October 31, 2011

Breakthrough Week - Michal's Stay in New York

What a worldwind week for us! We have had the pleasure of meeting, spending time with, and getting to know Michal Dziekan, the winner of the first ever Breakthrough Contest. 

Michal was a delight and by the end of the week he was crisscrossing NYC by foot and by metro. I don't think he ever walked this much in his life. On tuesday Oct 25th, we had a party at our office and invited judges, art directors, artists, and friends to celebrate his big win. We gave him his plaque, his certificate, and his cash prize. Many of our artists came out including Gregory Manchess, Mark Summers (all the way from Canada), Dongyun Lee, Goni Montes, Scott Brundage, Rudy Gutierrez, and Tim Bower

So now that this week is over and we can finally catch our breath, we wanted to give a great big thank you to everyone who helped and supported us with the Breakthrough Contest. Here is to Breakthrough 2012!

We were lucky enough to have pictures of the event and I would like to share them with you now. 

Tamson Weston (Tamson Weston Books) and Richard Aquan (Harper Collins) talk to our interns Mel and Delia

Michal talking with Natasha Boyshaw (The iSpot) and Tim Bower

Richard Aquan (Harper Collins) speaking with Michal (Breakthrough Winner) and Anastasiya (Richard's Assistant)

Irene Gallo (Tor Books) with Michal and artists Goni Montes, Chase Stone, and Mark Summers

Bob Pastore (Workbook) with Richard Solomon

Artists Chase Stone with Mark Summers

Artist Dongyun Lee poses for a picture with winner Michal

Our graphic designer Ana Gomez, artist Gregory Manchess, Richard and Anastasiya (Richard's assistant) 

Irene Gallo (Tor Books) with artist Chase Stone

Michal shares a laugh with artist Scott Brundage

Artists Dongyun Lee and Goni Montes pose for us.

Richard awarding Michal his Prize

Everyone gathers around to see Michal receive his prize

Artist Chase Stone with one of the judges, Bil Donovan

A certificate we gave as a thank you to the judges and to Michal

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