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

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

Creative Workspaces #3

I asked some more artists and writers to tell me a bit about their desks and studios…   Ellis Writer London “My priorities were possibly skewed when I assigned the last corner of my small boat to my 70s bar, rather than acquiring a fit to purpose desk. However, necessity is the darling of inspiration … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 4

I made the most of my last morning in Amsterdam. I got up early, said goodbye to Joseph’s goldfish and Meneer De Reiger (the heron who visits his garden on a regular basis) and headed into town with Joseph when he went to work. After that I got a coffee and drank it on the … Continue reading

Coffee and Comics in Seattle

After I left New York I headed to Seattle. In case you’re not aware of the geographical layout of the US, Seattle is not near New York. It’s on the opposite coast in fact. This meant I had a silly stopover in Minneapolis, but not for long enough to leave the airport. The airline, Sun … Continue reading

Good Things Part 3

These are some things I’ve been enjoying lately. Jonathan Richman reading a poem for Mojo Beth Hoeckel’s collage art: More can be found at http://bethhoeckel.com/COLLAGE.htm The comic art of Al Williamson: This clock, which is on the wall of a supermarket in my town: This video about Miniatur Wunderland. I want to go. Now.

Santa Lucia Market

Yesterday I went to the market at Piazza Santa Lucia. This place is going to be my downfall. Despite having lived in four different countries in the past four years, I am, deep down, a hoarder. A collector of pointless crap that I don’t need. But I’m living in a new place that I want … Continue reading