“The bats beat their wings in a terrible rhythm. They stirred up a storm of squealing fury. My feet left the ground. I was flying.”

– Paul Jennings, ‘BATTY’, from ‘Undone!’ Penguin Books 1993

“Anthony nodded his branches at me. ‘Mnn, nmng, nn,’ he said.

I didn’t know what it meant. Probably something like, ‘You embarrassed me. Now it’s your turn.’ “

– Paul Jennings, ‘NOSEWEED’, from ‘Undone!‘ Penguin Books 1993

Re-reading Paul Jennings’ books is a treat. There are always a few stories that I’d completely forgotten, whose endings fill me with fresh surprise and delight. And while they really don’t need pictures – everything’s there in the stories – some moments just cry out to be drawn, even if it’s just for the fun of it. Here are a couple of those moments – the ones I couldn’t resist scribbling down the instant I finished reading. BATTY and NOSEWEED. How did these characters end up like this? Go and read Undone! – you won’t regret it!


The Book Beast

‘The Book Beast’ is a playful little story I wrote last year, which is still in development. These initial illustrations were exhibited at The Reading Room – a wonderful space supported by the Renew Adelaide project.

Comikaze: pencils down!

Well, I did it! I drew my comic from 3:20pm saturday to 3:20pm sunday with only a teensy-weensy nap. And I ended up with a 16-pager rather than a 24-pager, and the final few certainly weren’t as finished as the first couple, and I now look / feel like this:

… but that’s okay, it was a fun and rewarding ordeal, definitely worth it for the characters that emerged when the pressure was on! Go Dimby, Aga Panther and President Olgpen Rumple! 🙂

Comikaze 24-hour comics challenge

Ooh lordy! This long weekend, Comikaze 2010 is being held – the 24-hour comics challenge, and I’ve decided to enter for the first time! So, in an hour or so (hopefully) I’ll put my head down and get scribblin’ to create a 24-page comic in just 24 hours. I’ve never written and drawn such a long comic before, so I’m very anxious and excited. Plus I have no idea what it will end up being ‘about’ until I read the key words for my starting time – there are new ones announced every hour. Lucky dip plot!!

Follow my comic’s progress (and my gradual descent into deluded fatigue) here 🙂

Stocked up with snacks, I don’t wanna have to stop drawing to eat!

Snacky snack snackfoooooooods!!