Thursday, 27 June 2013

more zine library stuff

again, thanks to craig from blu planet photography for these...

the common swings issue one - what do you mean you don't own it? tchah!

me with said first issue...

in action at the hebden arts festival

for the last three days i have been partly babysitting the towser zine library at the uncanny valley wing of the hebden bridge arts festival... and here's the evidence here and here (thanks to craig at blu planet photography for these)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013


i doodled this when on the phone at work yesterday afternoon and it spoke to me so much i had to paint it up properly during the evening. very vexed i put too many "p"'s in peperami though... BAH!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

lots of tiny faces

i had a scary thought today - cramming as many tiny faces onto one piece of paper has kind of been "my thing" for over twenty five years now. as a miserable semi-scholarship kid at a posh all boy's school, i longed that i was attending something a bit, well, jollier... something along the lines of greyfriars rather than the angry, arrogant sons of the rich and snooty that i was saddled with. as such, i used to draw school photos of this idealised school - initially st dominic's, until i realised someone had already taken it and changed it to st jude's - which were basically rows and rows of odd looking types... my mum still has one i did as a pencil holder somewhere in her house in wales. i may photo it next time i'm there...

anyway. five years later, and i kind of met my first girls (like i said, all boys' school) and decided that all letters i sent to them would involve these overly detailed, face crammed envelopes. this was partly because if i fancied said girl, i never knew what to say so would try and impress via pointlessly intricate letters and partly because i was just so grateful to finally meet people who weren't arses like those i was saddled with at school. i had a fair few male correspondents by this time as well, but i never quite - well - felt they were worth the same kind of effort. sorry chaps.. girls were still a novelty and tended to be a bit nicer to me at this stage

fast forward to university and my ill fated university life was heralded by a breakdown caused by my 1. drawing one of my lots of small faces on a piece of paper things as a label for my door and 2. said drawing being ripped to bits by very drunk, overly raucous hallmates who terrified me rigid for the next six months straight. yet still i banged them out.. and still do...

here's the earliest example i could find on the hard drive, the cover of the initial and never completed version of  "the common swings" fanzine - issue two to be precise...


and here's my latest example - i'm kind of doing a book of them (tentatively "the big book of small faces" - as in small faces of people rather than a bit book of pictures of steve marriott, kenny jones, ronnie lane and ian mclagan) so i can keep a few of these for once... most of them are now on envelopes long since lost to old friends over the years. this one is annoyingly a bit variable in the inking style which seems to range from black to a bit grey for some reason, but it's a start. there will be more of these! SOME OF THEM THEMED!

(obviously click the above to see the detail)

First Show in Two Years!!!

 This Saturday! The old college! Todmorden Folk Festival! I will be selling all the things! Come and buy them and tell your friends!!! (And ...