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1. dfb doodly interview + vern and lettuce - ooh la la!

The David Fickling Blog is running an interview with me today! But I was in a big hurry when I did it, so I drew the answers instead of writing them. Which also lets them stand out from all these super-profound answers that David's hugely talented writerly folk might give. (Not that I am intimidated by them, right?) Click here to read my Q&A!



And speaking of David Fickling's books, my Vern and Lettuce have gone to Paris and suddenly their French-language night classes have paid off! No, we haven't sold the French co-edition yet, but Guillaume Bresch from Aaltaïr has translated the little comic I made for the Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show. Hurrah! Aw, they look so cute when they say YOUPI!. (Read the original English version here.)





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2. vern and lettuce in alaska!

Another Vern and Lettuce sighting! This time it was by Joy Watanabe in Seldovia, Alaska. She caught sight of the little guys whooping it up in their tractor, going back and forth on the wooden bridge over the slough.



That's my uncle's family place, about five houses along. Seldovia is the most beautiful place in the world. (You can see some of my drawings and photos if you click on my alaska tag.) I'm very envious of those critters, have a great time, guys! I'm particularly impressed with their driving, since there aren't actually any roads going to Seldovia.




Feel free to download and colour your own Vern and Lettuce tractor here, and keep them going on their amazing road trip!



Here's a little map to show where Seldovia is, way down there on the Kenai penninsula.

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3. vern and lettuce get a special treat

Ha ha! It gets better! Following the last post, Viviane Schwarz right now is taking Vern and Lettuce out for lunch in Peckham, to one our favourite cafes. I told her that Vern likes watercress on his sandwich and Lettuce likes to drink ginger ale with lots of ice.

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4. viviane schwarz's tractor of many colours

Ha ha! Best thing ever! I've been buried under an insane workload and freaking out a bit about deadlines, and the amazing Viviane Schwarz just sent me these photos!



It's Vern and Lettuce's tractor! And she found this fabric in the street, that looks just like farmland. How cool is that?



Here's the link if you want to download your own Vern and Lettuce tractor to print, colour and cut out.

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5. the pickle: luuurve is in the air... and mole traps

I just had a marvelous contribution to The Pickle fall into my Inbox from ten-year-old Ellie Bennett, whom I met a couple weeks ago at the Bishop's Stortford lit fest. Thanks so much, Ellie, you rock!





(I read it carefully, that's mole problem, not male problem.) There are so many starters for new stories buried in this page! I wrote to Ellie,

I'm so curious about Victoria and what she's doing to help Vern with is mole problem. Poor Cabbage, she might be getting more than she bargained for with the bunnies. And I'd love to see a diagram of The Mole Catch; I wonder if it is a standard mole trap or a bizarre contraption involving tuba soundwaves, or something else completely.

Ellie's friend Heather has also written to say she's drawn a page, so I'll be very curious to see it. Click here if you'd like to contribute to The Pickle! (You'll find submission guidelines on the first couple pages.)

More news, the fabulous Viviane Schwarz just got her first copy of her new book she made with Alexis Deacon. Hurrah! She made the book while we were still sharing a studio, so I got to see her drawing and cutting out lots of little bits of paper and sticking them together. I couldn't believe the way she'd make her roughs; she'd get a blank book cut to the right size and number of pages; then she'd take a permenant sharpie pen and just sit there and draw the whole book - right into the book with the sharpie pen - in about two hours. Of course, the other stuff took a lot of time, but I've never seen someone make roughs like that.



Go have a look at Viv's blog to find out more about A Place to Call Home, and other things like an amazing fish hat her mum in Germany knitted for her and general Schwarzville goodness.

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6. nigel dobbyn takes on vern and lettuce!

Whoo hoo! What a fabulous day, look what just arrived in my Inbox from Cleveland-based comics artist Nigel Dobbyn! Vern and Lettuce (and me, ha ha!) are chuffed to bits to have two more pages for The Pickle online magazine! I'm sending them off to Serge the Ferret to put into The Pickle, but I just can't wait that long to show them to you. Aren't these brilliant?!





I love how he draws the characters, that Vern in the second-to-last panel is even better than I'd draw him. :D And Lettuce, and the mole, and that great mummy cat, and the bunnies...! Happy day! Thanks so much, Nigel!!! **Squee!!!**

I've had a couple friends in America (California and Wisconsin) get in touch to say that You Can't Eat a Princess! has been featured in Parents magazine. Which I'm starting to realise is a very big deal. The American edition comes out on April 14th, and it's published by a different publisher, part of Penguin, called Price Stern Sloan (more info about the book on their website).


Thanks to my childhood buddy Sarah Knofel Mangum in California for sending this!

It's fascinating to see which publishers in other countries pick up my books, and right now it's all happening at the Bologna Book Fair! We're all biting our fingernails hoping lots of foreign publishers will want to buy what's called 'co-edition rights' to publish our books in their own countries. Nerve-wracking! But it's so cool when I get to see them printed in different languages. Here's my blog post and photos from when I went to the Bologna Book Fair a few years ago. You can see what's happening live on several Twitter feed, including #Bologna and #tocbologna. (You don't have to sign in to Twitter to read them, just to post.)

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7. wigtown sketch + interview with matt badham

I'm still plugging away at trying to learn a bit more about drawing landscapes. At the Wigtown book fest, I was telling Polly Dunbar about it and she burst out laughing,
'So you're doing it to impress Philip Reeve!'
'Noo!" I protested vehemently. 'I really need to learn how to do this!' Then I thought about it a bit more, and decided that if I really wanted to impress Philip Reeve (who's been posting his own sketch-a-day), I'd be posting anything but landscape sketches since it's the area where I'm least skilled.
And then I thought about it a bit harder and wondered if perhaps I was trying to impress him with my stubborn, pig-headed persistence. Yes, I decided, Polly must be right. I probably am trying to impress Philip Reeve (oh, the shame), but I can live with that if it forces me to keep drawing. I won't even tell you how fast I am whipping through his Mortal Engines books; he's impressed me, at any rate.

Here's a stretch of riverside at Newmilns Farm, near Wigtown, where Angus and Mary live. I'm still trying to work out how to draw finely-textured light (or backlit) things against a dark background without having to draw every blade of grass. Tricky. I bought a used book at Wigtown's Old Bank Bookshop called The Northern Landscape: Flemish, Dutch and British Drawings from the Courtauld Collections that I'm going to take along sketching with me, for reference.



The countryside around there's so beautiful, Stuart and I just kept saying, 'Wow. Wow. Just... wow.'



A big thanks to Richard Bruton and his daughter Molly, who have given Vern and Lettuce the ultimate thumbs-up. Richard writes:

...when I asked her what she thought of the book after she’d read it (and reread it several times) she simply added:
'It’s my favourite comic.'
I really can’t think of any way she could have said it better and can’t really fault her judgement either.


And the other big thanks to comics journalist Matt Badham for the interview he did with me, cross-posted at the Forbidden Planet International blog and Down The Tubes.


(Click on the pic to go to the different articles.)

(Blank Slate publisher Kenny Penman takes issue with the interview in the FPI blog comments, hehe. Still trying to think how I might reply.)

If you're in London, don't miss tonight's Laydeez Do Comics event just off Brick Lane, featuring my fab studio mate Ellen Lindner, DFC colleague and friend Patrice Aggs, artist Steve White and Charlie Bowden from Pickled Ink Illustration Agency. I'll be there, details here!

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8. vern vs mo-bot!

Today Neill Cameron, Garen Ewing and I met up with Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival coordinator Alex Milway to do a festival promo event at Kingswood Primary School in Gipsy Hill, southeast London. Garen and Alex did their thing in the morning, then after lunch, Neill and I then each talked about how we made our comics, Vern and Lettuce and Mo-Bot High. After that, our characters went into COMBAT MODE! I made a quick drawing on the train, thinking of how Vern could look kitted up to fight a Mo-bot:



Then we threw Vern and the Mo-bot into the thick of it! We took turns let the kids decide what Neill and I would draw to arm our characters. They liked the comics talk, but when the fight started, the kids went completely ballistic! It was brilliant!
*Hey, if any TEACHERS or LIBRARIANS are reading this: Neill is your man for school visits!* All the kids could think about afterward was robots and drawing robots, Neill was like a rock star. You can contact our DFC Library publicist, Lauren Bennett, to discuss booking and rates at lbennett at randomhouse.co.uk or Neill Cameron himself (based in Oxford, willing to travel) at neill at neillcameron.com.



Poor Vern didn't fare very well at the final vote; the Mo-bot won hands down. But considering the Mo-bot's designed for combat, and Vern is a sheep, I think the sheep did pretty well.



And here's the event we were promoting, which features COMICS and MONSTERS! Oct 23, coming soon, all Londoners, mark your diaries! Visit the Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival website.



And finally, VERN AND LETTUCE LAUNCHES TOMORROW!!! Copies have already been arriving for the last two days, and shops are already stocking, so Vern and Lettuce are truly going live! Stitch London coordinator Lauren O'Farrell and I are throwing a joint stitch/launch party on Thurs, Oct 21, at a pub near Waterloo station. I'm not putting out a general open invitation because we need to make sure there's room for the knitters, but if you're interested in coming along, do drop me a line (sarah at jabberworks.co.uk) and I can send you an invitation.

Oh, one more thing, I absolutely love this video, Bottle by Kirsten Lapore.

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9. your turn! join vern and lettuce in pickle rye!

Today's the official launch date! At last, Vern and Lettuce, the comic book, has landed! Vern and Lettuce would like to mark the occasion by launching their own online magazine, set in their world of Pickle Rye. It's a town without humans, where animals get up to all sorts of shenanigans as well as going about their day-to-day lives.
...And YOU can contribute, whatever your age!



I'm going to try to make some pages (such as this one in progress), but I've love people to write and draw their own! If and when I get a few pages, I'm going to post it on my website as an online magazine that everyone can read. Go on, you know you want to! :D



**HOW TO SEND YOUR PAGE!**

Page size: A5 (That's a sheet of A4 folded in half: 148mm × 210mm / 5.8in × 8.3in)

Please include on a separate paper or in the e-mail: Your name, age, your town, and a contact e-mail or address (We won't publish your e-mail or address online).

By e-mail: Scan your page at 300dpi and e-mail the jpeg file to sarah at jabberworks.co.uk (not larger than 2 MB, please!) Put THE PICKLE in the subject heading.

By post: Send your page to:

Serge the Ferret
The Fleece Station
Old Police Station
114 Amersham Vale
London SE14 6LG
England


Unfortunately we won't be able to return pages, so send a high-quality copy if you want to keep the original. Feel free to send more than one page if you like. The editor reserves the right not to include certain submissions; please keep in mind an all-ages audience. The contributor retains the copyright on his or her submission; we will contact you for permission if we at some point decide to create a printed version of the magazine.



You can buy copies of Vern and Lettuce at Forbidden Planet International, Gosh! Comics (bookplate edition), Bookseller Crow, Newham Books, Amazon and loads of other places! Please ask them to get it in if you can't find it at your local shop!

If you like it, please think about writing a review, either on one of the major websites or on your own blog! We're having an official launch party in central London on Thurs, Oct 21. It's not going to be an open general invitation (due to space limitations) but please drop me a line (sarah at jabberworks.co.uk) if you would like an invitation!

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10. launch party: there are no cats in this book!

Hurrah for Viviane Schwarz! She's done it again!



Here's some video footage I shot at the launch party last Friday:

YouTube link

Thanks for hosting to the fabulous indie bookshop, Review, on Bellenden Road in Peckham. Go browse their stuff, that place is full of treasures!




Good launches require fancy hats.

Editor Lucy Ingram, Art Director Ben Norland

Writer and illustrator Alex Milway arrived with brand new Monster Books, which will be part of this coming weekend's Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival. (Don't miss Viviane's event!) Professional illustrators and kids have been making monsters, all published together! You can catch a glimpse of my monster here. Head over to the festival website to read interviews with participants, including the Etherington Brothers (Monkey Nuts) Gary Northfield (Beano's Derek the Sheep and loads more!



And I just have to show off my poster again, heh. THIS SATURDAY! Don't miss it!



Alex Milway has been a busy bee, not only making his editor Ben Norland stay the latest he's ever stayed at work, but planning the festival and writing articles for the Guardian! Here's his latest, about the importance of school visits. (Woohoo! He included my robot-sheep war with Neill Cameron!) Children's authors in schools: literature's road warriors


Happy reader at Library Mice


Thanks a million to the Library Mice book blog for such a wonderful, personalised review of Vern and Lettuce! Really chuffed! I love the bit about her husband wondering why he keeps seeing the book everywhere. Read it here!

And another huge thanks to Book Zone 4 Boys for your brilliant review! Thanks for getting the word out about Vern and Lettuce, I'm really proud of this one!

And I can't remember if I mentioned it already, but hurrah for Big Issue Scotland for your review. You guys rock!

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11. vern and lettuce launch party!!!

Last night my new book Vern and Lettuce was well and truly LAUNCHED! Yay!!!!



This is the first published book I've both written and illustrated myself (in the past I've illustrated books), so for me it was a very big deal! I realised Vern and Lettuce go to several parties in the story, so I've included some footage among the other photos:


I know just what Lettuce felt like, my dress was a bit hitchy, too. Thanks, Philipa Dickinson, the very enthusiastic MD of Random House for coming along to show your support of the DFC Library series! It's great to know Random House is going nuts about comics. Hurrah!

Yours truly and Random House MD Philippa Dickinson

A big thanks to the book's editor (and editor of Morris the Mankiest Monster) Hannah Featherstone. (My other two comics editors, while the strip ran weekly in the DFC magazine, were Ben Sharpe and Will Fickling). And thanks to best-ever publisher David Fickling!

Editor Hannah Featherstone and publisher David Fickling

My super-talented, super-organised studio mate Lauren O'Farrell co-hosted the evening with me, as it was part book launch, part Stitch London craft event. So people sat down to tables full of craft supplies and MADE SHEEP! Best thing ever. Thanks, Stitch London people, for all your goodwill and support! Here's the DFC Library's Spider Moon creator Kate Brown, and her husband Paul Duffield (who also makes comics).


Kate Brown, Paul Duffield and Sarah (GingerKnits on Twitter) from The Bothered Owl crafts team

In that photo, you can also glimpse a menu of the Stamford Arms, who not only do excellent food and drink, but they were incredibly helpful and generous hosts. The manager, Conor, is the loveliest guy you'll ever meet and the two illustration students who worked the bar really looked after us. If you're ever in need of a party venue that's warm, comfortable and conveniently near Waterloo Station, the Stamford Arms is your best bet. (The knitters have known this for a long time already.)

Here's the poster image I made (which I never actually got around to printing up, so here it is!)


And look! Lots of lovely handmade sheep! I didn't manage to get any photos during the award ceremony, but Lauren took some, so I'll post those later. Congratulations to everyone who came away with their own sheep! They were great.

Stitch a Sheep results (one h

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12. more vern and lettuce launch party pics!

My fab studio mate Lauren O'Farrell from Stitch London took most of these photos, with a few sheep close-ups by Philippa Dickinson. It was so much fun seeing all these little critters being lambed!



















Photo by Philippa Dickinon










Photo by Philippa Dickinon




Photo by Philippa Dickinon



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13. vern and lettuce go the alps!

I couldn't resist posting this sneak peek at some of the material coming in for The Pickle online magazine! This one's from Geneva, by 12-year-old Rosa Timime. It's so exciting seeing Vern and Lettuce going off on adventures by themselves! It's like they've grown up and are doing their own thing, I'm awfully proud of them.

Click here for an enlarged version of the top half and here for the bottom half.


You, too, can contribute to The Pickle! Rosa's mum sent an e-mail with the submission, which made me incredibly happy. (Rosa and her mum have both given me permission to post it.)

Dear Sarah

Thank you so much for drawing the adventures of Vern and Lettuce. My children were avid readers of the much lam(b)ented DFC comic and loved reading about their exploits in Pickle Rye.

My daughter was 12 in October and she'd been given her big birthday present before her birthday, but, so that she had something to open on her birthday, I printed out your guide to drawing Vern and Lettuce and a few other comic related items, put them in a folder and wrapped that up for her. Since then she has become a bit sheep mad. She's been needle felting sheep and drawing Vern and Lettuce. She's even stopped asking about getting a pair of Uggs for Christmas since I told her that 2 sheep have to die for each pair of Uggs (no idea if this is true).

She has drawn a comic strip that she would like to submit for inclusion in "the Pickle". Her name is Rosa Timimi and her home town is Geneva - hence the subject of the strip!

I've been lurking in the internet reading your blog ever since I found it when I was trying to find out what had happened to contributors of the DFC. I really enjoy reading about the Fleece Station and your travels around the country. If ever you make it to the Geneva book show do let us know and we'll be first in the queue.

All the best from the snowy slopes of the Jura mountains (OK, from the flat and foggy bit in between the Jura and the Lake Geneva - but when the cloud lifts we can see the newly snowy mountains)

Jill

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14. lola solves a vern and lettuce mystery!

I was wondering if someone was going to ask me about a particular detail in my comic Vern and Lettuce, but until now, no one ever did!

Until ten-year-old Lola Fijalkowska from Worthing sent me an e-mail last week.

Lola wrote: At the start it says all the names of the little bunnys.


...But on the next page, there is another bunny without a name underneath it. And on the page next to that, I can see there is 7 bunnys. Throughout the whole book, it looks like there is only 5. What are the names of these other bunnys?




Well spotted, Lola! I wrote back: When I started making the book, I was creating the strips page by page, and when I did the first page, I didn't really know what was going to happen, or even that the bunnies would play a big part in the book. By the end of the book, I thought I could take out some of the bunnies, but I decided that perhaps Lettuce was babysitting visiting friends or relatives, as well as her brothers and sisters. Just wondering, since you were the first to spot it, would you like to name the other two bunnies?

Lola wrote: I am so excited about naming the bunnies! I've been thinking of lots of names, but I think the best two I came up with were Parsnip and Radish. Do you think Parsnip and Radish are friends with Vern, Lettuce and all of her little brothers and sisters?

I wrote: Parsnip and Radish are fabulous names! I couldn't have thought of better ones myself. Thank you for naming them! I am sure Parsnip and Radish are great friends with the rest of the gang. I wonder what kind of adventures they get up to! And do they live in Pickle Rye or another town? I wonder why Lettuce was bunnysitting them that day. There must be more stories in this. If you want to make up anything about Parsnip & Radish and draw and/or write it for the blog and e-mail it to me, I'd love to post it along with their new names.

And look what Lola sent back!

Parsnip and Radish are the rabbits twin cousins from the city "Vegetable Patch", which is about 3 miles from Pickle Rye. They are both girls. Their mum and dad are called Auntie Rhubarb, and Unka Crumble. They live in a bungalow, so every time Parsnip and Radish vist Pickle Rye, they are very interested with revolving doors and lifts. They may even spend a hour in a lift (with Unka Vern of course, just to see how much he can take it!)!


The bungalow has 5 windows (2 in the attic, 1 near the ladder, and 2 at the bottom) and no stairs. Instead, it has a ladder which leads up to the roof/attic/top floor. The house also has a carrot chimney.

The twins most prize possesions are:
Unka Verns knitted jumper
Lettuce's bike flag
Lifts and Revolving doors - The guide book to the amazing world of Lifts and Revolving doors


Wow. I love this, it's like my comic is coming to life and I'm getting to hear back from the characters, what they really get up to! I absolutely need to see Vern and Lettuce's Guidebook to the Amazing World of Lifts and Revolving Doors. I may have to make one at some point. Maybe Lola and I can both make it, it's such a fabulous idea. So, here's introducing you to the two mystery bunnies in Vern and Lettuce... Parsnip and Radish! (And Auntie Rhubarb and Unka Crumble. Hurrah!)

People of all ages, don't forget that you can have loads of fun over in Vern and Lettuce's world with The Pickle

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15. vern and lettuce: the moles

For a daily warm-up, I thought I'd try to draw all the different characters in Pickle Rye, the home of Vern and Lettuce (my comic book coming out on Sept 30th). I present to you... the moles! Feel free to colour them in, if you like!

Find out about the first three books in the DFC Library here.

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16. vern and lettuce: ricky renard



Hmm, I wonder if I'll get time to colour this one. Could be fun making him have a very loud suit and tie, tasteful or otherwise.
(Find out about the first three books of the DFC Library here.)

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17. vern and lettuce zine idea

I've been doing some musing about possibly making an online Vern and Lettuce magazine, set in the world of Pickle Rye. Here's a sketch I made last night for a possible cover.



When I was a kid, I loved making magazines for my neighbours and I bet a lot of other kids (and maybe some adults) would love helping me come up with pages for it that everyone could see. Comics, short stories, local news journalism, fake adverts, the Pickle Rye characters modeling their latest fashions, an agony aunt (maybe Granny Goat who lives on the first floor), lonely hearts, Pickle Rye park sports coverage, knitting tips, craft ideas... anything we find in a regular magazine, but make so that it would make sense in Vern and Lettuce's world. No humans.

I'm trying to decide about a format if it goes ahead. (Should it be colour? Black and white in case we decide to print it?) This could be a lot of fun. Here's a peek at my reference sheet I've been using for the past couple years, to remember which animal belongs to which family, and to keep the names straight:



Anyway, I'll keep thinking and get back to you about it! I might do a page with the latest recipe one of the bunnies and the polar bear cub came up with in Vern's kitchen.

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18. vern and lettuce bookplate!

Exciting! The marvellous Gosh! Comics, across the street from the British Museum, is selling an exclusive, limited edition bookplate run of Vern and Lettuce! I recently bought a bookplate version of the DFC Library's Mezolith, and the bookplates are very lush. I had fun drawing this one, it's based on the scene where Serge the ferret tailor is getting V&L kitted up for their talent show appearance. Get details and read their review of Vern and Lettuce here!



Also good news, I just heard from comics reporter Matt Badham that David O'Connell and I feature in an article about the small press that he wrote in the latest edition of Comics Heroes magazine. Thanks, Matt!

Look, we made ourselves a studio sign! Yesterday we had an appointment with Steve Pill from Artists & Illustrators to interview me and photograph our working space to feature in their magazine. Steve said not to do any tidying up, that they wanted to see us in our element, but then he sent through this earlier article about a guy's studio in Chelsea that looked like rooms from the Wallace Collection. After we'd all rolled around on the floor wetting ourselves with laughter at the comparison, we decided we at least needed to hoover and then thought we should make that sign we'd been talking about for at least six months. So here it is! That's Steve on the right, looking shocked at the state of our tiny paper and yarn sweatshop.



I hadn't read a copy of A&I for a couple years, it always seemed more of a Sunday painters kind of magazine than a cutting-edge journal on illustration. But Steve gave me a recent copy and I was pleasantly surprised to see a three-page article about one of my favourite printmakers, who's become a bit of a British icon, Angie Lewin. She follows on from a rich tradition of artists such as Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden (and loads of '50s and '60s textile and ceramics artists that I vaguely know of but have lots more to learn about). Good stuff. Steve said my interview and studio photos should be in the October issue.



Last night Alex Milway rallied a bunch of writers, illustrators and publishers who will be involved in the upcoming Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival (Oct 23, book now!) to meet each other over drinks at the Royal Festival Hall. What a great evening! I'd never met Lerryn Korda before, and was totally taken with the aesthetics of her Little Nye books. I managed to come home with a signed copy of Rocket to the Moon, and I'm sitting here oo-ing over her colour palettes and nicely shaped blocks of colour that don't rely on outlines. I need to get all four books and read the stories, but the artwork is superb. Here's a version of Little Nye's house that you can print, cut out and stick together.


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19. just before i head to scotland...

Loads to blog about before I head off tomorrow to the Wigtown Book Festival! Come along on the Saturday, you can come first to my event, then Polly Dunbar's.

**SALE!** I haven't wanted to sell any of my Morris the Mankiest Monster illustrations, but I agreed to let one go to the Facing Africa charity auction. It's happening THIS SATURDAY in Bath, and you can go along or also bid online. If my books ever become household names, this one will be from my first picture book with David Fickling and WORTH A LOT OF MONEY! (Or you can just keep it cos it's nice, hehe.) It's for an excellent cause, please don't let someone walk away with that picture at a bargain-basement price. It's Morris reading his comic in bed...

Place your bid now!

Congratulations to tBK Mag on its 30th issue! Vern and Derek the Sheep celebrated by taking over THE WHOLE MAGAZINE (although occasionally they deign to share the page with Jamie Smart's Chaffy, just to make him stop squeaking). Here's the first panel of a Vern and Derek Comics Jam.



My super-silly studio mate Gary Northfield's going to post the second panel on his blog.



A huge thank you to Sam Reeve for his fantastic drawing of Vern and Lettuce rocking out, and a very cool drawing of a tractor, with a miniature toy tractor used as a model. You rock, Sam!



Sam's da, Philip, said Vern and Lettuce has done wonders for Sam's reading, and he passed his spelling test at school the other day partly thanks to them: 'One of the words was 'government' and he worked out that it's 'Go Vern! ment' and now has no trouble remembering it.'



Last night I went to hear Philippa Perry talk about her new comic, Couch Fiction. The story takes us into a psychotherapy session between Philippa, the therapist, and her client who has a nasty habit he wants to break. It's very human, she lets us see the therapist making mistakes. And we can read it on two levels (like a Rupert Bear comic!): either we can just read the story going on in the comic panels, or we can follow the more detailed analysis going on in the footnotes. A fascinating read, and great to see the psychology and comics world coming together. Here's the doodle I made of Philippa during the talk:



The audience was full of people interested in psychology and I didn't see a single comics person in the crowd. The other guy who was talking about his psychology book did a lot of the speaking and we didn't get to hear much at all about the comic. But three of us went out afterward for drinks with Philippa and got to get to know her a bit better. (Funnil

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