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free comic book day

Look, a monster by committee! I drew the head, Garen Ewing drew the middle bit and Neill Cameron drew the feet. Hooray! You can see the fun place where all this stuff goes on over at the DFC group's blog, the Super Comics Adventure Squad.

Speaking of which, today Stuart and I went to see the DFC's Emma Vieceli at a comic shop in Richmond called They Walk Among Us. The shop was taking part in the worldwide Free Comic Book Day and happily, Emma was mobbed with fans, so Stuart and I got all the free comics we could and a copy of Emma's Manga Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing. In this terrible photo, you can also see Jamie McKelvie, Andie Tong and Kieron Gillen (who looks worryingly like lifestyle guru Paul McKenna). We also saw Frazer Irving and the DFC's John Aggs. Here's Stuart with some of our loot:

We cycled all the way across south London on our bikes and now I am bone-tired. We were a little overambitious in planning to go to two other exhibitions afterward, which we didn't do, but the weather was too good to hang around indoors. We had a picnic by the river in Putney and the city really was looking its best in the sun. We were consulting our map on one street corner and, I looked over at its sign and realised we were on Mr Benn's road! I'd just been doing a fair amount of research on writer and illustrator David McKee for the interview I did with him in March, so I'd learned that Mr Benn's 'Festive Road' was actually based on this one. (You can watch a Mr Benn animation over there with the interview.)

The street had Mr Benn's park and everything! I forgot the exact number as I was going up the road looking for Mr Benn's house, but I hovered in front of No.60 just as a nice lady was coming out of it. She smiled and told me I'd found it, she lived in Mr Benn's house, and she really ought to get a plaque and start charging admission. So I took a photo of No.60. When I got home and watched a Mr Benn clip, I realised he really lived at No.52! What?! But I looked at the video, and I think maybe he did actually base it on 60 and just call it 52. Maybe No.52 and No.60 fight over it, heh heh.

Another funny thing we saw on our way: There was these few roads (Hillersdon Avenue, Glebe Road and another) that were absolutely filled with stone lions. Really, the lions were everywhere. I'll show you some photos, it is only the tip of the iceberg.

You really have to see it. If anything in the photos remotely looks like it might be a lion, IT IS. It looks like an architect went totally mental.

We stopped to watch the herds of deer in Richmond Park, but my photos came out so badly, I won't show them. (My mother reads this blog and would be so unimpressed. She can't even push the deer out of her garden, they are so determined.) We saw a tree full of Green Woodpeckers and lots of these black and grey birds. Just curious, does anyone know what it is? It doesn't look like a crow (not Stuart, the other one):

One more pic of the lovely view of the river in the Richmond:


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May. 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
It's a jackdaw.
May. 2nd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
May. 3rd, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
Ooh, a jackdaw! I've heard of those, but I never knew what they were. Thanks so much for the bird link!
May. 3rd, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Now, if only you could find that costume shop where the shopkeeper appears, as if by magic.
May. 3rd, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
Yes! I'll have to go back and have a search! (And perhaps have a closer look at No. 52.)
May. 3rd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Hi! I just recently added you but I wanted to stop by and say that I love your artwork!

I think the collaborative monster is fantastic! I've always wanted to try something like that~

And those lions....wow....just, wow.
May. 3rd, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for adding me! Your work's lovely, too. And yeah, 'wow' is really the best word for those lions, it's completely insane.
May. 3rd, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Mr Benn
Anneli has just discovered Mr Benn! She loves him!!!
May. 3rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Re: Mr Benn
Hooray! Haha, I was on the train the other day and telling someone about the origins of Anneli's name. I still get a big kick out of that.
May. 3rd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
C'est un choucas. Un "choucas des tours" (I don't know the english name of this bird. They live in ancient churches spires)
May. 3rd, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
Ooh, cool! (So it the plural 'les choucas'?) Dale O'Flaherty says they're called jackdaws in English.

Interesting about the church spires. I was saying to Stuart in the park, 'I bet that guy in Brest will know what they're called'. :-)
May. 3rd, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Well it's a pretty common bird around here. Every old gothic church in every village around here has them.

And yes, un choucas, des choucas. They also live in all kind of ruins (hence the name "choucas des tours" - "towers jackdaw").

I don't know the name of every bird, but i like to have a handbook around.
May. 3rd, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
Whee new Manga Shakespeare! And I love the jackdaws and mad stone lions. What did you nab for Comic Book Day?
May. 4th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a chance to go through them yet, but some Simpsons, something with Little Lulu tucked in it, and a couple boy comics that I picked up because I keep trying to keep an open mind about them, but I suspect I won't like.
May. 3rd, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Man, I always miss Free Comic Book Day!

May. 4th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
May. 3rd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm SO utterly touched that you and Stu rode all the way to Richmond and so sorry I couldn't talk to you for longer....you are a superstar - it meant so much - really *hug*
May. 4th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't have missed it! (Or the weather!) :-D
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May. 4th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Aw, someone should start up one there!
May. 3rd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Mr. Benn was one of my favourite childhood programmes, I can't believe the actual road exists. I'm going to have to check it out myself!

May. 4th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's a happy place, the lady in the cafe in Mr Benn's park even filled up my cycling water bottle with cheery kindness when I hadn't even bought anything from her.
May. 4th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
That looks like it was a beautiful bike ride! It is only just now becoming bearable to ride your bike against the cold here in the midwest of America. It gets to 60's in the day, but 30's at night!

The free comics look fun, too.
May. 4th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ooo, cycling in the 30's, that does not sound fun at all.
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