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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:00:56
Pencil & inking practice

It’s been a while since I posted up pencils and inks for aspiring/fully-functional cartoonists to practice on. So here’s a document with two comics from a few months ago (I split it into two smaller strips). It’s a Photoshop file with pencils to ink, inks to colour, and you can even letter it if you want. When you’re done, reblog this post (if you’re reading this on the Scary Go Round site rather than Tumblr, the permalink is here) with your effort included. I look forward to seeing them! This has been a lot of fun to do in the past.

The two comics you’re working on are here and here in the archive.

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:00:20
Bad Machinery 4 pre-orders end Monday!

Monday September 28th is the last day to pre-order Bad Machinery 4: The Case Of The Lonely One from Previews. The order code is JUN151451. That’s all!  

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:16:49
The politics of links lists

I did an event in N. Ireland a couple of weeks ago. I talked to a few small press people who asked how I built an audience online. I told them, and then I said they it probably wasn’t possible to do it that way because no one links to the comics they like any more.

The old web felt more about interconnected sites, and word of mouth, and giving a leg up to talent you liked - in webcomics, that usually meant just linking to someone on your front page. I think those lists of...


Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:15:39
Giant Days 6 out... TODAY!

In comic shops and via Comixology (if it’s not there right this second, it will be later today), Giant Days issue six is the most MAGENTA comic on the stands. 100% M you guys.

This is Lissa Treiman’s final issue on art duties (though she’ll still be providing covers) and I want to say a very special thank you to her for making this collaboration constantly rewarding. She’s an amazing artist and I can’t wait to see what she does next. 

Issue seven is out in October, with another art genius taking the helm. I’ve seen the pages and OH BOY - they’re real, and they’re spectacular.

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:47:20
Original Giant Days, Appearances, Tackleford Wikia

ITEM! If you’ve enjoyed the Giant Days comics from Boom!Box but never seem my original three-part series detailing the girls’ first week in Sheffield, they’re all still available! In the UK, get them here, everywhere else, get them here! It’s not elitist to be a completist.*

ITEM! I have lined up personal appearances in September, October and November. See you at Derry Comic City Festival, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Thought Bubble in Leeds. At LICAF I’ll be drawing a whole comic in 24 hours, a task so ill-suited to my constitution that there’s a good chance I’ll die trying.

ITEM! A body of hardworking fans has begun to put together the ultimate guide to Tackleford, which is good because I don’t remember very much about the comics I’ve made. I have quite a weak mind. It’s already very impressive, and you can contribute too if you wish! The Tackleford Wikia has already saved me from embarrassing errors several times and it could save you too (though this is less likely.)

* I don’t know what I mean by this

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September 12-13th - ComicCity Festival, Derry, N. Ireland

October 16-18th - Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, UK

November 14-15th - Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, UK

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