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Missy’s Cartoons of Northern Spirit at the Durham Books Festival

December 17, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, Wondrous Cities, XMAS SPECIAL

A Wondrous Place Guest Curators at the Durham Books Festival

In October 2012 New Writing North kindly invited us to embed ourselves within the Durham Books Festival, the North East’s biggest annual celebration of books and new writing. Their support enabled us to bring together (and actually meet in person for the first time!) four kindred spirits from four North of England cities who have contributed to the ‘A Wondrous Place’ digital space over recent months – Hayley Flynn, Amy Roberts, Amy Mackelden and Missy Tassles. We jointly led a practical workshop with lots of lovely people from the region (more info here), attended festival events together, did lots of tweeting, and had the invaluable opportunity to pool our perspectives on the part of the world we live within and love and to share what we feel are the contemporary points of connection between Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool.

Here’s Missy Tassles’ cartoon perspective on our time together. Click on each cartoon to see an enlarged version.

The above photograph of us grafting was also taken by Missy (that’s why she’s not in it!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow: ‘A Catcher In The Rye’ inspires Amy Roberts to re-imagine Liverpool…

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Sheffield Sounds Cartoons Part Four – Music In The Air

November 16, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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Sheffield has a rich musical history; alongside its industrial heritage, rhythm seems to be everywhere sometimes. A simple walk into Sheffield city centre can be a musical adventure in itself.

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Last week’s guest curator of ‘A Wondrous Place’ Lesley Taker asked me the following question:

‘Which bit of Sheffield could you not be without? Be it a place, a happening, a particular area…’

Definitely different bits for different times in my life: it’s evolved for me as a place as I’ve changed over the years.  As a child, Castle Markets with my Nan; as a teenager, all the cinemas (at least 2 or 3 of which no longer exist, e.g. Gaumont where I first saw ‘Back to the Future’, ABC where I saw ‘Ghostbusters’); as a young adult, certain pubs/clubs (The Washington, Offbeat).  Now I love the area in which I live – Crookes. It’s quite hilly, but flattens out at the top for the little ‘High Street’; a smattering of charity shops, a deli, bakers, newsagent, a couple of local supermarkets amongst other things, yet retains a small charming villagey feel.  In one direction I can walk for 20 minutes and be in the countryside (Rivelin Valley), walk in the other direction for 20 minutes I can be in the city centre!

Next week’s guest curator on ‘A Wondrous Place’ is Sarah-Clare Conlon from Manchester. Here’s my question for Clare: ‘What in, or about, your city inspires you, has surprised you or has restored your faith in humanity?’

Thanks so much to Chris at Northern Spirit for all his help and inviting me to have another turn at curating ‘A Wondrous Place’ – it’s a great project with a warm heart, and it’s an honour to have some of my doodles included.  Thanks also to the cast of characters who have featured throughout my life and my cartoons so far – it’s all of you and our own stories that build our picture of the world around us that I find inspiring.  I have many creatively inspirational friends, some who have been especially inspiring, encouraging and supportive of projects I’ve worked on over the years and I’d like to add special mention to a select few (in no particular order) – Rob Richardson, Jim Connolly, Anjan Sarkar, Elodie G, Jack Straker, Paul Dorrington, Lizzie Biscuits, Andy Jupp and Julie Cooper at Charity Shop DJ, Adrian Flanagan, Mark Wainwright  – here’s to future adventures! And, of course, Mr Tassles, Little Tassles and my parents for putting up with my ongoing shenanigans.

Bye!

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Sheffield Sounds Cartoons Part Three – Flying Wing Performance Testing

November 15, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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Flying Wing

My fellow Flying Wing research engineers have been considerably patient with me and have taught me pretty much everything I know so far about being in a band (particularly the guitar) for which I’ll be eternally grateful, as this has come mean a lot to me. I finally feel like I’ve found the thing I’m meant to be doing, but I’ve still got a lot of catching up to do!

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Sheffield Sounds Cartoons Part Two – The Dream Machine

November 14, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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Sheffield often has cool unique mini happenings – musical events and festivals tucked away all over the city. Many smaller venues have closed down in recent years, but new and inventive ones are springing up all over the place. Huge events such as the Tramlines festival (a city-wide free festival, utilising every venue of every size for a whole weekend in July) are bringing people to the city and encourage every venue and band to get involved. I wish I was more ‘in the loop’ still to hear about more of these smaller events, but here’s an example of one I did manage to get to, in a nice pub venue called The Shakespeare (since expanded and renamed ‘Shakespeares’!) - Dream Machine.

(For a much larger version of the cartoon above, click here. Just click on each cartoon below to enlarge it.)

‘Dream Machine’ Day One

‘Dream Machine’ Day Two

‘Dream Machine’ Day Three

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Sheffield Sounds Cartoons Part One – A Short History of Sheffield Bands

November 13, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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Anyone interested in music has a large part of their life coloured in by it. The bands we’re around and listen to with friends at impressionable ages in life often have a huge impact that stays with us forever. There are references in these cartoons to Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation, a record label I helped set up and run for a number of years (with Darren Chuck, Rob Chuck and Mark Velodrome). With Mark I went on to do ‘Thee SPC Live!’ radio show (on Sheffield Live!) for a time, who I’ve also had fun working with on musical projects since. Velodrome 2000 are currently playing successful comeback tour shows (I kid ye not)! There’s also a reference within the cartoons to one of my favourite bands Beachbuggy:

I’ve been lucky enough to go on to work with Jack Straker and Paul Dorrington from Beachbuggy (amongst many other bands) in my current band Flying Wing (there’s a Flying Wing post coming up later this week).

 

Sheffield Bands Cartoons Part One: Pulp (for a much larger version of the cartoon above – click here).

 

Sheffield Bands Cartoons Part Two: Velodrome 2000

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And here’s a link to Velodrome 2000′s Facebook page.

 

Sheffield Bands Cartoons Part Three: Chuck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And here’s a link to Chuck on MySpace.

 

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: Places – Castle Market Part Four

September 8, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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This is my final post featuring excerpts from a one-off comic book I produced with my friend Elodie G., combining our experiences and memories of Castle Market in Sheffield – a landmark destined for closure in coming years.  A proper old-fashioned indoor market with fantastic variety and kitsch charm, we wanted to capture something of it and its social history whilst it still stands.

 

Thanks so much to Chris at Northern Spirit for all his help and inviting me to have a turn at curating A Wondrous Space – it’s a great project with a warm heart, it’s an honour to have some of my doodles included.  Thanks also to the cast of characters who have featured throughout my life and my cartoons so far – it’s all of you and our own stories that build our picture of the world around us that I find inspiring.  I have many creatively inspirational friends, some who have been especially inspiring, encouraging and supportive of projects I’ve worked on over the years and I’d like to add special mention to a select few (in no particular order) – Rob Richardson, Jim Connolly, Anjan Sarkar, Elodie G, Jack Straker, Paul Dorrington, Lizzie Biscuits, Andy Jupp and Julie Cooper at Charity Shop DJ, Adrian Flanagan, Mark Wainwright  – here’s to future adventures! And, of course, Mr Tassles, Little Tassles and my parents for putting up with my ongoing shenanigans.

Chris: Thank you Missy for such beautiful posts – a fantastic start for the space. Do visit Missy’s site.

Next week we’re really pleased to welcome Amy Roberts from Liverpool to A Wondrous Space. We love Amy’s blog I Never Knew You Were Such A Monster - vignettes of grown-up turmoil mostly inspired by the horrors (and splendours) of everyday life. 

But first, let’s have a bit of cross-regional conversation…

Missy: My question for Amy…

Where’s the best place in Liverpool to mooch about for secondhand and vintage tat with friends then get a great big (veggie) fry up breakfast and mug of tea?

Missy x

Amy will respond to Missy’s question next week…

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: Places – Castle Market Part Three

September 7, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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This is another excerpt from a one-off comic book I produced with my friend Elodie G., combining our experiences and memories of Castle Market in Sheffield – a landmark destined for closure in coming years.  A proper old-fashioned indoor market with fantastic variety and kitsch charm, we wanted to capture something of it and its social history whilst it still stands.

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: Places – Castle Market Part Two

September 7, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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These current posts feature excerpts from a one-off comic book I produced with my friend Elodie G., combining our experiences and memories of Castle Market in Sheffield – a landmark destined for closure in coming years.  A proper old-fashioned indoor market with fantastic variety and kitsch charm, we wanted to capture something of it and its social history whilst it still stands.

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: Places – Castle Market Part One

September 6, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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My next posts feature excerpts from a one-off comic book I produced with my friend Elodie G., combining our experiences and memories of Castle Market in Sheffield – a landmark destined for closure in coming years.  A proper old-fashioned indoor market with fantastic variety and kitsch charm, we wanted to capture something of it and its social history whilst it still stands.

 

Avatar of Missy Tassles

Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: Places – Part Two

September 6, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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Sheffield’s arthouse cinema, the Showroom.  A lovely place, it’s had ups and downs over the years yet is still standing – it retains a relaxed atmosphere, host to many an interesting event including the International Documentary Festival, the Sensoria festival, and Showcomotion children’s festival amongst others… go forth and become a member of your local independent cinema!

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: Places – Part One

September 5, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

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Rivelin Valley

Somewhere I used to go occasionally as a child and could only remember snatches of, since living nearer, it’s somewhere I’ve become more familiar with.  It’s such a pretty place, full of wildlife, streams, waterfalls and parts that look like a fairytale kingdom (when not full of people tearing past on bikes or walking their dogs, that is!).  I love that I can walk for twenty minutes in one direction from my house and be in the city centre…

…twenty minutes in the opposite direction finds you here…

The Hole In The Road

 

The Hole in the Road.

All long-term Sheffielders remember this concrete oddity – equally loved and hated, it was a peculiar, unique feature in Sheffield City Centre, filled in to make way for the coming of the Supertram.  Dark, smelly, but full of character and, of course, the infamous fish…

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: People – Part Two

September 4, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

I walk around a lot in my home town of Sheffield, and living in one place for a while you get to recognise some local characters.  There are two or three interesting looking people who stand out to me, here is one of them…

That One Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who frequents cinemas in Sheffield will recognise Dr. Shaw.  I since found out more about him (e.g. his first name is Clifford!), and he curated a week of film programming recently at The Showroom cinema because of his local legendary status.

Dr. Shaw

 

Crookes Co-op…

Whoever you are, whatever your status in life, local shops remain a staple of our daily lives.  Something we’re all familiar with but easily overlooked – here are a few more of the local stars of my everyday life.

Crookes Co-Op

 

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com

Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: People – Part One

September 3, 2012 in A WONDROUS SPACE, SHEFFIELD, Wondrous Cities

I think it’s not until a bit later in life when we realise what a big influence on us our Grandparents are, if we’re lucky enough to have known them.  Many of the things that are part of me now and shaped who I am I can now see came directly from my grandparents.  I was fortunate to have both sets nearby and helped form strong impressions of my local surroundings – William and Lillian in Sheffield, Clifford and Edith in Chesterfield.  Three of the four served in WW2 – William was a mechanic in the RAF and travelled the world, with many stories and retained a love of mechanics, motorbikes and tinkering, Lillian was a radar operator for a time and Clifford was a soldier at Dunkirk (also later a mechanic).  Having left his piano accordion behind on the beach, Cliff was lucky enough to be rescued after spending five hours keeping himself afloat in the sea.  What follows are some of my more sensory childhood impressions of them.

Grandad William

Nan-Nan Lillian

Granny Edith

Grandad Clifford

Missy’s Grandparents

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missy Tassles

Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.www.missytassles.wordpress.com www.flying-wing.co.uk www.thegirlnextdoortou.wordpress.com