The new storyline We’re Out starts on Monday 22nd April. There will be new episodes every weekday (plus preview picture things on Sundays). I’m pretty excited, and a little bit frightened!!
This Saturday it’s Comiket at the Platform Theatre at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. It’s free to get in so come and see me! I’ll be sharing a table with Timothy Winchester which is always fun, but I’m extra looking forward to it this time because he’s going to show me his 3DS-XL!
That’s all my news really but here’s something really fun that I have to show you…
Julie and Jimi dressed up as human versions of Colin and Pauline and recreated one of my comics! Haha! Thanks so much for sending it to me you guys!
6 oz / 170g Margarine (or butter)
6 oz / 170g Brown sugar
3 tbsp Golden syrup
9 oz / 255g oats
Chocolate (or whatever kind of sweets nuts or raisins that you want to decorate it with)
•Preheat the oven to gas mark (180 ◦)
•Melt the margarine, syrup and sugar together (either in a saucepan or in the microwave)
•Stir in the oats.
•Pour into a baking tin (lined with greaseproof paper / baking parchment)
•Bake for 20 minutes (have a look after 15 minutes to make sure they’re not getting overcooked. When the edges turn brown take them out)
•Let them cool in the tin before cutting into rectangles and decorating with chocolate chips. I melted some of the chocolate chips to make the mouths.
You can add extra ingredients to the mixture before you cook it too but it might make it too lumpy to be good Colin head.
A selection of outfits for Pauline! That’s not the news, it’s just some doodles from my sketchbook that I coloured in for fun. I thought I’d just put together a blog post with a round-up of some of this past months gossip, since it seems like there are a few items that you might be interested in. I’ll start with some links!
Claire Napier interviewed me for Women Write About Comics. It’s an in-depth interview with some very interesting questions!
Dan Berry interviewed me for his Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast. It was fun! The other podcasts in the series are good to listen to, especially if you’re interested in making comics.
I have a two page comic in the anthology Bimba. It’s not a My Cardboard Life comic, but I’m mentioning it anyway. I have my copy of Bimba now and it’s a very good read! (not family friendly though so don’t buy it as a present for a baby.)
Last week I went to Bath for Comic Book Slumber Party. Had a great time! Lizzy Stewart and I did a talk about self-publishing. I was a bit nervous but I thought to myself, okay just pretend to be totally laid-back and confident, and it sort of worked! Also it helped that I had done a talk for Dan Berry’s students at Glyndwr University the week before. Lizzy had loads of good self-publishing information and advice so the audience must have found it at least 50% useful! Hopefully there will be another CBSP next year because it was a really nice event. Thanks to Hannah Chapman for organising it!
Here’s a couple of recent fan-arts.
Colin and Pauline by Rebecca, Shiny-Duck on DeviantArt. I love Colin’s expression!
Athletic Colin by Sean Maloney, TheOfficialMPA on DeviantArt. If you see me using lined paper as a background some time soon you’ll know I got the idea from this. It looks great.
***Update on We’re Out***
I’m still at the writing stage, but I’m hoping it will be ready to start reading here in April. I’ve even bought a new camera because I want it to look good. It’s a tricky story to plan because I’ve got to make it in a different way to any comic I’ve made before. This week I’m going to be taking some practice photos, but I’m not going to reveal any preview pictures. No spoilers!
Is there any other news? I can’t remember. Thank you for reading! (^•u•^)
Do we like 2013 so far? It’s too early to tell! What’s coming up this year? Well, The Gold Room gallery are having an exhibition of my work that opens on the 6th February, so if you live in Southsea or want to visit you can go and see some of my comics and drawings and crochet models in real life!
I’m going to keep the comics update schedule to three a week for the time being, but when I start the new storyline I’ll go back to five a week. Here are the results of the vote:
We’re Out – 175
Puppy School – 66
Treasure in the Arctic – 65
Paper Patisserie – 52
Business Pauline and the Fortune Fax Machine – 48
Dimension of the Ghosts – 46
Weird Undersea – 38
The Town Flyer – 23
RoboBFF – 18
Tantrum – 8
So We’re Out won by quite a long way! Which is good because it’s going to be different to anything I’ve done before. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out and start making it within the next few months. Then later in the year I might make one (or more?) of the runner up stories. Probably won’t be making Tantrum though!
What else is going to happen in 2013? We’ll find out soon I suppose. I’m sure I’ll be exhibiting at some comics shows in the year but not made a lot of plans yet so if there’s any that you think I should consider, let me know.
Over the last two weeks I’ve been posting these pictures of potential new storylines. It’s time to decide which will actually be made! Voting is closed now
Here’s a list of the tiles with links to the larger sized pictures: I’ve added the number of votes each story got.
Treasure in the Arctic 65 votes
Paper Patisserie 52 votes
The Town Flyer 23 votes
Business Pauline and the Fortune Fax Machine 48 votes
Puppy School 66 votes
Weird Undersea 38 votes
Tantrum 8 votes
We’re Out 175 votes
Vote by commenting on this blog post. You’re allowed to choose more than one if you can’t decide. I’ll count up the votes after ten days, and start writing the winning story right away. I’m happy for any one of these to win so vote from the heart. Which one do you want to read? It’s up to you! Voting is closed now.
We’re Out wins with 32% of the votes! Thanks for voting for the craziest one. I reckon I’m going to have a lot of fun putting it together! I’ll start writing it right away and later in the year it will become a real story which you can read.
Thank you so much for taking part. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some of the other stories at some point as well so if your favourite didn’t win you might still get to see it.