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I only have a couple photos here in England of my sister and me when we were little, my mother has most of them back in the States. I found this one, when we were still kind of in the cute phase. But it's not really how we exist in my memory, I remember us being absolutely horrid. And not long after this picture, I got bottle-thick plastic glasses.

In fact, my sister and I only stopped detesting each other when we were fourteen and sixteen, and started sneaking out to Seattle nightclubs together. We took the car and didn't start the ignition until after we'd pushed it down the hill, so my parents wouldn't hear. We got to be really good friends after that because we were partners in crime.

Alex Milway just got his delivery of badges for the Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival happening this Saturday. I ran out of Vern and Lettuce badges, so I'm glad Vern will get a second lease on badge life.

I think my favourite (after Vern, 'cause we're buddies) is the cat badge by Viviane Schwarz. Have you seen There are Cats in this Book? Not only is it brilliantly illustrated with comics speech bubbles, but the paper mechanics are simple but so, so clever. Like this one where the cat tells you to toss him a ball of wool, and you pull the wool across the page and it wallops him in the face, much to his amusement. There's another cat that gets walloped in a pillow fight, and then at the end you get to tuck the cats into bed, all with perfect little flaps. My little neighbour friend just came back from Nigeria today and she came over for eggy toast for tea and we read Viviane's book for her bedtime story. Then she begged to take it back with her for company tonight in her bedroom, saying "this is a great book, it's like the cats are really talking to me!" She's coming to the festival with me so she can meet that funny lady who makes the cats.


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Apr. 19th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Whaaaat ? I thought you were a respectable child books illustrator, and now I learn about all your juvenile delinquency ? Schocking !

No doubts it'll be all over the english tabloids tomorrow morning : "Child cartoonist an ex car thief ! All about her underage revelry on page 12 !"

Did your parents ever learn about it ?

Also that drawing is hilarious.
Apr. 19th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
I think I told them... anyway, if they didn't know, they do now!

The best time was a weekend they went to Canada and we got together with two other naughty girls from school, also six-foot-tall blonds, and managed to get into this club called The Oz, that had turned us away other times for being underage. That night we felt like we had conquered the world! ...But I was mostly a goody-two-shoes, don't get the wrong idea. ;-)
Apr. 20th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
the sisters
I hope you and/or your sister will one day make a graphic novel memoir about your growing up together.

It's fun to see the photo -- you two are so cute. I think you've come full circle and are now charming as adults. But wow, it sounds like you were a couple of little hellraisers at one time! ;)
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Re: the sisters
Hi, David! Yeah, that'd be fun to make a graphic novel with my sister one day, we'll see! She was more of a handful than me, but I didn't like hanging around Bellevue all the time, either.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: the sisters
I grew up in McLean, Va, which was/is kind of like a Washington DC version of Bellevue. So I know what you mean.
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
yeah i love that -- pushing the car down the hill before starting the ignition! -- sounds like a scene out of 'american graffiti' or something...

i particularly like your facial expression in the drawing
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
I was kind of a dopey looking kid for a long time.
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
14 and 16. Sarah! Dad and I thought your first blatant lie to us was when you told us you had been at the Denny's Restaurant with the German exchange student Mario, when in fact Mary, Mario and you had then gone on to a night club, returning home quite late. Hmmmm . . . Mom
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Sarah!
Uh oh, busted :)
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: Sarah!
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Did you know there was another Sarah McIntyre in the comix world? I just found this out. She turned up at Stumptown, and I shouted across the room thinking it was you .. well, apologies to both of you for the confusion. What can I say but hey, this happens to me all the time with people who confuse me with Marc Campos the superhero cartoonist ..
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Whoa, that's so funny! I've been running into Sarah McIntyres all over the place. I suppose it's not so random in an internet world, but I just got an e-mail from a teenage Sarah McIntyre in Australia, and I sent one to a Sarah McIntyre who runs a spa not far from where I live. And there's a sort of new age guru one who posts something almost every day and owns 'our' web domain, darnit. But I'll have to look out for this one if she's in comics.
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
"There Are Cats In This Book" is brilliant -- it's been many many weeks since we returned our copy to the library, and yet just last night I was walking along with Lucian (21 months) and he did a big yawn, and then paused, and said "Cat book!" (he liked the part at the end where the cats were tired and you had to put them to bed.) The best books really do stick in the memory...
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
(Oops, that was me)
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
I know what you mean, those cats really jump off the pages, in more ways than one!
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