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MCMExpo Letraset Manga School
May 24, 2013, 5:49 pm
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MCM Expo Letraset Manga School

Come along to the Letraset Manga School at MCM Expo this weekend! I’m running workshops on Body Pose and Movement and Drawing Clothes, on both Saturday and Sunday. All the details are on Letraset’s website.


London Lives!
May 14, 2013, 10:00 am
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Phew! That was a mammoth month of kids’ comics. Now I’m recovered, here’s a blog post! After a month spent running around to 18 different libraries all across London and meeting hundreds of comics-loving children, I finally completed my run of workshops for CityRead London. So many crazy characters created (with at least one called “Bob” in every group), so many random stories written and drawn!

The idea of London Lives was that after making up a character each, the kids would pick two characters made in the group at random, a random object and a random location, and make a comic strip based on whatever they had. (No looking, and no swapping!)


My example, made with two random characters (Ted Todd the skateboarding student, and undertaker and amateur magician Peter Charles Griffiths) created by my friends, with a football as my random object and a museum as my random location. All objects and locations were inspired by A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks, the book for CityRead London this year.

Hounslow Workshop

Hounslow Workshop 2

Workshop in Hounslow, photos courtesy of John from Hounslow Libraries.

Almost all of my workshops were at maximum capacity! It warms the cockles and mussels of my heart to see that so many young people are really engaged with comics, both reading them and making their own.

Kids Work Barbican Library

Children’s finished comic strips at Barbican Library.

London Lives Character 3

London Lives Character 2

London Lives Character 1

A selection of characters made by the participants.

Many thanks to CityRead London for inviting me to run comics workshops again this year, and all the participating libraries and staff! It was brilliant.

And I’ll leave you with a quote from one of the children who took part.

“I loved the workshop! It was terrific! I gained loads of confidence in drawing comics and know about them. I never had such a wonderful experience! If I had a word to describe it: Comic – cool” Abdul age 9

London Lives – Cityread London Comics Workshops
March 12, 2013, 11:08 am
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cityread logo For children 8 – 12 years old. This April, join me for London Lives: Cityread Comics Workshops in libraries all around the capital. Create colourful characters, then see what happens when they meet other peoples’ in the streets, stations and stadiums of London.

Cityread London is a campaign to spread a love of books and reading to the widest possible audience throughout our capital. This year the chosen read is A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. There are also many other events happening for all ages, so take a look at their website for more.

London Lives Comics Workshops

Please contact individual libraries for details of how to book your place!

Tuesday 2nd April

Manor Park Library
685-693 Romford Road
E12 5AD
11:00 – 12:30

1 Church Elm Lane,
RM10 9QS
2:30 – 4pm

Wednesday 3rd April

East Barnet Library
85 Brookhill Road,
East Barnet,
2:30 – 4pm

Thursday 4th April

Bromley Central Library
High Street
Kent – BR1 1EX
11:00 – 12:30

Bexleyheath Central Library
Townley Road
2:30 – 4pm

Friday 5th April

Edgware Library
Hale Lane,
2:30 – 4pm

Sunday 7th April

Hounslow Library,
Treaty Centre,
High Street,
1:30 – 3pm

Wednesday 10th April

Southfields Library
300 Wimbledon Park Road
London SW19 6NL
10:30 – 12:00noon

Peckham Library,
122 Peckham Hill Street
SE15 5JR
2:30 – 4pm

Thursday 11th April

City of London
Barbican Library
Barbican Centre
Silk St
11 – 12:30

Marylebone Library
109-117 Marylebone Road (entrance Gloucester Place)
London NW1 5PS
2:30 – 4pm

Saturday 13th April

Morden Library
Civic Centre
London Road
10:30 – 12noon

Kingsbury Library Plus
522 – 524 Kingsbury Road
2:30 – 4pm

Tuesday 16th April

Hammersmith and Fulham
Hammersmith Library
Shepherds Bush Road
W6 7AT
4:00 – 5:30pm

Thursday 18th April

Wealdstone Library,
The Wealdstone Centre,
38/40 High Street,
4 – 5:30pm

Thursday 25th April

Upminster Library,
26 Corbets Tey Road,
RM14 2BB
4:00 – 5:30pm

Saturday 27th April

Hackney Central Library
Hackney Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ
10:30 – 12:00noon

Central Library,
Katharine Street,
2:30 – 4pm

Happy New Year 2013
January 15, 2013, 10:50 am
Filed under: Fun, Uncategorized

Calendar 2013

Need to know the date? Like pictures of trees and birdies? Look no further.
You can download an A4 size, print quality version for use in your home, studio, office, garage, shop or garret.

Have a great 2013!


City Read London – Twisted London comics workshops
March 29, 2012, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Comics, Events, Fun

City Read London is the “World’s Biggest Book Group”, aiming to get everyone in London – yes, everyone! – reading Oliver Twist this April.

8 million people. 1 book. Pick up a copy of Oliver Twist in April and join readers across London in our first Cityread.

On 2 April, across London, thousands of people will pick up a book and start reading together. This is London’s first ever Cityread, and we’re kicking off with Oliver Twist in celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday.

There are hundreds of events for children, young people and adults taking place in libraries, museums, cinemas and other places in all 33 London boroughs during April. From hip hop to graphic novels, live performances to free cinema, its never been easier to discover Dickens.

I am running “Twisted London”, comic strip workshops for children aged 8 – 12 in libraries across many boroughs of our fine capital, exploring the dark and dirty side of Dickensian London. After discovering more about Oliver Twist’s London, participants will create their own comic strips to take away, and have the opportunity for their work to be featured in an exhibition in the cafe at Foyles’ flagship Charing Cross Road store.

They will be happening from 2nd April 2012,  in Greenwich, Bexley, Barnet, Harrow, Islington, Westminster, Hillingdon, Croydon and Camden, as well as part of a special Dodgy Dickens Day at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Find out more information, including dates, times and contact details at the City Read website.

You can also Like Cityread London on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cityreadlondon

Twisted London Workshops

2nd April – Woolwich Library

3rd April – Central Library Bexleyheath

3rd April – Welling Library

4th April – Mill Hill Library

5th April – Northolt Leisure Centre Library

10th April – Pinner Library

11th April – East Finchley Library

12th April – Central Library Islington

14th April – Queens Park Library

15th April – Museum of Childhood

19th April – Botwell Green Library

24th April – Thornton Heath Library

Idle Hands
March 22, 2012, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Fun

Idle Hands

The art of Apathy: one of the deadly seven! I found this doodle on a scrap of paper I had squirreled away.

More Urban Beasts Sketches
January 11, 2012, 10:00 am
Filed under: Events, Fun, Uncategorized

These animal portraits were drawn for con attendees at MCM Expo and Thought Bubble, Autumn 2011: