At last, after months of hard work, no seriously it was really pretty hard, we're delirious with excitement and relief to be able to say that Me Books is now available in the Google Play store. We will be rolling out to other stores such as Amazon, Samsung and Nokia over the next year but for now we're just happy to be able to bring Me Books to a much bigger audience. Thanks to all you Android folk out there who asked us when you might get Me Books, for being patient with us. Happy Storytelling!
Sometime last year our chums at Penguin USA showed us a picture book they publish called The Insomniacs (below), written by Karina Wolf and illustrated by The Brothers Hilts. We fell in love with their work and were delighted to discover that it is in fact the work of two brothers who combine their talents in different ways using both traditional and digital techniques to achieve the final result.
The work is dark and atmospheric but still has a very childish and playful charm to it. Needless to say we're on the lookout for an excuse to work with these guys.
Find out more about The Brothers Hilts and see more of their work here on their website.
We'll be at the amazing Discover Story Centre next month at an evening event that explores the various opportunities the digital space can offer artists. It's part of a series of masterclass events run by Discover for professionals working in any area of children's storytelling whether that be creators, agents, publishers or developers!
Copyright: How to protect artistic ownership in the digital world
Tuesday 11th March from 6pm - 8pm
£6.00 (£4.50 for students/concessions/Discover Annual Pass Holders)
Click here to find out more
The Discover centre is an incredible place and if you haven't already visited with the kids we strongly urge you to do so! Here's a little bit about the centre:
Discover’s overarching mission is to spark children and adults’ imagination, curiosity and creativity in a magical and stimulating environment. We offer a variety of programmes including schools workshops, family art activities, a literature programme led by children’s writers and illustrators, community and education projects, artist residencies in schools and training for professionals that work with children and families. In The Studio we commission artists to create multi-sensory installations and exhibitions. Each year over 100,000 people benefit from our programmes.
The Phoenix is a weekly kids comic that provides a welcome break from the usual range of plastic toy adorned TV tie-in magazines that dominate the high street these days. Recently publishing their 100th issue The Phoenix is the only British weekly comic launched in the last 40 years to reach this milestone. If you have kids and think they might like brilliant stories and artwork in comic form then look no further.
You can subscribe to the print and/or digital edition by visiting The Phoenix website.
As any app developer knows, it can be a tough old slog getting to market and making it work commercially. We find nothing quite cures a rough day at the office / studio / bedroom quite like swapping notes with all the lovely folk in the same boat. The talented and lovely Chris O'Shea, founder of kids app developer Cowly Owl, took it upon himself to start organising a series of get togethers in London where anyone involved in the children's app space could get together, have a few drinks and share advice, stories and support. In short, it's a brilliant idea and if you go you'll pretty much see a few of the Made in Me team there.
If you'd like to join the group simply contact Chris by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!