I’ve just been looking back at my new year goals for 2017. It’s interesting to see that I have achieved some quite different things over the past year than I expected.
My main plans had been to submit more things to publishers and to get the Rock In Purgatory book printed and released. Neither of these actually happened. However, the Rock In Purgatory book is launching on Kickstarter on 1 February. I’m pleased about the delay though. Originally, Rock In Purgatory would have been a 24 page comic, but now it will be a 48 pager, including loads of extra comics, art and articles, all presented as a parody music magazine. So, in the end, I am going to be releasing something I’m much happier about.
Though I didn’t do much in respect of publisher submissions, thanks to my awesome illustrator friend Heather Chapman, I have done so many more challenges and experiments than I have ever done before. One of these resulted in the Toad Of Toad Hall silent comic, something I would never have thought to do off of my own back. Heather’s support and enthusiasm, as well as her incredible illustration skills, have been the most prominent reasons I feel that my art has improved so much in 2017.
I also ended up organising the first ever Wimbledon Comic Art Festival. As an ex-live music promoter it was only a matter of time before I put on my own comics event. I was ecstatically pleased to have it become a huge success. Exhibitors and visitors have expressed a desire for me to run a follow up event in 2018. The venue, Merton Art Space, want me back, so it would be rude not to!
So, new stuff for this year. Aside from the Kickstarter to release the Rock In Purgatory book, I will be launching my new ongoing comic, Headz, in May. A sci-fi crime noir, Headz takes as many cues from Dick Tracy and Blacksad as it does They Live and Mars Attacks. Production on the art is well underway, and I have tens of pages written already, so I can’t wait to unleash it on you all.
I will be putting on an event or two in 2018, but also plan to involve myself in different events as well. On 20 January I will be speaking as part of a panel at S.M.A.S.H., organised by London Graphic Novel Network. I also have my eye on a few horror conventions to tabel at.
I’ve been saying for the past few years that I would like to release an illustrated calendar, so this year I’m going to actually plan in when to create that so it’s ready at the right time! And I will be returning to the pages of Popcorn Horror magazine with a new horror comic.
In between all this, I will be drawing everyday, hoping to secure commissions and making more noise at publishers to see if they would be up for having me on their roster. I’ll be posting on social media like a demon (as always) so stay tuned to my Twitter or check back here for updates on my work.
Happy New Year!