This is a cleaned up sketch posted yesterday. Another drawing in Hyde Park. It was freezing, and my hands turned blue. I like drawing from life, and using a pen means that it’s just go for it no prelim. Feels fresh, like the weather. For a contrast i’ll be travelling to Malta for the Malta Comic Con. I love attending this event and it’s great to be meeting up with people involved. They are such a friendly and enthusiastic group. It makes for a special time.
Barrel scraping time. I’ve run out of recent sketchbook material, blog stories. the well is dry. I’m currently working on Necessary Monsters 2.2 and this is taking up all of the time. This blog image is from 2006 which seems like a lifetime ago. Six years, so much has happened in that time with my creative stuff. A lot of the angst laden self-doubt of this time has now dissipated. There is always questioning moments, why, what etc, that is part of the process. I’m nearly 46 so it’s reasonable to assume that a blinding talent that will sweep me to the to the very summit of comics alongside all creative geniuses, may not be arriving. Over this six-year period has been a growth in UK comics. There is a lot of talent. A lot of amazing talent, actually. It’s inspiring, but also daunting. My work seems suddenly very old. I’m amazed at the speed at which this has happened. Should it matter. Maybe the tear everything up and start from zero moment has arrived. Adopt a new online persona and start posting new work. All of these thoughts have been and gone over recent years. But there is something in Same Day Return that excites my art brain. I’ve been working towards this kind of story telling and there is a little of where to travel next in here.
Rambling away now I realise it’s time to go to the day job.
Same Day Return was debuted at Thought Bubble last. It has received a very positive response so far. Always a relief to get a response, it’s still an exciting experience. MOMB podcast gave some airtime to reviewing SDR, thank you Jane and the gang. Nice to see you at Leeds. Matt Badham included it in his list of buys from TB.
This collection of diary and sketchbook work features some experiments in non-linear narrative that I think Azzopardi should develop further in future comics.
Matt has been a massive supporter of my output for a long time, and this paragraph was very perceptive. Non – linear was something new to MY writing, and it was good to read it being noticed. Thanks Matt.
This is more free-ranging, a comic reflecting a thought process, memory firing off in all directions, today, last week, 31 years ago, all at once it seems. In here you’re see Azzopardi fall back on his ‘tales of comics UK’ default only occasionally, instead focusing on memory, past lives, friends unseen for years, revisiting old haunts, familial remembrance. It’s complex, wide-ranging stuff.
‘The Day of Goodbye!’ that juxtaposes an awkward leaving party with death of a friend’s mother to dramatic effect, allowing perspective, and separating life’s trivial annoyances from its truly affecting moments of loss.’
If you are interested in buying SDR then please have a look at some images and then the shop page.
If any more reviews or responses appear they will be added to this post.
Thanks for reading.
As mentioned yesterday my comic shipment arrived. So it’s on for Thought Bubble. Details can be found here about were my Thought Bubble table is situated, and ordering online. This comic took nearly a year to complete but the extra time taken was worth it, to me. It was important to get another one of these diary comics completed, as I will be buried deep in the monster lair for a good part of next year. Anyway, day job onwards.
( I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Thought Bubble. Time goes by so quickly and there are so many good people that Irarely get to see now. it’s awesome that many of the people I started out with are getting the attention they deserve. Happy thoughts :))
Hello and good morning. Here is another page from my new comic, Same Day Return. It will be available at this weekends Thought Bubble event. Come and visit me at table 106. (See floor plan below). If you can’t make it to Leeds, then it can be ordered here along with other fine comics.
I finished making my new comic, Same day Return and sent it off for printing today. This is a good thing. it has taken about eight months to complete. I will be interested to see how it’s received as a bit more care has been taken with this one. The giddy rush of tearing apart sketchbooks and re – formatting them in to a comic has been put on hold for the while. Here is a page from early in the comic.