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 Britain project.
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?!
You wait all this time for a book by Warren Pleece (you do, don’t you?!) and then two come along at the same time!
First off, collecting the recent Berger Books/ Dark Horse prequel series Incognegro Renaissance, written by Mat Johnson, edited by Karen Berger, designed by Richard Bruning and drawn by me, comes this little beaut.
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.
This is the last weekend to catch my Montague Terrace display at the Stories about Stories exhibition in the South Gallery of The Phoenix in Brighton.
Also, the last chance to see the excellent Press and Release, Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book in the main gallery.
Opening times are from 11-5pm and the Phoenix can be found at 10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More book news to come soon!
A merry ‘whatever roles your dice’ for the hols and the new year!
I’m attending this weekend’s Malta Comic Con hosting Zom-B drawing and storytelling workshops and drawing and sketching, courtesy of the lovely people at Wicked Comics. There’s a host of comicy talent going this year, including Charlie Adlard and Sean Philips to name just a few. Full details here.