I have finished page 73 of Satin and Tat and have started drafting page 74; halle-flippin’-lujah. As per my recent posts: I’m drawing on a new platform and it’s been a slight learning curve to get to grips with the various menus and tools; plus despite my high hopes at being able to import themContinue reading “Tove Jansson, graphic medicine and some small progress”
Paula Rego exhibition, Graphic Medicine conference, Creating Women and a way of working.
Last week, progress on Satin and Tat was unchanged, and this week it is still the same, stalled on page 73. This is partly because of the comission I’ve been working on (which I can’t share, due to the terms of the agreement I signed), and partly down to the technical problems I blogged aboutContinue reading “Mostly gripes, some comics news at the end”
“You seem upset,” says the harried little bot. “Let me pass you off to a sentient being who understands emotion”.
Last week I had just finished page 70. This week I’ve made a good start on page 73, so I’m making progress but am shortly going to put Satin and Tat aside for a short while as I’ve had a commission elsewhere. (Yay!) I’ve been listening to a really excellent podcast recently, as recommended byContinue reading “Graphic memoir as social history”
Last week: I’d just pencilled page 68 of an estimated 170. This week: I’ve just finished page 70. Why an ‘estimated’ 170 pages? Because although I’m working from my own dummy copy of the whole book in thumbnail form, printed out and stuck together, now and again I come across a sequence where I haven’tContinue reading “Pacing and jumble sales”
This week’s half-hour roundup, on the editorial process of having a comic book published, planning graphic novels and surprising myself by making a pitch.
I’ve got a big, seemingly insurmountable problem, that I keep turning over, poking at, and carrying on regardless: that problem is time.
This is going to be the last in the series of posts, at least for now. It’s turned into a massive epic — sorry! But I’ll try to divide it into short sections so you can skim to the parts you find useful. If I’ve missed anything, please do comment below and I’ll be happyContinue reading “Draw The Line: seize the means of production”
This is a series of blog posts documenting Draw The Line, a project that brought together over 100 cartoonists from around the world, each depicting a positive political action. This is part five. You can find part one, documenting the final product, here then part two, which explains how the project was born part threeContinue reading “Draw the Line: the Unbound years”
This is part 4 of the Draw The Line story: you can find part one here, then part two and part three. So, at the end of the last post, we were just getting artwork in from the 100+ artists who had each illustrated whichever political action they had been allocated. My inbox was bulgingContinue reading “Draw the Line: online launch”
This is the third post in a series of – oh, I don’t know, maybe five or six? We’ve already looked at the end product of the Draw The Line project and how the idea began. In this post I’ll try to cover the practicalities involved in managing a remote art project with more thanContinue reading “Draw The Line: the brief”
Yesterday I started blogging the story of Draw The Line by describing the end product: our beautiful book. Now let’s go right back to the beginning, and look at how the project came about in the first place. This is a story I’ve told a lot over the past four years, in various blog postsContinue reading “Draw The Line: the beginning”
Apologies for the grandiose title: I’m not really envisioning this becoming a Netflix miniseries. However, there is quite a bit to say about the Draw The Line project. Here we are with a gorgeous book, lots of good reviews, demand for a second print run, and having made a decent donation to a charity thatContinue reading “The Draw The Line story”
My work in progress, Satin and Tat, has been shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel prize. Surprised? Not as surprised as me. You should have seen me squawk when I got the email. It means a lot, and here’s why: Since lockdown began, I haven’t been able to draw any comics at all. IContinue reading “Shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel competition”
Somewhere near the beginning of the lockdown, I had ten days off work. We were supposed to be going down to Devon to see my parents, but of course the travel restrictions put paid to that. Which was a shame, because for the first time in living memory, I’d actually picked a week for theContinue reading “Painting a mural”
I did say I would report back from the Panel Show exhibition at Sunnybank Mills in Farsley, and here it is! Thanks so much to Beth Dawson (whose work is also in the show, and whose comic is available to buy in the gallery shop) for taking me there. It’s a beautiful place — asContinue reading “Panel Show: exhibition report (and Leeds has a zine library)”
I still feel slightly odd to have been invited to give a lecture at an actual university: I mean, that’s for legitimate artists, surely? Aha! Get thee behind me, imposter syndrome! In fact, this was pretty much the subject of my talk. That is to say, at what point in a non-traditional route to aContinue reading “Talking to students at Leeds Arts University”
Wondering how to cope in an increasingly depressing world? Well, one thing you could do is come and see some people discussing comics which are all about that depressing world. I’ll be talking about Draw The Line at an event in Brighton on November 3, run by Myriad. But I’m just the support act: topContinue reading “Darryl Cunningham, Robin Ince and Draw The Line in Brighton”
Just a quick note to say that a page from my graphic memoir-in-progress, Satin and Tat, is on display in the Panel Show exhibition at Sunnybank Mills, Farsley, Leeds. The show runs until November 10 and also includes work from Darryl Cunningham, Joe Decie, Kate Charlesworth, Katriona Chapman, Luke Pearson, Zara Slattery and many manyContinue reading “Panel show at Sunnybank Mills in Leeds”