Monday, 31 August 2009

harbour rant

Just back from a quick visit to Ireland to see some of my family. Work is still ongoing at the harbour, converting it from a lovely quirky little pier to a generic marina. I have to admit that it's looking much better than last time I saw it and maybe it won't be as bad as I expected. Also, I don't live there anymore, so although I may view the place with fond nostalgia, I can't really comment on what's best for the local economy. But I still like to be grumpy and indignant about the whole thing.
My sister looks after guide dog puppies, she gets a new one each year. The current one is a gangly retriever that can destroy the Hulk:

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Aren't biros ace?

Wow. A lot's been happening. Quite a bit of freelance work, illustration, teaching, that sort of thing. I might be doing another exhibition soon with my friend Martyn Jones who is a sculptor/painter/printmaker, so that will be an exciting collaboration. Things are moving along with the super awesome idea (I promise there will be a decision made on the name very soon!), with talk of a zine/comic/book fair and possibly an exhibition/event in the near future to kick things off. There'll be a proper meeting probably around early September to get everyone up to date on what's happening and how to get involved.
I've also been working for quite a while now with bookbinder extraordinaire Deirdre Thompson on an amazing project, and we're nearing completion so I can tell you all about that soon.
I'm also working on re-doing my website. Just a little spring clean and an update.
Of course, production of issue two of Monstrum has been paused while all this goes on, so I'm hoping to free up some time at the weekend to get back to making comics. Yay comics!
I've been enjoying doodling with biros lately, it's something I want to explore properly when I get a bit of time. I think I could do something nice with biros and watercolour washes. Here's a Cheetara biro doodle I did the other night.

Here's a little picture I did in photoshop. The image was in my mind from a comic I wrote called 'terminally pretty'. I abandoned the project because I saw an episode of Dollhouse with a similar type of plot (that Joss Whedon, always stealing my ideas). Anyway, it might get re-worked at some stage because I think the title is quite funny and deserves a book to go with it.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Another name suggestion

Here's another suggestion for the pile of names for this:

North Collective

Any thoughts on that?

There will be a proper meeting soon, things are coming together and it's all looking good.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

What I've been doing

This is what I've been working on recently: The next Accent UK anthology 'Predators', A pin-up for a colouring book based on characters by Richard J Smith, and issue 2 of NBC.
And here's the cover for Book 2 of Monstrum Horrendum, which is crawling along at a snail's pace, but should be done in time for Thought Bubble:

We still need a name for this, so far here are some of the suggestions:

publish central

publishing network

publishing nexus

publish link

press nation


publish connect


The stapled centre

print north

Like any of them? Have a suggestion? Let me know. I'm making some great strides with the project, but we really do need a name.

According to an article in the Guardian about my favourite film studio 'The Asylum' (if you have sky you will probably have come across some of their classics such as 'snakes on a train' and 'transmorphers') Mega shark vs giant octopus is going to have a cinema release. Wow. I'm assuming it's down to my glowing review.

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