she makes war

she makes war

Towards the end of last year, my friend Laura passed my details to her friend Laura, who records under the name She Makes War. Laura’s idea (that’s the second Laura, keep up) was to ask a few people to submit drawings, each illustrating a song from her forthcoming album, Little Battles. That sounds like fun, I thought. I remember poring over the illustrations that came with The Who’s Tommy LP as a kid (and being terrified by half of them), and Gary Lund’s illustrated insert to Harry Nilsson’s ‘The Point’ is one of my favourite things in the world, ever. Oh, and the cover (and insert artwork) from ‘Tricks Of The Shade’ by The Goats is bloody marvellous, too. And so, with those heady heights in mind, I told Laura I was game, she sent through the lyrics to a song called ‘Never Was’, and I set to drawing. Of course, I didn’t manage anything as eye-busting or memorable as the stuff I mentioned above but there you go. On Saturday, my copy of the album showed up in the post, and here – in the lyric book – is my drawing. Other people who took part include: Emma Carlisle Morgan Gleave Alex Milway Marnie Pitts (who also drew the cover for the album) John Riordan (who has blogged about his drawing here.) Viviane Schwarz Frøydis Simonsen Rebecca Strickson … and you can buy the album, which comes out next Monday (9th April)...

paris

I wrote about the new Robert Crumb retrospective in Paris, for Vingt Paris Magazine, and also the Art Spiegelman show at the Pompidou Centre‘s library, which was just great.But most exciting of all was that I got to hang out with Gilbert Shelton while I was there. I’ll write up the meeting soon, but in the meantime, there are some photos here.(You’ll see that’s on my new facebook page. You should ‘like’ it. Oh, go...