Yes, that Alan Partridge quote can only mean one thing… More audible ramblings from me.
First up – An interview with the lovely fellows at Indie Spinner Rack for their latest podcast about politics-related comics. I talked to them about My Fellow Americans just a couple of hours ahead of the final Presidential debate last week. They’re based in New York so the phoneline quality is fairly poor and we had some technical difficulties during the interview but hopefully you can hear enough for it to make sense. We recorded it quite late – to accommodate the time difference – so I doubt I make much sense anyway.
Listen to it here.
Next up – if you’re not sick of my voice already – is another podcast for Electric Sheep Magazine and Panel Borders. Alex Fitch and I review a collection of David Lynch shorts and discuss the use of animation in his work, the relevance of experimental short films, and the back catalogue of Lynch’s work. We recorded it outside a pub in New Cross – hence the regular interruptions from police sirens.
That’s all for now.
Just a quick heads up to let you all know that there’ll be a 30 minute interview with me on Alex Fitch’s Panel Borders show on Resonance fm at 5.20pm tomorrow (Thursday 17th July). You can listen to the show live here or download the podcast after the event here.
We discuss the origins of the weekly drawing event I organise – Pen Club, my 24 hour comic Everything You Never wanted To Know About Crohns Disease, the evolution of my comic work from the early Art School Scum to How To Date a Girl in 10 Days, the recent My Fellow Americans book, and various elements of the comic industry.
The Canadian website Health Central are running an exclusive feature on my 24 hour comic about Crohns Disease. The comic is accompanied by the first of four blogs, written by me, about my experiences with the condition. The first post focuses on my reasons for doing the comic, the response it provoked, and the difficulties of attempting a 24 hour comic.
Read the first blog here.
I’ll post an update on here when future blogs are online…
The second blog – “A day in the life of a Crohns sufferer” – is here.
Last night, Dan and I were interviewed about the My Fellow Americans book on Rhod Sharp’s ‘Up All Night‘ on BBC Five Live. The evening saw Obama secure his nomination as the democratic Presidential candidate, and also marked six months since the Iowa caucus, the first major event on the primary calendar.
The interview went well enough. However, through no fault of his own, Rhod had little knowledge of our book which led to us being asked more general questions about the election rather than anything specific about our trip and the grass-roots reporting.
Still, if you’re interested in hearing us blather on about the US election, or would just like to hear me stumble over my words and spend what feels like an eternity feeling around blindly for the right phrase – listen again to the show here. We’re interviewed about 3hrs 7mins in.
Download or listen to the mp3 of our interview here.
My Fellow Americans book launch
A big big thank you to everyone who came, bought a book, bought some artwork or just said hello. Was a wonderful evening and the feedback to the book has been really encouraging. Apologies if I didn’t manage to say more than a few words to some of you – it was an extremely busy night and I was a bundle of nerves… as I often am at these sort of nights. There’s a few words about the event and details on how you can buy the book online at the My Fellow Americans website.
Special thanks goes out to all the bands and DJs who played on the night. Every act was superb and really made the evening. Dan and I owe you all several drinks.
Buy the book!
Those of you who were unable to make it to the launch night, or are just interested in picking up a copy of the book can now go here to buy it via PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to pay by cheque.
If you’re based in London, the book is also available to buy in Orbital Comics on Charing Cross Road. Further retailers will be stocking the book and I’ll update this blog with the details. If you’re a retailer and would like to stock the book, please get in touch via the email address above.
The book and my comics are all available to buy through the Ventedspleen shop which is here. There’s also a link to the shop in the sidebar of this blog.
I exhibited at the London Underground Comic’s NoBarcodes event in Camden Lock Market on Saturday. Sold a few comics and copies of the My Fellow Americans book – my thanks to those of you who came and said hello. I always find these sort of events quite hard as I’m not a natural sales person and find it infinitely more comfortable drawing the comics from my desk at home, but it’s always good to meet other small-press artists. Thanks to the warm, friendly, gracious and supportive Oli Smith for making me feel so at home on the day.
I’ve decided to take a break from comic conventions this year. The reasons are legion, but the main idea was to try and focus on getting various projects finished and be able to approach the cons next year with a wealth of new material I’m happy with – that hasn’t been rushed in order to meet a printing deadline.
This year’s Bristol International Comic Expo (as with other years) also plays host to the Eagle awards ceremony. It took place over the weekend. I was nominated but – due to never receiving an invitation to the awards, my self-imposed convention ban, and my own terrible memory for these things – I didn’t turn up.
Which was a silly thing to do in hindsight as I won the category I was nominated in! The wonderfully friendly and warm guys behind Tales From The Flat picked up the award on my behalf.
How to Date a Girl in 10 Days (issue 2)
Favourite Black & White Comic – British
Sadly, Issue 2 is currently out of print but I’m going to get a new print-run ready as soon as I can.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me. It really means a lot and I shall have Issue 3 for you as soon as possible (the inevitable work/life balance delays – as always – withstanding).
The Comics Waiting Room reviewed Issues 1 and 2 of How to date a Girl in 10 Days and Art School Scum here.
“A charming bit of navel-gazing”
There’s also a notable mention of my work at Poopsheet here.
The collected Art School Scum gets a nice review at Silver Bullet Comics here.
“Wow, this is really bitter stuff”
One of my favourite lines:
“I can only hope that Tom’s love life improves because it can’t get any worse”
Update: The second issue has been reviewed here – “It all looks good, which is more than can be said for Tom who has yet to find his razor or his comb”