Sounds of New Jersey

Sounds of the Tick Tock Diner, Clifton, New Jersey.

Sounds of the Tick Tock Diner, Clifton, New Jersey.

Hey, groovy cats. Thanks to an article in the most amazing of magazines, Mental Floss (I’ve been a subscriber since the second issue!), I have learned that a person named Bernie Wagenblast is recording the unique sounds of the great state of New Jersey, archiving at least one sound from each of the 565 municipalities in the state.

Harvesting cranberries in Woodland Township, New Jersey.

Harvesting cranberries in Woodland Township, New Jersey.

The project is called “New Jersey 565.” Here’s the link to the guy’s Pinterest account. http://www.pinterest.com/brwagenblast/new-jersey-565/ Click on a Pin to go to his site and listen (it’s easier than going directly to his website to find the 565, trust me). This guy is also the voice of the “next train” announcements on the NYC subways.

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Greg Pizzoli, the (Beyond Fantastic) Illustrator of Not Very Scary

"Pin the Drool on the Ghoul," an illustration from NOT VERY SCARY (FSG, 2014)

“Pin the Drool on the Ghoul,” an illustration from NOT VERY SCARY (FSG, 2014)

Not to be missed, this post by Greg Pizzoli (especially if you like to learn about how a book illustrator makes it all come together–and has some fun with inside jokes in the process)! Illustrator Greg Pizzoli’s article on the making of Not Very Scary. Here’s a snippet:

In a way the whole look of the book felt like my version of a tribute to one of my art heroes, Charles Schulz, and I directly referenced his work from the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” movie …

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