Postcards from an island

I’ve just found some postcards I sent to my children when I was working away from home a couple of years ago.

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I was storyboarding some episodes of The Adventures of Abney & Teal for Ragdoll Productions in Stratford-upon-Avon, and it was the first time I’d been away from my family since my younger son was born. When I got back to my B&B room I would sometimes write (or rather draw, as they were then aged 1 and 3) to my kids. It was for my own enjoyment as much as theirs.

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Related: The first Abney and Teal DVD was released recently. Faraway Island And Other Adventures contains eight episodes; Faraway Island, The Porridge Party, The Star Stick, The Storm, Stuck, The Radio, The Poc-Poc Hunt and The Train. None of these are stories I worked on but several are favourites of mine.

Series creator Joel Stewart’s blog can be found here, and co-writer Matilda Tristram’s brilliant comics are here. Both those links lead to many beautiful drawings. (The other writer on Abney & Teal, Steve Roberts, created Dipdap for Ragdoll. Dipdap appears in one of the postards above because his show is also one of my kids’ favourites.)

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