Design

Creating a Palette for A Thing

One of the things I mentioned in my Paperjam comic ‘Making Websites Good‘ was the idea that a good colour scheme is better chosen from a photograph you like than from a raw colour picker. You’re more likely to get colours that work well together, that way for a number of reasons. The lighting on […]

Pico 8 and The Legend of Dracenstein

I made a game on the excellent Pico 8. I very much recommend giving Pico 8 a go. It was called ‘The Legend of Dracenstein‘. I’m really pleased with how it came out and I’ve found Pico8 excellent to use: as a result I think it’s the first of many games I’ve started making that […]

Exchange Free Range

Myself, Britt and Alex are doing semi regular DJ nights at The Exchange in North Shields. The remit is to be a bit free ranging, and the poster says: indie/funk/ska/electronic/hiphop/ britpop/J-pop/big beat/ rhythm & blues/rock’n’soul/disco. Exchange Free Range If you’re in the North East and like music, you should pay us a visit. Hopefully we’ll get […]

Weird Romance …and that

Group effort here – I didn’t contribute much to this Paper Jam Comics Collective Anthology. For the Cover, K Ben Clark did the drawing, and Britt did most of the colouring – I dropped in the font banner design and the background photo. Happy with it.

Invisible Beasts: A Hidden Cartography

An exhibition documenting Monstrous Territory Those hidden places and the signs within them indicating the passing, residence, presence or summoning of otherwise Hidden Beasts, Monsters, Demons and other creatures. A Hidden Cartography features 7 Artists working in North Shields. Curated by Paul Thompson hosted at The Exchange, North Shields for the duration of February and […]

Artefice in Theatre, TV and Film

I know some things about comics, but I don’t know all that much about Theatre. I’m going to talk about it anyway, which is a risky way to go on. Theatre aware of the audience. Obviously in a comic, tv or film, the actors can break the fourth wall and address the audience, but only theatre […]

Amazing Adventure Comics Machine …and that

Myself and Brittany Coxon worked on this framing strip for the Paper Jam Comics Collective anthology ‘Amazing Adventure Comics Machine‘ – our first in full colour, specifically as an all ages comic due to Space Monkey being close to sold out. Intro Pages Some self indulgent things here about the history of the group, I […]

Dungeons, Dragons, Scenes and Complexity

In the last year, i’ve been playing D&D both as the Dungeon Master and as a Player, and here are some of the things i’ve observed which I think creates a successful session or dungeon. It’s based around the notion that the three pillars of D&D, are: Roleplay Combat Exploration Rather than have separate scenes […]

Game Over

The game may be over… …but do we know who won? As the members of the excellent Newcastle Playtest group will know, my preference is for games that do not require a counting of things and adding up of points after it has ended. Adding up the Victory Points is a very well used mechanic in modern […]

Calvert

from Newcastle Stories …and that. a Paper Jam Comics Collective Anthology Newcastle Stories …and that was the Paper Jam Comics Collective’s 10th collaborative anthology, launched as part of the Late Shows on 17th May 2014. It was launched as part of a larger exhibition in collaboration with The Holy Biscuit entitled ‘Urban Fictions’. I had […]

DIBI

(Design it: Build it) 7th – 8th October 2013 Hosted by the BALTIC I recently attended the DIBI conference held in the BALTIC. Here are some of the things that I attended that made me prick my ears up and stuck out as particularly interesting or memorable. Lean Start Up – Idea to MVP Bobby […]

Alcohol …and that

Cover Design The Ninth Paper Jam Comics Collective Anthology One of the few PJCC Anthologies i’ve not contributed a story to, Alcohol …and that‘s cover was created by Brittany Coxon and Myself: we both designed it, I pencilled, Britt inked, we both coloured and then I did the typography. We were pretty happy with the […]

Asteroid Belter

The Newcastle Science Comic As part of the British Science Festival in September 2013 I’m immensely proud to have been both a contributor to and a part of the development of the Newcastle Science Comic where I was co-editor of the comic a a whole, and also a page editor for a good number of the […]