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Pre-order finished!

Pre-order period is over! A huge thank you to those who supported he comic through this period! ^_^ I have a lot of books to send out and I’m hoping to get the vast majority of them sent this week. Please let me know if you do not receive your book[s], or if you have any other questions.

If you missed the Pre-order period, don’t worry! I’ll be at True Believers festival this coming weekend in Cheltenam (website), and I’m hoping to be at Thought Bubble in Leeds this year too (website). Or, you can order online here. Thanks! x

The Unicorn and the Woodsman

SURPRISE I have a new comic!!! :D It’s about a unicorn and the day they meet a woodsman in the woods. And it rhymes. And I don’t know what else I can give you if you’re not into that kind of thing tbh. Here’s some pages!

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*PRE-ORDER SPECIAL* £4 ($6.20) until January 31st, after which the price will rise. Please note shipping is not included in this price, and will vary depending on your location.

Due to EU VAT regulations, I am unlikely to be able to offer digital versions of this comic, for which I am sorry! I’d planned to, but then we had the #VATMESS, so. If you’re overseas, this Pre-order period is the best (cheapest!) chance for you to purchase, as I have no overseas events scheduled currently.

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I am currently accepting Paypal, but if you would prefer to pay via a different method, please contact me: extra.minty@gmail.com

If you are looking to bulk-order (i.e. you’re a shop! Or just really really keen!) please contact me: extra.minty@gmail.com and we can work out some details.

YA Pages

I… don’t think I ever put these up! I forget to synch stuff that goes on my blog and stuff that goes on my site, sometimes ^^; Anyway! Here’s some unlettered pages from Young Avengers issue 6, The Toll:

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(Tommy puts 123932897429837470000000 sugars in his coffee. Because he needs that on top of everything else.) The panel where he smacks David in the arm at the bottom of that first page is my fave panel I made for the issue ^_^ I dunno why, I was just pleased with how it came out. You know, when something finally matches up with the image you have in your head for it? That happened there! I also really like the water cooler I drew at the top of that second page. It kinda pleases me. Why? NO CLUE! Oh and Mr Not-Mekon has his little beanie to keep his head warm. That was fun to do too. Oh, and minty-horned guy! Man this was fun.

The trades for YA are out now! You should get them! From a comics shop!!!!

Byeeeeee! ^_^/

New Comics round-up!

(Most of these comics aren’t terribly new — I am just severely late!) Here’s a bunch of stuff I’ve been reading (relatively) recently! I’ve possibly missed off a few things……… um, I’ve not done one of these since last year! I’m sure I’ve read more comics than this… O_o;

MULP
Created by Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton

Okay, this one is new! My gosh it’s so CUTE! I have a thing for mouse-anthro characters after reading the Brambley Hedge books as a kid. This is like Brambley Hedge mixed with Indiana Jones and if that doesn’t interest you I DON’T WANT TO KNOW YOU. I am very excited for the upcoming issues. It’s suitable for most ages, although there is some (very tiny) gun violence.

Mega Robo Bros
Created by Neill Cameron

This one’s fairly new, as it began in the Phoenix in issue #112. This is about cute little robots who are brothers in the FUTURE and how awesome would it be to really be a robot, really, and they’re adopted and oh my, there’s some dark stuff threading through this. OBVIOUSLY I LOVE IT. Here’s hoping it’ll go to book format soon for those unable to get back-issues!

Knight & Dragon
Created by Matt Gibbs, Bevis Musson and Nathan Ashworth

Oh my GOD I love this. The cartooning and the stories both are so fun! Bevis has drawn my favourite cartoon horse EVER. It’s so clever as a comic, too… it’s sort of like those choose-your-own-adventure books, but it’s a frickin’ comic, so. Bonus! Get this.

BREAKS
Created by Emma Vieceli and Malin Ryden

Breaks is your THING TO READ if you like your young leads like I like my coffee: angsty. (Note to self: this metaphor did not work). Emma and Malin are naturally gifted at creating complex and emotional character-lead drama, and here is their first out-there-for-the-enjoyment-of-all project together! And hey guess what now, it’s also FREEEEEEEE. Do you want to Break Free? Do you? (I’M SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF) Emma has set up a Patreon account for those who would like to support its development and a variety of cool perks! Check that here!

The Firelight Isle
Created by Paul Duffield

I expect you may well have checked this baby out already! Here’s Paul’s free-to-read EPIC project of EPICNESS that is also totally all-ages suited! We’re in it for the long and very beautiful game here, with carefully constructed, Ursula Le Guin-esque fantasy. Marvel at the beauty of the page layouts that will lay you out cold because they are so lovely. Squee over Anlil’s freckles, and Sen’s up-coming nipples (spoilers!). As mentioned, this is a long comic, and if you like what you see, consider helping Paul make it a darn sight quicker by becoming his Patreon!

Bye-bye!

Tamsin and the Deep starts today!

What the title said! Here’s our first cover! Me and Neill are super excited to get you all into this story! There’s loads of exciting stuff coming…!

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Main cast for Faith Says You — exploratory sketches. (It’s set in the 90’s).

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The comic’s sort of two/three-tone colour (see the bottom of my previous post!) which is something I’ve not done since like I was… well, about the same age as these guys! I’d been feeling that my colouring was a bit over-done at the time that I started developing the visual style for FSY, and I’d also wanted something that was going to be very easy to create, so that I could pencil/ink/colour/letter a page a day (or more) for sure. It’s a long book, clocking in at 300 pages, and is quite wordy, too, so I didn’t want full-on colours and full-on text and full-on everything, as I reckoned it would be too overwhelming.

I have just finished up with the lettered thumbnail draft (I do my thumbnails large)! I got a few bits to edit, and then it’s good to go. And… I need to just find time to actually draw it ^^;

Tamsin and the Deep – and updates!

So, the first half of 2013 was probably the best time I’ve had so far during my 7 years freelance. I had a really great few months and did a lot of new things, and learned a lot of new things. I remember sitting in a Hi Sushi with mates just before my birthday last year when things were going well for all of us and we all held hands and were like “LET’S REMEMBER THIS BECAUSE IT CAN BE THIS GOOD”… which I’m going to remember as hard as I can. The second half of 2013 was the worst freelance time I’ve had since 2008. 2013 was truly a beautiful pie with a base of shit.

I’m working full-time again now thanks to lots of supportive people and a very excellent physio, and I am so grateful for this. Work is everything to me. I live to work! Not being able to do so really drove me into a not-so-great place; I got pretty ill on top of the shoulder problems. Combining not-being-able-to-work with “freelance” is pretty scary – obviously you don’t get sick-pay, it’s a risk you have to take when becoming self-employed – and I’m honestly lucky that the first half of 2013 was so great project-and-money-wise, or my shoulder popping off would have ruined me financially, too :( But it’s okay now… I’m through intensive physio, and I’ve got fine-tuning until June/July, by which time it’s going to be as good as it could possibly be. The bones have more-or-less receded back to where they should be (no more surprise humerus!!), and I can do pretty much everything that’s non-intensive! I’m so happy! ^_^/

Enough about my personal life ^^; I’m working on a project with one of my fave creators!!!!!! Me and Neill Cameron have teamed up to make TAMSIN & THE DEEP – a multi-part series for The Phoenix, written by Neill and arted by me! It’s an urban-fantasy/action tale set in CORNWALL (ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES OMG OMG) and our lead is 10-year-old Tamsin “I won’t take no *&%! from this” Thomas. It’s awesome and I can’t wait for people to read it! Here’s our teaser poster…

It starts April 4th. I’m so excited! I’m still learning to work with scripts, so I hope I can really step up my game by learning new things!!!!!! So far, I’ve been focussing a lot on my naturalistic backgrounds, which I’ve always found quite hard to render in line-and-celshade. I hope they’re improving!

I’m also providing colours for Emma Vieceli and Antony Johnston’s ALEX RIDER:SCORPIA adaptation! We’ve set up a development Tumblr for it, here: http://alexridercomic.tumblr.com/ Check in to see how we’re going with it!

And finally, for those who are aware of the new book I am working on, I’m afraid of course this has had to go on the back-burner even more so than it was. I’m *ALMOST* finished with the thumbnail draft, and it’s looking to be just over 300 pages. Obviously, this is not a paid project, and with the mess my shoulder left me in, I absolutely have to prioritise income right now. The fallout from my shoulder is going to roll over most of everything I do for at least another year, I think. All the money I’d saved to work on my book went into rehabilitation ^^; I’m glad I was able to, you know, of course, but it’s been so, so frustrating to lose that time for so many reasons… I did not comprehend the phrase “time is money” until I went freelance. It’s scary.

I can’t remember now how much I’ve written/spoken about it? It’s called “FAITH SAYS YOU”. Here’s a cheery page from it that sets the tone!

Best wishes to all xxx

Emilie’s Turn

OH HI THERE! You came here to read a ballet comic, right? Well, that is super handy, because we got one for you right here:

The nice dudes up at The Phoenix got Emilie’s Turn (written by Neill Cameron, drawn by me) up online for you to read! CLICK HERE! We also spoke at length (well…… actually, I mainly shout (sorry)) to Claire Napier of WWACR about ballet, hot fucking, and motorcycles. And the comic. Shove that on for a listen here (contains swearing, as if you need a warning for that by now) –

Comics round-up for June!

The Suitcase, by Dan Berry
Hi! Do you want to read Brit comics? Pick this up. It’s such a fantastic example of our scene! Dan Berry is a tragi-comic genius — at one point I snorted so hard a snot-bubble came out my nose when I was reading it. I think I’d recommend this to anyone, really. I want to buy it for everyone’s birthdays!!!! Also, did you know Dan runs a well-respected podcast called Make it Then Tell Everybody…?

Demeter, by Becky Cloonan
Oh, hell yes. Modern classics. I am really down for nailing a specific atmosphere within comics — giving them a real personality and a proper feeling. Becky’s three self-published titles (Wolves, The Mire, and now Demeter) each create such a specific personality that compliment one another and sit so well together. Wolves is bitter and lonely and empty and swirling; the Mire is vast and still and ancient… Demeter, I found, was fresh, loud, and claustrophobic in its setting — you can hear the sea, and smell the air all the way through. Oh, those layouts. And oh, my god, that ending! YES I LOVE IT. FEEEEEEEL IT.

Papa, written by Vera Greentea with art by Joseph Lacroix, Ben Jelter, Lizzy John.
Woah, woah, woah. Stop what you’re doing. PICK THIS UP. Super-duper short explorations of fable and family. These three stories are so nicely pitched, I either must write an essay about them, or say nothing but encourage you to get hold of Papa like now. (The latter is the probably most beneficial to you). I think the second one is my favourite. What’s yours?

Avalon 2: The Girl and the Unicorn, created by Nunzio de Felippis and Christina Wier with Emma Vieceli, art by Emma Vieceli, tones by Nana Li. (Link to Amazon.co.uk listing — there’s gonna be other ways it’s sold, so, find your most preferred way!)
Lemme tell you a little story. So at the 2D festival in Derry, this young girl of 12 comes up to mine and Emma’s table, and this kid’s quite shy, so Emma begins talking about the books she’s got out on the table. She suggests Avalon’s the book for this little girl — it’s about a young, brave girl called Aeslin who travels to a fantasy world through a book, and has amazing adventures. This little girl’s face like, literally, LIGHTS up, like a proper “8D” face, snaps her head up to her mum to see if they can get the book, and it’s the most beautiful thing. This is her book. She totally comes out of her shell, and engages with Emma to chat a little more about the Avalon series. Honestly warmed my heart right up, and had I been PMTing that day I’m sure I would have broken down and wept. ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO CONTINUALLY MAKE THESE BRIGHT FACES BY PURCHASING.

Young Avengers

Eeek! I’ve been sitting on my hands about this!!! I was super honoured to join as a guest artist for issue #6 of the super duper new Young Avengers series that Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Team Young Avengers have been making waves with! It’s an awesome series and I really wanted to do a great job by Kieron’s script. I had a HELL of a lot of fun doing this issue, I really enjoyed it! :D I really hope that existing fans will enjoy it too.

If you’re not buying this series already then you should completely just go ahead and dive in! I have a few non-superhero-reading-friends and they have easily jumped in and are totally enjoying it. If you have a comic shop nearby, they will absolutely get it in for you, and if not, then you can buy through an online site such as Comixology or Marvel!

None of the interiors for #6 are out and about yet, but in the meantime, check out this awesome cover Jamie did!!!

Here’s the solicit info:

KIERON GILLEN (W) • KATE BROWN (A) Cover by JAMIE MCKELVIE Wolverine Costume Variant By Mike Del Mundo • Ever wonder what the super hero equivalent of a terrible soul-sucking talent-wasting temp job is? You haven’t? Oh go on. Actually, don’t. We’ve done it for you and written a story about it. This one. • Wonder what Tommy (aka Speed) has been up to? Discover herein. • Wonder why mutant David Alleyne (aka Prodigy) hasn’t been even in the background in any one of the eight thousand X-books? Discover that herein too. • Existential horror turns cosmic horror as something emerges from the shadows of the past. It seems the Young Avengers have yet one more thing to worry about. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

(Twenty pages was just enough to get really attached to drawing Tommy & David! I miss drawing them already!!)