Sammy Borras is a illustration degree graduate from Coventry who specialises in making comics.
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Gig Sketches

Soeur, Yr Poetry and Outlander at The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 28th November 2018

Soeur, Yr Poetry and Outlander at The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 28th November 2018

The sketch of Yr Poetry is incomplete because I saw them preform in the same room around a month ago and I like that sketch. You can find it here. The microphone shaped like a phone with a jack lead coming out the side is very cool but only used for a few songs and I couldn’t draw fast enough!

For advent I’m going to be posting gig sketches daily over Christmas and New year with links to all the bands. You can follow along starting here.

Courtney Barnett and Laura Jean at O2 Academy, Birmingham, 19th November 2018

Courtney Barnett and Laura Jean at O2 Academy, Birmingham, 19th November 2018

I’ve sketched Courtney Barnett a couple of times in Birmingham over the years 2015 / 2014.

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I’m taking comics and music zines to Birmingham MCM Comic Con this weekend. I’m super excited for all the extra Nintendo stuff at this show! I’ll be offering ink portraits and handing out the usual free mini comics! You can find table CV22 in the Comic Village section of the show.

This Is TMRW Future Days with Parquet Courts and Big Joanie at The Crossing, Birmingham, 9th November 2018

This Is TMRW Future Days with Parquet Courts and Big Joanie at The Crossing, Birmingham, 9th November 2018

Thanks again to everyone who bought zines from my table at Future Days this weekend! Sorry if I missed you when I was sketching bands! I have an online shop with a bigger range of comics here. My next comic con is also in Birmingham! - I’ll be at the NEC for MCM Comic Con on 24th-25th November 2018.

Special thanks to This is TMRW

This Is TMRW Future Days with Kurt Vile & The Violators and Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore at The Crossing, Birmingham, 9th November 2018

This Is TMRW Future Days with Kurt Vile & The Violators and Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore at The Crossing, Birmingham, 9th November 2018

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my zine stall at Future Days last night! Sorry I wasn’t there all evening I was sketching bands. Saturday’s show was cancelled, but I’ll be back selling zines Sunday night at the Parquet Courts gig. (Please note: I have to catch an earlier train on the weekends so I’ll be packing away around 10.40pm)

It was cool to get the opportunity to draw a harp, I end up drawing so many guitars! (sorry it was such a quick sketch because of the stall) Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore released a new record yesterday! More info here.

Special thanks to This is TMRW and Stereo Sanctity

All Years Leaving @ The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 21st October 2018

Dream Wife, Goat Girl, Warmduscher, Snail Mail, Mush and Hungry Ghosts @ All Years Leaving, The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 21st October 2018

I missed All Years Leaving on Saturday because I was at Nottingham Comic Con, But I managed to catch a bunch of great bands on the Sunday. I loved finally getting to see Dream Wife perform live.

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Thanks to everyone at the convention in Nottingham! I’m busy preparing comics and zines for London MCM Comic Con this weekend. Giant Rhinos In Space has some new sale prices! I’ve updated the Etsy listings to match in case you can’t make it to the show.

A Bull, Yr Poetry, Kermes and Crywank at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 10th October 2018

A Bull (Andy from Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam), Yr Poetry, Kermes and Crywank at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 10th October 2018

Great line up at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday night! Yr Poetry had a telephone microphone which I wasn’t quick enough to draw, and Kermes were much more energetic and I regret not trying to capture their front woman with multiple faster guesture drawings. Hopefully I can see them another time!

The Taboo Club, Liquid Cheeks and Lilac Noise @ The Victoria, Birmingham, 29th September 2018
 
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The Taboo Club, Liquid Cheeks and Lilac Noise @ The Victoria, Birmingham, 29th September 2018

Sketches from a gig on Saturday night hosted by Not Normal Not OK - a new campaign against sexual harassment in the live music scene. Their website has more information including links to support and advice

Skating Polly, Babe Punch & Desensitised at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 16th September 2018

Skating Polly, Babe Punch & Desensitised at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 16th September 2018

Sorry for the delay getting these online! I had some print deadlines early this week. Skating Polly are still out touring in Europe and America - full dates here.

I’m also in the middle of preparing for Thought Bubble festival this weekend. You’ll be able to find my comics and zines at table 56, Ask For Mercy Marquee (Just outside the Town Hall). For full information and a map please visit the events section of my website! See you there!

Thanks to Stereo Sanctity

Giant & The Georges, Exhailers and Ghum at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, 11th September 2018

Giant & The Georges, Exhailers and Ghum at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, 11th September 2018

Unfortunately because of a prebooked train ticket I missed most of Future Fires set and didn’t get a chance to draw them - here’s a link to a sketch of them in February.

Exhailers were wearing stickers on their foreheads this time! They’re for Not Normal, Not OK - a campaign in the West Midlands addressing sexual harassment in the live music scene. For more information visit www.notnormalnotok.com

Ghum are on a UK tour this week! You can see them in Glasgow, Sheffield, Bristol, Cardiff & London.

Special thanks to Indie Midlands

Janelle Monae @ Manchester Academy, 10th September 2018

Janelle Monae @ Manchester Academy, 10th September 2018

I travelled up to Manchester to see Janelle Monae last night (no warm up band just 1hour 1/2 of the main act). Sorry I didn’t get to sketch all her amazing musicians, her set up of outfits and dancers kept changing so it was difficult to keep up! The show had an incredible atmosphere with fans dancing around, it was wonderful. I love how she talks and interacts with her audience throughout.

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I’m actually compiling a Janelle Monae Fanzine at the moment. It’s open to writers/artists but the extended deadline is coming up this Sunday. If you’d like your work included please send ready to print files because the zine is scheduled to launch at the Bristol Comic & Zine Fair in early October. I don’t mind if you send something you drew earlier in the year! Just so long as it meets the file size requirements as anything too small won’t be able to be printed. More info and FAQ at www.thatmusiczine.tumblr.com/janellemonae Thank you!

Screaming Females and Scrap Brain at The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 2nd September 2018

Screaming Females and Scrap Brain at The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 2nd September 2018

I headed over to the Hare & Hounds straight from Godiva Festival (gig sketches here) Unfortunately I was running a little late and only managed to see the last couple of Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam's songs.

Afriquoi, The Neville Staple Band and Stealing Sheep (with Marching Band) at at Godiva Festival, Coventry, Sunday 2nd September 2018

Afriquoi, The Neville Staple Band and Stealing Sheep (with Marching Band) at  at Godiva Festival, Coventry, Sunday 2nd September 2018

Unfortunately I missed the beginning of Afiquoi's set because I headed over to the festival straight from work. The stage times were running late so I started sketching anyway, but I missed some band members! Sorry!

Neville Staple's band continued to play after a difficult weekend with a message about knife crime. Read more on the BBC.

Stealing Sheep brought portable synths and a marching band to the festival! I filmed a little over on Instagram. I had to keep walking backwards and running after them to draw which was an interesting challenge. Their performance was hosted by Boudica Festival, a weekend focusing on women in music on 6th October.

I then headed over to the Hare & Hounds for Screaming Females - I'll post the sketches from that show in a separate post!

Gaz Coombes, Rae Morris, Ady Suleiman and Little Comets at Godiva Festival, Coventry, Saturday 1st September 2018

Gaz Coombes, Rae Morris, Ady Suleiman and Little Comets at Godiva Festival, Coventry, Saturday 1st September 2018

I've drawn a couple of these bands before - Gaz Coombes at Moseley Folk Festival in 2015.

 
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When I last saw Rae Morris it was pre-music blog, but I was still sketching bands back then. Last time she was stationary at a keyboard, but this time she danced around the stage. I tried to capture some of her movements in faster gesture poses.

Kaleidoscope & Planet Art Project present Bank Holiday All-Dayer @ The Night Owl, Birmingham, 26th August 2018

As Mamas, Nonsuch, The Americas, Brain Food and Dead Coast @ Kaleidoscope & Planet Art Project present Bank Holiday All-Dayer @ The Night Owl, Birmingham, 26th August 2018

Kaleidoscope is a regular event at The Night Owl, featuring live music and artists. Thank you to everyone who bought comics & zines from my table throughout the day. In my sketches I tried to capture some of the cool light displays at this particular event. Sorry I had to leave early due to Sunday train times and missed sketching Mothers Earth Experiment. The next free entry Kaleidoscope event will be on Thursday 6th September.

I'll be taking comics and zines to another show in Digbeth in a couple of weeks - High Vis Festival on Saturday 8th September! Please come say hi! I'll have free mini comics to hand out! For an up to date list of comic cons and zine fairs throughout autumn please visit the events section of this website.

If you're interested in getting involved in making a music zine - theres still a couple of days left to send me something for the Janelle Monae Fanzine I'm compiling. For more information please visit www.thatmusiczine.tumblr.com/janellemonae

Slumb Party and Omni at The Hare & Hounds Birmingham, 20th August 2018

Slumb Party and Omni at The Hare & Hounds Birmingham, 20th August 2018

Omni have 2 tour dates left in the UK this week-Sheffield and London.

I'll be taking comics and zines to Kaleidoscope & Planet Art Project's Bank Holiday All-Dayer in Digbeth this Sunday. There will be live music from The Mothers Earth Experiment, Dead Coast, The Americas, Brain Food, Nonsuch and As Mamas. If you can't make it this week I'll also be at High Vis Festival on the 8th September.