What would you choose if you came face-to-face with your own Fate? Caterina thinks nothing of this simple, if rather philosophical, question. But when she's running from town to town, trying desperately to escape her Fate's cruelty, maybe she'll start wishing she'd chosen the other way... A new Lost Tale from Sicily, and it's a hum-dinger! Only in The Phoenix comics magazine.
Get all kinds of cool behind-the-scenes knowledge about Hatshepsut's legendary temple complex at Deir el-Bahari: topiary tips, statuary secrets, and the slightly weird story of a drink of milk... All in The Phoenix issue 246!
This week in CorpseTalk: Hatshepsut - the fascinating Queen who made herself a King and God in Ancient Egypt. Also the first woman in history that we know anything substantial about! In The Phoenix issue 245.
On August 23, 1791, the slaves of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) rose up in the night and began the massive revolt against their masters that became the Haitian Revolution. Rebel leader Touissaint Louverture interviewed in The Phoenix Issue 151
Last week's guest Saladin takes us on a tour of just some of the incredible innovations introduced to Europe from the Muslim World in the wake of the Crusades! Only in The Phoenix issue 242, out tomorrow!
Exclusive to The Phoenix Comic, here is a snippet of today's feature - Lost Tales: The Reluctant Fortune-Teller.
It's a story from Ethiopia, an amazingly rich and vibrant country I was fascinated to learn lots more about while researching this comic. The story features an amazingly lazy husband, and his frustrated, long-suffering wife who finally snaps and pushes him into a job as a fortune-teller, with predictably hilarious results! Not based on any husbands I know...
It's here, the wait is finally over! Eight wonder-filled world tales featuring lonely princesses, cunning merchants, invisible warriors, sea-monster best friends and many, many more awesome characters from the common literary heritage of humankind!
Lost Tales is now available to buy on my website (go here if you want the book signed with a sketch) and on The Phoenix Comic website (go here if you want to a limited edition signed bookplate! Hurry thought - they really are limited!)
Lost Tales collects eight astonishing and wondrous tales filled to the brim with princesses, magical creatures and clever peasants! I'm especially fond of this one: Riben, Robin and Donald McDonald, which features a wily farmer outwitting his bulling neighbours with clever schemes that get progressively more and more insane. The story was once common throughout Ireland and the West Highlands of Scotland (my version in based in the Highlands, and includes the more, er, grisly details that often get edited out). Amazingly though, I've also read versions from all over the world including a remarkably similar one from the nomadic Turkic tribes of the Central Asian Steppe! Now that's a widely-traveled story!
With the release of the book tomorrow (4th August), pre-order from my shop for a free quick sketch in your book!
The Lost Tales book launch is just over one week away! (Thursday 4th August) I don't know about you, but I am super excited! Here is a little snippet featuring a philosophical rice-and-beans street vendor from the story Two Merchants, just one of the fantastic fables featured in the book. Pre-order today from my website and receive a signed copy the moment it is released!!
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Get Beatrix Potter's top taxidermy tips! In The Phoenix issue 238.
I'm thrilled to have been asked to speak at the next Laydeez Do Comics in Glasgow. I'll be speaking primarily about my journey to comics making in the hopes that it might be useful for other creators.
If you'd care to join us, it's on Wedneaday, 22nd July, 2015, 6 - 7:45pm
More info on the event here.
Hope to see you there :-)
Lisa and I will be at Glasgow Comic Con this year! You'll be able to find us in The Art School Venue on July 4 -5. We'll be selling CorpseTalk: Season 1 and The Curse of Barry Starkey. We'd love to see you there!
Ahem....I'm on the break-out talent list! :-)
And a HUGE congrats to Neil Slorance for a cool poster design!
May 26-27 I'll be at the Hay Festival for Children & Families with The Phoenix and other Phoenix creators! There will be a host of Phoenix Comic Workshops at various times on both days. Booking information can be found on the Hay Festival's website.
Also check out Phoenix comic artist, Zak Simmonds-Hurn, who did the illustrations for this programme. Lovely work Zak!