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back from bath

We had good fun at our comics panel for the DFC at the Bath kids lit fest on Saturday. Here's Bob Etherington (writer of Monkey Nuts) basking in the joy of the liquorice allsorts jar and lava lamp luxury of the VIP lounge. Apparently comics people don't usually get VIP lounges, so we thought we'd better document it.

I got to meet Vivian French in the lounge, which was cool. (She wrote a book called The Thistle Princess, which was beautifully illustrated by my first illustration teacher, Elizabeth Harbour.) The Bath venue was SO lush, this huge room with giant chandeliers and an intimidating sea of seats. (I'll post photos later, they're in my dad's camera, which doesn't seem to load to my computer.) We had a good turnout and the kids there asked really perceptive questions about making the comics, I was impressed. Here we are in the pub afterwards: me, Bob Etherington, Lorenzo Etherington (Bob's brother, who draws Monkey Nuts) and John Aggs (who draws John Blake for Philip Pullman and writes The Boss):

Here's another one of my dad and my publisher David Fickling (the one in the red dickie bow) and our DFC web designer Tom Fickling. They sat off to the side and had a long intense discussion about books and airplanes.

Since my parents and Stuart came along, we made a weekend of the trip. Here's a sketch I did of a remarkable Vivienne Westwood dress at the Costume Museum:

My parents wanted to go to the sung service at Bath Abbey on Sunday morning, and I drew a couple of the choirboys:

Here's a rough drawing of my parents on the train ride back to London. They moved around a lot, and the proportions are all wrong, but I still kind of like it.

And it was great coming back to this fan pic by John Rowley in my inbox. Thanks, John!


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Sep. 29th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hooray, you've found him! :-D And he is good fun at the pub.
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
Comic artists don't usually have VIP lounges...?!


I seriously need to re-evaluate my choices in life.....

( Seriously though, LOVE the drawing of the choirboys :) )
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, I got into comics for the sports cars and beautiful women.
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Don't we all?!
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Sep. 29th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I really like the dress sketches. And if it was me drawing those choir boys, purely because I'm male, you understand, I'd probably be in a cell down at the Bath Police Station straight afterwards being questioned. Was one of them really picking his nose? :-)
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ha ha... I love that you had to modify that last one, just in case anyone thought you were a sicko. ;-D
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've written four blog comments today. Three of them I had to edit or delete and re-write because, upon rereading, they were accidentally insulting (Kate Brown, Andrew Wildman) or gave the wrong impression (me!). I'm so not in my head today.
Sep. 30th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Oh, dear! I have a lot of days like those.

Hope the comics are going well, though! David F gave the Tomb of Nazaleod a huge plug on the panel in Bath, really built up the anticipation.
Sep. 30th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
That's nice to hear, thank you :o)
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh!! Yay Lorenzo Etherington is a nice guy :3 Got a chance to speak to him last year at Birmingham con :D I really like the choir boy sketch, nice use of lines :D
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I'm right there with Lettuce, can't decide which brother I fancy more. ;-)

Sep. 29th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Hehehe :)
Oct. 1st, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
ta very much
Thanks Sarah for putting up my pic here. Grubby little picture of mine should think itself lucky.

Beautiful drawing of that dress.
Oct. 1st, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: ta very much
Thanks! And don't sell yourself short, you have some lovely work on that site of yours!

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