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Category: Touching Base December 18th, 2013

Just got this pic from Tom at Insight Print Media today- they’ve used my portraits for individualised mugs! All discerning businesses should consider this…

They also framed the originals to put up in the office- aww shucks…

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Insight Print Media website launch

Category: Uncategorized December 10th, 2013

The guys at Insight Print Media in Bristol (who did a fantastic job of putting together a comic book project of a friend and mine’s) have re launched their redesigned website with my portraits adorning their team page- the whole site looks really sharp and I’d like to think my handiwork adds to that!

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Grayson Perry Exhibition

Category: Events December 3rd, 2013

I saw the Grayson Perry exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery and would recommend to anyone that they see this!

A modern day take on Hogarth’s Rakes Progress, the tapestries depict the life and tragic death of Tim Rakewell, a computer software millionaire, all through the satirical prism of class identity and tensions-brilliant stuff.

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/

Grayson Perry Exhibition

Grayson Perry Exhibition

 

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The Tribulations of Fantagraphics

Category: Info November 19th, 2013

I was startled to read of the financial difficulties the iconic, cult comic book publisher Fantagraphics has been facing since the death of one of its key editors Kim Thompson this year. They have turned to crowd-funding website Kickstarter to raise the funds to be able to print their 2014 Spring catalogue with successful results thankfully! Considering they work with and publish some of the best contemporary comic artists out there it saddens me to think that they faced collapse- if you’re a fan of Clowes, Sacco, Woodring, Bagg, Crumb among many others then pledge your support!
I’ve included both a link to a Guardian article about what is happening and the Kickstarter link where you can pledge support and get some very cool signed comics and artwork- I pledged for a signed Jim comic myself!

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/07/fantagraphics-kickstarter-publisher-finance

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantagraphicsbooks/fantagraphics-2014-spring-season-39-graphic-novels

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Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Category: Events October 21st, 2013

Spent a very enjoyable Saturday in Kendal for what was the very first International Comic Art Festival,  with lots of comics from established artists as well as new people on the scene for sale and to admire. As I was nursing a mother of a hangover I very regretfully missed the first event I had booked to see- Guardian political cartoonist Steve Bell.  From all accounts he gave a very  funny and informative account of the absurd behaviour he’s witnessed within British political parties. Did get to see a Sean Phillips talking about how he started and his working practices,  followed by the highlight of the day for me, seeing two of my favourite cartoonists, Gilbert Shelton and Hunt Emerson discussing their work and influences. I couldn’t resist asking Hunt a question about the influence of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat on his style and got a very detailed response with even Gilbert piping in on how he saw Herriman’s work in the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and was amazed this was regarded as art! Then waited for over an hour to get books signed by both- they drew cartoons for everyone who waited which was a nice touch. . .I hope they manage to hold it again next year and get appearances from other big names.  Who knows, Robert Crumb? Chris Ware? Also picked up a beautifully drawn comic in the vein of the classic Tintins called The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing- a ripping yarn with detailed, historically researched artwork,  really something else!

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New Skool Star

Category: Touching Base October 13th, 2013

New Skool Star

I’ve resurrected my black and white film star caricature series with current hot actors/actresses- starting with. . .

New Skool Star

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Seattle Trip and Fantagraphics

Category: Touching Base, Uncategorized October 8th, 2013

I’ve recently returned from an amazing U.S. trip to attend my sister’s wedding in Seattle and on my last day there managed to get to the Fantagraphic comic store in Georgetown…what a treasure trove and in depth collection of a lot of the best current independent comic artists out there. This publisher has championed the likes of Daniel Clowes, Jim Woodring, Peter Bagge, Chris Ware and many more- all very different in style yet united by a singular vision in their craft. I had to grab a few books which pushed my luggage allowance over the edge, but what the heck, some things just can’t be missed!! I recommend you check out the work of these guys to have your mind blown by their talent and vision…

http://www.fantagraphics.com/,  http://www.jimwoodring.com/http:/,  http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/artStudio.php?artist=a3dff7dd568fe0, http://danielclowes.com/
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Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Category: Events October 8th, 2013

I’m going to be attending Lakes International Comic Art Festival which sounds great on Saturday 18th October!

There are some really fascinating events throughout the weekend, a few I’ve booked to see including an interview with Guardian political cartoonist Steve Bell as well as one I’m really excited about as they’re two cartooning heroes of mine- talks with Hunt Emerson and Gilbert Shelton (of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers 70s underground fame).

What a day immersed in cartoon talent it’ll be! Check the link below if you’re interested:

http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/events-and-festivals

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New re-vamped site!

Category: Touching Base August 29th, 2013

Howdy all,
I’ll be keeping you updated on new commissions, projects and gestating ideas as well as sharing my cartooning inspiration from artists as diverse as Watterson, Manara, Larson, Crumb, Kelly and Ware. . .

Feel free to respond, comment and offer your views on my site and the work you see.

There are a few minor tweaks to iron out but I am so pleased with the great work Robbie of Ride a Wave has done on this!!

Enjoy!

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