I have updated the Phatcomics shop with new prints and comics.
Have a look and then go outside and enjoy the sunshine.
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 )
I have updated Phatcomics, the webspace for my comics.
Still lots of links and stuff to add, but it lives !
I have decided to end my self publishing adventures . Malta comic con will be my last convention as Phatcomics. I set Phatcomics up in 2002, I had no idea how to make a comic and what to do with it. My first completed comic was Grey Sky. I traveled to Angouleme with a badly photocopied version and handed it out to French Publishers out of a carrier bag. Rather than carry them home they went in the recycling. This has happened quite a few times over the 13 years. Self publishing and promoting my work,seeing how far it could go was a passion. I was really driven by it. The scene was a lot different when I started, early Internet, no Facebook, Twitter. Colour comics were still considered innovation and risky. I knew most of the comics being published, and what issue number my friends were on.I worked hard to make a book. Twelve Hour Shift was a great moment for me, and encapsulated everything I learnt up to this moment. This was 2007/8. I produced more books, Ed, Dark Matters ( With Douglas Noble) and Necessary Monsters ( Daniel Merlin Goodbrey ) and 40 mini comics.
I am more than happy with what I’ve achieved. I’m sure there are plenty of things I could have done better. It was a slow progress as I had a day job during all these years, maybe if I had taken a risk, things could have taken a different path.
Eventually my comic skills improved, and the finished work was well received. But it no longer sold. I wrote about my experience at Thought Bubble last year, and this proved to be a defining moment. I decided to have one last year as a self publisher, and have produced new work, but the sales have continued to decline.
Despite what people say, sales are important. Plaudits are welcome, but if you set yourself up as an independent producer then the end goal has to be selling.
Self publishing has been a great experience, but it’s time for me to move on.
I am working on volume 3 of Necessary Monsters. I have an as yet unseen book being put together with Douglas, and a few other things. I want to convert all that time and energy from self publishing into being a better story teller, artist and most importantly, a better cartoonist.
Finally thank you to everyone who supported me through my adventures in self publishing.
Now who wants to work with me on making some hot new comics ?