Friday, 20 May 2011

Fly on, Kypto

Molly died today. We grew up in Smallville, Cumbria together for 18 years.

She was my tour guide on jungle expeditions, my alien companion in shuttle runs to Jupiter, my wrestling opponent on hunting voyages to dinosaur island, my trusty steed during highway robberies. We had our bad days. She got fleas, I got head lice. She got abandoned at the kennels on holidays abroad, I had to rid her of ticks. She got clipped, I got dumped.

I was not there at the end, because I went off to college for solo adventures. Now she's on one of her own.

Like all the best bandit teams, I'm not sure either of us realized how important those capers were.

RIP Molly, my Krypto.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

'They're coming to get you, Barbara!'

Been working on my strip for Zombies 2 for Accent UK this week. I've never illustrated my own writing before so I'm treating it like a grand experiment. Wish me luck! It could all turn out horribly wrong...

Monday, 16 May 2011

Going Orbital!

Space, and all that implies, seems to be the focus of this month...

I took my final masters class last week, leaving the huge empty space that is the summer holidays to finish my dissertation. I'm excited, because I'm having fun writing it.

This week also saw the Neil Gaiman Doctor Who episode, which was suitably thrilling...okay so it was one of the best episodes I've ever seen. Just brilliant writing. I also met up with Idris at Bristol comic expo, where the police box was just parked in the lobby of the hotel. As you do.

Although I only stayed for the first day, I had long chats with Andy Bloor, Tony Hitchman, Ben Dickson and Andrew Cheverton about various schemes and plots we plan to enact together. It was a lot of fun. The real joy of the day was discovering Orbital, a comic drawn by French creator Serge Pelle.

After chatting to him for a while (via his translator, the awesome Guillaume Rater), I bought volume one of the series, and got a sketch inside! The quality and production of these European comics is astounding, and I look forward to collecting more in the future.