Category Books & Comics

Inspiring Speakers- featuring Writers and Performance Artists

Most of us will never attend a Ted Talk , but there are still plenty of opportunities to see inspiring speakers live. Here’s my ‘claim to fame’ list of Inspiring Speakers from the fields literature and contemporary arts.


“See my life in a comic” ~ David Bowie

On one of my least favourite Bowie albums, lives one of my most favourite songs: New Killer Star.  With lyrics of postmodern juxtapositions like “Jesus on dateline”, and post apocalyptic (or simply post 9/11) imagery invoking scars on the skyline. It’s been suggested the song’s title itself is a play on G.W Bush’s mispronunciation of ‘nuclear‘.Fast forward to 2016 when it’s these lyrics […]

Books on Business of Being an Artist

5 books on the Business of being an Artist

Who or what is an Artist? A sticky question. But, in my opinion an artist is anyone who thinks differently, possibly deeply, and is compelled to communicate. The main difference between an amateur artist and a professional, is that one is being paid. But being paid is not what makes you an artist. Ultimately, you are an artist […]

Finding Bowie’s ghost in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Here’s my potted guide to Bowie spotting in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman….

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Easy on the Eyes by Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Review

Easy on the Eyes is a make-up tutorial book from Lisa Potter-Dixon, head make-up and trend artist for Benefit cosmetics. A great marketing exercise for the brand, as the prominent product photos used throughout are almost entirely by Benefit. Aimed at make-up novices and those who’ve never experimented with their techniques,  the premise of Easy on […]

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Five Fabulous Beauty Books – Current Reading List

My current reading list features five new sparkly beauty book releases. While I concede the Kate Bush tome is not technically a ‘beauty’ book, it might as well be for all the gorgeous photos of La Bush rocking big hair and sultry 80’s eye make-up. She’s one of my all time beauty idols for sure! I adore books with lavish photos and illustrations. I […]

recommended reading- featuring Amanda Palmer

Five Books on my Reading List

Life’s been a bit hectic lately but I’ve been rolling with the punches. I mentioned recently that I’m looking forwards to some reading time over the holidays. Here’s a glimpse at my current ‘To Read’ pile: Voice of the Fire: Alan Moore, Moore is a long time writing hero and favourite of mine. The Watchmen and V for […]

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Book Review- Metroland by Ricky Miller, Julia Scheele and co.

Metroland is a comic book series written by Ricky Miller, whose non-linear narrative follows main character muso Ricky Stardust and his out of step relationship with the mysterious Jessica Hill. With Julia Scheele providing covers and art for the present day story-line, Rebecca Strickson the past, and Jazz Greenhill illustrating flash forwards(?) Scheele states on her […]

A-is for Amos- Daria Hlazatova

Book Review: A is for Amos, An Illustrated musical A to Z by Daria Hlazatova

I recently discovered  Daria Hlazatova‘s work when Billy Corgan tweeted this glorious image of her’s entitled Daphne Descends inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins song. It’s no secret that I’m a Pumpkins fan, so I had to find out more about this artist whose style sums up Adore era SP, evoking Aubrey Beardsley, gothic Surrealism and the art-deco stylings of Erté. It transpires that Hlazatova […]

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Scene & Heard- Book review

‘Scene and Heard’ by David Ziggy Greene is a collection of topical cartoon ‘reports’ on news events from 2011 to early 2014. The author was interested in garnering more female reviewer feedback, and this piqued my interest. I’m always curious about perceived gender bias, being a comic fan of that generation when it was still […]

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Thinking about Thought Bubble 2014

I love Thought Bubble, it’s quite possibly my favourite comic convention in the UK so I was glad to have exhibited here again, for what feels like one last time. I always seem to forget that the best part of these events is getting to talk to people, meeting up with old friends and new. Feeling […]

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Words and Pictures – New Project

I’m working on a writing project I promised myself a while back and now it makes sense for it to see the light of day. I just hope I’ve not given myself too tight a deadline. Between 2009-2012 I wrote intermittently for the flash fiction site,  amassing around 50 short stories in total. Not all of […]

Louise Brooks- Tula Lotay

Spotlight on illustrator Tula Lotay

Tula Lotay is the nom-de-plume of comic artist Lisa Wood. I’ve been following her work on instagram now for sometime and when she announced a collector edition art book of prints I knew I had to have one. I was heart broken to have missed her limited run of Blade Runner prints so I can’t tell […]

Hi Fructose- my new favourite magazine

I picked up these two back issues of Hi-Fructose while in Edinburgh recently, and I’m hoping to find a more local retailer for my next fix!  It covers similar ground to Juxtapoz magazine which I occasionally pick up, but  Hi-Fructose is a littler newer (first published in 2005)  and comes out quarterly. It seems tighter somehow- more focused […]

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Inspiring Artists- Jonathan Edwards and Felt Mistress

I love this pair of collaborative artists Illustrator Jonathan Edwards and soft sculpture artist extraordinaire Felt Mistress aka Louise Evans. (I reviewed Felt Mistress’  fabulous collected works book- Creature Couture previously here). I get a kick out of the work these two make in partnership! I really enjoyed following their exploits on instagram in the run up to christmas last […]

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Book Review: Monsters in the Movies

I LOVE this book !  Monsters in the Movies is a gorgeous hardback tome by horror film director John Landis (who made American Werewolf in London , only the best werewolf movie of all time.) This was a belated birthday gift from my big bro who has always found my love of monster movies and horror, […]

Gareth Brooks-The Black Project- Book review

The Black Project- Book Review

Now here’s something a bit special, two of my major loves combined a graphic novel made with embroidery. I became aware of this book when I joked online about creating a comic in embroidery then someone told me it was already being done! Fast forward and the book is now an award-winning title from Myriad […]

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Rainbow Orchid- Book Review

Taking a break today to bring you a glimpse of Garen Ewing’s gorgeous full colour comic book ‘The Complete Rainbow Orchid’ a collected edition of the ‘Orchid storyline. For those seeking new comics for children I heartily recommend this as an excellent starting place! (Creator Ewing is a regular contributor to the Phoenix kids anthology title.) […]

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Felt Mistress Creature Couture : Book review

Today is World Book Day and I thought, how better to celebrate than to share a fantastic book with you! If you’ve never heard of the Felt Mistress before then you are in for a treat, as today I’ll be sharing this mighty tome with you: If you are a fan of contemporary illustration and […]

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Hugo Tate Book Review

Apologies if I’m a little late to the party with this one. Hugo Tate, written and illustrated by Nick Abadzis is graphic novel composed of a collection of strips for created for Deadline Magazine, a rare example of late 80’s/early 90’s comic book counter-culture in the UK.  (Deadline featured strips by many artists and writers […]

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Book Reviews – Rat Girl, Flowers for Algernon and Science Tales

Trying to read more books this year I’ve discovered I have some recurring themes: scepticism, humanism, mental health, artist biographies, and a fondness for the diary format, fictional or otherwise. Today’s book reviews fall into those categories squarely! Rat Girl , (Penguin Original) is a memoir of Kristin Hersh’s early years, pre- the success of Throwing […]