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we love oxford, especially breakfast

Okay, I am all about the Oxford Literary Festival, now they put us up for the night in Christ Church College and fed us the most amazing breakfast. Comics never had it so good! Except that we don't have a comic anymore, but if you put aside that detail...

Apparently our dining hall was the inspiration for the one at Hogwarts! Or where they filmed. Or something like that. It looked very familiar. Stuart and I had fun wandering around the college late the night before and seeing how many places we could get into. Then I spent all night dreaming we were running around on the roof tops, like Lyra in the Philip Pullman trilogy. I didn't manage to climb up any drainpipes this visit, but I suspect I may be spending more time in Oxford so I will let you know. Philip Pullman will get very cross when he finds out that, although he's avoided age banding on the covers of His Dark Materials, he gets a big Health & Safety label stuck on every book.

Here's some of us in the pub after our panel: Bob Etherington (Studio Blink Twice), Jenni Scott (jinty , who's part of organising Oxford's Caption festival), Barnaby Gunning (an architect who set up the Save the DFC website), Stuart, Richard tortipede, Lorenzo Etherington and me:

Cafe gathering with Stuart, Jenni, Richard, John Aggs and Ben bandersnatch_02:

I had a great time geeking out in the pub with Lorenzo about how we draw stuff. (But his Monkey Nuts is way crazier than anything I've ever attempted to put on paper.)

Oxford Lit Fest were awesome, although we weren't entirely sure what to do with the lovely Wedgwood commemorative plaques they gave us all. (We are open to suggestions.)

David Fickling had a bad cold, I think he was just about to sneeze in this photo.


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Apr. 5th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I think I met that guy with the dreads, is he Robot Girl? He's a cool dude
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Yup, that's John Aggs! He's brilliant. :-)
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he was nice! We had a good old chat about this and that!
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Apr. 5th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
No Vern and Lettuce or Super Animal Adventure Squad or any Comic for that matter! So sad! Apparently the Guardian have cut the whole Comic section, it's really tragic! I hope they get lots of letters from people who miss it. :-(
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
What a cool afternoon!
We had a great time. I didn't get any decent photos - glad you put them up so quickly (as per usual of course!). Yes, David did have a bad cold, didn't he? ;-p
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: What a cool afternoon!
Great to see you and Richard, thanks so much for coming along to the panel and the pub!!
Apr. 5th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, this all looks very swish. It could only get better if owls flew in to deliver your mail while you ate. But then with health and safety these days...
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Owls would not have been out of place! :-)
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Apr. 5th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the great comments! Stuart loves coming over to read whenever you write something (you're still 'the rapture guy').

Now I'm going to laugh when I have my hot cross buns this weekend!
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
With apologies to Lettuce and pals, one of the first jokes I ever learned:

Q: What do you get if you pour a kettle down a rabbit hole?
A: Hot cross bunnies.
Apr. 10th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
*GROAN* ;-)
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oxford Literary Festival
What an outstanding location for a festival -- and what a breakfast scene! Thanks for sharing photos and comments. It's heartening to see the DFC crew again. It's too bad about the Guardian dropping its comic section -- just as young readers were being introduced to new and delightful comics. For a long , serious read on US journalism, check out the US article by John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney, The Nation, on "Finding New Ways to Breathe New Life Into Journalism," featured in Sunday's 5th April The Seattle Times. They note that "Even Doonesbury's Rick Redfern (cartoon) has been laid off from his job at The Washington Post." While there, take a peak on the same page (B5) at U.S. cartoonist Mike Peters showing Queen Elizabeth touched by Michelle Obama's visit. seattletimes.com/opinion. Mom
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Oxford Literary Festival
Thanks, Mom. I'll have to look those up! x
Apr. 6th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
Great pics of a great day -- sorry I was unable to join in the pub section of the afternoon, but A.S. Byatt was calling, and when A.S. Byatt calls, you've got to accept the charges. It was funny to walk past the window two hours later and see you all still in there!

Thanks again for helping make my UK trip so much fun. I'll post photos, drawings, thoughts, etc. once I've had a chance to readjust to being back in the US.

(Oh, and hi to Stuart too...)
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