March 4th, 2010

the dfc library takes off!

Congratulations to Dave Shelton on the launch today of Good Dog, Bad Dog! You may remember the comic strip running in the Guardian newspaper and in the DFC... now it's a book! It's the very first in the DFC Library series, and you can read a preview of it here.

Thanks to Forbidden Planet International for their wonderful support for the DFC Library! Let's all support this series, we need to see some growth in British comics and this is a fresh new start. Random House will be watching sales like a hawk to see if it's worth their while to keep publishing new comics, and I hope they get very, very excited when they see how these fly off the shelves and see reviews appearing blogs all over the world. Thanks for giving us a brilliant start, Dave!

(Look for Good Dog, Bad Dog in your local comics shop, or you can buy it on Amazon here.)

space princess!

Today I got to visit the Discover centre in Stratford, northeast London. The place looks amazing, with bizarre interactive story items packed into every square inch - a giant black dragon in the stairwell, a vibrating bridge, wiggling signposts, and something that had Alex Richardson the publicist and me in hysterics, a door in the toilets that made farting noises every time someone walked in.

I wore my new costume that my fantastic friend Ellen Lindner helped me sew! (Well, Ellen sewed and I cut out some things and flapped around, made tea and stitched some of her quilt square while she sewed.) Alex wore one of my tiaras and brought me a princess than we can eat, and I led the kids in a raucous but hilariously fun session of making our own aliens.

And to top it off, guess who walked in at the end! Remember that Olympics animation I posted awhile ago? Well, it was the marvellous director, Marc Craste from StudioAKA. (You can tell I'm a total fan girl because he even has his own tag on my blog.)

I was slightly embarrassed to be meeting him, looking a bit too much like Dame Edna Everage in my outfit, so I ripped off the pink wig as he walked up, only to realise I had about six bobby pins sticking out of my head, with hair everywhere. Ah, well.
Marc was there to do the workshop after mine... those lucky kids!

Edit: Oo, FPI have just blogged about the British Animation Award nominees, so you can get a look there at work by Marc and loads of other amazing people.