Two weeks left on the Kickstarter for Plans We Made

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We’ve got two weeks left on the Kickstarter for Plans We Made, my first ever full length book of original work. It’s being published by Grimalkin Press, a US micro-publisher, and (hopefully) being distributed in conjunction with Uncivilized Books.

We’ve raised about $4,500 which is incredible, but there are another $2,000 to go. Kickstarters often start strong and then loose pace towards the end, before a mini-boost at the end. The thing is, this middle bit is really tough. To make this book happen – and there is a chance it won’t happen, or definitely not soon if we don’t get the funds – we need all the help we can get.

So if you’re thinking about getting the book, now is a perfect time. We’ve got original artwork, zines and books from Grimalkin on offer as rewards. You’d be making a dream come true, and I’d be forever grateful.

Take a look at the Kickstarter here

A look at… SMOO #8

To celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and the Kickstarter for my new book, PLANS WE MADE, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years. They’re all available from my new online shop. Finally, SMOO 8!

SMOO 8 (pre-order: released March 2015)

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This is the latest issue of memoir zine, SMOO. It tells the story of a year, from September 2013 to September 2014. It begins on Theodor Roosevelt Island, in Washington DC when I was visiting for SPX, and picks a story across Peru, pubs in Bristol, and ends in Brooklyn. It was undeniably one of the weirdest periods in my life, and this zine tries to get at that sense of the push and pull of a year, of moments and events, of coming out the other side.

The idea for the zine – this sequence of stories, these ideas – has been kicking around for a while, but it wasn’t until this January that it finally felt like the time to write them. I drew the zine in about a week, a little scrappy, but honest drawings.

It’s a 36 page, A6 zine with a fold-out central spread.

AVAILABLE HERE

  • If you use the discount code WOOSMOO, you’ll get 20% off your entire order when you buy two or more zines. Special offer good until 23rd February!
  • If you like the look of this work, please consider checking out the Kickstarter for my new book, Plans We Made
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A look at… Monument Road

To celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and the Kickstarter for my new book, PLANS WE MADE, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years. They’re all available from my new online shop. Next, Monument Road.

MONUMENT ROAD (May 2014)

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I made this zine quickly and roughly one weekend, a couple of months after a trip to Devon to see my parents. I was single for the first time in nearly nine years, I was living alone, everything was changed. I didn’t know how I was feeling or what I was doing. This zine is me trying to work out what was going on.

AVAILABLE HERE!

  • If you use the discount code WOOSMOO, you’ll get 20% off your entire order when you buy two or more zines. Special offer good until 23rd February!
  • If you like the look of this work, please consider checking out the Kickstarter for my new book, Plans We Made
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A quick look at… SMOO #7

To celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and the Kickstarter for my new book, PLANS WE MADE, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years, all of which are available from my shop. Today it’s the turn of SMOO 7.

SMOO 7 (July 2013)

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This was the most recent issue of my ongoing memoir zine, SMOO. I drew this issue in the Spring of 2013, after finishing GRAND GESTURES and HOLIDAY. I wrote it at a point in my life where I wasn’t sure where I was going. I thought things were OK, but I know now I was just telling myself that; things weren’t all that OK.

One Bank Holiday weekend, I drove on my own to the village where I grew up, some ninety odd miles from my current home, to walk around and think. Spring was trying to arrive and I remember the smell of sheep’s wool in the air, the mud under my feet, the cold wind.

The issue is comprised of three separate zines, a letter, and a map, all held together with a belly band. The zines can be read in any order, and piece together stories about running through the woods as a child, abandoned mansions, adult depression, and that feeling of not knowing how you’ve got to where you’ve got to.

This zine features in Rob Clough’s Top 50 short-form comics of 2013 and Andy Oliver’s ‘Ten UK Small Press Comics You Need to Own 2013

AVAILABLE HERE!

  • If you use the discount code WOOSMOO, you’ll get 20% off your entire order when you buy two or more zines. Special offer good until 23rd February!
  • If you like the look of this work, please consider checking out the Kickstarter for my new book, Plans We Made
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A few words about… HOLIDAY

To celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and the Kickstarter for my new book, PLANS WE MADE, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years, all of which are available from my shop. Today, I’m reflecting on Holiday.

HOLIDAY ( April 2013)

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This was quick zine, drawn about an all-inclusive package deal holiday thing I took with my then-girlfriend in early 2013. I remember being anxious about driving abroad; the beautiful calm morning at the Alhambra, the quiet rainy streets in Nerja, the strange hotel entertainment; breaking down and crying.

I had just finished drawing Grand Gestures, I think.

Richard Bruton reviewed it over here

AVAILABLE HERE!

  • If you use the discount code WOOSMOO, you’ll get 20% off your entire order when you buy two or more zines. Special offer good until 23rd February!
  • If you like the look of this work, please consider checking out the Kickstarter for my new book, Plans We Made
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Some words about… Grand Gestures

To celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and the Kickstarter for my new book, PLANS WE MADE, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years, all of which are available from my shop. First up, it’s Grand Gestures, from Retrofit Comics.

GRAND GESTURES (May 2013)

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This silent comic tells the story of a man looking for something that’s missing, and being mistaken in his attempts of find it. It was published by Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics imprint in May 2013, and was my first thing outside of an anthology to be published by someone else. I’m still really proud of this one, and thankful to Box for taking a punt on me.

Although this was supposed to be fiction, it is in some ways my most personal work to-date. It was really hard to draw, and led to a lot of hand-wringing. I think I neglected my home life, and spent a lot of time trying to make the comic work. I worked out after I finished the comic what the book was trying to say; that to change isn’t about profound moments or grand gestures, but hard, sometimes difficult work of living. It’s taken me until now, though, to really understand what that means.

Features in Richard Bruton’s Top Ten Comics of 2013 at the Forbidden Planet International Blog

AVAILABLE HERE!

  • If you use the discount code WOOSMOO, you’ll get 20% off your entire order when you buy two or more zines. Special offer good until 23rd February!
  • If you like the look of this work, please consider checking out the Kickstarter for my new book, Plans We Made
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Kickstarter launched for Plans We Made!

I’m really excited to announce that my publisher, Grimalkin Press is running a Kickstarter so we can raise funds to get Plans We Made, my new book, printed in time to get it a proper national distribution!

I can hardly believe this thing I made might be about to see the light of day. It’s my first ever full length book and it’s been an ambition to see something like this happen for the longest time. I’m so proud and kind of nervous, too.

What’s even more exciting is that acclaimed publisher Uncivilized Books, who have released amazing works by Sam AldenSophie Yanow and more, will be distributing it! This means my book should hit shops and stores all over the place.

This is where the Kickstarter comes in. In order to get the book printed in time for Unciv’s Fall Schedule, we’ve had to move the printing ahead. This means raising funds earlier than we anticipated – it could take months, even a year or two, to raise them ourselves.

So please watch the video, and have a think – if you could support this it would be a dream come true.

You can back the Kickstarter here

Finally, to celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and this Kickstarter, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years. These blog posts will be going up over every couple of days over the next couple of weeks!

Here are some pages. Read more about what the book is about here.

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