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Inspiration breeds creation 

So, just recently I've been finding it harder and harder to find the time to consume comics and art like I used to. When you start working full time in comicking, the medium can't help but be linked with a work headspace a bit. And when your schedules start getting more and more manic, it gets harder to steal time to turn off from deadlines and just get lost in the joy of reading and absorbing. I've had a couple of absolutely insane years (as I tallied up last night, I've produced nearly 800 pages of comic over the last two years between Vampire Academy, Avalon Chronicles, Dragon Heir, Bella Nolita, My Little Pony, Tara Duncan and a few smaller children's comics as well - phew) and so my reading has utterly plummeted. I've been picking up my weekly comic stash and then they've been sitting in bags, unread. It's all very sad.

But, I'm fighting back! It's time to get reading again. Because, without absorbing comics, it becomes hard to stay motivated and fresh or to even build the enthusiasm to draw at all. We need to remind ourselves why we're doing this in the first place, after all, and nearly all creators I know were fans first. ^_^ So, yesterday I asked my twitter feed to suggest just one title, one graphic novel that they'd recommend anyone read. I'd read a fair number of them already, but I will be working through the rest, for sure. I thought I'd share the list of the most suggested titles here, as it could be a handy selection for anyone to take a look at! So, what were the top 10 graphic novels and collections recommended by my twitter feed?:
Alec Omnibus - Eddie Campbell - Top Shelf
Tale of Sand - Jim Henson - Titan Books
Black Hole - Charles Burns - Jonathan Cape
The Incal - Jodorowsky & Moebius - Selfmadehero
Sky Doll - Barbucci & Canepa - Marvel
Lucille - Ludovic Debeurme - Top Shelf
Transmetropolitan - Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - Titan
Welcome to the NHK - Oiwa & Takimoto - Tokyopop
Promethea - Alan Moore, J.H Williams III, Mick Gray - DC
Bakuman - Ohba & Obata - Viz media
There were lots more suggestions besides, and if you'd like to see more just go check my @replies in twitter from yesterday. I couldn't list them all though, so went for those that were mentioned multiple times. It's a great spread of publishers, if not creator gender, which is really interesting to see. So, ten graphic novels you should read, as suggested by my twitter followers. Thanks, all! ^_^


Avalon Chronicles volume one ^_^

I am very excited to announce that part one of the Avalon Chronicles will be released this very month from Oni Press! Together with writers Nunzio Defilippis and Christina Weir, and lovely editor Jill Beaton, I am very chuffed that the book will soon be out in the world, in pretty hard cover format, no less! Already available for pre-order from bookshops and online.

Once Upon a Time...^_^


Previews and travels ^_^

First up, I posted up a second spread of previews for the fast-approaching Frostbite graphic novel yesterday on my DeviantArt account ^_^
Remember, the  book is out in May and is already available for pre-order. Thanks to you guys, the first book made it into the NYT bestsellers list and nabbed itself the Goodreads GN of the year prize, and we can't thank you enough. Let's hope Frostbite is a worthy follow up! ^_^

In my travels: Nexy Thursday I'll be in London at the Charing Cross branch of Blackwells for the amazing sounding Gothic evening! A host of creators, myself included, a discussion on gothic literature and comics (including Vampire Academy, of course) and Rum! What more can we ask for? The wonderful Kitschies awards will be hosting the event and it's open to all! So do come along ^_^

And then, a little later in the month, I'll be heading to Spain! Watch out, Madrid, UK comics are coming ^_^ And what a great lineup!
I'm honoured to be a part of this British Council-run event. I'll be there discussing a career in comics, how exciting and varied it can be, and of course giving some love to Manga Shakespeare, Vampire Academy, the Avalon Chronicles and, well....maaaanny comics ^_^


Paris! Madrid! London!

Hello, all! And yet again apologies for my slow, slow updates. I am a failure *sob sob*.

So, what is there to tell you right now? Well, work-wise this is turning into a really interesting year. Whilst we all eagerly await the release of Vampire Academy: Frostbite and Avalon Chronicles #1, I have been spreading my arty tentacles and picking up a few other interesting possibilities as well. News when I have it, folks. I hate being one of those vague 'and stuff is happening' people, but honestly, I can't say anything right now. What I will say is that two of the projects are actually my own or co-written projects, and so these are obviously potentiall very exciting for me. ^_^


So, the title of this blog post? Well, first of all I was in Paris recently for Paris Manga & Scifi! The above banner is from a photo sent from the lovely Prof. Okashi. Sarah and I living it up at our table!
I went along with the wonderful Sarah McIntyre who, as usual, managed to do an incredible write up that puts me utterly to shame! (and OMG I got to be in a comic with Vern and Lettuce! *explodes*). She had a candy store of a stock collection on display with Vern & Lettuce, her Princess books, badges and all sorts. So many goodies! But yes, Dragon Heir received its French release, courtesy of publisher Aaltair, and a jolly good time was had by all. We were looked after so well, and everyone was wonderful ^_^ It was so lovely getting to meet French readers of Vampire Academy, you guys rock!
Next month I'll be heading to Madrid with the British Council to join other speakers like Posy Simmonds, Doug Wallace, Paul Gravett and Woodrow Phoenix in discussing the good word of comics.
And on Thursday 8th March, I'll be closer to home in the Charing Cross branch of Blackwells, London, to take part in a kitchtastic evening about gothic comics and books; where my focus will of course be Vampire Academy. I'm just one of a list of fab creators who'll be speaking, so it sounds like it will be a really fun event! Do come along to join the discussion ^_^

I think I'll leave it there for now, folks! Drawing to do!



Hope everyone had a great new year! I've been so behind in blogging for the last few weeks; rubbish of me. ;_; So - first of all, I wanted to let you know that I'll be in Paris on the 4th and 5th of February for the Paris Manga & Sci Fi event - huzzah! I'll be there because my creator owned title, Dragon Heir is receiving a French edition, courtesy of publisher Aaltair - how cool is that?!
I'll be at Aaltair's booth along with fellow creators Nacho Fernandez and the super Sarah McIntyre - who we keep joking that I'm whisking away for a Parisian retreat, haha.

And from older projects to new, I'm very excited that the first book of Avalon Chronicles and the second of the Vampire Academy series will be out in a couple of months! Things to look forward to. I'm also beavering away on a couple of creator-owned projects that I seriously can't wait to talk more about.
Here's to an exciting year ahead ^_^


Happy Festive season to everyone ^_^

Have a good one and I'll see you in the new year! x


Woah, is that the time?

Lovely Paul Cornell has started up his 12 days of Christmas and prolific Morag Lewis is working on her visual advent calender; both annual events that hammer home to me that Christmas really is nearly here! Oh my goodness where was it hiding?

For me and the Vampire Academy crew, Christmas came a little early when we learned that the Vampire Academy graphic novel had won the GoodReads graphic novel and comic prize for 2011! We were overjoyed, so thank you so much to anyone who voted for us. To be up there amongst such incredible titles was an honour. To win was just...well, thank you! ^_^ Click the frostbite preview banner to see the full category and where VA sits in it; it's keeping some amazing company there!

It certainly gives us yet more enthusiasm as we dive into Shadowkiss! You guys rock *hug*

I have been all over the place recently. Convention season really knocked me for six, but I met some amazing people. Massive thanks and hellos to everyone I met in Malta comic con and Komix in Melksham. I've been looked after so well - thank you! ^_^
Now, I'm back to working hard on Avalon 2 and, soon, shadowkiss. You may see more of the chappie in the banner appearing over time, as my wind-down sketches have been largely featuring him recently. I won't dive into who he is exactly just yet, but he's a character I'm certainly hoping to do more with at some point. Yes, another one. I have a stable out back...but I keep them all well fed until their moment to shine, honest! '^_^


Doki Doki, Travelling Man & Avalon ^_^

This weekend I'll be heading up to Manchester!
On the Saturday evening I shall be heading along to the fabulous Travelling Man comic shop for signing shennanigans from 7pm onward, so do head along and say hi if you're in the area! ^_^
Then on the Sunday it's off to the Doki Doki festival, where Sonia Leong and I will be there with tables, selling books, offering sketches and representing Sweatdrop. Hope to see people there!

In other exciting book news, it seems that my Oni press title, Avalon Chronicles, has now been solicited! It liiiiives! It's been a little while since I finished up work on the book and can't wait for you guys to be able to share it. Writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are just amazing story weavers and I'm proud to be heling them weave this one ^_^
The banner will take you to Avalon as it appeared this morning on my goodreads list! weeee :)
Talking of Goodreads, don't forget to vote in the choice awards! Vampire Academy and Richell Mead are making a show in the nominations, with Richelle's work getting three categories - including my own contribution in the graphic novel category for mine and Leigh's adaptation of book one ^_^