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24 June 2018

Look Alive - issue 1 - Don Lawrence art and more

Following on from some online chat at the weekend about Don Lawrence dinosaur art (which has been neatly summarised here) I promised I'd fetch a few more images out from the comic magazine they originally came from...

So here we have some pages from Look Alive #1...  

This is the original Genghis Grimtoad strip - that would be re-drawn by Ian Gibson for Marvel UK

Don Lawrence dinosaur art...

Wilf Hardy aviation art

John Cooper art accompanying a text feature

Look Alive only lasted 5 issues, was edited by Kelvin Gosnell and was ambitiously priced at 40p (when new Eagle was half the price).

23 June 2018

Pat Mills: Kiss my Axe cover revealed

Some details have emerged from Pat Mills about his Slaine book...

Pat and Lisa Mills (and John Freeman) at 2000ad 40th anniversary convention in 2017

In Part One of Kiss My Axe!

  • The key Celtic sources of myths & legends and where the warp-spasm comes from;
  • How I based the plot of Sláine on myself;
  • The secrets of Zarjaz and the failed artist coup d’etat;
  • The secret story of Mike McMahon’s incredible Sky Chariots and the special edition we all want to see;
  • With illustrations of key scenes such as the original helmeted version of Sláine!

Plus: find out why many fantasy writers give up on the Celts and what made me persevere; what the readers really thought of the first three Sláine artists: Angela Kincaid, Massimo Belardinelli and Mike McMahon – and how Fandom disagreed with them.

Includes 11 chapters, plus a ‘Skull Duggery Timeline’ of the creation and early episodes, and illustrations of key scenes such as the original helmeted version of Sláine, how the artists based Sláine on themselves, and the greatest warp spasm of all!

Chapter Headings:

  1. By The Bogs!
  2. The Masks of Sláine
  3. Kiss My Ex
  4. Celtomania
  5. The Zarjaz Move
  6. Chariots of Fire
  7. Warp-out!
  8. Sky Chariots and Shoggey Beasts
  9. No Winners
  10. Dragonheist
  11. ‘He didn’t think it too many.’

The cover is by Alex Ronald (who also did the Be Pure...cover)

The complete book is, sadly, quite a way off: I'm backed up with projects and unlikely to get started on Parts Two, Three & Four until much later in the year. So it'll probably be early 2019 before Kiss My Axe - the complete works, is published.

This sounds great (and I think the cover looks ace as well), roll on 2019 I say!

22 June 2018

Women cartoonists @ British Library tonight

Don't forget that this in on tonight at the British Library...

Women Cartoonists and Comic Artists
Fri 22 Jun 2018, 19:15 -
A celebration of the work of over 100 women artists spanning 250 years
The suffragettes’ use of cartoons and visual propaganda helped turn public opinion their way and from the 1920s, women cartoonists’ work began to appear regularly in newspapers. Nicola Streeten, Cath Tate, editors of The Inking Woman, and artist Kate Charlesworth discuss the history and politics of women’s comics.
Nicola Streeten is an anthropologist-turned-illustrator, cartoonist and comics scholar. She is the author of Billy, Me & You (Myriad, 2011) and co-founder of the international comics network Laydeez Do Comics. Her PhD from the University of Sussex is The Cultural History of British Feminist Cartoons and Comics from 1970 to 2010, with a particular focus on the use of humour. 
Cath Tate is an author of humourous books and has been publishing the work of women cartoonists for over 30 years, as featured in The Guardian. 
Kate Charlesworth was born in Barnsley and lives and works in Edinburgh. After art college in Manchester she began work as a freelance illustrator in London where she was part of (as it was then known) the ‘golden age’ of gay publishing. Her work has appeared in The Guardian and many other newspapers,
magazines, books, comics, exhibitions and electronic media, and she has drawn storyboards for Hot Animation and Aardman Animations. In 2014 she collaborated with Costa award-winners Mary and Bryan Talbot to illustrate Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, now translated into several languages.
Image: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M Talbot

Full Price: £10.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £8.00
Student: £7.00
Registered Unemployed: £7.00
Under 18: £7.00
Friend of the British Library: £10.00
+44 (0)1937 546546

21 June 2018

Sniper Elite Resistance - exclusive Ian Kennedy cover revealed

Sniper Elite Resistance is the first new comic series from Rebellion to use the old school British comics legend's Battle logo. The first cover has been out for a while...

...but now 2 other covers have been revealed...

...including this Ian Kennedy cover to a Forbidden Planet exclusive variant
You can order a copy here or a signed version here (note that the signed version is signed by Patrick Goddard and Keith Richardson - it is NOT signed by Ian Kennedy). There will also be a signing at Forbidden Planet in London on Saturday 1st September @ 1pm featuring Patrick & Keith but not Ian (yet!).

20 June 2018

A (7th) Doctor Who signing tonight

This is tonight folks, don't forget!

Over here on the Forbidden Planet website a Doctor Who signing has been announced for the London megastore on the evening of Wednesday 20th June, from 6-7pm.

[Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel and Lee Sullivan signing at Forbidden Planet!]

A the website says...
BEN AARONOVITCH, ANDREW CARTMEL and LEE SULLIVAN will be signing DOCTOR WHO SEVENTH DOCTOR #1 and RIVERS OF LONDON WATER WEED #1 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 20th June from 6 – 7pm!
From the writers of the fan-favourite episode Remembrance of the Daleks, Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who Seventh Doctor #1 brings us a brand new comic adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy, and Ace as played by Sophie Aldred. Also includes a short back-up strip, written by Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin.
And in Water Weed #1, the digital and bookstore smash-hit series returns with an all-new miniseries. When two of the less well-behaved river goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, Peter Grant and Bev find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime, the brutal and beautiful Hoodette.

[Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel and Lee Sullivan signing at Forbidden Planet!][Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel and Lee Sullivan signing at Forbidden Planet!]

[Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel and Lee Sullivan signing at Forbidden Planet!]

19 June 2018

Original Frank Hampson studio reference material for sale

Rare original reference material from Frank Hampson's Dan Dare studio is currently for sale on that ebay here and here

These boards, which come from Frank Hampson's estate, were reference files from his Dan Dare studio. As with the collection of ‘The Human Figure in Motion’ (also up for sale now) these reflect Hampson’s well-documented search for absolute accuracy.
They comprise four sets of astronomical photos published by the Sky Publishing Company, Harvard College University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Lick Observatory in the 1940’s/50’s, together with the relevant explanatory pages. There are two sets of stars and star systems, and two of lunar close-ups. They are plates which have been taken from a book (?) and pasted on to backing board.
Two of the boards have ‘Please return to Frank Hampson’ written on them in his hand, presumably because they left the studio at some point.
All the sets are complete apart from plate 33 of ‘Sky Sets II’. Each board measures approx 26cms x 36cms.
24 plates in ‘Sky Sets 1’
23 plates in ‘Sky Sets 2’
11 plates in ‘Lunar Crescent Sets’
18 plates in the close-ups of the Moon
They offer good insight into the vast amount of work and meticulous research involved in the creation of Dan Dare and his life in outer space. 

These boards, which come from Frank Hampson's estate, were an integral part of Hampson's Dan Dare studio reference material. Four of them bear Hampson’s signature - probably because they were lent out at some time - and two have his written annotations (see photo).  
As with the collection of ‘Astronomical Photographs’ (also up for sale now) they reflect Hampson’s well-documented search for absolute accuracy.  The mounted images were cut from an early edition of The Human Figure in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge who was famous for his pioneering photographic studies of motion and his early work in motion-picture projection.
There are a total of 122 boards with hand written alternating numbers from 17 to 271. The numbering refers to the page numbers in the book. Numbers 119,191, 233 and 235 are missing from the sequence. The images are half tone reproductions probably taken from a 1922 reprint of the book.

18 June 2018

Red Dagger cover gallery - part 2

And here's part 2 of the Red Dagger cover gallery - issues typically cost up to £10 an issue...two Ian Kennedy covers for you...

17 June 2018

Red Dagger cover gallery - part 1

To celebrate completing my collection of Red Dagger comic reprints from DC Thomson I present the first part of a Red Dagger cover gallery... 

16 June 2018

John Hicklenton draws for Warhammer monthly

John Hicklenton (08/05/67 - 19/03/10) was a renowned, and award winning, 2000ad artist whose life was cut short through his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. As well as the Judge Dredd and Nemesis the Warlock work he is best known for he also drew a single complete 11-page one-off strip in Warhammer monthly - issue 9 (published in 1998). 

Here then are the first 4 pages of 'Cycles of Chaos' - RIP John.

His Wikipedia page is here

Script by Andy Jones
Art by John Hicklenton
Letters by David Pugh

15 June 2018

Treasury of British Comics exhibition - a few pictures

A few snaps from the 'Treasury of British comics' exhibition currently on at Orbital comics in central London. I went on a Tuesday afternoon and the space was closed because they were sorting out all the new comics ready for getting them on the shelves on (new comics) Wednesday. You have been warned!

Tiger cover, art by John Gillatt

Marney the fox art by John Stokes

Action art

Beatles artwork by Arthur Ranson

Hard at work!

14 June 2018

Alan Moore's (not the) World Cup comic

As it's the start of the World cup today there's only one comic worth thinking about today...I thought we'd have a look at a Barrie Mitchell illustrated, Alan Moore (yes, really) scripted tale of not the (1982) world cup humour comic from Marvel UK.

Cover by John Higgins