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F IS FOR FRIDAY, WHEN FENWAY TURNS 100
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Here are a few more from F is for Fenway, written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Yo soy. Fenway Park turns 100 years old on April 20, 2012. The book is out and the book signings are in the works! Havin' a ball.

Jerry Pallotta's writing is wonderful. Each letter of the alphabet represents some part of Fenway Park and is accompanied by a 5 line poem, as well as a brief historical anecdote.

.....Next book signing is at Wellesley Books, in Wellesley, MA on 4/21/12 in the AM.


This is Y for Yankees rivalry. According to the facts in this here book, the Red Sox and Yankees have played each other over 2000 times in the last 100 years.

L & M... L is for Ladder, and M is for Manual Scoreboard. Fenway is the only major league park with a ladder in the field of play. Note the score. Sox are kickin' butt!

Kenmore Square

R is for...... RED SOX!

We take a seventh inning stretch here to cover the process a bit... Ink drawing first...

Color is worked in layers underneath (for the most part). (digitally, for those new here). I use various colored papers that I scan and use as backgrounds, or custom brushes used like rubber stamps to get some interesting textures.

The contents are then placed into the recombobulator machine. This one: A is for America's Most Beloved Ballpark. Take that! Wrigley Field.

'Z' you ask???? That is for Zamboni. Fenway sets up an ice skating rink in the winter. (A Zamboni is an ice resurfacing machine). Thats my niece Emily in the pink striped scarf. True.

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