The only downside to this was not being able to make Caption, and I'm really sorry for that, and especially to those who I told I'd be there - in the end it just wasn't possible. The major upside is that my batteries have been largely recharged, and I'm ready to face the rest of volume three and all the upcoming workshops and events that litter the calendar ahead of me.
I've also come back to a clutch of extremely nice reviews for The Rainbow Orchid volume 2, which is just about as lovely as having a fabulous holiday!
Down the Tubes (full review here):
"Ewing continues to bring his growing readership a superb adventure story that leaves you guessing wildly at how that many plot threads will be resolved in the third and final volume..."
Pornokitsch (full review here):
"This is a heart-warming book crafted with painstaking devotion."
Christchurch Kids Blog (full review here):
"I have just discovered my new favourite graphic novel ... If you love old-school adventure stories, with detailed illustrations, quirky characters, narrow escapes and car chases, then you should try The Rainbow Orchid."
Mirabilis (full review here):
"This is a book worth a million dumbly hip, smart-aleck zombie-killer comics. Because the author takes the trouble to make his characters live and breathe, we connect with them and so we care what happens next."
Bear Alley (full review here):
"Like the work of his European influences, Rainbow Orchid is one of those stories that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, the action and humour broad enough for youngsters to enjoy and the plot complex enough for adults."
Sunset Over Slawit (full review here):
"It lives and breathes and stands proud on its own two feet - Garen's book deserves to win every award going for graphic novel artwork and storytelling. Truly, if you don't like The Rainbow Orchid, you don't like life!"
I'm so grateful to have such nice things said about my book, it's a privilege to have such support. And if that wasn't enough, there's a fantastic twenty-minute section on The Rainbow Orchid as part of the latest Small Press Big Mouth podcast (33 minutes in) hosted by Lee Grice and Stacey Whittle (warning: somewhat-more-than-fruity language occasionally present - not for children!). Ginormous thanks to everyone for these reviews - they're a real boost.