As many of BoB followers pointed out, SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books site is not only thought provoking and fun to read, it is also a total joy to look at: all because we have the ingenious and whimsical Match graphics and other icons. Who has created all these images? You asked, and we answer here:
Mark Tuchman, SLJ’s Creative Director
Mark has been working at SLJ for the last ten years and recently collected his design work here: http://marktuchman.wordpress.com. His prior freelance work illustrating for newspapers and magazines such as Glamour, NY Newsday, The Daily News, Scholastic, Black Enterprise and Seventeen can be viewed here: www.marktuchman.com.
We couldn’t thank Mark enough for giving us the pleasure of receiving the graphics for the Match posts and sharing them with all the BoB fans. We feel it a fitting tribute to Mark’s talents and dedication by exhibiting a selection of his BoB designs for the past four years. Please enjoy!
2009 Battle Brackets:
2009 Match Design (based on crude design by the Battle Commander):
Peanut Gallery Banner:
2009 winner The Hunger Games on the top and third tiers of the winners podium:
2010 Early Brackets:
Victory Tour of 2009 BoB winner Hunger Games to 2010 Contenders:
2010 Boxing Ring Theme Match Graphic:
Confetti fluttering around Match winner (2010):
2010 Celebration of BoB winner Marching for Freedom
2011 Pre-Battle Buzz:
2011 BoB Early Brackets:
2011 Match design — every “book” contender holds a weapon specific to the content of the book. (Round 2)
2011 Undead winner: Conspiracy of Kings digging itself out of the grave.
Peaceful Gathering of all contenders at the end of 2011 Battle, holding hands and abandoning all weapons in celebration of the much loved Ring of Solomon.
Stickers for 2012 additions:
2012 Match Designs:
(note the COIN under Chime?)
2012 Undead: Okay for Now, lifted from the land of the dead by birds wearing Comedy/Tragedy Drama Masks:
And of course, yesterday’s Finale Group Photo with all contenders giving thumbs up in good cheer!