August 13th 2020
I'm going camping again, so here's Monday's comic extra early, and I'll be back with something new on the 24th. Unless you're going camping too? In which case, see you there? And for the opera-curious, I wrote the words for this transatlantic collaboration: A Man Drags the Carcass of a Deer. You can watch more mini-operas at the Opera Harmony Project website, and read about everyone involved in the official programme.
August 10th 2020
August 1st 2020
July 27th 2020
July 12th 2020
July 6th 2020
At the $6 tier you also get exclusive access to new artwork and sketchbook material, bonus strips from the old BF books which have never appeared online, blogs/vlogs, and other nifty stuff I'll be adding every month. I'm kicking the bonus material off with a bumper crop of goodies, including two new pen & ink landscape drawings, a color illustration from my watercolor sketchbook, and three bonus strips from 2003 that have never appeared on the website, including one large-format strip and one featuring the much-missed Rodney the Second Grade T-Ball Jockey!
Beyond this, there's an even higher tier with physical-world color postcards in the physical mail on offer.
Please have a look at the silly video I made (stay for the whole thing), and consider supporting Buttercup Festival by becoming a patron. So many thanks.
June 29th 2020
June 3rd 2020
May 25th 2020
May 18th 2020
May 4th 2020
April 20th 2020
March 30th 2020
Wild Ducks, People, and Distances
The life of the world depends on that he is
Did we expect to live in other lives?
Like earth and sky. Then he became nothing else
There remained the smoke of the villages. Their fire
Be no migrating. It was that they were there
March 9th 2020
February 24th 2020
February 17th 2020
And here's something else to distract you from today's lack of a new comic, something I can't let pass without comment. According to Wikipedia, Buttercup Festival first appeared on Feb 17th, 2000 ... twenty years ago today. And I'm forty now, which means that Buttercup Festival has existed for half my life. Not always updating, but always there. Have a look at the instagram account for photographic evidence of what half a lifetime of Buttercup Festival will do to a man.
I've also been posting odd bits of artwork and sketches to instagram and twitter, so even if you're not big into social media you might want to have a look from time to time. You know, if you're interested.
January 12th 2020
November 25th 2019
November 4th 2019
September 16th 2019
August 19th 2019
July 8th 2019
There are a few new armadillo things on the sketchbook.
May 6th 2019
March 18th 2019
Thursday March 21st: World Poetry Day: 7pm, Livesey House, Heatley Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2XR.
Friday March 29th: Wretched Strangers: Poetry & Migration: 7pm, Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL.
And speaking of poetry, I have two poems in the latest issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.
February 4th 2019
There are beautiful new Buttercup Festival t-shirts for sale from the good folks at TopatoCo. If you buy a shirt, send me a picture of you wearing it, and maybe I'll put it just to the right there, instead of the boring product image I've got right now.
There are prints for sale as usual, and I've decided to start selling my original artwork. Hang a little piece of me on your wall.
Thanks for reading, everyone. It's good to be back.
September 2018Last month gave Joel Rust and I the chance to work with even more fabulous people on The Conifers, our sci-fi opera. And I have four new poems in the excellently named journal Meat For Tea (the lotus blossom issue), plus two poems in the recent issue of Under the Radar.
June 2018New things in the sketchbook. If you live in southeast England, maybe come to this event on August 24th and listen to about half of the opera I have been writing with Joel Rust, followed by a q&a session. I have a poem in Wretched Strangers, a new anthology for an age of migrants.
September 2017It's been too long, it's been too long. As I write this I'm in the final throes of my PhD, weighing up options for the future. The giddy slipstream of change and uncertainty. There are a bunch of new pieces in the sketchbook (the last new one is the sketch featuring the BF guy). And speaking of the Buttercup Festival guy, I thought I'd teasingly mention that the notebook in which I write scripts for future BF strips now has over 60 entries, and I've put drawing pen to paper on a few new strips for a new series. Don't hold your breath, not just yet. But things are slowly, slowly in the works.
Other creative projects? It's been a great year of working on The Conifers (formerly called Blue Fire), the opera I'm writing with Joel Rust with support from Aldeburgh Music, who have given us the chance to workshop material with some wonderful singers and musicians. Here's a little interview we gave about it.
I've got a couple new poems over at Antiphon Review (there are audio recordings of me reading them, if that sort of thing thrills you).
Renaming of the Birds has now sold out: the last thirteen copies were bought in fine style by a small Canadian start-up that wanted a copy each for their board members.
This means that there's not much left to buy here, but anyone looking for a lovely gift for
themselves and/or someone else is encouraged to check out Standing in the Sea, a postcard collaboration with my excellent printmaking
friend Laurie. Each set is £ 5 + shipping. Can we tempt you?
August 2016Hi all. It's been a busy summer so far, not least because our second child was born in June. There's some new stuff on the sketchbook page, maybe more in a few weeks. (old news)
May 2016There are nine new drawings on the sketchbook page. I forgot to mention this in the January update: I have a two-page color comic featuring the guy from Renaming of the Birds in Over the Line, a great anthology of "poetry comics." And Joel Rust and I have just been awarded Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships to help us develop Blue Fire, a science-fiction opera we are currently writing.
January 2016I've just added a chunk of new artwork to the sketchbook page. I recently contributed three blog posts to the blog for Carcanet's New Poetries VI: one, two and three. There are just a few dozen copies of Renaming of the Birds left to buy. I think that's all the news for now. Sometimes I get emails asking if and when Buttercup Festival will restart. The answers to those questions are (1) yes, but (2) no time soon. My days are busy with lots of interesting things, but not, sadly, comics. But I do have a notebook dedicated to ideas and jokes for future BF strips: 48 and counting. So there is hope!