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DFC issue 15!

I came back from stomping through the rain to the DFC with a gorgeous cover in my letterbox! Isn't it purdy? This week's issue introduces the new Mezolith story by Adam Brockbank and Ben Haggarty. And Simone Lia's strip on the back made me shout with laughter. Must find a quiet moment with a cup of tea and read the whole issue cover to cover!

Mezolith reminds me of the Jean M. Auel prehistoric series that starts with Clan of the Cave Bear which I found in my parents' library and really liked when I was little. (It was the second book with adult racy bits I ever read. The first book was Forever by Judy Blume, borrowed on the school bus, and the pages were just about falling out in all the steamy parts.)

Don't forget to book your place for the Turning Pages: the art and craft of story SCBWI conference on Nov 22 and 23rd! It's great for both writers and illustrators, and especially for those of us (like me) who are attempting to do both! Here is the bio pic of my DFC editor Ben Sharpe, who is just one of the many fab speakers they have lined up:

ztoical in Ireland reports that copies of the GOAL Anthology have come back early from the printers, can't wait to see it. She'll post order details soon. (I have a one-page strip in it.)

Other stuff:
I haven't had time to explore Paul Hoppe's website yet, but it looks very promising.

And random stuff I stumble upon when I'm doing image research for my work: here's a bizzare bathroom fixture that lets you have everything in your bathroom in a single column. I can't decide it that's very, very cool or just a bit sad that people would have such small bathrooms that they'd need such a thing: Neatorama.



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Sep. 5th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful DFC cover!
I've been waiting for Mesolith to start since seeing a couple of pages of it in the presentation that David Fickling did at OUP. I'll be able to read a bunch of DFCs in one swoop when I get back tomorrow morning - yay!
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: What a beautiful DFC cover!
Yay! And I hope you had a great trip!
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: What a beautiful DFC cover!
Certainly did! O' course I had to work too, over the past couple of weeks, so that's been the less fun part, but quite rewarding too I guess.

I read the Jean Auel books as a kid too! Well, as a twelve year old or so, I suppose. And then I have kept on buying them since, despite them being pretty bad examples of Mary-Sue-ism... ah well.
Sep. 5th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
You read Jean Auel's books as a kid ? How old were you ?

If memory serves, some passages are actually pornography (I remember the guy was worried that his... thing was too big, and no woman could... accept him whole, until he met the female hero...)
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was very informative!
Sep. 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's one way of saying it, yes...
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm going to need a job when I get back to england; I might have to pester your boss...
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Do! It's a good place to work.
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)

I can't find his email address on the site, though. Can you send me it? jamesharvey@catjams.com
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's bsharpe at randomhouse dot co dot uk

Maybe get in touch and see what they're specifically looking for, then submit a proposal. Or if you've already made something that would suit, submit it and see what Ben says.
Sep. 5th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I sent him a nice email. Thanks!
Sep. 5th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)

although, most of the comics on my portfolio site are complete filth

Man I need to rethink that site a little
Sep. 5th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hehe... yeah, you might have to show him some alternatives.
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wait that's the cover of the DFC? Man that's awesome

How's this magazine doing, then? I hope people are buying it!
Sep. 5th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I swear my i get no post on Fridays anymore! I haven't had the past few issues of the DFC on time!

The cover looks terrific, and there's a nice starring role for cow parsley, that much maligned wildflower.

I always wondered why my Nan kept those Clan of the Cave bear books on her shelves, and passed them around her WI group. Ha! I should have looked inside the cover!
Sep. 6th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Ha ha.. it's true, the covers look so innocuous! And the first book has a couple necessary graphic moments, but Ms Auel really gets going with that in the later books. I kind of lost interest after about the fourth book.
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