Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Happy 300th Post!

I don't really post my comics here any more...but I figured this is a special one so it's OK.

So yeah - believe it or not...but this is my 300th drawing/webcomic. I worked this out by copy and pasting what was in my archive and putting it in a numbered bullets. To celebrate, I was going to ask you guys to do drawings of your favourite characters...but I think I'm saving that for a few weeks time. But, I did make an extra long drawing! That's something, right?

I hope I can continue making comics and stuff for a while and I hope you continue to enjoy them.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Back Pain and BBQs (and the cover for People I Know #13)

Hello! Another week has flown by...which means it must be time for another blog post. Hold onto your...uh...hats? Is that how the saying goes? Hats? Hair? Hares?

REGARDLESS: I was pretty busy this week but it was...nope, just busy. I had ALL SORTS of plans for my evenings but most of them were pushed about. My high-powered business meeting got moved back so I spent two evenings getting ahead with next week's drawings. On Wednesday, I met some pals from that time I went to Edinburgh and we ate burgers. It was a really fun night out and was a lovely reminder of how ace people are.

Thursday saw me a pal from work go on an adventure. We walked around town and I got some DVDs... well, two DVDs. I got the Scott Pilgrim movie (I enjoyed it at the cinema) and the entire first (only?!) series of The Comeback - this really AWKWARD

That trailer doesn't do it justice and I'm only half of the way through...but wow. Yeah. I would recommend it. I *am* recommending it. Then we grabbed some food and everything was great. Obviously we ALL know what happens after Thursday - it's Friday, Friday, gonna get down on Fridaaaaay. A pal came to visit so we met up after work, met up with some other pals and we grabbed some food - after having a slightly odd conversation with some guy on the street about my boobjob. Yep - I didn't get what he was talking about either... Goodbye Friday! Hello Saturday! My pal was doing the first of two event-things so I was up early. I finished off some drawings, did some laundry and..went for food with pals. I'm beginning to suspect that I spend too much money/time eating at restaurants. After that, we watched more episodes of The Comeback and went to bed.

Sunday (that's today) was spent visiting the new gym, joining that and then buying gym shorts. And I went to a Zine event near Brick Lane which was really busy. I couldn't have a proper look round but the stuff I saw was impressive. Then I went to a pal's house for a BBQ which was nice...although I got a little lost on the way home. I was actually a little scared since it was dark...

AND NOW I AM TYPING THIS! Next week is pretty crammed and I'm meeting a new addition to the family at the weekend. Exciting! Speaking of new additions, the drawing at the top of this entry is 95% probably going to be the new cover for the next issue of People I Know - which you should remember from back here. It should be ready in time for MCM London.

EXCITING NEWS: Wednesday the 20th of April will be my 300th upload!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Busy Busy Busy...

Hello! Sorry it's been so long since my last update...but I have an actual excuse. I've been busy, trying to be sociable. I know - I'm as surprised as you are. 

But first, there was the J-Man storyline. I hope you enjoyed it! According to Google Analytics, it wasn't very popular, but I'm glad I did it because it was a bit different - a bit *ahem* metatextual and it was a nice way to bring together a bunch of characters that don't normally hang out. The story was a good reflection of how some of my drawings make me feel. When I first started, I'd put anything online... whereas now, I'm a bit more selective - which is both a good and bad thing. I had the first J-Man joke ready to upload, but it just really annoyed me because it didn't seem funny enough. And then the J-Man storyline sort of came from my attempts to make it funny. Or better. Plus, I got to draw hands!

So yeah - this week has seen me try to do fun things. I worry I spend too much time at my desk - whether it's at work or working on drawings. So this week, I tried doing fun things. On Wednesday, I went for a burger and then went to see Sucker Punch. I have no idea what to make of the film. It looked nice but I was pretty confused. The soundtrack was good though. Here is one of my favourites:

Also - it was possibly the first time in recent years I've been to the cinema and not eaten popcorn...

On Thursday, me and some pals went to the Museum of Childhood for an event about self-publishing. It was really nice and we went to a cute cafe afterwards to catch up on old times. Friday evening was spent at the pub. I was there for a bit too long but I actually enjoyed myself. Hooray. Saturday was spent working on some projects for people that you'll get to hear about at some point. I blitzed through them and went to see some pals in the park. We sang quite a lot of Rebecca Black's Friday. Speaking of which...

Then it was Sunday and I went to an effing BBQ! Can you believe that! I even spoke to people I didn't know! And they were nice! 

So...that was my week - pretty crazy, right? And I have more stuff planned! Next week will see burgers with pals, a potential birthday party and a pal is coming to visit! I hope I have time to draw comics! Oh - and I'm giving serious thought to trying to form a band... Although it will be much better than my last attempt


Saturday, 2 April 2011

A Blog Post about Things and Memorabilia

It's been a while since I posted here. Sorry! My original plan was to do at least one blog post a week about what I've been up to...but that sort of went wrong. Sorry! I hope you aren't too sad.

So...last weekend, me and some pals had tables at the MCM Memorabilia event at the Birmingham NEC. I had never been to the Memorabilia event but it has lots of famous people from old television shows and former sports stars and people signing autographs, along with lots of stalls selling collectable items. It also had a Comic village which is where we were sitting.

But before that, I had an awful time trying to get to the train station to get to Birmingham. Since I've moved house, I'm a bit unsure of how much time I need to leave to get to places - but I left about an hour to do a 40 minute journey... except that no buses turned up for the first part of my journey. I ended up running down the (very long) road with my giant suitcase, sweating and swearing. I made it to the train station with about five minutes to spare. Luckily, Philippa was waiting by the train so it all worked out fine...but still - not the best way to start the day.

The train itself had a few problems and we arrived in Birmingham about 30 minutes later than planned... although I met some nice people on the way. Oh - when we got to Birmingham, we went for a nice Japanese meal... and a few too many prawn crackers. We went to a pal's home and I made everyone watch the first episode of the latest series of The Only Way Is Essex. Someone at work described it as a porn film without any of the sex... I'll let you make up your own mind:

Then it was Saturday and we went to the NEC - which is MASSIVE! I was sitting next to the lovely Lizz Lunney... although our stalls were opposite the toilets. Originally, I was a bit sad about this but it turned out to make the best people watching! And we were next to the wrestling ring too which was pretty interesting. OH! And the cast of 'Allo 'Allo were having a reunion! I used to love that show when I was little. It had the best theme tune:

And some of the cast of Being Human were there too but that show doesn't even have a themetune. Lame. 

So Saturday was spent at the NEC and we went to Nando's in the evening. I love Nando's. We were all feeling a little sleepy though - although that didn't stop us watching another episode of The Only Way is Essex and the DVD of Harold and Maude... which was a very interesting movie.

The trailer doesn't really explain anything but I guess I'd recommend the movie. I'm not sure whether it's uplifting or depressing though... After we watched it, it was bedtime and the clocks went forward - which is always confusing,

We headed over to the the NEC on Sunday morning, all feeling a bit grim. Saturday and Sunday were both quite quiet - although this is mainly based on what customers were telling me as they said the even is normally packed. I suspect the time change and the railworks had an impact. Still, I met some nice people and I got to play on a 3DS (I want one) and some nice people even wrote some nice things about me afterwards...

Then we got the train home...which should have been nice and stress-free but our reserved seats had been taken! I wasn't happy. I had to eat a few too many cakes to get over it.

As for the week after that, I've just been really busy with work. Really busy. But I worked hard so I didn't have to do anything over the weekend. Hooray! Oh! And we're half way through the J-Man story! According to Google Analytics, it isn't very popular but I'm glad I did it. It's a nice change to the usual drawings...and I like giving the green blob new magic powers to use. And I hope that at least some of you are enjoying it.

Right. I hope you're well and staying out of trouble. I think my next table is at London MCM... except I'm not on the website which is annoying. But I will be there. And I shold have turned that Interactive Comic into People I Know #13 by then. I made the cover ages ago! I hope you like it!