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An illustrated insight into the world of the artist, cartoonist and prolific tweeter

I wonder what I'm thinking about?

As an artist people sometimes ask me what my work is like (particularly if they haven't seen it…). It's a question that I hate because I do a lot of different things. This book is an attempt to gather together a whole bunch of stuff that I do – drawings, cartoons, short stories, jokes, spells, instructions and miscellaneous other nonsense –– and to analyse this - “the evidence” - with some very rigorous spurious science (eg pie charts) and self-examination (not medical, hopefully) to try and work out exactly what it is that I do. With luck I'll be able to finally answer the question I hate being asked.

NB: Although occasionally childish, this book is not suitable for children.

Film credit: John Panton (Meat Bingo), with music by Moose, and thanks to Chris Watts and Graham Salisbury

Moose Allain is an artist, cartoonist and prolific tweeter. He lives and works in Devon.

While 'waiting' to become an artist he enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, from turfing a ha-ha for the National Trust to directing and performing children’s theatre in Manchester. For many years he worked in London as an architect specialising in urban regeneration and contributed to the UK´s successful Olympic bid. He moved to the coast in 2006 to concentrate on his art and to have fun with his family by the sea.

While struggling with his addiction to Twitter, Moose had an epiphany. Since joining in 2009 he realised he'd been writing jokes, short stories, creating cartoons, animations, music, getting to know lots of fascinating people… Twitter wasn't an addiction it was a creative medium and if anyone asked he could say it was 'work'.

As well as creating his original artworks, Moose has been involved in a wealth of other interesting projects and collaborations: he has had cartoons published in Private Eye and The Literary Review, published his first book, Fill-me-in, created illustrations for the Pointless quiz show book, co-produced a music video for Elbow's song Lost Worker Bee, designed murals to decorate the interior of a waxing salon in Mexico City, produced a family guide for the Tate Britain's Lowry exhibition, a How “To Draw … Anything” guide for The Guardian website, he's even done a couple of bits of stand up.

Finally!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Be honest, you’ve probably forgotten that you pledged for my book once upon a time - possibly while we were still part of the European Union - so this blog post will come as a lovely reminder of something to look forward to. Yesterday was a distracting day, politically, for those of us in the UK, but for me it was rather momentous - we finally finished the final FINAL definitely final (final version…

The Last Post

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Ok, that last blog post was specially for those of you who don't read these blogs posts. Quite a few people (mentioning no names but you know who you are) have been saying they're looking forward to giving the book as a birthday or Christmas present THIS YEAR. But the book will not be out until some time NEXT year. 

This is not a book that's already written and waiting to be published. I still…

Just so you're all absolutely clear about this…

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

… the book won't be out until 'some time' next year.

Moose

Look, it's not about me. It's about Ian Martin.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

London skyscraper nicknames lo

Just a very quick one: a bit of cross-promotion. I have done a drawing for the brilliant Ian Martin's "Epic Space" book, another Unbound volume, currently funded but you can STILL PLEDGE and receive limited edition slightly-bigger-than-A3 print based on his wonderful list of skyscraper nicknames. I drew it freehand, starting in the bottom left hand corner, occasionally consulting a photo of the London…

This Post Contains A Great Joke

Thursday, 21 July 2016

I know that you're all pacing up and down impatiently by your various devices waiting for a progress update on my book, unable to concentrate on your every day lives.

Please stop fretting, I beg of you. All is in hand and it's busy busy busy behind the scenes.

I'm delighted to say that I'm working with a brilliant book designer called Darren Wall (I'll post a link to his work at the bottom so…

Where am I? Where am I going?

Friday, 3 June 2016

Indesign grab

Last week I finally started working on my book in the foreground, rather than in the background. It's the first time I've allowed myself to think “Yes, it's really happening!” and now I have an obligation to get on with it, which suits me very well.

What's great about hitting and then exceeding the funding target is that now I'm starting to be paid for the time I spend on the book. I don't have…

Dee Blake
Dee Blake asked:

Hiya
Book looks great! Love your art. Genuinely having a bit of a ridiculous anxiety attack over pledge decision. Thinking way too much about it and what picking one (say pet name pledge) over another (my son's name alongside a potato masher pic) says about their relative place in my affections and then how to choose which of the two cats names to offer because the first question seems to have been answered. He's a teen, he won't care - or will he? Have you any advice? Thanks.

Moose Allain
Moose Allain replied:

Firstly, thank you! So… which teenager wouldn't want to see their name in a book alongside a picture of a potato masher?! I know it's a difficult decision. As things stand, no one has plumped for the potato masher yet, so it could be a whole page on its own if I don't get another 15… although I really want to put my own potato masher in. Actually I've got two. Might put them both in. Alternatively, you could, when the time comes, submit two pet names and maybe I can get them both in, although I would discourage this as people may start submitting whole menageries. So don't tell anyone! I hope this has helped in some way.

Lesley Sloss
Lesley Sloss asked:

Very excited about this and, like the lovely Dee above, am musing over the options. However, I must know - will Archie appear anywhere in the book? I miss him.

Moose Allain
Moose Allain replied:

Well, thank you Lesley, and that's a good question. Archie has been a bit quiet over the last couple of years, but now that you mention it, he could well be allowed a footnote somewhere! I will endeavour to bring him in :)

Richard Craven
Richard Craven asked:

Hi Moose, I have some concerns about this shed of yours. ISTM that you're inviting a lot of folk in, do they all get to leave? Or do you have a secret arrangement with a nearby restaurant involving exotic meat dishes? Just curious, like. Oh, and my new neighbours from the Amazon would like the restaurant phone number please ;-)

Moose Allain
Moose Allain replied:

Ha! Now, Richard, you are not alone in thinking I'm trying to lure people into my shed - an idea greeted with various degrees of enthusiasm/horror. Alas it is my (Unbound) Shed that is on offer, rather than my shed. If you did see inside my shed I'm afraid it would be a huge disappointment to you as it is a store for garden equipment and spiders and nothing much else. Although it did nearly burn down this weekend! http://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/local-news/fire-crews-tackle-garage-blaze-exmouth

Colin Blackburn
Colin Blackburn asked:

When and where do I supply a pet name? Have I missed a crucial step meaning my pet will go unnamed!?

Moose Allain
Moose Allain replied:

No, Colin, don't worry. This will happen in due course. Unbound will manage the pledges to make sure they're all fulfilled correctly and everyone get's what they paid for! I'll write a short blog about this soon so everyone's up to speed, but thanks for flagging it up.

Amanda South
Amanda South asked:

An awkward question to ask, but do you have any idea on a timescale for this book? I am trying to decide whether to give it as an 18th, 21st or 50th birthday present - not all the same person I hasten to add! Come to think of it though, the favourite word I hope will be included (if allowed) is a favourite of my whole family, so perhaps timescale will not be much of an issue after all...

Moose Allain
Moose Allain replied:

Hi Amanda, it's not an awkward question (for me, anyway!). I did post a blog in the Shed about this recently (I know you've only just pledged - thank you!). It will be out next year some time. We can't be anything other than vague about when exactly at the moment, I'm sorry about that. I'm working away on it at the moment and aim to finish it by the end of September, but the production process takes time. We will of course keep everyone updated with progress and more precise information as we get it. I hope this has clarified things a little.

Moose

Stephen Sadler
Stephen Sadler asked:

Can't follow you on Twitter or read your tweets, but I *CAN* support your book when I eventually find out about it (see above) :D
More power to your pencil.

Moose Allain
Moose Allain replied:

Well that's good to hear, Stephen. I'm sorry you can't follow me on Twitter - have I blocked you?! I'm a bit trigger happy on that front I'm afraid :)

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