2018 was a really good creative year for me. I had two books released The Voice Of the hall (Soaring Penguin) and Sightings Of Wallace Sendek ( With Douglas Noble). I also had work in three anthologies 24 Panels (With Kieron Gillen/Image ), Trawler ( Metal Southend ) and Impressions of an island ( Malta Comic Con ). The release of The Voice Of The Hall triggered some talking engagements. I presented a talk about the book in the Council chamber, and was also part of a closing ceremony. There was a launch in Waterstones, and I was interviewed by Alex Fitch (Panel Borders) I was also interviewed by Robert Elms as part of a radio London feature about Hornsey.
I attended a few conventions this year, which were all excellent. The South London comic and zine fair ( SLCAZF), Malta Comic Con (MCC) and Catford (CCZF). I organised the final Crouch End Cartoon Arts Festival ( CECAF ), it was a lot of fun. I didn’t think it would be the last, but a few personal developments means that its right to call time on it. It was part of the Crouch End festival, and I got to paint a Zombie mural, which was really cool.
Summer was great, although avoiding burning to crisp was a challenge. I was offered a place as part of a cartoonists take over at Metal Southend (Thanks Laydeez ). It was a wonderful time, I got to hang out with like minded people and we were all really well looked after. The time there also gave me space to figure out the creative log – jam with my current autobio comic ( Last Orders). Thanks to this time I now have an almost completed 54 comic.
So there was lots of creative highs for 2018, I’m really looking forward to continuing this next year.I have applied for funding for working on a new book. Early days yet, but I’m going to be making a book about The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Finally, I will be relocating to Hull next year. More on this later.
Have a great NYE and all the best for 2019
( Thanks to Katie Rockman and David Winskill for photos )