LA

Some pics from my recent trip to LA, including the Getty Villa, LACMA, Echo Park, Venice and Madison.

Hubert by Ben Gijsemans

Publisher: Jonathan Cape Buy:  Foyles Hubert began as a project on Ben Gijsemans’ master’s degree. His tutors were suitably impressed, and he was later awarded funding to work it into a complete graphic novel. Middle-aged Hubert leads a lonely existence. He appears to do little other than visit art galleries, paint and eat alone while watching old films. … Continue reading

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery recently had a complete overhaul, which resulted in it being closed for a long time. When it reopened, it came with a price tag. A historically free museum, it now costs £7.50 to get in. There is a museums deal however, if you’re a regular visitor to this and other museums in … Continue reading

Halloween

I haven’t posted in a while as I’m ridiculously busy doing an intensive Portuguese course (every day for 3 hours as well as working…) I will catch up on posts eventually but in the meantime here’s some Halloween inspiration. I am going to dress as a zombie tourist.

Review: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

★★★★☆ Publisher: First Second Books Buy: Foyles Comics stalwart Scott McCloud has previously imparted his knowledge of the medium in Understanding Comics, and inspired with projects such as 24 Hour Comics. He is also a practitioner in his own right, having created, among others, the 1980s comic series Zot! – a manga-inspired, retro-futuristic alternative to the many violent comics … Continue reading

Creative Workspaces #4

I asked some more writers and artists to tell me a bit about their desks and studios… Natalia Kochan Writer and artist Long Beach, California, US “This is my desk in my childhood bedroom. I’ve been moving around a lot, so it’s my only stable workspace. (Probably a more accurate picture of where I work … Continue reading

Five questions with Jeffrey Brown

RAFAEL/JORGE:  Thanks for answering our questions, Jeffrey.  It’s a pleasure to cyber-meet you! Thanks Rafael and Jorge, good to virtual-meet you too! QUESTION: Your graphic novel, “The Jedi Academy” is such a hit. And what a great idea. We read in an interview that you first got the idea when you were approached by Google … Continue reading

Review: Just So Happens by Fumio Obata

★★★★★ Publisher: Jonathan Cape Buy: Foyles Fumio Obata’s beautiful, engaging graphic novel explores ideas of expatriatism, cultural tradition and parental obligation. The protagonist is Yumiko, a young Japanese woman who has settled in London. Sometimes she finds the city harsh, but has come to find comfort and excitement in its bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The initial images in … Continue reading

Porto

I recently went to Porto with some friends during the Carnaval holiday. Some places were closed but we still managed to see quite a lot. Highlights included Livraria Lello, an incredibly beautiful bookshop which is said to have influenced the Harry Potter series (JK Rowling lived in Porto for a few years, pre-fame). The staircase … Continue reading

Costume Exhibition at MUDE Lisbon

There are a lot of good museums in Lisbon. A LOT. I feel like it’s going to take a while to visit them all even though I now live here and am not in fact on holiday (although sometimes it still feels like that after four months. But then I have to go to work…) … Continue reading