September 29th, 2010

greenwich park sketch

This morning's dull grey haze made the trees almost lumps of black shadow. But I tried my best to pick out something interesting. The tree itself couldn't be better, I must go back and draw it when I can figure out which way the shadows are going.

vern vs mo-bot!

Today Neill Cameron, Garen Ewing and I met up with Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival coordinator Alex Milway to do a festival promo event at Kingswood Primary School in Gipsy Hill, southeast London. Garen and Alex did their thing in the morning, then after lunch, Neill and I then each talked about how we made our comics, Vern and Lettuce and Mo-Bot High. After that, our characters went into COMBAT MODE! I made a quick drawing on the train, thinking of how Vern could look kitted up to fight a Mo-bot:

Then we threw Vern and the Mo-bot into the thick of it! We took turns let the kids decide what Neill and I would draw to arm our characters. They liked the comics talk, but when the fight started, the kids went completely ballistic! It was brilliant!
*Hey, if any TEACHERS or LIBRARIANS are reading this: Neill is your man for school visits!* All the kids could think about afterward was robots and drawing robots, Neill was like a rock star. You can contact our DFC Library publicist, Lauren Bennett, to discuss booking and rates at lbennett at or Neill Cameron himself (based in Oxford, willing to travel) at neill at

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