Sunday 15 June 2014

and Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, fathers!

Not sure how my dad will like being depicted as a giant gorilla...

...but it was supposed to invoke feelings of primal protection and care... not make him think he was big and hairy.  Besides, I think I'm bigger and hairier by now... but then, where do I get that from?

Oh, well! What can you do?  I love him, that's the point ^-^. 

It must be tough being a parent.


Viv and I had a stall at ELCAF over the weekend.  It was my first comics festival.  I was staggered by the numbers who came along.  Ok, Chris Ware was there but even so!  With audiences like that it is hard to understand why comics have such a small percentage of overall book sales in this country...

I very much regretted not having the poster I had been working on ready in time.  I came very close!   Oh well, it is done now and I will have it for the next event, whatever that might be.

Thanks to the organisers and everyone who helped to make it such a good day.

Friday 6 June 2014


Jim's Lion is  launching at the Illustration Cupboard on Wednesday 11th of June from 5.30.

come along if you are around!

Monday 2 June 2014

Jim's Lion in the world

The time has come for Jim's Lion to be set loose in the world.  This is always a terrifying moment because although you try your hardest to make things as well as you can, you never quite know how people are going to react...  The good news is that Jim seems to be going down pretty well so far.  It was in the Times over the weekend and I just read one review that is quite possibly the best I've ever had:

Thank you John Lloyd!  To read about someone understanding so completely what we were trying to do with this story makes me very, very happy.  It is everything you hope for when you set out to make a book.

I so hope this story does well.  It means a great deal to me personally for all sort of reasons...

In other news, there is going to be an official launch for Jim at The Illustration Cupboard on the evening of the 11th of June.  Please do come along if you are around:

there will be artwork from the book on display and some for sale and you can buy copies of the book if you like!

Failing that I'll be at ELCAF the following weekend with plenty of copies of Jim in tow and perhaps a giant prehistoric diorama if I can get it done in time.  I'll also be doing a children's drawing workshop on the day (on the theme of evolution ^-^)

Hopefully see some of you there...