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Last night my neighbour friend pulled out all my toys and was asking about these two worn-out dolls at the bottom of the box. I showed her some of the book that went with them and decided to take a photo to see if anyone else remembers Raggedy Ann and Andy. (Ooo, I see they have a Wikipedia entry!) They really are very ugly dolls, but so plain that they're rather loveable. (Or maybe that's just nostalgia kicking in. Speaking of which, I'm a bit smitten with tozocomic's purdy red tin robot.)

James Harvey (harveyjames) has been running his Activity Week and getting lots of contributions. I really like his floating cats, so I put in a drawing for his challenge to pick one of the cats and turn it into a lady. (You have to figure out which one I picked, it's not very difficult.)



Event! If you'd like to get a drawing from me, Gary Northfield has been kind enough to let me come crash at his table for a couple hours on Saturday, 23 May at London's MCM Expo. (I can let you know exact times later, but I'm guessing I'll be there just after lunch.) I went last year and it was the best people-watching ever, so many amazing costumes! Actually, it's worth visiting that post to read Kate Brown's Essential Manga reading list. Come see Gary's stuff, it's amazing, and then get a drawing from me, too! I'm hoping Gary will want to do another collaborative picture, that was good fun. Other DFC people who will be there include organiser Emma Vieceli, Laura Howell, John Aggs, Nick Abadzis, Kate Brown and Tony Lee. (Other artists and writers listed here.)

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cdave
Apr. 30th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
I'll be at another convention that weekend. Hope you have a good time!

(at the last expo, I went as Tetso! (and can't find a photo from it now.))
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
Oh man, that costume is nuts! Ha ha... :-)
poisonrational
Apr. 30th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I loved Raggedy Ann and Andy! My grandmother has a giant Raggedy Ann costume that is worn by all the (real grown-up sized) women in my family for various costume parties. So silly, but spot on to the design!

I remember the animated film, where the French doll is kidnapped or something? Then R.Ann and Andy go on an adventure and there's a dog and a monster made out of candy? Totally awesome.

...Now I need to go track that down and watch it.
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I didn't even know there were any films! I also just discovered that The Phantom Tollbooth was made into a film. I thought I was going to like it in the beginning, but I started getting annoyed at it pretty early on and stopped watching. I think that one's best left as a book. Or a comic, for that matter... Hmm.

Heh heh, sorry about the crazy random paste in this comment before I edited!
poisonrational
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Oh man, it's been so long since I've seen that. I hardly remember it! I remember being very impressed with the sort-of stop motion effects in the live action beginning. The animation looks lovely, for what it's worth. I might try and sit down to watch it tomorrow while I compile FCBD stuff; but we'll see how far into it I can get! Ha. :)
tanukitsune
Apr. 30th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
My sister had a Raggedy Ann!

I recently saw the movie on Youtube! It's kinda insane... In a good way?
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Cool, the Raggedy Ann movie or The Phantom Tollbooth?
tanukitsune
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
The Raggedy Ann one, but they are both on YouTube! :3
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, then I will go have a look! :-D Thanks!
tanukitsune
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm watching it right now! It's pretty awesome! <3
ztoical
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I found the raggedy ann movie really creepy as a kid [along with Tintin] and I'm re-watching it now and can't think why. I still find Tintin creepy though.
ellenlindner
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Pretty lady!
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
So are you! ;-)

Hey, I tried ringing the other day but your new robot answering machine was putting me off.
ellenlindner
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Ha ha....it is truly an evil robot. It's actually our usual machine, but it's gone to the dark side.
I'm around tomorrow if you want to chat, or hang out...I don't have to meet Stephen to go to Brussels until the late afternoon.
eruditebaboon
Apr. 30th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Is it expensive to get in to the MCM? I'd like to go and have a nose around - especially since I'm putting one of the exhibitors up on my sofa!
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
You can get in free on an industry pass for DFC people if you contact Emma Vieceli very soon about it! Drop her a line, it'd be great to see you if you're there! :-)
eruditebaboon
Apr. 30th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've dropped her a line to see if I can get hold of one - otherwise I'll just have to use the secret DFC handshake on the door.
jabberworks
Apr. 30th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
secret DFC greeting
ext_138579
May. 1st, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Oh! Wow! Cats to girls! What's going on? Oh! Is anyone allowed to draw one? Like, me?
jabberworks
May. 1st, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm sure he'd love it! (And I'd love to see it!) :-D
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