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  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Bombshell from Smash
  • Reading: Kingdom of the Wicked (Of course!)
  • Watching: Ouran High School Host Club
  • Drinking: Water
So.
I recently attended a book signing by Derek Landy who is on tour at the moment promoting his new book Kingdom of the Wicked, the 7th book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.
Due to the popularity with fellow fans of my drawings illustrating characters and scenes from his previous books, I thought it would be nice if I cleaned up a few old drawings, put them all on a page together and give it to Derek as a gift, a way of saying thanks for giving me material to practise character design on.

On the day, I asked him if I could give him a drawing, he said yes so I handed over the page. He looked at it, looked back at me and exclaimed, "It's you! You're the one who drew these!"
I could only stare for a moment in confusion and say, "Yeeeeesss... it's me...? If you recognise any of these drawings then yes, I'm the artist...?"
"Yeah, I recognise these! I've seen these before online!"
"OH, WOW!!" (My brain was yelling something stronger) "I had no idea that you've seen my work!"

He then made me sign the drawing before signing the book! I don't know if he came across my previous drawings while browsing the net himself or if another fan gave him a link to my gallery but needless to say, it is quite surreal meeting the author of my favourite book series who reveals that he's seen my work in turn!
It especially made me giddy having Derek point at a picture of Gordon and say that that's his favourite!

He asked if I had any questions about SP but my mind went blank and all I could think of was, "I presume we'll eventually find out what's going on with Valkyrie's reflection?"
Derek said yes, all will become clear very soon! Apparently, not even his own brother knows what is going to happen with that subplot! He thought it would be resolved within three books but no, it's still going!
My dad (who gave me a lift) asked if Hollywood is knocking yet and Derek said scripts have been written but nothing that he thinks is satisfactory so movie deals are still being discussed and arranged.

So, yeah! Derek said thanks for the drawings and I said thanks for the book! LOL!

I will be riding the high of this one for quite some time!

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:icondarquesseworldkiller:
oh my god that's soooo great!
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Sweet-Lenore Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
That is like... Wow. Seriously, wow! I can't believe Derek looks at the fanart! That gives me so much hope... ^^ But congratulations!
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Expression Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Thanks very much! Yeah, it was a definite highlight for me!
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Zumbotron Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I wish I was as lucky

I'll have to check the dates and where they're being held


But I'm glad you met him, seems like a really nice guy
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Expression Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Oh, yeah, he really was!

My dad drove me to the signing and commented later than he was pleased how nice and "normal" Derek was!
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harpseal16 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that is so freaking cool
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WhatItMeansToBeHuman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ^^
I think that's one of the most rewarding things an artist can dream of.
Congrats!
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Expression Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Thanks!

Yeah, that's a definite highlight of my life!
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UnbekanntesPferd Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Sounds great : D Good for you!
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M-A-F-R-A Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I... am so jealous.
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