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Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Inman’

Red Hen Press, The Oatmeal & Nelson DeMille Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Red Hen Press will be hosting an evening with its authors! Check it out on Monday, October 29th starting 8 p.m. at The Gerding Theater (Portland, OR)

“The Oatmeal” (a.k.a. Matthew Inman) will be appearing at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside to talk about his new title, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. Hear him on on Tuesday, October 30th starting 7:30 p.m. (Portland, OR)

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Mediabistro Course

Novel Writing: Editing Your Draft

Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now! 

The Oatmeal Talks About Punching Dolphins in the Mouth & His Past with PETA

The Oatmeal was conceived in 2009 and has since attracted 173,000+ Twitter followers and 288,000+ “likes” on Facebook. The compilation book, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, contains several comics from the site as well as twenty-seven unreleased articles. We caught up with the man behind The Oatmeal, creator Matthew Inman, to find out more about the popular webcomic.

Q: Was it difficult when you were working on your book to transition your work from a nontraditional medium to a more traditional one?
A: Yeah, the hardest part was that my comics are seven hundred pixels wide by five thousand pixels tall. So, if those were made into a book it’d be as tall as a book case. Re-sizing those were kind of a pain because they’re vector art [pieces] and I had to re-draw a lot of it. I spent more time re-sizing my comics to fit them to the dimensions of a book than I did working on new material for it.

Q: Have you ever gotten protested by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)?
A: Yeah, here’s what happened. This was a few years ago before The Oatmeal was even around. PETA started this campaign called ‘Save the Seakittens.’ They drew the ocean with these little kittens swimming; they were kind of fish-like. They were trying to brand fish as sea kittens…That way people wouldn’t eat fish because they associate it with a kitten. So, I saw that and within hours of them launching this campaign, I launched my own called ‘Eat Some Sea Bacon‘ and it had little bacon-y fish moving around in the ocean. PETA was obviously unhappy and my campaign overshot theirs in terms of traffic. I got like ten thousand times as many people as they did.

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Revolving Door News at Hyperion & Penguin Group

hyperion.jpgTwo nonfiction editors found more work recently.  Matthew Inman has been named an editor at Hyperion and Brooke Carey has been promoted to an associate editor at Penguin Group (USA)’s Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints.

Inman has worked as an associate editor at HarperCollins, editing titles that included Free Fall by Willam J. McGee and Brother, Can You Spare a Job? by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson. At Hyperion, he will acquire nonfiction about business, politics, narrative, investigative journalism, and popular culture.

Carey joined Penguin in 2007 as an editorial assistant. She has worked on several titles, including The Weekend that Changed Wall Street by Maria Bartiromo and A Simple Government by Mike Huckabee.