826 Field Trip: Ty and the Spider

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Another week, another Field Trip at 826DC. This time the story was about an eight legged tiger (who also had five eyes and two tails) trying to save an alien planet from a giant spider who had nine legs and … Continue reading

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DC*Conspiracy 10th Anniversary


Ever since wrapping up Chili’s World, I’ve continued to make Lunatic Tales for Magic Bullet, a free comics newspaper that comes out twice a year in the DC area, put together by the nice folk of DC*Conspiracy.

So, next Saturday it’s the DC*Conspiracy 10th Anniversary Party at Fantom Comics, here in DC. The group kindly asked me for an image to promote the event and well, here it is!


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Tomie dePaola Award


With this illustration, I was honored to be selected as a third-place runner-up in the Tomie dePaola Award. For more information, click here.

This was the prompt we had to illustrate:

The things on the table were telling BLIN, “The journey must begin!”
Happily, BLIN would not be alone.
Friends of all sorts are always welcome.
But, where would it start?                        
Where would it end?
(BLIN is the “main character” of the story.)

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Nursery Rhymes Comics


As the project of Chili’s World was winding down, I decided to start adapting traditional nursery rhymes into comics.

It’s been a very fun project, as well as challenging!

You can check them out here.

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Kid Books List


Made this illustration for my friend Kate’s children books critique website, you can check what she has to say at www.kidbooklist.com

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826 Field Trip: La Carrera Espacial

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I volunteer at 826DC, illustrating stories that classrooms of children write together. This are the illustrations I did for a field trip in Spanish, the story: “La Carrera Espacial” (the Space Race)

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The Midwinter Tree


Long before we reached the Moon or even before we crossed the oceans into the New World, there was a legend about a boy who got lost in the woods.

He had left his town searching for firewood to keep the hearth warm during the coming snowstorm, but the winds brought the dark clouds earlier than the elders’ predictions. Soon enough snow was falling from the skies with a fury not seen in many seasons.

The boy wiped his face as he tried to find amongst the snowflakes the way back home.

Snow covered the boy’s tracks almost as soon as his feet left the marks behind them; there was no way to know for certain the path he had taken before. There was white in front of him, and white behind him; everywhere he looked there was a blanket of snow covering the landscape.

Walking became harder and harder. His limbs felt numb and it didn’t take much for a boy of his age to get exhausted. The cold seemed to embrace him and invite him into the realm of eternal sleep.

His eyes closed as a cloud of breath left his mouth. Snowflakes kept falling on top of him, muting the sounds of the forest.

The boy felt warmth wrapping his body. He shook the frost from his eyes and opened them one more time, not certain of how much time had passed.

It was the middle of the night, that much he could tell. Yet there was light coming from a place close by. He turned to have a better view and even though he opened his mouth in awe, no sound came through.

In front of him was a tree that shone with the light of a star; its glow tinkled, moving with a life of its own. The boy squinted his eyes and that’s when he saw them. The light came from very small people that danced around the tree, glowing as if they had a lantern in place of their hearts. Some of them flew to the highest branches using translucent wings, illuminating not only the tree but also the darkened sky.

The boy watched them dance and felt safe and warm, so he closed his eyes peacefully. Under the lights of the tree he slept through the night.

Frost glittered with the first lights of the morn by the time he woke up. The tree stood in front of him yet there was no sign of what had transpired the night before.

He knelt besides the tree, thanked the spirits of the forest and headed back to his town.

When the watchman spotted the boy he rang the bell seven times to let the rest of town know the young one had survived. In the big hall the boy told them of the tree that had protected him through the night…

And ever since, people light a tree during Winter, to save and protect everyone under its glow.


© 2013 Santiago Casares

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I’ve been working on a new Children Book project about meerkats, and this is the first spread from it:

Meerkat Spread 1

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I’ll go tomorrow to see Neil Gaiman in his last book tour, so I made this small watercolor illustration of Delirium to give him as a thank you for all the stories and the inspiration he’s given me.

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Joe Dalek

As a big fan of Doctor Who, I’ve always wondered what would happen if a Dalek lived amongst us. This comic strip is the answer! :)


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