Illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is easy to spot in her pointy glasses and hats. She makes picture books and comics with two other artists (Gary Northfield and Elissa Elwick) in an old police station – complete with jail cells! – in Deptford, south London. Right now she is collaborating with Philip Reeve to create at least four highly illustrated chapter books for Oxford University Press, starting with Oliver and the Seawigs, and the new Cakes in Space this autumn. She also has a collaborative picture book coming out with David O’Connell, Jampires, which they both wrote and illustrated, and which began as a Comics Jam.
Sarah also writes her own books, including There’s a Shark in the Bath and another picture book soon to be revealed! She’s currently working on her third highly illustrated chapter book with Philip Reeve.
Her comic Vern and Lettuce appeared weekly in The Guardian and in the DFC (now The Phoenix Comic); in 2010, David Fickling launched it as a book as part of the DFC Library, winning the Leeds Graphic Novel Award. Her picture book with Giles Andreae, Morris the Mankiest Monster, introduced the world to a loveable monster with stomach-turning personal habits. Morris sold out in its first month and has won both the Sheffield and Bishop’s Stortford Children’s Book Awards, as voted by children. Her comic strip Shark and Unicorn runs six times a year in The Funday Times. Sarah loves to get both kids and adults drawing, particularly drawing comics.
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Interview with Irish Children’s Book Laureate PJ Lynch (and learn how to draw a PUG):
Learn how to draw a Sea Monkey with Sarah in this four-video Booktrust series on how to lead a Comics Jam session in the classroom.
Here’s a video of Sarah with her studio mate, Gary Northfield, on Irish telly:
With Oliver and the Seawigs/Cakes in Space co-author Philip Reeve, visiting his home on Dartmoor:
(Also see our ‘Meet the Creators‘ video from Oliver and the Seawigs.)
Interview with Dan Berry on Make It Then Tell podcast:
And here’s a deliciously creative interview by writers Emma & Peter Newman on Tea & Jeopardy: