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Tag Archives: To Timbuktu


To Timbuktu Talk for Teens at Community Bookstore Thurs. 7-9pm

Yep, we’re keeping it in the Slope this summer! (That is, when we’re not in Colombia.) Come by Community Bookstore (on 7th ave between Carroll and Garfield) this Thursday between 7-9pm book & travel talk over drinks from around the world.


Cartoon Cada Día!

I love doing a cartoon a day when I travel. Usually Casey and I will find a quiet cafe or a bar. She’ll write away in her journal and then look up to see a view like this: I did sets while in Southeast Asia … Read More

Explicit Stuff vs Censorship #YAsaves

This past weekend, the Wall Street Journal printed an article called “Darkness Too Visible: Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?” In it, WSJ book reviewer Meghan Cox Gurdon blasts YA literature today … Read More

Vamos a Colombia!

People always ask us where we’re traveling to next. And now we have an answer… COLOMBIA! We can already picture ourselves in the streets of Cartegena. Literally. So send us your must-sees and the contact info of all of your Colombian friends! Vamos Gigantes! (Sorry– … Read More


Welcome to Theft Mag!

Many Brooklyn readers of this blog most likely know Liam McWilliams best as the bouncer at our favorite bar in NYC, Mission Dolores. (Seen here with his very own Shitty Kitty creation at one of our many Meet Ups at M.D.) That’s certainly how we … Read More


To Timbuktu Tap Takeover!

Save the date for a real party– To Timbuktu and Sixpoint Brewery are taking over Mission Dolores Bar on Thursday, May 12th! Brewmaster Shane C. Welch is going to be bringing out all kinds of cool Sixpoint brews, including some especially crazy ones that don’t … Read More

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NYC Launch was Partyrrrific!

Thank you so much to WORD and to everyone who came out! We’ve got more pics and stories on the book’s website here.



To Timbuktu (Roaring Brook Press 2011) To Timbuktu is Casey and Steven’s first book. Written by Casey, illustrated by Steven it tells the story of their first two years out of college spent living in Asia and West Africa. Here’s the book’s trailer: And some … Read More



Woohoo! Next Tuesday, come on by WORD in Greenpoint for our NYC LAUNCH PARTY of To Timbuktu! You + us + books + all your friends = GOOD TIMES AT OUR BOOK LAUNCH! Official Facebook invite here.


Top 10 Awards: West Coast Round Up

We began our 2 week West Coast tour in LA with Oscar’s. No, not actually at the Oscar’s– for some reason we weren’t invited. But the Oscar spirit got into us nonetheless! So without further ado, this tour’s winners are… Hottest Reading-The-Book Photo Laura + … Read More


On the road!

We’ve been running around like craaaazy out here on the West Coast talking to kids about Spaceheadz and To Timbuktu! LA, the Bay Area and now Seattle. A more detailed update coming soon, but for now, a taste of the madness: And by the way, … Read More


We’re blushing. Thank you very much Publishers Weekly.

Our cheeks are very red right now. Publishers Weekly gave our book To Timbuktu a very flattering starred review this week. Not only did they call Casey’s writing “Impressively witty, perceptive, and candid” and describe Steven’s art as “fluid cartoon sketches, seamlessly incorporated into every … Read More


Mark that calendar: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

It’s party time! We’ll be heading to the West Coast this March for loads of To Timbuktu and Spaceheadz events at schools and bookstores. LA, San Francisco, Seattle… We’ll be putting up details on our Events Map soon, but for now, mark your calendar for … Read More


To Timbuktu Is In!!!

THE BOOKS ARE IN! THE BOOKS ARE IN! THE BOOKS ARE IN! Get the full report and photos of our Malian friends reading To Timbuktu who are in it at the book’s website here.



This weekend we went to the riverside town of Segou where we lived for about three months back in 2007. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. to catch up with everyone! Unfortunately, the town itself is getting hit pretty hard– like Mali in general right now– … Read More

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We keep saying “wow” because it’s so great to be back on the road again, but it turns out we’re also saying “yes” in Wolof all the time. Ah well. At least we seem agreeable. Our itinerary so far: Stop #1 New Years Day layover … Read More

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Party in Africa!

Steven and I are going to ring in the new year in Africa! Well, to be more precise we’ll be in the air for the actual changing of the year, but for the first three weeks of this new year we’ll be in Senegal and … Read More

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Give the gift of… To Timbuktu!

Not sure what to get your Mom/Grandpa/BFF/Lover/Co-Worker/Secret Santa Pick? Get ‘em our big fat graphic novel To Timbuktu! Sure it doesn’t come out until March 1st BUT you can pre-order it online here and we’ll send you this nifty little card that you can print … Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving, go Eat Pray Love and Drink!

Your Cartoon of the Week: Your entertainment for the evening: Go rent Eat Pray Love and play the Drinking Game that Steven and I made up last Saturday. If you don’t feel like getting absolutely wrecked, we recommend cutting Rule 4 (A shot for tears) … Read More

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More To Timbuktu talking: Bethesda Library

Hey who’s that with George and Martha? It’s Casey, looking pretty psyched that those two loveable hippos were going to be attending our talk at the Bethesda Library last night all about our book To Timbuktu (in stores March 1st!). You can read all about … Read More


Texas/To Timbuktu + Bethesda/To Timbuktu

We’ve been busy! We’re fresh off the plane from Corpus Christi, Texas where we presented To Timbuktu at the Jan Paris Book Fest to a lovely crew of librarians and future librarians. Check out photos from all that madness at the book’s website here. Steven … Read More

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First ever To Timbuktu book club

A few weekends ago, Steven and I were down in the D.C. area with his family. Both of his grandmothers spent an admirable amount of time reading the galleys of our book. As if that wasn’t cute enough I’ll tell you, it just melted our … Read More

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Our FIRST REVIEW of “To Timbuktu”!

Drum roll please… Carol Fitzgerald of the epic book blog BookReporter.com took “To Timbuktu” on vacation and came home with great things to say about it! She calls it “a brilliantly composed piece about pushing your limits and building a relationship under some very formidable … Read More

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Hot off the press!

The Advance Reader’s Copies of To Timbuktu are in! Oh how INSANELY HAPPY we are to finally see our two years worth of work in a physical form! Sure it’s just the uncorrected proof, sure there are still a few changes to be made, but … Read More

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Cartoon of the Week made as we wait for “To Timbuktu” Advanced Reader Copies

Seriously. We’re waiting to hear the rumbles of the UPS truck. No better way to pass the time than with Shitty Kitty.


We Timbuktu’d, We Spaceheadz’d

“Timbuktu-ing” mostly consisted of telling folks we’ve got a book coming out next year (yes!), while “Spaceheadz’ing” was much more involved. See, we BROUGHT THE INTERNET TO LIFE. Internet on the Internet, Internet Brought To Life: And with said Internet, we signed up librarians and … Read More


Librarians and Publishers and Us, OH MY!

This weekend we are heading down to D.C. for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. There will be: librarians, publishers, authors and illustrators (like us, woohoo!), AND the oh-so-mysterious-to-the-non-ALA-world…Drill Cart Competition. Books we’ll be hawkin’: Ours, To Timbuktu: And Jon Scieszka’s latest and greatest, … Read More


“To Timbuktu” Proccess Show is done-did PROCESSED

Saturday night we took over much of Mission: Comics and Art for a little behind-the-scenes/making-of a graphic novel party. There were process sketches, final illustrations, covers ideas to vote on, plenty of cans of beer and lots of folks who stayed until the wee hours … Read More

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To Timbuktu Process Show @ Mission Comics and Art this Saturday!

Doesn’t the poster say it all? Come see us showing how we’re making our graphic novel this Saturday night. Beverages will be served. Mission Comics and Art is here in SF: View Larger Map See you there!


We Be Graphic Novel-ing Again!

This week Steven got to start working on more of the final art for our upcoming graphic novel, To Timbuktu. Very fun times. (We’d been on hold for all kinds of boring-to-most-readers reasons.) He’ll be drawing these spreads (and occasionally asking Casey to for some … Read More