Guest Strip: Simon Moreton

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SimonMCrosshatch12Simon Moreton is a cartoonist and zine maker living in Bristol, UK. He has been writing, drawing and self-publishing comics since 2007. To date, he has released three issues of his semi-autobiographical comic zine Smoo and a bunch of other minicomics and zines. Smoo #4 will be out later this year.

Along with fellow guest-stripper Nick Soucek, Simon is also one half of Things in Panels, a joint publishing venture. In May 2011, Things in Panels published its first title, an Indie-Go-Go funded newsprint anthology called The Sorry Entertainer. This black and white, tabloid sized newspaper featured contributions from Jarod Rosello, Noah Van Sciver, Sam Spina, Rob Jackson, and Brad Foster amongst others. He thinks it’s pretty awesome.

In July 2011, Simon launched Better, Drawn, a website where readers can share their experiences of living with long-term mental or physical illnesses in the form of short comics. In addition to this project, Simon and Nick, along with a group of illustrators, comics artists and writers based the South-West, also collectively founded the Bristol-based Bear Pit Zine. Bear Pit #2 will be released later this summer.

Simon’s current series, The Escapologist, is a gentle, abstract comic dealing with the lightness and the weight of things (it also has some pretty pictures in it). The first issue was released in May 2011, and you can read the first three pages HERE. Issue 2 will be out very soon.

Simon and Nick will be appearing at the Thought Bubble Sequential Arts Festival in Leeds, UK November 2011.

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Guest Strip: Nick Soucek

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-2It’s been just over a year since Nick (Bristol, UK) first appeared at The Daily Cross Hatch, and only just over two years since he thought to have a go at comics at all. Nick’s comic project MisComp continues to evolve, and in this way is an archive of an ever-improving drawing-and-story-telling confidence (Nick says).

Since about this time last year, Nick now has a regular comic slot in the internationally distributed cycling magazine Boneshaker, with his co-conspiritor Simon M. has tabled at a couple of comic expos (kinda breaking even-ish), and is co-coordinating several Bristol-based and international sequential art zines, a zine market, and a newspaper anthology. He has recently finished his first mini-comic, available to read for free on his site, and is currently half way through a longer dystopian piece about which he is very excited.

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Guest Strip: Simon M

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simonmtzSimon M is a boy in a man costume who lives in Bristol, in Britain. Although having drawn and written stories for most of his early life, he put his pens and pencils aside in favor of imagining how one day he would write bedroom pop symphonies for, and on behalf of, all the quiet people. He never did write anything, but did play the same bits of the same song over and over again enough to drive his cohorts, companions, friends and loved ones to distraction. Happily, though, he rediscovered his love of comics, writing and illustration in early 2007, simultaneously learning about self-publication and the world of small-press zines and comics.

Smoo Comics is his semi-autobiographical, self-published comic that comes out as-and-when he can muster the time, patience and friends to help him put it all together. Although issue #1 is now out of print, issue #2 – in which he worries about time and growing old – is due out in December 2009 and will be available at carefully selected shops (i.e. whoever will stock it), by emailing Simon directly, or by visiting his blog for details.

As with any other self-respecting procrastinator, he has one million and one other projects planned including paintings, illustrations, zines and other ephemera. The progress of these, as well as bits of sketchbooks, the odd review and general paraphernalia, can be followed on his blog. He also has a Twitter feed for up to the minute news and announcements.

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