Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Wagon

How splendid is Thought Bubble then gentle reader?  The answer (in a superlatives fail me type of manner) is wonderfully splendid.

This indeed was mine and chum Bolton's first trip to the festival and we had a tip-top time.  The whole shebang was well organised, there was lots to see and do and best of all, there was a fabbo 'chum-like' feeling to the whole weekend.  Huzzah for the team of volunteers on hand at the show - from their careful managing of the queues for signings that threatened to overwhelm us small-pressers tables, to the merry distribution of drinks and sarnies to us over the weekend.  It's quite often the case that the work of the folk behind the scenes at these sort of shows gets overlooked, but their work was indeed invaluable. 

Huzzah also then for the folk who organised and put the show on.  I know that I'm not the most experienced of convention-comic-seller, but I'd be massively surprised if this doesn't become my favourite show of them all. 

(Am I managing to sell this to you yet?)

Like I said, we had a grrrrrreat time.  I sold a fair few comics (and brought a whole lot more), talked to a whole load of lovely people (far too many to mention) and got simply overwhelmed by the amount of fantastic work that is being done in the comics world - all handily gathered in Leeds the past weekend.  I've come back from up north nothing but inspired by the work I've seen and really can't wait to get cracking on with new stuff of my own.

The only criticism then (and hardly a fair one), is that there was almost too much to see there.  I did only nip away from the table for an hour or two over the weekend but have come away kicking myself about the people I was keen to meet and talk to, but simply didn't find the time.  I'm looking at you, Paul Rainey, Rob Jackson, etc, etc, etc.

So, some piccies then......

Meself and Bolton's table - just up the road from the very pleasant Peter Doherty and equally lovely Geof Darrow.  I do hope that they weren't too intimidated by sitting this close to my humble scribblings gentle reader.

The obligatory bag of swag what I came back with....

I'm not going to list these in too much detail (they're all worth your while picking up), but honourable mentions here to Laura Howell's always-super Gilbert and Sullivan, the second issue of the fabbo Hitsville, the spook-tacular Boo! anthology, and my personal hit of the weekend - the fantastic Fever Dreams by Adam Murphy.

(Top also to catch up with chums Steve Quirke, Kel Winser, fellow MC2ers and Stephen Aryan, amongst other peeps)

Our only task now is to sort through the pile of cracking entries what we had to our drawing competition over the weekend.... Leeds was indeed full of very talented young (and not so young) artists.  Watch this space for news on the winners.....

 Yippee for Thought Bubble then chums.  I'm already looking forward to next year's.....

Your chum

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The wage don't fit

Oh fiddle de dee eh gentle reader?  My once-mighty blog is getting more and more neglected with each passing week.

Whilst I seem to struggle to find time to update this part of the web, rest assured that I'm still fairly active with my ramblings on curtain twitcher.

To you, my dear reader, I shall update you with what I'm up to over the coming months.

I shall be sharing a table with pesky Bolton at Thought Bubble in Leeds on 23rd-24th November 2013.

I shall also be sharing a table with pesky Bolton at the Volume book fair at the new library in Birmingham on 5th-7th December 2103.

AND.... I've just booked a table at this very lovely looking show in Birmingham in August next year....

It's all go.....


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Dread Lion

Evening chums,
Sorry for the quiet blog as of late chums.  I'll just take a quick few minutes from working on the final issue of the Grinning Mask to point you in the direction of a very lovely review of the first three issues at Broken Frontier.  Mighty kind words indeed.
As well as Thought Bubble, myself and that Mr Bolton will also be peddling our wares at Volume - a book fair to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished library in Birmingham.  This takes place Friday 6th - Saturday 7th December.
Phew.  Don't forget you can buy my loverly comics here.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Brand new, you're retro

A quick note for you chums.

You can now buy my splendid comics from Comicsy - hurrah for small press fun.

Form an orderly queue now.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Sea of Joy

Howdy chums,

Welcome one and all to my official pre-Bristol Expo blogpost.  You may be very slightly interested to hear that the Grinning Mask issue 3 has now arrived from the printers and it's looking super-duper.  You may also note that I've upped my printing budget and gone with a USA comic book sized format for this issue.  Not only has it given me more space on a page to fit in lettering, it's also saved me a great deal of dull time spent hunched over a stapler bundling photocopies together.  Can I hear a collective hurrah from the cheap seats?

I have sneaked in a loving homage on the cover and do you know, I'm going to offer a mini competition for the three avid readers of my blog.  First to spot it and get in touch 'wins' a piccie commission of their choice drawn by my fair hand.   If that doesn't cause a global internet sensation then I don't know what will.

Many thanks to the good people at Pulse Print for their patience, and very speedy turnaround times.  Be sure to push your custom their way should you find yourself with a comic to print.

Whilst I'm thanking people, the mighty Forbidden Planet blog ran a mini preview of meself and Mr. Bolton's forthcoming Bristol trip.  What splendid human beings they are.

If you happen to be popping by Bristol this coming weekend, I shall be selling the new Grinning Mask comic in bundles with the first two issues.  Do feel free to part with your hard earned cash at our table.  I shall also have some prints and greetings cards for sale.  I do believe that they make the perfect gift for your fair deserving acquaintances.

I'll also be trying my hand at sketches etc over the weekend, and so if there is anything that you'd like to see drawn in a particularly nervous, ham-fisted manner, then do pop by our table in Old Station.  (Although I know that most folk like super hero sketches in these situations and so I shall probably already be at a disadvantage in the drawing stakes....)

Hope to see you at the weekend in Bristol then gentle reader.

Your chum,

Monday, 15 April 2013

I love my shirt

What ho gang.

A quickie for you today.  The following be a table centre piece that I got asked to do AGES ago for a (similarly obsessed with comics) chum.  The table theme was 'Marvel loves Disney', and I got asked to draw a Gene Colan-ish Iron Man trying to woo Tiana from 'The Princess and the Frog'.  I figure that as the wedding has now passed, and the happy couple are safely off on their honeymoon, I should be safe to post this.

I'll also sneak in a quick piccie that I've done as part of a children's book pitch for another chum.  It's a couple of kids from the book sentenced to a hard dinnertime litter picking.  I was quite chuffed with how this one turned out.

AND the Grinning Mask #3 is safely inked.  The excitement reaches fever pitch.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

World keep on turning

Not a lot to post this month folks - still steadily working away at the Grinning Mask #3.  I'm making good progress with the inking and this WILL be ready in time for the Bristol Expo.  I've now made a promise to the interweb.....

More stuff to follow closer to the date......


Friday, 1 March 2013

Solomon bites the worm

What ho there my gentle reader. 

Once again I make my merry way to my oh-so neglected blog to try to make up for the lack of stuff on here.  I must blame that pesky twitter thing for this.  In this day and age, it often seems easier to hastily post stuff on there leaving this once-mighty blog to quietly weep bitter digital tears to itself.

Still, I return here to happily report that myself and Mr. Bolton have booked an exhibitor table at the (I'm told) splendid Thought Bubble convention in Leeds.  This on top of our previously reported table at Bristol Expo in May.  Blimey.  I may get some tour t-shirts printed up with these two gargantuan dates.

I'm also happy to report that I've now finished pencilling issue 3 of the Grinning Mask.  I may well be dooming myself to failure but I should get it ready for Bristol.  Form an orderly queue now.....

Your chum


'Quick! Let's get out of here before he witters on some more!'

Thursday, 10 January 2013

On the road again...


Can you Adam and believe that I have neglected to update this blog for nigh on two months?  Shame on me.

So in an unexpected twist from my usual hastily-scanned sketches, I shall update this blog with some exciting news - I shall be making a rare appearance outside this flat at the Bristol Comics Expo on 11th-12th May 2013.  Hurrah indeed for me.

I shall be sharing a table for the entire weekend at Brunel's Old Station with the very pleasant Mr. Adam Bolton.  I'm reliably informed that we've booked a 6ft table and so here's hoping that we don't get on each others nerves too much eh chums? 

We're both promising to bring some tip-top comics along with us, as well as any old tat we can fill our table space with.  I am of course joking and can assure you, my two gentle readers, that only goods of the finest quality will be on sale from us during this hopefully spectacular weekend.

Now then, with a good wind behind me and nearly four months, I am planning amongst other things to get another issue of the Grinning Mask ready for the show.  Expect this blog to be full of curses as my artistic temperament grows ever larger as deadlines loom over the next few months.

AND....while you're at it, why don't you go follow me on Tweeeeeeeter here?  For some reason, the 'gadget' I pasted to the top of this blog appears to have fallen out with me and so has been banished from these pages.

Happy new year one and all.

Your chum,