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lots of good stuff

Okay, I'm off to Brussels for the wedding of two of my best friends, so I won't be posting for a few days. Here's a card I made for them, two people who have struck the most amazing balance between living simply and living the good life. Which involves lots of sunlight and good wine and picnics and riding their bicycles in the park and tending their cabbages (not to mention the incredible things they do at work, which I won't go into just now).

I don't usually get around to wrapping gifts very attractively, but I was kind of chuffed with the way this one came out, using a recycled trade show poster and some Chinese-made dolls I bought from a stall in Hay's Galleria:

And how cool is this! After teasing him about butt nuts in the last post, chamonkee got me back here with a brilliant and very mental portrait, including Lettuce and Vern. Will Kirkby, you totally rock! :-D

Today in the tube I saw a poster for a free exhibition of all sorts of skeletons dug up under London. ginasketch gave a great link to a Times article, including a map so you can find who's been buried beneath you. The exhibition runs until 28 Sept at the Wellcome Collection in London. I'm going to try to get down there at some point to do some life drawing... er, death drawing.

And Caption photos keep coming in, here are some more by tallguywrites.

Brian Sibley has written a heart-felt and fascinating tribute on his blog to Pauline Baynes, illustrator of many books I grew up with, including the Narnia Chronicles, who died the Friday before last. I'm sure many people will remember her work very fondly, and Brian's fortunate to have known her so well.

nice but nuts

Today's morning sketch is dedicated to chamonkee, who spent 20 minutes trying to work out from my very rough comic yesterday what 'butt nuts' were.

So fitting, my neighbour David just e-mailed a photo he took in 1982 of a comics stall in China's Sichuan province. Cool, hey?

And I've just been sorting through my loot from Caption, here it is!

I had to buy two copies of the brilliant little Curtis and Terrorist comic with the hand-drawn covers by Oliver Lambden; now I'm wishing I'd bought a couple more for gifts. Weekend Friends brings together work by Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi from London Underground Comics, Oliver Lamden and Dan Lester. Someone called 'Peet!' made the Fume! comic, here's the crazypants website. The Cinnamon CD covers and books - Rumble Strip, Count Milkula, and Sugar Buzz - are by DFC colleague Woodrow Phoenix, and the two comics called The Sea are by Will Kirkby, or chamonkee.

And to finish, these days nedroidcomics are leaving me helpless on the floor. (For example, this one, this one and oh, this one.)

back from caption!

This was my first-ever visit to Caption, Oxford's annual alternative comics festival, and I had a great time! Thanks a million to Jenni Scott (jinty) and Richard who put me up for the night and did so much, along with a bunch of other great people, to make this event happen. It was my first-ever time on a comics panel, which was a little daunting, because almost everyone in the room had made comics for longer than I have, but it was very friendly and so interesting to hear what everyone had to say. I'm always on a very steep learning curve when I go to these things. We had a great showing of the DFC crew: Kate Brown, Woodrow Phoenix, Nick Abadzis, John Aggs, Neill Cameron, Garen Ewing, Andrew Wildman, Adam Murphy and one of our editors, Will Fickling (did I leave out anyone?).

I forgot about my camera most of the time, so a lot of the photos are pretty random, but here are a few:

The very hospitable Richard and Jenni, at breakfast with Matt Brooker (aka D'Israeli), where I learned that comics convention people can not eat without at least four computers present at table.

Woodrow with his erupting hot chocolate with marshmallows. And Bridget and Woodrow at a nearby Brazilian restaurant. Bridget just sent me a link to an amazing comics jam called Who Killed Round Robin? that Woodrow is working on with six other comics artists. I am going away to read it!) She said it inspired a group in Mexico to do something similar.
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Here's a very, very rough comic I made on the train ride back.

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Edit: Other compiled Caption reports and a video here thanks to girlycomic in the caption news group.

Here's the link for the book I was reading on the train, Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix.

Edit: If anyone knows Steve P (one of the guys who made the Steve Whitaker film), could you give him these links to the painting and sketch I made of him? He always transfixes me with his pink glasses and then I forget to note down his last name or his e-mail.

happiness in the post

Today my beautiful, beautiful beret arrived, knitted specially by knitfish! And my comic by Ben Powis, very cool. Powis's layouts and pictures are gorgeous, with a slightly '70s macramé-era look, lovely textures, and the story is a simple, mythical style quest that works very well. I'm not so keen on the shiny paper and heavy black borders, I think they detract from the delicate linework and colours, but I definitely want to keep an eye on what this guy's doing.

If there's any way you can get to Oxford on the 9th of August, mark your diaries for Caption! I'll be doing a DFC panel with Garen Ewing, Kate Brown and Neill Cameron. The guy who originally hooked me up with the DFC work, Paul Gravett, will also be giving a talk, along with Nick Abadzis, Rian Hughes and Ilya. It's going to be great!

I'm also taking part in a DFC Family Fun Day workshop at London's Cartoon Museum on Saturday, 12 July. It runs from noon to 4pm, more details coming soon!