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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.


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?


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