I am posting the complete mini comic I made for this project. Please scroll down to see the full story, and scroll a little further to see sketchbook and developmental images…
Last week I went and sat on a panel at the British Library, to talk about World War One in comics and graphic novels! I talked about my book Beyond the Wire and the Bristol 2014 project with Pat Mills, Paul Gravett, Sarah Jones and Karim Iskander Flint. I think people were interested in the relationship between the war and local communities, and using comics alongside essays, poetry and stories.
Thanks Andy Oliver, I stole your photo of me selling books!
I haven’t posted much on here recently, as I have been working on the final images for my story, and I don’t want to give too much away! Here are the pages starting to take shape, stuck all over my wall so I can refer back to them as I work. They are drawn at A3 size but will be reduced down to a smaller format for print.. It’s getting there! Today: LIONS!
I’ve started by working in my sketchbook and on loose sheets of paper, coming up with character ideas and thinking of stories for them. I use photographs as reference for clothing and locations sometimes, but I like to invent characters faces. I hope that as the project progresses, you will see the detail in the images and narrative develop alongside, these are just some very rough initial sketches. Please click on an image to view a larger version.
I’m very grateful to Clive Burlton and Eugene Byrne for the help and information they have provided so far, and to Andrew Kelly for inviting me to take part in the project.
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