In The Frame is a half-page slice of comic journalism that sits in the Observations section of the magazine. The comics will be weekly (or thereabouts - there may be some weeks where space is tight) and generally focus on first-hand reportage, with me reporting from the middle of an event or interviewing people about a news story. I'll be mixing it up with the occasional commentary piece. And maybe something entirely different... Essentially, we wanted the title to reflect what the comic will predominantly be about but also leave it open enough for me to stray outside the brief now and again.
We have a few plans for longer-form pieces in future months, but for now I'm just focusing on these weekly strips with an eye on falling into a routine and rhythm for the process. It'll be a challenge turning in a topical, weekly half-page like this but needless to say - this is a dream job and one I intend on doing for as long as possible.
It's been a genuine honour to work with Matt Bors and Cartoon Movement on my recent comic journalism pieces and I feel a similar sense of pride and excitement to be working with Daniel Trilling and the rest of the Statesman team.
Bear with me over the next few weeks. These formative early stages will most likely see me play around with tone, colour schemes, art, and panel layouts before I settle in. It may be a month or two before the column discovers it's 'voice'.
In the New Statesman today is the second In The Frame - focusing on the mainstream media coverage of Clark Kent quitting the Daily Planet in a piece I like to call Metaman. The first In The Frame (covering the October 20 anti-cuts march) is also now available to read online here. As with most online New Statesman material, there will be a week delay between the printed edition and the content being available online.
In a few days or so I thought I'd do a process blog about my first In The Frame. Explaining how I went from being at the march, to having a script for the comic, through to the art of the comic. Will hopefully have that online sometime next week.