Sunday, 15 June 2014

Milestones

As I approach my interview for the Sequential & Narrative Illustration MA at Brighton, I've been reflecting on my career thus far; with the publication of my latest book The Cruffin and Muffnut, I have so far published four books and alongside my small press and limited edition books my total number of publications is eleven! That seems kinda cool to me.

Numbers seem to be everything these days: fans, friends, followers -not to mention money- so it's hard not to get caught up in statistics. But I also realised I'm closing in on some nice milestones:

My Alex Hahn Illustrator Facebook page is nearing 200 likes

My Etsy store is only few sales away from the big 100

Post Conatus, my diary comic is closing in on 200 posts (so already over 200 pages worth of comics online for people to view completely free!)

I wanted to take stock of these and look forward to pushing forward over the next year and make these numbers look like peanuts...thanks to everyone who has contributed to these and enjoyed my work. Please help, if you like, by sharing links to these websites and letting people know about my work :)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Social commentary...

Image of cartoon alien Blop wearing a jumper and asking for Facebook likes

Over the next few months, I'm keen to release several new books including brand new Blop, the continuing autobiographical epic Post Conatus and my first children's book!!

In the mean-time, please help me in building the audience for these by liking my Facebook page, following on Twitter or Tumblr and sharing/retweeting/reblogging Blop and other images to get people's attention.

Thanks for already being a fan of my work, there's going to be some great things coming for you!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Hourly Comics Day 2014


This year was the first time I took part in Hourly Comics Day -not that I remembered when it was! Even though I was a little late to start I had fun trying to cover the whole day in a single panel each, which is quite different to any of the autobio comics I've made recently, though still fitting in with the rest of my Post Conatus episodes.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

4000 Miles poster

The latest play I designed the poster for opened last night to brilliant reviews; Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles is on at the Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, until this Saturday. This oater was a lot of fun to work on, trying to blend soviet era design with modern design and the Western setting of the play. I was interviewed about my role in the publicity design last week and I felt like sharing some of my working process with everyone; below are some of the steps from rough designs to finished poster.
More about the play can be read at Wikipedia,
And if you want to go see the play, follow this link (before 25.1.14)

Working images of Alex Hahn's poster for Amy Herzog's play 4000 Miles showing sketches to final image

Poster by Alex Hahn for Amy Herzog's play 4000 miles
And the two stars of the show, posing beside my poster :)
(Image taken from an article about the play here

Monday, 16 December 2013

Another plug for non electrical items...


If you haven't yet adorned your walls or person with a healthy dose of Blop (or other images of mine)  now's the perfect time. I have even more images available to buy through Society 6; from prints to shirts, hoodies, pillows, laptop skins and tote bags. 

Society 6 recently launched some new product lines, including mugs and children's apparel. Users will have noticed how when they launch new lines, they get added automatically for sale based on what product types you have images for and you have to manually turn off colours that don't work with your designs. unfortunately you can't turn off a product in certain 'families' so when kids apparel and onesies became available, that meant that all of my designs available on t-shirts can also be bought as onesies. The below image illustrates a slight concern with this, as my 'check me out' image looks humourous on an adult, I'm not sure how happy I'd be seeing it on a baby, but then again maybe you want your little man sporting my little man: for now the option is there for you ;-)

Friday, 29 November 2013

(After) Thought Bubble 2013

I’ve been making and selling small press books for a few years now; it’s been going well, but just having my work available online was not going to be enough, so this last year I’ve planned to get out there and show my work to the world… the only problem is where??

There’s a whole host of comic conventions out there now, but where to start? I’d never gotten round to actually visiting any of these shows, so looking for one to exhibit at I was going in blind. I heard about the first ELCAF last year only the day before it (when I was due to be in work) but it sounded perfect for me, so when I heard about applications for this year I jumped right in. Unfortunately a lot of other people did too and I missed out on a table. I also missed out on visiting the show too as I daftly swapped a shift with a colleage before I realised…but that’s another story.

I heard good things about Thought Bubble in Leeds (having entered a comic competition the previous year, also unsuccessfully) but before I could even click to their website, the tables had all been booked. There was a box for a ‘waiting list’ so I dumped my email address there and thought “maybe next year”. Months later -while in the car home after seeing The Wolverine (it’s all in the details)- I was surprised by an email informing me that a whole extra hall was open for bookings -hot damn! 

Cartoon image of a starbucks duffin And so I (as Alex Hahn Publishing) was on my way to my first ever convention as an exhibitor! 

Over the next couple of months I enlisted my good friend Dom McKenzie to help man the stall (and sell his work too) and buckled down to make a plethora of printed products, including:


The week before I spent mostly putting things into boxes; unsure of how much to take I would probably have packed up every book I’d made -if they’d fit into my case!


Box of copies of Alex Hahn's Blop Comix Photo of a cute French girl hiding inside a large box 

Box of copies of Alex Hahn's graphic novel Post ConatusThe journey to Leeds was…long but we got there with heavy bags and only slight changes to plans. Our evening was spent making last minute preparations: by which I mean helping Dom trim the last of his books after we’d hit the town for an awesome curry at Akbar’s (it wasn’t a trap) and some beers.

The two days of the convention actually went quite quickly, despite a rather slow start to the morning; our hall (Allied London) was around the corner from the two usual ones, which visitors would probably head to first. There was a massive queue building up outside, however they were only there to get prints and a limited edition book from Olly Moss, who was set up at the back of our hall. Maybe the organisers thought Moss would draw visitors to the hall -and custom to the exhibitors. In practice, he brought a cold breeze through the door from people waiting and then a steady traffic of people heading home having spent all their money.

Photo of Alex Hahn and his stall at Thought Bubble convention from November 2013

There were many people who weren’t there just to see Olly Moss, too, who we enjoyed talking to -as well as actually selling books to!

Cosplay
was quite big with several weird and wonderful characters roaming the halls. Boba Fett, Spider-Man, Pikachu and a one of the admirals from Star Wars all visited our table (none actually seemed interested in talking) By the time two matching Malcolm Reynolds lived up to their ‘captain tight-pants’ moniker, it was getting a bit tiresome; again, not knowing any of the unwritten rules of convention-going, we weren’t aware that dressing up and actually engaging with the people exhibiting were mutually exclusive… I was also a little upset that I didn't see one person in a Superman costume -beer belly or none!

Photo of Dom McKenzie and his stall at Thought Bubble convention from November 2013The people that did stop and chat really did make the convention; even if they don’t buy one of your books, I found it useful to see which of our products visitors picked up. Typographic covers seemed to kill a book's chances -except for the girl who saw the word ‘cake’ and had to have a look. I was pleased with the reception Blop got from the audience in general; the little stand up sitting on our table was great at catching people’s eyes, and after selling several of the books he stars in I feel he may sone day be everyone’s favourite Martian -for reals! We also noticed that people love free stuff; even if it is a blatant advert (a book called ‘this book is an advertisement’), but I do find it annoying that some people will just pick up anything that looks free (and, presumably, sort through what they actually want when they get home…)

Photograph of Alex Hahn's books on sale at Thought Bubble and cartoon spaceman point of saleThe first day was, in our opinion, a success. We had sold enough to cover our table costs and already learned quite a bit. I spent most of the day at our table, but did find time to have a wander round with my good friend Jack Davies who had his Alex book on sale at a table near ours. On my trip, I was pleased to meet and have a few words with Marc Ellerby at the Great Beast table. I first saw Marc’s work in Maidstone when I was deciding which Uni’s to apply to and have been reading all his books since. Meeting people was definitely a highlight for me, including our lovely table neighbours Alex Brady and her friend Dave, who helped us pass the quiet moments -and whose relief prints and books are something to check out. In that way it was a little disappointing how cliquey the mid-con party was. It might have been the large venue with lots of little pockets, but there wasn’t a whole lot of mingling, unless you started conversations yourself. There was, however, some amusement from the barman’s till falling on the floor.

The second day was similar, though not quite as busy as Saturday; no queue for Olly Moss and our location left the first hour very sparsely attended, but it did pick up. Sales picked up too and rearranging our table seemed to help. Towards the end of the day it thinned out -including some of the exhibitors making like the proverbial tree (despite the clear instructions…) I made another trip around the main hall and picked up a signed copy of Darth Vader and Son -as well as meeting Jeffrey Brown himself. I made another stop at Marc Ellerby’s table, this time to purchase an awesome original Chloe Noonan drawing.
Title page of Jeffrey Brown's Darth Vader and Son with sketch of Luke SkywalkerPhoto of original artwork by Marc Ellerby



Having packed up, said goodbyes to new friends and booked a taxi back to our hotel, all there was left to do was reflect on the weekend… then look forward to the next one!

You can also find a few of our Thought Bubble 2013 exploits over at PostConatus.com. Enjoy!