Sunday, 24 June 2018

My First Comic Con Selling My Comic

So yesterday, as I write this post, I visited the lovely town of Macclesfield to have a go at selling my comic at Macc Pow. I was exceptionally nervous but had been pushed into it out of love to give it a go. The event was setup in the town hall and as I arrived most of the venders had already setup. I had a small half table and was seated next to a doctor called Sarah who was giving away comics all about how foreign women have struggled moving here to the UK and a lovely guy called James Chapman who can tell you all about how a dog sounds in Japan! They were both lovely and helped me settle into the con.
The table all setup
It started very quietly and I know this was normal however it doesn't help build your confidence as the odd person walks past your table with just a glance. People weren't buying... was I doing something wrong? Was my comic rubbish? Then I looked around and no one was selling stuff expect the odd person. I was worrying when I needn't be but that never helps when your selling your heart and soul in a comic.


Slowly however the hall started to fill up and sales began to happen. I found taking to people and telling them about the book helped a lot with sales. I smiled and said hello to everyone. Ian even managed to sell some as well. I had a lot of people who were not comic readers say how nice the art looked and that they were pulled in by my banner. They were never going to buy a thing but it was nice to hear.
An amazing artist named Nick Brokenshire was sat opposite me. He's such a lovely guy and has created some brilliant comics. I cheekily ask him for a Ghibli inspired picture which he kindly drew. This is going up on my wall!
Thank you Nick
Overall it was a tiring but fun day. I got over my nerves and learnt how to sell comics. I may not of sold as many as I'd like but I covered my costs and I made a lot of new friends and hope to see them again in the future. Everyone was so nice and friendly which made the day as good as it was. Roll on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival where I will be selling for half a day.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Macc Pow 2018

This weekend I'll be selling Anxiety Me at Macc Pow in Macclesfield. This will be the first time ive ever sold my own work face to face. I can somehow over come my anxiety when in a situation like this however I know on the run up I'll worry like mad. I know it will be fun however and I can't wait to chat to all the comic fans.


We will also be recording for my podcast whilst there and grabbing as many interviews as we can from the awesome creators at the event. You will be able to check that out from July 1st at the podcast website. If your there please do come and say hello.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Anxiety Me is OUT NOW!

Its only taken a week to print but its felt like a life time. Really excited to of received me first batch of copies of Anxiety Me and they do look beautiful. All pre-orders have also been posted.
Can I just say thank you for all the support I've received so far. Having people buy my comic before it was even printed made me so happy and scared at the same time.
You can grab a copy of my comic for £3 from my Big Cartel shop. You will also be able to buy a copy directly from me at Macc-Pow on June 23rd or at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (times to be arranged). 

Here it is... and yes that's my Star Trek picture in the background. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

The Lakes Window Trail

So I have been selected to be part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 windows trail which is scary and awesome at the same time. During the weeks surrounding the festival the whole town of Kendal gets involved and many businesses allow their windows to be filled with art.
Today I went to meet the owner of the business that will be taking my art. Its a café in the centre of Kendal and called The Olive.
The work will focus on World War One and will feature a horse and solider as the prominent picture. I won't go into any more detail just yet but may let bits slip as I work on the project. I never thought I'd get the chance to do anything like this with my work and I am very excited. It will be going up in the window on Thursday 27th September.



Thursday, 7 June 2018

I'm in the newspaper

I went along to have a chat with the Westmorland Gazette recently who did a small article on me for their newspaper and here it is. I'm like famous and everything now.
Print copies of Anxiety Me are currently at the printers and will be here very soon. .


Sunday, 3 June 2018

So Close

So my comic is done. Its been sent to the printers and soon I'll have physical copies. So so exciting! You can already pre-order the physical copy on my shop or buy the digital copy now.
My first outing selling this book will be at Macc-Pow in a few weeks. I'm excited yet incredibly scared at the same time. Putting out you heart on paper and telling people how you feel has been a ride and if I can help just one person with this I'll of been successful.
Have a peek at my new banner too....



Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Be Kind

I saw a segment on This Morning today on an anti bullying campaign #BeKind.
they talked to two people who has suffered at the hands of bullies over the way they looked, it reminded me of a period in my own life where i to suffered at the hand of bullies over 8 years over the state of my skin, which ended up being chemically peeled to try and improve it.
People can be so cruel, but we can find strength from this and never give up.



Sunday, 6 May 2018

Anxiety Me

I've been continuing my work on my comic. Its title is Anxiety Me and will focus on how I feel when anxiety really hits. I've been lucky enough to be working with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival with the comic and have been getting some great advice from them on layouts and style and design. Also the brilliant Pete Taylor has also been helping me. Its a tough learning curve going from just drawing to drawing with a story. Here's a new image from the comic.


Not tough enough however to stop me thinking up more ideas and my 2nd comic is already being thought about with ideas floating around my head left right and centre. I know the idea and also the end. Now just to work on the meat of the story.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

My Ghibli Podcast

I don't remember a time when I haven't liked Studio Ghibli movies. Their style and stories keep me coming back for more... sometimes in tears but mainly with a smile on my face. I've started a new second podcast where Ian and myself talk about a specific Ghibli movie every episode. Check it out here. It's called My Neighbour. 

The logo for the podcast which I painted. 
You can also find it on iTunes here. Have a listen and give us feedback on the show and the movie in question for a shout out.


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

New Blog, New Art

So ive been busy building this site and also creating a new idea based on my battles with anxiety. The yet to be named art comic will be out later this year. Heres a sneak peek.