Thursday, 31 March 2011
Just finished this for Inside Out magazine for an article about stealing from work commissioned by the delightful Amelia Clark.
Puts me in mind of the classic 'Take Stuff From Work' by the redoubtable King Missile which by the magic of the interweb can be found here! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIXz_vzROrw
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Sadly this my LAST EVER All Ears. (although in the print edition it's credited to 'name in here')
I only officially found this out earlier in the week which is rather disappointing in that unbeknownst to The Guardian, all through the run I've been secretly implanting symbols within each illustration with the plan that if you laid all of them out on a large flat surface they'd spell out a secret message that can only be read from space* (something about lizard people, the Holy Grail & Rupert Murdoch etc.)
So much for my masterplan...
Anyway thanks to Stephen & Sara at The Guardian for being a pleasure to work with over the last 3 years or so & have enjoyed Mr Holden's articles (despite never having met him!) at least I get my weekends free now
PS *this may be a lie
(& milk in coffee's for wimps & little girls, - FACT!)
Over & out, here's the article
(Article by Michael Holden)
Mid-morning at a busy sandwich and coffee concession in the middle of the city, and one young businessman collected his, presumably daily, sought-after beverage and returned with a look of what could only be described as woe.
Man 1 "I hate the way they shout it out."
Man 2 "What?"
Man 1 (quietly, as if in shame) "'Milky Americano'. It's the word milky, she says it, 'mill-key', really strings it out. She shouts it when I order, too."
Man 2 (right first time) "You think it's a sign of weakness, having extra milk in your coffee?"
Man 1 (embarrassed to be read so rightly) "No, I … "
Man 2 "Yeah, you do!"
Man 1 "I don't. I just take the trouble to say, 'With plenty of milk', and they turn that into milky, and shout it out, 'Mill-key!'"
Man 2 (half joking) "Well, it's a dynamic environment – they have their own way of getting things done."
Man 1 (playing along) "Yeah, but I'm a key part of that environment, I'm driving it."
Man 2 "You're just one person. And you'll be the only one that gives a fuck."
Man 1 "I reckon this could be bigger than you think."
Man 2 "You're not alone?"
Man 1 "You never know."
Man 2 "Get on Twitter, start a revolution."
Man 1 "It's blocked at work."
Man 2 "Do it when you get in."
Man 1 "It never bothers me at night."
Man 2 "What does?"
Man 1 (emphatic) "Other stuff."
Man 2 (retreating, quite probably wisely) "Right."
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Micheal Lawrence who writes the popular Jiggy McCue series of books which I've had the pleasure of illustrating the covers has written a special Jiggy book especially for World Book Day called 'Evilution the Troof' which I drew a monkey on the cover
(Thanks to Thy Bui at Orchard Books for her lovely cover designs)
You can see more of the Jiggy covers here
& read more about evolution here
Saturday, 26 February 2011
I've never used the 'recent bereavement' method for dealing with cold callers but I did once conjure up a story about a colony of light sensitive 'mole people' whilst persuading a replacement window salesperson that their product was insufficiently opaque for my needs...
Original article here
(Article by Michael Holden)
Amid the debate around minimum pricing for alcohol, I should point out that, in six years of writing this column, it's been my experience that people who have paid more to get drunk say duller things while they're getting there. The cut-price drinker might reach oblivion faster and generally live a shorter life but, on balance, they get the better lines. This discourse from my local bargain hostelry being a case in point.
Man 1 "I told a feller on the phone my wife was dead."
Man 2 "But she's not?"
Man 1 "Nah, but it was the call centre. Three days in a row they'd asked for her, so I told them she was dead – and you could see it took the wind out their sails."
Man 2 "Well it would …"
Man 1 "I really turned it on, sobbing and that. Got quite into it. I could hear the feller was upset too. He said they'd delete the number – never call back."
Man 2 "A result then?"
Man 1 "Not really. Once I heard how moved he was I started to feel bad. I'm not cut out for the lying, you know."
Man 2 "It's true."
Man 1 "If I were, life would have been easier. Instead, I felt like one of those murderers who does a press conference for the person they've killed, asking for help and that."
Man 2 "But they drive you to it, though – the calls."
Man 1 "Maybe. Either way, I was glad when she walked through the door."
Man 2 "In case she had died?"
Man 1 "Yeah, which would have been typical of her."