Yesterday was the official publication day of Operation Robot Storm, and to celebrate, I spent most of it colouring in some of the comic sections. I rarely colour in work, as most of it is line drawing, so it was excellent fun. It also reminded me of just how many other questions are raised when working with colour, and how much more tricky it is.
Here’s one of the smaller panels, both in black and white, and colour. I’ve tried to keep the atmosphere all the same, retaining muted colours to describe the cold, glacial effect of Balaclava’s Elemental. It’s interesting to see them both together, and it’s making want to colour the whole thing. Maybe when I learn how to access a parallel universe, I can get another me to sit and do it.
So then, it’s just a few weeks now until the yetis hit the shelves. As many of you will know, up until now I’ve only really had one story published – the Mousehunter trilogy. Of course, it’s three books, but that’s really only one story and one bunch of characters.
It’s the strangest feeling knowing I have a whole new ‘thing’ coming out. It’s scary, for sure. As a writer, releasing a book is a little like placing two years of work in front of the world, and allowing everyone the opportunity to say whatever they like about it. That work involves decision-making and puzzle solving, and who knows if you’ve taken the right course? I guess it’s like having a child and seeing it through to adulthood, knowing that when you gave it chocolate cake at the age of a year, it may not have been the best choice you ever made.
At least with a book, you can rewrite the beginning as many times as you like.
But to be completely honest, I’m incredibly nervous all over again. New characters, a slightly younger audience perhaps, and this time lots and lots of my pictures. I’m tempted to say that with the premise of a band of yetis who have to save the earth, it can’t possibly fail, but books are the strangest of beasts. Some climb a long gradual slope, some slip into puddles. Who knows what’s in store for Albrecht, Timonen and Saar?
Whatever happens, I’m still in awe of writers who create standalone novels. They must feel like this every single time a book comes out!
So if you’re bored, go visit the Mythical 9th Division website, and take a step nearer to following the Way of the Yeti. It’s the only way to go.
It’s taken a lot of work, and I still want to tweak it, but here’s the trailer to the first Mythical 9th Division book. The one with yetis in.
It’s turned into spring, finally, and there seems to be a real buzz in the air. That’s not from wasps either, thankfully. I’ve sent off the next draft of Yeti book 2, I’m about to sort out Mythical 9th Division website ready for the June launch, and all in all life seems excitingly furry.
And so, regarding the last post on here, I’ve now done the draw, and the winner of the Curse of Mousebeard is Fritha over at Tigerlilly Quinn.
Having just checked out the blog, Fritha makes amazing badger badges. Who could ask for more?
The yeti storm is gathering momentum in my house. Not only have badges for all 9 mythical divisions been drawn, but extra little bits and bobs have sprung into life thanks to the wonderful designer at Walker Books.
I’m busier than ever now, and I guess that’s because it’s only a few months until Operation Robot Storm is released, and the Mythical 9th Division is unleashed into the world. I can’t quite believe how quickly time flies.
I may have to start work on my yeti outfit…
The Mythical 9th Division have a theme tune, which is probably the most important thing for any bunch of world-saving yetis. The theme tune will soon be gracing the trailer for the book, out in June, but for now I thought it would be nice to simply post the music here.
Go superfly yetis!
It was an exciting day yesterday as I received a proof copy of the first Mythical 9th Division book. The yetis are real, and happening. It’s incredibly exciting.
And to celebrate, I’ve made a short introduction to the books. Meet Captain James T. Ponkerton, leader of the Mythical 9th Division.
There are only so many hours in the day, and most of them are spent in front of a drawing board at the minute. The blog’s taken a hit, I admit, and I hang my head in shame. However, I’ve been very busy on the drawing front, creating the comic sections for my Mythical 9th Division books.
This here character is Balaclava, the baddie of the first story, Operation Ice Age. More of his dastardly actions will be revealed in good time, but for now, let’s just say that he has a very powerful Thermogun in his hands!
And so, for anyone wishing to know about the third and final Mousehunter, I’m just about to start on the few illustrations for the insides. I’ll write about them here soon, but needless to say, there will be plenty of mice. It’ll be nice to get cracking on the final third of the Almanac!
I’m currently playing around with all the ideas within my second Yeti story. I had the thing fully planned out, but now I’m considering changing it. You see, when I first plotted the new story, I hadn’t completed the first book, and it’s really interesting to see how my love of the characters has grown and their relationships to each other also.
Standalone titles, I’m learning, require a very different approach to a trilogy.
And in other matters, after my visit to Merton Park Primary School on Monday, I now have a definite winner for best question I’ve ever been asked:
“Do you use Capitals?”
That was almost equalled by the question which was asked a short while later:
“Do you use full-stops?”
And while I’m here I want to point out this marvellous monster that was recorded in an old Medieval Bestiary, The Bonnacon. All animals that can fire acidic poo up to two acres in distance should be feared…
Here’s top-secret photograhic evidence of the first encounter between the British Army and a Yeti. It’s thought to have been taken in the Himalayas, around the year 1856.