Doodling along with Lynda Barry

Ever since I read What It Is, I've been a big fan of Lynda Barry's wild and wonderful approach to creativity. Recently, I've been exploring new ways of making comics using her latest book, Syllabus, as a guide. Syllabus is a collection of class notes from the courses Barry has taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. These are no ordinary …

The Oracle is in!

Wise figures can turn up in all sorts of places, including cartoons. Sometimes, when we don't seem to have the answers ourselves, these characters have all sorts of ideas and opinions that can prove very helpful indeed. Characters like these have been popping up in my autobiographical cartoons for some time now. It's no surprise, …

Who has the answers?

Cartoon Therapy is a great way to sort out your issues. By drawing something in cartoon form, you can see it with both distance and humour. Last time, we took a real-life situation and exaggerated it. In my case, a continual checking of Facebook became a cartoon about "Facebook Sickness". This time, I'd like to explore what happens when …

Cartoon Therapy!

Long before I began the cartoon series The Everyday Adventures of Mythology Girl, I spent years drawing cartoons about my own adventures in everyday life. I drew cartoons about all the little things that made me smile: drinking tea with a good friend, baking a cake, writing a poem. I drew cartoons about all the little things that …

Here we are in the Underworld (again)

My heroine has just descended into the Underworld. I shouldn't be surprised. All my stories, in one way or another, end up in the Underworld. It took me a while to figure this out. My first novel was going really well until I reached the point where my protagonist crossed over into the Other World. Once she …

Where do characters come from?

Where do characters come from? And where are they going? The heroine of my cartoon series, The Everyday Adventures of Mythology Girl, has come to London from a mysterious realm that, so far, has only been hinted at in the story. I suppose you could say that she has also come from a mysterious realm inside …

From pencil to panel

When I begin work on a new episode of The Everyday Adventures of Mythology Girl, I always start with sketching out the storyline in my notebook. Although things quickly progress to digital format, I prefer to draw these initial images with a good old-fashioned pencil on some good old-fashioned paper. Then I scan the sketches and, using …