Twitter: You can check out, but—

I may have stopped tweeting, but my ears still turn red when I’m mentioned: Peter Wilkins of Douglas College, Vancouver, announced today that he will be giving a talk on comics as a technology on next Friday—

Topic will be 6 panel grid as generative technology and heuristic for writing. Will feature discussion of @haverholmand @SimonGrennan_

If the talk is broadcast or recorded in any way I’ll have a link up here as soon as I can!

Spitting in the face of busyness

At some point this past week I must've looked at the three successive work deadlines I have coming up (laying out a 100pg magazine, a 300pg book, and doing full graphic profile for a comics festival, all for the Swedish Comics Association) and thought to myself, "Hell, I can probably make Santoro's Composition Thing as…

Summer holidays

Lazing the summer away with the juniors and that woman, taking out early mornings for the magazine layout job I'm currently working. It's a nicely balanced bubble of work and play, being here now, and not giving a fuck: I hope to carry some of that over into the everyday that follows. It's also a…

Updated: High praise from @badgetoon

You know, I value all comment on my work, positive and negative, but sometimes there’s that little extra that makes a morsel of praise stand out. This one from Mark Badger came in the mail today, in response to When the last story is told:

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Update 16 Sep 2015: Badger posted a very flattering review of my book on his blog. I’ll give you the bulk of the first paragraph here and let you enjoy the entirety on Mark’s website:

Comics have characters, places and things, a plot with events no matter how surreal. […] If you remove the characters, the empathy, the narrative drive traditionalists think there is nothing there. But it’s a rich nothing that has paper, ink, paint, a cartoonist, a reader, pages, things that make a book. Can that basic of a book exist outside of narrative traditions?

The only downside to this acclaim is that I’ll have to let my own review of Mark’s Abstract Kirby sit for awhile so it doesn’t look like a communal back patting… End of update

Thanks, Mark! 🙂 You may know Mark’s work for Marvel and DC Comics, personally I first encountered his art on Martian Manhunter in the late ’80s (I guess? The books ran ads for single issues of Watchmen, if memory serves me), and his approach to drawing blew my mind, it was so far from what I expected in a superhero comic book.

Years later, I found Mark to be a contributor in what has become my desert island book, Fantagraphics’ Abstract comics anthology — funny how things loop back on you in irregular patterns! Nowadays Mark is drawing Abstract Kirby and Julius Caesar, which you will find at his website.

So that was Mark’s four star six-arm review of my book, above. Why don’t you get it for yourself?

Ohai, much-craved attention!

Danske Allan Haverholm, som er en av gjestene på årets Raptus, var å se på Copenhagen Comics som representant for Seriefrämjandet. Allan bruker mange ulike stilarter, og går lenger enn de fleste i å eksperimentere med mediet. Her viser han fram en tegneseriebok bestående utelukkende av abstrakt kunst Tl;drN (too long; don't read Norwegian): I…

It’s a Black Sabbath morning, @cphcomics

The morning kicked off with a streak of summer thunder, and a light, drizzling rain. Aperfect start to the day before heading off to Copenhagen Comics.

I’ll begin the collaborative comics wall at the festival this morning, and with this setup I foresee a very metal initial panel 🙂

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