First Donation Sent To Kenya – Thanks For Your Support

Thanks so much for supporting our “Love Steampunk Hate Colonialism” fundraising effort. Our aim is to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns, a Kenyan NGO protecting pastoral women and girls from retrogressive cultural practices.

We are proud to say the first payment has been sent to Kenya, but there’s so much more we can do to help.

You can still support this campaign by getting one of these exclusive badges from Dr Geof’s online store.

A Pandemic Blockage…

Don’t know where to start, but the past 13 months have been a whirlwind of activity. Book launches, new projects, losing friends to cancer, and then the pandemic, which is where I will pick up the story.

We should be celebrating a milestone in the Clockwork Watch story with a live event to mark Sins of my Father #2, which will eventually be the tenth book in the series, but the world yanked its handbrake, and we were all told to “wash our hands”, or was it “eat out to stay out”, no! it was “stay alert!”

Anyhow, I fell ill in March, and spent weeks quarantined at home and I’m just emerging from my self-imposed isolation with a load of things to tell you about.

The first being… Clockwork Watch and the anti-colonialism charity pin badge Doctor Geof and I have created.

Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, and this was one of the aspects that attracted me to it many moons ago.

What puzzled me at the time was why people of colour weren’t attracted by the role play / dress-up scene, then I dug deeper and realised many saw Steampunk as celebrating colonialism.

This project will support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns, a Kenyan charity protecting underaged  girls from being married off and subjected to FGM.

We have manufactured just 100 of these. If there is a demand for more we will do a second batch.

They are available via Doctor Geof’s new online shop which opens later this week.

If you would like to know more about my journey, I’ll be publishing an article on  Medium explaining why we are launching this charity fundraiser.

Summer In The City…

It’s almost my birthday and there’s been a lot of activity in my life that has kept me away from managing this online journal. It took quite a while to get my head around my Nigerian adventure; family, poverty, political corruption, and quality of life in Africa’s most populous nation just about burnt me out.

So much has happened I use photographs on my mobile phone to remind myself what I’ve done. Not that I live vicariously through my past, but it’s always worth remembering how you have spent your time. How else would I remember the insanity of white water rafting in the Atlas Mountains, running wild in Marrakech, or seeing Jellybean Benitez play at “A Night at Studio 54”?

Off the public radar, I have been beavering away with the team at Point San Pablo Harbor – where we have two world-class installations in-situ. I’ve been working the literary angle, I finished my second year as Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art,  and I’m glad to say that Corey and I have just published the ninth book in my Clockwork Watch series at San Diego Comic Con!

I have a gut feeling that certain aspects of my life could soon be moving at a speedier pace, having kept a few plates spinning over the past year or so.

Here’s something to keep you tuned.

Year Of The Angels

The remainder of 2018 was spent plotting a new adventure for my graphic novel Clockwork Watch and working with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal.

The team introduced me to students at Kendal College who were to be my actors in our latest immersive adventure, which was inspired by the centenary of women’s suffrage.

The project was centred around Angel Corps – a fictional all female airship squadron who are known to be Queen Victoria’s favourites. This part of our narrative was created by Haley Moore of Texas. The Angels featured in the Clockwork Watch online story, and will be making their first appearance in Sins of My Father, later this year.

Working with students at Kendal was a blast! Our immersive event was set across the whole town, and ran from 10am till close to 2am. The students created profiles for their own characters, costumes were made, and posters were plastered around town. Put another way – they rocked!!!

Here’s a short clip of them parading through town.

The event was called Angel Corps Homecoming, and featured Hodgson’s India Pale Ale, a special brew created from the Clockwork Watch world, and the first beer to be named India Pale Ale. This was created by our friend and supporter Henry Hodgson, who has generously helped us with many aspects of this narrative.

The event also featured a pub takeover, and a live band, courtesy of the McGarry Brothers, and David Silverman of the Simpsons.

A Sneaky Way To Read A Comic…

This is the best way to read a comic – the #script to one side, and art on the other, but without the speech / thought bubbles. Welcome to Clockwork Watch: Evolution Part II (@clockworkwatch). Great work by Megan Bradbury (@BusyMatches) and awesome editing by Corey Brotherson (@CoreyBrotherson). We are creating a proper #Steampunk for #London. Some of this narrative is based on live events hosted at Weekend at the Asylum (Lincoln), and the Make Believe Festival (London).

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British Library Chat and We’re On Patreon

It’s been a long and amazing ride, but things are about to get super exciting in the final stages of the Clockwork Watch adventure – we’re on Patreon!!

This Patreon is to help fund bigger and more ambitious projects. With your generous assistance I will be creating engaging and immersive comics, films, and live events. So kindly support in whichever way you can.

We will be publishing three more books, as well as host several live events around the UK to open up the narrative a little bit more. The hope is that participants who have co-created the story with us since launch in 2011, will help make the ending go with a bang!

British Library
Last week, I joined Bryan Talbot, Kate Ashwin, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, and John Freeman at the British Library to chat about digital comics.

It was a great session, and the hope is that there will be more opportunities like this in the future. Much gratitude to the British Library team, and everyone who came to the event.

Photographs are courtesy of Jemima Gibbons.


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Spring is for writing

An absolute joy to have finished my first year of lecturing at the Royal College of Art. Huge gratitude to Eleanor Dare, and Neville Brody for giving me the opportunity to share my practice with the students, who allowed me to expand their understanding of storytelling.

From now till summer, I’ll be working on my writing chores, including the next immersive theatre piece from Clockwork Watch, which will debut at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal this October, where Corey Brotherson and I will be collaborating with Kendal College, and members of the public.

A Digital Conversation at the British Library

The British Library has invited me to talk about my work with graphic novels and new forms of narrative, alongside the legendary Bryan Talbot, Kate Ashwin and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. The event will be chaired by John Freeman of Down The Tubes.

I’ll be explaining how readers have helped to co-create the Clockwork Watch story for almost a decade through writing and role-play.

Tickets are available through the British Library Box Office