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: 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

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