Thursday, February 21, 2013

A salty night was had by all!

Just thought to post a couple of images from the launch of The Silver Darlings at the excellent Gosh! Comics last Friday evening.

Here is the original design for the painting destined for Gosh!'s windows and below is the window emblazoned.

This was considerably easier than the Nelson window painting I worked on, always at the mercy of the Posca pens. Gosh!'s rich supply of colours even allowed me to top the character's dome with a crown of ginger.

All that remains to be said is a huge thank you to Gosh!, The City Shanty Band, Tunnock's (for their exquisite Caramel Logs), Blank Slate Books and of course to all the hardy souls that come along on the night.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Launching the Silver Darling - Gosh! Comics, 15th Feb, 7-9pm

I'm starting to run thin on sea-faring puns to tie in with references to my book The Silver Darlings, which launches at London's incomparable Gosh! Comics on Friday 15 February. This post's title refers to the fishing boat at the heart of the book, the Silver Darling, and deserves little more explanation than that.

The folk at Gosh! and especially Tom Oldham of Beserker Magazine and Breakdown Press have been really supportive of the book, for which I'm very grateful. This all kicked off with an exclusive bookplate edition of 200 (pictured below), which is still available free with every copy of the book bought at Gosh!

Next up is the launch itself. Details are on the flyer below.

I'm currently working on a design for the shop's window and on the night there will be an exhibition of original art whilst I merrily sign and sketch in copies of The Silver Darlings. 

Of course no launch would be complete without a a wee drink for all those that come along and what's more Caramel Logs (as rare as hen's teeth south of the border) are being generously laid on by Tunnock's. If you want to discover the secret behind Tunnock's Caramel Logs listen to the ad at this link (NB: No dragons are harmed in the making of Tunnock's Caramel Logs).

Finally, the salt-crust that will lend the evening a truly nautical flavour is a performance from Hackney's own City Shanty Band. I'll leave you with one of their numbers and hope to see you on the night!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Standing on the shoulders of giants

I've recently treated myself to the opportunity to draw a character by Warwick Johnson Cadwell...

Hunch Parsons - Shrouded in mystery it seems Hunch may take a little while to surface. Thankfully we can console ourselves with Warwick's upcoming run on Tank Girl and Dangeritis his web-comic based game of tag with the equally excellent Robert Ball.