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November 22nd, 2011

leeds graphic novel award

I have so much to tell you about this weekend that I hardly know where to start! And I've splashed it all over the Internets, often on Twitter, on Tumblr, occasionally on Facebook. But I like to wrap up everything and put it here in one place, here, since this blog is part of the way I remember things, a sort of external hard-drive for my brain.

Let's start in Yorkshire, with Leeds Central Library. If you're outside of Britain and reading this, you should know that we're having a real battle in this country to keep our libraries and trained librarians, but it's good to know that the big, fancy library in Leeds has a very solid guard dog looking after it.

So the big news is, my book Vern and Lettuce won the Leeds Graphic Novel Award!!

I wasn't expecting to win it, because my sheep and rabbit were up against the tremendous powerhouse that is the Etherington Brothers, with their Monkey Nuts, much-lauded John and Sandra of Metaphrog with Louis Night Salad and several other fine contenders. Our former DFC colleague and friend Dave Shelton, last year's winner for Good Dog, Bad Dog, presented the award. We had a laugh later, looking at the photos, because the trophy is made of glass, so you can't see it, and it looks like Dave and I are just holding hands or something.

The Etheringtons, Metaphrog and I all gave comics presentations to the kids gathered, who were part of the nine Leeds schools who had voted on the award. I did a bit of flip-chart drawing, of Vern and Lettuce with bubble gum, and I was so flustered that I forgot to draw Lettuce's tail. But never mind. One of the girls there copied my drawing and showed me her version afterward. Isn't it fabulous?

If you like Vern and Lettuce (and Leeds does, yay!), be sure to check out the other books in the DFC Library series; its books are a total hit with kids whenever they find them. And if you like those, think about subscribing to The Phoenix comic, which is launching this January. (So a subscription would be a perfect Christmas gift.) Don't miss the first issue, it's going to be amazing!

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