Calef Brown
The Exquisite Corpse of an Evil Clown
I've been working on a project with The Library of Congress and The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.
As The Library of Congress site describes it:

Our "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has written the first episode, which is "pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!" He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.
Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.

The roster of writers is very impressive – and aside from Jon Scieszka also includes Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, Gregory Maguire, M.T. Anderson, Nikki Grimes, and lots of others. My fellow illustrators are Chris van Dusen, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg and James Ransome.
For chapter three I chose to depict the scene where Boppo the evil narcoleptic clown is threatening our heroes by juggling two meatballs and a bomb, until...

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance site describing the project is here.
The interactive book on the Library of Congress site is here.

And lastly, a poem about Clowns I wrote last year that fits well with my approach to the drawing:


Just for a moment,
suppose that clowns
were hilarious
instead of terrifying.
It’s hard to imagine,
but keep trying.
Suppose that clowns
were likable,
merry, and droll,
instead of striking fear
in your very soul.
Could their clowning skills
inspire polite chuckles
instead of cold chills
and white knuckles?
Would you laugh
at every clowny antic
instead of feeling frantic
and full of agitation?
Try to picture it.
Use your imagination.

© Calef Brown 2008

Finally, if we're talking about evil clowns, we can't forget the dude from that band Prodigy.

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