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Friday, 24 April 2009

Choose your destiny...and language.

New British Comics, a Polish/English anthology featuring one of my comics, was reviewed here recently, very favorably. I quote:

If you can track down a copy of New British Comics then buy it. Give this ground-breaking project your support.

Should you wish to take the reviewer's advice and track down a copy, it is available directly from the website here* My personal favourite strip is Jackie Goes to Hell by Dan White, but Daniel Locke's understated ghost story No Word Of A Lie... was the story which stuck in my mind.

*Actually, it has been kindly pointed out that it isn't. Yet. Watch this space.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Finally, some actual work!

This is my storyboard for a section of the BAF stings.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Oh dear.

This is an extremely geeky project: a Half-Life 2 fan comic. I'm usually too busy to play computer games but the ones I do play I get very attached to. I suspect I like Half-Life so much because I recently finished reading Y-The Last Man and then grafted the character dynamic of Yorick and 355 on to Alyx and Gordon.
For some reason, I also decided that Gordon is ginger.

I was impressed by how quickly these computer coloured greyscale pages can be produced. Maybe if I ever start a webcomic, this is a good way to go.

I call this sort of cover design a "Big Giant Head" cover.

Life Drawing

More life drawing. The bottom three are the most in proportion but I like the second one down: it looks like a saucy postcard from Victorian times.
Since I restarted life drawing we have not had one single male model.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Very Late Mile End Comic Thing report (This is espresso. It's coffee-zilla)

Pile o' comics I brought back from Mile End Comics Thing: the festival choice award goes to Will Kirkby's strange-but-intriguing The Sea trilogy ( http://chamonkee.livejournal.com/ ) and Tammy Taylor's Microwaveable Fox manga ( http://www.dreamtripper.net/ ) There were also a lot of one-shot black and white music comics about/ for/by/ bands, which were interesting.

The event was busy (I never managed to get to Kate Beaton's table, let alone buy any of her comics) and a little disorganized.* I didn't realize I was speaking on a panel until I got there and many people were not told until an hour before the talks.

I think I was on a panel about how to break into the small press industry. The irony was not lost on me. I apologize for being terrible interview fodder.

Mile End is always inspiringly small-press oriented and the quality of the work increases every year.

*and by "a little" I mean "a lot"

the albatross

More boat sketches. This is the Albatros in Wells. It's a boat/pancake cafe/bar/gig venue