It’s really really soon now, you guys

Woah, those Finns are arriving pretty soon! In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you might like to catch up on the history of my madcap idea to bring two complete strangers over to the UK to sleep on my sofa and talk about comics — hopefully to an audience, which is ofContinue reading “It’s really really soon now, you guys”

The Myfanwy Tristram shop is updated

I’ve just added new postcard designs and stickers to my online shop — the ones that have previously only been available at comics fairs. Now’s your chance to send someone a hearty “Yay! Comics” message, or slap a “Comics totally count as reading” sticker on your laptop, so everyone knows exactly where you stand onContinue reading “The Myfanwy Tristram shop is updated”

Return to the low-tech zine

Above is a picture of a print that my husband picked up at Comica London. Sadly, my pedantic side will not allow me to hang it above my desk until I’ve added that missing apostrophe, but the message is a good one nonetheless. As it happens, in the week running up to Comica I wasContinue reading “Return to the low-tech zine”

Come to Comica

Don’t forget that it’s London’s comics festival, Comica, on Saturday. I’ll be at the Comiket Market with my pal Zara, selling our comics: Two Birds, our joint compendium Everything My Ten-Year-old Daughter Wore in November, my collection of daily clothes drawings If you are quick (I don’t have many left), Salon of Rejects, the anthologyContinue reading “Come to Comica”

Rooooooadtriiiiip! (Or, where you can buy our comics this year)

A few months ago, my compadre in comics Zara Slattery suggested to me that we apply for a stall at a comic festival or two. “Hm”, I said, “Maybe we should start off with something local and low-risk.” Seemed to make perfect sense for two creators just dipping their toes into the world of self-publishedContinue reading “Rooooooadtriiiiip! (Or, where you can buy our comics this year)”

Everything My Daughter Wore in November: now for sale as a comic

Drawing all my daughter’s clothes last November is one of my favourite recent projects, so I was keen to get it printed up into a comic for people to buy. They arrived today! These are a lot smaller than the other comics I’ve recently been involved in (Two Birds and Salon of Rejects), because IContinue reading “Everything My Daughter Wore in November: now for sale as a comic”

What I said at Gosh Comics

The launch for Salon of Rejects last night was really fun. Thanks so much to Gosh Comics for hosting it, and for all the people that came out on a chilly Wednesday night. Since the pessimist in me was expecting an audience of two people and a pet dog, I was really delighted to seeContinue reading “What I said at Gosh Comics”

Two Birds released; plus, Salon of Rejects event

It’s been months in the planning, but Two Birds is now a reality, and you can buy it online here. A 40-page collaboration between me and Zara Slattery, Two Birds contains 15 full-colour strips. If you enjoy the work I publish here on this blog, here’s your chance to own it for yourself – nicelyContinue reading “Two Birds released; plus, Salon of Rejects event”

Salon of Rejects: grab your copy now

Ooh look, what have we here? A lovely, shiny high-quality comic with one of my strips in it, that’s what. It’s a sumptuous, perfect bound 28-page comic featuring cartoons by six creators, including me. Buy it here! Why ‘Salon of Rejects’? Because these are all entries to the prestigious Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest thatContinue reading “Salon of Rejects: grab your copy now”

Nice timing, Comix Creatrix

(Image by the House of Illustration) I know it’s already been said by everyone, but the opening of the Comix Creatrix exhibition, featuring cartoons by 100 women, could hardly have been better timed, given the controversial (and plain wrong) statement from Franck Bondoux, executive officer of the Angouleme International Comics Festival: “Unfortunately, there are fewContinue reading “Nice timing, Comix Creatrix”

A week in Barcelona, part 4: giant heads, small press comics, and food colouring

This is part 4. Part 1 is here Part 2 is here Part 3 is here Click each image and then click them again to see them at a larger size. That blue sketchbook ends up being the one I did my Clovember drawings in. Tomorrow: the final installment.

Podcast: Erica Smith on Girlfrenzy

Back in the 90s, when I was fairly new to Brighton, I had the good fortune to meet a woman named Erica Smith. Erica was the force behind a feminist zine, Girlfrenzy, to which I contributed a few cartoons. There isn’t an awful lot on the internet about it, but what there is has nowContinue reading “Podcast: Erica Smith on Girlfrenzy”

Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story contest – 2015 round-up

As usual, I’m attempting to gather as many links as possible to entries for the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story contest. Apparently there were 200 of them this year. The Observer’s Rachel Cooke says: The standard was the highest it has ever been, and by some distance. So much work goes into these, even those thatContinue reading “Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story contest – 2015 round-up”

Brighton Illustration Fair

I’m really feeling the pressure of time at the moment. It’s a fine old thing to have a drawing blog, but that becomes a bit problematic if you find yourself having the choose between updating it and actually doing some drawing! So this is a bit of a fly-by post. I just wanted to tipContinue reading “Brighton Illustration Fair”

Graphic Brighton: Drawing in the Margins

On Friday night and all of Saturday, I was at Graphic Brighton, a conference about graphic novels and comics creation. The overarching theme of the conference was “Drawing in the Margins”, and it brought together practitioners who represent some form of minority or marginalised group. Brighton living up to its name “I’m going out toContinue reading “Graphic Brighton: Drawing in the Margins”

Why I’m not out to play much this month: nine steps to make a comic strip

  As you know, because I’m always moaning about it, cartoons are a really labour intensive form of artwork. Back when I first got into comics, I’d draw directly onto the page with pen. “The page” was often the back of an A4 letter, or a cheap pad. Sometimes I hadn’t even figured out theContinue reading “Why I’m not out to play much this month: nine steps to make a comic strip”

Some of the best Hourly Comic Days, and my thoughts

Bwahhaha, I’ll lure you in with the thought of reading some excellent COMICS, but then I’ll make you wade through my THOUGHTS before you get there. What do you mean you can just scroll down? Oh well, whatever you want. What did we learn? So, yesterday I posted my stab at Hourly Comic Day, theContinue reading “Some of the best Hourly Comic Days, and my thoughts”