We’re honoured and delighted to have won The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist!
With Janice Forsyth (left) and Janice Kirkpatrick
The award ceremony was a fantastic evening, and it was a pleasure to meet some of the amazing finalists. Runners-up for the Best Visual Artist category were sculptor David J Mitchell, animation film maker and paper artist Eleanor Stewart and artist/activist Ellie Harrison. Congratulation to them all for their nominations.
Congratulations also to all the winners. It’s fantastic to be in the stellar company of such luminaries as the Scottish Opera, theatre and film actors Alan Cumming and James McAvoy, author Jenni Fagan, ballerina Sophie Martin and The Glad Café.
A huge thank you to The Sunday Herald and to Janice Forsyth and Fiona Hyslop MSP.
Special thanks to all the judges: Creative Director at Graven Janice Kirkpatrick, author Alan Bissett, musician Roddy Woomble, Dean of Arts & Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University Pauline Miller Judd, journalist and broadcaster Ruth Wishart, journalist, editor and author Neil Mackay and actor David Hayman.
We are finalists in the Best Visual Artist category for The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016. The finalists will appear in print in The Sunday Herald this weekend, with winners to be announced on July 7th at the award ceremony.
Last week saw us visit Leeds for Thought Bubble 2011 and the Leeds Graphic Novel Awards.
We were thrilled to learn that Louis – Night Salad was one of the books shorlisted for the award (and delighted with the diamond shaped prize we received).
On the afternoon of Friday the 18th, children from several schools in Leeds gathered for the ceremony, an afternoon away from school which they really enjoyed!
We gave a short talk about working on Louis – Night Salad, along with presentations from the fabulous Sarah McIntyre and the equally fabulous Etherington Brothers, who were also on the shorlist.
It was great hanging out after the talk with our fellow contestants and with everyone involved from the school libraries and Leeds Central Library, and also last year’s winner Dave Shelton who handed the prize to Sarah! Books and posters and postcards were signed by all of us, photographs were taken, muffins were eaten. Many thanks to Debbie Moody of Leeds Central Library for inviting us to talk and for organising this wonderful event.
That evening saw us attending the busy opening party of the Thought Bubble Festival at the Marriott. We had a fantastic time at the convention, and our stall was even kitted out with an additional drop-in colour-in workshop table.
Kids and adults came and had fun or just chilled out colouring Louis in!
Today we are very excited to see the release of Louis – Red Letter Day.
It looks AMAZING! Totally redrawn and repainted.
Some of you may remember the original comic: a multiple Eisner Award nominee (for Best Graphic Album New and Best Title for a Youger Audience), and Ignatz Award nominee for Promising New Talent, back in 2000.
Click to enlarge and spot the difference!
We still love Louis – Red Letter Day, and wanted to make it available again in this new hardback edition. And, we’ve even added a bonus “making of” section, revealing some of the secrets of how we create the Louis stories!