Necessary Monsters update

Necessary Monsters - Presbyter

 

Necessary Monsters has been quiet for over 18 months.

But it lives.

Work has started on part 5 of volume three.

Wait, volume three? When did this start ?

Anyone that has followed Necessary Monsters from the beginning is probably aware that this is a project with a very messed up and idiosyncratic production schedule. Part three started in 2015 and had quite a lively start. By April 2016 four parts of the book had been scripted and drawn. Then Daniel had the small matter of a PHD to complete, so it was put on hold.

The plan is to have it completed for next year. That will be a nice round, TEN YEARS that this beast has occupied our lives.

As from next week i’m going to blog about Monsters long and colourful history. This will lead  up to the completion of book three.

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Colour

An example of learning how to colour.

This year i’m going to post mainly about process and development.

 

I REALLY NEED TO GET SOME WORK !

( Don’t be shy about contacting me )

So I am going to learn how to add colour.

My work, is generally line, black and white. So it’s going to be a steep curve learning how to add colour. So firstly i’m going to use existing work and add colour and see what develops.

Here is the start, using a splash page from Necessary Monsters, i’ve added some base colouring. I will post the next stage soon.

Colour example

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Leeds, Malta and new publications

It’s the last two events of the year for me, Leeds Thought Bubble and Malta Comic Con. A great way to end what has been a very busy con season.

At Leeds I will be in the New Dock Hall sharing a table ( 77 ) with the ever wonderful Howard Hardiman.

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For both events I will be selling the usual comics, plus a couple of new works. Necessary MonstersMurderbox, parts 2, 3, 4 also Trees and Heads. I will also have a bunch of screen prints made earlier this year.

*I HAVE UPDATED THE MONSTER SHOP WITH NEW COMICS*

Sadly I didn’t get it together to finish, Rain On Glass. This will now be ready for Angouleme 2014, which the Dessinators ( Sally Anne, Francesca and Oliver ) will be attending .

Francesca did an amazing job organising the application, and also put together the required anthology. Details on her blog.

Dessinators

Another anthology that I will have work in is Ink +Paper. David has pulled together some great talent and has also made a lovely cover to house them all.

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John Miers has collected the Score and Script pages in a plush collection, and I have a page in this along with a lot of  very talent cartoonists. This was a really fun project to take part in.

Final publication news is that I took part in the Amsterdam Zine Jam, sending some comics and getting a really cool catalogue in return. I would have liked to have gone to this one. Maybe next time.

zine jam

Finally, I’ve been filling little sketchbooks with drawings of people on the way to work. But made them fit in the Nec Monster world. I have two sketchbooks, that will have a painted cover. If anyone is interested in buying them, I will have them with me at Leeds/Malta. ( I think £15 for one ).

Thanks for reading, hopefully I will see you at one of these events. Enjoy the rest of the weekend 🙂

Monster-sketchbook

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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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Update

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This year has been a low output year. But I’m busy getting stuff done. The main time grabber is Necessary Monsters. I am currently finishing up part 4 ( Of 6 ). All four parts will be available for Thought Bubble in a few weeks. It’s a slow process. I draw monsters digitally, and this allows me to develop a scribbled note into a fully finished page, with lots of chopping and changing of the composition. When I work on paper, I’m more direct in my execution. A faster working process, but there is a lot of compromise with what I’ve in my head ( offset by the tactile quality of the materials, and the random elements )

The above image is an unfinished panel from issue four.i felt that the crowd had a sameness of height, so putting a larger figure changed the dynamic.

The main reason for posting this is to show that i have more than sketchbook pages going on. Sometimes this is an important thing to do, on a personal level 🙂
Look at me, look at me 🙂

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Park summer 2

Summer tree 2

This is a cleaned up version of yesterday sketch post. These drawings seem to be well received, but i need to post some comic work at some point. I am a bit mixed up. I am posting comic work at the Oatley Academy, sketchbook stuff on this blog, comic pages on Tumblr. It’s all very confusing. The day job eats in to the blogging and publicity time, as well as the creative time. There is also an exhibition i’m organising as part of the Crouch End Festival.
There are three projects I’ve running at the moment. Necessary monsters 2:3 is nearly completed, which brings it to the half way point. I am also drawing a four page strip for Ink + Paper, that is also near completion. Then there is Rain on Glass, my next comic.
I have no idea why this is being shared.
Have a great weekend.

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Reviews

A couple of reviews that has cropped up.

First Tom Murphy reviews Dark Matters.

Dark Matters delivers on its title, and is likely to provide a much richer reading experience than most of the things popping up in your pull-list.

Necessary Monsters is reviewed by Paul Rainey.

I really like Necessary Monsters; it reminds me of Vertigo comics from the early days of that imprint such as Doom Patrol and Shade The Changing Man, but in a contemporary world.

 

Thanks Tom and Paul.

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