Category: Projects

Augmenting the Crystal Palace

I was asked to make something for the 2017 London Festival of Architecture, that could be part of the Overground festival in Crystal Palace. It was all very rushed, but I thought of looking at how the site of the old Crystal Palace could be augmented or expanded.

There’s very little left of the original Crystal Palace building, but the traces of the site and the gardens are clear to see.

It’s a typical London Park, very big and mostly grass. But there are remaining items – some of the Sphinxes are still there and recently restored. The terraces are there, plus the Dinosaurs. But the top site – where the building stood – is all gone – and the rubble flattened, and grassed over.

Posted in Walks

Why is Teresa May so popular?

Drawing about Teresa May, UK Prime Minister, and trying to understand her appeal, which I find baffling.

I’ve talked to many people and these are the sort of things I hear. The superficiality and misinformation scares me, and I hope this drawing conveys some sense of the approaching menace.

Posted in Drawings

Shock election announced!

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The Corbyn Coup 

Graphic novel/ comic about the attempted Labour Party coup on Jeremy Corbyn.
A journalistic documentary style comic which I submitted to The Nib, which is an excellent channel for political comics.

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Monaco

Long before the story about Philip Green and how he asset stripped BHS became big news, I investigated the subject myself. I drew this in 2012 and focused on the tax evasion via gifts to his wife in Monaco.

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Libor Rigging

Former Trader Tom Hayes Sentenced to 14 Years for Libor Rigging. The ethical anaesthesia of the privileged?

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Barbara Castle and the missing dossier

This drawing is about Barbara Castle’s missing dossier scandal. A lot of the source material came from snippets I found in mainly tabloid newspapers, and mostly consists of interviews.

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What sorrow for you

This drawing is about greed and speculation, gentrification and social cleansing, and the Heygate estate in Elephant & Castle.

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Interactive story about video tapes, UK customs and a Cabinet Minister

I made this project mainly as an excuse to experiment with Inklewriter, the interaction fiction writing tool. Usually when I do this sort of thing I have to do all the coding, but this time I was using a ready-made tool, so was able to just focus on the storytelling, and it was really nice!

Posted in Digital stories, Projects

The great artist

I made this comic after attending an art exhibition. I often see people doing things that get credit, but when I do it it gets ignored. My idea was Buddy Rivers, the automatic comedian.

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I have long been a fan of the home secretary

T shirt idea that was rejected. Cant believe she ended up a prime minister!

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Sherwood Rise – the Augmented Book

Sherwood Rise is the world’s first augmented novel.

It’s an Augmented Reality (AR) transmedia interactive graphic novel/ game, told over four days through a range of (trans)media and formats: printed newspapers, AR on mobile phones, emails, hacker websites, blogs, sound, music, graphic novels and illustrations.

Inspired by the current financial crisis, and the Occupy movement, the story is based on the traditional Robin Hood tale. The peasant revolt and dissent is brought up to date, and adapted for AR and transmedia. In our adaptation, austerity is imposed on the poor by a privileged elite, but resisted by a gang of hacker outlaw terrorists called the ‘Merry Men’.

Posted in Digital stories, Projects

Work harder you lazy Britons!

William Hague tells everyone to roll their sleeves up.

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Occupy London with cartoons

An online tool which made it easy to generate political cartoons to support Occupy London. Once a week I printed them, went to St Pauls and put them on display. I also exhibited the cartoons in other places, such as cafes and bookshops.

Well known artists contributed work, which became part of a big stock of ‘ready-made’ fantastic drawings and cartoons – for everyone to remix.

The project is a collectively authored and networked satire, giving everyone a chance to participate/ support/ express themselves through political comics.

Posted in Generators

Take your money out of the bank

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Depressed architect

Trophy architects and pointless, valueless egocentric projects being built all over London, during an era of austerity measures. Inspired by ‘Modern Toss’ comics.

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Violence of the scene

Comic story about the student riots in London (2010).

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Political hairdresser

Comic about conversations with hairdressers. Usually these are very predictable, and I wanted to make a comic character who says the wrong things, talks about the wrong things in a particular situation. I’ve never had a political conversation in a hairdressers.

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bailouts, bonuses, austerity

These drawings came from the interactive web project I completed in October 2009, dealing with the subject of bank bailouts and bonuses.

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Bankers bonuses

This work is my response to a public debate at St Paul’s Cathedral (London) where the question was “Ethics and the role morality should play in the Marketplace”.

One quote from the debate, came from Lord Griffiths, the Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs: “We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all” and this mindset was my main motivator for the project.

I wanted to explore further and enlarge the debate through this project. There’s been lots of news and discussion on the subject, so I’ve had plenty of source material to work with. My initial idea was to explain the subject of bankers bonuses and bailouts to the general public – in a fun, informative accessible way.

Posted in Digital stories

Trouble at the big house

A house gets broken into, a bank gets bailed out.

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Crime against humanity

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(Now we) work for free

Based on the news that British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh requested BA 40,000 staff should work without pay for a month.

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The ruling classes

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Buddy Rivers Live (the automatic comedian)

‘Buddy Rivers Live’ was a live networked performance. The first performance took place on 26 April 2008 at 55 Leroy Street, London SE1, and was simultaneously webcast. This project used live internet searches converted into voice via a text to speech synthesiser.

I wrote a background story for the project: the Leroy Club was a legendary venue in the 1950’s comedy circuit, where many famous comedians started out. One of these was Buddy Rivers, who returned for this benefit gig to help save the venue. He hadn’t done standup for years and feared he’d lost his edge, so in an attempt to modernise his act, he used computer programs and Internet searches to generate his jokes. But how would the audience react?

Posted in Digital stories, Generators