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 …

‘What It Is’ and the power of stories

What is an experience? Is it something you have? Or something which has you? I don't think I have ever read anything quite like Lynda Barry's What it Is. Each page is a mixture of collage, cartoons, snippets of text, and handwritten notes. Interspersed throughout are sections of autobiographical material which tell the story of Barry's early creative …

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 …