Our lovely judges for the Inky Tentacle are here – and we are so excited at who and how they are.
Sarah McIntyre writes and draws picture books and comics, and won last year’s Black Tentacle award for supporting fellow artists. She pushes for recognition of illustrators and cover artists in the #PicturesMeanBusiness awareness campaign and challenges publishers to be sure to include illustrators in all their data listings and publicity material. Her books include the comic Vern and Lettuce, picture books Dinosaur Police, There’s a Shark in the Bath and Jampires (with David O’Connell), and illustrated chapter books with Philip Reeve including Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space. Visit her blog, which she updates regularly: www.jabberworks.co.uk
Regan Warner is an American… insert shunned silence here. She’s been living in the UK for the past seven years and her accent thankfully has softened. She works in the advertising game as a creative/art director and prides herself on being a big idea thinker. From Clinque, Sega and Unilever through to her current gig at PokerStars her varied experience on brand building has been vast. Along with selling her soul the the advertising devil she does yoga to keep her enlightment in check. Her instagram @reganwarner shows her daily contortions which obviously bring great joy as she always has a smile on her face.
Dapo Adeola, Aka Daps, is an up and coming Illustrator, character designer and visual development artist whose art work is as random as the variety of interests that make up the man himself. You can find anything from rollerskating Crocodiles to Basketball playing Samurai and Children riding Giant animals popping out of his imagination at any given time. A self confessed Gym junkie with a sharp eye for composition and detail and a somewhat questionable obsession with Black ink and the “lovely heavenly Lines it produces” (his words, not ours). Likes to draw “Stuff” when not watching cartoons or running marathons.
Lauren O’Farrell (a.k.a. Deadly Knitshade) is an author, artist, graffiti knitting pioneer and giant squid wrestler. She is best known for her crafty street art made under the Whodunnknit label, installed with and without permission in London and other cities worldwide. She is also the author of two city knitting books (Stitch London and Stitch New York), writes for various crafty publications, and founded Knit the City, the UK’s first knitting graffiti collective. She lives in Crystal Palace, London with her ancient cats and Plarchie, her 8-metre knitted squid. It is rumoured she never sleeps.