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.
My leaning when planning a comedy gig, is towards being grotesque, leaping about, saying what I want to say but doing it as a character, so I can be more absurd and sometimes say the opposite of what I’d really say, in order to have fun, be surprising and make people laugh. My favourite comedians […]Read more
Interesting article in the Guardian today. I usually avoid the papers, I can’t remember why I was distracted into reading this today. It’s about children and screen time, and it’s sort of common sense. The stupid things we do in our own homes, like trying to do exercise with an audience. Shabby Shit, I mean […]Read more
Here are some other pictures from my year so far. I really like the Marie Kondo method and Shinto and all that, but I am also doing comedy about it, though I’ve had to draw the line at doing an impression. (I did have one but it was vetoed by my audience member. I am […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
All right? Apparently, according to Sheila from the Jolly Roger in Falmouth, if you want to go past Plymouth, you need to wear a bum bag under all your clothing and it’s thick fog past Bristol. Sheila went to Exeter once for half an hour and then fled back home because there was too much […]Read more
I started a new sketchbook today so now I’ve got two on the go. The big one has my pottery designs in it, in case anyone’s interested. Pots to come. Page one of this new book is a terrible sketch but one of my favourite things – a drawing within a drawing. I used to […]Read more