Invisibler, Beastlier

A couple of years back, I was fortunate to participate in Invisible Beasts, an exhibition themed around monsters, curated by Paul Thompson. The exhibition and accompanying book were a really interesting investigation of how humanity views and creates the monstrous.

So, it's really pleasing that there's a sequel exhibition:

Invisible Beasts: A Hidden Cartography runs at The Exchange (NE30 1SE) throughout February 2018. This time the theme is still about monsters but is more focused on location and place.

My pieces for this one, Things In Little Squares, are maps, of sorts.

Maps powerfully communicate a demystified physical world within neat gridlines. The works are an attempt to repurpose that visual language to invoke the opposite: mystical narrative places, dream-logic reconstitutions of the familiar into the uncanny. Also: I really like chopping and gluing stuff.

I made a daft little flyer!

Launch party on the 1st. Expect some suitably otherworldy musical selections, from ethereal tree-hugging folk to funking psych rock!



I am inexpert in all things but do have a lot of experience in the field of bad decisions. Thus, the latest Paper Jam anthology Bad Decisions ...And That offered plenty of opportunity to do something.

The resultant story, 'Bad Decisions Cat', involves a cat making bad decisions - among a discussion of other bad decisions and dealing with them.

There are loads of great stories in the collection, so you really should check it out 

More info (and link to shop to buy it) here on the Paper Jam blog


All the music...

... country AND western?

Well, let me point you in the direction of a couple of upcoming clubnights that have you covered for: funk, soul, rhythm & blues, garage rock, ska, hiphop, reggae etc

And indie, synthpop, electro, hiphop, mashups and suchlike

Both will be awesome and you should check 'em out if you like A) any kind of music and/or B) FUN.



Haven't been posting much small press fan art here for ages(boooo). Here's something, I guess:

What the heck, eh? Well, it's not a comic, and there's not even a chance of it making sense unless you've actually completed the first three instalments of the project it's fan art for, but it does give me an opportunity to talk about that project: Cryptogram Puzzle Post.

It's the new(ish)project from Jack Fallows (ultra-multi-talented artist/musician/everything - all their work makes me hideously jealous). If you like the idea of art and puzzles being mashed together with an occult theme - and having this delivered through your letterbox monthly, you really should investigate. Here's the teaser for next month's issue:

What is so great? I like a Sudoku (or even a crossword when in the mood); pick up any newspaper and there'll be plenty of puzzles to ponder - but the forms are so well understood and so abstracted that there's no narrative and no mystery to them. And that's why Cryptogram Puzzle Post stands out - it's doing something that I've rarely seen, namely: inventive puzzles for grown-ups with a narrative framework, a strong aesthetic, and an actual authentic sense of mystery.

I'm struggling to think of much else even vaguely comparable that I'm aware of being produced at the moment. I'm a fan of the Von Doogan books by Lorenzo Etherington (check out some sample puzzles here http://comicsboutique.blogspot.co.uk/), they definitely seem in the spirit of fondly-remembered Usborne Puzzle Adventures. However, whilst the puzzles are certainly tough enough to give the brain cells a good workout, the tone is aimed at kids (naturally, since both books were originally serialised in The Phoenix) - they're highly enjoyable but not mysterious.

And that's literally all I can think of (I'm sure there's other stuff out there, but I've not come across it). So, if you want a genuinely new experience in puzzles, try Cryptogram Puzzle Post!