The Tourist

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This webcomic was originally serialised on Instagram, improvised strip-by-strip, but it’s been expanded and slightly reworked for posting as a complete story here.

Thanks very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

 

Dorothy Richardson

I was recently commissioned to produce a short graphic biography of the trailblazing writer Dorothy Richardson.

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Even though she’s not quite a household name like contemporaries Marcel Proust or James Joyce, her writing (in particular the thirteen-book novel sequence Pilgrimage that became her life’s work) is now seen as an important keystone of modernism. Pilgrimage was deeply experimental in its style, and its semi-autobiographical narrative reflected the female experience in the bustling, artistically vibrant and politically charged London of the early twentieth century. It’s fascinating in many ways.

After familiarising myself with Dorothy’s life, it was a fun challenge to condense it into just four pages of comics, weaving in references to episodes from Pilgrimage where possible. Hopefully the result is a good introduction to her.

I chose to design the comic as a three-colour risograph print, which gave me the opportunity to experiment with a few techniques. It was printed by Joseph the risograph wizard at The Holodeck in Birmingham on recycled papers, and I’m delighted with the results:

The comic coincides with a series of exhibitions about Richardson, and anticipates some new scholarly editions of her work and letters, to be published by Oxford University Press over the next year or so.

This blog post by Dr Adam Guy (who devised the exhibition and proposed the idea of a tie-in comic) is well worth a read, and you can find out more about Dorothy Richardson here.

Thanks to the Dorothy Richardson Editions Project, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Ashmolean hero

Explore-Protect-SaveHere are a few of the illustrations I’ve created for the forthcoming Heroes and Villains LiveFriday event at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Ashley here is a heroine inspired by some of the incredible women from archaeological history. She lives her adventurous life by the watchwords ‘Explore! Protect! Save!’ which I’ve tried to capture in the comic strip.

Minoan-jugAs the Aegean gallery, full of Sir Arthur Evans’ wonderful discoveries, has long been one of my favourite corners of the museum, I enjoyed drawing Ashley examining some approximation of a Minoan jug here too.

The event is on Friday 29th January from 7pm. You can find out more about the evening, which promises a host of performances, talks, workshops and more, and purchase your tickets here. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

The Infinite Corpse

I’ve contributed to The Infinite Corpse, an ever-expanding collaborative webcomic about a skeleton named Corpsey. My panels follow Sammy Harkham’s – take a look here.

This project is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing it grow even more tangled and strange as more people join in. There’s no beginning or end, just dive in and enjoy getting lost in it – you’ll discover lots of brilliant artists too.