Anyway, I didn't want to go to bed without feeling as though I'd accomplished something, so did another Kurosawa drawing. This time it's Lord Washizu from the astounding Throne of Blood (1957).
I've had that scene in mind for a long time, though originally it was going to be much longer - something of a mini-tribute to Buchan's/Hitchcock's The 39 Steps with Pickle and Eloise being chased across country, eventually reaching a small local village. Unfortunately demands of space meant that idea had to be curtailed with those precious pages being given over to Julius Chancer and the main branch of the plot.
In other Orchid news Now Read This recently gave The Rainbow Orchid volume 2 a lovely review - you can read it here. And the Book Trust has just produced a leaflet called Graphic Novels in the Classroom, including The Rainbow Orchid as one of their recommended favourites. It also features a little comic strip drawn by the excellent Ilya.
If you're following the Adventure Films Podcast (which I record with my brother, Murray) then you'll be pleased to know that the latest episode was posted a couple of days ago. This one focusses on The Hidden Fortress, a fantastic film by my favourite director, Akira Kurosawa.