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Mini mentoring session offer for Thought Bubble

Hi everyone! So, this year at Thought Bubble I’ll be free floating rather than tabling, which means I’ve got a bit more flexibility! So I thought I might offer a little free mentoring coffee meeting to someone who might find it useful!

This would be basically a little mini creative mentoring session – we can talk through either your work itself, or questions you’ve got about comics or freelance, for someone early on in their career who might find chatting to a professional a few years further down the road useful.

(If you’re reading this, you probably know my work, but I also realize some of you may want to send this on to friends you think might find it useful, who might not, so! I’m Sally, a freelance comic artist and writer based here in the UK. This year is my ten year freelanciversary! So I’ve got some solid experience under my belt on the freelance side of things, and I care about freelancers’ rights and wellbeing.

I’ve had work published with Dark Horse, Oni, IDW, Image, Oxford University Press, the Phoenix, and others, as well as working with museums, and other commercial illustration clients. My most recent book is Conspiracy of Ravens (Dark Horse), a middle grade magical adventure graphic novel with writers Leah Moore & John Reppion and tones by Niki Smith, out next month! Hi!)

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What can we talk about?
Feel free to tell me what it is you’re most wondering about atm – but probably one of these areas:
-Creative practice (style, creative direction, motivation, creative feelings!) – creative stuff is a bit nebulous, but I love talking about it, and if you’ve got some questions or concerns in this area I’ll do my best to be a sounding board and offer some hopefully useful perspective!
-Freelance/practical issues – what’s the process with a freelance job? Is (x) normal? How do people get (y) opportunities? What about contracts and agents? Happy to talk through this kind of stuff!
-Artwork/comics – we can have a look at your work (in general or a specific project) and chat about where you want to go with it and some next steps that might help.

What to do if you think this might be a helpful thing for you:
Send a short email with the subject line “Thought Bubble mentoring” to sallyjanethompson (at) gmail.com, with a short paragraph to introduce yourself and let me know what you’d want to chat about. Let me know:
-A quick note on who you are/what kind of work you make
-What specifically you’d like some feedback or info on
-A link to examples of your work
-What times over the weekend you’re available
Please email by Sept 13th , and I’ll select someone by 15th and get in touch to make plans! 
I’ll select based on who I think my experience could be most helpful to. 
Note: I’ll probably just set up one meeting this time around, as it’s my first con since getting fairly ill, and I don’t want to overbook myself. But if it turns out that this would be useful to multiple people, I’ll try and do this more at future cons!

The pitches-that-didn’t-happen drawer

I was hunting for some files today, and happened upon some concept art made for something a few years ago. I still quite like it, so let’s pop it here for anyone who’s interested in what sort of visual work I do to develop an idea for submission. It’s just a short story, so never really off the table to rework – but as always, that’s a matter of time!

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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! 🙂

Birthday ‘Buy Stuff’ roundup!

Hello! So, it is my birthday this week. I shall be gifting myself some painting time, so will be able to post some art or comics (woohoo!).

Should you feel inclined to do something nice for me (and yourself!), you can wish mehappy birthday by buying some lovely comics! ^_~  Here’s a quick round-up of some shiny things you may want to pick up, and where to do so:

-Atomic Sheep: There’s a good list on the site  (although as an update on that it is buyable on amazon.co.uk) (p.s. don’t forget you can read the first chapter free!). Also worth mentioning that it is now available on Kindle, and also at Page 45!   And don’t forget you can also find it on Comixology!

-Now and Then: I’ve only just recently made this available digitally, on Gumroad at $1+ pay-what-you-want! Bargain! Physical stock is running super low, but, again, you can find copies at Page 45! 🙂

This is kind of a soft launch, as I’m still playing with this a bit so haven’t linked it around, but I’ve got some designs up (especially Blood and Roses images) on Zazzle, and will continue to add more as well as look for a Europe-based alternative for those over here (shipping, ouch).

And while there are not currently many items listed in my Etsy shop, Atomic Sheep bonus packs with postcard prints, badges, and an original sketch, as well as portrait commissions, are still available!

 

Liberator Vol 1

Forgive me posting something non-Freelance Friday today, but Twitter’s been having a  Colourist Appreciation Day today, so it’s appropriate 🙂 It’s also a good time to give a heads-up as if you want to pre-order this from your LCS, those need to be in pronto (I think deadline may be today – hey, maybe I’ll catch a few of you across the pond).

I was lucky enough to get to draw a lovely backup story for Matt Miner and Javier Sanchez Aranda’s Liberator Vol 1 (Black Mask Studios), written by the fantastic Alex de Campi. And, even better, it gave me my first opportunity to stick to pencils and inks and work with a colourist, the wonderful Jenn Manley Lee. So here’s a few teasers of the inks: InkPrev01

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Playing at home – Penny Arcade Strip Search Elimination 8

For any readers who aren’t watching Penny Arcade’s Strip Search webcartoonist reality show, I’d sincerely recommend it – it’s fantastic to watch such a warm, positive group of people being generally talented and lovely.

Elimination challenges involve cartoonists having 90 minutes to draw a strip based on two randomly selected words. Finally got a chance to play at home for the last elimination challenge (pause when words picked, give self 90 minutes). The words for this one were ‘Cars’ and ‘Cats’. Also, this was way harder than I expected it to be, and a really good exercise!

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Fanart Friday: Adventure Time

I’ve been enjoying my occasional fanart posts, and today treated myself to some fanart time for a little fan comic!

I’ve been seriously enjoying the Boom! Studios Adventure Time comics (Adventure Time and Marceline and the Scream Queens). It’s super refreshing to see comics being created for licensed characters that allow artists some leeway with their own styles, and the roster of indie/webcomics artists involved has been awesome. If you haven’t read it yet, seriously recommend you pick up a copy!

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