Friday, 27 March 2009

The DFC lives on (well, sort of)

It's lovely to see that the late, lamented DFC comic is rising from the dead and being reborn in a number of places, not least at Super Comics Adventure Squad. The site is a sort of hub where you can catch up with the creators of the DFC, see their latest projects and follow links to their portfolios, online strips and blogs, and it includes lots of concept sketches, pages and commentary that's well worth following.

Also worthy of note is HUZZAH!, a group blog consisting of a 'round robin' strip that's very good indeed. There's some real quality work being done here, by an excellent crop of UK cartoonists including Rob Davis, I. N. J. Culbard, Dan McDaid, Colin Fawcett, and the incomparable Faz Choudhury. What's consistently amazing about HUZZAH! is not just the fact that it's gorgeous to look at, but it's also a cracking yarn too.

For this jaded old has-been never-was, these sites (and the fact that the UK comics community seems to be in rude health) is like a tall, cold glass of water on a very hot summer's day.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Ooh, look what Liz got me! *scampers off to kitchen*

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Thursday, 12 March 2009

See? It's even asking me to :)

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Thursday, 5 March 2009

Spuds young herberts 1 - Arsenal wonderkids 3

Congratulations to Steve Bould's boys for a stirring 3-1 victory over the old enemy on their own turf. A superb performance from the youngsters saw us come back from going one-nil down to the knuckle-draggers from the wrong end of the Seven Sisters Road, and through to the FA Youth cup semi-finals. Let's hope the seniors can pick up some hints from the boys, especially about not giving up even after going behind. Marvellous.

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(Via Wombat's World.)

Stuff and nonsense

So, stuff's been happening;

The thing is, is that Sequential Design is no more. The graphic design agency that Liz and I founded and ran with another partner, Wendy, has run up the curtain and joined the choir invisible. No biggie really, it was just that the company had run its course as it was and things needed to change. There's a bit more to it, but nothing I'm prepared to divulge on a blog. Suffice to say that it all ended very amicably and all parties involved are moving on to pastures new. For Liz and I that means that she's about to re-enter the world of paid employment, hopefully, and I'm going back to freelancing — under the new trading name of Grafica London – and to being a house husband/dad. It's a step that we're taking with a fair amount of trepidation, but hey, we can't be much more broke than what we are now, so what the hell.

To be honest, I always thought that if the day ever came when Sequential Design folded, it would be like killing my child, metaphorically, as the investment of both time and money to make the company work was not insignificant. But, amazingly, it feels like someone has lifted a huge weight from my shoulders. I felt much, much worse when Les Cartoonistes Dangereux folded for instance.

As for what I'm going to be doing from now on, well, it's really no different. I'm already picking up work, which is nice, and making new contacts. I feel much more confident in my abilities as a designer now, as I learnt a lot from Sequential Design, and that's in no small part due to working with Wendy (thanks W). It was nice to be able to work closely with another designer, but it was fraught at times too. We worked in very different ways, and that sometimes led to conflict, but I'd like to think that we're still friends and only on the other end of the phone line if help was needed.

I'm also going to be writing some stuff again, and who knows where that might lead. I'll be writing about comics, Apple, graphic design and being a geek, so if anyone out there needs a freelance who procrastinates, but never misses a deadline, and who knows his stuff, drop me a line. I also hope to update this thing a bit more frequently, although I've said that before. The 'net's just so damn interesting, though...

The house husband and dad bit is a little strange though. It's not that I don't know what I'm doing, or that I don't "enjoy it" (I actually find housework therapeutic in a perverse kind of way), it's the reaction I get from other people. I've noticed that some people tend to arch their eyebrows, as if the very mention of it is enough to emasculate me. I can assure you that running a dyson round a couple of times a week, and picking my daughter up from school hasn't made my balls drop off. Yet.