Michi Mathias is creating vegan graphic recipes... and a Victorian cycling graphic novel
3

patrons

$11
per month
Hi, I'm Michi, and I love doing illustration to make complicated concepts clear, and making comics about the absurdities of real life, or expressing strongly held views, or about dumb things I've done...  Here are two projects I'm working on which I hope you'll want to be involved in.  

I've been drawing graphic recipes for a few years in a way that shows the whole process at a glance, with virtually no words. And minimal measurements, too - that's up to the cook! Initially all were vegetarian and more recently vegan.   

I want to draw a lot more of these and make further volumes to add to the collection I've printed so far. 


And here's my graphic novel project, Two Shillings a Day, which I'm very excited about.  Some might even say obsessed... 

I'm telling the true story of the pioneering Victorian London tailor, T.H. Holding, the "father of recreational camping", who designed a tiny lightweight tent and embarked on the first-ever bicycle camping tour with three friends in county Mayo, Ireland in 1897. On single-speed heavy cycles, over unpaved roads, wearing woollen suits.

Holding wrote a book, Cycle and Camp, about this adventure which reads like a how-to manual, travelogue, and social history of Ireland all in one. Two Shillings a Day uses nothing but his own delightfully old-fashioned, didactic, humourous voice from this book.

In 1897, bicycle design hadn't even finished evolving, and two of the four cycles on this trip called Bantams proved to be quite unsuitable, a point which Holding makes in a "plainly outspoken" manner, going into great detail about what's wrong with them.

To the right is a draft of how I might do this page of his arguments, 

By the way, Bantams were only made for a few years during the 1890s. I had to go all the way to mid-Wales to see and photograph one in a cycle museum so I can draw them in detail. It was a fun and useful trip, with helpful volunteers even posing with the Bantam so I could get in the right scale. This is the kind of thing you'l hear about if you join me here on Patreon. 

Patreon provides a way for creators to make their work with the financial and personal support of patrons, a bit like a slower, longer term kickstarter, but you're free to leave at any time very easilyI have no idea how much overlap there is between Victorian cycling/camping/Ireland enthusiasts and vegan graphic recipe peeps so I've made separate reward tiers, plus another for people who like both. 

Either way, you'll get behind-the-scenes views of my process (mistakes and mis-spent hours included) plus finished pages to see here first, and PDF downloads. It really helps me to bounce ideas off other people and get feedback before finalising drawings, so I'll also be asking for your input to see if things are clear and understandable sometimes. And you'll be holding me accountable to getting these done, which is very much appreciated! 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

And if you've read this far, then I THANK YOU and perhaps you'd even like to see how and why I started drawing again -- after a decades-long accidental lapse -- and then making comics: 



Tiers
Coffee Club
$2 or more per month

An hour in a cafe really helps with the thinking and drafting sometimes. You get my heartfelt gratitude, and see new things here when I've made them. 

Cycle-Camping Club
$3.50 or more per month

You like early bicycles, camping, Ireland and/or Victorian social history, too? This gives you: 

- Advance views as things are finished, and some to download as PDFs 

- Input into decision-making when I need help, please!

- Behind-the-scenes look at the absurd amount of research needed to make everything be accurate for 1897. 

Cooking Club
$3.50 or more per month

Ah, another visual thinker and creative cook. You get: 

- early views of newest recipes, and some to download as PDF

- Input into new recipes when I need help testing, please, or making sure the drawing is clearly understandable. 

- behind-the-scenes drafts and experiments as I figure out new recipes

Cooking AND Cycle-Camping Club!
$5 or more per month
Wow, you're keen on both the graphic novel and the graphic recipes! Thank you so much. 

You'll receive:

- all of the above, plus...

- random other comics that I make, and stories of illustration jobs, and more...  

Hi, I'm Michi, and I love doing illustration to make complicated concepts clear, and making comics about the absurdities of real life, or expressing strongly held views, or about dumb things I've done...  Here are two projects I'm working on which I hope you'll want to be involved in.  

I've been drawing graphic recipes for a few years in a way that shows the whole process at a glance, with virtually no words. And minimal measurements, too - that's up to the cook! Initially all were vegetarian and more recently vegan.   

I want to draw a lot more of these and make further volumes to add to the collection I've printed so far. 


And here's my graphic novel project, Two Shillings a Day, which I'm very excited about.  Some might even say obsessed... 

I'm telling the true story of the pioneering Victorian London tailor, T.H. Holding, the "father of recreational camping", who designed a tiny lightweight tent and embarked on the first-ever bicycle camping tour with three friends in county Mayo, Ireland in 1897. On single-speed heavy cycles, over unpaved roads, wearing woollen suits.

Holding wrote a book, Cycle and Camp, about this adventure which reads like a how-to manual, travelogue, and social history of Ireland all in one. Two Shillings a Day uses nothing but his own delightfully old-fashioned, didactic, humourous voice from this book.

In 1897, bicycle design hadn't even finished evolving, and two of the four cycles on this trip called Bantams proved to be quite unsuitable, a point which Holding makes in a "plainly outspoken" manner, going into great detail about what's wrong with them.

To the right is a draft of how I might do this page of his arguments, 

By the way, Bantams were only made for a few years during the 1890s. I had to go all the way to mid-Wales to see and photograph one in a cycle museum so I can draw them in detail. It was a fun and useful trip, with helpful volunteers even posing with the Bantam so I could get in the right scale. This is the kind of thing you'l hear about if you join me here on Patreon. 

Patreon provides a way for creators to make their work with the financial and personal support of patrons, a bit like a slower, longer term kickstarter, but you're free to leave at any time very easilyI have no idea how much overlap there is between Victorian cycling/camping/Ireland enthusiasts and vegan graphic recipe peeps so I've made separate reward tiers, plus another for people who like both. 

Either way, you'll get behind-the-scenes views of my process (mistakes and mis-spent hours included) plus finished pages to see here first, and PDF downloads. It really helps me to bounce ideas off other people and get feedback before finalising drawings, so I'll also be asking for your input to see if things are clear and understandable sometimes. And you'll be holding me accountable to getting these done, which is very much appreciated! 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

And if you've read this far, then I THANK YOU and perhaps you'd even like to see how and why I started drawing again -- after a decades-long accidental lapse -- and then making comics: 



Recent posts by Michi Mathias

Tiers
Coffee Club
$2 or more per month

An hour in a cafe really helps with the thinking and drafting sometimes. You get my heartfelt gratitude, and see new things here when I've made them. 

Cycle-Camping Club
$3.50 or more per month

You like early bicycles, camping, Ireland and/or Victorian social history, too? This gives you: 

- Advance views as things are finished, and some to download as PDFs 

- Input into decision-making when I need help, please!

- Behind-the-scenes look at the absurd amount of research needed to make everything be accurate for 1897. 

Cooking Club
$3.50 or more per month

Ah, another visual thinker and creative cook. You get: 

- early views of newest recipes, and some to download as PDF

- Input into new recipes when I need help testing, please, or making sure the drawing is clearly understandable. 

- behind-the-scenes drafts and experiments as I figure out new recipes

Cooking AND Cycle-Camping Club!
$5 or more per month
Wow, you're keen on both the graphic novel and the graphic recipes! Thank you so much. 

You'll receive:

- all of the above, plus...

- random other comics that I make, and stories of illustration jobs, and more...