This is the year I discovered Swedish comic maker Anneli Furmark. I picked up ‘Red Winter’ in January, attracted by the loose style. Now and again I just fall for a book, and this was this year’s grand passion. It’s difficult to say exactly what hit me so hard – certainly not a satisfyingly wrappedContinue reading “Book of the year”
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Print prep and comics doings
The protest comic gets ever closer to print, and I read two transporting books.
Putting things aside, all the way down
Putting off drawing a comic to draw another comic but then putting that comic off to promote another comic. Yeah that’s what life is now apparently.
Draw The Line books are here
In this week’s blog post I unpack a brand new box of delicious books, muse on my hatred of making comics, and point toward the best holiday gift list I’ve seen so far this year.
Comics thoughts, tweets and links
Tweet life I lived on Twitter quite a bit this week. First, while waiting at the opticians for an eye test, I happened to see playwright Molly Naylor tweeting about the new book she authored for Lizzy Stewart to illustrate. I love Lizzy’s style: she came and talked at our local comics meetup Cartoon CountyContinue reading “Comics thoughts, tweets and links”
Inspirations and Comics up Close
Podcasts are a great accompaniment to drawing – you can enjoy them without having to look away from the page – and sometimes they can even inform your work. This week I listened to a long chat with Wayne Hussey, who as a member of Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and Dead or Alive wasContinue reading “Inspirations and Comics up Close”
Draw the Line in the USA and other comics stuff
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.
The Draw The Line story
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”
Draw the Line book – update
The crowdfunder for the Draw The Line book is still running. You can pledge on the Unbound page. We’ve had a great start, but now we need to get the word further afield, so if you know anyone who a) is into comics, b) worries about the current political climate, c) would like to doContinue reading “Draw the Line book – update”
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!”
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”
Building a ship with 50 Shades of Grey: when life imitates art
Here’s a funny thing. In 2013, my entry for the Comica/Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story competition pivoted around a charity shop worker who built a ship out of surplus donations. Those surplus donations were mainly copies of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. The whole thing came from my imagination. And yet… fast forward a coupleContinue reading “Building a ship with 50 Shades of Grey: when life imitates art”
Four graphic novels worth putting your back out for
Here’s a good tip: if you are going away for Christmas, make sure you give small presents that fit into your luggage. Or, be like me, and buy your husband a book so vast, and so heavy, that transporting it requires a flat bed truck, seven shire horses and a police escort. OK, I exaggerate,Continue reading “Four graphic novels worth putting your back out for”