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Welcome to the official blog of Joanna Neary, where you can catch up on Jo’s bewildered world past, present and looming. Mainly, this blog consists of scanned pages from her sketchbook with a running commentary, dashed off between duties, work and other hobbies. As well as banging on about art, there’s also past gigs, and music, such as the one about being interviewed for Prog Magazine in 2019, which led to some delightful exchanges with fellow nerds. It was all very civil, even when Jo had to admit she’d got a Frank Zappa fact wrong.



I’ve done some drawings in response to Marie Kondo’s technique on Netflix… The rest is the rammel I’ve been sorting, after Kondo-ing my drawers. Does this spark joy for you? Or do you think I must be a hoarder? Some of this stuff is from the Riot Grrrl days… (sticker by Bikini Kill circa 1992. […]

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Here are some pen tests and sketches I’ve been doing, plus a bonus shot of my Datsun Sunny pencil case which was 50p in a charity shop in Oldham. That’s  someone else’s oil on it and I kept that tea stain for sentimental reasons (in other words, I’ve got better things to do, like trying […]

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On this day, the Queen enters the Guinness Book Of Records for waving in a stilted manner while some people cheer. I’m not a fan but I was once, for my own nefarious means… The Nations Nan and My Master Plan My plotting started when Prince Charles came all the way from Royal Buckingham Palace […]

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The penultimate instalment. Too busy with current 2015 festival to write more. I thought Installment had two L’s. Predictive text has destroyed my brian* I did the ‘brian’ line there on purpose. I may be ignorant but I’m well aware of it I remember asking Joseph to stop making Dave laugh while he was driving, […]

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So then everyone started having delirious crushes on strangers and some kissed in cupboards at The Pleasance. Here is a rough guide. And a show report. The ‘boys’ me and Juls were trying to befriend were Dan Clark and friends – I can’t remember the name of their group now, can you? They went on […]

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I’ve got my old WordPress app going again and I refuse to update it. Here’s the part two but after part three because of silly silly computers

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Fear sets in. It’s all right when you’re rehearsing in a small village hall and making each other laugh with ridiculously entertaining acting exercises (like the one where Nicholas Quirke, our director made me and Juls reply ‘no’ to each other’s lines when we thought it wasn’t good enough). Our first night’s stay seems to […]

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Years ago now, who knows exactly when – Paul Putner was in that Richard Herring Sex Pistols Play; Guy Masterson was doing Under Milk Wood; Glen Richardson and David Mounfield were in a show with Jerry Sadowitz and me and Julie Nash were in a play together by Mitchell and Nixon called The Agent. Perhaps […]

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Which set of captions do you prefer and why? This journey outfit consists of a few layers as temperatures between stations, carriages and times of day vary so much in England. That’s the science bit. The rest is a farce. I keep planning a quick page and then it ends up being something else as […]

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Another Advertisement for Art School Today’s Daily Doodle was meant to be a comic strip about choosing clothes to suit a) long journeys by car and train b) two gigs and c) a London rehearsal day – as that’s what my outfit has to do this weekend. Luckily for people bored of blogs where outfits […]

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