Julia’s House

Activity room mural with horse and stone circle

Putting your work online can lead to unexpected encounters and opportunities.

Posting my comics on Prehistories led an interior designer, looking for prehistoric art to decorate the walls of a new Julia’s House children’s hospice in Devizes, to contact me and ask me to work on the project.

Drawing at this scale was a big change from working on comics – both in terms of technology and in terms of the amount of detail needed to fill up to 10m of wall space.

Working with Karen and Edwin at hilldesign was a real pleasure, and the hospice they have helped to create is welcoming and full of wonderful play areas for the children.

I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work on this project, and I’m pleased that my artwork has contributed to the bright, friendly environment at Julia’s House.

Dr H

MeZolith

Stories Within Stories Within History: Talking <i>MeZolith</i> with Ben HaggartyMezoLith Vol. 1 by Adam Brockbank

Excellent news!

The first volume of this graphic novel set in the mesolithic era  is back in print, with Volume Two due out later this year.

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Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank present a compelling version of prehistory – drawing on archaeological evidence, anthropology and folklore.

There is an insightful interview with Ben Haggarty over on the Paste Magazine site.

Dr H

 

Leeds

A few weeks ago, I went to Leeds for the Comics Forum.

Having only ever passed through Leeds on the train, I was pleased to have the chance to look around.

My first destination was Leeds City Museum, home one of the early medieval images of Weland, and inspiration for the cover of my comic version.

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While in the museum I also came across this excellent of mosaic of Romulus and Remus and a slightly demented looking wolf. I love it. It comes from a floor in the Roman city of Isurium Brigantum – now Aldborough in North Yorkshire.

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The conference itself was held in Leeds Central Library. What a fantastic place (with beautiful cafe and Art Gallery in the same building).

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I listened to lots of great papers at the conference, but of key interest to readers of this blog were papers by Paul Bristow, Sarah McNicol, John Miers and Lydia Wysocki, and John Swogger.

Paul Bristow talked about the community projects and comics he’s worked on through Magic Torch Comics.

Sarah McNicol talked about the comics component of a project about Social Haunting based at Manchester Metropolitan University. You can view Sarah’s presentation here.

John Miers and Lydia Wysocki talked about their project, in collaboration with Newcastle University, linked (quite literally) to the Getrude Bell Archive.

John Swogger talked about his past and future comics projects related to archaeological fieldwork and history on islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

You can read more about John’s comics from Palau here, and you can buy a copy on lulu too. You can read John’s take on the Comics Forum and the following Thought Bubble convention here.

John also had print copies of his Anglesey comics on hand.

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If you’re not planning on visiting North Wales anytime soon you can read them online.

Sadly, I couldn’t stay on for Thought Bubble. Next year maybe…

Dr H