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Monday, 22 January 2018

Postscript Books - bargains ahoy - part 3

Final selection of bargains from Postscript books

Here's a huge selection of Thunderbirds comics reduced from £25 to £9.99
Soon after Thunderbirds blasted onto British television screens in 1965, fans could read the adventures of International Rescue in TV Century 21, a weekly comic devoted to science fiction television series. This compilation presents around 30 strips and 'Technical Data' cutaways from the 1960s and 1970s, with the original Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope artwork created by leading British comic artists including Frank Bellamy, John Cooper and Graham Bleathman.

Here's another selction of Gerry Anderson comicy goodness reduced from £25 to £9.99
Gerry Anderson (1929-2012) is fondly remembered for the 'Supermarionation' puppet series of the 1960s including Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and, of course, Thunderbirds. The vintage strips reprinted in this lavish collection capture all of the excitement of the original programmes, and make full use of the unlimited special-effects budgets provided by acclaimed artists such as Frank Bellamy and Keith Watson, both known for Dan Dare, and Wulf the Briton's Ron Embleton.

Here's the sumptuous art of Denis McLoughlin reduced to £19.99 from £45

Here's the very limited edition (500 copies) of Kidnapped, illustrated by Cam Kennedy - reduced to £20 from £50
Over on the Book Palace website it says....

Robert Louis Stevenson's spellbinding tale of adventure, murder and revenge has all the elements of a great graphic novel, so it is no surprise that Edinburgh's Unesco City of Literature Trust turned to veterans of the strip Judge Dredd to effect this translation. Tight, dramatic, atmospherically coloured panels and terse dialogue bring the action vividly to life. The handsome, slip-cased two-volume set includes both the graphic novel and a fascinating account of its creation, including original scripts and storyboards.

A two volume slip cased edition individually SIGNED and NUMBERED by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy from a strictly limited edition of 500 copies.

Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped is an epic story of adventure, friendship, murder and revenge! Adapted by world-famous comicbook veterans Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy to vividly bring to life the thrilling story of David Balfour's dramatic journey across Scotland to claim his rightful inheritance.

This two-volume slipcased set contains the titles Kidnapped and Creating the Graphic Novel and is produced as a limited print run of 500 copies.

Volume 1 is a new hardback edition of the Kidnapped graphic novel which was first published in 2007. This special edition has a frontispiece numbered and signed by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, printed endpapers, a ribbon bookmark and is quarter-bound in cloth.

Volume 2 is a hardback specially created for this set 'Creating the Graphic Novel', is illustrated throughout, and reveals the process of the creation of Grant and Kennedy's Kidnapped, with interviews, commentary, pencil drawings, preparatory sketches and detailed studies of individual elements. Alan Grant reveals how he painstakingly distilled Stevenson's classic tale into just 64 pages. This volume also shows how Cam Kennedy works, from his first visions of a scene, experiments with colour, historical and costume research and first pencil sketches, through to final inking and colouring. You'll also find exclusive pictures and never-before-seen material in this desirable collectors' edition. Each volume 64 pages.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Early Kevin O'Neill artwork - Comicon 1976

If you've been following this blog recently you'll now that I've been highlighting a number of images from the Comicon 1976 brochure, anyway, saving the rarest until last... here is this early piece of work by Kev O'Neill

More details on Mek Memoirs here and here

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Monster artwork by Jesus Redondo

Over (here) on ebay there's currently a listing which is described thus...
Jesus Redondo did a commission of Monster for me in 2015. As part of that he made some beautiful preliminary drawings. This is one of them. A full cover style image A4 size and in pencil, signed by Redondo.

Looks lovely

Here's Jesus himself at the 2000ad con in February 2017 (Carlos Ezquerra is pictured to his left)

Friday, 19 January 2018

Postscript Books - bargains ahoy - part 2

More back issues of Illustrators magazine available at knockdown prices

Here's issue 12

was £18; is £4.99
The work of digital artist Android Jones adorns the cover of issue 12, and is examined in the lead article, while controversial comics veteran Howard Chaykin and fantasy artist Sidney Sime (1865-1941) are also under the spotlight.

Here's issue 13
The 'king of kitsch' Mitch O'Connell and the illustrator of children's books Brooke Boynton Hughes are interviewed in issue 13, and painter and illustrator Sep E Scott (1879-1965) is celebrated.
Was £18; is £4.99

 Here's issue 14
Perhaps best known for his comics work, fantasy painter Joe Jusko is profiled in issue 14 together with the idiosyncratic Tara McPherson, while Adam Stower, who writes and illustrates children's books, is interviewed.
Was £18; is £4.99

Here's  issue 15
The extraordinary art of Dave McKean, who often collaborates with Neil Gaiman, is the lead article in issue 15, while painter Andy Thomas is interviewed and Sam Peffer's vintage covers for Pan Books are examined.
Was £18; is £4.99

Here's  issue 16
Neal Adams revolutionized American comics in the 1960s and 1970s, and is still working today. He is profiled in issue 16, along with the illustrator Paul Slater and legendary commercial artist Will Davies.
Was £18; is £4.99

I got copies of all 5 of these magazines - they arrived quickly and postage was £3 for all of them.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brian Lewis - Comicon 76

Since my post the other days of Brian Lewis artwork went down well I thought you might all be interested to see the enclosed piece of Brian Lewis artwork from the Comicon 1976 brochure

and here it is...

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Postscript books - bargains ahoy - part 1

Not my employer, not an advertorial but they have got a heap of comics related stuff going on, so here's a quick plug for what you can find over on the Postscript Books website...

Here is a copy of Illustrators magazine issue #4 - contains an article of cutaway artist Ashwell Wood and the Pan Book(s) of Horror (published price £15; is £3.99)

Here is issue 5 which features an article on comics artists Derek Eyles and Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone (published price £15; is £3.99)

Here is issue 6 - main interest is probably comics war artist Graham Cotton (published price £15; is £3.99)

If you've never read a copy of Illustrators magazine I can tell you that the quality is superb, usually around 100 pages of full colour art on thick paper. It's a journal more than a magazine.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Comicon brochure 1976 - no signatures - part 2

Here's my final selection from the Comicon 1976 brochure (my special signed copy is now for sale here)...

First up is Bryan Talbot

Then we have Hunt Emerson

Ron Embleton was king of the comics in the 1970s, and here's his artistic effort

Brian Lewis also contributes a piece

Monday, 15 January 2018

Comicon brochure 1976 - no signatures - part 1

Unsigned pieces from the 1976 brochure (which is for sale here incidentally) include the following

Here's a lovely lady from the pen of John M. Burns

John Bolton also makes an appearance

as does Martin Asbury - I assume this is supposed to be the $6m man

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Comicon 76 brochure - with signature (part 2)

Second (and final) part of my look at the autographs in my Comicon 1976 brochure

This one looks like Tony Weare to me - the only reason I can think for signing this page is that it's about the only blank page in the booklet - the rest of the pages are jam packed with art!

Here's a young looking Dave Gibbons (and Powerman as well)

Comics fan extraordinaire Denis Gifford also made it into the pages of the convention handbook.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Comicon 76 brochure - with signtures (part 1)

Here's my Comicon 1976 brochure - it's A5 sized and full of one-off pages of art by the guests (typically) attending the convention. I was a little young to attend Comicon 1976 but whoever owned this brochure before me managed to grab a number of signatures...(more to come tomorrow)

Ken Simpson

Brian Bolland

Paul Neary

Trevor Goring (back page)

Friday, 12 January 2018

Andersonic issue 23 is now out!

Here's the cover of ace Century 21 fanzine, Andersonic...

Contents include...
Ayshea Brough interview - Ayshea talks about her time working on UFO. 
Archive - In 1993 Chris Drake interviewed Gerry Anderson for his book 'UFO & Space: 1999'. In the third part of this interview Gerry talked candidly about the making of Captain Scarlet. 

Alan Shubrook -  Alan writes about the recent demolition of the Century 21 studios in Slough and also shares his thoughts on working on Captain Scarlet. 

Captain Scarlet Comics of the 90s  - Graeme Bassett writes about his work on Alan Fennell's comic revival of the early 1990s .

The A-Z of Stingray - Essential marine facts for the aquanaut of tomorrow - today!

Space: 1999 - a critique of End of Eternity with the emphasis on Ray Austin's direction.

The Protectors - Mike Coldwell casts an eye over Shadbolt  

Watching the Watchers - A look at Granada's Supermarionation transmission history of the 60s and 70s.

Captain Scarlet -  'Point 783' - two writers slug it out over this popular episode.

Merchandise Reviews - we review recent CDs and books. Plus 'Things You Do (when you're a fan)', news of an upcoming UFO convention and some other stuff. 

The issue comprises 44 pages with colour inner & outer covers.
It's now available via the website (and eBay for a short period in the Collectibles > SF > Thunderbirds section); if you'd prefer to pay by cheque, please get in touch for the new postal address. Back issues are also (mostly) in print. Cost (including UK postage) is an incredibly low £2.90.

So what exactly is Andersonic?
It's an A5 paper fanzine which covers the films and television series of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Each issue contains features and articles which explore and discuss their many series, from the black and white Supercar and Fireball XL5, 60s series StingrayThunderbirdsCaptain ScarletJoe 90 and The Secret Service; the live-action series UFO and Space:1999 and later stuff such as Terrahawks and right up to date with New Captain Scarlet. In previous issues we have also covered the films Doppelganger and Into Infinity. We have featured interviews with, amongst others, Mike Trim, Dominic Lavery, Shaun Whittacker-Cook, Jan King, Robert Easton, Tony Harding and Mike Noble.


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Glenn Fabry sketchbook - final selection of images

A final selection of images from the really very talented Glenn Fabry...

it's for sale here y'know

all images (c) Glenn Fabry
all characters are (c) their respective creatord