Pieces in process from the new book.

At the moment I’m thinking through how I want to use the narrative voice. On the one hand, using narration gives a scene or a story context, especially in short stories that move across times and spaces like these do. On the other hand, narration can give a ‘Wonder Years’ vibe to a story, which purports to offer a definitive account of events, a revisionist voice of twee sentimentality.

The problem is one I see in many teenage memoirs: that of the rose tinted glasses. I reckon teenagers can be the most wonderful, intelligent, imaginative, heartbroken, worldy-wise people on the planet. Those years can be vital and important - hence the book. At the same time, teenagers can be complete dicks (I know I was). Sometimes they can do be those things all at once.

I’d prefer the stories to be ambiguous in context and detail, but to carry sufficient information for the reader to work out what’s happening, without offering post-hoc rationalisation. I’m not sure any art is an objective portrayal, but at least calling attention to one’s own subjectivity might make for a more relatable read.

THIS IS THE NEWS: January 2014

Here’s some stuff that happened while I was away this winter.

GEOGRAPHY!!

Tom Murphy has written a three part feature for Broken Frontier on landscape comics, each respectively focusing on work by Oliver East, Jon McNaught (forthcoming), and myself. He explores, in relation to my comics, the links between place, memory and emotion. It’s a a thoughtful and flattering piece that certainly picks up many of my own preoccupations in my work - in particular trying not to tell readers that something happened, but instead ask ‘did this happen to you, too?’. Also it’s about Geography, and (as a professional geographer) I fucking love Geography, so my thanks go to Tom for taking the time to sit and think about my work. It means a lot. Read it in full here.

Best of…

I’m honoured to say that SMOO 7 made two notable end of year lists. It came number 30 in Rob Clough’s Top 50 short-form comics of 2013Rob’s been very supportive this year, and this is another piece of support for which I am thankful.

SMOO 7 also features in Andy Oliver’s ‘Ten UK Small Press Comics You Need to Own 2013' over at Broken Frontier. SMOO 5 made this list last year, so it's amazing to appear on it two years in a row. Andy writes that “quite simply, [Moreton] is one of the most important and intelligent creative voices in current U.K. small press comics.” Now that is an accolade I'm not sure I deserve, but that I certainly intend to work hard to live up to.

Reviews

Over at Comic Book Resources, Alec Berry writes about Grand Gestures. He explores particularly the tension between art and story, author and audience. He writes:

"Grand Gestures … is so bare bones comics, it’s undeniably beautiful for how it meshes mechanics with its larger considerations of life and the universe, and in both arenas it demands a reader’s participation."

Read the full review here.

Another review of Grand Gestures comes courtesy of Jason Sacks at Comics Bulletin. He writes,

"Though he draws a world outside our windows, full of all the modern stuff and bother of modern life – boring meetings, long car rides, drinking coffee alone at a Starbucks, there’s a calm, meditative heart at the center of this comic: a feeling of transcendence, of meditation, and ultimately perhaps a feeling that our daily lives are suffused by a beautiful sort of calm, internal poetry as we go along in our everyday lives."

You can read that review here.

And coming soon…

In the next months I’ll be focusing on my book-length work for Grimalkin Press, and I’ll be writing about it, sharing previews and talking about drawing and comics and things like that on this blog in the near future. I also have some exciting publishing news waiting to come out, too, so watch this space for that.

Until then, here’s to 2014. It’s going to a busy, important and strange year, I can tell already.

ORIGINAL ART SALE

I’m selling 13 pages of original artwork from 2012. I need to raise some money, clear some things out and take stock. A lot of these pieces mean a great deal to me, and I hope they will do to you too. Much love went into each one.

They’re all A4 (210x297mm/8.2x11.7inches) on white Bristol Board, in unfixed graphite pencils

Each page is £50, including P&P, with discounts for multiple purchases.

THE SALE RUNS FROM TONIGHT UNTIL MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2013.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL ART FOR SALES AND FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR CHOICE

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Check out the new comics in the Grindstone store!!

I am so excited to offer these fine comics for your purchasing pleasure via Grindstone Comics. I can’t recommend these comics highly enough.

You can now purchase SMOO 7 and me and Warren’s new split zine from Grindstone, the distro established by the ever wonderful L. Nichols. Also, I met Aaron this weekend, too: nice guy, great comics. So get that, too!