Friday, 30 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 30


Phew, the final strip and also deadline day for my PhD transfer. I did pass but it may not have gone quite as depicted in the first panel.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 29


got a major deadline tomorrow, bit stressed

Monday, 26 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 26


The combination of music and art soothes the soul.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Friday, 23 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 23


Met up with some old pals from my Illustration MA this evening. Kasia Matyjaszek has an exhibition of her work in the golden hare bookshop in Edinburgh run by Helen Coburn. Some excellent work on show by Kasia in a lovely bookshop/gallery space. Some nice comics for sale too!

The mice are by Kasia and the hare is the bookshop logo.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 22


Trying out white ink on black paper, paper was a little too absorbant.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 20


Mid afternoon brain food. Two thirds of the way through now, only 10 days to go!

Monday, 19 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 19


20.42 Dundee to Kirkcaldy

30 Days of Comics - day 18


As I was leaving Leeds last night I did see Spider-Man and the Joker in the station and I imagined that Wonder Woman might have to get the train if she forgot where she parked her invisible plane.

30 Days of Comics - day 17


I visited the Thought Bubble convention after the Comics Forum conference, a jump from academia into fandom. Some contrasts and some similarities. People in costumes being a major difference!

30 Days of Comics - day 16


Fellow comics scholar Peter Wilkins does NOT like to cross the road until the green man lights up.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 14


Nice clean scanned version now available!



I'm away in Leeds at the Comics Forum conference so no scans for a few days just photos taken on my phone. Will upload better quality versions when I get back.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 13


Just in time, must do more drawing

Monday, 12 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 12


Not a comment on 30 days of comics obviously, only just over 1/3 of the way there, but on academic report writing. Nearly there... I do like a pictureless comic.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 11


Been busy writing a report for my PhD so this is a quick photoshop job featuring many people that I have been mistaken for...

Saturday, 10 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 10


Day 10 and a little bit of a cheat.  Each panel is from a different strip in my autobiographical comic The Adventures of Ticking Boy but I have tried to place them so there is still a narrative. Not the original one but a new story made from elements of the others - a comics cut-up.

Friday, 9 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 9


This is the view from my window, which unlike Ferguslie Park, isn't in Paisley. The quote, which always makes me give a wry smile, is from Espedair Street by Iain Banks, which is about an ageing prog-rocker living in a church in Glasgow.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 7


Today's strip was inspired by yesterday's and was created from photographs I took of Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #1136 at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.  If you haven't visited, do - it's on until 25th November.  It is an incredible experience to sit in the room and bathe in these bright colours, my photos don't do it justice.  I've cropped and rotated each panel to make them into a sequence that works.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 6

Still going and enjoying the project so far.  I liked using the colours of these 'sticky index markers' as a sequence as well as the drawings. Remember it's #30dayscomics on twitter



and in 3D...


Monday, 5 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 5


This strip is the first of a few photo comics that I am planning during the #30dayscomics and is a summary of the comics events I have been involved with in Dundee in the past month or so as part of my PhD studies and also as Dundee Contemporary Arts comics intern.

The top panel shows Colin MacNeil, Cam Kennedy and Al Ewing during a signing session at DCA prior to a screening of the new DREDD movie, they also gave a great Q&A session after the movie and you can see part of it here. The chap in front of the blue slide in the next panel is Dave Gibbons, giving a workshop on creating comics at Dundee University as part of Dundee Comics Day. The inset panel is from a strip by Ulf K. which is showing as part of the Comics, Manga & Co: The new culture of German comics exhibition at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design until December 8th. The next panel is from the end of day discussion at Dundee Comics Day and shows Frank Quitely, the back of Rian Hughes head, a partially obscured Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart, Frazer Irving and Peter Doherty. The final panel is the front cover of a 16 page comic created during a workshop with the Discovery Young Ambassadors at the Discovery Film Festival last weekend. Phew, I need a lie down now...

Sunday, 4 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 4

Beautiful clear autumn day today, perfect for a walk on the beach.


30 Days of Comics - day 3

This one was produced while I was running a workshop for teenagers at the Discovery Film Festival at Dundee Contemporary Arts yesterday. They made 15 pages of great strips, I managed two panels...


Friday, 2 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 2

Quick comic drawn while on a train, possibly inspired by Branford the Bee in Chris Ware's Building Stories. Actual size is about 3cm x 3cm. Pic taken on phone, other doodles may be included...


Thursday, 1 November 2012

30 Days of Comics - day 1

Derik Badman and others are attempting 30 days of comics again this year so I thought that I would try and see how long I last. This first attempt is from me mucking about in Manga Studio for the first time, and is deliberately aiming for the abstract. Many folks seem to be setting limitations on their comics, not sure I will but if I do it will be to keep them reasonably abstract and veer away from my regular autobiographical comics. The twitter tag is #30dayscomics