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A few more rough sketches for the Monster Village at Stratford's Discover Centre. I'm working them in between picture book work, so it's all slightly bitsy, but I'm meeting up this week with Ed Vere, Neal Layton and the team to find out what happens next.

Here's the inside of the Beauty & Beast salon (see the last post for an exterior sketch).

Those are the wigs and moustaches. Here on the left, we have the wig-fitting centre, where visitors can either put the 2-D wigs on the aliens here, or try them on in the mirror themselves. And on the right, a cosmetics centre where people can draw all over the aliens, adding eye shadow, facial hair, what have you. I'll have to check at the meeting about the pens idea, because kids have a habit of not keeping pens in the areas where they are supposed to be kept, and Neal Layton might not appreciate it if they start drawing all over his monster shops. Maybe everything in the building could have an erasable surface? Must consult.

Links: Have you been keeping an eye on James Turner's new comic, Dan Tastic? It's shaping up to be, well, rather fantastic! James is quite possibly one of the funniest guys on the planet.

James Turner's Dan Tastic

And speaking of funny guys, the other comedy legend Jamie Smart has been doing some fab strips for The Dandy, Desperate Dan and Pre-Skool Prime Minister.

Last week's Dandy, bought impulsively in the supermarket checkout queue, as one does

And Jamie also posted a link to a website with 30 photos of hedgehogs taking baths. (Aw!) I STILL haven't seen a live hedgehog (not a smashed one on the road), one of my unfufilled ambitions on coming to Britain. When I went to Leeds, Gillian Rogerson (the writer of our book, You Can't Eat a Princess!) told me that she has hedgehogs in her back garden, but they didn't even peek out. I may get desperate enough to go to one of those hedgehog rescue centres to have a look, but I'd really like to see one 'in the wild'.

And a few pictures of lovely festival central London:

on this street:

And I can't quite figure out the significance of Batman and Superman on this building, can anyone enlighten me?


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Dec. 15th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
It's a show at the gallery: http://www.halcyongallery.com/exhibitions.php/mauroperucchetti

I occasionally see hedgehogs around here - our garden is a slug buffet.
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, lucky! Apparently hedgehogs are hibernating now, but if you see one come out in the spring, I will jump on my bike and be over in fifteen minutes to look.
Dec. 15th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
You won't see many hedgehogs at this time of the year. They're hibernating.

Is Batman's pose inspired by the Sistine Chapel's Adam ?
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's definitely an Adam pose. The poster is absolutely ginormous.
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's me! Thank you!
The shops look like they are going to be so much fun - can't wait to see the finished work!
I'm not sure what that Batman/Superman is all about (and I also definitely got an 'Adam' vibe of Batman's post), but I like how super homoerotic it is! Pow!
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I know, isn't it! :D Pow! Great to see you at the drinks the other night. We're really going to have to think of a way to come visit you in Delhi!
Dec. 15th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
You've never seen a hedgehog? Awwww we'll have to find you one, a not squished one
Dec. 15th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am so going to take you up on that. :)
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