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I first became aware of Margaret Wise Brown’s work a few years after graduation, while browsing in a New York bookshop where copies of Goodnight Moon were stacked high on a table. As I read the book for the first time, unaware of the author’s legendary status within her field (or indeed anything about her) I was forcibly struck by the realization that the quietly compelling words I was saying over in my head were poetry and, what was more, poetry of a kind I prized: accessible but not predictable, emotional but purged of sentiment, vivid but so spare that every word felt necessary. Her words seemed to be rooted in the concrete but touched by an appreciation of the elusive, the paradoxical, the mysterious. There was astonishing tenderness and authority in the voice, and something mythic in it as well. It was as though the author had just now seen the world for the first time, and had chosen to honor it by taking its true measure in words.

Leonard S. Marcus, writing about Margaret Wise Brown, from the introduction to his biography on the Goodnight Moon author, Awakened by the Moon

If there’s a better definition for the quality of writing that makes a picture book great, I’d like to hear it.

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I have always believed that you not only cast a strip to enable the characters to do things you want them to, but that the characters themselves, by their very nature and personality, should provide you with ideas. These are the characters who remain in the feature and are seen most often. The more distinct the personalities are, the better the feature will be. Readers can then respond to the character as though they were real.

Charles M. Schulz, PEANUTS: A Golden Celebration.

For not being a writer or much of a cartoonist in the sense of the strip format anymore, I think about this bit almost daily.

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Gabrielle Bell: How I Make My Comics

Gabrielle Bell: How I Make My Comics