It’s been a while since a proper update so here’s a quick rundown of news and stuff and things…
Sadly, I won’t be able to attend this Oxford-based small press event (more information about it here) - I’ve got far too much on at the moment. I’m looking into attending some other UK comic shows at the end of the year though. More news on this soon.
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
The TCAF is a curated, invite-only comic festival. About 5,000 attendees are expected this year and the line-up is incredible. I’ve been asked to exhibit and will be spending some time in Toronto trying my best to ingratiate myself in the comic scene over there. Clearly, I’m not fit to clean the pen nibs of such artists as Seth, Joe Matt, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope, James Jean, Jeffrey Brown, Hope Larson, Jeff Lemire, Chester Brown or any of the other amazing guests… There’s been some sort of mistake but I’m keeping quiet. Check out the line-up and find out about the festival here. Obviously, If you live nearby and have been reading my stuff online, please stop by and let me know what you think.
Polish International Comics Festival
Part of the reason things have been quiet on the website is due to my plans to attend this comic festival in October. Earlier this year, the festival organisers invited me and three other UK based comic artists to visit the city of Lodz and collaborate on a short story with a locally based Polish artist. The results of our collaborations will be collected as a graphic novel (in two languages) and sold at the festival later this year. All the artists will be in attendance and I’m led to believe there’re also plans to have an exhibition of the work. The festival website is here and there are some mentions of the City Stories project here and here (reasonable grasp of the Polish language helpful).
The short story I’m working on is almost finished but I won’t be able to post it here for a while yet. Keep an eye out for it, and please send me some feedback – I’ve used a very different approach and it’ll be interesting to hear what people make of it.
How to Date a Girl in 10 Days
Work on the third and final issue of this never-ending scab-picking exercise in over-indulgence will continue in September when I return from Toronto. The last issue will be on sale (fingers crossed) by the end of the year or the beginning of January at the latest.
I hope to collect the entire story as a graphic novel and have it for sale by March and in time for the 2008 comic shows.
Let Ventedspleen be Ventedspleen
For those of you pining for the bitter, vitriolic humour of Art School Scum and getting increasingly frustrated with the whingey relationship guff of recent comics – you’ll be pleased to know that new issues of You’re Wrong are on their way. I’ve been kicking around these ideas for some time now, and hope to get them done when the craziness of this month is over.
I have lots of new sketches, short time-based comic exercises, illustration work and all sorts to upload here. There are even some great photos from some of the comic shows and exhibitions I’ve been attending this year. All will be sifted through and blogged shortly.
Enjoy your summer you unthinking, sun-worshipping walking cases of skin cancer you.