Wednesday, 21 June 2017

South London Comic & Zine Fair.

I've been taking a break from tabling at comic events recently while working on a long form project. However, I will coming out of self-publishing retirement for one day only, to be at the South London Comic & Zine Fair on July 15th. Hopefully I will have a brand new comic for you all, more details of which I will put up soon. 

It will be great to see you if you can make it down. Check out the event on TWITTER and FACEBOOK


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Owen D. Pomery's Best of 2016.



It’s been a bad year in almost every regard, but I must have read some books, right? Well, not that many to be honest, but I did have to good fortune to come across these gems and I urge you to check them out too.


‘Veripathy’ – Andy Poyaidgi [self-published]

This is a small but smart title on the self-publishing scene and was released at ELCAF this year. The controlled reservation of the illustration style coupled with the weight of the subject, is a subtle yet unsettling pairing, and this slightly darker and edgier turn for Poyaidgi is a rewarding switch. The clear drawing and structure, combined with the deadpan, documentary-style narrative, make this pocket-sized, sci-fi musing, definitely one to pick up. It won’t take long to consume, but it will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.


‘A City Inside’ – Tillie Walden [Avery Hill Publishing]

Tillie’s meteoric rise is a wonder to behold; she made it onto my ‘Best of’ list last year with I Love This Part and she’s here in 2016 with this moving, beautiful and drifting narrative. Essentially it is the simple story of a character exploring her past and analysing her emotional life via some form of therapy, but for my money it’s her best work to date. The writing is even sharper and more acutely observed and the artwork is as stunning as ever, integrating real and fantastic images so seamlessly that you are effortlessly transported into another world.


‘5,000km Per Second’ – Manuele Fior [Fantagraphics]

I think this came out a couple of years ago, but only got its English translation in 2016. For me, this is a superb use of the medium; the narrative deftly crossing continents and moments in time, joining the dots in a relationship between the two central characters. The watercolour artwork perfectly captures the variety of landscapes and locations the characters move through, creating beautiful and immersive environments in which this story of the absurdity of life plays out. As tragic and moving as it is uplifting and hopeful.


‘Untitled Ape’s Epic Adventure’ – Steven Tillotson [Avery Hill Publishing]

I have been looking forward to this book ever since I first came across Tillotson’s Untitled Ape web comic and it is certainly worth the wait. The title itself is probably the best synopsis I could give, as to try and explain further would be pointless. Instead, I urge you to jump in with no preconceptions or comparisons (also, I really can’t think of any) and you will be rewarded with a wonderful tale of bizarre fantasy, darkness and friendship. All this is combined with a wonderful dry wit that is present throughout, making this gem of a book completely uncategorizable, and all the better for it.


‘Beverly’ – Nick Drnaso [Drawn & Quarterly]

I’m a big fan of the ‘several short stories that are interrelated’ genre (if that is a genre), and this is one such example where it is used to great effect. Dark, interesting and constantly shifting, Beverly follows several seemingly banal, domestic stories which all turn out to be not quite what they seem. The whole book has an eerie sense of foreboding that, coupled with the bright, colourful and deceptively na├»ve drawing style, makes for a sometimes uncomfortable, but completely addictive read.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

'Quiet Ambitions'.

Trying out a different drawing style.



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Victory Motel: 'Arrangements'.

My occasional webcomic series, The Victory Motel, has a new ten page story called 'Arrangements'. It's a bit graphic, but I hope you enjoy it and check in again when I add more stories in the future.

Check it out here: victorymotel.tumblr.com


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Surface Minus 43.

 

 

 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Comiket 2016.

Comiket will be on the 14th of May.
Tim Bird and I will be holding the fort in the absence of Avery Hill Publishing as they will be in Toronto, exhibiting for TCAF It’s going to be a great show, so swing by, enjoy the festivities and buy some cracking books.
More details HERE.




Thursday, 14 April 2016

The Victory Motel webcomic.

I am happy to announce the beginning (and possibly the end) of my first webcomic.
It will be sporadic at best, and there is not much more to say than that.

Disappointment awaits at The Victory Motel


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Such Is My Delusion.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Owen D. Pomery's Best of 2015.



As I am normally serially negative about most creative output, I thought I’d give a positive nod to these great books that I enjoyed and inspired me during 2015.

So, in no particular order, here are the magnificent seven...


‘Here’ - Richard McGuire [Penguin]

A stunning exploration into my favourite comics device; ‘time’. Taken from a single perspective, the narrative deftly flits between different timeframes, offering glimpses into the lives that pass in front of the impartial lens. By turns, these moments are poignant, amusing, touching and beautiful. At first it appears almost random, but as the book progresses it becomes clear there is much going on, extra narratives about the repetition of history and our insignificance against the weight of time start to emerge. I wouldn’t normally be attracted to the art style, but it really works in the context of this book, which is not just triumph in itself, but also for the whole medium of comics.


 ‘Tim Ginger’ - Julian Hanshaw [Top Shelf Productions]

Rarely does a comic book really connect with me on all levels. There are so many different elements to ‘get wrong’ when it comes to satisfying someone as particular as me, but Tim Ginger knocks it out the park in every category. The story follows the titular character, a retired test pilot, as he looks back at his life and tries to make sense of his past and future trajectories. It combines a perfectly crafted story, heroic use of the comics medium and the artwork is (to my eye) pretty much pitch perfect.


‘For As Long As It Rains’ - Zviane [Pow Pow Press]

This is a simple story, or rather, a relatively simple extract from what is doubtless a messy and complex story. As the title hints at, it shows us a glimpse into a relationship existing in a brief moment of isolation between parameters and confines alluded to throughout. It manages to capture the purity and excitement of that moment, but with ‘real life’ looming and quietly overshadowing the whole story. The drawing is superb, capturing mood and time perfectly as the characters play out their parts in a strange, architectural cocoon; very affecting. It also has possibly the best written/drawn sex scene I have yet to read in comic form.


‘I Love This Part’ – Tillie Walden [Avery Hill Publishing]

Being a late developer in the romantic department, Tillie’s book is a beautiful insight into a world I feel completely unfamiliar with. I missed out on the awkwardness and innocence of young love and in most ways I count that as a blessing, I got to skip those hard learnt lessons and the embarrassment at every turn, but ‘I Love This Part’ almost makes me nostalgic for an experience I never really had. A time when small details become huge and all consuming, the rest of the world appearing insignificant by comparison, so little, saying so much. In addition, the artwork is exceptional.


‘Russian Olive To Red King’ – Kathryn and Stuart Immonen [Adhouse Books]

Utterly heart-breaking and dramatically drawn, I almost felt physically drained at the end of this book. Without giving too much away, the story follows a couple who are separated by an event and charts their responses to the unknown between them. If that sounds pretty abstract, well, in parts, it is, but that only serves to reinforce the intangibility of the subject. Even if you get nothing else out of it, pretty much every page features an exquisitely beautiful image, in fact, the whole book as a design package is a delight to behold.


‘Killing and Dying’ - Adrian Tomine [Drawn & Quarterly/Faber & Faber]

Probably enough has been said about this book already, but it deserves all the praise it gets. One of few books you should most definitely judge by its cover, every page is a masterpiece in drawing and graphic composition. That’s not to say it is style over substance though, each of the five different stories within skilfully navigates the subject it takes on with breath-taking eloquence and insight. It is impossible to pick a favourite, as the variety of stylistic and narrative choices between the stories make each one a unique gem in its own right. Definitely the best looking book to take up space on you shelf this year.


‘The Four Reptiles of the Apocalypse’ – Lando [Decadence]

For those familiar with his work, this needs no explanation, and for those of you who are not, I’m not going to even try. Lando is the architect of masterfully executed science fiction worlds that he populates with dark and poignant stories and ‘Four Reptiles of the Apocalypse’ gives you exactly what the title promises. It is both grim and beautiful, but the whole wordless narrative is wrapped in a rye dark humour that is found in all of Lando’s work. In addition to this, he is probably one of the greatest comic artists working in the medium today.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Planet of the Lakes.

I will be at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, signing copies of Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture on the Avery Hill Publishing table.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

'Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture' ORDER NOW!

I am very proud to announce that my book; Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture, is now available to pre-order from Avery Hill ahead of it's official release next week. I think you should get yourself a copy, but don't just take my word for it...

There’s so much to enjoy in Between The Billboards, the deep melancholy is tempered by Pomery’s ear for naturalistic and funny dialogue, the minimalism in his art tempered by some absolutely gorgeous architectural design elements, such as this really impressive pull away shot of Ebner’s lonely home, Pomery utilising all the best of architecture and comic page design to give us this…  - Richard Bruton [Forbidden Planet International]

As an incentive to get in there quickly, the first 100 copies come with a limited edition bookplate. I have begrudgingly numbered and signed every one, and each features a unique misanthropic quote from the protagonist; James Ebner.


























Between the Billboards is very important and personal project to me. It marked my first foray into the medium comics and through the process of writing, drawing and producing the six part series, I learnt a huge amount, not only about the craft, but also about self-publishing generally. The story is itself is also a very personal one, reflecting on choices and the cause and effect of our actions within our environment and the opportunity to explore this in comics, has been cathartic and illuminating experience.

Billboards had always been conceived as a single volume, but releasing it in separate parts was the only way it seemed viable to me as a self-publisher, so when it was complete, it seemed only natural to collect it as one piece. Through collaborating with Avery Hill Publishing, we both agreed that simply reprinting the work was not something we could get that excited about, we wanted to create a new book and at the same time, expose the original story to people who may not have been aware of it. This how we conceived; Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture. The original story is there, but reformatted and redesigned to really make it the best it can be. In addition to this, the book contains a collection of other short form comics, which are all linked by an architectural approach; one of the principle themes recurring in Billboards. Through additional writings, annotations and a new bespoke comic that binds all the work and ideas together, we have created a book of which I am immensely proud.

I have been overwhelmed by the support and interest in my comics so far, so I am very pleased that this book will be found by a new audience, as well as providing something exciting for those who made it all possible in the first place. I take great pleasure in casting a dim light on those areas of life we do not always acknowledge, but so many of us relate to and I hope this book goes a little way to exploring that.

Owen D. Pomery. 2015.

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Canadian Dream.

I have currently relocated Canada for a while.

All being well, I will continue to work drawing comics, architecture and everything in between. In the meantime here are some of things I have been up to recently.

Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture.

My previously self-published, six part comic series is to be released by Avery Hill Publishing. The original story has been reformatted and collected alongside other architectural short form comics I have made and bound together with annotation, writings and bespoke Benson comic. There will be more on this soon, but suffice to say, I am very excited. Get your pre-orders in NOW!

Here is what the cover will be looking like...







The Megatherium Club vol. 2.

The second volume of The Megatherium Club is being serialised and released as a four part run in Avery Hill's house anthology; Reads. Part I and II (Skeleton Crew and Bear With Me) have already been released in Reads 1 & 2 respectively. Reads 2 even gets a superb Megatherium Club cover, courtesy of the amazing Eleni Kalorkoti.



The third part will be out soon in Reads 3, so I very much suggest you pick up the first two, to really get into the swing of things. Below is picture of the disastrous camping trip that featured in Bear With Me...











Analogue Vision.

There has also been plenty of architectural work happening over at my sister site ANALOGUE VISION. If this interests you, I urge you to go and check it out, as it now includes much of the work I have done with landscape designer Diarmuid Gavin, a recent commission for the Young Vic theatre, and this illustration I made of the Airstream caravan/cafe; The Flying Cloud.







Other Work.

Of course, there are always other things I am working on and all will be revealed in the fullness of time, but for now, here are a couple of pieces.

As luck would have it, I found I will be in Toronto for a talk by Roman Mars, of the podcast 99% Invisible (if you are not aware of it, I highly recommend listening), so I took the opportunity to draw this alternative poster for the event. 

And finally, while taking a break from exhibiting and comic shows, I made this illustration that sums up my experiences...I'm joking of course...


























Friday, 27 February 2015

Blade Runner.

I should be working on many other things right now, but found this private commission I did of the origami unicorn from Blade Runner and turned it into this alternative poster.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

381.

I have been pretty quiet for a while, but fear not, I have been working on various projects and hopefully some of which will be revealed soon.

In the meantime, I found this drawing for a short comic I now realise will have to go on the back-burner for a while, so I thought I would share it with you now, rather than just have it lurking on my hard drive.




Monday, 20 October 2014

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival & Process Podcast.


I attended The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal at the weekend and it was superb. Excellently organised, well attended and populated by many of the finest comic creators working today. 

Great to speak to so many new people as well as good friends from the scene. If you would like to know more about my approach to comics, architecture, process, influences and more, you can listen to a chat I had with Steve Walsh on the third episode of his excellent new podcast, Process. The show can be found [HERE]

Thanks again to all who continue to support and enjoy my work and I shall hopefully have some new projects for you soon. In the meantime, here is a previously unreleased, one page archi-comic I drew called: We Don't know What It Was, But We Missed It When It Was Gone.




Monday, 21 July 2014

Opinion Poll #2: 'Flight MH17'

The second in my occasional web comic series; 'Opinion Poll'.
Topical news items explained and summarised in a sentence. By experts in their field naturally. This week it's an in depth analysis of Flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine...


Friday, 18 July 2014

Opinion Poll #1: 'Heatwave'

The first of my occasional web comic series; 'Opinion Poll'.
Topical news items explained and summarised in a sentence. By experts in their field naturally. This week we've been having a bit of a heatwave in the UK...


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Avery Hill Publishing's Summer Party.

Avery Hill Publishing are releasing four new exciting titles and to celebrate this, they're having a party, taking place at Orbital Comics on Friday 11th of July. The latest volume of the anthology 'Reads' will be part of the launch line up, which excitingly features my latest Megatherium Club story; 'Skeleton Crew'. I will be there and happy to sign and draw in things if I'm not too drunk. 
Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Summer Party Invites.

I Illustrated and designed these summer party invites for an upcoming riverside soiree at a design studio. There will be food, pimms and it will be by a river, so it was important to cover all bases with the illustrations.