Category Archives: web comics

Tuppence a bag for your thoughts.

A list of reasons why this morning’s comic is among the best I’ve ever made:

  • It’s a comic 
  • That I made
  • In my beautiful sketchbook (bound by @bookbindings)
  • I’ve nearly finished that sketchbook aww yeah 
  • It was straight to ink, no pencil
  • It references Milkshake by Kelis
  • And  Parklife by Blur
  • I got the Phil Daniels “sense of enormous wellbeing” quote wrong
  • Hardly anyone will notice
  • And it only bothers me a little 
  • Whereas it would’ve given younger-me much cause for muso concern 
  • It’s about music
  • Well, music references 
  • Mashed together like a mixtape
  • And feeding the birds
  • Dancing 
  • Education 
  • Fighting for free education 
  • And reminding people that you can, and do, learn and teach all the time, even if you don’t see it as formalised education 
  • Lettering stamped with a 99p rubber stamp kit
  • And my 2kuai red ink pad
  • Like this 
  • Which is still going strong after uhhhh 7years of no longer living in China 
  • Is 2kuai still like 20p or has the world moved on? 
  • See, it’s about currency valuations too
  • And calling BS on a lot of the ‘wellbeing’ products and advertising that’s around at the moment 
  • Because you can’t buy happiness 
  • But you can read free comics
  • Or better, make your own.

Your Xmas card 2016.

I don’t much care for Christmas but I do love sending Christmas cards. It’s good to keep in touch, to send art, and to afford the time and materials to do so.

This year’s card is a tree printed on brown card (made from trees, oh the cannibalism). It’s a linocut, as explained in the comic I made to send out with each card. 

Each year’s list of addressees gets longer as people’s families grow, which is a nudge to remember that every Christmas card is someone’s first. So showing the process matters, especially if it’s a printing process other than a commercial computer printout. 

As I get further into the world of printmaking I must remember to keep explaining the process – which of course applies to academic work too, innit. Christmas holidays are a good time to hunker down with the PhD reading pile.

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Junk junk junk junk junk.

My new book is called Junk.

Junk is full of sketchbook and diary comics from 2010-2016.

Junk is pretty. Handprinted letterpress covers (2 shades of pink ink on a purple background). Greyscale digital printing on pale purple pages, 20 leaves at A6 size. Hand-sewn bindings using maroon linen thread. It’s a teenage dream of all things pinky-purple and beautiful.

Junk is messy. These comics came out of old sketchbooks and diaries, which are currently in moving boxes because they’re not junk, they’re precious enough to be kept for a while. I’ve scanned and cleaned each comic so that the lines print legibly. Other than that, they’re still as sketchy as the day(s) they were drawn.

I’m still, and increasingly, interested in comics as a process (medium, method, way of thinking things through) more than specific drawing styles. But I still love a good-looking book. Make comics fast and leave a good-looking book, I reckon.

I enjoy letterpress printing more when I think of it as printroom labour, not printstudio fine art. Clanging around with heavy machinery and drawers of metal type is a good counterbalance to other ways to spend a day. Playing about with how much to overlap the colours (spoiler: each cover is slightly different).  Learning to sew proper bindings is good too.

I’ll bring Junk to Thought Bubble this November to sell for £5 each, then sort out an online shop link after that here’s my online shop Times are busy, and I’m still labouring under the delusion that I’ll finish another book this year too.

I’ll gradually post pictures of Junk pages over on The photos were taken after work,  walking home through the local shopping centre at closing time. Just like a real teenager.

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New book: Trails

Ok so it’s official.  My new book Trails: a book about travel, history, and being a slug is published.


In 2013 I travelled back to Santa Cruz, California, for a reunion with friends from my undergraduate exchange year at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  I also travelled on to Portland, Oregon, and to Seattle, Washington.  It was joyous.  I kept a sketchbook, and the sketchbook mutated to include some drawings, some comics, some illustrated lists of the food I ate.  The sketchbook took on a narrative structure.  I finished it and it is now a book.

Extracts from the finished book and process photos of the making of the book are over on  Here some sample pages for you:

City Lights


Trails is a comic book that links to something bigger than a play-by-play of the reunion weekend and what I ate for breakfast every day. There’s something in the story of revisiting places and catching up with old friends, and the time elapsed is long enough for some things to have changed and other things to have stayed the same.

The first copies of Trails come came with a free linocut (a print, an inky rollers workshop print not a computer printout print).  They’re both worth millions of pounds and were only available free with the purchase of Trails as one of two options: black ink on full-colour map, or deep red ink on black&white atlas index.

Map linocut Index linocut

The ink on (multiple copies of) both prints is currently drying, so if you’d like to order one I’ll fulfil all orders starting from 31st October 2014 when the ink’s dry.  That’s a pretty exciting buy-direct-from-the-artist offer if ever I heard one. This limited edition of prints has now run out. Let me know if you’d like me to draw in your book instead.

Trails costs £8, which includes a free linocut and free UK postage.  You can buy Trails from my Comicsy online shop.  If you’d like a copy posting to outside the UK let me know, I’ll charge the additional postage at cost rate on top of the UK postage to keep things fair, like.   This will make it:

  • £8 including UK postage
  • £8+£3.67 postage for Europe
  • £8+£5.97 for the USA

and let me know where else you’d like a copy sending so I can ask at the post office.

Justin Timberlake was at the launch party, y’know. 

Here comes the technical bit, I’m sure you can cope:

67 pages black and white; full colour cover.  Perfect (soft) bound.  18cm (W) x 26cm (H).  ISBN 978-0-9574570-2-7.  First printing of 100 copies published in October 2014 by Lydia Wysocki.  Written and drawn by Lydia Wysocki.  Printed and bound by The Print People Ltd.  The cover includes extracts from The Oxford Atlas by Lewis (1951; part of map p.84), by permission of Oxford University Press.

All content is copyright Lydia Wysocki.  Please do not reproduce the content of this book (or this blog post) without my explicit written permission.  If you have a good reason for wanting to reproduce part of the content of this book then please get in touch.

Oh, ok, and one more sample page:

Street Signs

(yes, they’re all real signs)

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Small steps, giant leaps.


Here’s a comic for you.  It’s probably not a true story.

Hand drawn and hand coloured, no Photoshopping, experimenting with digital lettering.

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And the day after, and that’s yer lot.









That’s the last of the comics I made during and about my weekend in Dublin.  There are trendy photos on Instagram (username: lydwlydw).

Ok tired now bye.

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And the rest of the day to you.






The rest of Saturday’s Dublin scrappy travel comics.

I’m still having love/hate feelings about having drawn on whatever paper was to hand. Well, maybe nothing as strong as love or hate, just an ongoing rumbling noise.

Sunday’s comics later.

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