I’m up against a lot of South Korean artists and then Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Yep. So I’m boned, unless part of the judging involves a live draw-off or a freestyle rap battle. Even then, Alan Moore might be a hot favourite. Still, though! It is the first award I’ve ever been nominated for! So that’s a big deal for me.
Reader! You don’t have to go to Japan to buy this book! It’s coming out in English THIS WEDNESDAY. If your local comic shop is cool they might have ordered some copies in. If not, I guess you can ask them to!
There it is above, in a picture I stole from the Orbital blog. I think it’s the biggest (as in, size) comic that Image have ever put out. I mentioned it before, but I’m doing a signing at Gosh! Comics on saturday (october 4th). Then in the evening there’s a launch party for Bartkira volume two. BUSY.
(As for the next thing I’m doing for Image, I’m learning not to talk about stuff I’m working on until it’s about to come out, so I’ll keep it under my hat for now. But man, I’m excited.)
People without easy access to a local and reliable comic shop have been asking me where they can buy my new book, so dig this: You can now buy the huge 18” tall english language version of Masterplasty in my store.
I added the option to buy multiple copies in case you wanted one to keep and one to wallpaper your house with, or something like that. Here’s a photograph showing exactly how big these suckers are. My foot is there for scale. Then the K’Nex Toad figurine is there so you can get a sense of the scale of my foot (it is the size of an adult man’s foot).
Your art (especially for Consentacle) reminds me a lot of Asano Inio. If you don't know of this artist, you should definitely check him out! His story "Solanin" is a fantastic exploration of depression, truly.
-Oh wow! Thanks a lot. That’s really flattering. A few people have told me that Inio’s Oyasumi Punpun is one of the most exciting things to happen in comics in recent years but I haven’t gotten round to reading it. I really should.
Here’s some of my favorite cards I drew for Naomi Clark’s CONSENTACLE. It’s an alien tentacle sex card game (yes!) built around “trust, intimacy and communication” between players. It just debuted over at NYU’s No Quarter exhibition. I’m looking at some of the photos over on Naomi’s twitter. I don’t know the rules of the game back to front but it looks like you get to wear plastic tentacles on your fingers while you play, which instantly puts it a cut above all the card games where that doesn’t happen.
I don’t know what the plan for this thing is or if it’ll ever become commercially available, but it would be pretty good, right? If you want to buy this yourself, you should probably bug Naomi about it on her twitter.
Hi, I live outside the US, how can I buy Masterplasty?
You can get it anywhere you can get Image comics. Just go in to your local comic shop and ask ‘em to order it! The US comic industry uses a distribution company called Diamond who I believe ship to comic stores worldwide.
I’m going to be doing an in-store signing of my book for Image on the 4th October at Gosh! Comics, London at 2-3pm. Then, that evening there’s an event to promote the launch of the second volume of Bartkira. Thanks to Hannah from Gosh! for the photo.
This is a pudding I invented today. It’s a delicious, cheap and futuristic-looking dessert made from common household items. It’s also a pretty great vegan alternative to ice cream. All you need is a green popsicle, Stevia™ sweetener and soya milk. Crush the popsicle into a bowl of soya milk and add the sweetener to taste. You can also use frozen green fruit juice. It’s called Green Mile (With Michael Clarke Duncan (The Part Where Michael Clarke Duncan Goes To The Electric Chair))
This is my first time ever in the Diamond Previews catalogue. I got a double page spread!? (Apparently, that’s unusual for a first-timer). I remember reading about Diamond Previews when I was 16 and trying to figure out how to self-publish comics, so it’s kind of a big deal to finally find myself in there. Thanks Camila at Orbital Comics, London for taking the picture (TOO SLOW, Hannah at Gosh Comics, London)
I’m in Orbital Comics, London right now busily preparing for the launch of our Gallery show at 7pm tonight. You can read a little about the show at Orbital’s website. Here’s my bio from the site-
"James had a dream he met Prince and asked him what kind of art he would have made if he was a visual artist. Without missing a beat, the tiny singer said “it would be dangerous. And sexual.” Upon waking, James knew he had to devote his life to making the art Prince would have made had his life taken that path.
"A lot of people have said that James is the Prince of the comics and animation world, and all in press releases that James wrote himself. “He’s exactly like Prince, if Prince was a pale, gangly, half-scottish comics nerd in a checked shirt’, said a real man, today. Like Prince, James is a dedicated artist who marches entirely to the beat of his own drum. Like Prince, James has a restraining order placed on him by none other than Carmen Electra. Like Prince, he will one day die fighting in the laser gorilla war of 2057.
"After studying film and working in animation, James found his way into drawing and writing comics. His book “Masterplasty” is about to come out with Image in october. He’s also working on another thing for them and a book for the UK’s Blank Slate called ‘Zygote’, some pages of which can be seen at this exhibition."
We’re going to be launching Masterplasty in October, and there’ll be a launch party at Gosh! Comics, London. If you can’t make it there, then man! That is a shame! But, there is still hope-
Kieron Gillen recently made a photo comic on how to order his new book, so that inspired me to make me my own one. Basically, you first need to walk into a comic shop, so imagine there’s a panel of that right here. Then, refer to the following panel:
This is how it should generally go down. If it helps, tell ‘em the Diamond Code is AUG140555. Actually, maybe you should just lead off with that. In fact, in the interests of efficiency, it might be best to just step into the door, shout the Diamond Code and your full name and then leave. You should also knock over a bunch of things as you exit. This will let them know you mean “business”.
Good luck! I’ve never tried this, so let me know how it goes!
That Tank Girl in the bombproof coat and rollerblades/Fatman homage? Freaking amazing. Are you contributing to the new Kickstarter-funded book at all that Martin is doing? I'd love to see your work in there.
I’m not in the Tank Girl book! Alan doesn’t like how ‘brutal and mannish’ my take on Tank Girl is and I’m not interested in drawing a Tank Girl who is not brutal and mannish, so we’re at an impasse.