I love comics because it combines two of my favourite things: art and storytelling. I'd say my approach to comic-making is both illustrative and experimental - each project has a different visual style which I always strive to match with the narrative. For example, if a comic is a medieval fantasy set in Europe I will perhaps present it as a homage to Byzantine illumination, or Renaissance painting, or maybe something different. Despite my interest in paying visual homage, my personal style still shines through, as I hope you'll see in the examples below.
I'm not currently seeking active work in comics. Still I'm interested in entertaining any proposals for comics aimed at children and preteens, or comics with quiet, introspective narratives.
The World in Deeper Inspection
TWiDI is an ongoing multi-episodic webcomic about Detective Alcott B. Grimsley, a Jersey Devil in Victorian England whose job is to find peace for the souls of the recently dead. Throughout his dangerous and exciting life, he is not alone - his friend group consists of a giant, a vampire, a banshee and a wanderer. Together they solve mysteries, make sense of the quirks and novelties of an increasingly modern world, and grapple with their own stories, while maintaining the strong platonic love between each other.
This is my largest project to date - it currently has more than 400 pages - and my most ambitious. TWiDI is a landmark portfolio of what I can do with comics. The majority of its page designs are experimental and highly artistic, employing multiple styles and media and consistently paying homage to art movements throughout history. Meanwhile, the narrative is dynamic and interconnected, touches upon themes of liminality and friendship, and is a love letter to the strange and terrifying experience that is this world and this existence.
A sample of a short story - Pestilence.
The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya (2016 - 2017)
The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya is an online graphic novel about vampires, God's compassion, love and loss. Set in 17th century Istanbul and 18th century England, it tells the story of a Turkish vampire - an ordinary man surrounded by the extraordinary - and how he overcomes difficulty through strength of faith and love for his friends and family. Having lived a fulfilling life as a mortal, his death (and unwanted resurrection as a djinni) drives the story - he learns to let go, reconcile his identity with his curse, and understand himself as the living memory of the people who have loved him, eventually leading up to a confrontation with the vampire who ruined his life.
This 500-paged comic is inspired by the literary and artistic traditions of the Ottoman Empire and the then emerging British empire. The art direction is split into half: Chapters 1 and 2 are artistic homage to Ottoman miniatures, Turkish decorative arts, Persian poetry, illuminations, and Renaissance tapestry; Chapters 3 and 4 are based on woodcut, and the Baroque, Rococo and Georgian movements. The narrative touches on universal themes of love, compassion and forgiveness, and discusses Orientalism using vampires as an allegory.
Part of The World in Deeper Inspection.
A 5 page comic about a girl attempting to break her friend out of detention.
BEE AND PUPPYCAT ISSUE 8, BOOM! Studios (2015)
Puppycat tries to help Bee feel better.
An autobiographical comic, about my relationship with loneliness, and how I've come to accept it as a friend.