As usual I’ve been slow with updates lately, but in an attempt to change the habit of a life-time I am going to go through a glut of news all in one gulp, and hope that you can take it.
First off, I didn’t much mention that my first book was published in November last year (some time ago now I know) by Éditions Sarbacane, a Paris-based publisher who translated the script for me, since I’m by no means bilingual. They were kind and patient and never showed the slightest annoyance at the embarrassingly basic standard of French I managed to bring to meetings. Here is an image of the dummy that I sent them, together with the book as it looks now.
You can find further images and the briefest of synopses here. And here is a review (also in French). If you want to know more, you’ll have to get a copy! It’s available online, and I’ve also been taking it to comics fairs, where it’s been for sale on the Brolly Lolly stall. Brolly Lolly is a collective of author-illustrators making comics, picturebooks, prints and all sorts of others desirables. We were exhibitors at ELCAF in 2014 and will be again this year. We were also at Thought Bubble in November last year
From November 2014 to May 2015, Phoebe Swan, illustrator and art teacher at Woodside Primary Academy, kindly invited me to join her art classes as visiting artist to the school, so I could see what everyone was making there. In the spring, I ran an after-school comics club for year 3 students, and made pictures with two of her classes that took stories I’ve written as their starting point.