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happy picture book updates!

Hooray, I just turned in my picture book artwork! Yesterday I went up to Oxford and had two great meetings, one with David Fickling and my editor Hannah Featherstone, and the other at Oxford University Press with the editor and designer who have been working with me on this particular picture book: Helen Mortimer and Molly Dallas.

First, the exciting news from David Fickling: Morris the Mankiest Monster has almost completely sold out of its first print run!
I think Random House are rather astonished, since the trade in hardback books is kind of slow right now, but they're racing around making sure there will be more books printed up so people can buy it for Christmas gifts - Go go go! :-D Thanks to everyone who's bought copies and is making it a success, yay!!!
Edit: I've sold out of all my copies and I know the warehouse is empty, but I see you can still get some on Amazon.co.uk.

I'm moving on to three more projects with David Fickling, starting with something involving both books and comics and co-created with my fab friend and fellow comics jammer, David O'Connell. More about that soon! The other two projects involve Vern and Lettuce, which is really exciting because I've really missed that sheep and rabbit.

Molly and Helen at Oxford University Press

Moving on to OUP: So I can't say too much about the picture book, it won't come out til next autumn, and I still have to make the covers and do some hand lettering and spot illos, but it's going to be a rollicking great adventure story! Helen said I could give people a peek at one of the pages. I love this page because it's such a great example of collaborative work; I initially was having a hard time getting the look of this book just right, and in particular, really fighting with a drawing of a dinosaur. So I turned around to my studio mate Gary and said, 'Hey, can you draw me a dinosaur?' Without missing a beat, he scribbled something onto a post-it note in about five seconds, and whadya know... he nailed it! So I've been calling it 'Derek the Dinosaur', because it totally looks like Gary's sheep:

click to buy Derek!

That was a bit of a turning point in the book, things flowed much better after painting that page. Woodrow and Viv have also given me some great pointers and book loans and I'm so grateful because, at the end, it's not about how much I've done, but how good the book is. And it's way better for having really talented people around during its creation process. Thanks, Woodrow, Gary, Viv, Helen and Molly!

Edit: Don't miss today's radio interview with Viviane and me! 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, streamed at www.resonancefm.com and podcast soon after at Panel Borders:

Alex Fitch sums it up: Strip! - Banal Pigs and Constabulary Sheep
Concluding this month's series of shows on 'collectives and anthologies', we're looking at two very different animal themed collectives. In an interview recorded at this year's Small Press Expo in Bristol, Dickon Harris talks to Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brookes about their self published comics, including
The Manly Boys Annual, Can I borrow your toilet and The Banal Pig Landscape anthology; while in an interview recorded in the Old Police Station, Deptford, Alex Fitch talks to Sarah McIntyre and Viviane Schwartz, who illustrate books for children and share a studio with Beano artist Gary Northfield that they affectionately call The Fleece Station...


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Oct. 29th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
What a superb post - so much good stuff! And huge congratulations on the Manky sales, that's wonderful news.
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, Garen! And I heard The Rainbow Orchid has been selling enormously well, too! Yay!!!
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh well done, honey - that's amazing news!!!!! *hug*
And yay - must listen to your resonance FM interview!!
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, Emma! I was so surprised at the interview, I thought Alex would do a lot of editing, but he just lets us ramble on for ages, ha ha!
*Hugs back!*
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations (several times over), Sarah.

V & L in DFC Lib, autumn '10?
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
If I can get my act together, yay! Can't wait to see yours. Maybe see you on the 10th in Oxford?
Oct. 29th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
awesome news re morris!
er... and the rest, for that matter... :D
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, Will!! xx
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! for a sold out Morris.

Huzzah! Vern & Lettuce, and the folks of Pickle Rye
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks, Dave! You wouldn't believe how much use I've gotten out of your crocheted horns, they've been fabulous.
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
I really am ridiculously chuffed each time I see a photo of them :)

They're fairly robust. If you give them a squeeze you should be able make them curve towards the middle more.
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Cool, I'll do that! I might have to replace the headband, I think it's getting less stretchy with over-use, but there are loads of hair supply shops on the high street, so not a problem. :-)
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Let me know if the surgery fails, happy to fix them if you can't find someone else with a yarn needle.
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Sarah, on the successful sale-out of Morris! And YES, thank you David Fickling, for an upcoming return of Vern and Lettuce :)) Tell us more when you can, Sarah. Maybe give us a new drawing of them. They have been missed. Great posting. Thanks for the updates. And congratulations on completing your drawings for your latest book. Whew! Atta Girl!
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ben and Alex - Vern and Lettuce's biggest fans are very excited about any possible return and then want to know more. Congratulations on the sale of Morris, we tried to buy in Waterstones but they don't stock it.
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Oct. 30th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Patrick! :-)

Yes, Waterstones has been strange - the big shop in Dublin was happy to give Morris a prominent display, but the Waterstone's in Britain in general won't stock hardback picture books because they don't think they'll sell. I think that's sad, I love hardback picture books. :-( Maybe they'll chance their mind if they see this one's selling(?) Fingers crossed...
Oct. 30th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
We've ordered Morris from Amazon now as we didn't want to miss out on the first edition. It's funny because Waterstone's have your book on their internal website shop thing. We always search for Morris and leave it for the shopstaff to see - so they order it - hasn't worked yet. Will a paperback Morris be published?

Sorry we missed you in Cambridge - we were down south (halfterm) that weekend. Hopefully we can catch up when you do signings for the Vern & Lettuce projects! It's hard to get away now with Alex's singing - it's very restrictive in terms of getting away.

Oct. 31st, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations on everything!!! I predict that 2010 will be the year of Sarah McIntyre!
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