And my next book is… Freedom Bound, written and drawn by myself, with brilliant ink and colouring assistance from Shazleen Khan and lettering by Robin Jones, in association with University of Glasgow researchers, Professor Simon Newman and Nelson Mundell, edited by Sha Nazir and published by BHP books.
Freedom Bound follows the stories of Ann, Jamie and Joseph, three young enslaved people as they escape their masters in 18th Century Scotland. All of their fact-based stories have come to light following recent research carried out by the University of Glasgow’s Runaway Slaves in Britainproject.
Twelve thousand copies are being printed and distributed for free to every Scottish school and the book also contains notes and study guides drawn from Simon and Nelson’s original research material. But you can also purchase copies directly through the BHP website now, or from all decent comic and book shops.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting some original sketches, pencils and pages.
I’ll also be signing copies of Freedom Bound at the BHP booth N729 this Saturday 27th October at the forthcoming MCM London Comic Con from 1pm. See you then?!
Incognegro Renaissance, set during the Harlem Renaissance several years before the original Incognegro A Graphic Mystery, follows the adventures of cub reporter Zane Pinchback as he passes as white for the first time to investigate the suspicious death of black writer, Xavier Mignon.
As relevant and as page-turning as the original, you can get hold of a copy from all decent comic and book shops now, or online via the Dark Horse website here.
Here’s a link to the new Incognegro trailer https://youtu.be/NDF-5sWLZzY
Really pleased that this book has finally got back into print and really pleased to be have been able to enhance the original artwork for the new edition. On top of that, I’m working again with the great Karen Berger as senior editor of Berger Books and Richard Bruning on design duties for the first time since working at Vertigo. The book is
Tomorrow also sees the release of the new 5 part prequel series, Incognegro: Renaissance once again written by Mat and drawn by me, timed to coincide with the original reprint. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some sample stages of the new cover to Graphic Mystery.
As part of the Stories About Stories exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, I’m showing original artwork from Montague Terrace alongside a specially painted life size portrait of land-locked sea captain, Jebediah, from The Shipping Forecast story (see above and below deck).
The exhibition, in the South Gallery at Phoenix, featuring locally based and Phoenix studio artists (me since last July), is running alongside the new Press and Release 2016 exhibition in the main gallery, ‘Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book’, curated by Maddy Rosenberg.
The show is open from 30th April till 12th June and is free!
Phoenix Brighton is at:
10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB
Click the links for opening details, artists involved and related talks.
Me and baby bro, Gary are very happy to be part of The Cartoon Museum’s excellent new exhibition, The Great British Graphic Novel open today and running until the 24th July at 35 little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. Featuring the work of such greats as “William Hogarth, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Gibbons, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others”.
And a big thank you to Paul Williams, Anita O’Brien and everyone else involved in putting on the exhibition and last week’s private view.
Look who turned up in the post last week! In my cold, scratched hands, I’m chuffed to say the new Alby Figgs book, graphic novel, illustrated narrative compendium, bumper summertime special (however you like to call your comics these days), will be on sale next month from the brilliant Blank Slate Books. Collecting strips from Alby’s first year (season 1?!) previously aired on the Alby Figgs website, in a new format and with some additional material, it’s a gorgeously produced package aided by that master of sharpie comic book design, Woodrow Phoenix, who’s book jackets always match the sharpness of his dinner jackets.
Regale over Alby classics like Diagnosis, Deaf, Figgsy Pudding, Edwin Druid, the Freudian Gutbuster and many, many more.
Remember, you can catch up with brand new adventures from the Albster online, every first Friday.
Discovered yesterday while trawling through my unconventional filing system looking for something else, this 7 year old character study from a Pleece Bros graphic novel that never quite got off the ground, Jessie London, featuring a young bequiffed Alby Figgs.
Here’s a link to a short piece I wrote for the Cape Graphic Novels Tumblr page about my recent very enjoyable experience being a guest at this year’s Stripped festival, part of The Edinburgh Book Festival, plus a photo of some shady characters masquerading as 2000AD contributors. That’s water by way, for the re-hydration purposes.
For our legion(s) of fan(s), exciting news! Me and baby Bro, Gary, will be discussing our new(ish) graphic novel, Montague Terrace live, in person, this Monday 3rd June with Resonance FM‘s own Alex Fitch at this Monday’s Cartoon County meeting, upstairs at the Cricketers Pub in the heart of Brighton’s Laines, 7.30 p.m. onwards.
These meetings are legend amongst the South Coast’s comics community, often a hotbed of discussion, anecdotes and rare glimpses of original art from some of the best practitioners in the biz. For some reason, Comics, sorry, sequential art legend David Lloyd and Myriad Books own Corinne Pearlman have seen fit to invite us Pleeces back after our last notorious outing in the Greene Room.
We’ll be talking Monty T, The Great (unseen?) Unwashed and all about current, future and past stuff, surrounded by bonhomie and quaintly cut sandwiches washed down with beer.