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that's one crazy monday

Here's a comic I made about the day I found out the DFC went under. It started out as one of those days in London where everything's just a bit magic. And the DFC is a bit magic, too. Did you see Gary Northfield's strip and cover in today's issue? So fab.

I'm almost done with my second UK picture book, just the covers due on Tuesday. So I haven't had much free time, but I've been picking away at this comic since last week, keeping it almost to stick figures.

(Link to the David McKee interview)

Don't forget, Vern and Lettuce is still running in the Guardian Saturday Comic, in the Family section! It's episode four, and I've had more comments from kids about that particular strip than about any of the others.


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Mar. 13th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
This news just in: your life is more exciting than my life.
Mar. 13th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
No, just that one day, it was really full-on!
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Mar. 14th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
T__T I have to learn more of these manga-people symbols! I use too many sideways smiley faces!
Mar. 13th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
That's awful about the DFC! hopefully you guys pull through!

That said, this is a lovely comic!
Mar. 13th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Also: for chicken pox: a bath of oatmeal will help to calm the skin!
Mar. 14th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I'd recommend camomile, I've never heard of using oatmeal before!
Mar. 14th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Awesome. Wait, how MUCH oatmeal? Would it be, like, a bath of porridge, or do you just sprinkle in a few flakes? The thought of cleaning the tub after filling it full of porridge is making me kind of itchy... plus, that is a lot of oats.
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Mar. 16th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
But why, that is a brilliant idea!
Mar. 14th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Just another manic monda---I'm sorry! Sorry!
Mar. 14th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
That was inevitable. ;-)
Mar. 14th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Hey, this was great! What kind of stuff will you have for the UK Mini Comix Thing?
Mar. 14th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
Gah, I'm not sure yet! But I will work out something super-quick, oh yes.
Mar. 14th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Another great comic!
You're a magic kind of an artist.

Is that a stranger who starts taking fashion photos of you? Funny. (But you're a totally snappy dresser, so it's no surprise.)

I'm glad Vern and Lettuce are still having adventures.
Mar. 14th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Another great comic!
Thanks, David!

Yeah, that photo thing was kind of weird. But I was in a good mood, and they weren't pervy photos or anything, and unless he was a great actor, he was flamboyantly gay, so it seemed okay. But then I got a bit worried about it. He said it was photos for his partner's shop - people on the street in their individual fashions - but what if I turn up in some magazine as one of those 'worst dressed people in London' or something. ...Haha, that would be kind of funny, actually.
Mar. 15th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
flamboyantly gay
Do you have an agent? You should refer future street photographers to your agent. ;) Did you get the shop's name? (Leeann wants to know. And do they post the London fashion photos online?)

I think it would be cool to be a "worst dressed". But I doubt you'd qualify. You're going to have to work at it if you really want to make the list. I can give you tips if you want. (I was wearing two different plaids, one on top of the other, this week, and was complimented for "Keeping Grunge Alive".)
Mar. 15th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: flamboyantly gay
But that's just it! He said he liked the way I'd mixed two sets of rather loud weave fabrics, a 'sort of 'country tweed look' he called it. Hmm. And he liked my boots, which were very standard Clarks, from the Christmas sales two years ago, which makes me think he may not be the second Sartorialist.
Mar. 15th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
It's how you wear it, Sarah
I didn't know about Sartorialist. I googled it. Wow. I want to sketch these kids!
Mar. 14th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
Wow your life is all shock! Gasp! I should start modeling for strangers in public...
Mar. 14th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Dare you! :-D
Mar. 14th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
a mere technicality
A minor point in a tale full of quite big events but did the kid on the platform really say 'man, that was a mere technicality'? I do hope so.
Mar. 15th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
Re: a mere technicality
Scout's honour! They were a hilariously articulate bunch, the whole carriage was in stitches.
Mar. 14th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
man chicken pox seems to be rampant everywhere at the moment.
Mar. 15th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
Yes, it was like Dawn of the Dead around here! Or Dawn of the Itchy, I should say.
Mar. 14th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
That's such a cool comic, made me laugh a lot (photo guy - ha ha) and then really sad at the end!
Mar. 15th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
It was a very mixed day! But nothing if not dramatic.
Mar. 16th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
As you know that strip in this weeks Guardian is my son's favorite. The 'raisens' bit should feature in the classic DFC moments at the back. The sad news was in The DFC this week. Very sad. Any news of a millionaire rescuer?

Have you had much feedback from V&L in the Guardian. I really hope the DFC strips can survive in some way. We'd pay to get the DFC on-line and we could print the pages at home. Also I can't beleive they are going to leave something like John Blake and Mo-Bot High unfinnished! It would be a crime.
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
... don't know about a millionaire rescuer but anyone up for a subscriber take-over?

Vern, Lettuce and all the DFC team rule.
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, guys! You're the best.

Yeah, I did think of Ben when that Guardian strip went out, I've had a few kids tell me that one was their favourite. :-)

I haven't had much feedback from the Guardian strip, mostly just from people I know, who saw it and said something when they saw me, and the comments here on my blog. But I'm really glad Vern and Lettuce have been able to go out to a wider audience, and I hope people like them.

I have a few ideas about what to do next with V&L, but it'll depend on what David Fickling and Random House decide, if they want to go ahead with some more projects in the near future. (Fingers crossed!)
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