Writing on his blog, Philip Reeve describes finding a small piece of driftwood on Brighton beach 30 years ago, upon which he painted a white Pegasus, which since has hung on the wall of every home he has lived in. “In my present house it perches just above the kitchen door, and that’s where Sarah McIntyre spotted it when she and her husband Stuart were staying with for Christmas a few years ago. She immediately started making her own drawings of fat flying ponies, and I wrote a story to go with them. That’s how the twelve-episode comic called The Dartmoor Pegasus was born. It was published initially on Sarah’s blog, then in our activity book Pug-A-Doodle-Do, and there was also a prose version which appeared in The Daily Telegraph newspaper.”
Now it has morphed into The Legend of Kevin:
With previous Reeve & McIntyre books we’ve always tried to tell a completely different story, although there are connections between them (readers who are paying attention will spot that Oliver and the Seawigs takes place in the same world as Pugs of the Frozen North, and Bumbleford is in that world too). The Legend of Kevin marks a bit of a change because it’s the first in a series – there are going to be four Roly Poly Flying Pony books, and after that – who knows; we have lots of adventures in mind for Max and Kevin, so hopefully they’ll be flapping around for years to come. But here’s where it all starts, just thirty years after I painted that first Kevin on the driftwood: The Legend of Kevin is out on the 6th September.
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