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christopher walken

Today's morning sketch: actor Christopher Walken. I got the proportions a bit wrong so I messed around a bit with the photo on my computer. (Original sketch here on Instagram.) ...Actually, I'm not sure which one I like better now.



And I picked Christopher Walken because I saw this fabulous video, beautifully edited by Ben Craw from 50 of Walken's films, turning clips into one great dance routine. I'd never really thought of the guy as a dancer, but guys, he's got the MOVES.



Gosh, I wish I knew how to dance. When you're trying to make people know about your books, it helps to have a few extra things you can do. And I don't have any, really, I mostly just draw. But I've already learned two songs on the ukulele and I've gotten over being embarrassed that I can't sing very well. Philip Reeve and I wrote a Sea Monkey sea shanty, and we applied the principle that the kids aren't there to see us, but to be seen. When we give them a very active part to play in the song, they go completely nuts. So last weekend I tried out my new Shark song. It was a bit ropey, but I'm getting better at it. Reeve wrote me the lyrics while he was out walking his dog, and John Dougherty was game for helping me figure out some chords and a tune while we were in Leicester for Author Week.



Thank so much, guys! (And to illustrator Jo Byatt for posting the photo on my new Facebook page.) Shark in the Bath, coming to a stage near YOU. Still wish I could dance like Christopher Walken, but I'll have to leave that for another day.

Oh! And I see that Philip Reeve has blogged about our desert adventure, with a video of us singing the Sea Monkey song. Ha ha! Go see if over on the Girls Heart Books blog.



One more thing: Leicester-based comics artist Rachael Smith is making a comic book called House Party with Great Beast (a new publishing house set up by comics artists Marc Ellerby and Adam Cadwell). They need some dosh to get it printed. Click over to her Kickstarter page and help her out if you can! Even just a few pounds makes a difference. These guys are so inspiring; they don't wait around to be picked up by a publisher, they just do it themselves. And do it well!

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