Category: News

The latest news from the world of Rose

Rose #7 is now on Comixology!

Hello! Did you know that Rose is also on Comixology, the world’s #1 digital comic book shop? It’s true! And what’s more, the very latest issue is now available on that awesome service!

And since Comixology is owned by Amazon, chances are you already have an account there, and are just a few quick clicks away from reading Rose’s latest adventures on your favourite digital devices! Comixology has an awesome feature where it guides you through each comic panel by panel, making it a great comic reading experience even on mobile phones!

Rose #7 is now on Comixology for only 99 cents! You can’t even get a box of McDonald’s Cookies for 99 cents any more. I loved those things. Oh man that reminds me, you know how on McDonald’s Cookies they had a little maze on the back of the box? WELL THEY DON’T EVEN COME IN BOXES ANY MORE! I know right, what a disgrace the modern world is!

New Places To Get Rose Comics From!

Hello! I’m very happy to say that there are some new comic shops added to the list of very fine establishments you can get Rose comics from!

Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago is getting Rose #7 any day now, and they have tons of great indie comics and other cool shenanigans available!

Studio Comix Press are a new venture in Ontario designed to showcase the latest in independently-made comic books, and we’re proud to have Rose #7 available there! This is the first place in Canada to sell Rose comics, and we’re thrilled to be in a country that celebrates chips so much!

You can see every store that carries Rose on our Comic Shops page – and we can’t wait to add more to the list! If you know of a store that you think would like the world’s hungriest redhead and her silly adventures, please let us know!

ALSO! If you’re a member of a school or public library in Australia or New Zealand, you can ask them to carry Rose Collection! They are distributed through our friends at Peter Pal Library Supplier and ALS Library Services. Copies are already out there in libraries across the countries, so if you see one, I’d love to see a photo!

Who knows where Rose will end up next? MAYBE THE MOON?

Rose #7 is now Available!

HELLO! I am super proud to show off the latest issue of Rose to you!

Rose #7 is jam-packed full of fun, tasty comic goodness. 24 pages of the world’s hungriest redhead and her continuing quest for the perfect lunch.

In this delicious issue, Rose hosts a cooking show, reveals some real truth about cheese, discovers a new best friend and even gets married! (WHAT)

The books just arrived from the printers and they look incredible! (And yes I smelled my copy. Nothing like the smell of a fresh comic book, almost as good as the smell of a fresh croissant you know!)

Rose #7

Copies are already on their way to comic shops around the world, our wonderful Patreon backers, and are also available directly through our shop!

Rose #7 is also available as a digital download if you absolutely must have your copy right away or just like reading things on screens, which is a pretty good thing to do when pictures of dogs wearing berets just won’t cut it any more.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane 2017 was a Treat!

Hello! I have finally recovered from one of the most hectic, fun-packed convention weekends in recent memory, and wanted to share it with you!

This was the first Oz Comic-Con that Rose and I exhibited at, so I really had no idea what to expect. It turned out that what I should have expected was great crowds of people who were into comics and loved to have a chat about the world’s hungriest redhead!

Rose #6 and Rose Collection were the big hits of the table, so thank you everyone who took a chance on those books (and if you didn’t make it, they’re now available in our shop!). Big apologies to my table neighbours and booth helpers who had to hear my one-line explanation of what Rose is over and over and over and over again.

On the Saturday I did a How To Make Mini Comics workshop – and you can watch it here! Skip to the three hour and seven minute mark 🙂

And on Sunday I did a panel with my pal Scott at Agent-X comics about how to get your comics online, which is a subject I can talk about for hours! Thank you everyone who attended and asked questions, it was a ton of fun. We talked about what to do if someone steals your ideas, how to format your comic for the web, how to make money doing comics online (obligatory link to my Patreon!) and whether or not to pander to your audience. I love doing panels!

I really hope I didn’t hog the mic too much 🙂

It was so awesome meeting everyone who visited the Rose table! It’s always great to see people read Rose and like what they see. It’s especially cool hearing from people who have started to make comics themselves! We had great chats about pizza dogs (put a sausage on a pizza, roll the pizza around it, BAM WELCOME TO FLAVOUR COUNTRY), muffins v cupcakes (I am a big fan of Nicola’s suggestion that they merge into cuffins) and how much fun comics can be. If you’re a new reader, welcome! Drop me a line or check out our Facebook page 🙂

Thank you to Sabrina, Scott, Julie & Fez, Nicola, Sarah, Kay and Frank for making this such a fun show, and of course everyone I talked to over the weekend – fellow creators, store owners and the friendly OCC staff and volunteers who kept things running so smoothly!

I am so pumped for the future of Rose. Join me, won’t you? 🙂


Rose’s Secret Ingredients

The other day I was reading some comics I liked and realised that there are lots of comics that were a big influence on how I developed Rose into a comic! So I thought it might be interesting if I talk about them here a bit. Consider them some of the secret ingredients of Rose.

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Well, yeah, I mean, duh. You can see Archie’s influence all over Rose within seconds, and it’s a comparison I’ve never been shy about. That classic Dan Decarlo art style is the light on the hill I’ve been working towards for years, and I know I’ll never get anywhere close to it but I keep trying to move forward anyway. Some of my earliest comic book memories involve Archie digests being passed around the school room, and I quickly noticed that everyone liked reading Archie but only some kids liked the GI Joes and Transformers comics that were also in circulation. I liked that you can hand anyone an Archie book and they would read it, and that’s something I always wanted to be able to say about Rose.

The Perishers

Not many people know about this one, but I absolutely adored the UK comic strip. It was basically a Peanuts clone with kids that talked like adults, a perpetual loser hero, a rambunctious girl who tormented him, and a dog that spoke in thought bubbles, but I always had a soft spot for the strip. Somehow I wound up with  a handful of paperback collections of the strips and I loved how the kids talked to each other and made no apologies for their local dialect and accents. Rose is an Irish lass and I really try not to hide that.

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Bad Machinery

Oh man. OH MAN. I was devouring John Allison’s Bad Machinery strips as I started work on Rose #1, and I think it’s only now that I’m realising what a big influence it was. I am smitten with how the kids talk to each other, and the strip is peppered with quiet little moments where you can just soak up the atmosphere. I love how regular words are used as sound effects. Maybe one day Rose and her friends will solve mysteries.

Love And Rockets

Jamie Hernandez’s part of Love And Rockets are just jaw droppingly beautiful. (Sorry Gilbert fans, I just never got into his stuff!) I adore his smooth, expressive lines and how he occasionally dips into Charles Schulz-esque cartooning for comedic effect. I discovered Love And Rockets when I was, what, 13 or so, and was struck by how a comic could have natural conversations about stuff that people really talk about. Every time I write dialogue with Rose talking to her friends I think about Love And Rockets.

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(What kind of comic shop was selling a 13 year old Love And Rockets?! Oh wait, the same one that didn’t mind a 13 year old hanging out in the store all day instead of going to school. The world was a different place back then!)

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I don’t think anyone would fight me for saying that this is the best comic strip to have been made in the last 50 years. There’s a billion articles out there on the internet about why Bill Watterson is a genius, but for me I always loved how Calvin was so self-obsessed but still charming as hell. It’s a quality that Rose has (plus her love of outbursts when she is suffering an injustice) that I like to think I convey in her stories.

Strangers In Paradise

OK truth to tell I can’t draw a direct line between Terry Moore’s incredible series and Rose, but every year I read his incredible How To Draw book and

a) learn something new that I try to put into the comics, especially when it comes to drawing hair, clothing or women in general
b) have a good long cry because I will never, ever, ever draw that well.

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So there you go, a little peek behind the curtain! You never know where influences come from!