My debut full-length graphic novel is available for pre-order now!
Plans We Made is a long comic about my teenage years spent in the suburbs of South East England in the late 1990s. It’s a quiet story, with only a handful of words, drawn in pencil in a one week sprint in winter 2014. It’s about being young, but probably about being a grown-up, too.
It’s 162 pages long, black and white inside, with a with a two colour softcover with fancy french flaps. Parties, and walking, and dawns, and traffic, and swimming in the river, and people.
The comic has been published by Uncivilized Books, home to books by Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow, MariNaomi, Gabrielle Bell and others. Printing was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. That so many people backed it was humbling – thank you, whoever you are.
When I first saw a copy I nearly cried a bit. Jordan Shiveley and Tom Kaczynski at Uncivilized have designed the book beautifully. The paper stock feels and smells like the old Coronet editions of Peanuts I used to read when I was little, and the whole thing is somewhere between a big zine, a mini phone book to the past, and a proper grown-up book.
It’s funny to think two years ago it was just an email conversation with Jordan and now it’s a book. I’m really proud of it, while not being quite sure how it all happened.
You can pre-order a copy from me HERE.
You can pre-order from Uncivilized HERE (if you’re in the US/Canada)
I’m really pleased to announce that the Kickstarter to raise the print costs for Plans We Made, my new book coming out on Jordan Shiveley’s Grimalkin Press, was a success. We even exceeded our target.
This book has had a long gestation period. I’ve been in touch with Jordan since 2010 and we’ve been talking about a book since 2012. I started work on it in earnest in early 2014 and finished it in the last months of the year, and now, thanks to you lot, it’ll see the light of day.
So thank you, whoever you all are for funding or sharing or helping us along the way; it’s been a humbling and slightly nerve-wracking few weeks watching the Kickstarter tumble along, and while it’s a modest amount by comparison to other projects, every cent has made the world of difference to me and to Jordan.
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
This weekend, I finished drawing my book ‘Plans We Made’. It’s my first ever full-length book of new material. It’s nearly silent and it’s about 160 pages long.
It’s about being a teenager, I guess, but probably more about coming to terms with the difficulties of memory.I spent about a year planning, thinking, sketching, drawing and coming up with ideas – at one point I had about 70 pages drawn that I ended up having to redraw. Then last week, I took time off my day job to turn all those rough pages, early versions and ideas into the final artwork. 160 pages in 6 days!
I used one 0.5mm propelling pencil with 4B leads, two 8B pencils, A3 printer/copier paper, and a lightbox. No erasers. I worked in spreads, so I could see how the page layouts would look when you were reading the book. I also drew it at 100%, which means the size at which it was drawn is the size at which it will appear in the book (many cartoonists, myself included, will often draw at a bigger size then shrink it down to fit on the printed page).
I even finished drawing the last page to the closing strains of Plans I Make, the Husker Du song after which the book is (kinda) named. That was a little emotional. But then I had to change the words on another page, so that dampened that profound moment a little.
It’ll be out next year on Grimalkin Press. Here are some pictures.
Well, I’ve finally launched a new website. It’ll probably need a few tweaks here and there, and I’m still working on the mobile version, but here it is for now. I’ll continue to maintain the tumblr, but all the shop and other functions of that old site have moved here.
You can also find me on Twitter (@smoo_comics) and Facebook.
Finally, there is a little more information about the forthcoming Grimalkin Press book coming soon, as well as some new pages. I’m also hoping to announce some more details of a new collection, coming this Spring from a Japanese imprint, very soon.