Laydeez Do Comics: award and festival

It’s the Laydeez Do Comics festival this weekend, at the Free Word centre in London. Why not come along? Laydeez Do Comics is a “women-led but not women-only” organisation with chapters in cities across the UK and beyond. For the past couple of years, they’ve run an award for a graphic work in progress byContinue reading “Laydeez Do Comics: award and festival”

Draw The Line: hooray for publicity

Like buses, they all come at once. I’ve had three excellent opportunities to speak about Draw The Line recently, and now you can choose whether to enjoy your update via the medium of print, podcast or in person. What is Draw The Line, do you ask? Well, you can find out through any of theContinue reading “Draw The Line: hooray for publicity”

Memories of a teenage goth

I’ve been pretty quiet on here of late, mainly because I’m working away on one massive comics project that will be another several months before it’s ready to share. I do sometimes post work in progress over at Instagram though, so anyone who follows me there may already know that I’m deeply immersed in myContinue reading “Memories of a teenage goth”

Draw The Line update: catch us at the Lakes festival

Who remembers the Draw The Line project? For those who need their memories refreshing, Draw The Line brings together more than 100 comic artists, each depicting positive actions that anyone can take to make the world a better place. It started as a website, and now we’re crowdfunding to make it into the most unusualContinue reading “Draw The Line update: catch us at the Lakes festival”

An update on Draw The Line — pledge to get copies of the books, original artwork, and art workshops/talks

The crowdfunder for the Draw The Line book is up and running. If you haven’t already pledged for your copy, please do go and take a look. For just £20 you can be in line for a hardback first edition of what promises to be a beautiful full-colour high quality volume — plus as aContinue reading “An update on Draw The Line — pledge to get copies of the books, original artwork, and art workshops/talks”

Get your hands on the Draw The Line book!

Draw The Line is approaching its next phase, as a printed book — here’s how you can get your hands on one. You may remember the Draw The Line project, in which more than 100 artists from 16 different countries illustrated positive political actions that anyone can take. Draw The Line launched as a website,Continue reading “Get your hands on the Draw The Line book!”

Talking about Draw The Line: Laydeez Do Comics, 9 April

Nothing planned this Monday? Then come and hear about the Draw The Line project! I’ll be one of two speakers at the regular Laydeez Do Comics meet-up in Vauxhall, London. My talk is an extended version of the short one I gave at Caption last year: I’ll be offering practical tips for anyone else who’sContinue reading “Talking about Draw The Line: Laydeez Do Comics, 9 April”

Feminist Comics Residence in Helsinki

I mentioned in my last blog post that I’d had the improbable but wonderful experience of attending a feminist comic artists’ residence on Helsinki, organised by the formidable FEMSKT, Femicomics Finland. The few days gave me a so much: the visual stimulation of a completely new landscape; new friends and contacts; and a window intoContinue reading “Feminist Comics Residence in Helsinki”

The Inking Woman: print edition

You may remember my mention of the Inking Woman exhibition back in April last year. Well, now the accompanying book is out! The joint authors are Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate. Among many other achievements, Nicola co-founded the Laydeez do Comics initiative, and Cath was the publisher behind the feminist postcards that graced many aContinue reading “The Inking Woman: print edition”

80s comic part 2: what medium?

While thinking about character design, I was also giving lots of thought to what medium I’d use. Here are some experiments with digital colouring. I was impressed to find that the digital drawing app I use, Leonardo, can do a very convincing pencil crayon effect: In the end though, I decided I don’t have enoughContinue reading “80s comic part 2: what medium?”

Planning a comic based on the 80s – character design

I wouldn’t have said I was a particular expert on anything, but when I started planning a new comic based on my teenage years, I realised that we’re all extremely knowledgeable about one thing: our own lives. And if you live long enough, that makes you something close to a historian. Yes, it has comeContinue reading “Planning a comic based on the 80s – character design”

Hourly Comic Day 2018

Every first of February is Hourly Comic Day, where mad people comic artists attempt to draw a comic, or a frame of a comic, for each hour that they are awake. It fell on a Thursday this year, which is not ideal for me: during the week, I am sitting at my desk working forContinue reading “Hourly Comic Day 2018”

2017 – a year in drawing

No matter how much time and energy I put in, I never feel like I’m doing quite enough drawing, so it’s always good to look back over the year and realise quite how much paper (and pixels) I’ve stacked up! Here’s a quick run-through of how 2017 looked. February On the 1st, I took theContinue reading “2017 – a year in drawing”

Broken Frontier Awards 2017

I’m delighted and surprised to discover that Draw the Line has been shortlisted for ‘best web comic’ in the Broken Frontier Awards for 2017, which seek to celebrate indie and alternative comic-making. Read all about it and see the nominees in various categories here — and then click the blue button to cast your vote.Continue reading “Broken Frontier Awards 2017”

Graphic Brighton/Caption 2017

I’ll be one of several comic artists giving a short talk as part of the Graphic Brighton/Caption event this Friday evening. Do come along if you’re local; it looks like it’s going to be fun. What? Well, Graphic Brighton is normally a full scale academic comics conference; and Caption is usually an Oxford-based comics festival.Continue reading “Graphic Brighton/Caption 2017”

Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest – round-up

This Sunday, the winner of the 10th annual Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story contest will be announced — the (extra long – I’m sure it’s only been 6 previously?) shortlist can be seen on Paul Gravett’s Facebook page or in Orbital Comics in London, and is as follows: (Edited to add) The winner: If You’re SoContinue reading “Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest – round-up”

Find your way home – a new strip

Still can’t crack the Observer/Cape/Comica contest! Oh well, here’s my entry from this year. Click the pages and then click again to see them at full size. I’ll probably do my usual round-up of other entries in a blog post, so let me know if you’ve put yours online and I’ll link to it.