Review: The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn by Oliver East

I have always considered Oliver East to be an artist who just happens to be using comics as his medium but I think that might be doing a disservice to his dedication to comics. Yes, his practice of taking long walks and then making art from them has similarities to artworks such as Richard Long’s A Line Made By Walking… Read more »

Ticking Boy news

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A quick round up of various activities from last week. I posted my first proper contribution to the Graphixia comics blog on Tuesday, looking at adaptation with the comics of Harvey Pekar, and asking American Splendor: What’s in a name? As a precursor, the week before, I posted on Graphixia’s Thursday Page my own adaptation (or cover version) of The… Read more »

Review: Cartoon College at the Glasgow Film Festival

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Last Thursday I attended screenings of two documentaries about very different aspects of comic book culture at the CCA in Glasgow. They were showing as part of the comics strand of the Glasgow Film Festival. First up was Cartoon College, directed by Josh Melrod & Tara Wray. The film shows students on the 2 year MFA program at the Centre… Read more »


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Popped over to Glasgow yesterday to check out the latest exhibition by Mitch Miller at Market Gallery in Duke Street.  Mitch has spent the last six weeks making a massive dialectogram of Duke Street. Making a what? In Mitch’s words: “Dialectograms are large, highly detailed drawings of places, taken from the perspective of those who live and work there, and… Read more »

Open Studios strip

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While I was invigilating for a couple of afternoons at the Central Fife Open Studios I decided to do a one page autobio strip.  The artists were encouraged to work while in the space and it’s something I should be doing more of.  The hall in Buckhaven was a good space to work in and this is what I came up… Read more »

Ticking Boy meets Wally Wood (Uptown)

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Every few weeks I need to get my INR tested to make sure that the warfarin I take is keeping my blood thin enough so that clots don’t form on my mechanical heart valve.  The valve is what makes Ticking Boy tick.  I have to go in to my doctor’s surgery so the nurse can take a blood sample and… Read more »