Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Big Mermaid

I found a doodle for this while I was hunting for unused watercolour paper, so I decided to finish it with some paint. Ariel has gone the way of many 80's stars. Going 'Berserk' as the National Enquirer likes to call it. Were they really being considered for a Pulitzer?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010


Lulu (the print on demand site that I am currently using for books, which is handy but makes everything very expensive) sent me an email saying that my customers can get free shipping (up to £2.99) until the 05/05/2010. Just order my books (and that's plural because you'll want more than one) and put in the code FREEMAILUK305.

I don't know how well this works, because the small print all refers to US shipping, but the price is in sterling and the code says UK. So...good luck!
My Lulu storefront

Saturday, 17 April 2010

This time last week I was dragging tables about.

Last Saturday was the P.R.E.S.S. event that I've been all busied up with over the last few months. You can blame that for the lack of shark movie reviews and pointless doodles that have been so painfully absent from this blog.
Martyn (who I exhibited work with last year) and James let us stay at their house while they were away, which was great as they lived really near the venue, but bad because their devil cat hates people. Even me. And I gave it food and everything, but it still wanted me dead.
The event ran smoothly, but it wasn't as busy as I'd hoped. And sorry to the people who turned up to Drink and Draw after we'd moved to the bar! 
However, the event was perfect for the needs of P.R.E.S.S. We made lots of contacts, everyone seemed pleased with the event, and we got plenty of feedback. As well as some excellent photos from Sheriff.
There's an outline of the event with photos at P.R.E.S.S.
 Busy as I was, I still managed to pick up some loot!

The Killing Moon by Rod Glenn and Jamie Mitchell (Wild Wolf Publishing), which is described as : 'The Road meets Mad Max ... Beyond Northern England'.  My Mother is a Troll, by Helen Limon and Sara Ogilvie (Zed Said) which is technically a kids book but I'd recommend it to anyone because it's excellent, and My cardboard life by Phillipa Rice, a beautifully made bittersweet comedy with cardboard.

Personally, I enjoyed the event. I got to meet lots of cool people.
We also resurrected There Goes Tokyo... for the day, in an effort to educate the young 'uns about the old small press scene (really it was an excuse to clear out the spare room). Poor Andy had to miss out on kettlebells (which he's enduring for this documentary) and sit behind a stall all day.

Thanks to everyone who came along, Deirdre and Theresa for their awesome talks/workshops, all the authors and poets who treated us to readings, Mike for the brilliant zine trail, Derrick for the mobile requests, all the stall holders (fully listed with links here), and to Matthew, Tom and Phillipa for travelling all the way up North.
More reports of the day here and here.

Also, New British Comics (featuring my work! and some other peoples work too) is up for a few Eagle Awards, so please vote for it!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Port Odd

Easter Sunday consisted of a lengthy but amazing road trip with Nick, Katie and Andy to Portmeirion. A Welsh holiday resort made famous by the tv show 'The Prisoner' (also used as a location in some other movies and in a featurette about Iron Maiden). I'd wanted to visit it since I'd discovered it was a real place.
It's so odd. It was built by Clough Williams-Ellis (1883 -1978). His intention was to build a resort that would not detract from the natural beauty of its surroundings. Portofino is often credited as the inspiration, but really it's a mish mash of styles and periods, with custom made pieces sitting alongside antique structures which Clough relocated to his village. Some of the bizarre features include a random Buddha statue (salvaged by Clough from a film set!), a stone figure of the goddess Friga from the 1700's (Clough wanted all the Saxon gods but this was the only one left at auction, possibly because as the goddess of Fridays she was believed to be unlucky), a dog cemetery (including one secret cat which was buried undercover of night), a statue of Shakespeare leaning over a balcony, and of course the Round house (number six's house in the tv show). And it's full of fish related details and adornments, so it kept me greatly amused. It's an incredible place.
More photos: flickr
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