Flying Eye chats with David J. Plant

In Hungry Roscoe, fed up of eating scraps rummaged from the bins of the Big City, Roscoe sets out to find himself some more nutritious grub… at the Zoo. To get his mitts on the fresh fruit and veg meant for the other animals, the mischievous raccoon dons various hilarious animal disguises to try and fool the increasingly weary Zookeeper; until the Monkeys, who trick him in to setting them free, fool him himself! Roscoe finally tucks in to his delicious feast, unaware of the mayhem that he’s caused.

DJPWe had a chat with Hungry Roscoe author and illustrator David J Plant about parts of the processes involved with creating this calamitous caper:

Flying Eye Books- Tell us a little about the process of drawing for Hungry Roscoe, what’s the balance between hand drawn sketches and digital work?

David J. Plant- Although I use Photoshop for all my work, I try and make everything look as traditional and hand drawn as possible. This means hand drawing everything, using a light-box to retrace bits of texture and line work, and then using Photoshop to overlay all the elements and add colour. 

FEB- Which artists/ illustrators have influenced your work?

D.J.P.-  With Roscoe I definitely had M. Sasek’s pictures of New York in the back of my mind. I also wanted to capture some of the loose craziness of classic Tex Avery cartoons.

FEB- And any exciting new illustrators that you are enjoying the work of?

D.J.P. – I love pretty much everything Mikkel Sommer produces – I’m a bit of a nerdy fan. Also Isabelle Arsenault and Laura Carlin are both favourites of mine at the moment.

FEB- Tell us about 5 things which inspire you

D.J.P.- 1 Vintage picture books- I love collecting old books with faded lithograph pictures. They’re a big influence on the colours I try to use.2 Travelling- I usually come back from holidays with ideas for pictures or stories bouncing around my head.

3 Comics- I really think the possibilities for comic based storytelling haven’t been fully realised in this country. I’d love to see the industry expand.

4 Dark Humour- I grew up reading Roald Dahl, and then progressed to Kurt Vonnegut via Alan Partridge.  There’s funniness in unsentimental human misfortune that I find fascinating.

5 Psychedelic Music- When I’m sat working in my studio, 9 times out of 10 it’ll be 60s psych rock coming out my headphones.

FEB- We’d love to see the earlier stages of your work, can you show us a page from your sketch book?


FEB- And finally, what made you choose a raccoon as the character for your first book? We love them but don’t see them often in picture books!

D.J.P. -They really are the underdog critter; I think that’s what appeals to me. When I visited New York a few years ago I saw one in Central Park – there was this cute, furry bear-like creature sat in a tree, and none of the local New Yorkers cared at all, they just walked straight past like it was nothing.

I also love their tiny dextrous hands- it makes them perfect sneaky thieves.


David has very kindly made us a handy 4 step guide on How to Draw Roscoe, so get doodling and show us your best Roscoe! Our favourite 3 will win a copy of the book and a mini animal menagerie. Tweet us your entries @FlyingEyeBooks and tag it #DoodleRoscoe or e-mail them to We can’t wait to see what mischief your Roscoes get up to! 


Posted by angela on Apr 22nd, 04:40pm

Nobrow is headed to MoCCA!


The snow in New York has melted, and our winter coats are getting shoved into the back of our closets, which can only mean one thing – Spring is in the air, and it’s almost time for the 2015 MoCCA Art Festival (okay, that’s actually two things, but give us a break – it was a really long winter)!  MoCCA is a great festival that features some of the top talents in comics, cartooning, and illustration, and it’s also one of our favorite events.  Nobrow is thrilled to be exhibiting again, and this year’s MoCCA is extra exciting because not only will it be held at a brand new venue, but we will also be debuting three amazing titles from Flying Eye Books!

The latest from our Dahlov Ipcar collection of reprints, Black and White, will make its debut at MoCCA alongside Rilla Alexander’s inspiring Her Idea, and David Lucas’ hilarious This Is My Rock.  We’ll also be carrying some of your old favorites like Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Bianca Bagnarelli’s Fish, our handsome line of Leporellos, and plenty, plenty more.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars, this is going to be a big weekend!  The Nobrow team will be in attendance at tables 208 – 211 on both days of MoCCA, April 11th & 12th, at its new location Center548, 548 West 22nd St. in New York City.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Posted by angela on Apr 6th, 03:19pm

Nomination for Flying Eye Books


We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in children’s book publishing – the BOLOGNA PRIZE for ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’. The prize is for our children’s book imprint Flying Eye Books, which we launched two years ago and through which we now publish around 15 titles annually. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the largest international fair of its kind with its award for Best Children’s Publishers being split into 7 geographical territories. It is a great honour to be one of only 5 publishers selected in the European Category.

To be considered for this prize after such a short time is a huge boost for our whole team and we would like to thank all of our editors, designers and staff for all their hard work during this time. Most of all we would like to thank our artists and authors – this nomination is for you. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues at other publishing houses who voted for us – and indeed urge you all to vote for us at the fair!

Posted by angela on Mar 17th, 11:25am

Victor Hussenot Book Launch


Hello friends!

If you happen to find yourselves in Paris this weekend then you’re in for a treat.  The wonderful Victor Hussenot is celebrating the release of his latest graphic novel The Spectators at Galerie Sergeant Paper, and you’re invited! Be sure to stop by the gallery on Saturday, March 14th at 3pm where there will be a one of a kind exhibition of original art from The Spectators. For those of you that make it on the day, you’ll have the chance to get your hands on an exclusive limited edition screen-print created for the show, AND (this is the big one) get to see Monsieur Hussenot himself give a graphic narrative performance!

If you can’t make it this weekend then fear not! On the following Saturday, March 21st, Galerie Sergeant Paper will be hosting a book signing session.

So there you go, plenty of The Spectators-related happenings around The City of Light.  For more information, don’t forget to check out Galerie Sergeant Paper’s blog.  It’s going to be a lot of fun, so make sure you stop by!

March 14th & March 21st, 3pm – Galerie Sergeant Paper, 38 rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris

Posted by angela on Mar 12th, 04:26pm

Creating Lost Property


We’ve longed admired Andy J Poyiadgi‘s work and the opportunity to create a comic with him was something we absolutely relished. It is, therefore, with much excitement that we are releasing his book this March. Andy has delivered a captivating tale; witty and imaginative. So before Lost Property officially hits the shops, we took the time to catch up with Andy and find out a little more about the man and his mind.

Mr Andy J Poyiadgi:

I’ve always wanted to make comics. Here’s one of my earliest strips, age 9. I don’t think I even knew what comics were back then, they were just a few pictures side by side that told a funny story (usually involving a sleepwalking character).

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Posted by angela on Mar 3rd, 12:12pm

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