Reeve/McIntyre, a new team… and Seawigs?

Published On March 28, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Books, Comics

Not comics, but it is Sarah McIntyre, a big favourite here at the blog, so what the hey…

We’ve already covered the new one-off comic strip by writer Philip Reeve and artist Sarah McIntyre – Jinks And O’Hare Funfair Repair – that will be appearing in The Phoenix Comic soon.

But there’s more coming from the writer/artist pairing, with the announcement of a new 4-book deal:

From Philip Reeve’s blog:

“When I first bumped into Sarah McIntyre at the Edinburgh Festival a couple of years ago, I little realised that she was going to become one of my very best friends.  And I certainly never imagined that we would end up working together.  We have very different personalities and views on things, and there seems little common ground between her lovely comics and picture books and my novels. But what do you know?  As we nattered away to each other, both in real life and on the internet, all sorts of mad ideas started to pop out.  It turns out that it’s actually quite a good idea to collaborate with someone whose work is completely different from your own, because it forces both of you to try new things.

So it was only a matter of time before some McIntyre/Reeve collaborations appeared.  You may have read theMortal Engines Christmas story which Sarah illustrated here on the blog, and I’ve already mentioned the four-page comic story we’re working on for the Phoenix.  Now I’m very happy to announce that we’ve signed with Oxford University Press to produce four illustrated books, the first of which, Seawigs, will be published in the autumn of 2013.”

And from McIntyre:

“Seawigs came about because we both love dressing up, a bit over the top, and I’d just designed some mad alien wigs for an exhibition called Monsterville. Philip wanted to write a sea voyage story, and I was in the middle of making a silly monkey illustration for the Children’s Writers & Illustrators Group (CWIG). Philip pronounced the acronym ‘kwig’, but I said ‘sea-wig’, and suddenly we started thinking, what if islands could wear wigs? What if they got a bit competitive about it? Let’s throw in a near-sighted mermaid. Some sea monkeys, too, just for a laugh! And the rest is Seawigs. We hope you enjoy it!”

The biggest problem with this book deal? Another thing to stop McIntyre making more comics, and that’s a terrible shame.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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