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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.


Manga Portraits
March 3, 2013, 6:46 pm
Filed under: Commissions, illustration, Manga | Tags: , , ,


Just a few A5 size manga portraits I have drawn for commissions (fairly) recently. All were drawn with brush pen on heavy cartridge paper using photo references.


Feel free to get in touch if you would like one done for yourself! ^_^

February 7, 2013, 11:41 am
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga

Back by popular demand…

This half-term, I’ll be running Manga-tastic! a manga-making course for young people, in the London Borough of Barnet. After four afternoons of planning, writing and drawing manga stories, the results will be published in an anthology that will be distributed in Barnet Libraries. Come along to learn manga techniques, talk manga, read manga, and draw manga! It’s all about manga.

Ages: 12 – 18
Dates: 19th – 22nd February 2013
Times: 2 – 5pm
Location: Chipping Barnet Library
Cost: £24
Booking: Bookings must be made through the Futureversity website.

See you there!

MCM Expo Manga School
October 25, 2012, 11:16 am
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga, News

I will be at MCM Expo this weekend, running classes for Letraset’s Manga School. There is a full programme of workshops that lasts all weekend, and I am hosting these:

Body Pose and Movement 12:00 Saturday 27 October
Body Pose and Movement 15:00 Sunday 28 October
Drawing Clothes 16:00 Sunday 29 October

All the details are on the Letraset website.

I may well also be cosplaying at MCM Expo as I don’t have an exhibitor table this time!

Cuddlychops: Look How Big My Fist Is!
July 9, 2012, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga

In October half term 2011, I had the pleasure of working with a group of teenagers in Edgware, on a Manga For Beginners course run by Futureversity. It was a four day comics making spectacular, and the group produced some great work which was recently put into a book and published by Barnet Council and made available in all the public libraries in Barnet.

The young people created the characters as a group, and their stories featured inept Superhero Cuddlychops, his friend Lucy the elf, and the evil cyborg Mr Smith. Below is the cover I made for the “Cuddlychops: Look How Big My Fist Is!” anthology.

Cuddlychops Cover

And the characters drawn for the contents page:

Cuddlychops Contents Page

What I Am Up To These Days
October 24, 2011, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga, News

It’s been a while since I updated. This is, in a way, a GOOD thing, because it means I’ve been busy. So here are a few interesting newsworthy titbits.

Firstly, there’s a podcast of a discussion panel I chaired at Sci-Fi London about the Manga Jiman competition. The ladies on the panel, Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millet are all winners or runners-up of Manga Jiman, and they share their thoughts about comics, manga and competitions. It’s here, at Laydeez Do Podcasts.

This week is half term, so what better time to run a whole bunch of Manga Workshops?! Bedfordshire Libraries are having a Graphic Novel and Manga Festival all week, for which I’m running a workshop about Character Creation for young people… there’s tonnes of other things going on there, too.

Upcoming events I will be at:

MCM EXPO 29th – 30th October (at the Itch table)

Thought Bubble 19th – 20th November (at the Itch table)

I will be sketching and selling prints at the above events, as well as having more free copies of Blood Magic available! See you there!

More Reviews!
July 21, 2011, 5:49 pm
Filed under: Comics, Manga, Reviews

You can now read another review of Blood Magic at the Poopsheet Foundation.

There is also a lovely review of Urban Beasts over at the Forbidden Planet blog.