Cartoon competitions update

As you may recall, I’ve entered three illustration/comics competitions in recent weeks: The Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest The Thought Bubble Comic Art competition The Association of Illustrators Prize for Illustration (I’ve also entered the competition to design a new pound coin, just for fun! And so did my daughter. But that’s another post forContinue reading “Cartoon competitions update”

The Hand of Nick Cave – a cartoon

I drew this cartoon last night, as a salve to the woes of trying to embark on a massive new project – I was feeling a bit hopeless and without direction, and I thought drawing something quick and silly would help. One colour, not too much attention to mistakes, and pretty shoddy scanning – andContinue reading “The Hand of Nick Cave – a cartoon”

Comics Unmasked, Posy Simmonds and Steve Bell

“Have you read Posy?” asked the elderly woman who slipped into the seat beside me. “How did you first hear of her?” I thought back: “Well, the Webers were part of my childhood – my parents took the Guardian”, I said – but I could have added how, later in life, once I’d discovered aContinue reading “Comics Unmasked, Posy Simmonds and Steve Bell”

Random House

I’ve got a Facebook friend who occasionally adds a hashtag to some status update when she’s pulled off a really great piece of karaoke: #sinofpride. That’s kind of how I feel now: forgive me Padre, for I cannot help the small blossoming of pride in my bosom when I see this cartoon script, printed outContinue reading “Random House”

More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman

Since finishing my Chile sketch diary, I haven’t drawn a thing. That’s partly because I am thinking through exactly what I am going to do for the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic story competition. For the first time, I am very consciously examining where my ideas come from, too – it’s hard work, creating a cartoon world outContinue reading “More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman”

The cream of Hourly Comic Day

In my last post, I shared the results of my Hourly Comic Day. I’ve been a mere husk of a person ever since, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. So, massive kudos to everyone who did it, and a regretful ‘nuh-uh’ to the nice friends who have suggested I should do something similar everyContinue reading “The cream of Hourly Comic Day”

All my #hourlycomicday posts in one place

February 1st is Hourly Comics Day, when (mad) people commit to drawing a cartoon every hour that they are awake. I saw this happen on Twitter last year, somewhat wistfully, because by the time I knew it was happening, my day was half over. This year I was no better prepared, but I did atContinue reading “All my #hourlycomicday posts in one place”

Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story competition

The shortlisted entrants for the Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story competiton (that is *such* a mouthful. I think they need to rebrand it as ‘Plonk’ or something) have been decided. For me, as someone with a history in cartooning, it looms large as ‘THE competition’. This year I was determined to enter, because, apart fromContinue reading “Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story competition”