The Creature Department: Coming in November 2013

The Creature Department hardcover animatedI’m very pleased to announce the upcoming publication of my newest—and perhaps most unusual—novel, The Creature Department.

What makes the book so amazing (apart from a deeply affecting story and sparkling prose, of course) is the fact it’s not just a book. It’s a unique, unprecedented collaboration between Penguin’s most fabulous (definitely sharpest) imprint, Razorbill Books, and the Academy and BAFTA Award-winning special effects company, Framestore (Where the Wild Things Are, the Harry Potter films, Skyfall, and many others).

Instead of going the usual route, with me writing a manuscript, followed by Razorbill doing cover design, marketing etc, we wanted to find a way to get going with the book’s visual elements—jacket design, character illustration, even a possible smart-phone app—right from the start. Hence the involvement of Framestore.

Needless to say, compared to my past work as a writer, it’s been an entirely new experience—but certainly an exciting and fulfilling one. Consulting with professional artists and animators about how characters will look—while you’re writing them—is kind of a dream, something more akin to the storyboarding process of filmmaking than what I’m used to as a novelist. Best of all, it makes the job of the author a lot less lonely.

Anyway, there’ll be a lot more on The Creature Department soon, including some interviews we shot recently in London and New York.

Until then, go read Puggly!

PS: If you are still interested, here’s what Galleycat had to say about the whole thing.

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6 THOUGHTS TO " The Creature Department: Coming in November 2013 "

  1. Kathryn says:

    So excited for this. Congrats!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, this sounds like it may very well be your best work yet. I VERY much look forward to it. <3 I love both creatures AND departments!

    In the meantime, happy Valentine's day:

    • Thanks, Emily, nice to hear from you. I have a feeling you’ll like this one! Oh, and—AH!—I love the Valentine card. Much appreciated, hope you had a good one yourself.

  3. Paul Bali says:

    cn not waIT