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Posted on 4/8/2013 by Natasha Davis

New York, NY, April 8, 2013 - May 19-21 Booth # 464, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Illustrator and author Mittie Cuetara brings her talents to SURTEX in NY for the first time this May. The New York Times called her “The Dorothy Parker of children’s books” for the pithy verse and humorous illustrations in Terrible Teresa, the first of her three published children’s picture books. Her wry sense of humor is incorporated in a new line of characters and conversational prints she will debut at the show.

Cuetara has created 25 new lines for the SURTEX show, including juveniles, florals and whimsical prints suitable for a wide variety of products. Her work is influenced by the cartoons she publishes with “The Funny Times”, as well as teaching cartooning and drawing in Oakland, California. It keeps her supplied with inspiration,  “Kids really have the most fabulous and original perspectives. I had one kid who put “Elvis Hair” on all her characters. I tried it-it’s fun!”

Mittie grew up in Cambridge MA, and has a BFA from the Boston Museum School.

She learned a lot about design at Treasure Craft in Compton, CA,  and her design career took off  when she moved to San Francisco and created over 70 cards for  her own greeting card company, “Pacific Paper Works”. She began writing and illustrating picture books when her children were born, and got her first break when a book dummy she had misaddressed  went to the Dutton mailroom by accident. The mailroom staff loved the book and sent it back upstairs with a ringing endorsement.  Dutton bought it.

Contact: Mittie Cuetara