Monday, September 26, 2011

Solipsistic Pop sneak peak

Have I mentioned that I'm contribution to the excellent anthology Solipsistic Pop? well, I am, a two page strip for issue 4.
All the SP books are beautifully designed and SP4 will be on cream paper with an addition green tone.
The theme for this issue is 'maps', and I must admit I stretched that theme to fit my strip. But as it's the story that popped into my head after thinking of the theme I figure it's fair enough.
As SP is so beautifully designed I decided to attempt something I rarely do nowadays, which is the 'fancy-pants layout'. As much as I admire the likes of Chris Ware, when it comes to my own stuff that kind of layout just isn't for me.
The panel here probably gives a clue as to how I decided to tackle the layout, and really, it's not all that fancy - in fact, I went to a lot of effort to make sure actually looks as straightforward as possible.
One interesting thing, for me at least, is that it's almost a companion piece to my Nelson contribution, but in this instance I've not masked the autobiography with a fictional character and I've recalled something more specific to me.

Thursday, September 01, 2011


As many of you may be aware Blank Slate will be publishing Nelson in November. Nelson is the brainchild of Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix. It's one story created Exquisite Corpse style by 54 creators. I've seen quite a bit of it, and it's amazing.
Nelson's mix of an amazing variety of talented creators not only manages to be cohesive, it shows us that one style is not 'better' than another, it shows us all are valid, and value of those styles is what they reveal about the creator. Nelson really is something far greater than the sum of it's individually incredible parts.
It's probably best if I don't say anything about the content of even my own contribution for now. I'll just say that I used nostalgia to attempt to tap into something that I hope many can relate. You shouldn't have to wait to long to see if I succeeded!
In the meantime here's two random panels, one of which will allow the eagle eyed 2000ad fan to pinpoint almost exactly when my contribution is set.