I'm a comic creator, author and illustrator.
Lucy the Octopus, my critically acclaimed weekly webcomic on the theme of bullying and ostracisation, is collected and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, as is my pre school picture book, You Make Your Parents SUPER HAPPY!: A Book about Parents Separating.
My graphic novel, When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?: Parenting and the Creative Muse is published by Singing Dragon.
I'm the originator of WASP (Webcomic Artist Swap Project), as well as co-creator of fairytale Manga Rosie and Jacinda.
I've worked for Titan Comics both writing (Wallace & Gromit, Almost Naked Animals, Adventure Time) and drawing (Dreamworks' Home).
I've edited, written and drawn for two volumes of the Tempo Lush Tales comics anthology.
I am happy to give talks and run workshops on making comics and graphic novels, covering character design, story telling, illustration, lettering, visualising ideas and self-publishing.
Previous workshops have taken place at a variety of venues including…
• The Cartoon Museum
• Discover Children's Centre
• Poole Museum
• Charlton Park Academy
• Evelina Children's Hospital School
• Barking Learning Centre
• Blackheath High School
• Purley Library
• Walthamstow Library
• Higham Hill Library
• City of London Academy Islington
• Highbury Fields
• Greenwich Theatre
• Cultivate Festival
To give you an idea of the content of one of my workshops, a day long session (5 hours) might go roughly like this...
• Introduction to what a comic creator does and my own work (with accompanying images)
• Warm Up Creative Games / Exercises
• Character Development exercises and introduction (with accompanying slide show)
• Pupils develop and draw their own characters
• Story based games / exercises
• Story writing and planning
• Creating strip using pupil's own characters
Shorter workshops would focus on specific elements of this plan.
Ideally a workshop would have no more than 15 students in it though up to around 30 is still fine (assuming there will be a teacher there to assist).
Talks and assemblies can be for any number, of course.
Flip chart or white board with working marker pens, or a calibrated smart board
Ideally a PC/projector to show a PDF images that I would bring on a USB stick
For the participants:
A4 paper, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners and coloured pencils
Copies of worksheets that I would email over in advance
“Richy has delivered a number of workshops in our school and we have found him to be a highly professional and creative individual.â€¨ Richy can be relied on to deliver enjoyable sessions and is able to engage young people from across the ability range and with diverse needs. He has a very flexible approach and has created bespoke learning experiences for our pupils. Richy‘s comics combine his artistic skills with valuable lessons in life and as such have contributed to our PSHE curriculum. I can recommend him whole-heartedly.”
Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School
I have created work for comic companies, book publishers and run my own small press comic imprint...