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I’m at Hastings Illustration Festival (or HIFEST) on Saturday December 6th at the Atrium in (wait for it) HASTINGS! It’s my last event of the year, showcasing an astonishing array of illustrators. If you live on the southeast coast, why not come along and see me? Purchase a Christmas present for someone! Or just say hello!
I’ll have a selection of my books (Giant Days, Expecting To Fly, Bad Machinery 2 & 3 in hard and softcover), plus teatowels, sketches, stickers, badges and prints. If you know you’ll be coming along and want something specific, drop me a line!
The venue is right by Hastings railway station. I hope to see you there.
Find out more about the event here.
I did a Desert Island Comics interview on the Forbidden Planet blog, talking about the comics that formed me as an “entity”. Great memories. Great… memories…
I’ve just added the Expecting To Fly 2-parter to my shop. It’s sold as a 2-book set, but if you bought book 1 from me at a convention, or from a store, you can get a copy of issue 2 on its own.
If you’re coming to Thought Bubble in Leeds next weekend, I’ll have these with me. Otherwise, why not invest? I feel like these might be… a good present… for someone who likes comics. Even if that someone is yourself.
I’ve designed some new shirts for Christmas.
After a couple of months of thinking about it, I’ve decided to conclude Bad Machinery with the Case Of The Modern Men. It feels like the right time to do it. The characters have outgrown the setting, the premise and the format. I’ve tinkered with the comic for three cases, with mixed results - a whole story of giant pages, then lots of little strips, but I’ve felt like I was in a holding pattern for the last couple of years. I don’t want to stop telling stories with these characters, but I’m not sure I can do much more with them without returning to the drawing board. There’s definitely more to come from Charlotte, Shauna and the rest of them, but you might not see much of them for a little while. With the third book released in December and five more stories to go, Oni’s beautiful print editions of Bad Machinery should continue unabated. I’m really proud of what they’ve done with my work.
Needless to say, comics won’t stop in the meantime. When Expecting To Fly ends this Friday, Bobbins will return for a run of a few months (6 or 7 days a week) while I work on the 4th Bad Machinery book and a (currently secret) print project. I came up with so many ideas creating the idiotic, fictitious “Scary Go Round universe” over the last couple of months, that I see no reason for anyone to panic any time soon. The website will probably revert back to being called “Scary Go Round” as an umbrella for all the different things I’ve been doing over the last five years.
Thanks to everyone who has supported Bad Machinery. Think of this as a Doctor Who-style regeneration in progress. Your friends will be back.