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Monday, 10 August 2015

Announcing 'Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film' - Coming November 2015 from SelfMadeHero

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982)
After working quietly on it for the last two years, I am extremely pleased to announce that this November will see the release of my first graphic novel: Filmish - A Graphic Journey Through Film.

Expanding on my self-published Filmish series, the book takes the reader on a journey through the history of cinema, exploring the inner workings of an eclectic mix of classic and cult cinema. With each chapter taking on a different theme - the body, time, ideology - the book is designed to be a fun and accessible way to learn more about the movies and introduce yourself to both the history and theory of cinema.

Jean-luc Godard's Breathless (1960)
I couldn't be more pleased that this book is coming out from publisher SelfMadeHero, who have an exceptional reputation for thought-provoking graphic novels, and non-fiction and educational comics.

There will be more details to come in the next few months, and you can keep up to date with things by following me on Twitter or Facebook.

Right now you can download my self-published Filmish comics for only 59p each using the code 'filmishbook'.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Custom Boardgame



 With my soon-to-be-announced book recently finished I spent some time last week making a re-skin of the fantastic boardgame Coup for my wonderful friend Amy's birthday. It was a fun wee task, and a great way to unwind after almost two years working on the same project.


A tense and entertaining bluffing game, the original Coup comprises 5 characters, each with unique abilities. For Amy's custom set I reinterpreted these characters as member's of Amy's family, including her partner, her son and her cat. I think if I'd had more time it would have been nice to rewrite the game's theme as well to make it more suited to the family setting- but I was running to a tight deadline. Nonetheless, I'm really pleased with how it turned out - in large part thanks to the spot-on print job by John at Printvision in Edinburgh.



Monday, 2 February 2015

Hourly Comic Day 2015

1st of February is Hourly Comic Day, a challenge to draw a diary comic every hour throughout the day.  It's mostly a fun, if gruelling, exercise that loads of cartoonists take part in across the world.  I did one this year after convincing myself up until about 10am that I wasn't going to.  It was fun though and well worth it, especially with other Edinburgh artists such as Aimee Lockwood, Zyzanna Dominiak and Sonya Hallett taking part at the same time.

Anyway, here it is...



If you want to support my work you can buy some of my comics here. You can catch up with my previous hourlies here, here and here.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Totem

Every month a bunch of comic artists from around Edinburgh meet up for a drink, and every month we bring with us a mini comic we've made based on a theme set the previous month.  This month's theme was 'Totem' and despite my own contribution being pretty dumb, I thought I'd share it anyway.





You can find out more about the Edinburgh League of Comics and our activities here. Fellow artist Aimee Lockwood has posted her wonderful contribution here.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Scottish Independence Comic

Last year I drew this comic about my feelings on Scottish Independence.  It was meant to go into an anthology, but with that delayed and with the vote now just months away, I agreed with the editor that I should put it online.  I have presented them here in the page spread format that was originally intended for printing, so each jpeg is actually two pages side-by-side.




If you like my comics, you can support me by buying some here or downloading some here!

Or if you want to learn more about making comics, and live in Edinburgh, I have a comic course starting 8th May 2014... more about it here.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Comics Class.


I recently got the opportunity of teaching an 8 week course in comics creation at Edinburgh's Leith Academy.  It was a really exciting experience, and the artists I taught were a very enthusiastic bunch, whose dedication to their work was extremely encouraging.  A lot of great comics got made on the course, and I was pleased that I managed to encourage and help guide these artists in what they wanted to do.  From comics newbies to more experienced artists, they all showed a lot of talent and some fantastic ideas - and I think each of them got something good out of the course.

Anyway, term two starts soon enough, and while some of my students have vowed to return, I'm looking for others to come along and join the class.  Anyone with an interest in getting into comics will gain something from the class - I know from experience that even just having a regular slot in your week to do comics can make a huge difference.

The class costs £39.50 / £24.00 for the 6 weeks.  Running from the 8th of May.  You can book via 0131 553 2810, through Leith Academy, which is where the class is held.


Friday, 29 November 2013

Digital Editions

You can now easily buy digital editions of my comics via Gumroad.  For just 99p you can get a copy of any of the Filmish issues (except the out-of-print issue 1), or a copy of my autobio comic Grow- Tales of Parenthood.  For a limited time you can use this link to get Filmish: Sets and Architecture for a measly 69p!

Don't forget you can still buy hard copies of all of these from my usual shop.  The Filmish Megapack contains the three issues of Filmish and some postcard prints, which may/may not be the perfect Christmas gift for someone.