The Wind in My Wheels: Travel Tales from the Saddle: ”Harwich to the Sahara”, “St. Malo to Malaga”, “To Iceland and Beyond”, “To Morocco with Melanie”, “In India”; (chapter titles)
Travels in a Strange State: Cycling Across the U.S.A.: Los Angeles, Arizona, Hawaii, Colorado (River and Springs), Illinois, Vegas
A Ride in the Neon Sun: A Gaijin in Japan: Shinkansen, Mt. Fuji, Honshu, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Iriomote-jima
The Sun in My Eyes: Two-Wheeling East: Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Kawayu, Kyushu (so much Japan, thanks for needing two covers for that, Josie Dew (I’m kidding))
Slow Coast Home: 5,000 Miles Around the Shores of England and Wales: (who knows, will update soon)
Saddled at Sea: A 15,000-mile journey to New Zealand by Russian Freighter: (no Look Inside on Amazon, fantastic)
A Long Cloud Ride: A Cycling Adventure Across New Zealand: (nothing for this either)
Making Comics Master Link List!
Hey guys, I’m getting a lot of asks about the same things, mostly questions about how to make comics, how to “break into comics” (haha, oh dear), working with publishers, that kind of thing. I’ve done some blogging on many of the subjects, so instead of repeatedly replying in private with links to those posts, I’m going to do a master post thingie with links to all my blogging about how I work. Hopefully some of you will find some helpful nuggets in there! I remember when I first started trying to transition into making comics for a living, and there wasn’t much information about that online. I spent a lot of time wailing about it on a locked livejournal. XD But anyway, I hope my blogs help a wee bit.
Disclaimer: these blog posts are all based on my own personal experiences as a cartoonist, and the advice therein might not work for everyone. The most awesome thing about comics is that there is no one way to make them, nor is there one direct route into becoming a full-time cartoonist. The more pro cartoonists I meet, the more it drives home how different our methods and origin stories are.
Anyway, here you are! (With all of these, scroll past the placeholder image at the top of the post.)
Okay, I think that’s it! Whew! The remainder of the Friends With Boys blogging archive is here. It has some other bloggings that aren’t advice-related (mostly ramblings about comics I like), if you’re interested. If you have any other comic-related subjects you’d like me to blog about, feel free to drop a suggestion in the ask box.
I hope this was helpful. Share and enjoy!
REBLOGGED- A seriously handy lil archive for anyone hoping to get into comics!
A book (or rather book series) I re-read recently is His Dark Materials. I’ve loves this series for a good while; I love the idea of alternate universes and this series is one that explores them freely, in the second and third books at least. The first book takes place in a world similar to ours, but with some key differences—humans have daemons, which are manifestations of a person’s soul in animal form, that can shape-shift freely until the person hits puberty. The idea of daemons is something I really like, and I kinda wish it were true of this universe. I wouldn’t mind having a talking, shape-shifting animal companion.
In the third book, the point of view switches to and from several different characters and universes, the main two characters even venturing into the world of the dead, where in order to go they have to leave their daemons behind, an act that causes unbearable emotional agony.
One of the best films I’ve seen recently (and probably one of my new favourite animated films) is Rise of the Guardians. I saw previews for this and was excited immediately—a character-based DreamWorks film, that was visually beautiful even from the promo images… Awesome. I was blown away tenfold when I saw it, it was gorgeous. The characters had so much… character. I also have to mention Jude Law as Pitch, to whom I would give all the Sexiest Voice In The Universe awards to, if that existed. But I digress. The animation is perfection. I could pick any five second clip and look at it and analyse the detail.