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flight back to fairyland

I'm almost embarrassed to post this image because it's a total copy of a photo. But sometimes I do that when I'm just too brain dead in the early, early morning to do anything else and it helps get me going. This is one of my all-time favourite photo portraits, of the pilot Amy Johnson, taken by John Capstack sometime between 1933-35.

My neighbour friend made another book after school yesterday at the dining room table while I worked away at my desk. She went quiet for a good long while, then I slowly became aware of her head poking up next to me. She examined my work and then commented, 'Making books is good, but sometimes writing the story makes you want to cry a little bit.' When she showed me her story, I realised she'd come up with a remarkably sophisticated piece of commentary on immigration. This girl totally blows me away. Here's a preview of a few pages of her little book, Back to Fairyland, which will be on sale next to her other book at my section of the table at the Alternative Press Fair on 1 Feb.
She asked, 'Will this book make me rich?', and when I calculated we might earn £2 if we sold ten copies at 20p each, she nodded with satisfaction, and decided that was riches indeed.

I've also posted an EVENTS PAGE, listing where I'm going to be when. I know I should make it a jazzy part of my website but I am just a bit website lazy at the moment.

I notice Richard Bruton has posted a nice write-up on the FPI blog for Alison Bechdel's The essential Dykes to Watch Out For. And thanks to them for flagging my little comic strip! I think I will have some prints of that for sale at the fair.


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Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
That is soooo sweet. I remember when £2 was a lot of money too. :-)
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: :-(
Hi Andrew, welcome to LiveJournal! I'm loving the painterly look of 'Frontier' in the DFC.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: :-(
Still struggling with this ere journal thingy. but will get there.
Thanks for the comment re FRONTIER :-) I am enjoying it to. Its a fun way to work. Shame the original art is just pencil on paper. I have just organised an exhibition here and was interviewed by one of the local papers yesterday. All publicity s good :-)
I must ask you some day a bit more about your work. Its all so lovely . The upside down girl. There's a TShirt if ever... Do you do that?
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
So basically, since you're almost always home, you've become the ideal babysitter ?

Also this little comic is pretty neat... it looks like your little neighbour put a lot of her life (and her family's life) in it. Did she emigrate with her parents, or was he born in Britain ?
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
No, it's not like that at all! I was a little worried it might be at first, but her stepmother is always worrying that she's pestering me and fetches her back if she stays too long. Or I send her packing if I need to get on with things. But she's a great conversationalist - better than a lot of adults - and we have some things in common, so we get on really well.

Yesterday when her stepmother made her go home, I fetched her back because I realised she only had one more page left to finish in her book and books ...well, they must be finished! She's English and used to live with her mum, but her mum had to go back to Nigeria so she's living with her dad and his new wife for the first time and she misses her mum a lot but puts a brave face on things. I think I've converted her to tea drinking, which is a bit naughty of me.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of fairies immagrating to england that would make such an awesome comic/kids book. That girl's a genius! I will defiantly be getting a copy (could you make sure she signs one for me:)
Jan. 24th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
It would and she is! I will do my best to get you a signed copy! :-)
Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Hah lovely!!! I've copied that photo too, in pencil, which makes yours way cooler... She would make a brilliant character in a comic!

Oh and... I want a copy of that book!!! Reserve me one, I'll pick it up at the fair!
Jan. 24th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Re: Oooh!
Oh wow, that's funny! But I can see why, that photo is so iconic and that woman was amazing. Garen Ewing has put twin aviatrices in flat caps and dungarees into his Rainbow Orchid book and they're definitely my favourite characters so far.
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