A little close to valentines day itself but yeah, greetings cards are now available from the online shop:http://islandofdoctorgeof.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=14
In travelling-trading news SFX weekender was a delightful start to the year, caught up with some lovely people such as the Genki Gear guys as well as Elsie and Herr Doktor, drank rather a lot of port and had some most excellent live-portrait-requests, including godiva-llama and the bekittenator 1800.
(A sensible man would update this blog regularly and with tiny bite-sized portions of information. Ah well, this'll just be one more tally towards the statistical weighting)
There was xmas, there was new years, there was me being a bit lurgified and reading far too much (seriously, my eyes were going fuzzy and I almost kept track of all the sub-plots in game of thrones) and now EVERYTHING is about to start up again. Of which there is a lot. Too much for one blog entry. So try this:
The steampunk chronicle are kindly featuring both my steampunk valentines card designs as ecards! Just follow the link and you can send anachronous messages of affection to … other … people … (it's late, words elude me). Actual physical cards are back from the printer and should be available from the webshop early next week.
And why am I writing this so late at night? Why because I've just finished packing for the SFX weekender! Should be a hoot, Mav has packed all the port and we're crashing with the lovely Genki Gear guys, oh yeah and there's a massive sci-fi extravaganza! Drop over and see us at the market if you're kicking about.
Right, that'll do for now
Kind of catching up again at last, should be able to sort out me commissions over the next couple of days, buuuut what i do also have is a re-stock of the mugs at the online shop if ye fancy.
Next step: get the webcomics to update regularly again!x
Quickie, mad busy, but if you're about in manchester today then there's a mahoosive alternative/burlesque/steampunk fair on just next to oxford road station, which, as it happens, i and the usual crew will also be attending!
much more news to add, and apologies for the lack of webcomic updates, but for the moment all I probably need to say is WEBSHOP!
Thought bubble is this weekend and, along with the tea museum-ening (in the armouries hall! a museum inside a museum! fuck yeah!), I'm touched to have been asked to join the "Everything you ever wanted to know about self-publishing" panel talk by the We Are Words And Picture peoples. It's a nifty little line up of some of the most active small press guys I know including Katie Green, Steve Tanner, Hugh ‘Shug’ Raine, and Andy Sykes. As such, and also because of a couple of polite emails got me pondering stuff, I've recently been contemplating the (cue dramatic thunder) THE VERY NATURE OF SMALL-PRESS COMICS PUBLISHING THEMSELVES! (itself? themself? yeah)
There's a pile of blog-posts I could do on the subject of "how I came to this predicament" and "printers! why some of them and lovely and some of them are just plain baffling" or "mistakes i think i've made" but to begin with I'd just like to re-echo Phil McAndrew's post, cos I think it really gets to the heart of it all:
Draw. Draw more. Not just draw final things but sketch and plot and play with ideas (Currently I'm thinking about zeppelin pirates and I've about 6 ideas as to how the strip works and I'm torn between the first one i came up with last night and the one i thought of when i woke up this morning. Arrr). Try out new things but generally have fun (when the lack of sleep kicks in I have considered that the word "fun" isn't quite right at times, maybe "satisfaction" "contentment" but moreover some word meaning "a tiny nugget of joy"), because if you end up doing this as a living and you don't have fun then you may as well get a job doing anything else that isn't fun but which will leave you with spare time to draw the stuff that is fun. Is all to do with the fun-optimisation I reckon.
Right, must get back to other things, laters!