Chanson & bande dessinée

Two quick, French-themed updates:

  1. Peter Hawkins‘ latest album Love & Anarchy, his English translation of songs by the giant of chanson Léo Ferré, is now available to purchase on Darla. I was lucky enough to do the cover artwork for this unique project, which came out via Hoxa earlier this year:

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    And for no particular reason, here’s a sketchbook portrait I drew last year, of Ferré’s contemporary the great Georges Brassens.

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  2. Tomorrow, I’m going to BD and Comics Passion, the French Institute‘s brilliant celebration of Francophone bande dessinée and good comics from around the world. Incredibly, they have conspired with Comica to bring one of the greatest living cartoonists, Jaime Hernandez, to the festival. I am beside myself with excitement for this talk! I’ll be visiting on Saturday too, for a whole day of excellent events.
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Cava – the black island!

For Si Spurrier‘s birthday I made some Wish You Were Here fan art.

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Si’s horror web comic series is set on Cava, in the Orkney Islands and (despite being the least Tintin-like comic you’ll ever read) the setting put me in mind of Hergé’s cover to L’Île Noire.

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Unbuilt Bristol

My collaborator and hero Eugene Byrne has a new book out! Unbuilt Bristol: The City That Might Have Been 1750 -2050 documents a tantalising array of buildings and other developments which Bristol nearly got, but didn’t. You know, things like a gigantic pyramid made from wine bottles or a solar system scale model as big as the city itself.

Unbuilt Bristol by Eugene Byrne

From working with Eugene on comics like Brunel: A Graphic Biography and The Bristol Story, I know he has a brilliant grasp of the city’s history. But he has also written a lot of Alternate History fiction (probably most well known is Back In The USSA, with Kim Newman) so Unbuilt Bristol really plays to his strengths.

One of my illustrations is in the book, a Mount Rushmore-style tribute to Brunel, from plans submitted by the public for 200 Ideas for Bristol.

Unbuilt Bristol illustration by SImon Gurr

Unbuilt Bristol can be bought directly from the publisher, Redcliffe Press.
Eugene will be talking about The Bristol That Might Have Been and Might Still Be at the Arnolfini on 26 June