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.
I’ll be at the Bradford Literature Festival on Sunday the 17th of May. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join me at one of my events.
I’ll be running two events:
Sunday 17 May10:30 am – 12:00 pmThe Midland Hotel, Irving Room
Sunday 17 May1:00 pm – 2:30 pmThe Midland Hotel, Irving Room
This is a ticketed event. Please click on the links above to book your tickets.
So I have just heard that CORPSE TALK has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts! Woo! CorpseTalk is apparently the FIRST EVER COMIC BOOK to be shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award, so that’s very exciting.
It’s a HUGE honour. Thank you very much! And big congrats to all the other nominees – it’s great company to be in :-)
Well, it was so long ago that everyone’s probably forgotten about it already, but NONETHELESS here are some thoughts on Lisa and my (jolly good) time at Thought Bubble this year!
We had an exciting start to the festival this year, as CorpseTalk: Season 1 was shortlisted for the BCA Young People’s award 2014! We made the journey from Glasgow to Leeds on the Friday to attend the award ceremony; it’s always really great to meet the kids who actually read my comics :-) A HUGE congratulations to the other nominees: John Allison – Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy (and a special mention for both the funniest and most profoundly insightful talk about what it means to make comics that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing), Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh and all the team on BOO!, Gill Hatcher – The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside, and of course to the winner: Luke Pearson – Hilda and the Black Hound. Well deserved, and a great honour to be shortlisted alongside.
Onto the festival! I was very lucky to share a table with my comics bro, the very talented and awesome creator of How to Make Awesome Comics, the famous Neill Cameron!
Neill and I had a Super Duper Thought Bubble Exclusive Con deal. (Try saying that fast 3x)
So basically, if you got one of these:
and a Custom Corpse like this:
and one of these:
and a Custom Awesome drawing like this:
You’d get this fantabulous creation made by Neill and myself for free!
It was a pretty sweet deal which meant that Neill and I got to draw all weekend! The Best!
If you missed out at Thought Bubble, don’t worry! You can still get CorpseTalk and The Curse of Barry Starkey here.
Here’s a few of the custom corpses:
A HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. It was lovely to see familiar faces and new ones too. It was a fantastic weekend filled with lots of really wonderful moments. But for me, the absolute best of all, was this one. This little girl wasn’t a big fan of CorpseTalk (she said the zombies were too scary for her) but her favourite strip was Lost Tales: The Picture Wife. Seeing her face when she came back to collect her drawing of The Picture Wife characters was wonderful! I feel really privileged to have shared that moment.
As the festival came to an end, it seems Leeds didn’t want us to go. We got trapped in the elevator of hotel for 30 minutes and had to be rescued by the fire brigade.
It’s OK, we made up for it the next day by goofing around at the Royal Armouries.
We’ll be heading to Thought Bubble shortly for an exciting weekend.
Here’s what we’ve got to offer:
*Drum roll please*
The Curse of Barry Starkey. A brand NEW comic created by the brilliant Neill Cameron and myself for Thought Bubble! This will be available exclusively at our table. £4, 16 utterly ridiculous action-packed pages.
That’s right! We’re at Table 61 in the Royal Armouries Hall!
We’ll also be selling copies of our books:
British-Comics-Awards-Nominated CorpseTalk Book: Season 1, by Adam Murphy. 33 amazing interviews with the reanimated zombie corpses of everyone from Jane Austen to William Wallace! £6.99, 64 pages.
Also, since it’s Thought Bubble, I’ll also be offering Custom Corpse Commissions! That means I will draw your Favourite Person From History as a corpse. Dun Dun Duunnn! These are £5 each, or get one with a book for a tenner – bargain!
It can be anyone at all – go on try me! If I can Google image search ’em I can draw ’em. Bring it on! Like so: (or see more examples here).
And, and! As if that wasn’t enough – how AWESOME is this?! How To Make Awesome Comics by Neill Cameron. 64 of the finest, most inspiring, most information-and-activity-packed how-to-draw-comics pages you will find on this planet! All for £6.99. Look out for our SUPER MEGA THOUGHT BUBBLE TABLE-MATES MEGAZORD ULTIMATE COMBO DEAL which is basically a free copy of Barry Starkey if you buy both our books with drawings.
It’s going to be a great event! Be sure to pop over and say hi!
Lisa and I were at the Stirling Comics Festival on Saturday. The comic mart was held in the ballroom of the Golden Lion hotel. (Fancy!)
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi :-)
Here’s a few pics from the day including custom corpses!
So, last year I was at the Edinburgh Book Festival, doing kids’ workshops with The Phoenix, and I got a strange request. Would I like to be a part of a collaborative graphic novel, being commissioned by the Book Festival, to celebrate their 30 year anniversary?
Well, not likely I was going to turn it down. Especially when they explained the premise: Scotland 30 years into the future (30 years of the book festival – 30 years in the future…) after a massive global-warming-induced flood has left all the major cities underwater, and a new city of refugees (the Internally Displaced Persons of the title) has sprung up around SkyFarm, a new high-tech farming skyscraper in New Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland.
Complicated, high-concept and full of social injustice; just how I like ’em. My job was to take the characters of the first chapter (written by comics legend Pat Mills, although at the time I didn’t know that – they were very cloak-and-dagger about who was actually involved in the early stages), tell the story of how they met and flesh out the world a bit.
Well, the result is IDP:2043, a glorious sprawling bastard mutant of a book, throwing 10 wildly different writers and artists together and kind of just seeing what comes out. Comics and crimewriting goddess Denise Mina had the unenviable role of story editor, in charge of herding this group of cats into some sort of coherent narrative.
Articles and reviews:
The Edinburgh Book Festival – official press release
The Scotsman “It’s great to see the book festival try something new but IDP: 2043 isn’t the “white knuckle ride of a thriller” promised on the jacket, it’s a plodding presentation of a few interesting ideas and a lot of clichés.” Brian Ferguson (Ooh, burn!)
The Herald “But what I’m hopeful for is … God, am I hopeful for anything?” Hannah Berry, in interview with Teddy Jamieson
The Guardian “It’s far from tidy, and the final chapter has to make some improbable leaps to get to its conclusion, but this is a quirky and thoroughly enjoyable work.” James Smart
The Independent “Special note must be made of Murphy and his larger than life chapter, focusing on Cait’s anger at a dinner party for the rich, and exposing the class tensions that have been bubbling away. It is here that our protagonist truly comes into her own, more than just paper and ink, demonstrating real emotion that pulls the reader in to her life, crackling with anger alongside the fiery redhead.” Laura Sneddon.
Here are a few pics of custom corpse requests from the weekend…
And life is always entertaining with this joker! My adorkable wife, Lisa :-)
Had a brilliant weekend at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
Friday night, we kicked off with a launch party for IDP: 2043. Having worked on a collaborative graphic novel in solitude, it was nice to finally all come together. Slightly surreal so I had the distinct impression no-one there knew who I was – like being a fly on the wall at one’s own funeral. Except with more free wine.
Saturday and Sunday mornings were SUPER Phoenixy, since I was running workshops with my comics bro Neill Cameron. So many great ideas – jet-pack-stealing-grannies, hamster ninjas, a shape-shifting-potato! SO.MUCH.FUN! Neill and I even had an epic DRAW-OFF fight to the death. OK, not really. But the victor was promised the sweet taste of cake! (-Ahem- still waiting… I’m looking at you Liz!!!)
Gladiator Tiger eating an ice cream. (Left: Neill. Right: Me.)
Pirate Dragon Unicorn (of course!) (Left: Neill. Right: Me).
Robot Monkey with Flaming Eyeball! (Left: Neill. Right: Me).
A superhero penguin fighting an evil pirate duck and mutant goldfish, a Clown Dog, and that eponymous fashion accessory: Neill Pants.
Last challenge: Ninja-Hamster versions of each other. (Left: Me, by Neill. Right: Neill, by Me).
The parents were incredibly well behaved! I think it’s fair to say that the parents enjoyed The Phoenix too. Not a peep out of ’em!
On Saturday night, I sat on a panel with Will Morris, Hannah Berry, Pat Mills and Denise Mina to talk about our new graphic novel – IDP: 2043. The second panel was with the other creators: Irvine Welsh, Barroux, Kate Charlesworth and Mary Talbot. Here’s a few of my pages, while I wait to see if anyone took any photos of the event…
Thanks again to the Edinburgh Book Festival for a great event. Super impressed with the care and organisation of the events.
Yup, I’ll be coming to Thought Bubble this year (15 – 16 November 2014). I’ll be sharing a table with the my comics bro Neill Cameron. I’ll be selling my CorpseTalk book! Woo hoo! Can’t wait to see you there :-)
Up out of the mouldering pages of history comes the chat show that digs the dirt on some of history’s most famous, infamous and downright incredible men and women.
– What was the secret of Cleopatra’s irresistible personality?
– Why did Genghis Khan become obsessed with world domination?
– Which scientist is still radioactive, almost 100 years after her death?
Join your host, ADAM MURPHY, as he gets the answers to these questions and many more, on Corpse Talk, the show that brings the dead famous to life!
“CorpseTalk is really epic and so is Adam Murphy. We should stop history lessons and just let us kids read The Phoenix.” Ben Forrest, age 12
Full colour. 64 pages.
Here’s a lovely review of CorpseTalk by Forbidden Planet.
Boo! I’ll be at the Story Museum in Oxford on Halloween! Spooky!
About the event
The Phoenix Presents Adam Murphy’s Comic Masterclass – 11.30-1pm
Join CorpseTalk creator Adam Murphy to produce your own ghoulish comic creations, inspired by the characters from our 26 Characters Exhibition! Age 8-12
The Phoenix Presents a Halloween Corpse Talk Special – 2pm-3pm
Join The Phoenix comic’s Corpse Talk creator Adam Murphy, to dig up your own favourite personality from the past, and produce your own undead-infested comic – a must for all Phoenix fans! Age 6-12
Find out more and buy tickets at the Story Museum’s website.
See you there!
The Phoenix will be hosting two solid days of amazing workshops at The Lakes Festival this year. I’ll be there with my fun Phoenix friends – Neill Cameron , Laura Ellen Anderson and Gary Northfield. Come check it out.
Phoenix Comic Workshops : Shakespeare Centre
Voyage through deepest darkest space in a giant space ship… that’s also a cat! Battle with pirates… on the back of gargantuan prehistoric monsters! Meet the DEAD famous… for a quick interview! Hang on! These aren’t delirious dreams, but a small sample of the adventures waiting inside The Phoenix weekly story comic!
All workshops suitable for 6-12 years. £3 .
I’ll be mining kids’ brains and live-drawing their brilliant and bizarre ideas, then guiding them through the process of creating their very own amazing comics creation!
Phoenix Comic Workshops:
Saturday 18th October
10.00 – 10.45
11:45 – 12:30
14:15 – 15:00
Sunday 19th October
10:30 – 11:15
13:45 – 14:30
15:00 – 15:45
For more information, please click here.
Hope to see you there!
Lisa and I had such a fun time at Glasgow Comic Con and jumped at the chance to come to my home-town for Stirling Comics Festival.
We’ll be there on Saturday September 27th, selling copies of CorpseTalk: Season 1. Come along for a chat, and get a sketch of your favourite historical figure as a corpse!
You can read Forbidden Planet’s review of CorpseTalk here.
Come by and say hi!
DATES: SAT 27TH 12:00PM – 5:00PM
VENUE: GOLDEN LION HOTEL
HOW TO BOOK: NO NEED JUST TURN UP!
I’ll be at this year’s MCM Scotland Comic Con, September 6-7th 2014. Hall 4, SECC Glasgow.
I’ll be selling copies of CorpseTalk: Season 1. Come along for a chat, and get a sketch of your favourite historical figure as a corpse!
Check out Forbidden Planet’s review of CorpseTalk.
Looking forward to seeing you there :-)
Just had a lovely chat with host Janice Forsyth and my buddy (and editor), author extraordinaire Denise Mina about IDP: 2043, the new collaborative graphic novel to be launched this weekend at the Edinburgh Book Festival!
You can listen here to Denise elegantly step in and remind me what my chapter was about, and what my characters names were. (We’re on just after the 1 hour mark).
So, I’m at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year doing both kids’ workshops and events for adults. Intrigued? Then read on…
Phoenix Comic Workshops
Sat 23 Aug 10:00am – 11:00am
Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab
Sold Out! Don’t fret – places still available below…
Sat 23 Aug 11:00am – 1:00pm
Baillie Gifford Story Box
Free drop-in event! No need to book, just come along!
Sun 24 Aug 10:00am – 11:00am
Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab
Places still available: book here!
The blurb: Join The Phoenix, Britain’s leading weekly comic, and professional comic artists Adam Murphy (creator of CorpseTalk) and Neill Cameron (creator of How to Make Awesome Comics), as they guide you through the incredible world of comics. They’ll share some top-secret drawing and storytelling tips whilst helping you produce a comic strip of your very own.
Part 1 with Denise Mina, Pat Mills & Friends (that’s me! I’m one of the friends…)
Sat 23 Aug 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Royal Bank of Scotland Garden Theatre
LAUNCHING A GRAPHIC VISION OF THE FUTURE
The blurb: The graphic novel is ideally placed to be subversive and revelatory. The dystopian genre evolved to explore the idea of how individuals would cope with oppressive governments or post-apocalyptic worlds. One year on from our Stripped programme, which celebrated graphic novels and comics, we’ve been working with Freight Books to merge forms and create our own vision of Scotland 30 years on. Join story editor Denise Mina and story creators Hannah Berry, Pat Mills, Adam Murphy and Will Morris to explore the result: IDP:2043, a new graphic novel.
Also as part of the Edinburgh Book Festival,outreach program, I’ll be doing workshops with some awesome schools in Dundee :-)
So, hello, Lake District. I’m coming to Penrith on the 15th of August to make comics with your young people!
What: Comics Workshops with yours truly. I’ll be mining your brains for brilliant and bizarre ideas and sharing all sorts of tips to help you turn them into your own amazing comics!
When: August 15th. 11:00, 13:30 & 15:00. Workshops are 45 minutes.
Where: The Rheged Centre, Penrith. Tickets: £5.50. Aimed at 7-11 year olds. More info here.
Hope to see you there!