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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




13 June 2018

Worzel Gummidge annual - John Cooper art

From the Worzel Gummidge annual for 1983 I've selected these John Cooper images as something a bit different for a man who made his name at the rather more action-orientated end of boys comics...


You get 2 stories - each at 8 pages long..
I've not got any other Worzel Gummidge annuals (and there are a few to collect) but if they have 16 pages of John Coooper art in them I'll be buying them up...

12 June 2018

The art of Solo - talk and signing tonight

Don't forget that this is tonight...

Gosh comics have just announced (here) a signing and evening of chat devoted to all things 'Solo' - the evening includes the opportunity to meet comic artists who've worked on the film. 
As you can see the concept artists and model makers in attendance will be Vincent Jenkins, Jack Dudman, Will Htay, Adam 'Mezolith' Brockbank, Glyn 'The Nao of Brown' Dillon, Julian Caldow, Paul Marsh & Neil Ellis.

Gosh say...
To celebrate the release of the The Art of Solo A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak from Abrams Books, we'll be hosting Vincent Jenkins, Jack Dudman, Will Htay, Adam Brockbank, Glyn Dillon, Julian Caldow, Paul Marsh & Neil Ellis for a very special panel discussion and signing on Tuesday 12th June, 7.30-9pm!

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second non-series film to help fill out the Star Wars universe, bringing to life hitherto unseen worlds and technologies, and reimagining familiar places and faces (and certain iconic spaceships) for an earlier time. Before filming starts, heavy lifting begins in the design departments, with countless reams of art being distilled down to a final vision for the film.

"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans."
Lucky for us plenty of the talented folks behind the scenes are based right here in the UK, and we're lucky enough to be hosting a number of them for a Q&A session and signing! 

We'll have Vincent Jenkins, Jack Dudman, Will Htay, Adam Brockbank, Glyn Dillon, Julian Caldow, Paul Marsh & Neil Ellis all here in-store to talk about their process working on the film, as well as take your questions. There will also be an opportunity to get copies of The Art of Solo A Star Wars Story signed by this incredible roster of talent.

Things kick off on Tuesday 12th June from 7.30-9 pm. We'll be closing the store at 7pm for a brief set-up, reopening at around 7.20pm to let people take their seats.

Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis, and if past attendance is any indication we'd recommend getting here to queue by 7pm.

Can't make it along? You can pre-order a signed copy online here for mail order or in-store collection.

11 June 2018

Striker volume 5 - out now!

I wonder if Striker comic creator ever sleeps? 

I say this because not only is he preparing his new Striker comic (here) but he's also found the time to put together volume 5 of his complete collection of Striker strips...


As he says himself...
About muddy time - but we think you'll find that Volume 5 of the Striker Collection is well worth the wait!
With Fabian on the cover, this 304-page heavyweight hardback is aptly titled We're In Ze Money to reflect the amazing events that happened to Striker during the period covered in the book - 2000 to early 2001. Creator Pete Nash recalls those events in detail in his introduction, including his clashes with The Sun's then recently-appointed editor.
The stories start with the conclusion of Stoned from Volume 4 - in which Callum wakes up in a field with no memory - and there's the hilarious but controversial episode with Fabian getting handcuffed to a bed by two crazy groupies. It's a story that upset The Sun but has now become a legendary classic.
Callum's father makes a brief appearance after being released from jail - with two gangsters in pursuit - and a psychic warns Nick to beware of an incident in an upcoming match that could end his playing career.
The last story sees the introduction of Jeremy Grubbett and Charles Bullion-Browne - two ruthless investors who make Eric's life a misery and bring catastrophe to Warbury.
Print costs are creeping up but we've managed to keep the price of this book at £25 including UK delivery or £30 for a signed copy.

Shipping from 25th June.
I've got volumes 1-4 and at £25 for full colour 300+ pages of action they represent great value for money. So, what are you waiting for?

10 June 2018

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

What sounds like a fascinating exhibition has recently been announced as coming to London this autumn. Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, it says here brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition will explore Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.


Schulz created 17,897 strips during his life, syndicated to over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and translated into 21 languages, reaching a truly global audience in an era long before digital communications. Featuring original strips rarely seen in the UK or Europe, the exhibition will celebrate Schulz’s prodigious output and examine his creative process. Through the prism of the lives and musings of beloved characters, including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Peppermint Patty, Peanuts addressed themes including art, faith, existentialism, race, war and feminism, crossing social and economic boundaries, and standing as a testament to the power of popular arts.

David Musgrave, Animal, 1998. Photo Marcus Leith. Courtesy greengrassi London  


KAWS, No One's Home, 2015. Courtesy of Pace Prints


Alongside this examination of Schulz’s life and work, the exhibition will feature a thrilling range of contemporary pieces, including new works, by artists and designers who have been inspired by Peanuts. Contributors will cross creative disciplines, including sculpture, music, film, design and fashion, and will feature artists including Andy Holden, David Musgrave, Fiona Banner, Fran├žois Curlet, Ken Kagami, Lucas Price, Mark Drew, Mark Mulroney, Mel Brimfield, Mira Calix, Ryan Gander, KAWS and Steven Claydon.



Des Hughes, Snoopy Banner, 2015, Courtesy of the artist 


Ken Kagami, CHARPEE Sculpture No. 1 , 2017, Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo.jpg


I think the exhibition will be held in the same space (the embankment galleries) as the recent Tintin exhibition was and will run from 28 October 2018 - 03 March 2019

Tickets are £14; £12 for concession; under-12's go free
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00

9 June 2018

Gilbert's fridge - the comic - pardon?

Is this the strangest comic Marvel UK ever produced? I'm not sure, but that's more because I didn't read Marvel UK back in the day but I've seen plenty of stuff that they've produced but even to me this seems like a particularly esoteric offering...
A one-off based (it says here on Wikipedia)...
A Saturday-morning kids' TV show, broadcast on the Children's ITV network. The show featured Gareth Jones (aka Gaz Top), Charlotte Hindle, and, for the first year of its run, Gian Sammarco, the British child actor best known for his portrayal of the character 'Adrian Mole'. Sammarco was replaced for the 2nd and 3rd series by a puppet named Gilbert the Alien (voiced by Phil Cornwell). Each week the series would be broadcast from a different UK location and centred on the Millennium Dustbin, a fictional space ship in which the presenters would travel the country. The show invited a live audience to attend and give vox-pop comments, to give presentations on local community activities, and to participate in games and challenges. The show featured a unique play-by-phone challenge, using the Amiga video game Xenon, where viewers would call in and shout "left, left, right, shoot" commands to a blindfolded player. Get Fresh also featured the animated series The Centurions and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.


Get Fresh Sunday was a pre-recorded Sunday morning edition of the show also presented by Gaz, Charlotte and Gilbert. This spin-off featured The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and Gummi Bears and studio-based interviews and features, and was more item-based than the activity driven Saturday live show.

Gilbert later featured in a further two series for Tyne Tees Television, Gilbert's Fridge (1988) and Gilbert's Late (1990).

The whole thing (published in 1988) unfolds into an A3-sized magazine that can be easily read (but not my copy as it's slightly worse for wear).

The comic is written by Dan Abnett, inked and drawn by Paul Hardy (plus Kirk Etienne and Cam Smith); coloured by Steve White (and Mike Phipps); lettered by Stuart Bartlett. 

8 June 2018

The art of Solo - signing and talk

Gosh comics have just announced (here) a signing and evening of chat devoted to all things 'Solo' - the evening includes the opportunity to meet comic artists who've worked on the film. 
As you can see the concept artists and model makers in attendance will be Vincent Jenkins, Jack Dudman, Will Htay, Adam 'Mezolith' Brockbank, Glyn 'The Nao of Brown' Dillon, Julian Caldow, Paul Marsh & Neil Ellis.

Gosh say...
To celebrate the release of the The Art of Solo A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak from Abrams Books, we'll be hosting Vincent Jenkins, Jack Dudman, Will Htay, Adam Brockbank, Glyn Dillon, Julian Caldow, Paul Marsh & Neil Ellis for a very special panel discussion and signing on Tuesday 12th June, 7.30-9pm!

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second non-series film to help fill out the Star Wars universe, bringing to life hitherto unseen worlds and technologies, and reimagining familiar places and faces (and certain iconic spaceships) for an earlier time. Before filming starts, heavy lifting begins in the design departments, with countless reams of art being distilled down to a final vision for the film.

"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans."

Lucky for us plenty of the talented folks behind the scenes are based right here in the UK, and we're lucky enough to be hosting a number of them for a Q&A session and signing! 

We'll have Vincent Jenkins, Jack Dudman, Will Htay, Adam Brockbank, Glyn Dillon, Julian Caldow, Paul Marsh & Neil Ellis all here in-store to talk about their process working on the film, as well as take your questions. There will also be an opportunity to get copies of The Art of Solo A Star Wars Story signed by this incredible roster of talent.

Things kick off on Tuesday 12th June from 7.30-9 pm. We'll be closing the store at 7pm for a brief set-up, reopening at around 7.20pm to let people take their seats.

Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis, and if past attendance is any indication we'd recommend getting here to queue by 7pm.

Can't make it along? You can pre-order a signed copy online here for mail order or in-store collection.

7 June 2018

rare Battle comic cover artwork by Joe Colquhoun for sale

Over on a popular web-based auction site (here) to be precise there's an opportunity to acquire a rare Joe Colquhoun front-cover for Battle (I'm not the seller).

The auction runs until approx. 9pm on Thursday 8th June and you'll have to pay at least £606 (the bid price with 24 hours to go - so it may have gone up a bit since then). It's a cracking piece so good luck if you do decide to bid!

6 June 2018

Dan Dare mega volume reprint announced

This volume has just been appeared here on Amazon...
It's listed at 336 pages long and is due for release on 13th November 2018, the Amazon price is £35.04 so I guess that makes the "proper" headline price for the book something like £39.99

Presumably if this volume sells then we might see further collection of collections, if you see what I mean. Fingers crossed!

5 June 2018

New Roy of the Rovers comic strip launches today

The new issue of Match of the Day magazine (dated 5-11 June 2017) is out today and features the first part of the new Roy of the Rovers comic strip... 

If you can't find the new issue then the previous issue is worth looking for as well as it features a 2 page feature on Roy. 


4 June 2018

Alan Moore talks - tonight!

Don't forget that this is tonight folks...

Tickets are available here

Alan Moore will appearing in the small, but perfectly formed, space that is the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, yes this Monday, (4th June).

He'll be talking to Robin Ince and Josie Long as it says here
they bring a special live version of the popular Book Shambles podcast to the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Festival of Science: Space.
In their hilarious podcast, Robin and Josie use books as their springboard into shambolic, often ludicrous and always passionate conversations into literature, science, philosophy, comedy, politics and, well, everything and anything. Expect high standards of both wisdom and nonsense.
This show will feature British science communicator and solar researcher Professor Lucie Green and the man behind graphic novels, Watchmen, V for Vendetta and Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore
There's a trailer on youtube that can be found here