December 19th, 2008

top page-turners

Messing around with ink again. This is me twigging out, waiting for my Christmas DFC double issue to arrive:

Yesterday, buried in snow, David Lasky (dlasky) gave me two good websites for looking up work by Frank King (Gasoline Alley) and Gluyas Williams. Thanks for that, David!

Sarah's Top 20 Page-Turners
I've been seeing a lot of lists on LiveJournal blogs for 'End of Year' wraps. So here is a list (in no particular order) of my best reads, pretty much off the top of my head, so I might have missed a few. I haven't picked these for literary merit or anything, just ones I curled up with and couldn't put down. I'll try to make a comic about them when I get a spare moment.

The Day of the Jackal by John le Carré
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Gemma Bovary by Posy Simmonds
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Anna Karenina by Lev Tolstoy
The Twenty-one Balloons by William Pene du Bois
Thomasina by Paul Gallico
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
The Secret Histories by Donna Tartt
The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis
Life with Picasso by Françoise Gilot & Carlton Lake
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Just curious, what are your best reads? Let me know your top five, ten or twenty, or leave a link if you've done something similar on your blog! Or even better, if you've done a comic about your fave book or books. I don't know if Catcher in the Rye was his favourite, but I loved penrod_pulaski's version, Robin in the Rye.

DFC christmas streakers!

Today Vern and Lettuce met up for a quiet little comics office party, while Garen, Dave, Ellen and I went streaking through the streets of Brixton.
... Ha ha, no, the other way round (shame, that). The DFC Christmas double issue is HERE! And it looks fab!!! You can get lots of little peeks at it on the DFC website! Gary Northfield's Little Cutie gets a full double-page spread, and you can read a newly posted interview of Gary on Anna Mondo's blog. Ooh, and another one with Gary about Derek the Sheep on the Forbidden Planet blog.

And the other exciting thing today, I got to try quince jam! The reason this is exciting is that it was one of my four goals of things I wanted to do in England, the other three being animal sightings. (Seen a meadow lark, still need to see a live hedgehog and a badger.)

Here I am eating Ellen's mother-in-law's quince jam with hot scones in Ellen's kitchen:

And here is our office party at a fab little pizza place in Brixton market:

(tozocomic, rainboworchid and ellenlindner)

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