Soaring Penguin, the publisher of The Voice Of The Hall will have advance copies available for CECAF 2018.
This is great news !
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( 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.
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.
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.