The glorious Sarah McIntyre always speaks sense and makes some important points. This time she’s really hit a big nail on the head. It’s maybe not something widely acknowledged, but if you start to consider your own bookshelf, you’ll likely come across this particular quirk of the book world, I know I’ve probably been guilty of it myself when referring to titles I own, and I’ve definitely been a victim of it as a creator:
A collaborative book is just that…a collaboration. To therefore celebrate a (much deserving) book and name one of its (much deserving) creators, and not the other is…off. And much more often than not it comes down to who is perceived as having put the words on the page. A book may be riddled through and carried by illustration, its story may be developed and conceived by both creators and then cleverly interwoven through text and images in a way totally planned and considered by both creators, but the bottom line is so often that one creator is the ‘author’ and the other… just drew some pictures. Often this attitude doesn’t come from within the creative world, but from the consumer/retailer/marketing level. It’s about perception of creative input and maybe we need to work harder to make it clearer.
In a prose-heavy book with occasional spot illustration, sure - fine, absolutely! It’s carried by the text and occasionally decorated by art - that’s less of a full collaboration (Though imagine Roald Dahl without Quentin Blake!). But when you’re into the realms of graphic novels and picture books - and you really should check out the beautiful books that Sarah and Philip Reeve make…they’re deserving of all praise you can heap upon them - the products go far beyond being by ‘one author and their art-monkey’. These books are joint efforts and both creators work their bums off to conceive, create and promote a title that is a perfect fusion of words and pictures. Without one of them, the book would be only half of its final wonder.
Being someone who is primarily an illustrator myself, I do appreciate that I run the risk of being accused of crying ‘it’s not fair’, but you know what? It’s not.
So after having my knee buckle on me twice this weekend (for the first time since June) I’ve decided to drop the basic daily exercises the physio had prescribed and I’m now doing the stuff from the exercise class that I can do without equipment. And like the balancing is cool and when I can…
Oh god! I’m doing the balancing with my eyes closed one too! So hard :( and yes, sounds like you need to run things by your physio if your knee buckled! X
Sorry for the delay, my wonderful people, I went away on vacation to the glorious lands of Mexico. Never fear, I am here. As mentioned in my previous article I have been pestering a comic book shop in Nottingham. Page 45. The staff at this store have been a tremendous help. They’ve sent me comic books quicker than it takes to make a decent cup of tea, and put up with my questions in store. Last…
Gosh! Thanks so much for that amazing write-up…I found it today and you really made me smile :)
We plan to print the full first volume when we’re done with arc one, but to save you from beans and toast in the meantime, do feel free to catch up with the story over at www.breakscomic.com for free! We update every Monday. We hope that when the time comes to go to print, readers won’t mind investing in the hard copy of a story they’ve followed online. This was the best way we could think of to save people waiting for too long for more pages, since we both works on BREAKS alongside full time commitments.
So, so, so glad you got caught up in the story. It only gets bigger from here. ^_^
And I’m so glad you found us via page forty five…such a great shop!
Convention sketches 2014 - thoughtbubble and beyond
I’ve been terribly unorganised this year, but CONVENTION SKETCHES! ^_^
My tumblr is pretty quiet these days so I’m not sure how many of you are out there reading, but if you’re headed to thoughtbubble and want to organise a pre-con sketch, drop me a line.
I’m a late addition to the event, but I’m super excited to be heading along after missing last year!
And if you’re at the Lakes Festival, I won’t have a table at the event, so will be limited to super fast sketchy sketches while I’m signing, so - again - if you’d like something a little more substantial to pick up at the show, holler at me. :)
(I will accept MCM pre-con sketch slots too, but they’re a little more limited as the show’s around the corner, it feels!)
So, if you want me to turn up to the event in question with a piece of art just for you, get in touch.
See you there!
Hey everyone, I’m going to be a guest at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in a few weeks time on the 17th-19th October in Kendal. From 10am-12pm I’ll be teaching a Crafting a Story workshop in the Brewery Arts Centre, Art Room 1. If you’d like to take part, make sure to book your place! (Details in the above linked festival programme.)
The rest of the weekend during the day you’ll find me in the Comics Clocktower, on Table 3! In the evenings I’ll be flitting around the various festival events so if anyone wants to hang out, let me know! :D
Reminder that this event is coming up fast, so if you’d like to book places on my workshop (or any of the workshops) you better hurry up! Can’t wait to see you all in Kendal~!
Get booking them tickets, guys! So much to do over the weekend :)
If you could hug any Doctor Who writer, which one would you hug? I think personally I would go for Robert Shearman, he looks cuddly and that beard would probably feel nice rubbing on your head. Russell T Davies also looks quite huggable but his propensity towards suits and lack of facial hair might not make it as pleasurable as Mr Shearman.
I would like to hug all the women who have written for Doctor Who since 2008. All of them! I would start with…
What, nobody? That can’t be right…. (goes off, puzzled).
So if you haven’t, why not read part 1 from the start? Can’t hurt, right? Heh! Sounds kind of cool… in a way. And if you read it and liked it, maybe I could get a re-blog/re-tweet/celebratory round-robin telex? Seems legit to ask.