In other Stephen Collins news, BEARD WEEK IS UPON US. Our Beard competition is still open for two more days, so get entering if you haven’t already!
Long-form comics, as I have now learned, are a slow business. Where a novelist will write the words “he sat in the living room and looked out of the window”, the cartoonist has to work out exactly what the living room looks like, where the window is in it, what the window looks like, what time of day it is, what ‘he’ is even wearing, etc. Comics are second only to animation in terms of its glacial pace of production versus a shockingly quick speed of consumption (my book of two years’ work takes about 45 minutes to read). It is an obsessive’s art form – stultifying, maddening, labyrinthine, torturous – and I absolutely love it.
Stephen Collins has put together a Director’s Commentary on how his book, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, came together. Head over to the Forbidden Planet website to read the rest!
The book is published next week, on May 9th. If you’re in London then, do come along to the launch party at Gosh! Comics - it’d be nice to meet y’all!
Here are our beautiful new Jonathan Cape postcards, complete with illustrative frame, as drawn by our pal James Davies. We wanted a postcard which we could use interactively - to get you guys involved in doodling when we’re out and out at events - and thought a frame around the edge of the postcard would work best to showcase your work. At first we thought we’d go with a photograph of an actual frame but thinking about it, it made so much more sense to go for an illustrated frame. I mean, it just fits in so much better with what we do, doesn’t it?!
You’ll have seen them (and maybe even drawn something on them!) if you were at Comiket last Saturday. If not, worry not as we’re sure to be at plenty of other events throughout the year.
Stay tuned as we’ve also got a selection of entries from our Comiket postcard competition coming up this week… maybe you’ll see yours!
If any of you came to see us at Comiket you’ll know we were running a postcard competition. Armed with loads of brand new, redesigned Jonathan Cape postcards we asked you to show us your illustrative talents by drawing something (anything!) on the postcard. Well, after much debate we’ve picked three entries we love: a winner, runner up and a highly commended choice. We’ll be posting these shortly but first we’ll be posting some of the other entries we received. Here’s one to get you started…
It certainly feels like we’ve been in winter mode for, oh I don’t know, about eight months. Hope the King of Spring hurries up…