Commission poll questionare

I will be at Thought Bubble and Malta.
I do a lot of con sketching, and always happy to oblige.
But I would really like to offer some quality work. Mostly my
work is on as a quick Instagram post via a blurry photo.
Although a majority of my comic work is digital, I still make a lot of Analogue illustrations.

I have never considered taking on commission for conventions.
Do you think there would be interest.

Throwing this to the Interweb

Phatcomics 2002 -15, the end.

I have decided to end my self publishing adventures . Malta comic con will be my last convention as Phatcomics. I set Phatcomics up in 2002, I had no idea how to make a comic and what to do with it. My first completed comic was Grey Sky. I traveled to Angouleme with a badly photocopied version and handed it out to French Publishers out of a carrier bag. Rather than carry them home they went in the recycling. This has happened quite a few times over the 13 years. Self publishing and promoting my work,seeing how far it could go was a passion. I was really driven by it. The scene was a lot different when I started, early Internet, no Facebook, Twitter. Colour comics were still considered innovation and risky. I knew most of the comics being published, and what issue number my friends were on.I worked hard to make a book. Twelve Hour Shift was a great moment for me, and encapsulated everything I learnt up to this moment. This was 2007/8. I produced more books, Ed, Dark Matters ( With Douglas Noble) and Necessary Monsters ( Daniel Merlin Goodbrey ) and 40 mini comics. 

I am more than happy with what I’ve achieved. I’m sure there are plenty of things I could have done better. It was a slow progress as I had a day job during all these years, maybe if I had taken a risk, things could have taken a different path.

Eventually my comic skills improved, and the finished work was well received. But it no longer sold. I wrote about my experience at Thought Bubble last year, and this proved to be a defining moment. I decided to have one last year as a self publisher, and have produced new work, but the sales have continued to decline.

Despite what people say, sales are important. Plaudits are welcome, but if you set yourself up as an independent producer then the end goal has to be selling. 

Self publishing has been a great experience, but it’s time for me to move on.

I am working on volume 3 of Necessary Monsters. I have an as yet unseen book being put together with Douglas, and a few other things. I want to convert all that time and energy from self publishing into being a better story teller, artist and most importantly, a better cartoonist.
Finally thank you to everyone who supported me through my adventures in self publishing.

Now who wants to work with me on making some hot new comics ?

News and update 2.9.15

Autumn is starting to put in a bid for attention. This is the start of really busy con season starting in a couple of weeks with S.P.X – more details later. But firstly, if you are in Covent Garden tomorrow then please drop by the Poetry Cafe for the launch of Over The Line. I have a piece in this, co – produced with John Canfield. Full details here. Over the Line is a great project Curated by Chrissy Williams and Tom Humberstone. Poetry/comics, poem comics. What’s not to like :)



Tracks – Review. Andy Oliver has reviewed my most recent outing over at Small Press-ganged. He seemed to enjoy it, which is always nice.

Is Tracks a little random in construction? Yes, but not disjointedly so. Contemplative but never melancholy, this is some of the finest work to date from one of the true mainstays of the UK self-publishing community.

Finally here are a few sketches from last week.

2.7.15 2a.7.15

Convention appearances 2015

Wow – it’s August. Where is the year going ?

I have a few con gigs coming up later this year.

Sept – S.P.X.

October –  Bristol Zine Fair

November – Thought Bubble

December – Malta Comic Con

Full details closer to the events. if you are going to be at any of these, get in touch. It would be good to meet up :)