illustrator (he just needs to get HIRED, lol), I wholly support this. I can't tell you how many young artists I follow on tumblr who say that they get "job" offers, but they don't get paid, instead they get "recognition" of the work by name. What you've posted here is deplorable. Anyone who creates art, not only should get paid, but get credit for it as well.

I applaud you in what you're doing, and wish you the best.

Also, do you mind if I link this to other sites (tumblr, twitter, fb, etc... ). Thanks again.
Aug. 27th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, please do feel free to link and get the word out about #PicturesMeanBusiness.
Aug. 27th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
I was talking with a writer-illustrator friend on Twitter and we were wondering how many celebrities credit their illustrators. A quick search showed me that most illustrators are credited for picture books. We don't want to see see Madonna and Mariah Carey starting a new bad trend.

Aug. 28th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow: sounds like this campaign is really taking off.
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