"If stones could speak,
Then London's praise
Should sound for those w
ho built this church
and city from the ground"

The above quote is taken from the foundation stone in the entrance porch at St. Columb's Cathedral in Derry. They were written in 1633 on the completion of the cathedral. If Stones Could Speak is the title of a project currently being run by Greater Shantallow Community Arts and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The project is designed to provide a creative platform for digital art writers and artists in the Derry area. The aim is to create new work in the form of an anthology of short comic book stories that will use the city of Derry (especially the walled city) as a backdrop. The idea is to "work local and think global". The final artwork will be published and will act as a legacy and enhance the CVs of all those involved.

Greater Shantallow Community Arts
Founded in 1999, GSCA is a community arts organisation based in the Outer North area of Derry in Northern ireland that aims to provide direct access to the arts within communities. It aims to enrich lives, promote artists, the arts and to promote cultural activity. www.gscaderry.com

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Page 4

This is page flour, I'm currently colouring page four, its a long process but pays off in the end. A update on the publishing side of things, on thursday myself, Joe and John had a nicely informal meeting with Yes publications, and they said.......Yes!! Woohoo. I've been buzzing away about it since then. So as we get information we'll be sure to let you's know. Keep her country! Gio

Monday, 21 June 2010

Hi everyone, I,m back from the trenches. Been a bit busy since the 2D Festival, I've been working on my story. I'm posting the artwork for page 6 and 7. By the way, I've organised a meeting with Yes Publications on Wednesday 23/6/10. Its just an initial meeting to see if they are interested in publishing the book. I'll let everyone know how I got on

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Tuesday, 8 June 2010


Its taken a while, but I've produced the final drafts of the text, and I'm not going back to re, re, re, re-write them, because at this point my obsession with getting it perfect is probably going to ensure that it doesn't turn out that way at all. I was going to post a .pdf of one of the pages, as there's nothing on it that spoils the story, but it doesn't seem to work. I'll try fixing it, but no idea how to do it. I believe that in the only other post I've made I promised to put something up, so I may try my hand at writing a fictional timeline over the week to fill the gap between the present and Monday 1st of September 2166 (It took me hours to work out the days the dates would fall on). So something like that to come between writing a short story and having a go at writing a Future Shocks.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

The morning after........

........the 2D before
So yesterday we were at the 2D festival, and it was great, really enjoyable. Was quite pleased with how I got on with sketching on the day, was a bit nervous at the start, but then there was a girl came over looking for a Harlequinn sketch. When I handed it to her, she got so excited she made me buzz - all the nerves went. Really raging I never took my camera with me to get pics of the sketches, but hey what can you do, I just have to remeber next time.

It was really good to actually see the amount of people who had a real interest in the book, everyone loved the idea of stories with a hometown backdrop and comic style stories. Meet some really nice people, and some great professional artists- and a wee mad man by the name of charlie, I think he was addicted to sketches!! Like a paper crack head!! The Blogs of some of the guys we meet over the weekend have been added on the blog roll to the left there you'll probably want to check out.

There was a fella came to table looking for Joes email address, and I told him to check the blog and ill put up all our contact details, so I just wanted to know if any of you's don't me to put up your details.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Cover Panel

Doc Hazzard & Bulldog jumping off an exploding building!