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busy weekend!

Where do I start? Well, I totally forgot to use my camera at the SCBWI writers and illustrators conference this weekend. But we had a buzzy breakfast this morning at the lovely hotel in Winchester, so I made a very rough drawing of it on the train ride back. Conference highlights included going to two talks by the marvellously poised and articulate Geraldine McCaughrean, despite her claims to be otherwise (I'm a huge fan of her novel The White Darkness); getting to have conversations with the guy who makes all those marvellous linocut prints, Chris Wormell; leading a workshop with my friend Layn Marlow that went even better than we expected; seeing all the cool Comixtravaganza stuff going up on the wall; and wandering for miles on the streets of Winchester at midnight with Candy Gourlay, probably one of the most fun people I know to get lost with.

In the afternoon, I took part in the Comica panel and got to see a whole bunch of colleagues from the DFC, including meeting Adam Brockbank and Jim Medway for the first time, and Laura Howell, whom I'd only met once very briefly. I got to the ICA a bit early and got to have a good chat with Adam Brockbank before the panel and hear about his concept work in the Harry Potter films. (He's working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows right now, which will be split into two films but filmed together.) I was again awed by his work when we saw some new images on screen during the panel, really beautiful work, created mostly in Corel Painter.

Patrice Aggs, John Aggs, Paul Gravett, me, Gary Northfield, Adam Brockbank

The funniest thing about the weekend was the huge division between the children's book writers and illustrators group, which was about ten women to every man, and the children's comics event, which was the complete reverse of that. The Comica panel before us (five men) gave a great talk but it was the most boy-zone thing ever, all about war comics and football. Funnily enough, I showed a war poster by Fougasse when I was talking about my own influences, and mentioned the large amount of time I spent at the Imperial War Museum looking at wartime posters when I first arrived in London. But there's a big difference between those guys' high-drama paintings of soldiers in the middle of combat and the posters I like, which show regular citizens pulling together on the home front, in a very cosy sort of way.

Adam Brockbank, John Aggs and his sister, Rachel Aggs

Woodrow Phoenix and David Leach

Showing picture of the clay sheep I made, who later turned into the DFC's Vern

Jim Medway, Jenny Linn-Cole and Gary Northfield

Rob Hinchcliffe, Alex Milway and Stuart


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Nov. 23rd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
please for the love of god tell me you're not opening that egg with a knife...
Nov. 23rd, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes...
Nov. 23rd, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
noooo spoons are for eggs. I'd get rapped on the knuckles by my dad if I was caught using a knife.
Nov. 23rd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
That's funny, I learned (but not very well) from my dad, who used a butter knife. How do you get a clean slice with a spoon?
Nov. 23rd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
using the convex side of the spoon you tap around the top of the egg so it's cracked then peel the broken area off. If you're careful the membrane should make the whole area of broken shell come off in one go. Then use a soldier to hold the egg in place (so you don't burn your finger) and cut the top of the egg with the edge of a spoon.
This way you don't get bit's of shell pushed into the egg when you cut through it with a knife.
If you fancy I can show you next weekend :)
Nov. 24th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for that... you're on! :-)

Oh, I just remembered this morning that I forgot to include one person at the table, who slid in a little later for breakfast. Her name appropriately is Jo Spooner, and maybe she could have told me about the spoon technique if she'd been around while I was doing my hack job.

Edited at 2008-11-24 09:11 am (UTC)
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Nov. 24th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Hey, I just got your packet in the post, so exciting! I LOVE the latest HMM, and I could totally relate to the subject matter, I used to do exactly the same thing. And I was really tickled to find my dad's hot toddy recipe in the back! :-D

Thanks for your egg peeling tip! I have some hardboiled eggs in the fridge, so I will try that at lunchtime.
Nov. 24th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Aha! It works! :-D
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
you definitely improved on my hair there! it was a great weekend - i was sorry there weren't more illustrators. maybe they were all at comica!
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I learnt the same thing about the egg from my dad, Sarah!

Also! You get to hang with all the COOOOOOOOOOL people!!! I am very, very jealous!!!

Sending a HUUUUUUUGE hug!!!
xxx Annika!
Nov. 25th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, Annika! I miss you so much! I can never seem to get the time zones right for phoning, we kept missing each other on Skype! Hope to catch you soon!

Nov. 27th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't sat 'Hi' properly at COMICA, Saturday.
I hadn't had much sleep and I got drenched on my way in that morning and was still recovering.
Nov. 27th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry to have missed you! Hmm, I'm just trying to think, who is kruku in 'real' life?
Nov. 28th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
One of the SW2 readers group:

We were mobbing D'Israeli on your booked table at the ICA. I was the one in the black farmer giles hat
Nov. 28th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Aw, man! I only had eyes for Matt, cause I'd met him once before at Caption:

I must say, he looks much more dashing without the goatee. :-)
Nov. 29th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
First time I met him so I have no way of comparing. So I googled:

He does look less austere now.
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