June 22nd, 2011

david fickling books & the phoenix comic: a peek into 2 oxford publishing houses



But first... here's a picture I drew yesterday in Oxford with Mo-Bot High creator Neill Cameron and David O'Connell! Click here if you'd like a slightly larger version for you or someone you know to colour in. (See if you can guess who drew which part!)



Dave and I went up to Oxford for another meeting with our publisher David Fickling about the picture book we're co-writing and co-illustrating. But before our meeting, we stopped by the new offices of the Phoenix Comic, set to launch in six months. (I was so curious!) Here's Dave at the front door:





The Phoenix Comic blazes the same amazing comics trail as the earlier DFC magazine, with much of the same editorial team, but this time set up as its own business and a three-year guaranteed run. Here I am with Ben Sharpe, my lovely editor who worked with me on Vern and Lettuce. He gave me wonderful amounts of freedom with the weekly strip, mostly just giving me encouragement and telling me to go ahead with it. I really miss working with Ben, and I'm so glad he's back!



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