I wanted to brag a bit about my friend and illustrator, Darrell Toland. First of all, he's illustrated a wonderful book called, Edsel McFarlan's New Car, written by Max Holechek, about a tenacious young boy who orders a model car kit that arrives in the actual size of a real car. I think it's safe to say that some serious craziness ensues with our little Edsel. There's so much humor in all the little details Darrell manages to pack into just one illustration, that it seems like there's always something new to discover that enhances the story in a fantastic way. Secondly, he publishes a weekly online comic strip called Stix and Bones (found here at stixandbones.com) about, Bones, the daughter of a genetic engineer/inventor who's a bit...different along with her kung-fu, stick-wielding dog, Stix. Let's just say Bones has a knack for getting herself and friends into a lot of
trouble adventures. Darrell's style of illustration and storytelling are perfectly fused into an endearing package of quirkiness, hilarity and edginess that really has a life of it's own. I was pretty much hooked when Bones snuck into her father's laboratory using a duplicate of her father's hand (that she genetically made/grew/concocted) to get past his elaborate security system. How can you go wrong with that? Anyway, I just wanted to give him a little shout-out and if y'all find the time, please check out his website. Gracias!