Twelve Hour Shift – Ten years old !

( Comica, ICA. 2007)

It’s ten years since my first comic with a spine was self-published. Twelve Hour Shift took four years to complete. Compared to Comics that followed that was quite a short period of time. I had no idea what I was doing, making it up as went along. I created a stand-in, Steve Jones. I wrote about my life and my job and my creativity. It seemed really important to make a book. To show that I could do this, independently. It was a really exciting moment, to finally hold my own book.

I had a quick look at 12HS before posting this, it was a bit of a surprise. I’d forgotten how miserable I was, it feels very raw in places.

I had half an idea to re-print a luxury version ( It’s no longer in print ) with a new strip. Sort of 10 years on Steve Jones. I even started laying stuff out. But I’ve got too much work on right now, and want to deal with the present.

Writing that last sentence makes me aware of the developments over the decade. I’ve changed, so has my Cartooning. Completing this book was a large part of that process.

Thank you Steve Jones. All those Twelve Hour Shifts were worth it.

 

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The Voice Of The Hall – Update

It’s been a year since I was awarded an Arts Council grant to work on my first graphic novel. That time has just flown past.

So where is the book ?

Well, my actual deadline is December, for completing the work. At this moment it’s on schedule. 75% of the pages are drawn and coloured, the final pages are in various stages completion. The scripting is taking a bit longer as the final part is still being written. Decisions around Town Halls future seem to be confirmed, but also fluid.

Soaring Penguin will be publishing TVOTH, we have loosely agreed a date next year for publication.

It’s all very exciting.

The Voice Of The Hall_043The Voice Of The Hall_028

 

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Thought Bubble table 40

Here is a floorpan and location map.

I will be in Victoria Hall sharing table 40 with Douglas Noble.

I will be selling everything that is available in the Phatcomics shop, plus showing a folio of work from The Voice Of The Hall.

It’s going to be great.

 

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Upcoming apperences

I’ve spent a good chunk of this morning trying to update this blog, and lost it all. So, here we go again.

There is a bunch of events I will be showing up to.
Next week is Small Press Day, and I will be at Orbital, from 4 – 6.
I drew a poster for this
Next is South London Comics and Zine Fair.
Later in the Year I will be at Hull, London Super Comic Con with Wicked Comics, Then Thought Bubble.
More about these as they get closer.

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