Thinking about the ‘proper’ way to draw comics.
Last week I’d started drafting page 74 of Satin and Tat, and this week I’m about four fifths of the way through finishing it. Not very fast progress, but my excuse is that we’ve got a new kitten – kitten! – and my time has been spent fishing her out of plant pots and savingContinue reading “Telling someone else’s story”
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”
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 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)”
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”
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”
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”
Judging by some of the comments online, a lot of people find Jeremy Corbyn rather upsetting. Personally, I find him quite comforting, and it was only recently that I realised why this is: he has a lot in common with my mum. My mum rides a bike, tucks her trousers into her socks so theyContinue reading “Jeremy Corbyn and El Gato cartoon”
If you enjoyed reading Ladies of the Lakes, you may like to know that I’ve had a small run printed up, and it’s now for sale in my shop. The story happens in and around the Lakes Comics Festival, and I’ll be there again this October. It seems likely that these will appeal to theContinue reading “Ladies of the Lakes now available in print form”
Now that Ladies of the Lakes is largely out of the way (I am going to redraw two or three frames and add a cover before I send it to the printers), I’ve finally had time to play with my new laptop. We’re very lucky at my workplace, in that they provide us with aContinue reading “Going digital”
Here is the final part:
In which we are on the last leg of our trip home, and continue to hit problems. … and that was the end of our trip, but there’s an epilogue, so please do come back one more time tomorrow.
In which things start to go awry. Here’s part 7
In which we experience the typical Lake District weather. Here’s part 6
In which I have a mini comics epiphany. Here’s part 5
There’s been quite a bit of press on the launch of Draw The Line, which has really helped spread the word. Some of the more notable examples: Broken Frontier were nice enough to let me natter on at length Forbidden Planet's piece brought us lots of visitors Standard Issue's Jo Neary, who was one ofContinue reading “Draw The Line coverage”
As you may remember, back in October, I went for a run and came back with a glimmer of an idea. Remind me not to go running again: that little seed grew into a project that has taken up every spare moment since then. But today, most of the hard work is over. Today weContinue reading “Draw The Line is live: 120+ artists show positive political actions that anyone can take”
I’ve been absolutely up to my neck in the Draw The Line project (comic artists drawing positive political actions that anyone can take), but when Hourly Comic Day rolled around, I couldn’t bear the thought of not taking part. I’ve participated for the past three years, and the concept chimes very well with my tendencyContinue reading “My #HourlyComicDay 2017 in full”