Phoenix Open Studios

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All this weekend, I’m opening up my studio as part of The Phoenix’s Open Studios and the Brighton Festival Fringe. Come see artwork from Montague Terrace, Alby Figgs, The Great Unwashed, DC Vertigo titles, Doctor Who, Zom-B and loads more. And don’t forget to check out all five floors of the amazing artist’s studio spaces and the current exhibitions on the ground floor while you’re at it.

My studio is 1N2 on the first floor near the office.

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Phoenix is located in Brighton at 10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB, and the studios are open from 11-5, Saturday and Sunday. More details here.

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The Great British Graphic Novel Exhibition

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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.

Float, float on

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This page from Montague Terrace’s The Shipping Forecast is currently on exhibition at Southampton Solent University until this Sunday 20th as part of their Float exhibition, alongside a host of other water themed artwork coinciding with the annual boat show.

If you’re ‘in town’, the exhibition is at Solent’s East Park Terrace Campus and its Below Bar Space.

Details here:

Concourse Gallery, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Below Bar Space, Southampton Solent University, Floor 2, 9 Castle Way Southampton SO14 2BX, 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturdays.

All artworks on show are also available for sale at the Solent online shop here.

Graphic Brighton-Drawing in the Margins

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I’ll be talking at tomorrows Graphic Brighton-Drawing in the Margins conference at the Sallis Benney Hall in the University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton from 11.20am, mostly about Incognegro, but probably also running through my career celebrating the outsider in comics. I’ll also be sharing the stage with cartoonist Patrice Aggs talking about her work and Alex Fitch from Resonance FM.

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Details of the two day event are here and there’s a whole host of comicy talent and interesting talks to boot.

See you there?!

Part 2 of ‘Get Figgsey!’ Sneak Preview

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This Friday sees ‘The Return of Old Whassisface‘, part 2 in the Alby Figgs nail-biting thriller ‘Get Figgsey!’, and as you can see from this sneak preview, it’s not looking good for the Albster, but is everyone’s favourite (?) codger just off his ‘Senior Spesh’ or is there more afoot than JG’s refried ‘Hash-U-Like’? Be sure to tune in Friday.

If you missed part 1, ‘Death in Aisle Three’, catch up here on the AlbyPlayer

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Comiket Drawing Parade and Alby Figgs Book signing this Saturday

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I’m going to be taking part in the latest Comica Comiket’s Drawing Parade along with a whole load of other comicky talent this Saturday 16th at the British Library 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (on around about 2.00 pm). It’s also going to be the first opportunity for you braying masses to get your mitts on a signed and scribbled on, brand new Alby Figgs book from the Blank Slate Books table.

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Gorgeously dressed by top graphic tailor, Woodrow Phoenix, the Alby Figgs book is now available for sale in all good shops and online through the Blank Slate website.

Admission to the Comiket this Saturday is free, by the way and is part of this month’s Comica Festival. Click the previous link for full details of what’s on. It’s also a good time to catch the final days of the British Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibition if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

Early Alby Figgs and Jessie London character studies

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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.

Stripped: Edinburgh Book Festival interview

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Ahead of my appearance at Stripped, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival tomorrow, Friday the 23rd here’s a link to a recent interview now up on their website, talking about Montague Terrace, The Great Unwashed, Velocity, Darren Shan’s Zom-B books and much much more.

Just to recap, I’ll be holding a Zom-B drawing workshop from 18.30 and sharing a panel with Roger Gibson from 20.30 on Friday, talking about Montague Terrace. Then on the Sunday I’ll be sharing the stage with David Bishop, Dan Abnett and Robbie Morrison talking about 2000AD at 15.00.

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More details here from the Stripped website

Stripped Festival

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Tickets are now on sale for this August’s Stripped Festival, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival which runs from 10-26th August. I’m hosting a Zom-B drawing workshop from 18.30-19.30 on Friday the 23rd giving tips and tricks to budding artists on drawing zombies and the living dead (well, I just have to look in the mirror most days, but you kids might need some insiders knowledge) and talking about Montague Terrace later that evening from 20.30-21.30, where I’ll be sharing the stage with Roger Gibson, author of the Harker book series.

Then on the Sunday at 15.00, I’ll be joining a panel along with Dan Abnett to discuss the past, present and future of 2000AD.

There’s a whole host of amazing talent taking part throughout the festival. To find out more and book tickets in advance, check out the Edinburgh Book Festival site.