Autobiography, Eddie Campbell & Romance

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One of my all time favourite autobio comix practitioners is Eddie Campbell, he of From Hell and Bacchus fame. Most of his autobio stuff has been collected in Alec: The years have pants which includes The King Canute Crowd and How To Be an Artist. He is also a prolific blogger and always has interesting things to say on comics,… Read more »

Ticking Boy’s screen printing

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  So, the deadline for my MA is almost exactly one week away. I have been furiously screenprinting and have had the luxury of having the screen printing room to myself (with the occasional visit from fellow MA-er Karolina). I am quite pleased with my BIG prints of characters in my comic, who are also members of my family. The… Read more »

The Space Between Ticking Boy

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We took down The Space Between last Thursday, hard to gauge the success of the exhibition as it was mainly (for my part at least) in a shopping centre. I was pretty happy with the way my work turned out though and thought it worked well in the large comic panel-like windows of the shop I was in. Dealing with… Read more »

The Rebirth of Ticking Boy

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Ok, it’s been a while. But I am now back at ECA to finish off my MA Illustration. I now have to work very hard to produce some strips and other work by 12th August at 4pm, eek! I have not been sitting around doing nothing though. Blacksand Contemporary Arts have had two exhibitions. The first was COAST in Kirkcaldy… Read more »

Who is Ticking Boy?

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Apparently, one is supposed to update these things regularly, we shall see. Anyway, who is Ticking Boy? The short answer is me. In 2004 I underwent surgery to replace the defective aortic valve in my heart. My new carbon mechanical valve makes a noise like a loud watch and its constant ticking is a reminder of my own mortality. In… Read more »

Harvey Pekar R.I.P

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Well, I might have wanted to start my blog on a cheerier note but in a way it is fitting that the first post is a commemoration of the one and only Harvey Pekar, who died on July 12th. Fitting in that, partly through his influence, I am now working on my own autobio comics under the title Ticking Boy…. Read more »