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Thursday
Oct202011

Events updates ^_^

Finally an update from me! I completed the inks on Frostbite last week and it's a good feeling! The book is going to look amazing, I can't wait ^_^ It seems like Vampire Academy #1 was only just out and rocking the NYT best sellers list and already we're looking ahead to the third book in the series. Time is flying by!
A big thank you again to the wonderful readers who've been sending messages, reviews and comments for the first book. You're all amazing ^_^ Frostbite will be released in April 2012 and you can already pre-order it on Amazon!
So, where am I now? Well, as well as Frostbite's release, next year will also see the release of the first book in the Avalon Chronicles from Oni Press!
That's in March, so what a busy couple of months that will be! (I have recently received a script draft from Nunzio and Christina for book two and it's very exciting!)
In just a week's time HatTrick and channel 4 are finally revealing the very exciting enhanced comic project,The Thrill Electric, written by Leah Moore and John Reppion and drawn by Windflower Studio. I was the designer for the project and it's been amazing watching it all come together! So that's a project to look out for in the very near future.
I'll also be embarking on a few adventures in the next couple of months and hope to see people at some of the following events:
London MCM Expo - 28/30 October, London
Signing at Travelling Man, Manchester - 12th November
Doki Doki Japanese Festival - 13th November, Manchester
Thought Bubble - 19/20 November, Leeds
Malta Comic Con - 26/27 November, Malta
Signing Party at Komix! - 10th December, Wiltshire (With Paul Duffield & Kate Brown)

Phew! So, hope to see you soon, guys. Don't be shy. If you're at one of these events, do come and say hi!

Wednesday
Sep142011

NYT Best seller! You guys are amazing :)

So - I've been so busy with the last month of Frostbite inks that I just haven't had time to post about this here yet, but Oh My Goodness, the VA graphic novel made the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels and it's more than we could have dreamed - thank you SO much to everyone who's bought a copy ^_^
Party time!
So, we charted at #4 last week and have stayed in the top 10 this week at #8. I'm just blown away by the response the book has received. two weeks in a NYT bestseller list? Just amazing. You guys are fantastic. And, trust me, Frostbite is going to look even better =^_^=
Thank you, thank you, thank you. xx

Tuesday
Aug302011

Some time in the studio...

So, it's been an insane month for me. In the last week alone I've been to Edinburgh book festival and Birmingham comic con, and am now getting ready to settle into a full month of inking for Frostbite. It'll be nice to stop in one place for a while, haha. Big hellos to anyone I met at the forementioned events, of course ^_^

But the big news is of course that Vampire Academy the graphic novel was officially released last week, yay!
And Rose has no need to look quite so scared! I can't tell you how nerve-wracking it has been getting ready for the release of this book. I know how much Richelle Mead's amazing characters mean to readers; I love the novels myself, and I know that no adaptation will ever fit perfectly the images we build in our heads whilst reading something we love...but the response I've seen so far to the book online has just blown me away. I want to offer an absolutely MASSIVE thank you to every one of you who has offered support, feedback or general squeeing - it's just SO appreciated! *hug*
Clicking that banner above will take you to the amazon.com page for the book, but you can find it in most book shops and online sites.

So - big love goes out to my cohorts: Leigh Dragoon (script), Caravan Studios (colours), Ching Chan (art editor), Rob Valois (editor) and of course Richelle herself - who has just recently given birth to her first non-book baby; a real life flesh and blood one! *confetti*. Many thanks to Penguin teams all over the place, including the amazing BetweenTheLines run by Penguin Australia, where you can see a version of the first book told via facebook! So much fun. ^_^

And, once again, MASSIVE thanks to the Vampire Academy community. You guys have been so welcoming and supportive and I could not have hoped for more.
Now, back to Frostbite inks!

Tuesday
Aug232011

Vampire Academy is released today! ^_^

Today is officially a Vampire Academy day, what with Richelle Mead's new spinoff novel, Bloodlines, being released as well as my own project, the graphic novel of the first book in her series - adapted by Leigh Dragoon. I'm working away on the Frostbite graphic novel, but it's very exciting to know that the first book is now out there in the world! ^_^
No, Lissa - it really IS out today! XD

Saturday
Aug202011

Hi honey, I'm home!

So - I'm back in blighty and trying to get used to working again, haha! I had a lovely couple of weeks, but now it's all engines go as I'm heading up to Edinburgh Book festival for the first time next week, and of course next week also sees the release of the first Vampire Academy graphic novel! *dance*
Leigh Dragoon has adapated Richelle Mead's novel into the graphic novel format, I pencilled and inked it, and the colours are provided by Caravan Studios, so it's a real team book!

Follow Rose's shocked face to see where you can order a copy via amazon (this is the co.uk link but it's on .com as well), but the book should be available in all good book and comic shops too:
Who here is expecting a copy? I hear that the pre-orders have dispatched, woohoo! It's a nerve wracking but exciting time for me ^_^

If you want to come talk about the book in person, you can come find me at the Edinburgh Festival next week where I'll be doing two talks. One on Wednesday at 6:30pm in the RBS Story Box, where I'll be doing a presentation on  Vampire Academy. And then I join Dr Mel Gibson on the thursday when we'll be talking about comics and education, featuring some of my Manga Shakespeare work. That's at 5pm in the RBS Corner Theatre

And If you're based further south in the UK, you can come and see me next weekend as I'll be hanging out with my friends Sonia Leong, Paul Duffield and Kate Brown along with other fab comickers at the Birmingham BC event on August 27th. That should be good fun and I hope to have some copies of Vampire Academy to sell at the show. Fingers crossed! ^_^

And in between all of this, I better get some work done! '^_^
It's nice to be back, guys *hug*

Monday
Aug012011

Off on my holidays!

My going away is  rare, rare thing...so I can hardly say it and believe it, but from tomorrow I shall be out of the studio for a whole two weeks! *faints*
Where I'm going I'll be unlikely to have access to the internet, which will be scary but liberating, haha. I hope everyone has a great fortnight! Obviously I won't be able to respond to comments or mails in that time easily, and I fear what two weeks away will do to my inbox, so please do know that I'm not rude or ungrateful if I don't reply on any of my gallery sites! ^_^

Aaand when I get back home, we'll be just a week or so away from the release of the Vampire Academy graphic novel - amazing! As I leave the studio, I'm on page 61 of inks for Frostbite, so it's all progressing along. The image above is a snippet of the Frostbite cover, coloured by Caravan studios.

Take care, all! xx

Wednesday
Jul202011

San Diego Comic Con this weekend!

Hello, all...I'm alliiiiiive! *crawls from the studio and blinks in the light* haha.
So, I thought I should pop in for a bit of an update, since it's been forever...and since it's the one and only SDCC this weekend. Sadly, I'm not there in person as I'm furiously inking away on Frostbite, the second graphic novel in the Vampire Academy series. However, I'm certainly going to be at the show in spirit, or at least comic, form.
Vampire Academy the graphic novel will be at the event in my stead, and I'm sure it's far more exciting than I am in person, haha. The chaps at PenguinTeen have informed me that Penguin will be running giveaways of the book! So, to be in with a chance of nabbing a copy a month before its release, head to booth 2913R between 11-12 on Friday and 4-5 on Saturday. I got a copy of the book through last week and, boy, is it SHINY! The colourists have done a fab job on it! Much love and respect as always to Richelle Mead for overseeing the whole thing, and to Leigh Dragoon for her work on the adaptation!

Avalon Chronicles - Book two is now very much underway on this series, and rumour has it that Oni Press will have some promo for the first book (due out early next year) at their booth this weekend! I got to see the lettered pages just recently and, oh my word, it's so much fun. Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are just fantastic! As I finished my work on the book a little while ago, I got to read it almost as fresh, and it's so enjoyable!
So, if you're going to be at the show, have a wonderful time! Me? I'll carry on drawing ^_^

Friday
Jun102011

Arcane Vault open pre-orders for Laser Cel

Arcane Vault have now opened pre-orders on 'The Pin'; a limited edition laser cel of an image I created exclusively for the product. A collector's item, for sure. Fans of Vampire Academy or people who just want a pretty picture should click the banner and get reserving! ^_^