Hello there. Gosh it's been hot hasn't it? I hope you've all been enjoying the weather and the extra days off. Rather inevitably as a freelancer, I've been too busy to take much time off although I had a brief break from working and went to Whitstable for a couple of days last week - it was lovely - but I didn't do much work in my sketchbook so you'll just have to take my word for it. I'm also moving into my swanky new studio. Once I'm all moved in I'll post some pictures up here. It's all extremely exciting and I can't wait to get stuck into the screenprinting and letterpress facilities they have on-site. There will be open days and workshops going on throughout the summer which I'll be sure to flag up here as and when they come up.
In the meantime, here's a little info on my whereabouts over the next month of so:
First up, is the Sci Fi London festival this weekend at the BFI. I'll be on a panel with Tony Lee, David Hine and Al Davison discussing the progression from self-publishing to more mainstream publishing (please accept my apologies for the flawed taxonomy here but I'm in a rush). I feel a bit of a fraud being there considering I'm still self-publishing right now but I'll hopefully have something interesting to say on the matter. I'll also be helping to run an informal Drop In & Draw session afterwards with the We Are Words + Pictures team. Be lovely to see you there if you're free on Sunday (April 30) morning. Here's the blurb from the Sci Fi London site...
11am – Small press to mainstream
Al Davison & Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop) and David Hine (Batman) talk about how working in small press comics has lead to work for mainstream publishers, but also provided a home to publish alternative titles throughout their careers so far.. Chair: Matthew Badham (Tripwire Magazine)
Followed by ‘Drop in and draw’ activities for first time artists wanting encouragement in creating comics, run by Tom Humberstone
Then I'm off to Toronto for TCAF 2011! Extremely excited about returning to one of my favourite comic shows and the city itself. Regular readers may already be aware of how much I'm in love with Toronto. If you're going, please do stop by and say hello. I'll be bringing Solipsistic Pop Volumes 1-3 and may be on a panel or two although that's still to be confirmed.
After the festival (May 7-8) I'm hoping to go camping with some friends and plan to give my horrifically neglected sketchbook some much needed attention - I'll throw the results up here if they're not too embarrassing. Also: check out the amazing poster by Jillian Tamaki:
Then on May 24th I'll be speaking at the Flash Symposium at Birkbeck University about short stories. Should be a fun evening so do come along for that one.
Hayfever is the children’s version of the immortal Hay festival. Packed full of all manner of events and activities, WAW+P will be adding to the mix with a two day Drop In + Draw workshop over the festival’s first weekend on the 28th and 29th May.
Although it’s a very informal, drop in workshop where you’ll be welcome whatever you want to draw, we’ll be focusing on creating comic characters.
Create your own comic book character
Make stories with words + pictures
What would a character that you made up from scratch look like? Would they have a beard or tentacles or tiny pointed feet? Would they be tall or chubby or have piercing blue eyes? Well, the We Are Words + Pictures team are here to help you decide and put your ideas into practice. With established comic artists and illustrators on hand we’ll get you designing your very own comic book character and developing a story for them to feature in.
Tom Humberstone, Edward Ross and Anna Saunders, Ted Brandt and I will all be in attendance over the weekend. We’ll be positioned in the Hayfever Courtyard, right opposite the Giant Wallbook which, I’m told, will tell you everything you need to know about the earth.
Phew. And with that, I shall leave you with a small section of the first page of Ellipsis which is coming along nicely...
Hopefully see some of you over the next month or so!