‘Smiling woman’ storyboard frame, art by Roger Mason It’s been, so far, a summer of working part-time which has been very nice. I did start re-designing my business card,amidst all that inactivity, a task which I thought would take me about two hours. Three weeks later, I have settled on this image for the front. […]
Frontispiece illustration for the new Jasper Fforde book, The Eye of Zoltar Here is the complete illustration which is in Jasper Fforde’s new novel, the third in the Last Dragonslayer series, called the Eye of Zoltar. It features one of the characters, who happens to be an australopithecine, hanging onto the underside of a giant, […]
Poster for comic book drawing workshop by Roger Mason. © Roger Mason 2014 Next month I will be leading a workshop at New Cross Learning, a library in New Cross, London, for young people on the subject of drawing comics. I am pretty happy with the poster I designed for it, as it recycles (or […]
The temp, Wade, gets stuck into some serious data input in the forthcoming Mice book. Page detail. Art by Roger Mason So, major drag, orders for The Mice from UK retailers, through Diamond, were terrifically low so new readers may like to go to scarcomics.com to get a copy – as it won’t leaping off […]
Detail of the frontispiece illustration for Fforde’s new Last Dragonslayer novel, by Roger Mason January has been a busy month for me, and one job I took on I take immense pleasure in blogging about here. This is a detail of the frontispiece illustration for Jasper Fforde’s new book, The Eye of Zoltar, the third […]
While I am charging about buying gifts and storyboarding, some of the promo copies I sent out have been paying dividends. A big ‘thank you’ to editor James Hoare, who has praised The Factory Menace and reviewed it in the latest edition of Sci Fi Now magazine. A ‘Must read now!’ and four out of […]
http://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/comic-reviews/7269-comic-review-the-mice-the-factory-menace After sending hard copies out to several magazines of a sci-fi/fantasy persuasion, it looks like things are coming home to roost. The editor of Sci Fi Now magazine will be putting it in the December issue, and today I read on Starburst’s site a positive and insightful review of The Factory Menace, written by […]
Mice t-shirt, art and design by Roger Mason 2013 Am getting down to some t-shirt design on Spreadshirt for The Mice, and this one I quite like.
In order to help out with the marketing, The Mice has been on Facebook for about three months. Yesterday I followed the advice of a social media expert and paid for some adverts through that site. Pretty simple to set up, and have seen my likes go from 60 to 155 in 12 hours. So […]
The Mice in The Factory Menace, the first graphic novel in the series, will be in the December issue of Previews UK. This is Diamond Comics Distribution’s catalogue which supplies the comics and specialist bookshops across the United Kingdom. This is very exciting to me, it means the book will be on the stands in […]
New Mice character, CJ Shakespeare. Art by Roger Mason Recently been laid up with the flu, or a rather watered-down version of it anyway, so i got on with some design for the new Mice graphic novel, working title Crash and Burn. These are initial sketches for Cameron Johnson Shakespeare, a mixed race SE Asian/caucasian […]
Detail from a layout rough for a page from the next Mice graphic novel. Production of the next Mice GN continues apace. Here’s scene featuring an alien pilot leaping out of his cockpit. Pencils first, then biro, then sharpie. Scanned and turned into blue line in Photoshop.
Aliens from book three of The Mice, currently in production. This is the full-length character study of the aliens who work in the offices of the factory Order Nine. From left to right: Wade, Lona, Myrl (seated), Q (sort for Quar) and as-yet unnamed. A lot of the action in the next book takes place […]
The first Mice graphic novel is going into Previews UK, either in December or January, which means it will be available for comics and specialist shops to order in the UK. For this reason I have souped up the original cover design and added some of the great quotes the book has been getting over […]
My mum and I attended the Jasper Fforde fan convention in Swindon, the Fforde Ffiesta, where we had a really fantastic time celebrating the vision and quirkiness of Fforde’s novels, among them The Eyre Affair, The Big Over Easy and The Last Dragonslayer. If you are reading this and are unaware of his work, I […]
Review: The Mice.. a post-apocalyptic tale with a sense of scale… – Forbidden Planet Blog Many thanks to Richard Bruton for reviewing both Mice graphic novels, and for really enjoying them! Click on the link to find out what he says. I feel ten feet tall.
Mike McGee of Framestore, left, and Roger Mason working on the storyboards for Next ‘Home’ commercial in 2013. Here’s a short film by Framestore, detailing how they made their TV commercial ‘Home’ for Next and on which project I drew the storyboards. At the very beginning of the film you can see me working with […]
Well, one way of doing it anyway. For a few years I have been friendly with Matt and Fanos at Big Smoke Media, a south-east-based marketing company who specialise in distributing postcards across the London area. When you are next in a bar, cinema or restaurant, keep an eye out for a postcard rack promoting […]
Diana attempts to rescue Rowling from the soup vat in The Mice: The Factory Menace The two lead humans are called Mulligatawny and Diana. Subsequent characters I have tried to name after obvious contemporary celebrities, although with mixed success (problems with readers making the link.) Diana is named after Princess Diana, Harry after Harry Potter […]
The Mice graphic novels available from Scarcomics.com/shopfacebook/scarcomics The Mice began life when I was spending Summers working in a canning factory in Lincolnshire, while studying illustration at college in 1998. At the time a dead mouse had been found in a can of baked beans so I started thinking about an environment where humans were […]