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I’ve been drawing zombies. Funnily enough, just as I finished colouring this picture, I got a notification from Garbrielle Bell’s site, and she’s been drawing zombies too. This is part of a larger project – you’ll have to wait and see what it comes from. Every time I draw something like this, I have a brief fantasy moment where I see my career as a zombie/vampire/fairy/space alien cartoonist stretching out before me. That would be fun, right?

Since I’ve almost finished my novel, I’ve been thinking about what my next big project might be. I think it should definitely be a graphic novel. But what kind of graphic novel? My kids would love it if I wrote one for them, using all the stories I tell them over breakfast. I get immense satisfaction in delving through my own life for material. I’ve wanted to write one about Katherine Mansfield for a while now. And then there’s the new novel idea and the numerous short stories that I’m going to write when I have time… but maybe some of them should be graphic novels instead? I don’t know.

The other thing which I’ve been doing lately is listening to podcasts. It’s my favourite thing to do whilst colouring cartoons. I just listened to This American Life, which has a fascinating New Zealand segment to it. I also listened to the latest New Yorker Fiction podcast (oh yes, I remember the anguish of losing my pet lamb to the meatworks!) and to a John Cale interview on All Songs Considered. I have a thing for American podcasts. I really should find some UK ones to bond with. Can you suggest any?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Burgess permalink
    09/10/2012 11:06 am

    BBC Radio 4 has wonderful podcasts.
    And yes, a graphic novel Sarah! About family life….

  2. 09/10/2012 11:23 am

    Please do the Katherine Mansfield graphic novel!!! On behalf of all the members of the Katherine Mansfield Society – Gerri Kimber

  3. Fi Clark permalink
    09/10/2012 11:46 am

    A graphic novel sounds perfect. I am constantly amazed how well you convey your stories through this medium. Your work is really addictive!! On the podcast front, if you love movies, I’d definitely recommend Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s film reviews (BBC Radio 5 Live) and I have just started listening to Front Row Daily (BBC Radio 4) … it’s a really good mixture of reviews of art, books, film, theatre, interviews and more … highly entertaining.

  4. 09/10/2012 1:39 pm

    UK podcasts:

    BBC Desert Island Discs
    Graham Norton Radio Show
    BBC Front Row Weekly
    Guardian Books Podcast

    x H

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