Alt Press Takeover

The Final Countdown

Goood afternoon ladies and gentlemen!

So, I haven’t gone mad. Well, I may have done, but this specific reasoning for having not gone mad comes from a midday blog effort. “Oooh”, I hear you all say, as you munch your lunchtime sarnie trying to avoid getting crumbs in the keyboard. Which always happens anyway. Yes! I decided a change was in order this week, before I busy my head in more comics for the remainder of the afternoon.

It’s been a busy week, in fact each week has been becoming steadily busier in the run up to my two-week Scandi adventures; so I have three more afternoons of work to get everything done as much as physically possible so that I can enjoy my fortnight in the fjords. As I revealed last week, my new collaborative zine Sneaky Business has been completed! I received the final artwork, finished the covers up and tomorrow I shall be scurrying along to the local printers to throw my USB their way. HOW EXCITING! Now that it’s all beautifully laid out, I can give you a proper introduction…

Sneaky Business - A collaborative comics zine full of sneaky.. well.. business.
Sneaky Business – A collaborative comics zine full of sneaky.. well.. business, really.

Sneaky Business is a comics zine of my creation, featuring two page and one page comics. After producing a one-page comic for Keara Stewart earlier in the year for her comics anthology A Bit of Undigested Potato, I felt deeply inspired to have a go myself! Though, not with quite so many comics as an anthology, as I think my brain would fall out from the stress of doing that amount of organising on top of everything else. Shortly after TAKEOVER back in May, the idea was born and I started contacting friends in the business. Another reason I wanted to do something like this, as I told the other artists involved, is because the majority of my work is quite dark, emotive and serious. How is everybody supposed to know how hilariously funny I am, without me showing them? Thus, Sneaky Business was born.. From the talented hands of (from top-bottom of the image above);

Rozi Hathaway – hello! -waves-
Pete Hindle – http://petehindle.com/
Samuel C Williams – http://cargocollective.com/samuelcwilliams
Alex Hahn – http://www.alexhahnillustrator.com/
and…
Peter James Norman – http://www.aplacetoputthings.co.uk/

Now for more exciting news! Sneaky Business is being launched on Saturday 29th August 2015 at MancsterCon, so if you’re in the area please do come and say hi and pick up your shiny new copy of Sneaky Business. I will be hosting an internet pre-launch on Monday 24th August, so if you’re unable to get to Manchester (cuh, you’ll be missing out) then I shall make sure you get your copy featuring these wonderful sneaky comic artists for the weekend. A big thanks to my creators Sam, Pete, Alex and Peter, and to anyone who has has helped me out; a special mention to Keara for being an inspiration and Ricky Miller from Avery Hill Publishing for giving me his words of wisdom when I was mid-crisis. So, keep your eyes peeled and be sure to order a copy when it’s released! Because it’s awesome.

In other news, I’ve been clocking up the hours at the ol’ desk producing this Top Secret project that’s due in September, which I mentioned last week. As all you wonderful people asked so nicely, (you didn’t, but I’m guessing you really wanted to..) here are some more snippets of what’s being taking all my time and energy!

I’m really really really really hoping to have all the pages inked by Friday evening, so when I return two-stone heavier from the lands of Danish pastries I can relax and focus on preparing for the colouring aspect, ready for deadline. Yesterday I managed to draw and ink up two in 5 hours, so by that logic I won’t quite get it done.. But I’m going to try my hardest! Page one was a bit of a pain, the rest should be easier. I hope. And pray.

So, yes! Hopefully all this visual stimulation invigorates you all ready for your afternoons, just think of me cramped over my desk drawing pages after pages of comics, and think about how much simpler a desk-job is. I will be back in three weeks time with a full update of my travels, so I hope everybody has a wonderful couple of weeks, and think of me on a boat somewhere between the islands surrounding Oslo.. Or in Stockholm having fika.. Or in Denmark practising my Danish on real, Danish people whilst playing with Lego and eating wienerbrød. Until then – over and out.

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Comics Galore

Good evening happy campers,

So, another week bites the dust and more things are crossed off my ever-growing list. Just a short update today, as my time since Rejsen has largely been spent in front of a computer. Joy! Last week I finished up an application to the Arts Council England after the gruelling hours (and hours.. and hours) filling out the various forms online. As another top secret thing under my hat, that’s all I’m saying for now.. But, if you could all keep your fingers crossed and send some good luck vibes over I’d be very appreciative!

In other news, this past week I’ve been working on another short comic for something else sneaky and interesting, of which I’ll be able to reveal properly in the coming weeks. This one is another two-page edition which will be definitely going into some form of print alongside some other friendly faces.

Bless You!

One of those friendly faces involved happens to be Alex Hahn! I met Alex at Alternative Press TAKEOVER which I talked about back in May, where we spoke about all things business whilst waiting for the delayed tables to arrive for set-up. He’s an excellent illustrator, and I get the odd tinge of jealousy every time I see some of his work on his Instagram! Anyway, Alex put up a sneaky peek of his comic work for our collaboration earlier today, so I jumped at the opportunity to show you all too!

Alex Hahn’s sneaky-peek of his comic collaboration!

More details and sneaky peeks of this particular project (I know, there’s a few to keep track of.. It’s even a challenge for me!) will continue to next week, before the grand reveal later in the month. Which will nicely tide us all over until I depart on my adventures at the beginning of August! Phew, so many plans to remember.

Finally, I’m still waiting patiently to hear back from Dirty Rotten Comics and Art Aid Nepal regarding my submissions for each anthology. Lots hanging in the balance right now, but hopefully 2015 continues to be a successful year! For now though, it’s time to digest my dinner and unwind. Over and out!

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