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Colour

This year i’m going to post mainly about process and development.

 

I REALLY NEED TO GET SOME WORK !

( Don’t be shy about contacting me )

So I am going to learn how to add colour.

My work, is generally line, black and white. So it’s going to be a steep curve learning how to add colour. So firstly i’m going to use existing work and add colour and see what develops.

Here is the start, using a splash page from Necessary Monsters, i’ve added some base colouring. I will post the next stage soon.

Colour example

2015 – A year in comics

2015 was an eventful year.

I quit my day job to become self employed. Took part in lots of comic events, published some work folded my self-publishing venture Phatcomics and retired from convention tabling. Okay I will try to keep this short. 

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( Bristol 2004 – perfecting the miseryface that has attracted so much custom )

Comics Are amazing. I still feel this.

Conventions have been a major part of my comic life for 13 years. This year was no different. Angouleme, S.P.X, Thought Bubble and Malta were the main events. I blogged about some of these events, but it was during the Bristol Zine event that I decided to stop self-publishing, ending Phatcomics. Shortly after I decided to end tabling at conventions  as well. It was in this blog that outline that I never intended to be a self-publisher and spend so much time tabling.

Malta Comic Con was my last event and it was lovely way to ‘retire’.

One other con event was the second Crouch End Cartoon Art Fest. (CECAF) this was a really good day, and it seemed to go well for exhibitors and punters. I hope to organise something in 2016.

The actual comic making was productive in 2015. Started on Necessary Monsters Volume 3. Two parts have been completed , and I’m having a great time drawing Daniels script. Other Monster developments included A First/ Devils Due team up and Volume one being re-released through Diamond.

I made a new autobio – Tracks, a couple of sketchbooks, something called The Crust. I had work in two fantastic anthologies- A bit of undigested potato, and Over The Line, poetry and comics.

I was also interviewed on Inkstuds, which was amazing.

I also had a few events around Crouch End as part of the festival, which was a lot of fun.

I was going to write about stuff outside comics, but I will save this for another time.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to support me this year. It has been a massive help. Here’s to a great 2016 !

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( Leeds – 2015 )

Merry Christmas 2015

  

 

Merry Christmas. Best wishes to everyone. I am going to post a proper end of year post soon.

This is first Christmas that hasn’t involved going to a day job for a long time – looking forward to … drawing and reading my massive stack of comics. And maybe getting into town to take photos because no one will be around.

I really know how to celebrate. A lot different to drinking a case of Special Brew and waking up face down in a vegetable rack. Times change, I guess.

Best gift this season ? Telling people close to you, how much they mean to you.  It will have a lot more impact than socks and a jumper :)
Enjoy !

Inkstuds – Interview

I was recently interviewed by Robin McConnell for his excellent podcast Inkstuds. I have know Robin for a number of years through meetings on the never ending convention circuit. On his podcast  he has interviewed a vast range of the great and good from the the Alt/Indy comic scene, and beyond. I feel very flattered to have been interviewed. Thanks, Robin.

 

Malta Comic Con 2015

 

 

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Malta 2009

( Photo Tim ( Wizard) Perkins )

Next weekend I will be in Malta for Malta Comic Con.

Really looking forward to it.

Malta Comic Con is one of my favourite conventions. It’s run by some great people who with enthusiasm energy and and friendliness built an amazing event. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the very first event way back in 2009. I have watched Malta Comic Con grow  and develop into what is now an established event on the convention calendar.

Some photos from last year.

Some links.

Here are a few links to various blog reports and photos from the times I have attended.
Some photos
Here is link to the site for details about travelling or exhibiting.
Wicked comics, long may MCC continue.
Thank you :)