Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Vicky Park: 10th January

For those of you who don't know, I do a weekly comic strip for the Leicester Mercury, Leicestershire's daily newspaper.

I've been doing this for a few years now, but don't often post them on here as there are sometimes references that are kinda Leicester-specific OR character-specific.

Apparently though, there was a slight printing error with this one that might have resulted in Mercury readers being unable to see all the speechbubbles - so I'm sharing this one here in case anyone missed any jokes :)

Click on the image to make it bigger.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6

The third installment of 'A Rose by Any Other Name' (my monthly 1-page comic for the Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor comics) is now available in issue #6!

The Tenth Doctor series is available from all good comic shops, and online from Titan Comics HERE.








Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Comix Goals

I went to an amazing Guardian Masterclass in That London last night called 'How to create successful comics and graphic novels', run by the wonderful (and sickeningly talented) Karrie Fransman.

The class reinforced a lot of things I'd shakily started to figure out about the comics industry on my own, and also encouraged a few ideas I'd been having about where I could push myself (and my work), but hadn't really been brave enough to admit to myself.

My favourite section of the class was when Karrie got us to write/draw a list of three things:
-Things I am proud of achieving
-Things I'd like to improve/change
-My goals/wildest dreams

It sounds like a very simple thing to do - but it's not something I would ever have thought of sitting down and doing by myself. It was really useful to put things into perspective though. I am excellent at always panicking about a 'what's next', about who my next client is going to be, what my next story will be about, which project I should be concentrating on - I hardly ever actually look at what I've achieved and allow myself to feel proud. And when I looked at everything I was proud of it then made it easier to see things that I'd like to work on and improve.

Here's my (very messy) three lists for those of you who may be interested (click to make bigger):


Sorry if you can't read some of my writing!!

Karrie also got us to draw a comic in 15 minutes using different prompts as we went along that made the story go a different way. Mine ended up being about an angry lion in lingerie, here are some of my fave panels. Some of my best work, I'm sure you'll agree:




So yeah, despite my lion silliness, it was a really inspiring start to the year. It reminded me what's expected of me as a comic artist (I have a helluva lot of work to do!) and made me realise how useful looking back and taking stock is.

Thank you, Karrie!
Now - watch out, 2015!

R xxx

Thursday, 8 January 2015

True Believers Comic Festival

My first comic convention appearance of 2015 will be the True Believers Comic Festival on the 7th February, which is held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The website is right HERE with tickets info and what not.
It's a brand new event so I'm excited to see what it's like! 

I will be at table G2 - so please come say hi if you can!


STUFF I'LL HAVE WITH ME:

-House Party (buy online)
-Ask Flimsy (buy online)
-Flimsy's Guide to Modern Living (buy online)
-I Am Fire (buy online)
-The Way We Write (buy online)
-Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor issue #4, #5, and #6
-Badges and plectrums (get a FREE one with every comic purchase!)
-Flimsy Kitten postcard sketches

BUNDLES:

YES I'm doing BUNDLES again, where I package stuff up nicely and sell it to good people like YOU for a discounted price.

THE EVERYTHING BUNDLE (£25) (buy online)
Pretty much all my books with some extra goodies thrown in too.
-House Party
-I Am Fire
-Ask Flimsy
-Flimsy's Guide to Modern Living
-The Way We Write
-Band zine
-Plectrum
-8 badges

THE FLIMSY KITTEN BUNDLE (£10) (buy online)
All the Flimsy goodness available.
-Ask Flimsy (comes with sketch inside)
-Flimsy's Guide to Modern Living
-Flimsy Kitten postcard sketch
-4 badges

Look forward to seeing you in Feb!

FEMINISM AND LIBRARIES: Knowledge is our Superpower

I'll be helping out with a workshop, selling and signing books, and generally answering questions about comics at this lovely event at the end of this month.

Saturday, 31st January, 15:30 - 21:30
The Feminist Library, 5 Westminister Bridge Road, SE1 7XW, London

It's free to attend and there's lots of events you can drop in on. Do come along if you can!

There's a facebook event with some more info on it, and check out this amazing event image by Suze Shore:



Saturday, 20 December 2014

Commission: Wonder Woman


Another commission I really enjoyed.
Turns out I'm a fan of drawing kick ass women. Shocker.



Email me (rachael@rachaelsmith.org) if you'd like me to draw something for you/a loved one sometime. xxx


Monday, 15 December 2014

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #5

Got so excited this morning to receive in the post my comps for Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #5, which has my second installment of my monthly one-page comic strip 'A Rose by Any Other Name' on the last page :D

This issue will be available from all good comic shops on Wednesday, December 17th, or you can order it online from Titan Comics.