influence map

influence map

(I’m a bit late to this, but) I’ve seen a fair few of these ‘influence maps’ on other cartoon blogs and fancied a go myself. Of course, it’s not exhaustive (how can it be) but it’s fair to say that everyone on there has made want to pick up a pencil and have a go...
Goodbye, Cleveland

Goodbye, Cleveland

Sad to hear that Harvey Pekar has died. I first remember coming across him in the ‘Harvey Sez’ column in some reprints of Weirdo, when I was about fifteen or sixteen. Since then, I’ve read tons of his stuff (and taken in the excellent film of ‘American Splendor’ of course).There’s a real sea of autobiographical comics around, and the majority of them are introspective twaddle. Yet another illustration student talking about yet another unrequited crush? Boring. Pekar could certainly be self-obsessed, but he was obsessed with the other characters in his life, too. It made you care, and it’s what made his writing so interesting. RIP,...

this place is like a tomb

Apologies, apologies, apologies. I have been drawing, I just haven’t been updating. Lots of things in the pipeline, though…. watch this space.

*tumbleweed*

Crikey, it’s quiet on here. I’ve a few bits and bobs on the go at the moment, and will post bits in due course (mainly, I’m working on a new book for Rough Guides). In the meantime – remember the Damo Suzuki poster in the last post? Well, it’s got the Leeds Music Scene forum a-harumphin’ and a-squabblin’ over whether you can read the bloody writing on it or not (and let’s be honest – you can’t. Not...
Hergé, Goscinny et Uderzo

Hergé, Goscinny et Uderzo

Sometimes I actually love youtube.Here’s a reason why: A 1969 interview from French television, where (in a group with other bande dessinée authors) Hergé, Goscinny and Uderzo compare their most famous creations*. Click the bottom right of the screen, then the red ‘cc’ icon, if you want to turn the English subtitles on (…and then do what I did, and trawl through the rest of quiestce88’s youtube channel). *For anyone about to ask that question – I prefer Tintin. And also for the record, I’m a...