Catastrophe Calling by Andi Watson


Catastrophe Calling by Andi Watson

Grace Gibson aka Gum Girl stars in three short stories rolled into one very entertaining book - the first in a series of four. Gum Girl might be pink, but she's got bite, she's got bubbles, and she's not afraid to use them! Grace Gibson has just moved to Catastrophe where her dad is the new head teacher at Calamity Primary School. It sure is no ordinary town. This is a place where disaster rules the day. Meteors fall from the sky. Volcanoes erupt. Giant robots roam the streets. Villains are on the loose. And evil geniuses are plotting revenge on a daily basis. What's more, no one seems to care. Least of all the girls in Grace's class who would rather primp and preen than help a victim in distress. But, one day, a chance accident up in the loft with an old chemistry set and a stick of bubblegum leads Grace to an extraordinary discovery. It's going to save her life. In fact, it's going to save the lives of everyone in Catastrophe. But she has to keep it a secret. And, for that, she will need a whole new identity...This is a sensational new series from the hugely talented and award-winning cartoonist Andi Watson. Combining a truly mixed and engaging cast of characters with modern issues, a few fairytale twists, and classic comic book storytelling, Andi Watson has created a completely original world and a very heartwarming new super-heroine. There is a Web comic to launch one month ahead of publication. This is print-on-demand merchandise and major publishing programme.

About the Author

Andi Watson

Andi Watson - as a child:

I was born and raised in Kippax, a small town in Yorkshire. I spent half my life climbing trees, splashing in the stream, riding bikes in the woods and playing soccer on the fields with my brother and friends and the other half watching TV shows, reading and drawing. I loved the reading and drawing, disappearing into other worlds. I remember being on the edge of my seat as my teacher read the class The Weirdstone of Brisingamen in the soft corner at school. The books I remember are: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Stig of the Dump, The Machine Gunners, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Elidor, The Hobbit and The Sword in the Stone.

As an adult

I’d always drawn and enjoyed drawing, I love books and stories and illustration and eventually it dawned on me that the thing I did for fun, I might be able to do as a job. I studied graphic design/illustration at Liverpool Polytechnic. My main interest was in illustration but I rediscovered comics along the way and for my final project created my first comic. It managed to wrap all my interests up in one bundle, stories, drawing, logos, cover design and book design. I’d found a way to make my own worlds, tell my own stories.

As an artist

I work as an illustrator, cartoonist and occasional teacher. My favourite illustrations are in: The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken. I love those stories, so it was a real pleasure to illustrate them. I’ve written and drawn quite a few graphic novels in a variety of genres and for different age groups. My favourite comics are the Glister books because they’re a joy to make. The front room at home is “the studio” where I work. It’s full of books, stacked two deep on the shelves. I either need fewer books or more bookshelves. It’s also where both mine and my daughter’s bikes are parked. It looks like a bike shed/library. I mostly work from my “thinking chair” which is a very comfortable brown chair where I scribble onto paper or type into a laptop on my lap. I really should get around to finding another chair so I can also sit at my writing desk.

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64 pages
Interest Age: 9 years +


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Publication date

1st March 2012



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