Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Community business meeting

Nearly finished my paintings for the exhibition next week.

Incase you're wondering what's happening with the super awesome idea, there'll be a meeting on the 4th November. Get in touch if you'd like to come, and please let everyone know about it:

There will be a formal meeting (as promised!) on Wednesday the 4th November at 6.00 p.m. at Hoults Estate.

In the meeting we will cover where we're up to, the issues facing the project and also what needs to be done so we can move forward. We will look at what people feel they need from the space and how we can best address those needs.

Please let me know if you plan on attending as I will need an idea of numbers.

The meeting agenda will cover:

-Aims and needs
-Available space
-How to proceed

If there is anything else you feel we should discuss please email me and I'll add it.

About the project:

P.R.E.S.S. – Publishing Resource, Education & Social Space

A community space for small press practitioners to help develop their work, build a network and engage the community.

P.R.E.S.S. aims to:

*Provide a space that will allow practitioners use of studio, gallery,library, archive, shop and educational facilities
*Provide networking and promotion opportunites
*Create new opportunities and collaborations
*Engage and encourage the local community to become involved with publishing
*Help to raise the profile of small press publishing and create a better awareness of publishing
*Encourage research and provide learning opportunities for practitioners

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Monstrum Horrendum Book 2 Vol 2

Monstrum Horrendum Book 2 Vol. 2 is now officially finished. Yay!
There are some small mistakes, but that's the fun of small press. I may go back and put in a missing word, but the original first print copies will be available at Thought Bubble in Leeds and are currently available through lulu:


If you can spot the mistakes you might win a prize. (note the word 'might' in that statement)

The typography (as usual) needs improvement, but overall I think it's better than the last one. I took a slightly different approach to the artwork, and although it was a lot harder to make, it meant I could retain a finer line. Maybe now people will stop telling me that it looks like a woodcut. It was done with a paintbrush, ink and watercolours. Fact!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Book Festivals

Durham book festival this weekend. I shall be doing some workshops at the Fete on Saturday. http://www.bookfestival.org.uk

I gave a workshop last weekend at the Whitley Bay book festival 'Wordplay' which went well. Highlights included a character called 'Pizza man' who is a pizza and owns a pizza shop. Also a comic about a gameshow full of contestants who hate each other but really want to win the prize which is a limited edition signed celebrity sock. Brilliant.

Monday, 12 October 2009


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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Choccy woccy yum yum

Christmas came early this week when my sister sent a giant chocolate hamper a few months too soon. I may have died from a 70% cocoa overdose by new year.
Monstrum book 2 is about 5 % uploaded to Lulu as I type this. Hopefully, a few weeks from now, it'll be available to buy. It's been a struggle getting this issue done because the last few months (actually this year in general) is the busiest I've ever been. Most people would've put their comic on hold, but not me. I guess most people are smarter than me. Now I need to get ready for my exhibition. And the book festivals. And do some stuff for my stall. And a ton of other stuff....

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