On Saturday I went down to Lewes to give my adventure comics workshop at Bags of Books, an outstanding children's bookshop in a town that boasts a number of fine little bookshops. I think there were about 25 children and the imagination was in full flow as we created fabulous heroes, dastardly villains, and the shortest little epic adventure strips you'll ever see. A special thank you to Anna and Vikki for hosting me. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Lewes, do go and give their wonderful shop a visit.
On Monday I was invited by Forest Row Primary School to give four comic workshop sessions to four classes, all in one morning - it was hectic but great fun. This time we added a dash of the Olympics to the proceedings as I set the story of the Olympic flame being stolen. As for by whom, and who would save the day, that was up to the children to decide, and I must have seen over 200 unique, bizarre, and amazing Olympic heroes and villains that morning! Another sincere thanks for having me, this time to Denise for setting up the event, and to Siobhan and her colleagues for looking after me so well.
This Saturday I will be at The Bookshop in East Grinstead, available to sign copies of The Rainbow Orchid, and I'll also have some original art pages to show. I'll be at the shop from 11 until 1, and if you tune into 107 Meridian FM from 10am you should also find me on Krys O'Brien's morning show just beforehand. I look forward to chatting to anyone and everyone who comes about comics - making them and reading them!
If you've seen the current issue of TBK Magazine (Summer 2012) you'll see a lovely mention of The Rainbow Orchid, and also a page I wrote and designed that gets you going on your own comic strip, complete with some handy hints on how to write a gripping adventure story.
Which reminds me ... I have, at last, updated the online shop to include volume 3, either as part of the complete set, or as a signed and sketched-in edition on its own. From interest and enquiries so far I am expecting a bit of a glut of orders to begin with (I've had four in the half hour since I updated the page), so please bear with me if they take just a little longer to get out in the post than usual - thank you.
Finally, don't forget that this week sees part three of The Bald Boy and the Dervish, the penultimate chapter in Ben Haggarty's Silk Roads story, illustrated by me and appearing in The Phoenix. Here's a little sneaky-peek ...
|Hi Garen, your link to The Phoenix doesn't appear to work. Good luck on your travels :)|
|Thanks, Andrew - yes, I noticed that too. The link is correct but there seems to be something wrong with their site ... hopefully it'll be fixed soon. The Waterstone's site is down too!|
|Sigh. I go away for a few days holiday, and when I come back, Vol. 3 is already out of stock. But you'll alert us when they're back, I trust?|
|Hi Garen! I live in Spain, but here we don't have not yet Your books...I'm very interested in the two stories "THE BALD BOY AND THE DEVISH" and also "THE GOLDEN FEATHER"...How can I buy it? Many thanks! D&N.|
Also, did you know The Rainbow Orchid is available in Spanish from NetCom Editorial?
Thanks for your comment! - G
|Thank You!!! I bought already THE GOLDEN FEATHER and I will buy also THE RAINBOW ORCHID, I was looking for the book under the english name, thats why I cannot found before!Im very happy!I wait for the number 1 of THE PHOENIX and after the other ones! Regards, D&N.|
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