In October this year I’ll be in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, where Sarah McIntyre and I will be promoting our new book, Pugs of the Frozen North. The Festival has an amazing lineup of artists and writers, and they have asked some of us to create lakeland-themed postcards. McIntyre and I came up with this view of Traditional Pug Bathing at Friar’s Crag on Derwentwater.
My parents lived near Derwentwater for many years, so I drew the background, based on old sketches I made when I was staying with them, and then Sarah added the pugs, mermaids and colour. You can see some of the other postcards here, including a lovely one of Castlerigg stone circle by the great Jonathan Edwards, and one by Bryan Talbot whose Luther Arkwright graphic novel was the subject of Jake Hayes’s excellent Tyger Tales blog this week. I’ve not come across Luther Arkwright before, but the drawings look amazing, like this one…
While we’re at the festival, Sarah will also be doing an event based on her brilliant new picture book Dinosaur Police. And I’ll get to meet one of my heroes, the artist Ian McQue. My new book Railhead isn’t illustrated, but if it was, Ian would be the man to illustrate it (and if I could re-write Mortal Engines I’d change all the airships into mysteriously airborne tramp steamers like the ones which appear in his paintings).
We’ll be doing an event together about creating worlds through words and pictures, and I’ll be reading from Railhead while Ian draws. His line work is just as amazing as his colour stuff, and he has published two great sketchbooks, Robots, Space-Dudes and Flying Ships (currently sold out, it seems) and Mechs and the City
Do check out the festival website, there will be all sorts of good stuff going on. And, of course, it’s not the only Pugs show Sarah and I will be doing – more details on our Frozen North tour soon!