June 10th, 2009

old catalogue drawing

For today's morning sketch, I drew from a '60s catalogue page. Here's the original ink image, and then I played around with it on Photoshop. Not sure which one I like best, though.

Have you seen Darryl Cunningham's latest posted comic, Dementia Ward? It's a fascinating insight into Alzheimer's disease and those it affects, from his experiences working at a hospital. (He's tallguywrites.) It's a great read, go have a look!
Edit: Darryl's posting a strip a day from this series for five days, here's the second.

And I just read a lovely little book which is so clean and simple that it looks like a comic you'd buy at an alternative press fair. But it's actually republished from the Dutch this year in the UK by Winged Chariot Press: Sweets by Sylvia van Ommen. You can see different covers for it in different countries here. (The American version is called Jellybeans and the cover isn't quite so simple. Which is typical, American covers usually look fussier.) Lovely simple line art; a cat and a rabbit go on a picnic and ponder on heaven, how they'll find each other at the entrance, and whether there will be sweets there.

there are cats in this book!

Here's Viviane Schwarz reading from her brilliant cat book!

Isn't it the most beautiful and simply ingenious book you ever saw? And I love listening to the way she reads! (Wait, Viv, how did you do that underwater voice??) Here's her blog post about it, everyone, go leave a comment for her!

And very excitingly, Viv's going to be sharing a studio with me, starting this August! And the other awesome person we are going to share with, Gary Northfield, just had his Derek the Sheep book taken up by Booktrust's Booked Up reading scheme. Two million kids will get to choose one free book from a stack of twelve... I bet they'll all go for Derek, heh heh! I feel sorry for the other eleven people whose books were chosen that don't have any pictures, they can't compete with a sheep going crackers.

yes, but what is it?

I bought a ham this weekend and Stuart had a sudden brainwave and declared we couldn't have boiled ham without pease pudding. So he bought two tins.

'Yes, but what is it?' I ask him. He can't really describe it. 'But it's nice with ham,' he says. I look it up on Wikipedia, which tells me it's the same thing as pease porridge, and that it can be eaten hot, cold, or in the pot nine days old. Oo, and it also says this is part of 'Jigg's dinner', the favorite meal of Jiggs, the central character in George McManus's comic strip, Bringing Up Father.

I am guessing this is another one of Stuart's post-war mystery mushes, that only have nostalgic taste value. But I am hoping I am wrong, I'll keep you posted. (For more edible and semi-edible mysteries, have a look at benchilada's foods he tries 'so you don't have to'.)