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withnail & ah, i know what to draw

Last night, I came home dog-tired and cheesed off about how my job description seems to have changed from picture book creator to professional e-mailer, when all I want to do is draw and tell stories. These chappies cheered me up a bit. (Several elements of their dirty kitchen appear in one scene in my picture book Morris the Mankiest Monster.)



And I slapped together a few last pieces of film footage I shot while I was in China last month. Here are some of the bits of silly plastic and rubber we saw for sale on our travels. I bought the splat pig for my studio mate Gary and he likes to throw it at his lightbox. Those little dancing fluffballs... I swear there weren't any strings attached; I can't quite figure out how they work.



If you haven't read my China adventure comic, it's still online; you can read it here on the David Fickling Books blog. (And go back there to see my writer friend Candy Gourlay's latest fab entry.) Thanks ever so much to Richard Bruton at Forbidden Planet International, Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter and Brigid Alverson at Comic Book Resources for featuring it on your websites. I've rejigged it slightly so you should be able to click right on through from Entry No. 1.



There's also a great write-up of The DFC Library books over on Broken Frontier comics website. The new reincarnation of The DFC, The Phoenix Comic, will be looking for high-quality comics contributions, so if you're interested in hearing about it, do come along to the Society of Authors/Comica London event on 13 Sept to hear editor Ben Sharpe speak on our panel. (Huge apologies that it unintentionally conflicts with the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Professional Series talk by Kate Wilson from Nosy Crow, about children's books and apps. If you're in London, want to publish for kids or young adults and aren't at one of these two events... then what are you doing?!)

Broken Frontier also interviews Kenny Penman, my Blank Slate publisher of the exciting new Nelson comics anthology, launching in November at Thought Bubble in Leeds. (I'll be there manning a family activity table with Gillian Rogerson, fab writer of You Can't Eat a Princess! and You Can't Scare a Princess! and pop over for the Nelson launch.)

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crazycrone
Aug. 17th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh yes, Paul McGann was a luscious youth!
jabberworks
Aug. 17th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
Hi, Lee! 'Tis trooo...
ginasketch
Aug. 17th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
HAHA perfect icon!
ginasketch
Aug. 17th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
yay Withnail and Eye!

It would be interesting to see loads of other people draw that video cover too....like a viral meme. :D
jabberworks
Aug. 17th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Ha ha, that would be so fun! Fancy a go at it? :D
ginasketch
Aug. 17th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Definitely want to. As to whether it will happen I'm not sure as I have so much report writing to do. :(
jabberworks
Aug. 17th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh, good luck with the reports!
seussscat
Aug. 17th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Love Withnail and I. Plus totally get the admiration of Paul McGann, was cute as a young-un. Although if had dated him as such from withnail and I, Dear God!
jabberworks
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! But Richard E Grant is even more appallingly awful (and wonderfully so), I think I partly liked Paul McGann in the film just because I was rooting for him to escape from the whole thing. He looks like he needs a strong cup of coffee and a hug (but not from Uncle Monty).
(Anonymous)
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
ooooh! i WANT that splat pig!
candygourlay
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
oops! this is candy!
jabberworks
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
SPLAT PIG. Ha, I'm sure if you drop by the studio, Gary will let you play with it. :D
libbi
Aug. 17th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I WANT A SPLAT PIG!!
jabberworks
Aug. 17th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
SPLAT PIGS RULE.
dasiavou
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
oh, i love when you accidentally give me reasons to start thinking about doctor who
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