November 5th, 2010

tree by the planetarium

Greenwich Park looked magic this morning, with fiery-bright leaves and a weird pink light that made you think aliens were going to land any minute. Here's the tree next to the one I drew last week, a marvelous row leading up to the shell-pocked statue of General Wolfe, 'Victor of Quebec'.

Have you been following Philip Reeve's landscape drawing series? It's fun to think we're doing it at the same time, even if he is based way out on Dartmoor. (Anyone else out there making tree drawings?) He just blogged about a class who made the most splendid construction, a model of London from his Mortal Engines books. In Philip's world, a multi-tiered London roams around on caterpillar tracks, chasing and eating up smaller cities, it's very impressive.

Edit: Oh wow, word just in that it's public: Morris the Mankiest Monster made the long list for the Kate Greenaway Medal! It's a very long list (see here), with some STIFF competition, but I'll keep my fingers crossed until the short list is announced in January. (Photos from this year's ceremony.)

Edit 2: Even better! Some lovely friends nominated for the Carnegie Medal, including Candy Gourlay for Tall Story and Philip Reeve for No Such Thing As Dragons! And Tabitha Suzuma from SCBWI, Geraldine McCaughrean, David Almond, Ian Beck... so many fab people on the list. Hurrah!

I got a nice e-mail from a guy named Paul Atherton, who brought his son, Charles, along to my Monster event last week at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road. He made a video which includes a little snippet of me about half-way through (a very quiet snippet, as I had lost my voice). Lucky Charles, that really was a most excellent half-term break! His trip includes a visit to the Roahl Dahl Museum in Great Missenden. (I've sat in that same chair!)

YouTube video link

Don't forget, Comica Comiket happens this Sunday! Come buy fab indie comics and meet the creators at the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury. I won't be there for the whole day, but I'm going to try to pop in near the end, and afterward for drinks at The Lamb. Details here.

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