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Hooray! Garen Ewing just posted this drawing on his blog! It was great to see him and Ellen Lindner during my day in central London on Wednesday (even if that funny-looking little green pastry turned out to cost a fiver). I'm really looking forward to Garen's upcoming work in the DFC, Charlie Jefferson and the Tomb of Nazaleod. Have you seen Ellen's latest book, Little Rock Nine? It's well worth reading, and she's currently working on another comic of E.M. Forster's short story, The Machine Stops. You can read her amazing novel Undertow online here.

It's funny, when you get a bunch of comics people together, we always have to get out pens and paper to draw things when we have difficulty describing them. I particularly liked this picture Ellen drew in my notebook during a discussion of historic genetic oddities of the Spanish royal family. (Although I think this must be one of the better looking monarchs.)

I'm off to the SCBWI conference in Winchester today, where in my workshop I'll be giving a first peek at layouts for the picture book I'm illustrating for David Fickling, written by Britain's best-selling contemporary poet, Giles Andreae.

I'll be back in London on Sunday morning for the panel at the ICA with DFC colleagues Adam Brockbank, John and Patrice Aggs and Gary Northfield. Speaking of which, have you been following Adam Brockbank's DFC strip with Ben Haggarty, Mezolith? It's just getting better and better, and I was totally amazed by his swan maidens and the big earth woman in the last couple episodes.

Don't forget, you can buy the DFC in Tesco from 26 Nov - 2nd Dec. (John Freeman comments on the DFC in Tesco here.) Edit: And _w_o_o_d_ says Waren Ellis has posted about it!. Cool!

You can also buy single issues at any time from the DFC website.



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Nov. 21st, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
Is this truly life in the UK? Pleasant conversations over tea?

I knew it!
Nov. 21st, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Even Warren Ellis posted about the DFC in his blog.

Warren Ellis, of all people.
Nov. 21st, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
'Tis true! Is that not what they do in North America? :-D
Nov. 21st, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Wow, Warren Ellis! Thanks for that, I just inserted the link into the main post!
Nov. 21st, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
I love Mesolith, too
Fantastic stuff and beautiful art. I wonder what the kids make of it? I really have to try to pump my nephew for feedback again sometime soon.
Nov. 21st, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
Oh, and...
In the John Freeman piece, I was amused / outraged to read this bit:
While welcoming the chance for The DFC to be seen by a wider audience, some have complained the publishers have side stepped the core comic audience that could be reached via specialist comic stores...

The UK British weekly comics never did sell in specialist stores (even during the small timeperiod when they overlapped) because dude, they're specialist stores and the point of a weekly kids' comic is to be general and to appeal as widely as possible. Tesco's is the right place to sell it! I mean, yes, ok if a specialist store or distributor wants to take it, well and good, but the main thing is to get it into the hands of the kids and comic shops aren't the place to manage that.
Nov. 23rd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, and...
I agree! I used to get almost all my comics either from the supermarket or borrowing them off someone, I don't think I ever bought them any other way when I was a kid.
Nov. 21st, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Have a great conference! I look forward to the Comics talk on Sunday!

Mezolith is amazing - the artwork is just phenomenal. I've been telling everyone about the DFC and Tesco, so I'll be excited to know how it gets on!
Nov. 23rd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for coming along, Alex! :-) What a day! I wish we'd had more time to discuss DFC stuff, but it was still great to have the panel.

Hey, I was just doing captions for the photos in my latest post, but what was the name of the friend you brought along?
Nov. 23rd, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Hello Sarah! His name was Rob Hinchcliffe!

It was really nice to meet everyone - and of course hear you talk about your work, no matter how briefly. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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