David O'Connell modelling book and cupcakes, Vivian Schwarz, Alexis Deacon, Alex Milway
I met up at the launch with Dave O'Connell (tozocomic) and Alex Milway and we ate some of the cat cupcakes Viviane had made and watched her knit a little cat while sitting at one of those old-fashioned wooden school desks. The shop was wonderfully cosy and it was great seeing friends, and then another one of my favourite illustrators, Alexis Deacon walked in, and all was right with the world.
...Except that I wanted to stay longer and couldn't, because of a zillion pressing deadlines. Argh! In fact, I am a bit worried tonight is going to be an incredibly late-nighter for tomorrow's Vern and Lettuce deadline. The penciling took a bit longer than usual because my first draft unintentionally had a hugely rude, very adult, double-entendre that I didn't even notice until it was well underway. I only spotted it while I was showing it to Stuart and he laughed his head off (but not for the reasons that people are supposed to laugh at Vern and Lettuce.) So I had to redo it before even showing it to my editor. Fortunately Will Kirkby (chamonkee) stays up late inking his comics, so we are going to e-mail on the hour to make sure the other hasn't fallen asleep. It worked last time, fingers crossed.
Review bookshop in Peckham and some of Viviane's cats in the shop window