July 2, 2015


Daily doodle

June 29, 2015

From a hotel room in Connecticut.   

Rhode Island

June 28, 2015



June 26, 2015


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Poor Joseph: A Mini Narrative about The Elephant Man

May 9, 2015


I know I had said March for the release of Poor Joseph but I pushed it back to May…both months that begin with the letter M so I didn’t think many would notice. Afterall, it’s not the new Avengers movie…just a quiet, little book about in interesting person.

I cannot even catagorize this book. I’ve tried and put in many hours thinking about what type of book this is. Children’s book? Illustrated prose poem? Visual novella…probably too short for that. Who will read this and who will enjoy this? That’s the biggest question of all the questions but one that I do believe I have the answer to.

Some kids will enjoy this book because of the simplicity of text and the intricacy of illustrations. That being said, Some adults will enjoy this book because of the simplicity of text and the intricacy of illustrations. Same reason…bigger people. Others may just be familiar or fans of my past books and be curious without having any interest in Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man.

So my final words as to why you should give this book a chance: It’s just plain different. I’m trying to write/draw about things that may be left-field type topics to turn into illustrated books. The work I’ve done with traditional publishers and my agent, I am very proud of. This Box Books experiment is (as I’ve stated in the past) something more for my free flowing mind and fast working hand. Here is how the book is described on amazon–so I need say no more. Enjoy!

“Poor Joseph is a mini-narrative about one of history’s most curious figures, The Elephant Man. Born in London, in 1862, Joseph Merrick displayed all of the attributes of a normal boy. It wasn’t until a few years later that his now-famous deformities began to appear. Joseph’s tragic form allowed this gentle soul to gain a sort of celebrity after many years of sideshows and hardships. Poor Joseph is meant to be a simple glimpse into the life of this man.”

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A Day In The Life

January 2, 2015
This post was first published on http://www.theboxbooks.com
Begin life:
There is no real weight or proof behind this notion I have, that I, Jamison Odone will expire in my 46th year. Silly I know. But then again, I’m 34, married to my college sweetgeart, have three sons, several books published, am a university professor, and all of these things motivate me to do MORE with my days before they lay me, neath’ the green, green, grass of home.
So here’s a typical day for me. This fellow is Max. He is almost two. His name is derived from a familliar wolf-suited character from a book my dear friend and great mentor wrote. You’ve probably heard of it and heard of him. So, Maurice here’s a message…I miss you. I’m trying to keep up with your pace. All the books that I make are because of you my friend.  You continue to inspire me and it is something that will always continue on.
Anyway back to it…coffee and drawing, I make eggs for the boys and Max tries his hardest to edit my work when I’m not looking.

Here’s another shot. Leftovers made for my by my friend and fellow BoxBookster David Ferreira.

Eggs Benedict whilst illustrating Poor Joseph(my mini Elephant Man tale due in March).

Why is this picture sideways? Well…Oliver just woke up. Next August will wake. That rounds out the three lads running around the house. Somethimes it turns things a bit sideways…in a good way of course.

When we get ourselves together we sometimes venture out into the cold to build a fort or pretend to be ninja turtles. In these moments though, my brain thinks about stories while playing with my sons. It’s always in there, just trying to get out into a sheet of paper.
Time to go give blood!! Writing/drawing materials thrown into bag just incase I actually get a free moment while the red stuff is filling a baggie, destined for some poor soul who dosen’t know they’ll be getting crazy Odone blood!

Blood Mobile on the grounds of the abandoned state mental asyum in Newtown, CT. I divide my time between my professorship in Maryland and my family in New England. Holidays are always in Connecticut at Pop Pop’s house.

I’ve been doodling these llittle notes on life everywhere I go for the past year. When I can’t sit down and make a full drawing, I make these. #therewillbeblood #letitflowletitflow #odonecards #americanredcross #whentheheckdidistarthashtagging???

Ok fastfoward through all of the dinner cooking, bath giving, teeth brushing, bedtime story reading, LIFE happening kind of stuff that has the tendancey to make people tired. It does make me tired. I have three very young sons and a career which I plan on maintaining. So at the end of(or beginning of) the night, this is what I do until I cannot hold my head up any longer–I work.
I found this small school desk at a yardsale some summers ago. I usually take it outside and write by my kid’s sandbox while they play. Tonight it’ll serve me well in the living room as we all sit around chatting(remember it’s still the holidays so there are many people not featured in these pics).
The goal of each and every one of the nights I have left on this ball of dirt is simple–make it count. Make something. Make fifty things. Make one thing. Start one thing. Fairly non-specific I know but for me, I have to do this or else I will feel the day wasted. After all of the stuff that my days are filled with, I still MUST do this or I strongly regret it.

I’m about 24 illustrations in now. Almost finished with my second BoxBook. I have a stack of tiny illustrations just waiting for their final resting place–a book. March 1st is the deadline so I’m ahead of schedule. Looks like The Elephant Man to me…no?

Some of you may have purchsed a copy of Annabel Lee through the site. I drew this book in Connecticut over my last holiday break each night whilst sat in my favorite spot, at the end of the kitchen table. I like working in the kitchen…don’t know why…proximity to food I’m guessing…
Sometime around the hours of 12:30am to 3am(usually closer to 2am) is when I call it a quits. My human alarms(Oliver, Max, and August) are all set for around 6:30am. So I get up, crack some eggs, brew some coffee, make the crew  breakfast and start the day. You can do the math on my actual hours of sleep…very few but I have to do it because…well…I’ll only get one life and I know I’ve got a good one.
Peas Aut-

Richmond Review

December 31, 2014


The sleepiness of this blog

October 23, 2014

I know it seems like I’ve died but I’ve actually just been working on lots of things. Things take time if you wish them to be just right. So much of my time has been spent…well…doing actual author/illustrator stuff. I write a ton and I draw a ton. This will be here in a few days as an online and POD(print on demand) release. Poe’s Annabel Lee illustrated by me. Not too sure where I’m deciding to take my career at the moment. Traditional publishing is something I will always do because for the most part, the publishers I have worked with have been great champions of my work in children’s literature. I do however have this other side. The side that wants to write/illustrate stories that don’t really fall into a category. Odd little things. The title of my show at The Mercurial Gallery in 2013 was Strange Little Books. That’s probably the best name for a category if there existed one.

So I think that’s all for now. More to come on these strange little books before Halloween. I’ve given myself that strange little date as a deadline for the first release. Until then, play for blood…that’s just my game.


Kid On The Hill

June 11, 2014

KOTH-WORDS-2Been working on something new. This is an image from a graphic novel I’ve been conceiving. Also, been just terrible at ever posting on my blog. I blame this on my brain being too focused on writing and drawing stories, ideas, proposals, etc. Ya know–I’m an artist…not a blogger. Though this summer I’ll be working on some cool stuff so I shall try to do my best to post more. Night night.

Strange Little Books @The Mercurial Gallery

August 24, 2013

Below are a few images from my recent exhibit, “Strange Little  Books” This whole show came about because many, many moons ago, a young lady who was in college but working for a local rag, was assigned to interview me because my debut book Honey Badgers had just been published.  Fast forward a chunk of years and Amanda Bloom now owns The Mercurial Gallery and Web Magazine based out of Danbury, CTphoto-7

The setup for this exhibit was a sweaty challenge to say the least. Thousands of nails into the poor walls of The Merc, looped around with hundreds of feet of yarn all to recreate the concept and the main character’s journey in my most recent book, Mole Had Everything.photo-15


Books were provided for sale and signing at the opening by Byrds Books of Bethel, CT


A detail of one of the wall installations that wrapped the entire gallery.


This pic was posed by a photographer from The Danbury News-Times. There was a very kind story written about my show and my book. I thought the interview was one of best I’ve ever taken part in. Here’s a link to the interview and story.  Also, here is a link to about 12 other stories written about my work since 2004 that I never knew existed…


Above is my son Oliver and his friend Alejandra at the opening.




Getting mic’d up for the Gallery Talk and Podcast. Here’s a link if you’d like to have a listen.


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Lastly–The Mercurial Gallery and Web Magazine is a wonderful venue for the arts of all kinds. So click on this link and donate sucka! Thanks again to all who came out to support Strange Little Books!


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