Booklets and Comics

Paper has always been my favourite medium – it’s the first thing most of us use for scribbling and painting as children – and I’ve been making little books and comics and scrapbooks since forever. The more lo-fi the better. Here are some recent ones:

Lesfruitsdemel Catzine Melanie Pearson
LOVECATS: A romantic adventure on the mythical island of vegan cats! Hand cut and illustrated in full colour, imagining the love affair between a feral street moggy and a sophisticated French fashion cat.
A LITTLE BOOK OF LOVE AND LOSS: for when you lose someone precious.
Grief takes mysterious forms and can seem so unbearable that you’ll do anything to try to stop the pain. I began this after my brother died, when the world seemed very topsy turvy indeed. It felt soothing to make these images and remember that grief is the B side of love. I hope it will bring you some comfort if you too have lost someone.

A COLOURING BOOK FOR CARERS: Meditations and colouring pages for people looking after someone.
I made this little book as an artist’s response to the many hours spent waiting…in waiting rooms for health appointments and on the phone trying to contact various organisations on my brother’s behalf. Carers spend an awful lot of time in this way.
It started off with templates for colouring in and decorating, but gradually turned into a reminder to be positive and connect with the things that help us keep going.
KING OF THE CATS: A hand-drawn zine with a modern take on an old traditional fairy story. Because who knows what your cat gets up to in their “real” life when your back is turned?