I’ve been a fan of Garth Nix for a long time (and although I haven’t illustrated his books, I have illustrated Frogkisser character cards for him, and he introduced my Flyaway launch for Avid Reader, so it’s a huge honour to (a) get my hands on this book and (b) ask him about it, for a dedicated period of time during which he cannot get away!
This instalment of The Dalek Game is for Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. I wanted to like the film, but couldn’t. It was very beautiful and atmospheric, and probably a very good film – but it didn’t have any of the brief wild joy and sturdy comfort of the original story, and I couldn’t watch it and forgive that loss (which was, I think, what the film may have been about). Hook came closer to the flight/adventure/return, and sometimesLabyrinthgets a little of it – but really,Labyrinthis best paired with Sendak’s Outside Over There, which in turn has more of the distant eeriness of the Wild Things film.
My favourite Sendak story, however, is still-and-always One was Johnny, for easily-frustrated little Johnny who “lived by himself and LIKED IT LIKE THAT!”
In other news:Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #52 is out, with a story and two illustrations by me (and some by other people) – I talked about them and the process here. And now I must run and eat popcorn and toast marshmallows and draw.