Sunday, 2 August 2015

THE PILLBOX: The Bill not Keith Review.


August already. Everyone on holiday, gone quiet, I've been reminded that The Pillbox was reviewed in The Saturday edition of The Guardian (July 25th). Mr. Smart doesn't know his Keith from his Bill. But apart from that major error, pretty damn fine review for a picture book.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Pillbox: THE REVIEW!


Sunday Bloody Sunday. A John Schlesinger film, Murray Head. Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson...I saw it at the cinema in 1971. I am that old.
Sunday papers thing of the past? Not today. Unexpected and wonderful review in the Observer by Rachel Cooke. Thank you. Rachel Cooke. 
6:30am Monday bloody Monday. Reminder to self keep drawing. Don't give up. You should be working on a sequel.

Friday, 10 July 2015

VINTAGE VLOG: THE PILLBOX.


Walking The Dog; Pencil. Published December 2009


Walking The Dog: Pencil. Published December 2009
The Pillbox: Published July 2015. drawn in ink 2011 - 2014

95% of Walking the Dog was drawn with a pencil. I like to think that for most part my drawing is disciplined and controlled however others think differently. I know this reviewer is attempting to be positive about The Pillbox and WTD. Ink blots, scratchy? Some parts maybe grotesque to some, but I like to describe my drawing as honest. He's talking about someone else surely. I do not recognise his description of my drawing, still at least it is giving The Pillbox some promotion. So judge for yourselves. Here endeth the lesson.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Pillbox:The Herald


The Herald. Scotland. Ask six questions. 

Comments: nil. I'm asking myself some questions...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Wish I was Dustin Brown....



I confess I type in books on the Amazon website and check the whereabouts of The Pillbox. I look at the amazon 'chart' position. Eight hundred and something thousand and ninety eighth. Just to rub in the sense of failure. To fracture the ego. Having a book published is a weird sensation. July 2nd publication day. What did I expect? Nymphs pouring me vast volumes of champagne and massaging my toes. Telegrams of congratulations on my genius. ....as it turned out just another day. A hot one. A great one at Wimbledon, just to witness a sensational tennis match in the early evening sun glow almost transported me back to boyhood, Dustin Brown playing without fear putting out Rafa Nadal in four sets. I slugged back two large gins and finished off with two large Pimms, very Wimbledon. Generous measure of Pimms, tonic water, ginger ale, ice, sprig of 'bruised' mint, a slice of lime, slice of lemon. Definitely no cucumber and no strawberries. Had to check the amazon 'chart' position again at the end of the day. A modest, actually a lowly ninety seven thousand something...........still better than Walking the Dog in at three hundred and ninety something thousand, How many damn books out there? Depressing. Anyway I'll drink the good man James Mayhew's health! And Dustin Brown gets knocked out in four sets by Saturday.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

THE PILLBOX: IT'S OUT!



IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND.

CREEPY. CREEPY SELF -PENNED PICTURE BOOK IS ON THE BOOK SHELVES FROM TODAY IF YOU CAN FIND IT IF YOU WANT IT THIS NASTY BUT TASTY GOOD SMELLING PRODUCT IS AVAILABLE. POCKET A COPY TODAY SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CARTOONIST DOODLE-IST  DESPERATE LAST THROW OF THE DICE DEATH RATTLE INK SPLURGE COMIC BOOK SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON IT. JUST FIFTEEN MINUTES AND POUNDS STERLING(APPROX)OF YOUR LIFE.  

IS THIS IT?
THIS IS IT......REALLY THIS IS ALL THERE IS PEGGY LEE? ANOTHER DAY JUST AN ORDINARY DAY ANOTHER DAY NO ONE ELSE ABOUT, THE COMPUTER HUM. JUST SOME BLACKBIRD SQUAWKING NOT SINGING. 
FOUR YEARS LATER. A BOOK - SO WHAT?  
WHOSE FUNERAL NEXT?