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October 31 2008

Sushi Time: An Interview with Lizz Lunney

Lizz Lunney is a cartoonist and animator. In this interview with Bugpowder she talks about making her mini comics, appearing in Top Shelf’s online anthology and gives her thoughts on comics and art generally.

Bugpowder: Can you introduce yourself for the benefit of those unfamiliar with your work?

Lizz Lunney: Sure, hello, I'm Lizz. I generally draw short, funny strips about cats, dinosaurs, unicorns, tigers, and other such animals. Sometimes there is some tofu or sushi in there too and a few humanised chairs/burgers/ovens. I have an online comic and self-publish little, collectible books and merchandise of characters such as Depressed Cat, Leaning Rabbit and Hairy Midget Elf.

BP: Please tell us a little about your online comics. How these came about and what you hope to achieve with them (to get yourself exposure, as ads to help sell postcards/mini comics, to get pro' work - all of these things)?

LL: My online comic is called Online Comic Sushi. It started off as more of an online sketchbook and then became a great way to trial strips and characters for the books. It’s a good way for people to get a taste of my work for free before buying anything (but the books are better...!).

BP: You've recently had a strip published in the Top Shelf web-anthology. How did that come about? What did it mean to you personally/professionally?

LL: Yup, I'm one of the Top Shelf 2 artists. There are a few strips on there now. I sent them some work and they asked if I wanted to be part of it. It’s pretty nice. I like it.

BP: How did you get into making comics? Do you have a formal art education of any sort?

LL: I have always made comics, from as soon as I could draw I was creating cartoon strips and used to spend hours and hours making little flip books and comic books and that sort of thing. Art was always my favourite subject at school and I took life drawing classes for a few years as well as doing an art foundation course. Then I did a degree in animation and from that I developed an interest in storyboarding work. So now I self-publish my comic work and also do storyboarding for film and animation.

BP: Anything else in the works with Top Shelf?

LL: Not at the moment but it would be great to do other work with them...

BP: How has your art education informed your comic making? Would you advise other cartoonists to take art classes?

LL: Sure! Everyone should! I think it just helps you to look at things in a different way and take time considering something that you may otherwise just take for granted. Like spending an hour drawing a pile of driftwood; it gives you a new found respect for piles of driftwood. Or something.

BP: What are your aspirations professionally? Would you like to be able to devote your time to making comics exclusively or do you think you'd always like to have a foot in animation?

LL: Um. I think I'd just like to be doing something I enjoy. I'd like to see my comics animated but I don't have the patience to animate them myself. My animation interest is more in storyboarding and ideas and characters. It’s nice to be doing as many things as possible I'd say.

BP: Can you tell us something about your working methods? Do you carry a sketch book at all times? Do you have a notebook for ideas?

LL: I try to carry a sketchbook but usually the times I need it, it turns out that I've left it at home and I end up drawing/writing ideas on scraps of paper/napkins/cats etc. I usually work best in the middle of the night, so keep a notebook by the side of the bed for sketching when half asleep.

BP: Do you think that having an online presence has been useful? Is it something that you'd recommend to other cartoonists?

LL: Of course! I don't know how people can manage without a website or some kind of online presence these days.

BP: What are thoughts on the indie comics scene in this country? Any indie cartoonists you'd like to big up?

LL: I'm pretty lazy, so generally I only know of artwork that other people have specifically recommended to me. Also my bad eyesight means I often miss things at conventions when I walk round! Lately I've been enjoying work by Bird, Gemma Correll, Marc Ellerby, in Andrew Owen Johnston's Zine Arcade, and by Shannon Gerard and Adam Cadwell. There are probably others too, in fact soon I plan to write a post on my blog with my top ten.

BP: Which comics are you reading at the mo', if any?

LL: I read Viz every week. Most recently I have read Tamara Drew by Posy Simmonds, Persepolis and Cry Yourself to Sleep by Jeremy Tinder.

Lizz Lunney, thanks for your time.

Lizz's website can be found here. Her blog can be found here.

# Posted by Bugpowder Interviews

the list of exhibitors for the thought bubble festival is up -nice to have a comic thing in the north i reckon

# Posted by Stevo Tillotson
October 26 2008

Phill Elliott, who really should have become far more famous, is posting his Tales From Gimbley, starting with his earliest work and continuing one a day until up to the most recent. I'm not an impartial observer, because I love Phil's work a very great deal, but you should read these. And if you've read them before, you can read them again without have to fish around in the attic riffling through long boxes.

# Posted by Jez Higgins
October 24 2008

Get set for....
Handmade & Bound

Artists’ books, comics and zines.
Saturday 8 November 2008
St Aloysius Social Club,
Phoenix Road, London NW1
(nearest tube Euston).
12-6pm. Free entry.

The Evenings entertainment...
DJs and bands, including
The Slim Reaper and Her Magic Powers.

For further information: handmadeandbound@googlemail.com


# Posted by Richard Cowdry
October 19 2008

What do you do when Paul Gravett calls you up and asks if you want to organise Comiket, part of the acclaimed ComICA festival, featuring around twenty small press creators in the plush surroundings of the Nash and Brandon rooms facing onto the mall, with free entry to the public and a large display of art on the Concourse gallery in the foyer?

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
October 14 2008

Matthew Craig writes:

I've just uploaded my new Trixie Biker novella, ATTACK OF THE
, to The Matthew Craig Dot Com. Sixty-Inch Pixie is the longest Trixie Biker story to date, and sees the unconventional superheroine contend with frantic fairies, superhuman hermits and a threat to both her peace of mind and her secret identity, in the form of the sister that leaves this superhero in the shade.

I very nearly sold out of my initial print run at last weekend's Brumacon, but anyone who would like a copy of Sixty-Inch Pixie (and can't wait for Thought Bubble) should get in touch with me via my website. The print edition costs £1.75, including postage. My other new comic, Bostin Heroes - For The Black Country And Beyond, continues apace, over at http://www.bostinheroes.com . I hope you enjoy both strips.

Matthew Craig

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
October 13 2008

The FP blog has all you need to know about Vworp Vworp! Comic Book Adventures in Time and Space, a mini-convention in Manchester about Dr Who comics. Guests include Dez Skinn, John Freeman, Paul Cornell, Gary Russell, Tony Lee, Ian Edginton, D’Israeli and more

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
October 12 2008

In previous weeks I've interviewed Shane Chebsey regarding Smallzone and BICS. Last week I logged some of the lessons I learnt in managing the Caption Comics Collective at the Oxford Jam Factory.

Sometime tonight or tomorrow, I'll be bringing updates on the issues raised in Sheridan Cottage in the last year, with updates. It'll be my last piece of writing about comics for a while. I hope you like it.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
October 7 2008

Baz Renshaw wants to hear your experiences of selling comics (or contributing to an anthology) for his new expanded guide to self publishing. The new edition is planned to debut at Bristol 2009. Over to Baz:

A few years ago, I put together a Rough Guide to Self publishing at a Small Press talk at Bristol comics festival. It went down pretty well, so I did a better version, eventually doing three ever expanding editions. I always intended to go back and rewrite it from scratch, as I've learnt a lot more since it was published which I think may be of benefit to those wanting to do their own comic, but a lot of my time was swallowed by the day job and Redeye.

Well I've been developing it into a 4th edition for the last few months now and it's grown from an overview of the creative process of just making comics, to including philosophical debates from creators themselves on why they create; to now, an expanded edition with a history of the small/independent/self published comics press in the UK. In fact, its not even called a Rough Guide anymore for some obvious legal reasons.

So I'm looking for help in completing, as best as we can, an overview of British and Irish independent/self published/small press comics. If you have published a comicbook, or have been published in an anthology at some point, please get in touch. Now, to clarify that definition: it has had to have been made available for others to buy, and you will need to send us a scan of the cover and some interior artwork. Also, if you are a British artist but had your work printed in a Canadian comic for example, that still counts, but if you are Canadian who had work in a UK comic, that doesn't count. A one off you did for yourself then showed people doesn't count either.

I'd like you to tell us a bit about you, a bit about what projects you worked on, and what publication it saw print in; what were your motivations for doing so, what were your impressions of British comics (mainstream and/or underground) at the time? The results will be collated into a detailed article, the most intriguing will be highlighted and expanded upon, and the raw data available online as a extra resource to the printed version. It's a big project and I hope you can help.

The cut off point for submissions will be 1st January 2009, as I hope to have the finished article ready for the Bristol Comics Festival in May 09. Contact me at editor@enginecomics.co.uk for further info.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
# Posted by Stevo Tillotson

London Underground Comics has been going for nearly a year now, and Oli Smith wants you to help him celebrate on 18th October: (Vid contains some sweary words:)

Too awesome! There will also be 24 hour comic things happening, further details can be found on the website.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
October 6 2008

Birmingham was fun! A big hello to anyone who I might have spoken to there.

One attendee was PJ Holden, who sent this to the Bugpowder mailbag:

Hi there,

We've got our first comic on the App store - Eye Candy #1 featuring the Masked Marshal in Mah Pony Must be Punished, written by Al Ewing and art by me. It's a short kids comic, with some cool extras. You can see the youtube demo of the comic here.

And people's reactions as they play with it here. (Be warned - some naughty words...)

And, finally, you can BUY the application for your iPhone/iPod touch from this link


Other comic readers have been hurriedly put into production for the iPhone, but this one I think really benefits from being designed by an established artist who understands the content and the importance of the user interface.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
October 1 2008

Long-running online comic Halloween Man begins a team-up with Tim Seeley's Spike TV Scream Award nominated Hack/Slash, beginning October 15th. Just in time for Halloween! It's free, as is the archive at the link. Go show them some love, and tell them I sent you.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

Issue 3 of the Bedsit Journal is out now.
So far it's in Gosh, Foyles, and the Cartoon Museum in London, and Punker Bunker, David's Comics and Red Mutha in Brighton. It'll roll out to other shops fairly soon, but meanwhile you can order it online here (with free postage!).
Anyway, it's a 40 page issue, litho printed on heavy, good quality paper, full colour cover. Most importantly it presents a big slab of new 'alternative' (i.e. not superheroes) UK comics. It has work by me (Richard Cowdry), Peter Lally, Bird, and Hannah Glickstein.
Click the cover below for general news and information about the comic.

# Posted by Richard Cowdry