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Nine Worlds schedule

Nine Worlds is *this weekend*, and after all the really lovely comments I heard flying around about last year’s, I’m excited to be going!

I’ll be doing a few panels, so here’s where you can find me (and listen to me hopefully sound vaguely like I know what I’m talking about):

Fri:

-How To Break Into Comics – But Seriously, How?  //  Room 11  //  1:30pm

The requisite how-to-break-in comics panel, we’ll hopefully have some good discussion on some nice chewy, practical stuff, and hey, what does ‘making it’ even look like to different people? I don’t think there’s just one route to go within comics, even professionally, so let’s chat!

-Representative Drawing for Graphic Narrative – How to draw the comics that look like you  //  Connaught A  //  3:15pm

Life drawing session, whee! I think I’ll just be floating around helping out, so if there’s any drawing stuff you want to ask me about, this is a good time!

Sat:

-Show, Don’t Tell: Wordless Comics – Why make wordless comics? What do they represent?  //  Connaught A  //  10:00am

I’ll be here in capacity as a person-who-sometimes-makes-wordless-comics. I love them.

-NaNoSessionMo – Write a novel in 1 hour, 15 minutes!  //  Royal A  //  1:30pm

Come and help write a whole novel in 75 minutes! Sounds like ill-advised fun! 😀 (It does actually. I think you should go!) I’ll be there sketching a cover for whatever you lot come up with, in the same amount of time. I definitely got the easy job here.

-Magical Girls 4eva – The mystical feminine, from cave walls to Comixology  //  Connaught A //  3:15pm

I hope the many holes in my magical girl history don’t show up too much here. I’m on this one as someone drawing from this feminine-mystical-kitsch-awesome well in my work, and noticing a ton (a TON) of my peers doing the same. (See also: My slowly ongoing Blood and Roses illustration series)

The rest of the time I’ll be floating around (not literally). See you there! 😀

Freelance (not quite) Friday – VATMOSS updates

As we approach EU-VAT-Reg-Day (Jan 1), here are some updates. A lot has happened since my first VATMOSS post (which you can read here if you need a bit of background on what this is about. If you sell digital content online, this concerns you).

I will be getting things off Gumroad, etc, before New Years, and know what a lot of fantastic individual creators,  small presses, and small businesses of different sorts will be calling curtain, and that is a horrible, backwards thing.

I’ll update a few categories here: Campaign updates; International; Third-Party Platforms; and Emailing Files.

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Freelance Friday – VATMOSS

Okay! So big, important post today, targeted at UK freelancers who sell digital products, about new VAT regulations that apply to you (and other EU freelancers: this discussion regards EU-wide legislation, so any changes or thresholds are agreed in Brussels will, as far as I can tell, affect you too – you may wish to skip to Updates/What to Do Section). There’s already been a lot of incredibly valuable information, thoughts and action posted around HMRC’s new VAT changes, but I thought I’d try and collect as much good info as I could in one place, in case it’s helpful.

*Disclaimer – as always, I remind you that I am not a lawyer, and nothing I say should be considered legal advice. I’ll leave that to your lawyer and HMRC.

This is all to the best of my understanding – if you spot any errors or old information in here, please do let me know!

This’ll be quite a long post, with a bit on what VATMOSS is, what our options are, selling through third parties, Kickstarter/Patreon and donations, updates/things to do, and useful links.

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CUNE Comics-in-Residence, Tallinn – Update 3

Big process post!

I wrote most of this post part-way into the residency, but ran into some image issues, so saved it to do later. Later has ended up being after I got back the the UK, but hey! Read on for more, including pics of thumbnails, roughs, and a glimpse at the beginning of some final pages!

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CUNE Comics-in-Residence, Tallinn – Update 1

Super exciting post today, as I’m not at my desk or cosied up in the corner of a Wetherspoons with my work today..

Today is my second day in Talllinn, Estonia, thanks to the CUNE Comics-in-Residence program and hosted by the Estonian Comics Society (enormous thanks to both!!).

This is the view of the studio/apartment window (!) :

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My proposal to the CUNE program was that I would research the folktales/fairy tales of whichever country I was in, and use that as a springboard for a contemporary story set in the city, so I could draw from real locations. Lucky for me, the city I ended up in is both extremely draw-o-genic, and has provided me with the most fantastic raw fairy tale material.

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Googling revealed that the University of Tartu’s Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore had been working on an enormous project producing a typology of Estonian folk tales from the tales stored in the Estonian Folklore Archives.

There’s a lot of brilliant and fascinating stuff in there, but what immediately caught my imagination was type 409, ‘the wife as werewolf’…which led me to this fantastic exploration of the iterations of that tale, which I’m still reading atm.

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The ‘bookshelf’ for this project currently includes those two papers, Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ ‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’ and Sally Gardner’s ‘Tinder’ (both recommended via excited discussions about fairy tales and women and wolves with other women writers – there’s definitely something that resonates for a lot of us here!)…Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’, and Emily Carroll’s ‘Through the Woods’.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the month! For now, I’m off to practice drawing wolves, while outside my window spires rise to the sky like howls.

‘My So Called Secret Identity’ Kickstarter

Just a quick blog-post to signal boost the Kickstarter for My So-Called Secret Identity, Suze Shore, Will Brooker and Sarah Zaidan’s really fantastic, non-standard take on superheroes, with a great female cast.

It’s funding it’s fifth and final issue (which I’ll be doing some of pages for if we reach the target!), and the collected book, and has some pretty cool rewards, including A3 ltd ed fine art prints of this pinup from me of characters Sekhmet and Ms Sparkle!

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Hope you’ll check it out! 🙂

Freelance Friday: Interviews

Hi all, and apologies for the quietness on here lately. It’ll likely stay sporadic for the near future, but I’ll try and add some more FF thoughts, or at least some good and useful links!

I had a busy internet week, with several interview-ish thingy’s out on various sites, so I thought mentioning them here would be a good idea, especially as a couple of them relate to freelancing.

-Most relevent is this interview with Nottingham-based Bees Make Honey, (where, along with the Gumroad $1+ pay-what-you-want, you can also get the Now and Then pdf for £1- plus some other great comics!) Their Creative Startups series is all focused on creatives’ business experiences, with questions about finding clients and using agents, and there are some great resources linked at the end. Give it a read here!

-I was also happy to be featured on Comics Alliance‘s great Hire This Woman series! This is less freelance-focussed, but is about how I work and the kind of work I like to do, so hopefully also of interest! 🙂 Give it a read here!

-And this one’s not freelance-y at all, but the brilliant Comics and Cola had me on their Comics Shelfies series, and I know I’m not the only one who likes to gaze at bookshelves! You can check mine out here 🙂

-And finally, while not from the last week, there’s this recent interview on the Comics Beat, with some really thoughtful, in-depth questions that cover some freelance-relevent topics like balancing workloads, personal projects and growth, etc. Check it out here!

 

Freelance Friday update

Hello everyone!

You may have noticed the lack of posts both this week and last. Given current busy-ness (and breaks – a couple of days off is reasons on for today’s lack protest, so perhaps we should call this a post on the necessity of time off! ^_~ ), I’m going to re-label this a not-quite-weekly series for now. Keep checking back, I’ll try and still keep it fairly regular, and hopefully we can kick back into full gear in the new year! 🙂

Non-Freelance Friday – Movember

Hello! Apologies for the lack of FF this week. I’m currently off at Thought Bubble. (Hurrah!) ((Table 133/4 in New Dock Hall, if you’re there!))

For now, I thought I’d mention, as November winds down, that I’m participating in Gallery of Mo again this year, where you can get a dashing moustachioed portrait by me for a donation to men’s health for Movember!

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