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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