At the beginning of the week my Rainbow Orchid shop was updated with the newly released volume 2 and a few other goodies, and I was hit (pleasantly) by a bucket-load of orders in a very short space of time. Thanks so much for those - a lovely response. About half have now been posted and the rest of the current crop will get packaged up over the weekend. I decided to scan in a few of the sketches I've done so far...
Richard Bruton wrote up a lovely review of The Rainbow Orchid volume 2 for the Forbidden Planet International blog (I should say another lovely review, here's his piece on volume 1), and there have also been really nice mentions by long-time supporter Jez Higgins and also over at Robot 6 on Comic Book Resources.
This week the Bath Festival of Children's Literature programme went out, and amongst all the many fantastic events is a panel on comics (Graphic Novels: The New Revolution) where I'm lucky to be appearing alongside two amazing names in comics - Dave McKean and Robin Etherington. It's on Saturday 25th September from 6-7pm at the Guildhall, and is accompanied by this fabulous description:
"A very special and exclusive event celebrating the best artists and authors at work today in the genius world of graphic novels and comics. Dave McKean is an award-winning artist whose distinctive illustrations have graced several children's books including The Savage by David Almond and The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. Garen Ewing's Rainbow Orchid series represents cinematic artwork and classic storytelling at its very best and Robin Etherington is one half of a brotherly duo that has contributed Monkey Nuts to the DFC Library and to the Transformers and Star Wars comics. If you like comics... you'll love this event!"
I work in the genius world of graphic novels! I like it!
At a more local level, I will be doing an Adventure Comics Workshop at East Grinstead Library on Tuesday 10th August from 10-11.30am. It's a free event but with limited numbers, so you'll need a ticket (available from the library). I'll be rustling up some promotional stuff for that next week, so more details to come!
Lastly, I want to remind you to pop over to the Super Comics Adventure Squad blog, the home of all the marvellous comic creators who were - and are - involved with The DFC. Despite the last issue appearing well over a year ago, everyone is still as busy as ever. Apart from the recent releases of the first wave of DFC Library books, and news of sightings of advance copies of the second wave, many creators are still working on all kinds of exciting projects - have you seen Emma Vieceli's Dragon Heir, Patrice Aggs' Midnite Owl, or the Etheringtons' Lore of the Things? See, it's worth keeping an eye on!
To end off, I just thought I should mark the occasion as I'm currently writing the last few pages of script for The Rainbow Orchid volume 3 (it'll be finished in time to watch the world cup final on Sunday), bits of which have been floating around my head for the best part of 14 years. I wonder how my readers will react when I reveal the fact that Julius and Evelyn are brother and sister, and Sir Alfred is their father? Only joking! Right - back to the genius world of graphic novels!