I am so, SO flipping excited to announce that my book Fish-Head Steve has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013! And as far as I know, it's the first time a comic book has been shortlisted for the prize! DOUBLE WHAMMY!
I'm in the 'funniest book for children aged 7 - 14' category against five other books (all of which look to be STRONG competition). You can read more about the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and what it means HERE http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/4, winners are chosen by a panel of judges and 200 schoolchildren in December I believe.
Just being shortlisted is an AMAZING honour, and I'm dead chuffed about it all. A mi
I've spent most of January working on things which don't pay any money, but needed doing. It's all felt quite luxurious, frankly. I've not been getting up at silly o'clock every morning, been taking a day off here and there, and just ploughed through a ton of work without needing to show it to anyone. What it's all for i can hopefully reveal later in the year. But it's done me a load of good, mentally. November and December i took on too much, and burnt myself out completely. So I feel refreshed, calm, bit skint, and ready to get back into the schedule.
One thing which has always niggled me though is that no matter how many differ
My good friend Colin at the horror movie website zombiehamster.com (warning: horror, obvs) pointed me towards a new thinking some film companies are adopting, that is to release their films on DVD, or even better, stream them, at the same time as releasing them in the cinema. As an attempt to curb piracy, it's an admirable one of course, and very long overdue. More than long overdue, blindingly obvious. Those who want to see a film legally, but can't get to a cinema (incidentally, film companies, 3D is a great way to stop people going to cinemas), have to wait nearly half a year to get the DVD, usually dodging internet spoilers like smug litt
Losing the print version of The Dandy, which was announced this week, presents a real hole in the market, and one which may well get wider. What The Dandy did, and did very well, was be silly. Gloriously, ridiculously, silly, a real mixed bag of the absurd. And while we still have The Beano, it always felt like The Dandy was its ever-so-slightly childish younger sibling (despite being older), bounding around, stomping on what few rules The Beano had. Especially since the relaunch, it was making an art out of anarchy.
The support for The Dandy, since we're losing it, has been quite overwhelming. I've lost count of the number of people who've
Japan was famously reticent to embrace the western world until about a hundred years ago, and to be honest if they could've seen what we were going to do to their character design they'd probably have resisted a little bit longer. Put up bigger barricades, turn off the lights, and convince western noseybonks that no one's in, because otherwise we're popping round and taking all your stuff.
These days, just saying something is Japanese or Looks Japanese is enough to make it suddenly interesting. As if 'Japanese' meant the same as 'flecked in unicorn heads' or 'a mirror to your very soul', it's now a lazy adjective to make you think something