Emoji diversity: how ‘silly little faces’ can make a big difference

When Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge sent his fiancee to the wrong side of London for dinner, he sent an apologetic text message. He received an emoji-less reply: “It’s fine.” “We all know that’s not what it means at all. That means ‘it’s not fine’,” he said, pointing out that emoji have infiltrated language so deeply […]

Japan gives Harry Potter the manga treatment

  The Harry Potter franchise continues to enjoy huge success in Japan, 15 years after the release of first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The seven films in the series have grossed more than US$893 in the country and been seen in cinemas by more than 78 million people, while Philosopher’s Stone is […]

The not-so-secret history of comics drawn by women

  No women were nominated for the Angoulême International Comics Festival awards because, according to the organiser, there was a lack of qualified women. “The Festival likes women, but cannot rewrite the history of comics,”. Not so, says Laurenn McCubbin “For over 100 years, we have seen the presence of women in the American comics,” Caitlin McGurk, the […]

How to draw… with charcoal

A great overview in The Guardian of how illustrator PJ Lynch works in charcoals. Made me want to give it a go. From smudging techniques to dramatic use of white chalk, Irish illustrator PJ Lynch has some useful tips on how to make great drawings using charcoal See the full tutorial here – it’s not exhaustive by any […]