Sunday, 10 February 2008

The Launch


The I Don't Like Chocolate launch is finally over, and everyone survived. And could do with quite a lot of beer, thank you! It was fun, although parts of it felt very much like turning up for an exam and realising you've been studying the wrong books all year....

I'm no good in front of microphones, and had to do a radio interview, a tv interview and a speech all in one day. I didn't imagine for a second I'd be able to do a good job of any of these, so I just clung to the knowledge that the only way out was forward, and it would all be over soon. I gabbled, I giggled, and thankfully didn't actually burst into tears. Afterwards I defaced quite a few books trying to sign my name with a very shaky hand. I'm really so much better on paper than in real life!

It was lovely, though, to see so many people I hadn't seen for ages - when you draw comics you tend to stay indoors by yourself a lot. I met a good few bloggers, too! The food, by Karen Dudley, was amazing, and Oshun, who published the book, were wonderful. They made some great posters for the launch; the frames looked completely different blown up.

Speaking of frames, you'd be right in thinking that there really should be photos of the occasion in this post. I was so dizzy I completely forgot to take pictures - yes, really. I noticed a few other people with cameras (and why that didn't jog my memory I'll never know.... my camera was in my bag all the time...) and when I get hold of them I'll post links to the photos. Instead, a photo of the building next door, obviously a lot older than the building we were in, and once the tallest building on the block. Now you can only see this sign from the window I took the picture from, an alley's width away.

Thank you for all the good wishes - it helped a lot!

I'll be listing limited edition digital prints of pages from the book in my jezzeprints Etsy shop for the next while, starting today. And in addition to Loot and Kalahari, the book is also available here.

7 comments:

Freshly Found said...

Well Done! Looking forward to the pics when they surface! I know I also tend to forget to take pics at very important times. Too pre-occupied with other pressing stuff!

Heather Moore said...

I took pics at your launch! I’ll send them over later when I've downloaded them from the camera.

Well done on everything. It must be quite a sense of “whew” now. Congrats, you were brill on radio (and I’m sure on TV too)

Cristina said...

Can't wait to see the pictures! Good to know that everything went well.

Heloise Bottomley said...

I can almost hear the PHEW! Well done, I think it's an amazing achievement. Have a week of play to reward yourself :-)

kat said...

Well done Jesse, I can't imagine coping with all the public speaking you had to do...glad it was a success. I found your book at 'The Book Lounge' see my blog.

janine de waal said...

You sound like me! I did not take a single photo at the Fluff exhibition opening either - and of course I had my camera in my bag! And almost no one else took pics... But I have to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! It was really a super body of work! I luckily got my book signed early in the evening! = ) I must say the book acts as a super catalogue! So now obviously after leisurely pouring over the book I am ready to buy a limited print - should I just go to the etsy website? Enjoy the well-deserved rest (& beer!)*

Jesse said...

Thank you!!

Janine, I'll be listing prints on Etsy quite slowly, a day at a time, so if there's a print you want that hasn't appeared there yet, you're welcome to email me directly.