Tuesday, 31 December 2019

SHOP Book of Lists

Back in print at last! Suicidal birds, edible guitars, licky dogs, smelly saddles, selective helloers. These are just some of the events from my life which I have ordered into lists and then drawn up as comic-strips. This brand new, spiral-bound print of Book of Lists collects together over fifty of my diary strips in a full-colour volume. The price is just £12,  which includes the cost of post and packing in the UK. Please use the Paypal button below to buy a copy. If you find that you experience problems with the button, then you can Paypal me the order to my account paul at pbrainey dot com. If you don't have a Paypal account or live outside of the UK then please email me here for alternatives. 

"Strangely compelling, funny, entertaining and honest." Comics International

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

NEW Why Don't You Love Me Returns!

My current big comic-strip project, Why Don't You Love Me?, returns to David Lloyd's online comic, ACES Weekly volume 42 this week for an all-new twenty-one episode, seven week run. My graphic-novel-in-progress will be appearing alongside many other accomplished comic creators' work. Each issue of ACES Weekly costs just £1. You can read volumes twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-five, twenty-eight, thirty-one, thirty-four and thirty-seven which feature all of the episodes so far, here

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Jog On Mural

I have a new mural in The Centre MK called Jog On. This joins the one I painted last year there called Going Backwards. Very soon after painting Going Backwards, I was asked to submit pitches for further murals to appear on hoardings on vacant shop units. I submitted a few featuring a fictional locally based super-hero called Muscle Mum. I thought that if my artwork was going to appear on multiple hoardings then this was an opportunity to create a locally based myth, a Marvel Universe of characters and ideas set in Milton Keynes, which was very appealing to me. Unfortunately, these did not appeal to the management of the shopping centre.

Determining what the City Centre management would like was difficult. Going Backwards is quite dystopian I feel and, after only a surprisingly minor adjustment to my original submission, they accepted that. Muscle Mum, and my other pitches, were more broadly appealing, I thought, and yet they were turning those down without explanation, or explanation that I saw. Meanwhile, I continued to be encouraged to pitch by my contacts at the MK Fringe. Because creating each pitch is time consuming and I was starting to run low on ideas, I decided to re-work an old series of strips of mine, called Jog On, distilling the set down into six frames.  I surprised myself when I saw that editing the strips down in this way worked. I redrew the frames, making the jogging-character look more generic and less like me, and sent in my latest submission.

I never received a reply. Instead, six months later, I was asked to submit again. This time, I explained that I was yet to receive a response to my previous pitch, and I received a reply saying that, with some minor adjustments, Jog On has been accepted.

The work on the mural took place over three nights between September 29th and October 3rd 2019. Once again, I was helped by Simon Wright of the MK Gallery who had helped me on Going Backwards. We need to work during the night because we project the original image onto the hoardings to paint from and this, obviously, would have been an obstruction to shoppers during the day.

It's amazing to me that my comic-work is appearing in a public space in this way, and a commercial space as well. I’ve lived in Milton Keynes for nearly forty years and the City Centre has often felt like a mile-long obstruction for the locals to navigate around instead of being a town centre in which we can congregate and involve ourselves in.  Everyone I have interacted with regarding these two projects from The Centre MK to the MK Fringe staff and volunteers has been helpful and supportive. I’ve spent most of creative life longing for my work to be mass-produced and experienced by the masses; apart for some appearances in Viz, this hasn’t happened in print yet but, when you consider the huge annual footfall that The Centre MK has every year and the prominence of my two murals there then, actually, I may be responsible for the most largely consumed English-language comics of recent years.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

On Tour; Craufurd Arms Alternative Market

I will be exhibiting at this Sunday's The Craufurd Arms Alternative Market taking place in Wolverton. You can learn all about it here. I will be selling copies of all of my comics currently available for sale from my shop including CRABTales To DiminishPope Francis Goes To The Dentist and There's No Time Like The Present

The Bunty Podcast

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The Bunty Podcast

My friend Steve Miller and I have made a podcast about comics. It’s called The Bunty Podcast and you can download, like and subscribe at the usual places including iTunes here. We hope you enjoy it. Follow Auntie Bunty on Twitter @TheBuntyPodcast

The Bunty Podcast

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

On Tour; BAM Comic and Zine Fair

I will be appearing this Saturday's BAM Comic and Zine Fair taking place in Bath. You can learn all about the event here. I will be selling copies of all of my comics currently available for sale from my shop including CRABTales To DiminishPope Francis Goes To The Dentist and There's No Time Like The Present.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019