Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

But first... here's a picture I drew yesterday in Oxford with Mo-Bot High creator Neill Cameron and David O'Connell! Click here if you'd like a slightly larger version for you or someone you know to colour in. (See if you can guess who drew which part!)

Dave and I went up to Oxford for another meeting with our publisher David Fickling about the picture book we're co-writing and co-illustrating. But before our meeting, we stopped by the new offices of the Phoenix Comic, set to launch in six months. (I was so curious!) Here's Dave at the front door:

The Phoenix Comic blazes the same amazing comics trail as the earlier DFC magazine, with much of the same editorial team, but this time set up as its own business and a three-year guaranteed run. Here I am with Ben Sharpe, my lovely editor who worked with me on Vern and Lettuce. He gave me wonderful amounts of freedom with the weekly strip, mostly just giving me encouragement and telling me to go ahead with it. I really miss working with Ben, and I'm so glad he's back!

You can tell The Phoenix just moved in, here's what you see at a series of front doors:

Ben showed us some amazing comics stuff, but we have to keep it under wraps, just for now. But you can see him hard at work at his desk. (Spot the Mo-bot High sticker on his Mac...)

The Phoenix are looking for high-quality comics! Do you make them? Have a look at the submission guidelines here.

After a cup of tea and rather lovely biscuits with Ben, we waved goodbye and went two doors down the road to the David Fickling Books office, where we had our meeting. Here's a little painting in the front hall that someone's done of the logo:

And fabulous Tilda Johnson, the first person you see when you walk in and the person who tells David off when he's been e-mailing too long or needs to go to a meeting. She's loads of fun and super organised.

Here's Dave at the big table in the middle of the office with David Fickling and our new editor, Kirsten Amstrong (who's taken over from Hannah Featherstone, who just had a baby. Which is something that happens to people in children's books a lot.

I can't show you stuff from the picture book we're working on just yet, but here's a peek at one of the books we're looking at here, while discussing big landscape scenes: Sadie, the Air Mail Pilot by Kellie Strom.

We peeked downstairs, where the old DFC offices used to be, and found editor Simon Mason. Here's him doing a 'I'm focusing very hard' expression.

We met up with Neill Cameron after the meeting, and here's Dave doing his part of our drawing.

And finally, here's a sketch I made of Dave on the train ride back to London.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Sadie the Air Mail Pilot
That is the book I was telling you about the other day with the gorgeous illustrations that I sent friends in NZ. It freaked out their five year old. He can't handle scary bits and he got to it before his parents could read it to him, and the shadow of the rescue mammoth was too much. His older brother loves it. I must send Vern and Lettuce to make it up to him, guess I should check it for scary shadows first.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Sadie the Air Mail Pilot
Oh no! It's true, the rescue mammoth scene with the snowy mountains is pretty striking, I can see why he might have got a bit frightened. I'm not so keen on the way the characters' faces are painted, but a lot of the landscape spreads are absolutely spectacular, which such remarkable attention to detail.

I don't think Vern and Lettuce will be too scary. :)
Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
I saw you & Dave walking back yesterday - but I was cycling on the other side of the road, getting back in time to give A a feed after her day at the nursery! I nearly stopped & turned round to say hi to you but thought I'd better press on in the end. Sounds like another fab day in Oxford - sorry we couldn't meet up!
Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Aw man, we should have come and kidnapped you from OUP. Could've hit three publishing houses in one day! :D Hope to catch you next time! I'm hearing good things about Caption. x
Jun. 22nd, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
ah cool - not seen kellie strom work for ages - such a wonderful artist! (you've seen, what was it? the acid bath case?)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
Re: strom!
I haven't seen the acid bath case! Her work's new to me, but I love her landscapes, particularly the more monochromatic ones.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: strom!
My son is a giant fan of Sadie the Air Mail Pilot; he went through a phase of demanding we read it several times a day for *months*. Given that, I probably ought to be sick of it by now, but I rather love it myself. Such an inviting world, glorious with little warm details...

You will have to hear one of my dramatic readings of it sometime.The accents are really quite something, if I say so myself.

(Also: lovely to see you guys! Obviously.)
Jun. 24th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: strom!
I absolutely must hear that dramatic reading! :D
( 8 comments — Leave a comment )


Sarah McIntyre

Latest Month

March 2019
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner