Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Not EVERY book gets published...
Was trawling through my files earlier today and dug out the following images from a book I worked on that never saw the light of day. Very few people will have seen this. It was a collaboration between myself and wonderful Wallasey wordsmith (and lover of dodgy glam metal) Ian Carney. Ian's written for loads of animated shows, but is probably best known as the writer of many groovy comics, including SUGAR BUZZ and PANTS ANT.
POCKET DOG featured the adventures of the world's smallest dog, and how with the help of his rather ingenious girl owner, he conquered his size-related obstacles. Text was funny and bouncy, there was a sweet twist in the tail, and the pictures seemed to accompany the words well enough. Advanced reviews from our publisher, Hodder (who also published FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT) were good.
But it never happened. They changed their mind. And we were never really told why. I reasoned that maybe it was too close to Clifford, the Big Red Dog, but we'll never know I guess. The book concept also worked really well as a show, preferably a puppet/muppet type one. Hensons were interested for a while too.
Them's the breaks. Just a cautionary tale to say that even if an idea feels good, strong and right to you, doesn't neccessarily mean it's gonna fly. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and move on to the next thing.