Sequential Art. Graphic Novels. Manga… it’s all COMICS really, and it’s an incredible way to combine pictures and words for almost any purpose.
Loki & Coyote
Loki & Coyote Talking by a Tree (for the The Great Tree project at Marine Studios, Margate) was a fun way to mix my two favourite mythologies, so mixed-media was a suitable medium. The text hints at more than it spells out, so if you know about the old stories ~ and Edward Lear’s work ~ you’ll get a lot more from it, but it works as a stand-alone bit of melancholy.
Two pages, exhibited in the gallery and printed in the accompanying anthology.
Playing with the different styles of artists who drew Superman over the decades ~ and a terrible pun on the name of the villainous space worm (!) Mister Mind.
The Noisy Boys
My sons were gutted to learn that hens didn’t lay their Easter eggs… so we invented our own chocolate egg recipe. As Page 45 said: “This has ALL the calories. Plus the calories from a parallel universe!” It took us 11 months to try it out because, frankly, I’m no fan of chocolate and it sounded a bit dubious… but dang me if it’s not a trash treat!
Travels with the family don’t often give time for drawing, but once in a while I get to sketch out things we see and leave spaces to fill in later with comics and text.
Ditching was a rare one where I got to drew everything on the pages ~ an outing to The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft that set me musing on a former colleague’s reverence for Gill Sans, without an awareness of what else Eric Gill did in his (impressive) career and (controversial) life.
3 sets of strips explaining neurological syndromes to accompany academic papers.
Contributions to a round-robin multi-media experiment. Each 4-panel strip has to start from a panel in a previous contributor’s strip, building to a choose-your-story online experience.