I was asked by Titan if I’d like to illustrate the September Doctor Who cover. I couldn’t say no to that. It was such a fun commission and I hope I get to try my hand at more in the future.
The solicitations for Titan’s September comics are listed here. I think the order code for this is STL015068.
This is for the finale issue of year two of the Eleventh Doctor – written by Si Spurrier and Rob Williams with art by Simon Fraser.
This comic went live a few days ago on The Nib. I’ve been working on it for a while – trying my hardest to make the forthcoming EU Referendum as accessible and entertaining as possible. It was a huge help working with my editor Eleri Harris who guided me through the process of editing down a potentially sprawling 70-80 panel comic into this relatively succinct 40 panel piece.
You can read the full comic here.
The comic had to to do several things: it needed to communicate the situation to international readers who were not as exposed to the more complex inner workings of UK politics, but it also needed to be useful to those in the UK who were unsure how to vote. I wanted to be as fair and as balanced as possible, presenting the facts and opposing sides clearly – while not being afraid to state my own opinions and disingenuously pretend I didn’t have a bias. I wanted to make sure the comic was honest.
There are all sorts of issues I didn’t cover, and some that I couldn’t spend as much real-estate on as I wanted, but I’m proud of how this came out and hope it’s helpful to people. I hope it provokes deeper dives into some of the issues and concerns it raises and I hope it, at the very least, encourages some more voters to get registered now we have a slightly extended deadline.
If you’re annoyed the comic didn’t discuss a particular issue or skimmed something you think deserved more interrogation, I hope you’ll appreciate that I probably spent days agonising over whether to include it or not, but in the end had to create the EU comic I wanted to see.
Thanks for reading and sharing it if you have already done so.
There are still a few hours left to register to vote if you haven’t yet – the website is here.
And if you want to stay in the EU and want to help out, but don’t know where to start, you could do worse than check out The In Crowd – it has a handy function that helps you find the best way to get involved.
The Guardian got in touch to ask me to illustrate a regular, small column in The Guide.
Every week a different person pitches a new TV show and I illustrate it.
I’m about two months into it so far so here are the first eight illustrations without any context:
I was honoured to be asked to provide the artwork for the cover and here’s a look at the front:
Find out more about Chrissy and the book here.
I love the show and the piece was a joy to work on thanks to a great AD and a fascinating article. It’s a wonderful read for anyone with a passing interest in how TV shows are made, even if you’re not aware of The Americans (you’re in for a treat if you decide to give it a watch).
Read the full thing here.
Hot Rum Cow magazine were running a piece on how to use a sabre to open a bottle of champagne and commissioned me to illustrate it.
Happy with how these came out and was a pleasure to work with AD Eric Campbell.
And here’s a small pic of the page:
Another poem comic that Chrissy Williams and I collaborated on recently.
It’s called When I Write I Use Every Part Of Myself.
If you liked this, Chrissy and I co-edited a book about poetry comics called Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics – available here.
You can see the rest of our collaborative poetry comics by clicking on the Poem Comics category in the sidebar.
Chrissy also runs the Poetry & Comics Tumblr which is worth a follow.
Here’s a new poem comic that Chrissy Williams and I have been working on recently.
It’s called Wake.
Click to enlarge.
Last year, Chrissy and I co-edited a book about poetry comics (Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics – available here!) but had, before that, collaborated on a few of our own. It was nice to return to creating poetry comics together and hopefully we’ll be doing lots more in the future!
You can see the rest of our work by clicking on the Poem Comics category in the sidebar.
Chrissy also runs the Poetry & Comics Tumblr which is worth a follow!
I was extremely honoured to be asked to illustrate one of the b-sides to the new volume of Phonogram. It’s a six pager and will technically be the very last Phonogram comic seeing as it’s in the final issue of The Immaterial Girl.
I drove myself a little crazy drawing this as I was nervous about letting the team down and making sure I stepped up to the challenge. Hopefully it goes down well and people enjoy it.
Oddly, the comic is called ‘Modern Love’ and is partly about the (brilliant) Bowie song. This was a comic I drew last summer. I received comp copies of the comic last Monday – the day Bowie died. I feel if I tried to articulate my feelings about Bowie here I could end up doing so for the rest of the day (and still not manage to say anything much that hasn’t already been said better elsewhere), but suffice it to say – I felt more emotional about it than I was prepared for.
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Clowes, and Chrissy Williams (plus all the other excellent b-side contributors) have been doing exceptional work on Phonogram and I’m sad to see it go – make sure you get the whole 6 issues of The Immaterial Girl.
You should be able to pick up a copy in your local comic store tomorrow (Wednesday 20th Jan). I’m excited about being in a comic which is on the This Week’s Comics shelves.
You can now order a print of any of the 32 illustrations I did during Horror Month for £20.
They will be high quality A3 archival giclee prints on thick, matte, Hahnemühle German etching paper stock. And signed by me.
Expect a week or two before the prints arrive.
As a handy reminder, here’s a list of all the films/illustrations with links:
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Village of the Damned
Theatre of Blood
Blood on Satan’s Claw
Carnival of Souls
We Are What We Are
House of the Devil
Berberian Sound Studio
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue