Well well well didn’t that fly in? Probably because we’ll all getting older and time moves faster for old people (it’s true an old person told me).
I think it’s pretty hard to not think back on the year on Hogmanay, my initial though was ‘okay, I worked pretty hard but could be better’ but the more I thought about it the more I was like ‘Yea, that was actually pretty awesome’ and one of the best yet for my art.
I’m just going to do a short round up of my work throughout the year, maybe you’ve seen it all, maybe you haven’t. I certainly forgot about a lot of it until I had a good think about it.
Okay! 2013 started out pretty quiet, Seven Days in Berlin had been out for a few months and I didn’t really know what to do next. Just before Christmas I’d met my now girlfriend Coralie, which you can read all about in my soppy comics short.
We’ve been dating for about a year now which is a new record for me. At the start of February I got a call from Kerrang magazine to do a strip for them about Oli Sykes and a dinosaur, I did my best and I reckon it turned out pretty well!
From February through to May I don’t really recall much, from the looks of my Tumblr and Twitter it seems I was just farting about drawing animals and stuff. Anyways, in May me and Coralie went to Bordeaux, I did start a travelogue about this but it’s yet to be finished. Here’s a page.
In truth, the whole time I was there I was writing out another comic in my head. One about space and Astronomy, so when I got home I locked myself up for a few weeks and produced this.
The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal. Of all the comics I’ve made myself I’d say I’m most proud of this one. I’m rarely happy with a finished piece but I feel I really hit what I was trying to get across with this.
The book went out to some really great reviews and before I knew it, it was July and I was doing Glasgow Comic Con. The book got nominated for 3 of the SICBA awards and a good time was had. Next was the Edinburgh book festival where I met a wealth of amazing creators. I even got to meet one of my heroes Chris Ware (sheepishly gave him a book) and took notes on his and Joe Sacco’s talk.
September rolled in and me and my long time pal Alan Campbell did an exhibition called ‘A Sinking Night’ at Little Ox gallery. My main piece was a comic about a girl falling asleep. You can see the whole thing here.
Throughout October me and Colin Bell (Jonbot vs Martha dream team) got hard at work on a new comics and in November launched this bad boy.
Dungeon Fun is one of the biggest things I’ve ever worked on, it’s full colour and 32 pages and took a lot of work and a few all nighters to get finished. But it was well worth it. It’s reception was fantastic, it got tons of fantastic reviews and recently got featured in Comic Book Resources top 100 comics of 2013!
We took Dungeon Fun to Thought Bubble in Leeds where it did super good but I reckon my highlight of TB was meeting so many like minded creators and individuals in the comic world which although at first was a bit daunting was overall inspiring and motivating.
Shortly after returning from Leeds me and Campbell Miller (How to be a Ghost dream team) Launched how to be Suave.
In the same vein as ‘How to be a Ghost’ it’s short and sweet with a few chuckles and a nice overall message to boot.
And that’s pretty much it! I’ve done loads of one-off pictures and mini strips which can be found on my Tumblr or Facebook but that’s all the main bodies of work covered.
looking back I think I did as well as I could have, 3 books in a year ain’t bad. And although I don’t really feel comfortable talking about money, it’s worth saying for the first time in a long time I feel comfortable (of course this could all change). I can remember some grim moments a few years ago of being a regular at Govan job centre and having to borrow money from my parents to pay for bus fares etc. Well now I’m doing okay, earlier in the year I cleared off my debts and I just bought my parents a lovely weekend away, amongst other things, for their christmas.
Next year I hope to make even more books although calm down a bit on the other kind of work I take in to spend more time with my friends and family and very understanding girlfriend.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a fantastic new year!