Thursday, June 23, 2016

New art prints!


When I published Brickman Returns! last September the plan was to do more comics featuring my old characters. As it's turned out, I've been too busy with mainstream comics work to start on another title just yet, so for the time being I've decided to publish a few prints. 

Just delivered from the printers this morning is The 7 Ages of Fan, a drawing I did in 1998 that a lot of people wanted as a print, and now it is, in luxurious full colour, A4 size. Secondly, an A5 size print featuring six of my characters, (with brief info about each on the reverse). They join the two postcard-size prints of Combat Colin and Derek the Troll I did recently and all will be on sale at Macc-Pow! this Saturday (with mail order availability soon). I'll also have issues of Brickman Returns and Brickman Begins with me too, and I'll be drawing sketches on commission, so drop by my table!

...and if you can't make it to Macclesfield but you're going to the Exeter Film and Comic Con this weekend, look out for Nigel Parkinson's table as he'll be selling Brickman Returns too! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New graphic novels coming soon

"Where are the British comics these days?" Look to the bookshops my friends. Don't just browse the newsagents. London based publisher SelfMadeHero are releasing a number of graphic novels this Autumn. Here's the details from their press release...


New Graphic Novels and Visual Narratives for Autumn 2016
SelfMadeHero brightens up the Autumn with a range of graphic novels that includes biographies of the controversial Roger Casement and the eccentric Salvador Dalí, highly anticipated new work from award-winning creators Box Brown and Rob Davis, adaptations of short stories by Deborah Levy and M.R. James, original fiction from one of the Netherland’s brightest young talents, and a gift book to encourage gratitude.

SEPTEMBER

THE TRIAL OF ROGER CASEMENT
[Paperback | RRP £12.99 | 136pp | Colour]
Writer/artist: Fionnuala Doran
Human rights campaigner, Irish patriot, British traitor. Knighted for his humanitarian work after exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and South America, Roger Casement’s commitment to Irish independence saw him imprisoned after the Easter Rising of 1916. He was put on trial – and finally hanged – for treason, but before that he was “exposed” as a homosexual. With the establishment gathering evidence against him, he delivered one of the most celebrated courtroom speeches of all time. Written and drawn by Irish artist Fionnuala Doran, this is a poignant celebration of an extraordinary life in the centenary year of Casement’s death.


ONE YEAR WISER: A Gratitude Journal
[Hardback | RRP £11.99 | 240pp | B&W]
Writer/artist: Mike Medaglia
Following on from the hugely popular One Year Wiser: 365 Illustrated Meditations and One Year Wiser: The Colouring Book, artist and Zen Buddhist practitioner Mike Medaglia has created a journal to encourage you to stay mindful of everything you have to be grateful for, and to keep a record of the moments that make life worth living. An enjoyable way to remember all the wonderful things that happen to you.


THE RETURN OF THE HONEY BUZZARD
[Hardback | RRP £14.99 | 160pp | B&W]
Writer/artist: Aimée de Jongh
Simon Antonisse, a bookseller, has hit hard times. Contemplating the closure of his family business, he withdraws deeper and deeper into himself. When he witnesses a suicide, it brings up feelings and memories he’d rather forget. But when he meets the mysterious Regina, she helps him confront his past – and imagine a better future. An emotionally perceptive and compelling tale from one of the finest young Dutch comics artists.

STARDUST NATION
[Paperback | RRP £12.99 | 104pp | Colour]
Writer: Deborah Levy; Artist: Andrzej Klimowski
Highly respected novelist and Booker Prize nominee Deborah Levy (Swimming Home, Hot Milk) has adapted the short story "Stardust Nation" (from her Black Vodka collection) into an absurdly funny and unsettling graphic novel. Drawn by Andrzej Klimowski (Behind The Curtain), it takes us into the world of Nikos Gazidis, who seems to have unwittingly crashed into the consciousness of his boss. An unforgettable graphic novel about memory, empathy and how we are, all of us, connected. Originally scheduled for release in spring 2016, this will now be published in September.


OCTOBER

TETRIS: The Games People Play
[Paperback | RRP £12.99 | 256pp | Colour]
Writer/artist: Box Brown
You’ve played the game – now you can read the book. Created by the Russian Alexey Pajitnov, the simple but addictive video game was a twentieth century phenomenon. This graphic novel explores its creation in 1980s against the backdrop of the Cold War and its subsequent success, taking in bidding wars, backroom deals, miscommunications and copyright theft. Written and drawn by Box Brown, best-selling author of Andre The Giant: Life and Legend.


DALÍ
[Paperback | RRP £12.99 | 160pp | B&W/Colour]
Writer/artist: Edmond Baudoin
Renowned French comics artist Baudoin explores the surreal life and times of Salvador Dalí, capturing his eccentric behaviour and reflecting on his artistic legacy. Commissioned by the Pompidou Centre, Dalí is a fascinating portrait of one of the world’s most talented painters and self-publicists.
The latest in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters series.

GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY, 
Vol. 1
[Paperback | RRP £9.99 | 64pp | Colour]
Writer: M.R. James; Adapters: John Reppion and Leah Moore; Artists: various
Adapted from the short stories of M.R. James, master of the English ghost story, this volume reimagines four of his most compelling stories in graphic form. These atmospheric, terrifying supernatural stories are to be read on a dark winter’s night with the wind blowing outside and the fire dwindling to a glow. M.R. James has an enormous influential on many horror writers including Ruth Rendell and Neil Gaiman.


NOVEMBER


THE CAN OPENER’S DAUGHTER
[Paperback | RRP £12.99 | 160pp | B&W]
Writer/artist: Rob Davis
Sequel to the darkly surreal The Motherless Oven, that won the British Comic Award in 2015. Vera’s mother is the omnipotent Weather Clock; she presides over the satellite town of Head Acre, which hovers a few hundred feet above Bear Park. Her father is a can opener; he spends most of his time in Vera’s pocket. Stranded in the dark wood beyond Bear Park’s boundary fence, Vera hatches a plan to save her friend Scarper Lee from his certain fate – but can she make an unlikely hero of herself? The Motherless Oven was also nominated for the “Best Graphic Album” Prize at the 2015 Eisner Awards.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Comic oddities: STARCOM (1987)

This 8 page A4 size comic, Starcom,  was presented as a pull-out in the middle of a comic or magazine in 1987. (I've long forgotten which title.) It was a promotional item for a new range of toys but what makes it interesting to comics collectors is that it features a six page comic strip drawn by Garry Leach. (Just five years after he produced the memorable visuals for the Marvelman revival with writer Alan Moore for Warrior.)
The 3-D technique for comics was back in vogue at the time and Starcom used it to give a wonderful aspect to Garry's already fantastic artwork. It came free with a pair of 3-D specs, which I'm afraid you'll need to see these pages in all their glory. (Or any 3-D specs from other comics should do the job too.) Failing that, you could improvise your own 3-D Specs by holding a piece of transparent red plastic/film over your left eye and green transparent plastic/film over the right eye. 

Here's a few examples from the comic. As always, click on the pages to see them much larger.



The back page of the comic showed the actual toys the strip was based on. They're unfamiliar to me as I was long past the age of playing with toys by 1987 but I'm sure that some of you must have fond childhood memories of them. Feel free to post your comments below about the toys and/or Garry Leach's great artwork.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Out this Saturday: LENNY THE LETTUCE!

Lenny the Lettuce was a mini-strip in The Beano two years ago and this Saturday he stars in his own comic!

The character is the creation of Marc Jackson who has the permission of Beano publishers D.C. Thomson to feature Lenny in his own 24 page full colour comic. Ha! It's Lenny the Lettuce will make its debut at the Macc-Pow! comics convention of Saturday 25th June in Macclesfield, as part of the Barnaby Festival. 

The comic features a fun, self-contained story for all ages, with a day in the life of Lenny the Lettuce. Here's a preview of the first few pages...




After that, anything can happen! Want to see more? Come along to Macc-Pow! on Saturday to buy your copy of the comic. I'll be there too, along with writer Leah Moore, comics creators Paul Grist and Emma Chinnery, and more guests. For more info see here:
https://www.facebook.com/maccpow/

For more info on Marc and his comics:
https://www.patreon.com/marcmakecomics

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beano Annual 2017

Here's a cover for The Beano Annual 2017 that has appeared on a few online bookshops. Now bear in mind that this may or may not be how the published layout will look as sometimes websites receive a preliminary version. We'll know for sure when the book becomes available on the D.C. Thomson Shop itself. The artwork is by Nigel Parkinson.

The Beano Annual 2017, along with its companion annuals from D.C. Thomson, is scheduled for 1st August 2016. 
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