September 11th, 2013


the acronyms among us

This just tickled my funny bone. I was designing a picture book cover and had two acronyms I didn't understand in an e-mail and went to look them up in a Glossary of Book Publishing Terms. I really can't deal with acronyms, I always forget what they mean. (Those in question were PLC - printed laminate case - and TPS - trimmed page size.)

Then Hattie, my publicist, sent this review from Teach Primary magazine which addressed exactly with this, and how my inability to process acronyms led to what is now Oliver and the Seawigs. Cheered me up enormously!


sequential city exhibition 14-22 sept

Hey, do you know the guy who does all the little editorial team animal characters in The Phoenix Comic? His name's Matt Baxter, he's set up an exhibition, Sequential City, at his studio in Hoxton Square for The London Design Festival, and a bunch of friends and I are taking part! Matt asked us to submit work with London, and our relationship with London, at the heart of it.

For artwork, I included some wash-painted comics I did for the Birdsong/Songbird anthology, which are slightly unusual for me because I usually colour my comics digitally. My studio mate Gary Northfield submitted two of his pages for the Nelson anthology, which were set in 1972 Dagenham. I'm curious to see what the other people submitted.

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