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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Zines In Space - Online Shop


Yesterday I took my final comic pages to the photocopier and then folded a big pile of paper. They are now available to order from my Esty shop. I have a variety of comics available including some mini comics for just 50p ! Some of the older comics will be out of print soon because I'm discontinuing them (Mix Tape, Best Day Ever, Smoothie Wars, The Crossroads and Jumping the Shark Mini Comic)

I'll will have these comics with me on the Inspired Comics table at these events ...

Thanks for reading this blog over the summer! It was a really fun project to work on. There will be a bit of a gap between this and further comics from Giant Rhinos and friends while I work on some autumn comics with Sarah Fogg. The best place to follow my other projects will be on my portfolio blog or my tumblr. You can also find me on twitter.

Here is one last playlist song ...

Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

I don't really have a good reason to put this on the playlist. It's just the best radiohead song with a very impressive animated music video. Lianne La Havas covered it when we saw her live and it sounded beautiful.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Greenbelt 40

We went to Greenbelt last weekend and had a great time! I got to see loads of bands I love as well as find some new things to listen to. 

Musician Links ...
Grace Petrie
The Boxettes
The AFC 
Helen Arney
Fit/Sam Fitzpatrick Link Unknown (let me know if you can)
Jasmine Kennedy 

 Rachael Dadd - Balloon

Rachael Dadd used walkie talkies as an instrument. In my comic Zines in Space the aliens use a photocopier as an instrument, so out of the bands I saw at the weekend she is the most fitting muscian for the playlist. I don't know the title of the song so I've not been able to find it to show you but this song from her album is great too! 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Digital Zine Production

I've been placing the comic pages into a In Design file as I finish them. I know it's not very hip to use software at this stage but its a really easy way to get the booklet printed ready to be photocopied.

I'm hoping to print the comics next week which is pretty exciting! I need to choose how many copies to print


Beck - Defriended

Most the songs left on the playlist are not actually very close to the theme but I picked because of how they sound or because I listened to them a lot when I was the same age as the characters. This is a new song by Beck and I was pretty disappointed when I found out that there wasn't a full album to go with it. I bought a copy of Guero back when I didn't have a large CD collection and carried a portable CD player. The disc got a dent from a chair leg and still worked fine.

But for on theme music - Today I heard that Kiran Leonard used a radiator as percussion on his album. I'm not sure if it's on the songs which you can stream on band camp at the moment, but it sounds kind of interesting. (He is also only 17. That's the same age as the aliens who are making music in my comic.)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Pip Outfit Change

There's 3 scene changes in Zines In Space. So Pip and Annie get to have outfit changes! I thought Pip looked extra cool with the cap to cover her tired-from-party eyes.

Bag Boy by Pixies

I like shouting along to this song when it comes on the playlist. But I always get the shouting order mixed up. 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Tearfund Cafe Gig Sketches 2013

Daughters of David were the Tearfund Cafe house band (sorry I can't find a link?), so there is more sketches of them because we saw them a couple of times. There's also sketches of Trinity from the Netherlands (they know how to get a room dancing).  Then gospel group Divine Divine from London.

I was also working on the comic while I was away, so I have some stuff to post about that in the week.

Mikayla and Melissa from Music For Sleeping Children by Boom Bip & Charlie White

Comic playlist song! Zines In Space is about 2 best friends, so some of the songs on the playlists are on the theme of friendship. Music For Sleeping Children is a music video project which starts with recordings of interviews with teenagers.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

T-Shirt Designs

It's fun designing clothes for Annie and Pip to wear, but at the start of this comic Pip is wearing a shoulder bag and necklaces so you can't see her t-shirt in most panels. Annie's t-shirt is a reference to on of my favourite teen movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

The Waves by Villagers 

Rhythm Composer by Villagers 

I have 2 songs by Villagers on the playlist I made for making this comic. It was too difficult to choose just one to share. Both songs are from their 2013 album {Awayland}. I think the record includes a lot more drum machines and electronics as the base for song writing than in previous albums. It's great music anyway!