Large calamari to go, please…

I haven’t updated here in ages… um, happy New Year?

The above pic was an updated version of a squid-monster-attacks-city scene I drew several years ago but which has always been popular seller as a print at comic conventions. I’ve been giving my portfolio an upgrade (a work-in-progress, as these things tend to be) so I decided to redraw it using the style that I’ve developed since the original was created. You can’t go wrong with squid monsters.

What else am I up to? Here’s the current “to do” list (in no particular order):

  • pitching a children’s chapter book I’ve written to various publishers;

  • pitching a whole bunch of other ideas to my agent for other books. I’ll be posting sketches and what-not here;

  • continue working on a book collaboration with Sarah McIntyre which has been bumping around for a while;

  • assisting the aforementioned Ms McIntyre in the curation of a kids’ comics festival as part of Pop Up! With Sarah at the helm, I’m sure it will be amazing. Keep the weekend of the 30th May free! Sarah blogs about it here;

  • editing the next issue of ink+PAPER. It’s due out in June and has an absolutely amazing line-up. There are still some issues of #1 for sale here.

  • working on the committee for Caption, the Oxford comics festival. This year it will take place on the weekend of the 21st July;

  • working on a comic collaboration with Tanya Meditzky. I love Tanya’s sense of humour – check out her work in the Comix Reader and the Strumpet;

  • a strip for a new anthology by the industrious gents of Accent UK;

  • I’ve been thinking about setting up an online archive for people to donate their out-of-print/retired minicomics and zines, allowing them to be downloaded for free. I’m getting some costs/ideas together for that;

  • finishing off the first arc of my webcomic Tozo and collecting it into a single bumper printed edition. I’m probably going to take a year off Tozo after that – it’s been five years and I think I’d benefit from a break;

  • collecting my Queen Mum comics into… um, a collection;

  • resurrecting a half-finished children’s novel and completing it;

  • re-jigging this website;

  • doing more portfolio stuff;

  • and blogging about everything in more detail than this!

Plus redecorate the flat, redesign the garden, etc, etczzzzzzzzzzzzz. That will do for now, perhaps?

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Thirteen Dwarves

Thirteen dwarves

Things I learnt at the bananas-but-wonderful MCM Expo this weekend:

  1. It’s probably still too early for Hobbit fan-art (click on it for a bigger version).

  2. Games of Thrones fan-art is hot!

  3. No one likes Aquaman. Poor Aquaman.

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The Flash! Whizzzz!

Made you look!

It’s the MCM Expo this weekend! It’s the UK’s nuttiest comic convention – me and the Flash will be there with a load of (new) fan-art prints. Superheroes? Got it covered. Game of Thrones? Check. Hobbits? Of course! Random nerd stuff? Naturellement.

I’ll be sharing space with a table buddy of old, Cliodhna Lyons, who I understand will be cosplaying in an outfit that uses an aggressive amount of pink. Come and say hello (and start your Xmas shopping early) at table H3!

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Orbital Self-Portrait Show and other stuff

I’m honoured to say that I’ve been included in an exhibition of self-portraits by comic artists, curated by Camila Barboza, that’s taking place at the wonderful Orbital Comics in London. There are pics by a number of small-, medium- and large-press favourites such as Joe Decie, Adam Cadwell, Ellen Lindner and Gary Erskine, as well as me on a giant blue chicken. Here are some photos from the launch, but do take a look in person if you’re in the area. The (free) show runs until the 15th October.

Speaking of comics shops being wonderful, the amazing GOSH! is hosting a comics discussion group in their fantastic new premises, organised by Mike Medaglia and Mark Haylock. They’ve had the innovative idea of discussing one mainstream book and one small press book, and I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to make Tozo their inaugural read alongside the mighty Watchmen. The group kicks off on October 12th. Contact Mike and Mark via Facebook or through Come along and talk comics!

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