Comics Workbook is a Tumblr featuring cartoonists’ works-in-progress, brief bespoke comics, and comics reviews in comics form. There’s an incredible, inspiring range of work – honest and mucky, they feel fresh from the page they were inked on. It was set up by and curated by Frank Santoro who through this and his other work offers great comics guidance and platforms for budding and established cartoonists.
One regular contributor is Simon Hanselmann (who drew his bookshelf for us here after we raved about his Megg and Mogg comics here); at least Truth Zone, in which Megg and Mogg review comics, was regular until an unpopular recent hiatus. There are other lovely series such as Aiden Koch’s Elements of Painting and Oliver East’s Rolling Stock. Some cartoonists use the space to reflect on getting stuck in their work, others use it to explore a different avenue or to document unfinished early pages of a larger work. It’s a fantastic resource revealing some of the exciting work that’s going on in comics at the moment, and it’s also a wonderful comics library in itself.
- Submit Saturdays: First impressions and Cover Pages
- A futuristic framework for the retrospective of pioneering “total design” advocate Ove Arup
- Cool off with this week's Best of the Web and who to follow on social media
- Elena Éper's spirited illustrations to make you smile and squirm
- Pencil Bandit and Grey London produce quirky branded stings for E4
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
- Is it ever OK to work for free?