A very happy 2015 to you all!
I’m back home after a fantastic sojourn in ‘Elf’ the musical. I have been so busy I didn’t have time to blog about the fact I was even doing it. I played the step mom of the iconic Elf character in this UK premiere in the company of some wonderful actors including Ben Forster, Joe McGann and Aoibhinn McGinnity.
The whole season was an experience of collective innovation, good spirits and great talent. What a way to make a living!
I feel tired, obviously, gratified, and now a little daunted as I look at the task I have before me… the completion of my passion project “Elsie Harris Picture Palace“. Before I crack the whip and enter the chariot race, it’s time to look back over the events of the past year and see that it is possible to achieve quite a lot when you’re engaged in the work you love.
This time last year I was coming to the end of my panto run in Bromley. I was delighted with the way my comic career was taking off. “It Girl“, my first self-published comic was praised in reviews and selected as one of the Ten must own Comics of 2013 by Broken Frontier Press. This was followed up by a wave of terrific activity… sell out stocks in shops including Orbital Comics, GOSH! comics and Foyles Bookshop, invitations to collaborate on other independent projects suited to my style including “To End All Wars” and “To Arms“. I was asked to speak at Laydeez Do Comics and the GOSH! Process group, I had my first guest exhibitor experience at ICE Birmingham and also had my work exhibited at the Barbican for the “To End All Wars” book and at Orbital comics as part of their PC Horror Exhibition.
My biggest comic achievement of 2014 was being shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel Prize which took me the British Library for the final announcement in May. “Elsie Harris Picture Palace” was then snapped up for publication by burgeoning cult television and film based publishing house Miwk Publications.
I’m almost out of breath just listing all these stand out events! My most recent accolade and crowning glory for 2014 is that my loyal and influential champion at Broken Frontier, Andy Oliver gave my latest comic “Vivacity” an outstanding review and selected it for the Ten Must Own Comics of 2014.
So I haven’t been dreaming my comic life… it really is happening.
Next on the calendar is a guest slot at the brand new True Believers Comic Convention in Cheltenham on February 7th and then my first solo art exhibition at the Radlett Arts Centre in March.
Hope to see some of you there!