Friday, 8 January 2016

True Believers Comic Festival - February 6th

True Believers Comic Festival

My first comic convention of 2016 is the wonderful True Believers Comic Festival.
They're having me as a guest this year which is super exciting!

Here's a link to the guest list, as you can see I'm in some very, very talented company!

True Believers is a one day convention held on Saturday 6th February at Cheltenham Racecourse, in Gloucestershire. Visit the website for more information and ticket prices.

Where I'll be

Here's where you can find me in the Main Hall (click to make image bigger):


What I'll have

I'll have copies of all my in-print books with me as well as badges, prints, and smiles.
I'll be doing my Flimsy Kitten portraits too, so get thinking about colours and props :)
You'll also be able to pay by card - YAY!

Doctor Who Panel

I'm also very excited to be on a Doctor Who Panel called 'Far More Than Just a Time Lord' with comic legends Emma Vieceli, Mike Collins, and Paul Cornell at 13:45!
I'm not sure where this will be yet, but I'm sure info will be available on the day.

Info about the panel is here. (scroll down a bit for mine).

I hope to see some of you there!
For a list of my other confirmed appearances for 2016, please click here.

Love,
Rachael xxx

Sunday, 20 December 2015

2015, you've been rad

So, gosh, 2015 is nearly over and so I wanted to do a little blog post about what I achieved this year and what my aims are for 2016!

I'm doing this mainly because I did it early on this year in a Guardian Masterclass run by the amazingly talented Karrie Fransman. I found the class really helpful in thinking about where I want to go with my work. I blogged about the class here.

So, what did I do this year? Here are my highlights...

-My second graphic novel The Rabbit was released, with Avery Hill Publishing. It was also nominated for Best Book at the British Comic Awards.
-Blue Bottle Mystery was released which I did the artwork for (it was written by Kathy Hoopmann and adapted into a graphic novel script by Mike Medaglia), with Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
-I finally moved into a new house with a dedicated studio space - no more working on my Mum's coffee table for me! Here's a pic of the view from my drawing board :)


-I continued with my monthly Doctor Who one-pagers for the Tenth Doctor Comic Series, published by Titan Comics, I'm currently working on my 19th Docco comic! I also did three variant covers for them.
-I launched my webcomic, Bess, which updates twice a week.
-I illustrated a children's novel called Ed & the Shirtmakers, written by Andy Seed and published by Badger Learning, Haven Books Group.
-Ask Flimsy now updates every Saturday ^_^
-I exhibited at 11 comic conventions/festivals across the UK.
-I made some new merch, including a limited edition Rabbit print, Flimsy puzzle book, poster and stickers, all of which can be ordered here.
-I continued with Vicky Park, my weekly comic for the Leicester Mercury. It's been going for four years now!
-I finally made a proper portfolio website! See it here.

It's been a wild ride and I am super thankful to anyone who has supported me, bought my books, come to see me at a convention, reviewed my work, tweeted me, facebooked me, or just let me know to my face that you dig my stuff - THANK YOU SO MUCH. I do my dream job for a living and I'm so happy about that - but I wouldn't be able to do that without all of you. BIG LOVES!

I'm going into 2016 feeling really motivated and excited about what stories I can tell you.
I do have specific goals for 2016, but a lot of them involve stuff I can't really talk about, but basically I want to:

-Read more!
-Get better at writing
-Do some overseas conventions (TCAF and Comic Con Brussels are already confirmed - exciting!)
-Do a new short-form comic
-Do a new long-form comic
-Continue with ongoing projects - Doctor Who, Bess, Vicky Park, and Ask Flimsy

I can do iiittt!

Thank you again, friends! I love you all,
See you in 2016!!

Rachael xxx

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor covers

On top of my exciting Webcomic news today, I can also announce that I have two more Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor covers coming out through Titan Comics!

I'm really happy to finally be able to show these to you guys!

This one is out this month (November):


And this one will be out in December:


Both of these will be cover variant C, so ask your local comic shop to order them in for you :)
Hope you like them.
So exciting!

R xxx


BESS

My new webcomic BESS launched this morning which I'm very excited about!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST PAGE!

Bess will update every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am (GMT).

Here are some sneak peeks:



Andy Oliver also did a little 'upcoming' feature over at Broken Frontier. Read it here!

It's going to be a very strange ride. I really hope you guys enjoy it.

R xxx

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Thought Bubble 2015


IT'S THOUGHT BUBBLE TIME!

The Thought Bubble comic convention runs on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November at the Leeds Dock and Royal Armouries. If you've never come to see me at a convention before and would like to then please make this one your choice - it is my favourite :)
Click here for more information and tickets.

I have so much going on at this years Thought Bubble I thought I'd best make a post about it (mainly so I don't forget stuff I'm supposed to be doing)...so here we go!

1) British Comic Awards
On the Friday night before the convention (November 13th) is the British Comic Awards ceremony. My graphic novel 'The Rabbit' is up for the BEST BOOK category (which I am super humbled and stoked about). This year's ceremony will take place at 6pm at The Carriageworks' Millennium Room in central Leeds. It is free to attend, but seats will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Full information on the awards is right HERE.


2) Where Am I?
For the convention on Saturday and Sunday (November 14th and 15th) I'll be exhibiting in the New Dock Halls venue at table 173. 
Here is a helpful map! (click to make it bigger).


Info on all the Thought Bubble convention venues (there are three) is right HERE.

3) New Stuff!
I'll be debuting a few items this year! Here are some details on them:

Item #1: Flimsy Kitten's Party Puzzle Book
24 pages, b/w
£3.00 (comes with free pack of crayons)
Flimsy Kitten is throwing a party for all her animal friends. She is excited but she has so much to do! Can you help her get ready?
This is a puzzle book for children (although grown ups are welcome to enjoy it too!). Includes dot-to-dots, mazes, spot-the-difference, drawing, and more!


Item #2: Blue Bottle Mystery 
Creators: Kathy Hoopmann (writer), Mike Medaglia (script writer), Rachael Smith (illustrator). 
Published by: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
64 pages, full colour, hardback.
£12.99
Full of mystery and intrigue, this graphic novel version of Kathy Hoopmann's best-selling adventure follows Ben, a boy with Asperger syndrome (AS). When Ben and his friend Andy discover an old blue bottle in the school yard, little do they know of the mysterious forces they are about to unleash...


Item #3: Rabbit Ltd edition print
A4, ltd to 50. Signed & numbered 
£5.00
Following the success of my graphic novel, The Rabbit, I decided to make a print! I'll be putting these on my online shop if I have any leftover after the show, but numbers are limited so if you want one your best bet is to come to my table.


I'll also have copies of The Rabbit, House PartyI Am Fire, Flimsy's Guide to Modern Living, a few Flimsy Dress For No One But You prints, and some badges! I'll also be doing my Flimsy Kitten portraits again - these went down a storm at MCM last weekend so I'm excited at the prospect of them at Thought Bubble!

As always, my stuff is available on my online shop right HERE. Although the items debuting at Thought Bubble won't be available until after the show.

4) Thought Bubble Anthology
I'm absolutely delighted to have a page in the Thought Bubble Anthology this year. It's a great honour, and all proceeds go to the amazing charity Barnados.

Here is the cover, with art by the wonderful Babs Tarr:


And here is a little sneak peek at my page:


The anthology will be available from Thought Bubble festival, or from all good comic shops from the 11th November. Previews ordering info is right HERE.

5) Rabbit Drawing Competition
At the time of writing there is still time to enter the Rabbit drawing competition! 
No matter what your age or drawing capability there is a chance for you to win Rabbit-themed goodies including original art from the book. All you have to do is draw me a rabbit! 
Closing date is the 1st November. I'll be judging the two categories on the Saturday at Thought Bubble, over at the Avery Hill Publishing table (New Dock Hall - 154). I honestly can't wait to see all your drawings!


Full information and terms and conditions of the competition right HERE.

6) Laydeez Do Comics 
Finally, on the Monday after the convention (November 16th) I'll be giving a talk about my work as part of the Laydeez Do Comics bi-monthly meetings.

Venue: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: £1.50 donation
No need to book, just turn up.

There are two other guest speakers:
Simone Lia, and Ricky Miller (Avery Hill Publishing, Metroland)

Full info on all Laydeez Do Comics meetings is right HERE.

Exciting times!

I hope you can join me for some or ALL of the above. I'm super stoked.
If you have any questions, feel free to shout at me on Twitter.

Love you, BYE!




Friday, 2 October 2015

The Rabbit up for BEST BOOK at the British Comic Awards!

YEP!

Nominations for The British Comic Awards were announced this morning and I'm delighted to announce that The Rabbit has made it into the shortlist for BEST BOOK!


Congrats to all the other nominees!
It's an amazing feeling that my book is considered one of the top five graphic novels of 2015 in the UK.

Mind = blown.

Please take a look at the British Comic Awards website for full information, inluding the longlist, judges, and committee.

Wish me luck!
Rachael xxx

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Dress For No One But You - ltd edition Flimsy print now available

NEW FLIMSY PRINT AVAILABLE!

Well, I did promise, after the first one sold so quickly, that I would come up with a second one...and here it is! (click the image to make it bigger).


Like the first one, this is a limited edition (only 50 copies printed).
It's A3-size, hand signed and numbered by yours truly.

Why not let Flimsy inspire you to wear whatever makes you happy everyday! :D

Order right HERE.

Thanks all,
R xxx