This year, I’ve been working with Chrissy Williams on editing and designing a book about Poetry Comics with Sidekick Books. It’s called Over The Line and features around 70 pages of all-new Poetry Comics as well as a detailed introduction about the history of the medium. It’s been a really fun and exciting project and we’re extremely proud of the final book.
We were particularly honoured to have Alan Moore give us this quote for the book:
This is that spine-tingling moment when two attractive and sophisticated forms, both admired for their rhythm and sense of timing, eye each other across the cultural dance floor. In Over The Line, at once an insightful introduction and a comprehensive showcase for the emerging phenomenon of Poetry Comics, Chrissy Williams and Tom Humberstone provide the best possible venue for what looks like being a breathtaking tango. I really can’t recommend this venture highly enough, and I’d advise you mark your card immediately.
Here are some photos of the book – with a fancy belly band and lovely cover artwork by one of the interior artists Ioan Morris.
The book launched at Gosh! Comics and the Poetry Cafe in September. The Poetry Cafe currently has an exhibition of the work in the book running until the end of October. Do pop in if you’re nearby – it’s free and is a lovely space to spend time in.
The book is available from Gosh! Comics, Orbital Comics, The Poetry Cafe, and online at Sidekick Books. It should hopefully be getting a wider distribution in more poetry and bookstores soon. Keep an eye on the Sidekicks Books website for more details.
Additional to my Hostile Environment comic which very broadly paints a picture of the far right in the UK, here’s a little more info about asylum seekers. This was created for the 2013 Thought Bubble Anthology. It feels appropriate to be posting it now.
Waking up to another Ukip win today, I thought I might throw this 5 pager online that I produced last year for Matt Bors, on behalf of Pando Quarterly. I pitched it as a guide to the rise of the far-right in the UK. It tries to fit a lot into 5 pages but I’m happy with how it came out in the end. I’m less happy that things don’t seem to be getting any better…
Part one is online here if you missed it.
Part two is here.
All chapters are finished and we’re putting the finishing touches to a printed version that should be available in October/November this year. Part 4 should be online next month.
Part one is online here if you missed it.
I’m starting work on Part 5 of the comic this week. Part 3 should be online next month.
This was the comic I mentioned at the start of the year here.
I’m starting work on Part 4 of the comic next week. I think the chapters are going online monthly, but I might have that wrong.
While working on the New Statesman comics, I’ve also been working on some other projects this past month…
1. I was commissioned by European Movement to produce a four page comic about the EU (and the UK’s part in it) which will be published online and as a physical pamphlet. It was written by Peter Luff at EM. That’s all finished and should be going to print soon I think. Here’s a small preview from page one:
2. And now that’s completed, I’ve just started work on a 48 page comic about the past, present and future of humanitarian aid – on behalf of Cordaid. The comic will be divided into 5 chapters which should be going online over the next few months. The comic is written by Tjeerd Royaards (editor and founder of Cartoon Movement) who is travelling around interviewing people and digging into archives as I type. When the chapters are finished, the comic will be printed as a physical book.
I’ll update the blog when all these go online and are available to read in their entirety. In the meantime, I’ll continue posting new NS comics here every Friday!
Earlier in the year, I produced a one page comic about asylum seekers and refugees in the UK for the Thought Bubble anthology. It was related to my TB residency last year when I taught comics to the community at BAfR. The comic was called “Sanctuary”, and hopefully it wasn’t too much of a tonal shift from everything else in the TB anthology! I wrote a bit more about it here. But here’s a little preview:
Working on it made me want to produce a longer comic about the far right in this country. So when Matt Bors, comics editor at NSFW Magazine, asked if I wanted to pitch anything to their December issue, I went with this. It still tries to fit too much into a 5 page comic but I’m happy with a lot of how it turned out despite that.
In-between completing the comic and it going to print, NSFW Corp sold to Pando and the issue will now be published in the December issue of Pando Quarterly. I’ll be honest and say I have no idea what this means and I had no idea who Pando Daily were but there you go. I produced the comic for one company and it’s being published by another.
Here’s a preview of the first page:
I was asked to produce around 6-7 pages of comic art for each protagonist (written by the Butch & Sundance team) that act as informative story interludes and sometimes as prizes for getting further in the game. I also designed some of the UI elements.
This was a big project which I worked on over the summer and I’m glad to see it’s online and out there now. Proud of my work on it. You can play it here. Here’s a couple of screen-grabs of the game:
And here are the cover images I made for each story:
Here’s a new poem comic written by Chrissy Williams (who has recently been nominated for the Michael Marks award!) and illustrated by me. We had a lot of fun bouncing ideas and rough layouts back and forth on this.