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October 2nd, 2009

today is one long to-do list



Lots of exciting things happening, lots of work on, but I have such a bad memory that things always seem to get left out. So apologies if I was supposed to send you an e-mail or promised to do something; just keep reminding me, I'm being totally lame that way right now. I'm like that Dylan guy in Black Books who makes a jacket out of his receipts instead of filing his taxes.

This morning I was passing through Deptford market and spotted an old hardback Miffy book by Dick Bruna sitting on the top of one of the piles on a table and snatched it up for 50p. It sold that cheap because somone had gone in with a green marker and inked over the characters' eyes, but I kind of liked it, it's like a goth Miffy. I was admiring a Miffy postcard in the upstairs animators' studio the other day, and I couldn't decide what to draw, so I just did a Bruna tribute piece. The beauty in Bruna's stuff has a lot to do with its simplicity, so me adding stuff to the picture probably isn't helping things.


original Bruna page from I can count, and some of this lists on my studio wall

I've been listening to Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring on Spotify a lot these days. It's such a lovely piece and it has that Shaker Simple Gifts tune running through it that reminds me not to make my life too compicated. I remember going to hear it when I was a kid with my dad and a family friend at the Seattle Symphony, with the orchestra accompanied by a photographer's slide show of Appalachian farmlands. I was really young and kind of bored, but then I looked over at my dad's friend sitting with us and he was crying because it was so beautiful and I'll never forget that.

junior review

Hey, thanks for the fab write-up, you people at Junior magazine!

I'm even more chuffed that it's right next to books by Lucy Cousins (whose marvellous Maisy is almost certainly inspired by Dick Bruna, see the last post) and David Roberts' The Dunderheads. He sent me a copy of the American version and it is so, so lovely. (I'm such a fan of David Roberts.)

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