I was just send this fabulous photo of Toby by his proud grandmother, Margaret Eaton. Toby is the five year old son of multi-award winning author of stacks of great novels, Tony Eaton, and his lovely wife Imogin. Margaret is a curator at the Fremantle Literature Centre who have been fabulous supporters of me from when my first book was launched there twenty years ago, and of James and I and The Last Viking from way before the day it was launched at the centre during the wildest storm anyone can remember. James is even away in the Kimberley region at this very moment on a Literature Centre sponsored tour of schools in remote areas.
Below is Margaret’s charming note that came with photo.
Thought you would like to meet the latest Viking to join the band. It is our grandson Toby, Tony and Imogen’s wee one. He has the book read to him each night and he made this great costume with mummy over the weekend. Tony’s contribution was the head wear! He does not seem fussed that it was Wolverine and not Josh thus attired, I shall let him wear the real deal when he visits later this year. He is very proud of the fact that the shield says ‘Toby’ in Viking.
Roll on the sequel!
And as for the sequel that Margaret mentions, let me tell you, IT LOOKS FABULOUS. All the sketches are in place and about half the final illustrations coloured in, and even the words have got past our eagle-eyed editor, Cate Sutherland, without too much slashing and burning. James has let his imagination really rip and has come up with some stunning images, and I can hardly wait to see it in its full glory. Onward to Viking World.
The State Library of WA has a new exhibition beginning November 2nd called Picture A Story, comprising works from their Australian children’s book illustration collection.
You’ll see artwork by Shaun Tan, Ron Brooks, Graeme Base, Alison Lester, Frane Lessac, Leigh Hobbs, Matt Ottley, Sean E Avery and me!
There’ll be originals, sketches and sculptures I made for The Last Viking… including this little reference maquette for Josh.
And as you probably noticed at the top of the post, Wolverine is the official mascot of the exhibition!
More info at the State Library website.
Last week, the Australian National Maritime Museum was invaded by Vikings!
The staff were happily enjoying the launch of their new exhibition Vikings – Beyond the Legend when a horde of real Norsemen arrived at the docks at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
They came in peace though. Only one Anglo-Saxon warrior died.
Read more on the official ANMM blog.
Hello readers! We’ve been away for a bit. But Norm and I have been working on something new. Hopefully I’ll have a cover image to reveal in the next month.
In the meantime, here’s a section from one of my colour roughs. It should give you a little idea of what’s to come.
Onward to glory,
Their teacher Deborah Walker has put in a huge effort. Thanks for bringing the book to life and encouraging the next generation of marauders!
Thanks also to the school’s library coordinator Melissa Fraser for sending the photos.
Melissa tells us the school is busting to read the sequel to The Last Viking. We’re working as quick as we can Melissa- I’ll get on to the artwork in the middle of next year, fingers crossed.
My studio is in a Leederville complex called The Ward, and on Nov 25th we’re having an open day!
Come see where I work and what I’m working on next. I’ll have prints from ‘The Last Viking’ for sale too.
Plus you’ll get to meet all the other amazing artists here: filmmakers, photographers, illustrators, painters, textile workers… it will be awesome.
Come down and say hi! We’ll be open from 2-5pm.
More info at Artsource’s website.
The Last Viking has won the Hoffman Award in the 2012 West Australian Young Readers’ Awards.
The Hoffman is awarded to the highest-ranked book by a West Australian creator (in this case, 2 creators!).
It sure is an honour to have kids pick and then vote for their favourite book. Thanks to all the WA young readers who voted, we couldn’t be happier.