The initial three-city tour took place in April and May of 2019, and was an absolute blast. It included readings in a thousand year old church, a contemporary gallery, and a Methodist-church-turned-event-space with the biggest pipe organ I've ever seen. Read on, and we'll soon have you feeling as if you were there wish us all along.
It really all began with images such as this. A lonely image of Church Street in Whitby, taken by Karen on one of her random jaunts. She would use photographs such as this to guide her as she worked on her charcoal pieces of art in a process that is nothing less than astonishing. This particular image would go on to become the basis for the illustration for the story "Addictions."
This is how we arranged the old Methodist church - with comfortable leather chairs surrounded by free-standing original artworks. This picture was taken facing away from the pulpit. It was oddly relaxing.
This was what stood in front of those comfy chairs - some stop motion videos Karen made for the occasion, which can be found on our Animations page. Behind the projector screen you can see the music setup for our launch-evening party. Behind that, you can see the massive pipe-organ that takes up the entire forward wall. Sadly, it was non-functional.
An off-center shot of the room setup. You can see, while seated, visitors could literally be wrapped in the artwork of the book while taking-in the beauty of the room itself and enjoying the animations. The visitors we had over the two-days we spent there enjoyed their time immensely.
One of our favorite visitors to the show: Dobby the House Owl. His owner graciously brought him for a visit, and Sean and Karen were absolutely beside themselves with excitement about it.
The illustration for "Timber" juxtaposed in front of some of the original stained glass. (As an aside, let me just say that this is one of my favorite illustrations in the entire book, although it drove Karen mad. It's tied with "Addictions."~Sean)
Dobby had quite the crush on The Great and Terrible Catmonkey in the illustration for "Charmed." He sat there making faces at it for ages until his owner decided it was enough.
The ruins of The Whitby Abbey, is very much a symbol of the town, as it ever has been since it was first built. With the first official show complete, we were excited about what was to come.
After we closed the doors, we tore-down the setup, packed up the artwork, and proceeded to the pub (as you do). The next morning, blurry-eyed and annoyed at the sunlight, we packed up and ventured off to York and All-Saints Church.