Tuesday, April 10, 2018

David Lasky will speak in Seattle, April 11

David Lasky, illustrating co-author of "The Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny," will talk about the making of the book, as well as the making of "Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song," on April 11, 2018 on the campus of SPU in Seattle. The event goes from 7 to 9pm. There is a charge of $15 for non-members to attend. More info here.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Oregon Trail Cosplay for Cats!

My friend, A.K. Page, just posted about this product on her Facebook page, and I thought it was worth sharing here at the Road to Destiny blog... THE CAT BONNET! Apparently "Cats Love It". I love it too.

Here is a review of the Cat Bonnet that I found via web search. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Real Life (Well, a Commercial) Imitates Our Graphic Novel!

When I was writing the Oregon Trail graphic novel, I decided that Col. McCarty, the leader of the fictional wagon train in Road to Destiny, would be "played" by the likable actor Jeff Bridges. This suggestion, which artist David Lasky embraced, brought a certain character to McCarty that helped the reader accept--and, I hoped, like--the character.

(pardon the cell phone photos)

Well, Lyft, that kinder, gentler alternative to Uber, must have seen our graphic novel, or gotten the same general idea...

Their new ad campaign stars Jeff Bridges, and can be seen here. The ad makers have the darned wagons being driven by horses, which continues the Hollywood myth that horses were capable of being such sturdy beasts of burden. Oxen aren't sexy, for sure, but... oh, pardon me. Don't get me started on that horse vs. ox business!

Anyhow, we got a kick out of seeing Mr. Bridges on an Oregon-bound wagon train. And in my next post, I'm going to finally get off my keester and visit the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, whose great Heidi Hollister was such a huge and kind help to David and I when we created this graphic novel.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oregon Ducks New Uniforms Salute Oregon History

A tip of the hat (or helmet) to my brother Jason for alerting me to the fact that the Oregon Ducks football team is about to debut a new uniform that pays tribute to Oregon History, including The Oregon Trail.

The uniform, designed for the Ducks by Nike, debuts Oct 10. While silhouettes of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery (missing Sacagawea!) are prominent on the helmet, The Oregon Trail is also commemorated. According to the website goducks,com: "The lines on the helmet represent the principal legs of the 2,200-mile-long Oregon Trail."

I like to think that the graphic novel "Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny" contributed in some small way (along with the video game) to this renewed interest in the OT as a key part of NW history. 

More details and photos can be found at the Ducks' website

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

From Buy Olympia

The Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny, the enthralling story of the Weston family's journey from Baltimore to Salem, is available from Buy Olympia...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nice Write-Up from Rainbow Resource Center

Futzing around on the Internet, I came across this short, enthusiastic write-up of the Oregon Trail graphic novel. Thanks, Chad, for the kind words.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Great Times at McGilvra Elementary School! (And in Vancouver, WA)

Yesterday, David and I spent the day at Seattle's McGilvra Elementary School. We talked to three large groups of students (one after another) about our Oregon Trail graphic novel. This was our first encounter with members of the demographic for whom this book was created.

We were touched and delighted at their overwhelmingly positive reaction. We also greatly appreciated the positive feedback from teachers who use the book as part of the Oregon Trail studies in the Washington state school system.

The students asked us some great questions. My favorite one, which we heard more than once, was the existentially basic "why did you do the book?"

David and I had celebrity status a rock star would envy. I lost count of the autographs I gave, and David and I both did several on-the-fly drawings. Once the students found out I could draw a passable ox, the request line redoubled. I could see David had a long waiting list, too. So much love in the room!

It was great to really understand that our book succeeds at what it sets out to do, and that it helps 21st century young people relate to the brave souls who took this very risky journey, 150+ years ago...

A few weeks back, I boarded an Amtrak train and traveled solo to Vancouver, Washington, where I signed 50 copies of the Oregon Trail book for a librarian's conference. It was great to meet school and public librarians, and introduce them to the book. We ran out of books quickly, and got word out about the graphic novel to these influential individuals.

Thanks to the astounding kindness of the teachers and students at McGilvra, and to Lisa Hay of Sasquatch Books, who has done a lot to make the world aware of our book. Here are a couple of iPod photos Lisa took of me at the Vancouver signing:

Thanks to everyone we met at these two great events! We hope to see you again soon!