Rough scans of  pages in process from two separate stories from my forthcoming Grimalkin Press book.

The book doesn’t have a title as yet. It’ll be oversize in its dimensions, with around 200 pages of stories, short and long. I’ve drawn around 20 of those pages to date.

The book itself is a collection of recollections about growing up in a small UK dormitory town.  That same town informed SMOO 4 (out of print but available for download soon), but I always felt like there was unfinished business with that place. 

The stories will take different styles, grid layouts etc, as the story dictates, but the basic process I’ve developed over the last year will most likely apply: Bristol board, some schematic work in blue mechanical pencil, soft 8B pencils, a 4B 0.5mm pencil, a ruler, and not much else.

I’m at the very beginning of drawing the book, though, and these things have a tendency to develop a life of their own so we’ll see where we end up.

SMOO #7, the latest issue of my autobiographical zine, was reviewed today by Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier. He writes:
"[this] is possibly Simon Moreton’s most intensely personal work to date and yet it remains wholly accessible. Moreton has a canny knack of engendering an empathic response from his readership, inviting them into his meandering narratives and providing something both identifiable and familiar… If you haven’t tried the sequential art of this quite extraordinary creator yet then there’s no place better to start than Smoo Comics #7.”
Read the full review here
Buy the comic here

SMOO #7, the latest issue of my autobiographical zine, was reviewed today by Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier. He writes:

"[this] is possibly Simon Moreton’s most intensely personal work to date and yet it remains wholly accessible. Moreton has a canny knack of engendering an empathic response from his readership, inviting them into his meandering narratives and providing something both identifiable and familiar… If you haven’t tried the sequential art of this quite extraordinary creator yet then there’s no place better to start than Smoo Comics #7.”

Read the full review here

Buy the comic here

SMOO #7 is now available for sale.
This issue of SMOO is about the countryside I grew up in. Split over three zines, a map, and a letter, it deals with memories, trying to live in the now, and what happens when you revisit your home, many years later.
- 88 pages of comics across 3 A6 zines (148 mm x 105 mm)
- fold out map (297 x 210mm)
- a letter (210 x 148 mm)
- B&W throughout
Buy it here.

SMOO #7 is now available for sale.

This issue of SMOO is about the countryside I grew up in. Split over three zines, a map, and a letter, it deals with memories, trying to live in the now, and what happens when you revisit your home, many years later.

- 88 pages of comics across 3 A6 zines (148 mm x 105 mm)

- fold out map (297 x 210mm)

- a letter (210 x 148 mm)

- B&W throughout

Buy it here.

I’m pleased to announce that I feature in the new issue of the legendary Not My Small Diary, edited by Delaine Derry Green. This is the seventeenth edition of this true-story anthology comic, and features stories from 55 contributors all about High School. I don’t even know who made the cut, but I know you won’t be disappointed…  You can buy NMSD 17 here.

Edit: here’s the full list of contributors:

Cover by Jess Smart Smiley. Contributors: T. Edward Bak, Donna Barr, Suzanne Baumann, Cara Bean, Aaron Brassea, Box Brown, James Burns, Buzz Buzzizyk, Mark Campos, Ric Carrasquillo, Max Clotfelter, Bren Collins, Peter Conrad, Brad Dale, Chris Davis, Joe Decie, Michael Diebert/James Selby, G. Fling, Brad Foster, Kelly Froh, Andrew Goldfarb, Maria Goodman, Lee J. Green, Roberta Gregory, John Isaacson, Robyn Jordan, Dave Kiersh, Michael Kraiger, Missy Kulik, Patty Leidy, Simon Mackie, MariNaomi, Graeme McNee, Carrie McNinch, Simon Moreton, T. Motley, Dan Moynihan, Misun Oh, Adam Pasion, John Porcellino, Liz Prince, Jordan Shiveley, Jim Siergey, Jerry Sims, Lizzee Solomon, Sam Spina, Maximum Traffic, Tom Van Deusen, Kevin Van Hyning, Pete Wentzell, M. Young Weflen, Julia Wertz, Shannon Wheeler, Chad Woody

Smoo #6 available for pre-order now

Smoo Comics #6 is available now for pre-order. This comic is a bit quieter, a bit sparser, a bit slower than Smoo #5. It features seven stories about listening to Hüsker Dü, rainy summers, running naked in French fields, another tale of swimming at night and more besides.

Pre-orders will be sent out in early November and come with little bits of personalisation and a thank you note.

It’ll be available generally at Thought Bubble in Leeds from Saturday 17th November, in person from me at the launch party in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday 20th November and from this site shortly after that.

Get your copy early by placing your pre-order here!

NB Pre-orders close at 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 6th November!