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 :)

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Update

I realised last night that there may be a lot of people new to following this blog.

There may also be plenty of people who have no idea what i’m currently working on.

So this is a small update.

I’m primary a cartoonist who self published my own comics. I also work on a paid gig for a publishing company.

Four months ago I decided to turn to freelancing, as I had a new project to work on.

The project is Necessary Monsters ( Written by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey ) published by First comics. Monsters has now had a very long history. It started as a web comic in 2008, and this latest and final part is the as yet to be titled third volume. Volume two is completed and will be available next year. Volume one is going to be available, again, in November.

I am currently half way through the first part of Vol 3.

So this takes up most of time. When there is  space, when not working on other paid jobs, I have my personal projects.

For the past couple of years I have been making a bunch of autobiographical comics.

The most recent is Called Tracks.

There was a vague idea of making a large book ( never a great idea ) based on my personal experiences ( even less of a great idea ), taken from my sketchbook work.

Having started as a diary comic, it’s morphed into re-telling a bunch of stories from my past/present. I have another two comics in various stages of completion. These may be available this year.

I worked on a project that became Dark Matters, with Douglas Noble. We may have something new at some point. I have sent him some material, this may become a thing. Douglas is currently putting together some  a collaboration which will be debuting at Thought Bubble.

I hope that this new phase in my creative life will inspire some new work, and a more frequent amount.

Thanks for reading.

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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.

Comics and sunshine.
What’s not to like ?

(2009)

If you are reading this, and live in Malta, support this event, if you are outside, visit, exhibit, promote. Malta needs comics, and comics need Malta.

(2010)

I would urge anyone thinking of attending this friendly convention next year to do so. The next stage is for more audience to travel abroad to attend and support it. It’s comics in winter with sunshine.

Do it – you’ll have a great time.

(2011)

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 :)
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I have returned to life drawing after too long away. I go to drop in classes at The Candid gallery. Drawing from life is so important. To spend a period of time actually studying an object, a person. Anything that is in the real world. get those observational muscles working. I have also started to supplement the life drawing with actually studying anatomy and developing my gesture skills. It’s slow going, but a combination of these activities has already had a positive effect on my drawing.

Hopefully this will help loosen up my figure work in my comics.

here are a few drawings from recent classes, and examples of gesture drawing. I uses Posemaniacs, and for deeper study i use Proko, who has an excellent set of videos.

If you feel as though something is missing from your work, give life drawing a go.

I think you will notice the improvement in your work.

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