Backwards Burd/ Shane Melisse/ Sajan Rai

The Backwards Burd collective will be at CECAF 2018. look for these fine people.







( All images stolen from the BB website )


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Sightings of Wallace Sendek – Broken Frontier and Comixology

Today marks the release of  Wallace Sendek.

It has featured as comic of the week at Broken Frontier

As a writer Douglas Noble is one of the unsung geniuses of UK indie comics. I once described his work as “fiercely intelligent” and it’s still baffling to me that his profile isn’t far, far higher outside of the British small press circuit. His comics experiment with, interrogate and sometimes even subvert the form, constantly reminding us that we’re still only scratching the surface of this medium’s boundless possibilities.

It is available at Comixology.

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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.

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