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|Dec. 12th, 2013 09:07 am roald dahl funny prize ceremony 2013|
Going as a judge to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize was a perfect excuse to dress up like a loony. But a perfectly colour-coordinated loony! Leave a comment
Last year, Booktrust held the ceremony at the Unicorn Theatre, but this year, we got to hold it on the amazing stage set at the Cambridge Theatre for the Matilda musical. Very appropriate! Here's former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen giving the introduction. (You can see earlier photos from our Judges' Meeting here.)
This photo's by Mike Richards and I apologise to any people sitting behind my enormous hair.
Here we go, all the shortlisted writers and illustrators! Let's see, I might need some help here identifying them all. In the chair on the left is Michael Rosen and Philip Ardagh (The Grunts All at Sea), and from left: Pete Johnson (My Parents are Out of Control, Jim Smith (I am Still Not a Loser), Mark Chambers (Noisy Bottoms), Holly Smale (Geek Girl, Simon Rickerty (Monkey Nuts, Jamie Smart (The DFC Library: Fish-Head Steve), Elys Dolan (Weasels), Lee Wildish & Charlotte Guillaine & Adam Guillaine (Spaghetti with the Yeti), in the right armchair: Sara Ogilvie & Amy Sparkes (Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!) and on the floor from left: Mark Lowery (Pants are Everything), Axel Scheffler (The Grunts All at Sea), Leigh Hodgikinson (Troll Swap). You can find out more about all of these fine folk and their books over on the Booktrust awards page.
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|Dec. 11th, 2013 06:36 pm|
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What does 一日一悪 mean? Maybe, one day one bad deed? It looks like a set expression and I get lots of hits when googling it, but can't find its meaning anywhere.
Thanks in advance.
|Dec. 10th, 2013 06:33 am we're out: interview with philippa rice|
I recently posted my Top 20 Christmas Prezzie Tips, and my big find at this year's Thought Bubble comics festival was Philippa Rice's new book, We're Out. Philippa's a huge hero of mine in her innovative approaches to storytelling and use of comics format, and I'm excited by the wide appeal this book has, to everyone from very young children to teenagers to grown-ups. Very occasionally a book will turn up that I end up buying over and over again and giving away as gifts because it's perfect for everyone, and We're Out is one of them. Leave a comment
Readers of all ages will find Philippa's work hugely inspiring, because it's made up of everyday objects, which come to life: bits of cardboard and paper, sticking plasters, plastic spoons, pieces of sponge. Even thought it's sophisticated storytelling and beautiful crafting, it also gives us the feel that we could go away and tell our own stories with the things we find around us. While the characters in We're Out do face perilous situations - dodging giant feet on the pavement, a torn limb, not being able to go home - there's a genuine, infectious warmth and joy to the book that I've seldom seen achieved so successfully in comics or picture books.
Philippa plays with dimensions in her book; the characters start out with cardboard Colin and paper Pauline listening to elderly Nanny tell stories about her journeys into other dimensions. They want to find out what it's like to visit the 3D world, and she urges them to get out there, and meets them when they arrive. At the very end of the book, it switches into 3D, complete with 3D glasses, suggesting a step into yet another dimension.
Of course, the book itself is 2D, but it makes the reader think about dimensionality, reminding me very much of a book from 1884 called Flatland: a Romance in Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott. I adore Flatland, but it's quite theoretical, and this book takes Abbott's more scholarly approach and elevates it to the realm of play and colourful adventure. Studying the two books together would make an excellent school project; I think all libraries should stock both books. There's also a powerful scene when Colin and Pauline try to get back into their flat comic world and find they can't; it reminded me of that scene in The Magician's Nephew, when the children jump into the pool in the Wood Between the Worlds and find they can't get back to their own world. This book is made of all the things I love! It packs in a lot of concept, but it works on so many levels; I think even children as young as two years old will love looking at the pictures. And the book's a nice friendly size, 16.5cm / 6.5 inches square, easy to hold and perfect for stocking stuffing.
After I saw Philippa at Thought Bubble comics festival in Leeds last month, she kindly consented to let me interview her. So let's talk with Philippa!
Sarah: I love how you present your work at comics fairs, your table always looks so interesting and inviting with the dioramas you create. They remind me a bit of the peep box made by the little boy in Ezra Jack Keats’ book, The Trip. I used to love making those boxes, they were like peering into a little world. Can you remember what inspired you the first time you put together a diorama?
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|Dec. 8th, 2013 09:59 pm angel delight and other festive things|
First things first. Whenever the subject of Angel Delight comes up in conversation - and it does, more frequenly than you'd think - British people always widen their eyes and gasp at me: WHAT?!! You've never had Angel Delight? This is astounding! How can this be?!! And on questioning them, the word 'naff' will often come up, teamed with 'childhood memories', and very few people admitted they actually liked it. But this kept happening, and I needed to know. So when I was at the supermarket yesterday, confronted with an astounding array of Angel Delight flavours, I tweeted for help.6 comments - Leave a comment
And these two flavours - strawberry and butterscotch - were most definitely the best rated. You'd be amazed how many people care about this.
So here it started, in the name of scientific cultural research. Oops, after I started adding the milk to the powder, I realised I was supposed to add the powder to the milk. (How could I mess up a recipe this simple? Would it still turn out all right?)
Five minutes in the fridge, then the moment of truth. And it was.... very tasty! I couldn't figure out why everyone talked it down so much after their initial flutter. I had more suggestions from people on Twitter, to chill it with custard creams, pieces of Mars bar, or even mix in a spoonful of peanut butter. (That last one was Dave O'Connell's suggestion; he was the final astonished person who finally set me off on my Angel Delight quest.)
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|Dec. 5th, 2013 12:50 pm oxford university press: sea monkey work experience|
Somehow one of the Sea Monkeys from Oliver and the Seawigs managed to blag its way into doing a month of work experience at Oxford University Press. So the staff there are documenting his time as a sort of Christmas advent surveillance system:Leave a comment
...Look at it, so well behaved. I hope they realise Sea Monkeys can't keep this up for very long.
OUP, WHAT are you doing? Are you honestly going to let in this little rascal, with all your nice tippy coffee cups everywhere, papers to spill on, computers to hack?
I guess so. Well, I can't decide if the OUP staff are very, very brave or TERRIBLY NAIVE. Be warned. They are documenting what is sure to be their downfall on Twitter as @OUPChildrens, under the #Seawigs hashtag. Please ring the police or the nearest zoo to Oxford if you see it getting too messy.
Oh, and you can also knit your own Sea Monkey ...but that would be downright irresponsible.
|Dec. 3rd, 2013 10:15 am three wee kings|
Here's a little advent picture I made this morning. (Thanks, Steve Cole, for suggesting the title.)Leave a comment
My sister posted a link to this performance by Miyoko Shida, who has amazing balance, concentration, grace and artistry. I wish the camera wouldn't keep going back to the talent show judges, but it's worth brewing a cup of green tea and watching all the way through.
|Dec. 2nd, 2013 12:54 am|
i very recently lost my laptop's hard drive, which had a lot of art on it and current projects, writings, ideas, scripts, etc. it was pretty scary, harsh, shitty. made me feel really weird Leave a comment
but i can admit now that it was actually a good thing. i think i had been growing complacent-- and having a "near death" experience with my art has jostled me to being more aggressive with it, once again. reclaiming the fire i initially had when i started making comics
i've already rebuilt 80% of the most important "almost lost" project, my kickstarted comic art book magazine SUN BAKERY
that was a huge blow. but to re-iterate, it is being salvaged. backed up on 2 hard drives, and google drive, now. even better; it's even better. you know me, i jump into projects sometimes [ALL THE TIME] without completely thinking them through-- but, after basically 2 massive revisions, [and just about a year] we are on a 3rd rebuild of the book, and it's definitely the best it's been / READY FOR YOU
so yeah, shit was getting weird and harsh-- but i am reborn, man
and it's good for me to SCREAM
THAT THIS IS HAPPENING
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