Tuesday, 28 May 2013

My Back Pages

I love books. I buy new books to read on my Kindle; I buy real books from the Folio Society for their beautiful designs and illustrations; I also have become quite obsessed with second-hand paperback books from the fifties and sixties. One of the shops I buy from is My Back Pages in Balham. Yesterday I picked up some rather nice books for a bargain price. A couple of them - the Kerouac and the Burroughs - I've been eyeing for some time, but the price was a little steep. Yesterday they were half-price. But I'm not happy. The reason they, along with the rest of the stock, were selling at a knock-down price is that the shop is closing down. One of the best-known and best-loved secondhand bookshops in London is closing its doors. Sure, you can find more second-hand books online than ever before, but there's nothing that beats pottering around among the shelves and stacks of a shop like My Back Pages. You can't potter online.

Below are scans of the books. The Chatterley Trial, Naked Lunch and Dharma Bums are all first editions and the Kerouac in particular is a real rarity in that condition.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Storm Dogs 6 - Work in Progress

The final issue of the first arc of STORM DOGS is well under way. Here's Page 4, layouts to colours...

Pencils by Doug Braithwaite, colours by Ulises Arreola.

Monday, 13 May 2013

BD and Comics Passion

The annual BD and Comics Passion event takes place in the Institut Francais from 30th May to 2nd June. I was invited to be a guest but unfortunately that weekend I will be at the 2D festival in Derry, so I had to turn them down. But, Mark Stafford will be there talking about The Man Who Laughs and the line-up is particularly good this year with Glen Baxter, Francois Boucq, RĂ©gis Loisel, Posy Simmonds and Jaime Hernandez!! Full list of guests here.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Man Who Laughs at the Mall Galleries

This Saturday, 4th May, the prestigious Mall Galleries in London play host to the Lineup 2013 Independent Comics Fair. Here's how to get there: http://illustrato.rs/lineup/plan-your-visit

The event runs from 10am - 5pm

Come along and immerse yourself in a splendid array of artwork and publications, watch illustrators drawing live in the venue, meet your favourite creators and discover talented up-and-coming artists.

Mark Stafford and I will be at the Selfmadehero stand, signing copies of The Man Who Laughs.

Below you'll find a list of some of the other publishers and creators who will be at the fair.

An independent press, publishing limited edition first books by authorial illustrators.
Elliot Baggott is a Comic artist whose work explores processes of urban decay and regeneration, and their parallels in the field of conservation.
Dan Berry is an illustrator, designer, cartoonist and lecturer based somewhere around the middle of the UK.
Hannah Berry is mostly a graphic novelist, but also a writer, illustrator, occasional lecturer and editorial gun-for-hire. 
Gareth Brookes is a comics creator known for his unusual approach to materials. He has used embroidery, textiles, lino-cut print, stenciling and even pressed flowers in his work and much of his self published output is handmade.
Since 2008 Paul has been self-publishing a collection of short narrative stories in a zine entitled Browner-Knowle. His work has been published by Fantagraphics books in the U.S. as well as Stripburger in Europe.
Decadence is a comic anthology and collective that publishes science fiction stories. Their comics feature psychedelic altered states and dystopian visions.
Joe Decie draws pictures in boxes that are true and made up. His first book, The Accidental Salad, was published by Blank Slate in 2011.
Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and writer. She is currently working on her first graphic novel 'The Encyclopedia of Early Earth' which is due to be publushed in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US.
Steven Harris
Steven Harris is a British cartoonist and writer, based in London. He has illustrated a range of books for the Nightingale Press's Modern Anthropology range of humorous Modern Guides, including Hats (which he also authored), Drink, and Spectacles.
Daniel Locke is a UK based artist and illustrator. His work is featured in the 'Open Day Book' in the USA and 'A Graphic Cosmogony' from Nobrow Press, as well as appearing in many anthologies of contemporary comics.
Jamie Mills is a visual artist and illustrator from York. Primarily focussed on nature, repetition and structure the work often looks to show the connections between things, as well as look at human beings and their link with the environment.
Douglas Noble
Douglas Noble is a Scottish cartoonist, known mainly for his work in British small press comics, particularly his own title, Strip For Me.
Nobrow works with talented illustrators from around the world to produce books, prints and other fine collectable objects.
The Pittville Press is run by the illustration department at the University of Gloucestershire, a course with a particular emphasis on sequential illustration and graphic storytelling. They print and publish illustrated books and journals created by their students.
Owen Pomery
Owen Pomery is an illustrator and architectural model maker. He has recently combined his love of architecture and graphic narrative into a self-published comic series 'Between the Billboards'.
Andy Poyiadgi
A J Poyiadgi makes comics and films. He likes the collaborative nature of one and the solitary demands of the other.
Karen Rubins
Karen Rubins is an award-winning comics artist living and working in London, UK. In 2009 she spent six months as the V&A museum's official Comics Artist in Residence, using their collections as inspiration and research.
SelfMadeHero is a quirky independent publishing house committed to producing ground-breaking work in the graphic novel medium.
Soaring Penguin
Soaring Penguin Press is an eclectic publisher, specialising in graphic novels and poetry, predominantly from emerging new writers.