On Sunday Archie and The Bear was launched with a party at The Little Book Room in Melbourne.
I wasn't there, but I heard from the author Zanni Louise that it was a big success. I would have liked to hear her reading the book.
It was launched in a nice looking black room which goes well with the black bear. We did a limited edition print and in true Australian style it was the prize in a raffle. Thank you, Little Book Room. It's a good bookshop and it even has a cake shop next door.
One boy at the party asked how the pictures got from one side of the world to the other. The answer is in a big cardboard envelope, posted bear mail.
A good time was had by all.
Photos: Hayley Stephenson
Rejected early designs for the Ark have been discovered in an ancient Filofax unearthed in a primitive cardboard box dislodged from beneath a double bed.
Clearing out the studio unearthed a dummy of rough drawings and inkjet prints of an early stage of The Frank Show pasted into a printer's blank. It takes me back to when I was thinking about how the book could work. The text was at a stage before a merciless edit by Helen (you know who you are) the editor. I wonder what she did with all those words she took out? I'm going to keep it because the drawings are from a notebook and I've lost the notebook. Probably when I was clearing out the studio sometime before.
In the book Archie and The Bear, I show Archie unpack his backpack. Inside are the survival essentials for small boy leaving home, on his own, into a wilderness:
a bar of chocolate, a torch, a whistle, some sandwiches, an apple, and a book.
I think Archie took a book he had read and re-read, and is a favourite. Something familiar and comforting and something he knew like the back of his hand. I was recently on a train journey when I reached into my backpack only to find that I had forgotten to bring the one thing I wanted there to be in there: my unfinished crime novel. I had twelve or so pages left to read. I really was alone with my thoughts.
The new book is out now in a wilderness near you in a handy backpack-able size.
Thinks: "I like the next bit."
A short video trailer for a new picture book from Little Hare Books.
Many thanks to Sasha Middleton who made the legs move when I couldn't.
Animated title sequence by Sasha Middleton.
Film trailer and music © profuselyillustrated.com
One of the best things to have when you're on your own is a book. Personally, I'd prefer an illustrated book.