Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Thank you to everyone at London MCM Comic Con - I had a surprisingly busy show compared to recent conventions. Special thanks to Sarah Fogg for helping SO MUCH and remaining upbeat despite a horrible head cold! It was a lot of fun doing convention ink drawings throughout the weekend. I'll probably start offering them at future shows :)
My next convention will be Glasgow Comic Con on the 1st July! I have a list of events in the blog sidebar, but if you can't make it please don't forget I have an Etsy shop.
Monday, 22 May 2017
Giant Rhinos In Space #5 arrived from the printers today! The comic includes chapter 5 plus a gallery of illustrations in the back. I've made up bundles and everything is ready to launch at London MCM Comic Con this weekend! My table will be on row G of the Comic Village (there isn't a map just yet, but check my Twitter for directions nearer the day)
I keep an up to date list of events on the blog sidebar - but listings are already on my Etsy shop if you can't make it to those particular cities. (International shipping available)
Thank you to everyone at Afroflux Comic Con at Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday. It was great to catch up with friends and meet some really lovely people!
Monday, 15 May 2017
I had a really great time at DIY Cultures yesterday helping out on the Do What You Want table with Clio Isadora. We only had one box of DWYW zines and they all sold - so thank you very much to everyone who bought a copy! Preorders are open for a 2nd print run of the zine, and an ebook is available from the website.
I'm going to be at Afroflux Comic Con this Sunday at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The event is Free entry so please come say hi! I will have more table space this time, so I'll bring a bigger selection of comics and zines. I've got plenty of free mini comics to hand out!
Friday, 5 May 2017
A couple of anthologies I worked on over the winter months arrived in the post this week. Do What You Want is a beautifully illustrated zine compiled and edited by Ruby Tandoh and Leah Pritchard. Their online shop sold out in the first day or so of launch, but the ebook version is now available. All profits are split between relevant charities. I wrote a short comic about my personal experience with clinical anxiety/hypochondria and how it effected my ability to plan ahead.
The Great Anthologee Hotel is a landscape comics anthology compiled by Nathan Hill and printed by Rope Press. I drew a sort story about a woman who takes advantage when she is automatically logged into the wifi with her ex boyfriend's passwords and bank details. It was interesting creating layouts for landscape pages.
I'm helping out on the Do What You Want table at DIY Cultures next Sunday. I should have copies of the Hotel Anthology available from my table at Afroflux Comic Con and London MCM Comic Con later this month.
Saturday, 8 April 2017
Artist Super Market/Rope Press created this brilliant paper mache comic island at Grand Union as part of Digbeth First Friday. I regularly print risograph music zines with Rope Press and was asked to bring along some comics and zines for the installation. You can also see Nathan Hill's Hotel Anthology on the right hand side of the photo. It was great to have a little flick through before the comic is ready for distribution.
Monday, 27 March 2017
I have 2 ink drawings for sale at the Sketch and Stitch Exhibition at The Gallery in Kenilworth. The original A3 ink drawing for the cover of That Music Zine and The Charlatans gig sketches from the Godiva Festival clipped out of my sketchbook, both in custom made frames. The venue has regular music events - listings can be found on their Facebook.
I'm also dropping off some comics and zines for the Artist Super Market at Grand Union from the 7th April. You can find out more information about various events and workshops that weekend over on their Facebook event page.
Thanks to everyone at The Midland Lo-Operatives Alternative Art Market at The Hare & Hounds yesterday. It was a quiet afternoon, but still lovely to watch live art progress and hang out with other Artists from the local area who wouldn’t normally at the same sorts of events. There were talks about growing the event and the next one falling some time in June so look out for that! Special thanks for Olly for inviting me along. It was great to meet Lewes Herriot who designs great posters for This Is TMRW - a lot of my gig sketches are from their events. You can find more beautiful fantasy/adventure illustrations on his website.
My next booked event isn't until May - I'm hoping to book a couple more events in the summer so check the blog sidebar for an up to date list. Don't forget I have an Etsy shop which ships worldwide. Thanks!
Monday, 20 March 2017
Thank you to everyone who came by my table at Birmingham MCM Comic Con over the weekend. It was a relatively quiet show but still really lovely to catch up with convention friends after a longer winter break. I had fun doing convention commissions for the first time in years, it went ok so I'm considering offering them at future shows.
The next event I'm going to be at is The Midland Lo-Operatives this Sunday afternoon at The Hare & Hounds. I regularly take a sketchbook to gigs and draw bands while I'm stood in the crowd and feature them in my music zines. The Hare & Hounds is a venue I often end up drawing at, so it's nice to be taking the zines there for an Alternative Art Market. Thanks, see you there!
Friday, 24 February 2017
Do What You Want is a zine about mental health compiled by Ruby Tandoh and Leah Pritchard to raise money for 4 relevant charities and non-profit organizations. I wrote and drew a short comic about my own experience with health anxiety in particular. There's a long list of great illustrators on their website, so it sounds like it's going to be packed full of great illustrations to go along side interesting content. Preorders will open on Big Cartel from the 3rd March with the zine launch on the 28th April.
I created a music zine with Sarah Fogg called This Is Not A Serious Music Publication. We discovered it was featured in Kerrang Magazine this week. The zine can be ordered through Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/sammyborras
Saturday, 18 February 2017
I did an interview about music comics and zines for Pipedream Comic's most recent issue of The Pull List. The magazine has a great selection of articles and is available digitally or in print through their website.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
It was Hourly Comic Day last week - an annual challenge to produce one journal comic per waking hour of the day. I've printed my comic into a mini zine like in previous years. It's now available to order through my Etsy shop. I can confirm I have a table at both Birmingham and London MCM this year. I've applied for a couple events in 2017 so check the blog sidebar for an up to date list. Thank you!
Friday, 3 February 2017
This preview image is from a comic about Arthur Russell I created for Good Comics Dead Singers Society Volume 3. I had a lot of fun listening to his music and looking up radio and film documentary's for research. Broken Frontier have posted a great review about the project - you can read it here. Good Comics have a table at True Believers tomorrow in Cheltenham or you can order online through their Big Cartel shop.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Happy new year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!
I contributed a 3 page comic to this years the Boom! Box Mix Tape anthology. My short story is set at a music festival and includes a puzzle on each page. The publication was released earlier this month and if you can't find a copy at your local comic shop don't forget a digital version is available to order via Comixology.
I still haven't booked any comics events for 2017 just yet but look out for confirmation announcements via twitter