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    Friday, April 18th, 2014
    monocat
    11:43p
    caricature

    inked and coloured (digitally)
    evandorkin
    2:03p
    Eltingville Club Signing this Wednesday, April 23rd, at Comic Book Jones
    I'll be signing copies of The Eltingville Club #1 next Wednesday at Comic Book Jones from 3 p.m to closing. We'll also have copies of the recently released Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, and some of my other comics and collections. As usual I'll be doing freebie sketches for anyone who asks. For more information here's the CBJ newsletter about the signing.

    If you're in the Staten Island, NY area and have any interest, we hope to see you there. As for the rest of you out there in funnybook land, I hope you're able to get a copy of the beginning of the end of The Eltingville Comic Book, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Role-Playing Club when it hits the racks on Wednesday.

    And of course, I hope you enjoy the book.

    Eltingville #1
    mister_f
    8:02a
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    Thursday, April 17th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
    My tweets
    jabberworks
    9:25a
    designing seawigs
    Big congratulations to Lucy Yewman, age 6, for winning Moontrug's top prize for describing and drawing her own Seawig! This one's a corker! Keep an eye on Moontrug's website as she's always running good competitions.



    I just remembered, for a dinner at the Bologna Book Fair last year, I designed this Draw-Your-Own-Seawig sheet for all the adults to draw at the table. But I can't remember if I posted it on my blog, so here it is, if you'd like to give Cliff a Seawig! You'll make this Rambling Isle very happy. WHAT can you pile on his head? Use drawing, magazine collage, whatever you like! Download the PDF here.



    And I'd love to see yours! If you get a chance, tweet me your results (I'm @jabberworks), tag me on Instagram (jabberworks) or post them on my Facebook Author page.
    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
    bougieman
    11:37p
    SHOCK STOCK 2014 convention diary


    I'm home from Shock Stock 2014, the 4th annual horror/cult movie show in London Ontario, Canada!

    I flew across the country to be there, and it was quite a trip. About 10 hours of traveling if you count all the time sitting around in airports, and I totally fucking DO. Here's an embarrassing thing that happened: I was going through my wallet while sitting there in the airport in Toronto, and I stood up to go ask a question of the airport staff and my chain wallet was still in my lap, but accidentally left open. It of course fell and dangled from the chain attached to my belt as I stood and walked forward, and ALLLLLL of my money and credit cards and all the other shit (my wallet is like a fucking purse, man) spread all over the goddamn floor right in the path of all these strangers who were disembarking. For further hilarity, I then scrambled around like fucking Jerry Lewis trying to collect the several hundred dollars in twenties that fell all over the floor. People laughed, my head turned as red as a cherry tomato, and it totally felt like a nightmare where you go to school with no pants.

    Anyway, once I got there everything was daddio-cool. I was a special guest, and was sitting next to Sig Haig and Ginger Lynn. As a massive fan of the movies that Sid made with director Jack Hill back in the 1970s and 60s (SPIDER BABY, PIT STOP, BIG DOLL HOUSE), and with Ginger being one of the stars of the very earliest porn movies I ever saw, you can bet that was pretty gratifying and exciting for me.

    Sid is, as one would imagine, a grumpy old man. Gawd bless him. Haha, not much else to say! He seemed tickled to see his fans though, which is about as much as you can ask from an old crumudgeon.



    Ginger is exactly as graceful, kind, and congenial as you would expect. Meeting both of them was very cool, especially Ginger who really seemed to like the full color poster I did of her as a Shock Stock con exclusive, as well as my new Graphic Thrills book. That she was into them at all kinda made my week, to be honest. I mean, I don't wish to sound like a slobbering Ginger Lynn fanboy, but I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that there are only about 10 living porn superstars that would genuinely make me simply giddy just to be in the same room as them, and she's on that short list.



    I also got to meet and hang out with that crazy looking evil dude from THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2, Laurence R. Harvey, Marc Sheffler from the original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and Felissa Rose from SLEEPAWAY CAMP! Damn. Wish I got more photos, but I've never really been a "photo guy". I'm often too wrapped up in living the moment to want to stop and document it. I guess I'll regret that when I get old and can't remember my own memories anymore.

    James Bialkowski, along with Jake Grimbo, are the two guys in charge of putting the whole show together. They really have something special here. A really good vibe. I love that they've brought the world to them, instead of just being like "Oh shit, we live in London Ontario. I guess everything sucks." I've lived in enough small and medium sized towns in my life where that attitude is just soooooo ever-present, so to meet two individuals who are working so hard to make a culture of awesomeness in their own community is really quite inspiring. They aren't just sitting back and waiting for cool shit to happen. They're MAKING it happen. Fuck, yeah. We could all learn a little something from that, if you ask me. Here's James and I:



    Of course, a show like this doesn't come together thanks to two people. There are many other personalities and volunteers involved, making sure everything goes smoothly. James' wife, Tessa, for one. She made me some awesome drinks while tending bar at an after party. Yummers! I made friends with many of the volunteers, actually. Nina (who picked me up at the airport), Holly (who drank booze out of a stranger's butt crack), Tyler (who I finally got to meet after being online friends for years), Rin (who gave me some of her zines) and David (who went out and got me a foot long sammich!)

    Here I am getting to know Nichole, who was also one of the many accommodating young people at the convention! CANADA. WHAT A COUNTRY.



    Getting to finally meet Art Ettinger and his lovely wife Allana after being online friends for as long as there has been internutz was cool, too. His magazine ULTRA VIOLENT is pretty much a must-read, and he tells me there is finally going to be a new issue in the near future. Here's Art holding some pictures of ladies with top hats on their butts. You know, like you do.



    What else fun things did I do? Oh yeah! Buying tons of paper collectibles off Cameron Sholes and then finding out he was the guy who used to put together SHE magazine back in the day! And he gave me some sweeeeet deals! Thanks Cam. May I also point out that it was super wicked that Jill Nelson, the author of GOLDEN GODDESSES drove for hours to come and see the show! She's one of my faves, so that was a giant flaming pile of neato.



    "That's all fine and good" you may say. "Let's talk about $$", you may say. Well, actually maybe you won't say that, but I did really well. Sold piles of books, especially of GRAPHIC THRILLS. One of my best cons ever, from that point of view. Here's a blurry view from my table. Look at that funny little dog. It looks like a poop. I wish that blue lady there would have brought him over so I could have patted him. Pet him? Whatever.



    So then the show ends on Sunday and I gotta scram outta my hotel room because check out time is noon, but I don't have anything to do for almost a whole day! Could have been mega-boring, so thank goodness my new pals Nina, Holly, Jeremy and Kellan were thoughtful and gracious enough to take me out for awesomely delicious tacos and then for a tour around the sleaziest and coolest sites of downtown London! Here I am being genuinely amazed to witness a musty old love doll that looked like a pickled woman in formaldehyde. You're supposed to take it out of its cryogenic tube and fuck it.



    Anyway, thanks again, London! That was really fun! Much love to you all, even the jokers in the airport that laughed at my comedic slapstick antics. Glad I could provide some entertainment.
    evandorkin
    1:38p
    Out Next Week
    CAM01153

    26 b&w pages chock full of fanboy comedy and tragedy. Available April 23rd at the relatively few comic shops that ordered it.

    If all goes according to plan I'll be doing a signing at Comic Book Jones for the debut. 
    mister_f
    8:02a
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    jabberworks
    8:21a
    top tip for putting together a picture book
    My desk is a sea of paper, so yesterday I tried to tackle some of the mess and found these thumbnail roughs for You Can't Scare a Princess!, my picture book with Gillian Rogerson. Thumbnail roughs are called that because often they're very small, just a doodle that lets my editor and art director know how I plan to lay out the page before I draw a more complicated full-size rough in pencil.

    If you know the book, you'll see that, except for pages 20-21 (the treasure digging scene), I pretty much followed these layouts in the final artwork.



    Top tip: the grid here looks a bit dull, but if you've ever tried to get a picture book published, you'll know this template is solid gold. It takes most aspiring writers and illustrators ages to figure out this basic layout. If you go into a shop and count picture book pages, they'll vary slightly, which is confusing. That's because publishers have a little leeway with how they engineer the endpapers, so you might get some extra pages. But if you want to get published, this is the most cost-efficient way of cutting one big sheet of paper into a book, so an editor will be far, far more interested in your book if you work to this format.



    In some ways, it can make your job easier, because you think Here's the set number of pages I have; how am I going to fill them? I often print out the grid and write the story right into it. Don't forget, you'll need a title page and a page for all that small-print information, so the words in your story may not really start going until page 6.



    Often a paperback will have two more pages than the hardcover version because the endpapers aren't glued down to the covers. Here's There's a Shark in the Bath; you can see the paperback, top, has an extra page. In the hardcover version, bottom, this page would be glued down to the cover board, which holds the pages into the book.



    You don't have to stick to the template exactly, with the title page on page 5. Sometimes people put the small-print information at the end of the book, and often the story starts right in the front endpapers, not after the title page. (I like to use the endpapers to set the scene for the book.) But if you stray from this format, it's good to have a well-thought-out reason why you've done it. Board books are usually shorter than this, since the pages are thicker. If you want to see the variations, get yourself down to your local bookshop or library and start counting pages.

    Some useful terms:

    Double-page spread: When you open a book and two pages look up at you, this is a double-page spread. You can either have a picture or pictures on each page, or you can have one big picture spanning both pages. These spreads can be very effective; think about the size of a child. When they're reading or being read to, the picture wraps around them, plunging them into the world you've made.

    Gutter: This is the middle of the book, where the pages come together. Try not to put any very important things here, such as eyes, or text, because they might disappear down the gap.

    Endpapers: the pages holding the book into its cover. These might be made of a single-coloured piece of paper with nothing printed on it (the cheapest method), decorated with pictures in one colour of ink (mid-price) or full colour (the most expensive).

    Pagination: Anything to do with pages. Traditionally in a 32-page picture book, the front cover is page 1. Left-hand pages are always even-numbered, right-hand pages always odd-numbered.

    Bleed: When you do the final artwork, you'll slightly need to extend the edges of the picture (let it 'bleed') if you're doing a picture that goes right to the edge of the page. So paint your picture a little longer and wider than the page itself, or if you're laying out the page digitally, give extra room around the edges. Talk with your designer; the bleed will be anything from 5mm - 15mm each side. This is in case the printer doesn't cut the paper exactly right, there won't be white bits showing on the edges of the pages. Or if there's a problem fitting text, your designer will have a bit of wiggle room to move things around. (I must confess the term 'bleed' made me smile while I was working on the shark book.)

    Right, hope that might be helpful for a few people! I wish I'd been given the 32-page template when I first started making books; it would have saved me a lot of time. You can find a few more tips over on the FAQ section of my website.


    Other news: this year's Manchester Children's Book Festival is all Sea Monkeys! I was thrilled when they asked us to give the entire festival a Seawigs theme. If you're near Manchester on Sat, 28 July, do drop by, learn how to draw your own Sea Monkey and have us sign and draw in your book! (Booking details here).



    Last thing: one of my university friends posted this video on her Facebook page (via Sploid) and it is so, so wonderful. It follows the adventure of two elderly ladies, An and Ria, as they take go on their very first flight. One of them has a laugh that's so contagious, I was laughing out loud while I was watching it.

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
    monocat
    11:05p
    caricature
    like
    caricature pencil
    and
    caricature
    monocat
    10:49p
    caricature
    img002
    been doing a few of these
    mister_f
    8:02a
    My tweets
    • Mon, 13:54: RT @IFLScience: We all need a pick me up on Monday mornings. http://t.co/3k6kCiF3bf
    • Tue, 03:19: RT @protocollie: surfacing from the depths of secret twitter to inform you that “bacon grease kneejob."
    • Tue, 03:40: Meat Beat Manifesto's Satyricon is just a perfect album from beginning to end. So good.
    • Tue, 10:36: RT @partydogge: Coolest part of life is how it won't slow down and stop happening and let you catch up for just a minute
    • Tue, 11:13: RT @badgerboxes: It's... ugh, TUESDAY morning? That's not quite as bad as Monday morning but I still want to get back in bed.
    Monday, April 14th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
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    Sunday, April 13th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
    My tweets
    jabberworks
    12:01p
    sea monkeys invade worth abbey
    This weekend the Federation of Children's Book Group conference had an infestation! Two Oxford University Press publicists, both named Charlotte, both have mothers who can knit and both mothers made wonderfully cheeky Sea Monkeys. Here's Charlotte Armstrong, with the Sea Monkey who kept cracking jokes, asking how to get this lady off its bum.



    We had several people ask where they could get a Sea Monkey, and the answer is... you can knit one yourself! Or find a friend who can! Free pattern on my website, developed by my studio mate Deadly Knitshade; do click over if you want your very own Sea Monkey.



    When Philip Reeve and I first started doing Oliver and the Seawigs events, we focused more on how we met, and decided to start writing books together. But these days we're having more fun talking about the actual story. Here we are, enacting the scene when Mr and Mrs Crisp meet at the top of Mt Everest.


    Photo tweeted by @FCBGNews
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    noscans_daily
    [ cosmicbiscuit ]
    1:05a
    LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MEETING GEORGE PEREZ.
    Marble City Comicon is happening in Knoxville this weekend, and I got to achieve one of the things on my bucket list: meeting George Perez in person.

    Starters:

    - He wandered into the meeting room without a moderator and told us we almost ended up having to wait a very long time because the con people had forgotten to pick him up at his hotel which was all the way out in Cedar Bluff (a good twenty minutes even without bad interstate traffic) and he’d had to call them.

    - He was very gracious though and since there were very few of us and no moderator, he let us ask however many questions we wanted in whatever order we happened to ask, making it feel less like a regular con Q&A and more like a roundtable.

    Some stuff from my notes:

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    Current Mood: giddy
    Saturday, April 12th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
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    Friday, April 11th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
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    Thursday, April 10th, 2014
    evandorkin
    4:10p
    Asbury Park Comic Con This Weekend
    We'll be at the show this weekend, signing whatever, sketching whatever, selling whatever. Hope to see some of the H.O.F. faithful there, or meet some potential new readers.

    Here's a drawing we hope to unload at the show:

    Zombie Cap color
    mister_f
    8:02a
    My tweets
    jabberworks
    9:58a
    sightings in the wild
    I've been starting up a new picture book here and trying to meet some tight deadlines, so I haven't had a chance to visit this year's London Book Fair. But I was thrilled when writer Jeff Norton tweeted the first sighting of a Cakes in Space bag! (I don't even have mine yet! But I think it's what that little red slip from the Royal Mail must be about; it's been languishing in the banana bowl for a couple days.)



    And here's a lovely Sea Monkey Vampire from Sarah Yewman drawn by Lucy, age 6. I tweeted back that this character really needs its own story, and my Oliver and the Seawigs co-author Philip Reeve added, 'The tiny vampire sea monkey on Vampire Sea Monkey's staff also needs its own story'. So we'll see if this happens...



    News from Philip, the book cover for the third book in the GOBLINS trilogy has just been released! These books are terrific, a real spin on the way Tolkien portrayed goblins as all bad, with lots of funny bits, although I cried at one part in one of the books. (But I won't tell you which - spoiler!). Goblin Quest launches with Scholastic UK on the 5th of June, with decorative illustrations scattered throughout, by David Semple. Here's the Goblins website.



    One of my favourite things that happens on the Internet is when the Goblins start blogging, and they're back!

    Read more...

    Also, Reeve & Son have been making a COOKING video:

    noscans_daily
    [ misterandersen ]
    2:33a
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
    My tweets
    • Wed, 06:11: That was really rude @twitter i was reading my older TL and *pop* you updated that's not very nice at all. I mean FACEBOOK doesn't do that.
    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
    mister_f
    8:02a
    My tweets
    jabberworks
    8:21a
    playing with pens
    Here's today's morning doodle, taking a line for a walk (inspired by Paul Klee and Jon Burgerman).



    News: Random House in the USA sent me a copy of the proof for the US edition of Oliver and the Seawigs. I'm thrilled it's coming out in America! I wondered if they'd make lots of changes, but it looks pretty much the same, but with 'Mum' changed to 'Mom', and they've given it a series name of 'Not-So-Impossible Tales'. Here's a link to the publisher page; if you live in America or have friends there, it would be awesome if you could spread the word! :)



    And hey, monster making in The Guardian with my fab friend and JAMPIRES co-author David O'Connell! Discover ten tips for drawing your own monster, and if you're aged between 3 - 13, you can enter their monster competition!


    ...Read more here!
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