Come, Friendly Bombs – a comic full of bile!

I needed a project to express my disgust and dismay with today’s world, but in a creative way.  I recalled Betjeman’s poem ‘Slough’ and, upon re-reading it, felt it perfectly communicates a sense of utter revulsion at the scenes it presents.  It was not difficult at all to relate Betjeman’s words to the modern climate.  This comic has allowed me to channel and purge my anger through illustrating elements of society; fakery, hypocrisy, misogyny and money-worship, which sicken me (and, no doubt, many people I know).  The collages herein are made from images in the past few weeks’ newspapers.

Betjeman’s ‘Slough’ is from 1937, I include his words in their entirety and have changed only one word (“Slough”) throughout the whole text.   Should you wish to own a physical copy of this comic,  I will gladly make and post you one for the measly sum of £1.50, just click here.

Missy, Nov 2016

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“Now You See M.E….Connected”

Here’s the third in a short series (of four) comic art works I was commissioned to create for Focus Sheffield and Dr Julia Davis at the University of Sheffield.  Here you can see early sketches showing how this image developed – thanks (and apologies!) to Dan Clowes‘ work for inspiration of how to tackle shading here.

This artwork feeds into research based around online support networks for Mums of children with M.E.; this particular piece was designed to reflect how important and comforting it is for the mums to have an online support network and to feel connected as a community.  Many of the mums using the site rely on it as their main source of information, advice and emergency support in times of real need and vulnerability, at all times of day and night.

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There is no known cause, or cure for this condition, it is difficult to define and can be incredibly difficult for sufferers and their families to manage.  Find out more about Young People with M.E. here.

This great project has a much longer term view of helping families themselves to creatively express their experiences of the condition and the issues surrounding it.  This will have not only a cathartic benefit for those directly involved but will also help give medical professionals a better understanding of the illness and why more support and investigation is necessary.

“Now You See M.E…. HEAR ME ROAR!”

Here’s the second in a short series (of four) comic art works I was commissioned to create for Focus Sheffield and Dr Julia Davis at the University of Sheffield.  Thanks also go to Paul Dorrington for his, as ever, invaluable artistic advice.

This artwork feeds into research based around online support networks for Mums of children with M.E.; this particular piece was designed to be something of a standalone signature logo for the project:

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Here it is contextualised in a larger A3 version with some simple, shorthand cartoons describing some of the mums’ more frustrating experiences with establishment figures:

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Here’s the same final piece before colouring:

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And an early sketch version:

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There is no known cause, or cure for this condition, it is difficult to define and can be incredibly difficult for sufferers and their families to manage.  Find out more about Young People with M.E. here.

This great project has a much longer term view of helping families themselves to creatively express their experiences of the condition and the issues surrounding it.  This will have not only a cathartic benefit for those directly involved but will also help give medical professionals a better understanding of the illness and why more support and investigation is necessary.