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.
- Rodion Kitaev illustrates the goings on of an office party in mammoth detail
- Makings of a Man: It’s Nice That and Harry’s invite you to be a life model for a day
- A higgledy-piggledy, funny yet tragic tale: The Romance of the Skeleton
- Tiago Galo’s refreshing, travel-themed illustrations remind us of sunnier times
- Artist Morgan Blair on her “pathological need to make you laugh”
- Lennarts & de Bruijn’s “hot as hell” campaign for Utrecht club, Ekko
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books