Thursday, 23 January 2014

Laughing Gravy

This double page spread in which we get a cutaway of the sewer pipes is proving to be a favourite among readers. Edgar weeps into the toilet (which had been the exit route taken earlier by Jarvis) and his sniffling plea is heard and passed on among the community of helpful aquatic creatures living in the pipes. There's a lot of interesting stuff buried under Edgar's house, including an unexploded SC 1800 Satan. I'm rather fond of the thuggish escaped con who's busy tunnelling with his spoon in the bottom left.

Not that it directly related to drawing this scene, but something that I had in the back of my mind while working on it, was a sequence from Busy Bodies, the 1933 Laurel & Hardy film. It's the bit towards the end in which Oliver is dragged into the internal workings of the sawmill. 

Laurel & Hardy's short films were regularly to be found in the BBC tv schedules in the UK when I was a kid, so I saw many of them repeatedly, and details of their routines became lodged deep in my subconscious and formed the foundation for my appreciation of comedy. My favourites from that era remain The Marx Brothers, and more about their influence, especially Harpo, on Jarvis and The Octopuppy, another time. Anyway, you can watch Busy Bodies in full here - that's a good idea!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

There on they're way their

Winners have been drawn in the exciting Goodreads Octopuppy giveaway. Three lucky recipients were plucked from the 1,700 entries. Copies of The Octopuppy book are now on their way to the prize-winners in: California, USA; East Java, Indonesia; and... Lincolnshire, UK! I hope each winner enjoys the book.

And so! Here we are in a new year, and there's plenty going on. My posts on here have been a tad sporadic of late, mainly because I'm busy wrestling with my next book, like Johnny Weissmuller throttling a rubber crocodile. More on that as soon as I can reveal stuff.

In the meantime there's still loads of Octopuppy material I'd like to share with you on here, but to keep these goodies coming it's likely I'll be limited to a weekly post. It could be any day of the week at any time of the day or night... but that's how I like to keep you guessing, creeping out from behind the curtains to quietly bludgeon you with a kumquat in a sock, when you least expect it.  So keep 'em peeled, right?