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party at the fleece station!

Hurrah, the studio I share with Gary Northfield and Viviane Schwarz is officially warmed!

In the morning, Viv and I baked cupcakes and made sheep heads and legs, with Alexis Deacon inspecting them for quality. Gary was putting together our music play list and chipped in with the icing when we arrived at the studio

David O'Connell and James Petrie approved of the cupcakes.

Architect Barnaby Gunning and his family were some of the first people to show up. Barnaby's the dude who helped us find our studio, and he spearheaded the 'Save the DFC' campaign. His kids amazed us with their knowledge of comics, and we thought they had the coolest parents ever... Barnaby's building a real house entirely built of LEGO!

The Yorkshire guys won the prize for coming the furthest for the party: Hugh Raine (shug_comics) and Darryl Cunningham (tallguywrites)

Hugh, Al Maceachern and runner-up for distance (Brighton) Joe Decie (joedecie) Thanks for making the trip, guys!

Joe, Akanksha, writer (and sometimes illustrator) Fiona Dunbar, Darryl and the James Turner (Super Animal Adventure Squad in the DFC)

Comics reviewer Matt Badham (hey Matt, where did you blog go?), comics artists Francesca Cassavetti (visiting with her rock star partner Nicky Tesco), David Baillie and Dan Lester.
And writer (and British SCBWI webmaster Candy Gourlay drawing a sheep on our blackboard. That board was looking fab!

Creator of Good Dog, Bad Dog from the DFC Dave Shelton and Cartoon Museum artist-in-residence Mark Stafford. Comix Influx's Stephen Betts checking out the cells with Mark, photographer Anna Mondo and designer Rian Hughes.

Akanksha and James having a thumb war (John Aggs (DFC's John Blake) and designer Peter Stanbury in the background)

Comics guru Paul Gravett, illustrator Heather Kilgour and her web designer partner

Candy, me and Fiona (you can see a little of the dress I bought on my way to Viv's house to make cupcakes)

Painter and printmaker Ashley Fitzgerald (who, with his partner Helen, was a huge help to us moving into the studio)

Gary looking way cool at the bar with our sheep dip punchbowl. We had Barnaby's kids helps us add some chocolate-covered raisins to the punch to look like sheep poo, but after a few hours, the bits of chocolate floated off and gave the drink a pond-scum look that made ellenlindner wince but drink up bravely.


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Sep. 13th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
O my god those cup cakes are beyond super cute but being veggie I don't think I'd been able to eat it without major issues lol
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, they only bled a little bit when we bit into them, but that still might have put you off. ;-)
Cupcakes - dlasky - Sep. 13th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 13th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Loved it! Well worth a trip down!
And I can't believe I didn't get the joke in Fleece Station until we literally arrived and saw the sign!
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Awesome, I was SO chuffed you came all the way from Yorkshire! Thanks so much, it was great to see you!
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Those cupcakes look amazing!

I wish we had frosting in Spain.... T_T
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, everything tastes better when it's frosted. :-)

It's so easy to make, though! We made these ones with cream cheese, a little butter, vanilla and lots of powdered sugar. (And added melted chocolate for the brown icing.) Yum.
(no subject) - tanukitsune - Sep. 13th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jabberworks - Sep. 13th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 13th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Was Barnaby successful? Is the DFC saved???
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know! But I'll keep you posted. It is sorely missed.
Sep. 13th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
looks fab. the cakes especially. And very pleased to see my uke getting used. Sorry I missed it though :(
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
We missed you, hope to see you again soon at the studio! I'm half-way through Operation Ice Age, loving the yetis. I think throwing a boulder and then a yak at someone is a great way to greet a friend, maybe I'll try it.
Sep. 14th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Those are the CUTEST cupcakes, oh my gosh!
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hee hee!
Sep. 14th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
Sorry I couldn't make it - looks like a fab time! How did the auction bit go? And what was on the playlist?
I did see the lego house last weekend though!
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's fab you got to see the Lego house! It looks amazing. Auction's been postponed til the 26th, should still be good fun, I'll be there for sure. You'll have to ask Gary about the playlist, he did that while Viv and I were making cupcakes. :-)
Sep. 14th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Looks utterly awesome, and look at those cupcakes! once again I curse my not-living-in-london ness...and yes, I know people came further, but baaaaah ;_;

Such a great looking night. Wish I could have been there with you guys! *hug*
Sep. 14th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
and ZOMG lego house is AMAZING!!
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Emma, I wish you could've been there, too! And yeah, that Lego house is so awesome. My engineer dad used to build amazing things out of Lego, such as a medieval cathedral complete with ramparts and flying buttresses, but they weren't actually life-size. (Still were very cool, though.)
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Had such a brilliant time, and met so many fantastic people - thank you so much for inviting me along. I am also very pleased to be recorded as 'the James Turner' under my picture. I am not just any James Turner, I'm the James Turner!
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I just went back and spotted that. Too true, though!
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Sep. 14th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, thanks! :-D
Sep. 14th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I wish I could have made it down but I'm near broke (paying for birdsong this month) and I'm super snowed under...
I'm glad you had fun! It makes me want to host a party for the birdsong launch since were not going to have it in time for birmingham.
Sep. 14th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I wish you could've come, too! Hey, there's a whisper from the publicity people that I may be getting to go to BICS after all... will keep you posted!
(no subject) - chamonkee - Sep. 14th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 15th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
omg! LOVE the sheep cupcakes!!!!
How are you Sarah?
I recently had a cupcake decorating party for a friend's bday. It was super mario themed :-)

Sep. 17th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Hi, Nessa! Great to hear from you, how are you doing? That's fab about the cupcake party, that sounds like so much fun! :-D

I'm doing well, thanks! Just a few too many things on at the moment, feeling a bubbling mix of very excited and a bit overwhelmed. But it's all good, I think.
Sep. 15th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
It was a great night -- I've blogged it with photos:
or on LJ if you prefer:

btw can you change the link to my website instead of my tumblr? thank you thank you!
Sep. 17th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Done! Thanks, Anna, the photos look great!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry I couldn't make it down, it looks like it was a great 'do judging by the snaps! Also, those Sheep cupcakes look amazing!

Zak S-H
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