After years of planning (and one or two false starts) I've finally launched G Bear and Jammo, my latest webcomic! I'm super excited about it and hopefully you will be too. So click the link and enjoy... Plus don't forget to tell your friends about it - if you're on Tumblr, you can even do all that "reblogging" and "liking" malarky - whoop!
Here's a section of an illustration I've just finished for Draw The Line, where over 100 comic artists have been invited to illustrate positive political actions anyone can take. Initiated by Myfanwy Tristram, the project will initially take the form of a website followed by a book. There are some big names involved - can't wait to see it all collected together!
In other news, my first newsletter is due to go out sometime next week - so if you haven't signed up already do it now! Especially as I will be treating my subscribers to an exclusive peek at a brand new web comic I'm working on..
.. c'mon, you know you wanna.
Happy New Year! So that was 2016. Despite all the awful stuff that happened, I still managed to enjoy some great creative projects and am looking forward to what 2017 may bring. I just might not watch the news as much. Anyway, here's a round up of what I've been doing over the past twelve months..
First there was the Graphic Shakespeare competition. I didn't win but I really enjoyed making my little Macbeth piece, which you can read in full by clicking the image above! I also got to create a nice fold-out comic from it, that went down really well at comics fairs. Yuss.
Next I adapted a segment of John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold for Russ Kick's Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, to be published soon by Seven Stories Press. Drawing a spy comic was quite a new thing for me but I really enjoyed having a go at "noir" and you can see some of the pages by clicking the car image above. Let me know what you think, I'd be interested to hear what people make of it!
Following on from this, some more work for the University of Sussex. They wanted me to create friendly and inviting images for their Research Hive, a total contrast to spies in Cold War Berlin. Still, they were fun to draw - simplicity can give you lots of creative freedom.
A large proportion of the year was then spent doing workshops, including B.fest's Graphic Novel in a Day, Phil Viner's All Night Write and Little Green Pig's Little Green Pop Up. Plus I got to be part of the Drawing Parade at the Fall Comica Comiket!
To finish off, I also managed to do another comic strip workshop for Little Green Pig, speak about Think Like Churchill at Graphic Brighton 2016 and pay another couple of visits to the Creative Media Production students at City College Brighton & Hove! Phew.
Whilst all this has been going on I've been beavering away at a top secret project, which I'm hoping to reveal in early 2017. Here's a sneaky preview below.. but hey, why don't you sign up to my soon to be launched quarterly newsletter so you can find out more?
Here's to a bright and fun-filled year ahead.
A jolly comic I did about some stuff that happened to me recently. Happy holidays everyone!
This year's Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place this weekend at the University of Brighton City Campus! It features loads of great guest speakers, including Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, and Ben Dickson. The theme this year is War, Conflict & Resolution.
On Saturday 10th at 2pm, I will be talking about Think Like Churchill and artist Chris Geary will be speaking about his amazing International Aces comics series, in a session that explores what it means to make comics about "heroes". Should be really interesting so do come down if you can!
Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand on Friday (tomorrow!); available from the University of Brighton online shop.
This Saturday I'll be exhibiting at the Rose Hill pub in Brighton as part The Rose Tinted Spectacular Zine Fair. It promises to be a "day & night of spectacular zine related activity! Zines! Illustration! Literature! Music! Stalls! Performances! Fun!"
All profits will go to Brighton based migrant charities.
Adam and Alice have also put together a publication to tie in with the fair called Tune Zine, in which they've asked contributors to submit a piece of work based around a musical epiphany (I think). I drew a two page comic all about my love of The Jesus Lizard track Chrome, a panel of which you can see above! Come down on Saturday to pick up a copy of the zine. And remember, it's all going to a really good cause!
Here are some pics of me taking part in the Drawing Parade at the Fall Comica Comiket, held last Saturday at The Lightbox Gallery, Woking! I decided to draw Jammo the dog escaping from some Tripods - in a nod to Woking's H.G. Wells connection. I had a fantastic day and met loads of lovely people - plus a special thanks to Gary Northfield and Jessica Martin for being such top table neighbours!
Yep, it's Comiket time again! Organised by Comica London, the Comiket is an independent comics market where you get to meet loads of amazing creators who are selling their work. This time it's taking place at The Lightbox in Woking to tie in with their The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! exhibition. The market is free to get in and there'll be loads of amazing exhibitors there.. plus me! Things kick off at 10.30 am. This time I'll also be taking part in the live Drawing Parade so do come down if you want to see me draw a robot, a bear, a dog or possibly all three. I haven't decided yet..
Earlier this month I was invited to take part in a story-making workshop and lunchtime artist residency as part of Little Green Pig's Little Green Pop Up at No Walls Gallery. Little Green Pig is a Brighton based charity offering children and young people free writing workshops. They believe this vital form of self-expression builds confidence, communication and social skills. Pretty cool, right?
In the morning I was on hand to illustrate ideas thought up by clever young writers during a story-making workshop led by writer Laura Wilkinson. Some pretty crazy stuff came out of this, my particular favourite being Victorians regressing into cave people.
Afterwards I was asked to carry on a story started earlier in the week as part of a series of lunchtime writer and artist residencies. For this last bit I created the comic strip you see above! I also got to chat to people as they entered the gallery and sit under a sign saying "Creative Genius"....nice. All in all an amazing day, and just to say thanks to Ella, Laura, Natalie, Julie, Catherine, Peter and everyone at Little Green Pig!
Hey, just a quick plug for a writing event I'll be attending this Saturday 18th June at 88 London Road theatre bar, Brighton. Organised by Dark & Stormy, it's called All Night Write and yes, that's exactly what it is - an all night writing session from 10pm to 6am Sunday morning! So if you're a budding writer (be it comics, novels, film, TV, theatre, music, whatever!) and want to take the opportunity to write alongside some professionals then this is for you. There will be a series of exciting talks throughout the night and the writers listed above will also be on hand to give hints, tips and one-to-one advice! Top names attending include Brighton crime writer P.D. Viner and comics extraordinaires Hannah Berry and Ian Williams. Plus I'll be mooching in the corner working on something or other...
Okay, so I'm advertising this at quite short notice but hopefully you've spotted it elsewhere already! Tomorrow, Saturday May 14th I'll be exhibiting my work as part of the Comica Comiket at the House of Illustration in Kings Cross, London! I'll be selling my usual wares plus an all new foldout Macbeth comic...
..Whoop! There'll be loads of great publishers and artists there too, as well as the celebrity guest Drawing Parade. You can see a full A-Z list of exhibitors here. It's being held to coincide with the last weekend of the fantastic Comix Creatrix exhibition, which I'm really hoping to catch whilst I'm there!
Hopefully see you there too?
All materials will be provided, plus Paul and I will be on hand to give handy hints and tips about making comics. Sign up here - you know you wanna!
(PS I also drew the poster pic.)
Oh dear, I seem to have left this web presence thing slip again. Sorry about that. Pretty busy working on lots of projects, including contributing to an anthology and designing characters for an animation start-up, more of which I will reveal in good time. In the meantime here's a panel from a recent competition piece.. more about that too once the judging is done and dusted. Speak soon, stay frosty.
Hey folks, just a quick post to let you know what I've been up to over the last two months..
Firstly, Thought Bubble! Despite the rain I had a top weekend. Met some great people making awesome comics, plus Mark and I aired our latest sample from Makers of Monsters and got a generally positive response - very encouraging! And a big thanks to Rachel for helping out so much with the stall - you rock.
Next up, I was invited to speak to Creative Media Production students at City College Brighton & Hove. I told them all about my work on Think Like Churchill and then got to look at some their sketchbooks. There was some fantastic work in there, plus they were a really welcoming and friendly group - I'm hoping to pay them a visit again sometime soon!
Finally, I took part in an 8 hour comics challenge.. Adam Moore laid down the gauntlet, inviting Anthony Atkinson and me to join him in producing 8 pages in 8 hours with zero prep. Based loosely on the 24-Hour Comic challenge created by Scott McCloud (which is now an international phenomenon), we decided to do a cut down version because, well, we're wimps. That and also the fact that we were taking part in Monthly Milk, a great monthly arts event in the centre of Brighton that um, lasts for 8 hours! Anyway, here is my contribution in all its badly drawn glory: JAIME'S 8 HOUR COMIC CHALLENGE (warning: contains swear words and toilet gags). Here is Adam's amazing creation, Anthony's will be made public soon!
Whilst all that was going on I've also been keeping the Afanc ticking along - so do head over to afanc-tumblr.com to check out the latest instalment. More coming in the New Year...
Anyway, that's pretty much it for 2015 - hope you had a great year and enjoy a relaxing Christmas holiday! See you in 2016!
Writer Mark Pembrey and I have been busy putting together a new 6 page sequence for Makers of Monsters (formerly Better Beasts), our graphic novel in progress! And you can see it all by clicking the pic above... There's even some new character studies up there too. You can read a little bit more about the project over on Mark's website here. I'll try and post the full synopsis at some point soon.
There's also been some new Afanc activity over afanc-comic.tumblr.com! There are new characters and everything, including a dog called Mr Cuddles..
And what are you up to this weekend? Going to Leeds perchance? Then do swing by the always fantastic Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival and say hi! I'll be selling my wares on table 41a in the Royal Armouries Hall. See you there!
Photo Credit: Rachel Malic
So September was a busy month! To start with there was The Brighton Mini Maker Faire, where I ran a comic strip making workshop, the result being these awesome creations. Some extremely talented people out there. Thanks to everyone who came and took part, I had a great time so hopefully they'll have me back again next year!
Photo Credit: Mark Pembrey
Then there was the Alligator's Junior Comics Club at The Alligator's Mouth bookshop in Richmond! Here we made comic strips again and just to say, those Junior Club artists know their stuff - their comics knowledge put me to shame! Here I am doing a quick example featuring a Knight, a Dragon and a..erm..bucket. This month the club is being hosted by animal illustrator extraordinaire Zoe Scammell and it's Halloween themed! You'd be crazy not to check it out.
Photo Credit: Angie Thomas
And finally, there was my Brighton Digital Festival event: Paper Versus Pixels! Here I spoke about my experiences working on Think Like Churchill. However, the real stars were all the other amazing speakers who took part: David Lloyd, Jade Sarson, Alex Fitch, Chloe Pursey and Nye Wright! Thanks to you all, you made it into a fantastic night. Thanks to everyone who came and watched too. For those who couldn't make it, fear not! We recorded the whole thing and I'm hoping to put it online soon...
So, I'm having a little breather from speaking for the next couple of weeks but do watch this space for upcoming events. Next on the list I guess it's Thought Bubble...see you there?
Thanks to everyone who came to the Create a Comic Strip! workshop yesterday at Brighton Mini Maker Faire! I had a brilliant time, I hope you did too. Most of all, I was astounded by how talented you all are! Some fantastic budding writers and artists out there.. so keep up the good work. Time to check out your masterpiece in the gallery below:
Next month I'll be doing some comics making workshops! Firstly, I'll be at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire, the festival of making, creativity and invention at Brighton Corn Exchange on Saturday 5th September! Here I'll be doing scheduled workshops throughout the day, each lasting around an hour. I'll be talking about what makes a good 4-panel story/gag strip and getting visitors to make their very own! The results will be exhibited on this blog and/or on me Tumblr. All ages welcome! Although younger kids might need grown-up supervision. Do come down, as there'll be loads of great things going on including arts & crafts, robots and engineering, wood and metalwork, electronics, science, tech, music and more amazing do-it-yourself creation!
Following on from that, I will be hosting the Alligator's Comics Club on Thursday September 24th at the Alligator's Mouth children's bookshop in Richmond! This one kicks off at 4pm and is aimed at 7-12 yrs. Do RSVP the lovely people at Alligator's Mouth if you fancy coming as space may be limited! Again I'll be talking about how to make your own comics and also giving an insight into my working process...
And to finish the month off - not so much a workshop but a night of talks - there's the Brighton Digital Festival event Paper Versus Pixels. This one is all about comics and digital media with some great speakers lined up, including: Jade Sarson, David Lloyd, Nye Wright, Alex Fitch, Chloe Pursey and erm...me.
So yeah, do come say hello at either one, two or all three of these exciting comics happenings! September's gonna rock.