Friday, January 27, 2006
Refuge - graphic novel online - # 1
Click here to view my new online comic entitled: Refuge. I will be making weekly updates to this 'Refuge' from now onwards.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
My desk is covered by the scree of notes, books, papers printouts and coffee stains. Angled CD cases rest up against the screen to help structure the composition, treading over wires and flattening sheets of paper like a river of frozen ice, curving around piled up books and sidling up against the video camera. I brush it away trying to find the mouse. Such a big desk one can never find anything.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I have been working on "Refuge" for the past year now and it is finally in a state to put up online. It has been purposely made for reading on a web page, scrolling across the page using the left and right arrow keys. For the moment, as my first post, I have only put up the first scene. This will be followed shortly with further panels to extend the story. Eventually the story will be approximately 700 panels long. I have split the story up into chapters although the number and length of these may change, for practical download reasons, as time goes on.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Invariably a Comic
Creatinga spot here where I can place the Graphic Story that I am working on. I have drawn out the main panels and am currently 'inking' it up past the first chapter and now in the middle of the second. There will be approximately six chapters in all. I may go back and make minor changes to narrative or image clarity in the process of inking it all up. At present there are definite things that I would like to change when I get time. For now I am making this blog and a sister site to link to, that holds the story as well as other artworks of mine.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Refuge at Grovel and Hutch Owen
Andy Shaw, the editor at Grovel.org.uk which seems to be the only site in the UK that focuses on Graphic Novels, has written a few words about my online comic in the Graphic Novel News section of his site, with links to this blog and to the Refuge home page. Many thanks to him for that.
The very busy Tom Hart of Hutch Owen has also linked to Refuge from his site.
Monday, January 09, 2006
The Day Job
People are constantly asking me where do I find time outside of my regular comics to do other things like bar work and driving taxi cabs.
I tell you my friends its not easy but I try to keep the dull and repetitive work going when I can even when I'm cabbing till the early hours. Some people call it an obsession but really there doesn't seem to be anything else at all that I'm good at. I occasionally get comics posts to pay my way and keep the social off my back.
I like taxiing at night because if I get caught doing it in the daytime people might gossip and I don't want the family to find out! The streets are so quiet what with everybody drawing comics on their own in their rooms these days; it's easy to get found out. Only just the other day a man was in court being charged for not carrying a comic characterisation of himself inside his wallet. That was in the Planet funny papers I read that.
I tell you, I was having a chat with my friend Jimmy the other day and we were both criticising this country for its lack of interest in public transport. Nobody bothers to go out anymore! Who needs a taxi? They're all too busy drawing and reading comics and graphic novels. I mean the taxi trade and other old occupations such as bus drivers, street cleaners (who needs to clean a clean street, nobody goes out!). I sometimes wish everybody was a whole lot more outgoing like in America. They got a whole transport industry over there. If things persist as they are I think I'm going to emigrate, go where my taxiing skills are more appreciated. OK, there are some small self employed (unlicensed) taxi cabbers floating around out there - er, me being one of them, but will the transport system ever take off in this country, who knows. You do see some taxi's riding around with what look like passengers in the back but it's always foreign owned firms!
Oh I dream of one day getting a passenger, maybe a chatty sociable person who simply has to get out of those extreme, creativity inducing conditions. Get away from the monotonous job of developing panel after panel and drawing the same characters again and again. He or she could maybe risk a breath of fresh air and act as if they're briefly sauntering into the back streets and hey presto, into the back of my cab! I have one of those new silent electric running engines. So lights off and round the corner we go. Even If the client stops there and gets off to rush back to the building it would be something, a bit of taxiing, I gotta keep it up. Anyway, back to my room to carry on with the comic. They are supposed to come out quarterly. Drawing materials are handed out now on social benefit. Prime Minister Groening is now on a record third term in office. The way things are going I think I'm going to take up pizza delivery!