The Rosenberg Appeal for Leamington Zine
I contributed a comic to the latest issue of Leamington Zine - the theme was music to coincide with Record Store Day. I also drew an illustration of local band The Rosenberg Appeal.You can find a list of their stockists on their Facebook page and read past issues online here. A limited amount of physical copies are available from Head and Seismic Records in Leamington.
Don’t forget that Giant Rhinos In Space webcomic will be returning shortly … 
Chapter 2 will return on Friday 2nd May 2014 with the first 5 pages
The webcomic will then update with 3 new pages at 12noon* every Friday!

I contributed a comic to the latest issue of Leamington Zine - the theme was music to coincide with Record Store Day. I also drew an illustration of local band The Rosenberg Appeal.You can find a list of their stockists on their Facebook page and read past issues online here. A limited amount of physical copies are available from Head and Seismic Records in Leamington.

Don’t forget that Giant Rhinos In Space webcomic will be returning shortly … 

Chapter 2 will return on Friday 2nd May 2014 with the first 5 pages

The webcomic will then update with 3 new pages at 12noon* every Friday!

www.giantrhinos.co.uk 
Just another reminder that my webcomic giantrhinos will return from hiatus in May.
Chapter 2 will return on Friday 2nd May 2014 with the first 5 pages
The webcomic will then update with 3 new pages at 12noon* every Friday!

Thanks dudes for the likes, reblogs & new followers!

www.giantrhinos.co.uk

Just another reminder that my webcomic giantrhinos will return from hiatus in May.

Chapter 2 will return on Friday 2nd May 2014 with the first 5 pages

The webcomic will then update with 3 new pages at 12noon* every Friday!

Thanks dudes for the likes, reblogs & new followers!

doodling .. (I feel a bit sad because the music magazines aren’t full of Gorillaz illustrations at the moment)
And  a podcast I was listening to today reminded me of hours spent on Gorillaz fansites/dA as a teen …
and then continuing to draw them all over my uni lecture notebooks as an adult. >.<;;; 

ohhhhh I love this version with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

doodling .. (I feel a bit sad because the music magazines aren’t full of Gorillaz illustrations at the moment)

And  a podcast I was listening to today reminded me of hours spent on Gorillaz fansites/dA as a teen …

and then continuing to draw them all over my uni lecture notebooks as an adult. >.<;;;

ohhhhh I love this version with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

old comic thats been sat in the folders for nearly a year …. I think the green striped t-shirt was a Summer Wars reference?

Elements of the past and future combined to make something not quite as good as either

Sorry excuse me while I write down how I feel about my comics now it’s 2014.

In 2012 (I think?) I wrote a similar blog post which was a bullet points about what I had learnt from self publishing my own comics in print and online. Overall it was an analysis of why I make comics which informed what I’ve been making since. No more competitions or open submission anthologies - the plan was ALL about making things that would make me happy when I was making them and in theory this would make the content good.

…. But it turns out that making comics in a vacuum without a reader in mind doesn’t make much sense? (But I guess I could make comics for my future self to read … but I really hate when comics I’ve made sit on my computer without a reader so that can’t be what I wanted)

So the content of my comics is meant to be for teenagers and young adults. But the only time I interact with teenagers is when they throw food at me from the school bus or if they’re buying a 29p greetings card at my day job. I’ve never been cool so I’m not sure why I worry and try so hard to gain any coolness …. and thats without thinking about how I don’t plan to ever drink since I see no appeal and I doubt swear words will ever wind their way into my regular speech pattern. 

So even when I was trying my best not to let what other people thought of my comics get to me, I made the most drastic change to a comic ever. I was fed up of people telling me my comics looked like Scott Pilgrim. I really love those comics but making that sort of comparison isn’t clear if it’s a compliment or an insult. And as far as I can tell from manner and tone of voice different people have been doing both. Which means when this happens online I have no idea what’s even happening.

One time someone told me my work will only stop looking like Scott Pilgrim if I stop being so heavy handed with a brush pen. :T I’ll never be able to get thin lines.

I like to think I know what’s alienating about my work. I don’t expect everyone to like my comics. As an example - a guy dressed as Iron Man at a convention probably wont want to read my photocopied hourly comics.

So what is alienating about your work Sammy? … so my favourite  thing outside comics is music - so thats what I usually write about. But to avoid awkward Scott Pilgrim comments I moved the story away from the main characters being 20 something indie rock types to being 1 eyed, 4 armed, 3 fingered green aliens. Which I do still enjoy drawing. I like drawing and writing with the focus in either direction.

But the aliens are alienating. Giant Rhinos In Space doesn’t have spectacular scifi fantasy action sequences, the story is still meant to pace like slice of life. But I think really if I wanted lots of people to like the comic I should have either written strong scifi or written strong slice of life. The combination of both is not really a best seller. It also doesn’t help that the whole thing was a critique of the music industry, which the vast majority of people don’t actually care about.

I guess the point I was making in my 2012 (?) post was that I don’t need to be making a best seller to be happy? And revisiting that notion is reassuring. After all my teenage self wouldn’t have thrown food at my 20something self from the bus … but it was OK to not be popular.

But 2014 has been pretty weird so far. I ended 2013 smashing my face off the road but even though I’ve been back cycling I think I might be in some sort of recovery stage still. My Hypochondria has been awful this year. I think it’s difficult for other people to take something thats obviously irrational as something serious, but the panic attacks have been interfering with my whole routine, including comics making.

But don’t worry ….I’m not giving up on Giant Rhinos In Space, and I don’t believe it’s jumped the shark …. it just doesn’t deserve to be on a Best of Britain list. And I have a detailed list of reasons of why and this definitely isn’t ‘WAA I’m a awful comics maker give me all your attention.’ … I just can’t figure out a way to write those reasons down without sounding ungrateful to the people who have sent a lot of support while I’ve been making this comic.

I’m not sure if I really have a good sum up conclusion … :T I don’t really plan to change anything about the content I was making, it’s just about readjusting my attitude towards it when I’m finished?

giantrhinos:

As well as reading the webcomic through the Smack Jeeves website - You can now follow Giant Rhinos In Space on Ink Blazers (formerly Manga Magazine). At the moment I’m updating with 6 new pages every Friday to catch up with when Chapter 2 is scheduled to go online. 
Chapter 2 will return on Friday 2nd May 2014 with the first 5 pages
The webcomic will then update with 3 new pages at 12noon* every Friday!
*As far as I know Ink Blazers does not have a way to schedule update times so updates are likely to be out of sync but probably within a couple of hours and by no more than a day.

yep!

giantrhinos:

As well as reading the webcomic through the Smack Jeeves website - You can now follow Giant Rhinos In Space on Ink Blazers (formerly Manga Magazine). At the moment I’m updating with 6 new pages every Friday to catch up with when Chapter 2 is scheduled to go online. 

Chapter 2 will return on Friday 2nd May 2014 with the first 5 pages

The webcomic will then update with 3 new pages at 12noon* every Friday!

*As far as I know Ink Blazers does not have a way to schedule update times so updates are likely to be out of sync but probably within a couple of hours and by no more than a day.

yep!

halfbonesiksura:

sammyborras:

This is for the next issue of This Is Not A Serious Music Publication … The Summer 2013 issue has that Sex Bob-omb Vs. Gorillaz illustration I did.
Marceline and the Scream Queens is my favourite of the Adventure Time comics. loooveee Meredith Gran’s comics *0*

Now all I can think about is what an Olivia Olson/Sean Szeles collaboration would sound like, and now I have a sudden bad case of heartache. BRB dying on the inside.

Surely thats within Cartoon Networks reach for an ad or something? &#8230; an expensive ad.

halfbonesiksura:

sammyborras:

This is for the next issue of This Is Not A Serious Music Publication … The Summer 2013 issue has that Sex Bob-omb Vs. Gorillaz illustration I did.

Marceline and the Scream Queens is my favourite of the Adventure Time comics. loooveee Meredith Gran’s comics *0*

Now all I can think about is what an Olivia Olson/Sean Szeles collaboration would sound like, and now I have a sudden bad case of heartache. BRB dying on the inside.

Surely thats within Cartoon Networks reach for an ad or something? … an expensive ad.

This is for the next issue of This Is Not A Serious Music Publication &#8230; The Summer 2013 issue has that Sex Bob-omb Vs. Gorillaz illustration I did.
Marceline and the Scream Queens is my favourite of the Adventure Time comics. loooveee Meredith Gran&#8217;s comics *0*

This is for the next issue of This Is Not A Serious Music Publication … The Summer 2013 issue has that Sex Bob-omb Vs. Gorillaz illustration I did.

Marceline and the Scream Queens is my favourite of the Adventure Time comics. loooveee Meredith Gran’s comics *0*

Comic preview.

2 page comic about a gig I went to in March. Oh it was such a great gig. So many good songs one after another. We took our comics to Birmingham Comic Con the next day and I think I left my brain at this gig sorry.

The comic is for This Is Not A Serious Music Publication #3 … which sarahfogg and I will compile and print whenever we feel like it. So far I have a PIXIES puzzle page and a mountain of gig sketches to choose from. and plenty of other ideas too … 8D

giantrhinos:

http://giantrhinos.smackjeeves.com/comics/1904811/chapter-1-page-29/

The last 2 pages of chapter 1 just went online. Click the link to read from page 29. Thank you very much for following the webcomic. There will be a hitus o I can work on some smaller zines and build up a buffer for chapter 2.

I set up a anthology style webcomic site for the Giant Rhinos On Tour free mini comics I have created over the past couple of years. Start reading here

I don’t have a set date for when uploading will start back so the best thing to do is to follow Giant Rhinos In Space on your favourite social media website …..

Giant Rhinos In Space on Blogger
Giant Rhinos In Space on Tumblr
Giant Rhinos In Space on Facebook
@SammyBorras on Twitter

or sign up for a email reminder here.

I was also considering uploading the webcomic to Ink Blazers (formally Manga Magazine). If you prefer this hosting website please let me know and I will look into it.

Don’t forget that chapter 1 is now in print form and it’s available through my Etsy shop. I will also be sharing a table with Sarah Fogg at the following confirmed events ….

BCExpo - 10th-11th May 2014
London MCM Comic Con - 23rd - 25th May 2014
Manchester MCM Comic Con - 19th - 20th July 2014
LICAF Comics Clock Tower - 17th - 19th October 2014
True Believers Comic Festival - 7th February 2015
More events TBC

Thank you very much!!
Sammy Borras

Of course if you don’t like following webcomics weekly this is a good point to have a read of the full chapter. It paces like manga so it shouldn’t take too much of your free time to have a read through.

THANKS EVERYONE!!

sammyandsarah:

Thank you very much to everyone who came by our table at Birmingham MCM Comic Con! It was a busy show and we had a really great time. 

The next event we will be attending is BCExpo in May.

Most items in the photo are available to order from my Etsy shop or Sarah’s Etsy shop.

Yeah! Thanks everyone!

sammyandsarah:

What’s The Time Mrs. Woolf? Spring 2014

Open Submissions Compiled by Sarah Fogg & Lily-rose Beardshaw
Cover Illustration by Sarah Fogg

Released: March 2014
A5
Interior: Photocopy on Ivory Paper
Cover: Full Colour Wraparound With Tracing Paper Overlay

Yeah! Sarah Fogg and I will be at Birmingham MCM Comic Con this weekend! You can find our table in the Comic Village and there will be free comics for anyone who stops by!

I will be launching Giant Rhinos In Space #1 at the event and Sarah and I both have stuff in a brand new issue of  What’s The Time Mrs. Woolf?!

Sorry I don’t have the complete list of contributors yet, but that will be on the WTTMW? blog soon.

giantrhinos:

http://giantrhinos.smackjeeves.com/comics/1897922/chapter-1-page-23/
3 new pages have just been added to the webcomic. Click the link to read from page 23.
This week we have confirmed a table at Manchester MCM Comic Con. I’ll be sharing with Sarah Fogg as normal and you can find us in the Comic Village section of the event. The convention has also expanded to 2 days this year which is exciting!
If you would like to receive a email reminder for this webcomic I have set up a sign up box on the webcomic homepage. There will be no more than 1 email per week.
Thank you!
Sammy

Yes! Update yo!

giantrhinos:

http://giantrhinos.smackjeeves.com/comics/1897922/chapter-1-page-23/

3 new pages have just been added to the webcomic. Click the link to read from page 23.

This week we have confirmed a table at Manchester MCM Comic Con. I’ll be sharing with Sarah Fogg as normal and you can find us in the Comic Village section of the event. The convention has also expanded to 2 days this year which is exciting!

If you would like to receive a email reminder for this webcomic I have set up a sign up box on the webcomic homepage. There will be no more than 1 email per week.

Thank you!

Sammy

Yes! Update yo!

hmm hmmm I can&#8217;t decide if this is a good idea or not. 
drama drama
I always complain that illustration is hard because people are looking at 1 image, but colouring a comic page can be ridiculous compared to colouring 1 image.
But anyway Sarah Fogg and I have confirmed a table at Manchester MCM Comic Con.(you&#8217;ll be able to find us in the Comic Village) 
And I set up Giant Rhinos In Sapce email reminders. I promise there will be no more than 1 email reminder per week. (go to the site to submit your email address)

hmm hmmm I can’t decide if this is a good idea or not.

drama drama

I always complain that illustration is hard because people are looking at 1 image, but colouring a comic page can be ridiculous compared to colouring 1 image.

But anyway Sarah Fogg and I have confirmed a table at Manchester MCM Comic Con.(you’ll be able to find us in the Comic Village) 

And I set up Giant Rhinos In Sapce email reminders. I promise there will be no more than 1 email reminder per week. (go to the site to submit your email address)