I RECENTLY held a couple of workshops at Ark Ayrton Primary Academy, here in Portsmouth, showing the children there how to draw caricatures of one another.
It was a fun couple of hours, and the kids seemed to have a lark cartoonifying (which is a word now) each other, and there was some great work produced by them.
Here now follows some pictures of the event, featuring me in my lovely tweed jacket (replete with elbow patches for added teacherness, which is also a word). BEHOLD!
All in all, a jolly good day was had by everyone, myself included!
Want to book me for a workshop at YOUR school or event? Then please drop me a line and let’s talk!
WHAT YOU’RE seeing above is a rough take of a proposed animated version of my ‘Grampire’ comic strip from The Dandy, which me and talented animator Mike Whaite pitched for the Digital Dandy before it was shut down earlier this year.
The Digital Dandy were looking for animated comics, and I had the idea of adapting some of my mini-strips to a simple, animated form. I contacted Mike (who I’d met at Cosgrove Hall Films when I was working on The Carrotty Kid) and he produced the fantastic title sequence above, as well as this cartoon version of one of Grampire’s strips from the print comic. ENJOY!
Mike, as ever, went above and beyond the call of duty and produced some lovely animation, which seemed to go down well at Dandy Towers but then never went any further than that, more’s the pity. DC Thomson did say that the Digital Dandy may well return once they’ve had a tinker with the idea, so maybe Grampire will one day make the animated leap. If not, at least he can live on in this very blog post for all eternity, befitting one of the undead.
Grampire is (c) DC Thomson & Co.
IT’S ALL been a bit quiet around here of late, but do not fear, I am not dead. Unless I suddenly died after typing this, which would be an absolute pisser because I’ve just gone and ticked another box off of the list of ‘British Comics I’d Quite Like To Be In’, by finally getting some work published in Britain’s fourth or fifth funniest magazine, Viz.
Viz is another of those titles I’ve often dreamt about getting my work into, ever since I was a pimply adolescent reading the comic and laughing at all the swears and feeling peculiar in the trouser area when seeing the ads for phone sex lines in the back. Now, years later, I’ve finally done it! And I still feel peculiar in the trouser area.
My Viz debut is a series of three, three-panel gag-strips entitled ‘Internet Troll’, with the ingenious twist that the troll in question is an ACTUAL troll. See what I did there? Genius, I know. This was originally an idea pitched to another title, but when things went a bit quiet there I threw in some extra curse words and sent it off to Viz HQ, who picked it up. HURRAH!
Here’s the first one for your perusal:
Obviously it’s a huge thrill to be finally published in Viz, though I am trying not to take it personally that in the issue wherein I make my debut, there is also a leaflet promoting the services of a suicide hotline. My stuff isn’t THAT bad, is it?!?!
To find out, and to read the rest of my strips, you’ll have to go to your nearest newsagent and plonk down £3.30 for issue 226, out TODAY, you cheapskates! But be warned, it’s not as Fanton-less as it used to be.