Wednesday, 7 December 2011

In which I talk about Thought Bubble

Photo courtesy of the very lovely Forbidden Planet Int. blog. Thanks guys!
So. Thought Bubble happened since I last updated. I thought it was rather good! I haven't been since 2008, and some of the scuttlebutt I'd been hearing around and about was making me think I wasn't going to have as brilliant-a time as that first intrepid voyage into the world of comics.

To be fair, last time I pitched up in Leeds, having not slept for a couple of days, I had spent the party evening getting very drunk, attempting to high-five some bloke called Kieron and getting holes ripped in my tights by certain Mancunians who need not be named, but who know who they are (we also managed to sell ALL of our stock last time, so it had been a fairly decent day on the financial front too).

Anyway. Not really wanting, a repeat performance of 2008, but also aware that this con had a lot to live up to in my memory, it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I planted my butt behind the stall I was helping to man. I needn't have been anxious though; the con itself was perfectly pleasant, and the after party (play lists and all) was lovely too. In fact I have no sordid stories, no nothing. It was just really ... really ... nice.  Not much more to report than that. Ho hum.

Best bits: Picking up Paper Science,  the Nu Nooners (great fun and apparently features a cameo from new buddeh Beckitastic ... maybe there are more too but I've yet to spot them), Ink + Paper and eating currywurst at the German Christmas market in Leeds proper. Oh, and reading the preview of Peabody and D'Gorath. That shizzle looks pretty (and compelling) as hell.

Worst bits:  Missing out on the last copy of Cat Rackham to friggn' Howard. Of all people. He doesn't even *do* cats. He's a dog person. That was rubbish, and so was the journey up. But that's mainly because I was being judged for knitting on the train by a couple of business blokes. It was a scarf for a friend, okay? Nothing weird about that.

Anyway. That was Leeds. All in all very, er, nice and looking forward to the next one. Who knows, maybe I'll even have my own table. First time for everything, right?

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thought Bubble Festival!

So Thought Bubble is this weekend. This pleases me!

So this is how it's going to go down:

So, as I have mentioned before, I'll be there with Howard Hardiman (left) and Julia Scheele (centre), generally working as a booth bitch but also promoting/selling/waxing lyrical our new Comic The Peckham Invalids, which I have already mentioned about a million times over the last few weeks so I won't bore you with more blurb about that.

As you can see from the very accurate rendering above I am the one who brings a touch of classiness to this situation. You can also see that we will be on table 152, which is on the main drag in Saviles Hall, shacked-up next to Time Bomb Comics and Rembrand Le Compte, opposite the Self Made Hero stand.

 Obviously there's lots more to see at TB than just us. Particular highlights include Marc Ellerby's stall, where he will be dishing out the latest (colour special!) instalment of Chloe Noonan, and Tom Humberstone's pitch where he will have many many copies of Solipsistic Pop 4 for sale (it's very good. There was a lot of furious dancing at its launch party. This is always a sign of a superior publication in my humble opinion). Lizz Lunney will also have her brand new book about Depressed Cat there, which I am really looking forward to getting hold of. All in all it's going to be pretty damn great comics-buying territory.

So, uh. Yes. Hopefully see you there over the next few days.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Invalids has Arrived!

Look what rocked-up to my front door this afternoon! Bad news: I burnt my lunch whilst I was helping to lug it out of the van. Good news: COMIC LOOKS AMAZING! It's pretty damn lush even if I do say so myself (which I do on this occasion).

So, we're going to be at Thought Bubble in Leeds with this thing this weekend*. You ought to come and say hello if you are free/in the country.

And now a really quick clowncasian sketch. A result of rediscovering dAmuro on, er. Deviantart.

 Did I mention I have an account over there? I do. Not a very active one ... but if you're there you should give me a shout!

*I am there purely in a Peckham Invalids/assisting Howard Hardiman capacity this time ... next year I'll have some of my own stuff up for grabs. I promise.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Peckham Invalids Available to Pre-Order and Stuff

So! So. The first Issue of The Peckham Invalids went off to the printers this morning, just a little bit before elevenses. Obviously I am rather excited about this because apart from some stuff I've done for We Are Words and Pictures, this is more or less the first thing I've got in print. Or at least it's the first thing I haven't photocopied together in the college library when I should have been writing essays or animating stuff. Anyway.

For my part, it's also been a great opportunity to actually try colouring something fully. Going beyond just spot-colour or blocking which is more akin to printmaking than painting. A lot of the larger panels in this comic I've been treating a little like oil paintings (a medium I bloody love but rarely get to muck about with these days). I hope that if you get your mitts on a copy you'll be able to see how much fun I've had with those larger layouts.

Evidently my involvement in The Peckham Invalids is going to be long-term colour-wise. It also looks like I'll be taking on board writing one or two of the origin stories we have planned for the characters. I daresay I'll be doing my fair share of doodling for it too, which (as you know) I quite like doing.

For more information about the project, please head over to The Peckham Invalids website, where (as I think I mentioned before) you can take a look at some preview pages, read about the characters and even pre-order a copy should you feel so inclined.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Ophelia. WIP

More on this soon ... but for now here's a peek at a print project I am working on slowly but surely. I think this is the first of a possible five, and it's not done yet ... but there isn't enough Shakespeare referencing going on on this blog. No, sir.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

So, there's a new comic in the works.

Evening, dear things.

Despite this radio silence, I have been up to stuff! Specifically, there's this terribly badly kept secret that Howard Hardiman, Julia Scheele and myself have been working on a comic about disabled Edwardian superheroes.

It's nearing completion now, and there's a website with a bit of background on the characters and a few preview pages for you to take a look at. We are  at MCM Expo this weekend to talk about it (and give you a pretty postcard with the front cover on so you'll recognise the thing when you see it in the wild), and we'll be releasing the first issue at Thought Bubble Festival On November the 18th. Hooray!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

C-Sharp - Rendezvous video

It's late and I am trawling the murky estuaries and oxbow lakes of the internet (the region surrounding the Swamp of YouTube, specifically). As I was fishing for interesting visual tidbits I stumbled across another video I worked on whilst at MIE.

This one was actually dead good fun to work on. I got to flex my character animation muscles a little bit, and there were robots (I do love robots, especially arguing ones).

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Sad News Weekend

With shootings and deaths and disasters all over, there isn't really much to say. I only hope this week doesn't end like the last.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

New Cross Turn Left

Just a quick note to say that New Cross Turn Left is tomorrow. Basically, The Old Police Station is having an arts garden party, with lots of comicy, illustratory, musicy types showing up. Should be good fun, so if you're in the area (or even if you're not and you're looking for something a little different to do) you should drop in and take a look.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

On the way to Grandma's House.

Had some time to myself today, so spent it drawing wolves, trees and girls (though not necessarily in that order). I always forget how much I just like a good, juicy pencil sketch. Such a simple tool, but often one of the best.

Red Riding Hood is a favourite fairytale of mine. I've been re-reading this brilliant essay on it by Jack Zipes. If you've never got your hands on a copy and like a bit of analysis then I seriously recommend it.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Paper Science 5.

Well whadd'ya know. It's nearly Paper Science time again, and this time I'm in it!

You can pre-order your copy over here and find out more about Paper Science at the We are Words and Pictures website.

George Michael - True Faith

 So, a couple of months overdue - but better late than never -  here's the George Michael Video I designed characters for whilst over at M-I-E.

For those of you who don't know the original video, that would be the 1980's classic by New Order (possibly the first music video I ever saw and remains beyond awesome in my opinion):

Now that (or at least the choreography and costume designs) is based on The Triadiches Ballet by Oskar Schlemmar, which is worth a look, particularly if you're into character design. It's just a bit mental really:

So taking that and the original video as inspiration, here are a few of the characters that sprang to mind. Their presence in the final video isn't as pronounced as we had originally imagined, but that's just how these things go.

Thursday, 13 January 2011



So I haven't updated in ... five months. Ooh.

Lots has happened in that time. Namely I got a temporary job as a junior animator/creative designer at a little animation company, and have been spending most of my time (and creative energy) there, which is nice. Learning lots, working hard, looking forward to sharing some interesting results in the future.

I did make a little comic for the 'We Are Words And Pictures' publication 'Paper Science', which was kindly mentioned by Forbidden Planet International a couple of months ago (thank you, guys!).

WaWaP Matt has kindly asked me to contribute something new to the summer edition or Paper Science, so if nothing else you'll hear from me when that is done, but hopefully before then.