Sunday, 17 September 2017

Thought Bubble (Probably)

Next weekend (23rd / 24th September) I will be exhibiting at Thought Bubble in Leeds for the first time ever. Probably. To be honest, it's touch and go at the moment and there is about a 25% chance that I will pull out at the last minute and lose the money I spent on the table (which is probably less than I'll lose by actually doing the event, what with my travel and room expenses, but I'd still like to do it if I can).

The reason for my ambiguity about whether or not I will be there is fairly simple: AGORAPHOBIA!!! While I am nowhere near as bad as I was 10 years ago (see my book for further details), I still suffer from it, still find it very difficult to travel alone (particularly by public transport but I also hate driving on motorways), and also still have a bit of a bad back, etc., which makes me quite unreliable, I'm afraid. Am I embarrassed about all this? Yep. I'm very embarrassed about it and I get very annoyed with myself for spending so much time worrying about things that most people take for granted (like getting on a train) but at a certain point outing myself as an ill person became preferable to being known as that bloke who never turns up to things because he isn't really interested in / committed to comics (and I certainly am interested in / committed to comics - I just like the writing and drawing them part a lot more than the events part).

Anyway, now that I've got my terms and conditions out of the way, I would like to say that I will probably be at Thought Bubble next weekend. I will probably be at table 184 in the Comixology / Millennium Square Marquee, I will probably have copies of my book with me and will also probably have copies of most of my old comics with me, as well as some greetings cards with drawings of dogs on them that I will probably get printed next week (these will probably be my best seller).

If you are there and you see me sitting on my own looking grumpy, please come and say hello. I am friendly really, I just have an unfortunate face that makes me look grumpy all the time, when I am actually only grumpy 60-70% of the time. I will be happy to sign and / or sketch in anything you buy and am willing to moan about my ailments for free.

See you there. Probably

P.S. You may have noticed that I have not scrapped this blog and started a new one, as I said I would in my last post. This is mainly because I now have a Goodreads author page, this blog has been linked to it, and I have no idea how to unlink it, so I may as well keep posting here for now.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

New Website / Guardian Interview

I have a new website,, which launched today.  There isn't much content on there at the moment but there is an online store and I will add more content (hopefully including a blog) over the next few weeks, before my book is released on June 29th. 

In other news, I was interviewed by someone from The Guardian about my book a couple of weeks ago and that interview should be in tomorrow's paper.  It may appear online before tomorrow and I will post a link here as soon as I see it (not that I am checking the Guardian website every five minutes).  

I am still intending to abandon this blog soon but will leave it another few weeks before I delete it. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


At long last, my first graphic novel, Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain), is finished (apart from some possible last-minute corrections) and is due to be published by Robinson / Little Brown at the end of June.  It's already on their website and available to pre-order from Amazon, so I doubt they can change their minds now.  

Now that I have (more or less) finished that, I can put my mind to paying off the debts I've run up while working on it, planning my next book (I have an idea I'm very excited about but am only in the very early stages of research at the moment) and setting up a new website where I can sell some of my old comics (currently only available in my loft).

As I very rarely update this blog, often forget it exists, and am not sure if anyone ever looked at it when I did update it regularly, I have decided to scrap it soon, so this will probably be my last post here.  I will instead focus on promoting my comics via Facebook (which I visit a lot) and Twitter (which I need to visit more often). If anyone wants to add me as a friend or follow me, I am desperate for friends and will almost certainly follow you back, unless you look like a pervert.

Bye for now.