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oxford university press summer party

Okay, I've kept very quiet about this book with Oxford University Press, When Titus Took the Train, written by Anne Cottringer. But when I went to the Summer Party last night, they had it proudly displayed on the wall, so I guess the word's out. Now we need to sell lots of foreign co-editions, so if you live anywhere other than Britain and want to publish this book, do get in touch with OUP!!! (Spread the word!)

It's fab, here are a couple sneak peeks. I love the little Titus character, he's loosely based on my DFC comics friend Woodrow Phoenix, who told me he couldn't be separated from his cowboy hat when he was a teenager, even wearing it to Germany on a school exchange programme.

The book has a swish modern train, bandits, a fearsome dinosaur, lots of Titus's creative scribbling, what more could you want?

My studio mate Gary Northfield gave me some help with getting ideas for how to draw the dinosaur, so I call it 'Derek the Dinosaur' (after his Derek the Sheep).

The OUP offices are amazing, they look like one of the grand old colleges on the rest of the campus with their tall yellow stone columns. So I was really hoping they'd hold the Summer Party out on the grass in the gorgeous cloistered courtyard. But this is a British Summer, so it was not to be. But there was free-flowing Pimm's and lemonade, so it still felt somewhat seasonal.

Korky Paul, Anna Currey, me, Layn Marlow, Steve Cole

I had a good time, even if all the name-badge checking everyone was doing was slightly overwhelming. So I was so glad my dear friend and critique group member Layn Marlow was there, along with my book's author, Anne Cottringer, and my fab publisher David Fickling (he used to work at OUP).

One of my favourite writers, Geraldine McCaughrean - I ADORE her novel, The White Darkness - and fab illustrator Ian Beck

With Layn Marlow and When Titus Took the Train writer Anne Cottringer

With two-time Carnegie Medal winner Berlie Doherty

The Astrosaurs guy Steve Cole was a good laugh. Here's him in his sobre black jacket (but with Vern pin!) and in the second photo, when the Pimm's kicked in and clothes started coming off all round the room. Whoo! He's going to be at the Bath Kids Lit Fest the same day as me, good times ahead. XD


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Jun. 11th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
The dino looks delightfully demented!
Jun. 11th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Hooray! You should see Derek, I don't think he's ever had matching or non-bugging eyeballs in a single panel.
Jun. 11th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know you were in Oxford yesterday! but very busy by the sounds of it (as was I before I went home for a quiet evening and early night, to be fair). Glad you enjoyed it!
Jun. 11th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I realised when I got there I should have rang you to see if you were still around! I must confess, my head was in a total tizzy (and still is, I've been e-mailing all morning, argh.) The ticket guy tried to charge me £46 for my 17:03 train ticket, so I ended up having to get the cheaper slow 17:18 train and was well annoyed. :p

Hey, are you organising Caption this year? Could I crash on your cushions again? Sounds like I'm interviewing Darryl and doing a DFC panel, should be good fun. I'd even try to bring a laptop for breakfast if I was really organised.
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I am co-organizing CAPTION again this year, yes! I'm sure it'll be fine for you to crash on our cushions - will double-check with R but expect it'll be fine. unless the baby comes early of course! he heh.

£46 for a train ticket! Daylight robbery. We were impressed when we went to France recently - buying online in advance, even though it was only a couple of days in advance, was so much cheaper. Dunno about the rush hour trains though!
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks! Ha ha, if the baby came early, I might get put on night duty. XD

Yes, I'll need to try pre-booking next time, that was a bit of a shocker.
Jun. 11th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Another amazing looking book! Titus looks like a great little character, love his tool belt.
Jun. 11th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yay, thanks, Rick! I'm very fond of him, too. :)

We're all still in limbo about when the book's coming out, it's all so dependent on foreign co-editions. I'm still learning about this, my nerves are taking a real beating!
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh man that's really beautiful! Totally wicked awesome - congrats!
Jun. 12th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks for that!
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