Drink and Draw

Last night was the first of the Gosh/Broken Frontier Drink and Draw Sessions. Hosted by Andy and Tom, the guests were Tom Humberstone and Danny Noble.

A really good turn out and a there was a whole new bunch of young cartoonists.

A promising start.

Some sketches from the night.

Andy

Andy

Tom

Tom

nora

Nora

Midnight

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A Bit of Undigested Potato – Anthology and convention news

Cover-by-Gareth-Brookessmall

A Bit of Undigested Potato

I have a page in this Anthology, curated by Keara Stewart.

It will be debuting at the Alternative Press takeover. I will be in attendance,

sharing a table with Francesca.

Here is an interview with Keara.

A list of contributors.

The full list of contributors to A Bit of Undigested Potato is: Alex Potts / Abraham Mann / Andy Poyiadgi / Annabel Dover / Cathy Lomax / Corinna Spencer / Danny Noble / David Robertson / EdieOP / Ella Dawson / Elizabeth Querstret / Francesca Cassavetti / Gareth Brookes / John Riordan / Justyna Burzynska / Karen Rubins / Karrie Fransman / Keara Stewart / Kelly Froh / Kim Clements / Martin Eden / Mary Blomley / Matilda Tristram / Mike Medaglia / Nick Soucek / Paul Shinn / Pete Hindle / Rachael Ball / Richy K. Chandler / Robert Wells / Rozi Hathaway / Ruth Collingwood / Sally-Anne Hickman / Sean Azzopardi / Steven J Harris / Tim Bird / Tom Ryling / Una / Viviane Schwarz / Wallis Eates

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Update and sketches

Last weekend I had a small trip away that was not comic related. It was lovely.

I have been busy trying to get work completed for Thought Bubble/Malta. I missed MCM, I had double booked.

Necessary Monsters 3 is ready, and also a new tiny comic, called heads. Getting it together, slowly. ( Work still to complete – Necessary Monsters 4, Rain on Glass and Red Wine and Nuts. )

 

It’s Comiket today, but i’m a no – show,  (double booked, again).  But please go if you can as its a great day full of lots of inspiring people and work.

Richard Bruton has featured Necessary Monsters on The FP Blog. Andy Oliver celebrates 2 years of Small press-ganged and Dark Matters gets a mention.

Here are new versions of the sketches I posted a few weeks ago. These are to try tone. Also some sort of environment has surfaced. This has suggested landscape over portrait.

 

 

 

Street 1

 

Street 2

Street 3

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Same Day Return

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.

Richard Bruton has just posted a review on  the Forbidden Planet Blog. Some very interesting observations.

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.

Thanks for this, Richard.

Chris and Taylor have reviewed Same Day Return on the recent Pop culture hound podcast.

Poopsheet Foundation  have coverd a bunch of my comics, including Same day Return.

This is Azzopardi’s best work to date and something I recommend without qualification.

Andy Oliver has reviewed SDR for his Comics Pressgang column.

‘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.

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Return to school


( Skull sketch – brush and ink on paper. Previously blogged from a rubbish photo )

It’s been a bit of a break on this blog, I’m sure my exciting and interesting posts have been missed.I have recently had a trip to Chicago, then attended Comiket followed by a trip to Toronto. So it’s taken me a while to catch up with myself. I was going to write a long post about these events but it was so exciting I decided to just live it rather than blog it. I did write a report about TCAF for the Forbidden Planet blog, but I’m not sure I did the event justice as I spent most of the event behind my table. I have to give a nod and a thank you to Crystal For being a wonderful table buddy during the weekend. TCAF has had a massive impact on my festival/convention going experience. In the UK we have Thought Bubble which I’d say is the best event now, it has many many, plus points. Comiket is getting there, but the last one had serious venue space issues, that made it uncomfortable for exhibitors and punters. But is there too many now? Too many or just idiocy in trying clash against a ‘rival’ event. Having now entered the (Well) Seasoned festival exhibitor stage, I’ll be selective about events to attend and use the time saved elsewhere. I guess it’s a positive to have that choice. Waffle, waffle.
The important stuff is the work, and making the work though. I did plan to take a complete year away from all the festival stuff,to make masses of comics. Due to random events it hasn’t quite worked out that way. But so far this year i have been involved in an anthology, a book and making a sketchbook. There is a new issue of a diary comic that has been lettered and roughed out, similarly for Black Leather (I know, I keep saying this). Both these comics will be ready for Leeds. The diary comics will be collected into a book called ‘Three years gone’, it will be about 150 pages.
the main news for me is that the Chicago trip gave me and Daniel some time to talk about projects. We decided that maybe it was time to make another volume of Necessary Monsters.

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