Pugs of the Frozen North

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The new Reeve & McIntyre book, Pugs of the Frozen North, will be racing into bookshops any minute now, and Sarah and I are busy preparing for some publicity events. This coming Saturday we’ll be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where you can see us in the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square, at 12.15pm. We’re planning songs, snowballs, and an interactive pug-racing game. Book tickets here!

Then, the following weekend, we’ll be performing free in a teepee as part of the inaugural Guardian Children’s Book Festival in London’s King’s Cross. Details here…

There will be lots more Pugs events in September, and I’ll also be doing some Railhead things, mostly in the west country, in October and November. More details to follow, but for Reeve and McIntyre-related shenanigans you can always keep an eye on the events section of Sarah’s website.

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Illustrations by Sarah McIntyre

Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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.

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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…

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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).

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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!

Reeve & McIntyre 3: Pugs of the Frozen North

Just back from the Oxford University Press sales conference, where I was talking about Railhead, and also about the new Reeve and McIntyre book, which will be called…

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It’s an everyday story of two children and a team of sixty-son a race to the North Pole, and I think it’s going to be pug-tastic. The basic idea was Sarah’s, and we came up with the story together, as usual. Here’s the back cover…
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If you pop over to McIntyre’s blog you can see some of the lovely interior artwork, which she’s busy working on as we speak. The pugs will be arriving at a bookshop near you this September.

As for Railhead, the cover is still a SECRET, but I read a bit, and it seemed to go down well…

There’s lots of other good stuff on the OUP list for this autumn. I particularly liked the look of SUPER HAPPY MAGIC FOREST, by Matty Long. It’s a sort of picture-book fantasy quest parody, a full of elaborate, joke-packed pictures like this…

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And I also found that Matty Long has drawn a Mortal Engines picture!

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