This time around, my subject is a grim one: Undead Ed. The story of Ed Bagley and his inhuman friends was always going to be a tricky one to illustrate, mainly due to the fact that lots of the humour is dark and some of it downright vomit-inducing. Nevertheless, Hodder Children’s Books AGAIN came up with a winning artist...this time in the form of Nigel Baines.
I’ve never worked with Nigel before, but his zany, comically disgusting interpretations of the zombies, werewolves and vampires inhabiting the town of Mortlake made me regularly roar with laughter. There’s not many folks who can draw a flesh-eating clown.....but Nigel pulled it out of the hat.
The truth be known, the best part of writing books for most authors is the day when that email arrives with the first piece of art – usually the cover – and that moment when you get the initial picture of what another human being sees inside your own head.