Warner Bros. were so pleased with my work creating minifigures to send to celebrities to promote the LEGO Batman 2 videogame, that they asked me to create even more for the LEGO Lord of the Rings game! Of course I was thrilled to take up the challenge again and received lots of free LotR sets so I could use the minifigure parts from them. Or to put it another way that would thrill the 8 year old me: Warner Bros. sent me free LEGO and paid me to play with it. It’s a tough life sometimes.
Since the 1st December I have been revealing my latest The King of Things comic a panel a day, advent calendar style, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The story concluded yesterday on the 12th. You can read the whole story below or if you’re reading on a phone try this version instead.
I tried a different style than my usual work, aiming for a more classically animated look, and although it took me some time to figure out this new method of drawing backgrounds, I’m pretty happy with the result.
Last week, on Tuesday 4th December, the famous and long running children’s comic The Dandy went on sale in print for the last time and BBC Radio Manchester popped around to my house, at 7am, to interview me about my thoughts on this and to discuss my own work. I was thrilled that reporter Michelle Adamson took such an interest in my work and, bizarrely, we ended up performing an impromptu radio play of ‘The King of Things & The One Trick Wand’ live on air! You can listen to the bulk of the performance here.
Expect a longer King of Things story sometime next year.
I mentioned a few days ago that my book The Everyday, a hardback collection of 200 comic strips, is now on sale from the Great Beast store. Currently that is the only place you can buy it from but on Saturday 10th November you will be able to buy it in person and get it signed by me at The Everyday book launch at Travelling Man Manchester. I am really pleased with how the book turned out and I can’t wait for people to see it.
As well as a signed and dedicated copy of the book (and perhaps a sketch if you’re lucky) you can also get your hands on some free Vimto cupcakes and complimentary Vimto to wash it down with! Yum!
The book will come with an exclusive, hand signed A5 print/bookplate limited to just 30 prints, so get down there while you can. The design for which is above.
Hey! This year’s Thought Bubble Anthology is out TODAY and I coloured a page of it! I worked my techni-colour magic on a story called Love And Let Die written by Clark Burscough and drawn by Blood Blokes #2 back cover artist Richard Hughes! You can buy it in all good comic shops right now it’s available digitally on Comixology as well.
I took the time recently to photograph some of my LEGO minifigure versions of characters from the TV show Supernatural and the hard as nails videogame Dark Souls, both firm favourites of mine. They are all official LEGO pieces apart from Castiel’s trench coat, I cheated a bit there, ssshhh!
Tomorrow I will be the final artist providing instant portraits inside the Cornerhouse’s Sketch-O-Matic booth! I will be drawing anyone and everyone between 8pm and 10pm for as little as £1! A mammoth 2 hours inside a wooden box! So if you are visiting the Cornerhouse to see a film, the David Shrigley exhibition or the Top Bunk exhibition (featuring my work), why not stop by the Sketch-O-Matic and keep me company/sane.
And here’s a short video featuring some lovely people.
Next week sees the launch of an exhibition I’m taking part in called Top Bunk! which starts on Friday 12th October in Manchester’s Cornerhouse. I will have a limited run of 10 prints of ‘Blunderbuss’, my Jack White illustration, as well as 4 original black and white ink drawings. All the art in the exhibition is for sale at under £100 so come along and patronise some local artists. You know what I mean.
The exhibition starts on the same day as the Sketch-O-Matic event, where you can sit in a photobooth and get an original portrait for as little as £1. Both events are part of the Manchester Weekender, a long weekend of eclectic art and culture events.
Then on the Sunday 14th October I will be attending the HotchPotch 1st Birthday Party where I will be selling my comics and some original art and having some cake and booze. There’s set to be a whole load of artists, musicians, comedians and short films throughout the night, so keep an eye on the Facebook event for more info.
Adam Cadwell is a Cartoonist, Illustrator and Storyboard Artist based in Manchester, UK. In 2012 he co-founded Great Beast Comics and founded the British Comic Awards. He loves Vimto and Lego. More Adam facts, rates and contact details can be found on the Info page.