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meet annika pederson...

Here's a peek at some character development I've done for a morning warm-up sketch project that the marvellous Dave O'Connell (tozocomic) and I are going to unroll before your eyes... (This is Annika introducing herself to Dave.) Stay tuned for more about this one!

Book now for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators two-day conference in Winchester, Nov 22-23rd! It's going to be great! I'm doing a seminar on making thumbnail layouts for picture books with my friend Layn Marlow, but there are going to be a whole host of amazing speakers, including writer Geraldine McCaughrean (her novel The White Darkness is one of my faves), illustrator Chris Wormell and my very own lovely-jubbly comics editor for the DFC, Ben Sharpe. (Hee hee... the profile photo he sent in made him look like an axe murderer, so I doctored it a bit here...). It'll also feature editors Lizzie Spratt from Walker Books, Jonthan Lambert from Templar, Natascha Biebow from Random House Children's Books, and art directors Jo Spooner from Macmillan and Val Braithwaite from Bloomsbury.

I've been to the SCBWI illustrators' conferences for the past two years (once in London and once in Newcastle) and they've been fun and hugely helpful for networking and learning about the children's book industry. This is the first year they've combined writers and illustrators (which is great for me because I'm trying to do both). Details on the conference website here!

I'm looking forward to reading Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle. Here's the Daily Crosshatch review by Brian Heater.

And here's a new promo strip for Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid which will be published by Egmont next year. ...The suspense!

This episode of Aardman's Creature Comforts is just so wonderfully boring in a way that only British people can be boring, so somehow it becomes hilarious. I saw there's an American version with voice-overs or something, but it's just not the same.


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Aug. 20th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Isn't the point of Creature Comforts that they made animations to go along with recorded conversations? AMERICA IS SO BACKWARDS.
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Cool, was that how it was done? Those conversations would've been so hard to script! I missed the whole thing on telly, but I'm exercising restraint not to watch them all back-to-back on YouTube.
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
Yeah! I'm pretty sure they went out and had a bunch of inane conversations with the public, and then made animations around them, I honest to god can't see how the Americanized version would work.


British CC 4EVA <3
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
was that far too intense?

I'm sorry :(
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
It was full on! :-D
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
she's so cute! i am on the edge of my seat!
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Me, too, 'cause I've done half the front cover and now it's Dave's turn! ;-D
Aug. 20th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
the American version was comprised entirely of sheer fail. oh god I had forgotten about it until you just mentioned it.
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of it til I saw the linked videos on YouTube. Yeah, it looks like it was made by committee.
Aug. 21st, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
The American version was, indeed, worthless. They managed to take the great concept and completely hollow it out so that it was this weird empty husk, superficially resembling the original but in fact filled with nothing but emptiness and fail.

Can you tell I feel strongly about this?
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
It's just so tragic! Maybe it could've worked, if they'd gone around old folk homes and got some great regional accents from, say, Baton Rouge, Long Island, Philly, etc. But I'm guessing they didn't get the whole boring cosiness thing about it, it just didn't fly in the board room.
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