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Sutherland Shire Writers Unleashed festival

I had the pleasure to do a bunch of school talks at the Sutherland Shire Writers Unleashed festival. A big thanks to the organisers for inviting me and to all the kids for being a rad audience.

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In the character creating part of my first talk the kids came up with Boo the crocodile with melting chocolate arms, hot doglegs, a skeleton body and a dragons tail. Boo lives in a giant stack of pancakes in the world of chips n’ gravy.

 

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Second was Bob the hippopotamus. He has tentacle arms, carrot legs and a sugar cube body.

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Next they came up with Mog the unicorn. Mog has T-rex arms, one mermaid tail for a leg and a chick leg for the other. All topped off with a turtles body. Mog lives in a giant marshmallow in the land of cheese.

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Here we have Krob the rabbit. Krob has banana arms, snow ball hands, octopus legs and an upside down roast chicken body.  I apologise for the blurry photo.

All up I had a great two days in Sydney. Thanks again to everyone that made it all happen.

 

 

Just Joking. OUT NOW!

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Just Joking is a joke book from Camp Quality and Scholastic. I did all the illustrations for it.

Blurb.
What do you call a pig that knows karate?
A pork chop! 

With heaps of new jokes inside and page after page of fun activities, this is a book that will keep kids entertained for hours! Includes loads of hilarious illustrations by Dan McGuiness, creator of the popular Pilot and Huxley books! 

Camp Quality is committed to bringing hope and happiness to children living with cancer, their families and communities, through ongoing quality recreational, educational and financial support programs. 

Scholastic Australia is proud to donate all royalties from sales to this worthy cause.

If you would like to buy a copy online, go here.

Drongoes. OUT NOW!!!

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Drongoes is the latest Mates book that I have illustrated. It is written by Christine Bongers and is for year 3 -4 primary school kids.

Blurb.
Can Jack beat Rocket Robson in the cross-country this year? If only! But his best mate Eric might be the real winner in this race…

If you want a copy you can buy it online for here.

Buzz Off! OUT NOW!

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Hi everyone. Here is a book that I illustrated and Randa Abdel-Fattah wrote.

Blurb.
Noor can’t sleep. That pesky fly will not leave him alone! He even thinks he can hear it talking! If he only knew how to get rid of it, everything would be better-or would it?

You can Buy a copy online from here.

Happy Valley Primary School Talks

I had a great day doing some talks at Happy Valley Primary this week.

All the kids and staff where really friendly.

As usual I did my drawing session with the kids. Here’s what they came up with.

First we Have Bob the unicorn. He has a donut body, Squid arms, swords for legs and a pigs tail. He lives in a house made out of jelly.

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Next we have Zufar the dragon with a mutated sharks body, fire arms, fork hands and robot dog legs. He lives in a giant blow of spaghetti in the land of marshmellows.

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Last we have Trevor. He has a sushi body, spider legs and robot arms. He lives in a giant pineapple in the land of gummy bears.

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Author talks at Charles Sturt Library.

I got to do talks to three awesome groups of kids at the Charles Sturt Library the other day.

As usual each group did a character creating session where the kids yelled out there ideas for characters and i drew them on a white board.

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Here’s what the kids came up with.

First we have Benny the crocodile with a sharks body, octopus legs, cheetah arms with knife and fork hands. He lives in a dinosaur on Mars.

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Next we have Tom the fish. He has a hotdog body, cheetah legs, meatball arms, candy hands and a rhino horn. He lives in a giant snake in the land of cheese.

 

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Last we have Sunny the cat. She has a chicken nugget body, snake arms, noodle legs in high heels and a pigs tail. She live in a giant rabbit. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to draw the world she lives in.

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I had a great time and I’m pretty sure the kids did to.

Thanks  Charles Sturt Library!

Adelaide Writers’ Week

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I was lucky enough to do a session in the Story Tent at the Adelaide Writers’ Week Festival. The picture above is what the kids came up with in my talk about character creation. Meet Phil the lizard with a sharks body, steampunk tentacles and kangaroo legs. Phil live in a giant jelly fish on Mars.

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It was a fun day with lots of cool things happening. I got to meet lots of cool new people and listen to heaps of really interesting talks.

 

 

 

Pilot and Huxley VS Planet Arpos (Vol 3)

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Pilot and Huxley VS Planet Arpos by Dan McGuiness.

Pilot and Huxley are about to meet the most evil being in the universe. It’s up to them to foil Arpros’ most wicked plan yet: the annihilation of existence. Will Pilot and Huxley save the day?

Buy it online for here.

Pilot and Huxley and the Holiday Portal (Vol 2)

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Pilot and Huxley and the Holiday Portal by Dan McGuiness

Pilot and Huxley just want to go home. But a press of a button sends them on an unexpected side trip to the holiday lands. Halloween may have zombies, but the land of Christmas is where the scary stuff happens. Hitching a ride with Santa to Earth might not be as easy as they thought, especially when Pilot and Huxley find themselves on the entertainment menu.

Buy it online here.

Pilot and Huxley Vol 1.

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Pilot and Huxley by Dan McGuiness.

When Pilot and Huxley forget to return their video game, they have no idea how much trouble they’re about to be in. On the run from an inter-dimensional hit man debt collector who really wants their game, the two friends find themselves stranded in a crazy dimension, where the only way to get home is to retrieve the golden nose-hair of a mountain giant. Things are about to get seriously snotty.

Buy Online here.

Evil Samurai Helmet

I am now using Manga Studio Ex4. This is the first attempt at drawing with it. I’m pretty happy with it.

Norwood Primary School Book Week Visit

Today I did some talks at Norwood Primary School.

The staff put on an awesome morning tea and I got to speak at there morning assembly.

As usual the classes and I did some drawings at the end of my talks. Here is what the kids came up with.

First up we have Barry. He has finger legs, T-Rex arms, a skeleton’s body and a rodent’s tail. He lives in a kettle in Ice Cream Land.

 

Next we have Bob the female elephant. she has rat’s arms, robot legs and a fish’s body. Unfortunately I ran out of time in this session and I didn’t get to give her a house.

 

Last but not least we have Shteeve. He is a platypus with chicken legs, skeleton arms, a puffer fish’s body and a cardboard box for a tail. He live in a pineapple in Lolly Land.

 

A big thank you to all the teachers and kids for making me feel welcome.

Pulteney Grammar School visit

It’s book week again! My first set of talks for the week was at Pulteney Grammar!

As usual I did some character creation with the kids of each group. This is what they came up with.

First up we have GELMAN the dog with rockets for legs, T-Rex arms, a jelly body and a pigs tail. He lives in a rubbish bin inside of a giant mutated dogs stomach.

 
Next we have NOG the pig. He has robot arms, octopus legs, a chickens body and some dragon wings. He lives in a giant log in the land of mushrooms.

 

Last but not least we have BOB. He is a shark with an apple core for a body, human legs, sticky taped on skeleton arms and a lolly pop tail. He lives in a giant dog on Mars.

 

Thanks to all the kids and teachers at Pulteney Grammar for such a cool day.

 

Adelaide Review interview

Here is the link to the digital version that it a bit more readable.
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Character Creating

Here are some characters concepts for a new project I am working on.

 

Ceduna Area School visit

I did a bunch of talks at Ceduna Area School. All the kids and the teacher were super rad and nice.

As I always do I did some drawings with the kids. Here’s what they came up with.

First up is Ginger the dog. He has frog leg arms, a pigs body and chicken legs. He lives in a giant pumpkin on Mars.

Next we have Phillip the duck who has jelly arms and the body of a T-Rex. He lives in an oven in Lolly Land. He also has horns. (I put the missing “i” in Phillip after this photo was taken)

Here we have Ronnie the worm. He has a robot suit, a nappy, banana legs and a squirrels tail. He lives in an old tin can in lolly Land as well. (maybe he’s friends with Phillip)

This is Crocness. He’s a crocodile with one chainsaw arm, a robots body and caterpillars for legs. He lives in a toilet on the moon.

Introducing Turbo the dog. He has tentacles for arms, a jetpack and a dragon’s body. He lives in a tipi under the ocean.

Last but not least we have Dan the hippo. He has T-Rex arms and an octopus body. He lives in an igloo on the moon. He is probably  neighbours with Crocness.

Thanks heaps to all the friendly, amazing kids and teachers I met. Hope you all are still drawing!

 

Pilot and Huxley optioned for Cartoon series in the USA

I have just finished signing all the contracts for a Pilot and Huxley cartoon series to be made by Scholastic Entertainment America. I pretty excited about it. There is no set date when it will come out but as soon as I hear anything I will blog about it.

I am also working on a new graphic novel series. It’s going to be so awesome. Here is a sneak peek picture from it.

Flagstaff Hill Primary School visit

Today I did a talk at my old stomping ground, Flagstaff Hill PS.

A big thanks goes out to all the kids and teachers that made me feel really welcome.

As usual at the end of each talk the kids come up with ideas for characters and I draw them on a white board.

First up we have Steve the rabbit. He has a giant set of front teeth, a robot arm, fairy floss for ears and a bomb for a tale. Steve lives in a giant beer hive on the moon.

Next we have Bob the Giraffe. He has an afro and a bow tie. His body is zombified and he has a pigs tail. Bob lives in a snail shell inside someones ear.

And last we have Tim the dragon. Tim has tentacles for arms, an elephants trunk for a tail, cooked chicken drumsticks for legs and skeleton duck feet. Tim lives in a banana boat in the land of ice-cream.

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