the big dig

the big dig

Last month, the guys at Water Aid asked if I would draw an image to form the backdrop to their tent at Bestival – a four day festival that’s held on the Isle of Wight each year. They were there to promote ‘The Big Dig’ – a campaign to help ‘bring clean water and sanitation to communities across Malawi, transforming their lives forever’. The drawing I turned in is a bit more sober than my usual stuff, as the last thing we wanted to do was ‘cartoon’ such an important issue. I was (and still am, if I’m honest) a bit unsure about it – but Water Aid liked it and the tent was a great success for them. So who’s arguing. Here are a few pics. The banner (held up by the printers. I’d like to think that the hand on the far left belongs to the guy on the right, but no). My drawing. Some festival goers, posing in front of the banner at the Bestival...

tube etiquette

Ashleigh Young is a New Zealander living in London.  On her blog, she wrote a lovely little piece about travelling on the tube, and she included a bit about my ‘public transport’ drawings. It’s great to see that the drawings strike a note with people like Ashleigh. And what she’s written about ‘tube etiquette’ is, I feel, exactly...

angoulême

A short piece I wrote about the Angoulême Bande Dessinnee festival for Vingt Paris.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon

In the early nineties, Jim Boswell and me walked into a Macclesfield pub with photocopied, stapled issues of ‘Weird City’, our first self-produced comic, and amazingly – they sold. If I ever get around to it, I’ll scan a few copies and put them up here. My contributions dwindled to nothing almost immediately – leaving Jim as editor for the rest of the five (or was it six?) issue run. And as I buggered off to University, he started attending ‘graphic narrative’ courses (or whatever they were called) in Manchester. Soon, a whole bunch of brilliant new people were contributing. Weird City ended up being called ‘a potential jewel in the small press crown’ in some review or other, and, by the time the thing folded, Jim had even managed to convince Glenn Fabry to draw a cover, gratis, after interviewing him about his work. I’ll transcribe that interview another time, but for now, here’s an interview that was printed with the fantastic Mike McMahon – a huge influence on many of the cartoonists I’ve spoken to who, like me, had religiously bought 2000AD as a kid. (The interview was by Peter Walker, by the way. Some time in ’93). Weird City: How did you first get into comics? Mike McMahon: I sent some samples to the War Picture library editor, and he thought they were alright, but he didn’t want to use them. So he sent me round to an agent, who was a nice middle class guy who assumed my name was Mike. Everyone really calls me Mick. I didn’t want to upset him so I said...

Gainsbourg

Un grande merci à Jonathan Edwards for including my ropey submission on his wonderful Draw Serge blog.