Cardiff Indie Comic Expo (CICE) and Frome Comic Con

Just a reminder that I’ll be heading into Cardiff today for tomorrow’s Cardiff Indie Comic Expo (CICE). It’s at the Mercure Hotel, Cardiff, and opens at 10am for those who bought tickets online and 11am for anyone who wants to buy a ticket on-the-door. The show closes at 6pm. I’ll be selling print copies of Joe Cape; Unfamiliar Skies; and Sometimes, I Just Want to Kill You All. I’ll also be taking A4 bust commissions on-the-day! In a surprise announcement, I’ve been invited to Frome Comic Con at the Cheese & Grain, Frome, on Sunday 12th August! Originally, CICE was going to be my last show of 2018 because I’m getting married in October but me and the soon-to-be-Mrs had a chat and we reckon we’ve got one more show in us before the wedding. I’d love to see you at either show, or maybe even both if you’re feeling...

So, 2018

A new tax year has started and I’ve just received (and paid) for my website renewal. It’s not the biggest cost I’ve had recently, not by a long shot. In the past two months, I’ve paid for a house move, my partner’s car repairs (which as of yesterday I’ll now need to fund more of…), costs for our wedding in October, heck I’m typing this from a holiday chalet because we’re away for a friend’s wedding this week. Still, while the website renewal is a comparatively miniscule cost I’ve taken a look at what I’m doing with this page. Over the past 12 months, new posts and traffic figures have been in the single digits – for which I take full responsibility. I’ve essentially sat on a domain name for a year and even then it’s technically the wrong domain. A .net address is for networks and I’m… just me. Okay, .co.uk and .com were already taken and I’m being incredibly picky but still… Domain extension aside, I do need to figure out what I want to do with this website. If I’m paying for it, I want to use it. My name’s on it so surely it should be a reflection of me, right? Well, that invites the larger question of who I am and what I want to be. Right now, I have multiple hobbies and interests, my hands are in a lot of pots – too many sometimes! Which ones do I want to focus on and present to the world? Comic-wise, I seem to regularly have a crisis of confidence or a period of apathy....
Unfamiliar Skies issue 2 Kickstarter

Unfamiliar Skies issue 2 Kickstarter

Unfamiliar Skies is currently on Kickstarter to raise funds to cover the print costs of the book. Click here to see the campaign. Digital copies start at just £1 with physical copies being only £5 posted within the UK (international shipping is available at an additional cost). Backers also get exclusive behind-the-scenes updates on the book so make sure you’re not left...
Melksham Comic Con 2016

Melksham Comic Con 2016

Two weeks ago, I launched Unfamiliar Skies at the ever amazing Melksham Comic Con!  I can confidently say that Melksham celebrated it’s fifth birthday in style with it’s usual combination of hilarious panels, an impressive focus on comic-related guests and exhibitors, as well as what’s possibly the greatest team of staff members of any convention – the mighty Brians! The Panels As an exhibitor, I didn’t attend many panels.  That said, I did participate in this year’s Comics In Just A Minute, hosted by the Paradox Comics Group.  The panel certainly lived up to it’s legendary status, seeing high levels of attendance and frequent hilarity.  It’s been a staple of the show for a number of years now and I sincerely hope it remains that way!  To see how I got on, check out the video below: I also hosted a panel of my own, Economics of Indie Comics.  While I was recording it, my camcorder sadly decided to die halfway through.  If you’re curious, it was based on an article I’d previously written on this very site, which you can check out here.  It was definitely educational. While I didn’t attend any other panels I’m relaibly told that the annual Pictionary contest was a good time for all, Sonia Leong ran some high quality manga workshops, and many interesting topics were discussed over the weekend, such as reboots and the constant deaths of superheroes.  Despite it’s small size, Melksham continues to utilise the space available in the nearby town hall, as well as the King’s Arms pub (a new addition for this year), to offer a wide variety...

Free Preview of Joe Cape #3!

Hey guys, Joe Cape #3 isn’t quite ready to be released just yet but I’m so excited about how awesome the issue is that I wanted to share this free 3 page preview with you! It can be downloaded right here: Download it.  Download it now.  It’s great! One of the first things you might notice is that there’s a slight new twist to my colouring technique and it’s really making all of the pages pop!  I’m also trying to pack in the best backgrounds the series has seen so far.  In that regard I really wanted to share page 4 but there would have been far too many spoilers! In other news, I moved recently and now have an awesome studio attic room all to myself where I can draw to my heart’s content!  That’s going to help me deliver higher quality comics to you more frequently and that kicks all kinds of arse!  Rock on...

Weston Super Sonic

It’s become increasingly rare for me to post a write up following a convention.  This is partly because there are several conventions that are a part of my regular schedule and there are only so many things I can say about those, such as the MCM events, before I just end up repeating myself.  By this point, I think we all know what we’re getting from things like MCM and you can take a pretty good guess at how the event went. Similarly, a lot of conventions do feel very similar to one another.  While I visited Thought Bubble for the first time at the end of 2014, there wasn’t much to say about the weekend that couldn’t be said for other, similar, events.  That’s not to say Thought Bubble doesn’t have it’s own identity but it certainly wasn’t different enough to warrant a blog post. Weston Super Sonic, on the other hand, was a convention like no other.  It was a smaller, more intimate, event with around 200 attendees throughout the day.  I’m finding that the smaller the scale of these events, the better the atmosphere.  Weston Super Sonic and Melksham Comic Con have this in common.  They don’t see the same footfall as the MCMs but people have the time to stop and talk.  Everyone’s very enthusiastic and passionate about the subject matter and you really get to connect with the community.  Lower numbers seem to lead to more personal experiences, which is fantastic! Of course, a major contributor to that atmosphere was the fantastic staff.  They genuinely cared about putting on the best event they could and had...