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I love this image – Kev’s been making so many doodles of late that mix the organic and the aeronautic. Gears and Props, the Ducky Copter (wait for it – the sneak peek is coming) and all manner of other bits – TOTALLY LOVE IT.
They are funky and very true to Kevin’s love of all things that fly. Me, I like flying, but sometimes – on a funky Friday – you GOTTA DANCE!
Go on! DANCE!
Ok so more Duck hunt picks… Sadly – here is another union of Duck and Machine. I got an imaged mailed to me Mike Baker – who’s truck hit this mallard, I think. He called it duck meets truck. Um, DARK, brother, really DARK. this is a children’s book…. Well, YEAH. I know yesterday’s post showed a roughed up Steamduck…. Fine…. NO REALLY, you’re right. (sigh). Duck Meets Truck:
If you want better pictures – YOU send ‘em! Right… I need a palate cleanser – MORE DANCING! (cue Jon Cryer and the Duckie Dance from Pretty in Pink)
NO? that doesn’t clear away the dead mallard?
OK – Dirty Ducky Dancing
Happy Friday Ya’ll – Join us for more ducks tomorrow. AND! be sure to follow Steamduck on Facebook!
Baby ducks. AWWW…. baby DUCKS. This is right up there with puppies and kittens in a basket cute.
Steamduck gets stuck in the mud, too. Like I said in yesterday’s post – Kevin and I rough up Steamduck pretty good from time to time. Like this:
Yeah – we rung his bell real good.
WHERE ARE YOUR DUCK PICTURES?! Bring them on!!! Post the at Steamduck’s Facebook page… TOMORROW – we dance!!!
AWKWARD! – Being a Bush is sometimes awkward. Mostly it involves being asked if I’m related to either of those two U.S. Presidents. Yes, I do have an uncle that lives on a ranch in Texas. NOT that guy. No. But I will happily claim kin to Ms. PAM Bush (no relation).
She sends this ducky catch and release DUCK PHOTO and gives us our THEME of the DAY: Ducks in the Grass. Pam is an engineer (read: smart cookie, this one) and she once won an award with her agency for designing artificial turf, or something really odd like that.
Now, she sent in this picture, and I picked it, and it has nothing to do with those pictures that were taken of us at Dragon*Con in Atlanta this year. Not one bit. (Kicking the dirt aimlessly.)
Isn’t it nice we’re having weather?
Oh, right. Ducks…
So – The story goes with Steamduck like this: Our plucky duck meets a goose, and realized that – like the goose – he really OUGHT to be flying as well as swimming. Steamduck goes back to visit the Otter – the tinker who built him, and asks the old dude to help him fly. With me? So they start dreaming up flying contraptions. All manner of crazy stuff. You’ll see when the book comes out October 10. BUT until then – SNEAK PEEK!
This brings me to one of my favorite sketches from the new book. Kevin and I joked and laughed about this particular picture:
Emilie: Geez, Kevin. That’s some tool Otter’s got here.
Kevin: (LAUGHING) I know. I think it’s hilarious that he thinks he’s gonna use the giant wrench on that itty bitty duck.
Emilie: I can hear him now, “Fly, dang it! or I’m smackin’ you with the wrench!”
Kevin: It’d launch that sucker. Fer sure.
(AND SCENE!) – Steamduck I promise, won’t be smacked with the wrench. He’s a well engineered duck, and Kevin is ALL ABOUT how that duck works, and doesn’t work. We do laugh about roughing up Steamduck from time to time, but Kev can practically draw that feathered bad boy with his eyes closed at this point. Hundreds of different angels for that duck. As a funny aside – I suggested to Kevin that he draw Steamduck with a Sousaphone (What? Sometimes life necessitates a musical Steampunk waterfowl. Oh, like it never happened to YOU?!). Kevin quickly explained to me that ducks don’t have lips. Good point, brother.
Back to the matter at hand: Duck in the grass:
Duck MADE of grass:
Grass Whistling Ducks:
(Imagine THIS video here: http://youtu.be/_rO7iZezs-0)
SO – SEND MORE DUCK PICTURES!!!! Tomorrow – the GREAT DUCKMATO!
Be sure to friend Steamduck on Facebook!
Welcome to September 11th. Today’s Duck du jour pictures will be all about our ducks in uniform. Now, my favorite guy in uniform is St.John Murphy Alexander – who already is a great pal to Steamduck – so of course he’s welcome here…
Let’s start with a classic – the Insignia of the Ruptured Duck:
If you haven’t been – I recommend the Museum of Naval Air Flight in Pensacola – AWESOME military aviation stuff, including TONS of nose art and patches. Totally free – go!
OK so what else? Well – this just in: the world traveling Geo-Duck. (not to be confused with the sea delicasy Geoduck)
This little guy – so cute – is the mascot of George Brett, who is really into geocaching. What is Geocaching? It’s like a GPS guided treasure hunt where once hunts down the Geocach location… just to see what’s there. It’s cool; I’ve done it once or twice. Find out more about geocaching here. Thanks, George, for sharing the collection of Geo Duckie pictures! Awesome!
So -we want MORE ducks. Be sure to keep those images coming!
Have you clicked on the LAUNCH DAY party page? Be sure to show your support with ONE CLICK! The Duck will RISE! October 10. 2012 http://www.facebook.com/events/330967696985630/
Become a fan of the one and ONLY – Steamduck.http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steamduck/108061409309296 — with William Kevin Petty.
We’re on a duck hunt! Send us pictures of your ducks! CoalCitySteam@gmail.com. We’re sharing pictures of GREAT ducks all around – REALLY want some Red White and Blue duckies for Patriot Day tomorrow.
So what you got?
Here’s our first contribution! From a fan of the Duck Sharron Parker:
Click on over to LIKE Steamduck on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @CoalCitySteam – WHY? because we are going to be giving some stuff away – and we are going to have GREAT duckies up to and through the launch of Steamduck Learns to FLY!
(get funky with me now) WE WANT THE DUCK! GOTTA HAVE THAT DUCK! WE WANT THE DUCK!… (bopping away with a quack and waddle!)
Now – a sneak peak of Steamduck in the NEW BOOK – he’s with his buddy GOOSE.
Oh, HOLD on… Just an old Navy buddy there…. Take me to Duck or lose me forever….
Thanks for joining us! Come back tomorrow for PATRIOT DUCKS!
Coal City stories is about a month out. The duck will fly October 10th. Until then – we are going to have some fun. Just a little bit of behind the scenes, a few sneak peeks, and some little things that will make the waiting easier for all! Steamduck Learns to FLY! is on the way!
If you haven’t already – go buy my first children’s book. Go on… we’ll wait…..
Got it? Oh, good. Happy to sign it for you next time I see you. AND NOW — you are ready for:
Kevin and I have been working hard. Plotting, planning, rhyming, drawing…. We have a frame for a new Coal City Stories book, and the plan is good. Take a look:
I know. Kevin does FANTASTIC work. So charming. He really sold me on that ice cream parlor font. Before I get all into what’s coming next, I want to take a second and thank ALL the folks – and especially the kids – who have made HME such a success. Now, before the media swarm…. Here’s today’s announcement press release:
Press release June 27th 2012
Author Emilie P. Bush and illustrator William Kevin Petty are proud to announce the release date of the follow up to their bestselling children’s book Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story. On October 10, 2012, the waddling hero of HME – Steamduck – returns with another adventure in Steamduck Learns to Fly!
In this new tale, the plucky mechanical duck discovers that REAL birds do more than swim. He turns to his old friend and maker – the Otter – to learn a few things about flying. They try and fail with propeller contraptions, hot air balloons and more. Despite all the mishaps, the pair eventually defy gravity and take to the sky.
“With the success of Her Majesty’s Explorer, we thought long and hard about where we wanted to go with our darling characters. Steamduck has quite a following, and we wanted to make sure he was true to his heroic nature. Kevin is a pilot, and a huge fan of flight history, so we went with those ideas for our second Steamduck story,” says Emilie P. Bush. “So, as he tries and fails with many different types of flight, he never gives up, and he never stops learning.”
Fans wanting to keep up with details and sneak peek images from Steamduck Learns to Fly! can follow the project on Facebook – as Steamduck has his own fan page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steamduck/108061409309296
Today is MONDAY – April 2nd. It is International Children’s Book Day. It’s the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and this year’s theme is “Once upon a time, there was a story that the whole world told.”
Kids love to be read to. It’s the best thing you can do to connect with a kid – share a book.