This week I’ve been setting up a new online shop and figuring out ISBN numbers, but there are also some crumbs of interesting content in the post as well. :)
Today was the last day of Inktober. In as much as it is a challenge, I guess I aced it? It was good to post something every day, plus, Instagram likes that too so I saw my follower numbers and engagement etc go up, for what it’s worth. The downside, of course, is that timeContinue reading “What’s happening this week?”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
It’s that time of the year again, when the shortlisted artists for the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize will have been notified. Once again, my email inbox is inexplicably empty (INORITE, some mistake surely), so I’m sure it’s fine to share my entry now. As in previous years, I’ll be collecting any others I canContinue reading “My entry for the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story competition, 2015”
It’s that time of year again: entries are open for the sixth Observer/Comica/Cape graphic short story competition. I’ll post my completed entry after the closing date, but for now here are some pictures showing work in progress.
The winner and runners up – yes, it turns out there were two runners up – can now be seen on the Guardian website: WINNER: The River by Alexis Deacon RUNNER UP: After Life by Beth Dawson RUNNER UP: Countess Markievicz by Fionnuala Doran Plus there’s an interview with all of them here. My thoughts,Continue reading “Breaking news – Observer/Cape/Comica winner and runner up”
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”
In my last post, I started compiling a list of places where you can see entries to the Comica/Cape/Observer graphic short stories competition. So it seems rather churlish not to share my own – here it is.
Here are links to every entry I can find online. I’ll keep adding more as I find them, and please do feel free to let me know in the comments if you have one I can link to (or if I’ve linked to your WIP below and you have a more finished version). WINNER: TheContinue reading “Observer/Comica/Cape Graphic Short Story contest – round-up 2014”
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”
The last time I shared a drawing with you was on the 30th of May. That is not because I haven’t been drawing. Quite the opposite, in fact. Since then, I have been dedicating all my free time to creating a four-page comic strip for the Cape/Comica/Observer competition. Every night, I put in between anContinue reading “The art of throwing your work into the void”
I am back from Chile It was wonderful. I did expect to have a sketch diary to share with you by now, but work trips are very different from family holidays. For starters, you’re working rather than drawing – although, I was very pleased when work asked me to draw the conference that I went out for. TheContinue reading “A few bits and bobs”
We’re lucky in Brighton: the city is home to Myriad Editions. Few British publishers really champion the graphic novel form as much as they do, nor take such delight in stretching the definition to embrace techniques such as embroidery and lino cut. I’ve just come back from a talk, chaired by its Creative Director CorinneContinue reading “Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition”
Just a quick camera phone snap of some work in progress, so that this post has an image – it’s not actually relevant to the rest of the post : ) An update on my attempts to gather together entries for the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story contest. Apparently 180 people entered this year. I haveContinue reading “Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story – update”