Monday, 23 November 2009
I volunteered my services to Dave to help him go to Leeds for the 'Thought Bubble' con on Saturday. It did mean an early start and a nearly 2 hr drive to get there, but we didn't encounter any problems bar a bit of rain and fog and a TomTom sending us the wrong way!
We were quick to set up and then played the waiting game. It was quite slow but soon picked up and we sold nearly all of what we brought with us. Met up with old friends Kev Mullins and Dave Hitchcock who shared a table with us and we could all marvel at the progress of his "Madam Samurai' book.
I ventured off to get some books signed, from most notably Frank Quitely and Ben Templesmith... both really nice guys... especially Ben whose "Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse' book is well worth your time and money.
Also met up again with Kieron and Jamie (Phonogram)... I must have driven Kieron mad over the time he's known me with my insecurities of my work and he did write something very cool (and funny) on my Phonogram: The Singles Club 1... maybe I'll scan it and put it up here. Both really nice guys and thoroughly deserve the success they're both getting.
Picked up the latest issue of 'Criminal' from the brilliant Sean Phillips... he even remembered me from a page of artwork I bought from him. He does just keep getting better and better if that's at all possible.
Had some nice comments about Wolfmen... and people asking for the second book, which shows interest is still there. Overall the day flew by and before we knew it we had packed up and were on the road home for just after 5pm... as both Dave and myself were pretty tired and I had two little boys to see and put to bed when I got home :-)
Next stop Bristol next year, where I'm hoping I can have finished copies of 'Fall of the Wolfmen' for sale... better get inking!
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Created by a few years back now by my friend Nigel Pye (a very talented writer and professional journalist) and myself for a planned children's book but after starting it I abandoned it quite a few times as I wasn't happy with the artwork I'd done.
Every year I do a Snod Christmas card for family and friends, which Nigel always writes something really good and witty for then. Everyone loves them and always ask where the book is?
This last week Nigel and I decided to put the Snod on Facebook, both as a fan page and a page for himself... the response has been outstanding to say the least and everyday we get messages/emails asking about him and the book. Many people seem to think we could be on to something with him so I've decided to get stuck in on the illustrations and design for the book.
Not sure how many pictures they'll be yet... and this won't interfere with Wolfmen 2 progress but this has strangely become a priority for me out of nowhere and I can't wait to get stuck into it at last!
I will post some of the artwork and progress on the book on my blog.
I wonder what the Snod would think?
Friday, 13 November 2009
Haven't posted much art lately, so here's another panel from a recently completed page of 'Fall of the Wolfmen' To find out the identity of the shadowy character behind Jack Grey you'll have to wait until the book comes out next year :-)
Inking a couple of easy pages at the moment then it's back to more time-consuming stuff... got a Predators story and pinup to do after Christmas, so will take a short break from Wolfmen for that.
Will also be starting a new project soon, just for myself... harks back to my love of those Saturday morning cartoons I loved as a kid... will probably never see print but that's ok.
It's just one of those things I have to do for myself really.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Back from my hols - a week away in Tenerife with the lads... which was good but at the same time pretty stressful. It's kind of one of those things you have to do and learn from really.
Dave's posted some fantastic reviews of 'Whatever Happened to the World's Fastest Man?' and as they're so good I'll provide links here:
Not much else to say, gonna start cracking back on with Wolfmen inks to meet my deadline of being halfway through the book by the end of the year... yes... nearly Christmas... where has the year gone?
Then I have to decide what project to do afterwards. Wolfmen 3 will take a back seat as I need a break from it for a while. Watch this space for developments.