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quixotic birthday card

Hello, Monday! Well, my dad had a birthday last week and I sent him my favourite book of the moment, Rob Davis's graphic novel interpretation of Don Quixote. It's a bit cheeky to send to an aging guy, but hey, it's a good story, and my dad hasn't challenged any windmills yet, as far as I know... Some sheep did suffer slightly in the making of this fan art / birthday card picture, though. (Yeah, sorry, it's a little sick.)

Here's the book, and oh, it did make me laugh. And it's SO BEAUTIFULLY DRAWN. And COLOURED. Wow. I've already bought three copies. My dad said he remembered reading a graphic novel version of it when he was in school, possibly a Dell Classic, which is how he managed to pass the exam on it, since he didn't have the slightest inclination to read the text-only version. My studio mate Gary said he did that, too.

Here's a review on the FPI blog, where you can see a few more pages. This is how the story begins:

And here's the creator himself, showing off a Quixote sketch when we met up for drinks last winter (blog post here).

Rob's also one of my two editors on the NELSON Anthology (officially launching at Thought Bubble in two weeks), and reports are coming in that it looks FABULOUS. I can't wait to see it!

Other news, cartoonist Ros Asquith is opening her studio so you can have a peek. Do stop by and say hello to her!

You can see some pictures from her latest book, shortlisted for the Roahl Dahl funny prize, Letters from an Alien Schoolboy here on the Guardian website.



Sarah McIntyre

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