Apologies to Gary Larsen for nicking the gag.
The photo above was taken by Sandra Boschenhoff during the talk I gave at the University of Essen in Germany on 5th December. My talk was called "35 Years of Big Noses", and was followed by a six-hour comics workshop with 15 or so students. A long day! But it was good fun, and I had the following day free to do some shopping at the Christmas Market in Duisberg.
In November I was in Sofia, Bulgaria, with John McCrea, to lead 3 days of comics workshops with a great bunch of young Bulgarian artists. There was an amazing and varied selection of talent and ideas in the gang, and an exciting atmosphere of new comics energy. Bulgaria doesn't yet have much of a comics culture, but I suspect that's going to change. For John and I it was one of the most stimulating teaching gigs we've done. A big hello to all my Bulgarian nieces!
John McCrea receives the Rapture.
Yes, I know it's the same t-shirt as I was wearing in Germany, but I do have lots of others - mostly Dylan t-shirts...
I've got some mugs, t-shirts, and tea towels printed with images from my Rime of the Ancient Mariner for sale in the Largecow Shop "Other Stuff" section. These items come courtesy of The Wordsworth Trust who have (most of) the artwork for the Mariner in their Archive. You can't buy these things anywhere else except in Grasmere, Cumberland, and I only have a few in stock.
D'you remember The Beat? 1979/80/81...ska, two-tone...I worked with The Beat then, designing their record sleeves, t-shirts and posters. Had a great time! I just love that music.
The Beat have never stopped performing, in various combinations, and today are a fantastic live band, captained by Ranking Roger and drummer Everett Morton. It's their 30th Anniversary this year, and they're doing a big tour in March. Check their website for dates.
I've been working on a re-design of the Beat Girl, as you can see above, for new publicity material. This will include some new t-shirts for the tour, which I'll have in the Largecow Shop, and I'm going to prepare a Beat Gallery, too. Meanwhile I've got some of the classic Beat Girl t-shirts in the Shop now. Go deh!
This is my Gold Disc for The Beat's first album, I Just Can't Stop It.
If you've got it, flaunt it!
I've added five new Phil Stamp Covers to the Phil Stamp Gallery.
These include Darwin, Robert Burns, and a Design Classics set featuring things like the Miniskirt and the Anglepoise Lamp.
Over the past few months, and following on from The Owl and the Pussycat, Alan Digby and I have been working on more Beano adaptations of great poems. A strange concept, which is working wonderfully.
You can see two new ones in the Largecow Beano Gallery - Molly Malone and The Jumblies.
I'm making my first venture into web comix with a strip called Ardnox High, dealing with a bunch of high school students in Media Studies. Laura Howell is writing scripts. Ardnox High is appearing on the MEDIAEDU website - the excellent resource site for Media Studies educators and students. It's a subscription site, but you can get a week's free trial access.
Ardnox High will be more or less monthly. So far there are two episodes online. When there are a few more I'll open a Largecow Gallery, but for now, take a look at MediaEdu.
And there are more cartoons and comics pages to be seen and purchased in other sections of LARGECOW.com.