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John S. Dykes
Frogfolio & Aesop's
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A few Saturdays ago, Jim Burke and his family were over for some dinner. Along with a fine bottle of wine, he brought a Frogfolio calendar project for me to create, due that coming Friday. Excited for sure, but I had a number of assignments due the same week. (Ugh!) Ah, the life of an illustrator!
The Frogfolio calendars will be available in September - online ordering info to come for all frog-loving parties interested.
A detail and sketches follow.


Re: the title of this piece - does anybody remember Flit? Or seeing the ad campaigns in old publications? It was bug killer in the late 20's to the 50's containing DDT in the later years. Theodor Suess Geisel created artwork for the long running campaign.
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Many thanks to Jim Burke - I've admired the calendars he has art directed so well for so many years and am glad to be a part of this series. Jim and a number of illustrators have garnered something like 8 medals from the Society of Illustrators over the years for their calendar illustrations.
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I am currently working on re-writing / re-interpreting and illustrating a collection of Aesop's Fables. This is a personal project that I am working on and will search for a publisher soon. Not really sure about the feasability of this, but it is worth a try! If anyone has a thought as to who or what publisher might have interest in this ballpark, I'd be eager to hear. (Thx!)

While some of the fables I am totally re-creating, the Bear / Grim Reaper stays pretty close to the original story, only substituting an old bear with blueberries for the old man: Old man carrying bundle of sticks throws them down in exhaustion asks for death to come take him. Death appears and asks, 'did you call me?" - to which the old man replies, "Oh, yes, would you help me pick up these sticks I have dropped?" Moral: Be careful what you wish for - or, We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified...



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