20 January 2012

Fanzine Ynfytyn 18

yf 18 1

I've got a new zine out. It's got:

* 80s video machines
* Giant list of small pleasures
* Really delicious lasagne recipe

yf 18 2

yf 18 3

It's available in my shop, along with multi-packs and back issues

I've also re-done my website with information about my zines. I've still got some left to scan, but all the text information is there.

16 January 2012


I've been making some rough scratchy animatics.

Look at those big clumsy hands. I was feeling in a rut, so every day I'll give myself 24 sheets of paper and I have to fill them up and not worry about if it's any good.

Puffin book scans

Here's some Puffin books I scanned so I could stick the pictures in my art college diary.

puffin 1

Puffin annual from the 1960s. I mainly bought it for the cover, but it's actually full of interesting articles.

puffin 2

Such as the making of Captain Pugwash. I never realised it wasn't made by stop motion, but by three people wiggling the bits of cardboard in real-time along with the soundtrack via tabs on the back of the artwork.

puffin 3

puffin design 1

Puffin by Design book I got for my birthday. The late 50s-early 70s designs in the book are amazing, but they get really tacky in the 80s, and even the recent stuff is things like "Magic Kitten Seaside Mystery" with crappy computer drawn glow on everything (glow shading is one of my pet design hates). The author makes rude comments about the 80s and 90s covers, but restrains from commenting about the current ones.

puffin design 2

You can do a lot with flat planes of colour. Sometimes advances in printing work against quality of design.

puffin sea

This book's great. It's organised into "The Sea Itself", "Creatures of Sea, Land and Sky", "On the Beach", "Findings and Keepings", "I Do Like to be beside the Seaside", "Harbour and Island, Cape and Cliff", "Fishing and Fisherfolk", "A Life on the Ocean Wave", "Vessels", "Seamen All", "In Deep", "Sea-Changes", "Lovers False and Lovers True", "Dreamers, Solitaries and Survivors", "Shipwreck, Storm and Disaster", "Wreckers, Invaders, Pirates and Prisoners", "Battles and Engagements" and "Voyagings, Departures and Homecomings"; which is almost as good as a poem itself. It's got everything from Homer to Philip Larkin and has really nice illustrations at the start of each category.

puffin sea 2

14 January 2012

Assorted goings on

Squid and chicken

I saw this in the window of a restaurant in Chinatown. They'l put a rubber squid up with the roast chickens in the window.


Some birthday presents (unseen, cash and tickets to see Simon Munnery)

Whisky & Ginger

Whisky galore and lashings of ginger beer.

13 January 2012

Muy delicioso

spanish parcel

Marcos' parents sent us a parcel of Spanish goodies. Mallorcan honey, cheese and hazlenuts. Ferrero Rocher, savoury crackers and chocolate covered almonds (although you can get Ferrero Rocher here too) and Llum de Sal with assorted flavourings, which is Mallorcan fleur de sel. They also sent Marcos some vacuum-packed ham, which has been named the space ham.

12 January 2012


10th of January for the Document a Day project. I mostly waited at home for a parcel of birthday presents sent by my dad and did some uni stuff and tidying. Not the most exciting of days.

06 January 2012


I haven't felt very inclined to write recently. My back has been playing up, and I'm hunting for a job. I spent most of today at the osteopaths, in my underwear, being prodded on various parts of my shoulders and back and being asked "does that hurt now?", which is surprisingly exhausting. For Christmas I got given a new phone which has a nice camera. I downloaded the Magic Hour app (Instagram being iPhone only) and here's some photos from the last couple of days.

coffee cup

millenium bridge

Walking over this bridge gives me terrible vertigo, but I do like the view.

Trafalgar Square II

I can't decide whether I prefer this colour one ...

trafalgar square I

Or this black and white. At any rate I love the ship in a bottle on the plinth at Trafalgar Sq, it makes me smile every time I pass it. There's a new statue coming this year though.


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