May 15th, 2013


dublin monster shenanigans 18 -23 may!

I just saw this photo from Ireland's Children's Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey; the monsters we made with Hervé Tullet are popping up everywhere! Are you in Ireland next week? Come draw with us!

Here's the schedule of events by Dublin Writers Festival, Children's Books Ireland and Laydeez Do Comics, have a browse. If there's anyone you know who might be interested in coming along, please do give them a nudge! Good times ahead.

Superheroes Eclipsed! Pushing the Boundaries of Comics
I'll be chairing a panel discussion with Irish comics creators Alan Nolan and Rory McConville as part of 'Rebels and Rulebreakers', Children's Book Ireland's Annual Conference 2013 Details here.
Saturday, 18th May, 2.30-3.15pm
Location: Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield Market, Dublin 7.

Monster Draw-Off!
School events at Coolock Library, Walkinstown Library, The Base Ballyfermot
Mon, 20 May - Tues, 21 May

Getting Drawn Into Professional Illustration
I'll be taking part with an international team of illustrators in a panel discussion for adults about routes into illustration. Including Hervé Tullet (France), Niamh Sharkey (Laureate na nÓg, Ireland), Sara Fanelli (Italy) and me (England). Details here. SOLD OUT
Tuesday, 21st May, 6-7pm
Location: The Ark

Massive Monster Doodle with Sarah McIntyre, Niamh Sharkey & Hervé Tullet
Drawing invades Temple Bar as Meeting House Square is transformed with large rolls of paper and art supplies. Grab an oil pastel in your favourite colour and jump head first into our large scale communal drawing session led by French picture book creator and illustrator Hervé Tullet. Work with your classmates to create a whole new universe of scary monsters! Suitable for 2nd – 4th class pupils. Details here. Tickets for school events are FREE, but booking essential, contact
Wednesday, 22nd May and Thurs, 23 May, 10.30am-noon
Location: Meeting House Square or The Ark (weather dependent)

Monster Comic Jam with Sarah McIntyre, Steve Simpson & Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
Duration Time
Create your own huge monster comic and let it loose on Temple Bar! Comic book artist Sarah McIntyre will be on hand to inspire the scariest monsters you can think of! Suitable for 2nd – 4th class pupils. Details here. Tickets for school events are FREE, but booking essential, contact
Wednesday, 22nd May and Thursday, 23 May, 10.30am-noon
Location: Meeting House Square or The Ark (weather dependent)

Laydeez Do Comics
Speaking with Maeve Clancy and Alan Nolan in Ireland's first Laydeez Do Comics meeting! All welcome (not just ladies, Alan is not a lady as far as I know)! Details here.
Wednesday, 22nd May, 7-9:30pm
Location: The Rooftop Bar, 3rd floor, Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.

And there's lots more going on! Check out the Dublin Writers Festival website for the full programme.

Twitter!: You can follow us at Dublin Writers Festival - @dubwritersfest - Children's Books Ireland - @KidsBooksIrel - Niamh Sharkey - @sharkeytweets and two guys who will be in the thick of things, David Maybury - @davidmaybury and Tom Donegan - @tom_donegan - and me - @jabberworks.

teenytinysaurs! an interview with gary northfield

The Fleece Station studio is thrilled to present something new and wonderful! Congratulations to our fabulous studio mate Gary Northfield on the launch of his new book... *drum roll* ...
... The Terrible Tales of the TEENYTINYSAURS!

Fleece officers Sarah McIntyre, Gary Northfield, Lauren O'Farrell

We had a small party at The Bookseller Crow bookshop in Crystal Palace and there's a big official launch party at Gosh! Comics in Soho on Friday, 31 May. Details here, do come along!


So Gary, you’ve written and drawn Derek the Sheep and weekly comics for The DFC, The Phoenix Comic, National Geographic Kids and The Beano. What did you wanted to do differently with TEENYTINYSAURS?

I wanted to tell stories about what it was like to be a little kid and wondering what the world is all about. In the book, I could create my own myths for the characters. When I was a kid, we created our own stories. They were based on real things; there WAS a bogey man who lived at the end of the park in an abandoned caravan and we used to tell each other we’d seen him or been chased by him. We made our own myths and legends. And we’d wonder about things like the moon: what was it?

It was great having the space to play with longer stories and large double-page spreads, as opposed to the shorter comic strips I’ve been doing for weekly magazines.

The book’s made up of seven dinosaur stories; which one’s your favourite?

It’s One Giant Sneeze for Dino Kind. The little dinosaurs discuss legends about the moon and Thomas and his friend end up trying to get sneezed onto the moon by his Brachiosaurus big brother. I love the legend of Morris the Moon Eater, who was the tallest dinosaur that ever lived. He could lick the moon!

What materials did you use to create the book?

I used a dip pen and Japanese ink. I hadn’t used a dip pen that often – a little bit in my sketchbook – but I wanted to do a whole project using it. It’s a tough beast to tame, but it gives such a lovely line. And now I’m THE COMPLETE MASTER OF IT. Now I use it for everything I do, such as my comic strip Gary’s Garden in The Phoenix Comic.

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