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Today's morning sketch is a mixed tribute to Winsor McCay, Maurice Sendak and Fougasse. It's also me trying to gear myself up to launch into a huge pile of work today. I think I'll treat it like flying a Lancaster bomber (even though this airplane doesn't look anything like a Lancaster.) I'll do it with all the sound effects, that should keep me going. And ensure I never share a studio with anyone. Yes, I've realised, no louche comments on this picture, please...

Artwork: I'll sell the original artwork for this strip for £40 + £5 registered mail postage (a little bit more for postage if you live outside the UK) via Paypal. The image is 17x14 cm.

Latest briefing from DFC headquarters: If you haven't yet subscribed to the DFC (shock, horror!), you can buy it for one week only in 647 branches of Tesco, from Wed, 26 Nov - Tues, 2 Dec. Here's the cover, which is different from the cover sent to subscribers, but it will have the same comic goodness inside. If you live in Britain, go see if it's in your Tesco, buy a copy and let me know what you think!



I'm sure there will still be tickets for the Comica panel I'm doing at the ICA with other DFC people next Sunday, do come along!

Today is the 80th birthday of Mickey Mouse. I just heard Brian Sibley on Radio 4 discussing Mickey, and he gives him a tribute here on his blog. (You might remember Brian Sibley as the guy who co-wrote the BBC radio adaptation of Lord of the Rings with Michael Bakewell. And he reviewed the first issue of the DFC here.)

Writer and illustrator Alex Milway went along to the studio aka retrospective screening I flagged a few days ago and gave a write-up here. Interestingly, one of the animation directors turned out to be a guy he often sees on the train on his way to work, who live just up the street, but whom he had never talked to. And the guy knew Alex's work with mouse characters, but hadn't figured out who Alex was, either. Small world!

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chamonkee
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have time to make one of those planes!
jabberworks
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Me, too! :-)

Hey, I'm just printing stuff out and went over to my Friends list and saw this interesting pic by Igor Kuprin, though you might like it:

http://aicedora-vulkan.livejournal.com/182799.html
chamonkee
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Wow that's amazing the colours and the style are so inspiring. I love the white pencil on the bull. I commented but I don't know if he speaks english.
Also my day of drawing has started well as I've already penciled the sea in my lunch hour.
shug_comics
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'll be picking up a DFC. I can't commit to a subscription unfortunately. Shame!
jabberworks
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Ah well, we'll have to work on your by stealth. ;-)
harveyjames
Nov. 18th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
It's a shame the cover isn't better for their big supermarket trial run.

Apparently sales of comics always spike when there's either a gorilla or someone crying on the front cover, so I would have gone with one or the other (perhaps both). Can you pass this fact on to your bosses please
jabberworks
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
I can understand the gorilla, but someone crying? Now that is bizarre! :-D
harveyjames
Nov. 19th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
That was probably for girl's comics. Alan Moore once said he was going to make acomic called Weeping Gorilla and have it sell millions.
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