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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Bryan Talbot @ Orbital - part 2

...there's also a rare opportunity to buy some of Bryan;s original pages from previous Grandville volumes. In total there are 25 boards on display priced from £270-£420; the more expensive ones feature, as you might expect violence, LeBrock and Ratzi

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Bryan Talbot @ Orbital - part 1

Last Thursday (15th November 2017) Bryan Talbot was at Orbital comics in central London (more details here) signing copies of Grandville - Force Majeure (and other Grandville volumes), I popped along and took a few snaps..

Bryan signing and talking to fans

Hard at work signing and sketching in people's books

I'm nearly at the front of the queue by now

Well worth the wait (1)

Well worth the wait (2)

Monday, 20 November 2017

Dan Dire - a 2nd helping

A second helping of Dan Dire from the pages of Private Eye nearly 30 years ago....

From #687, 15/04/88

From #683, 19/02/88

From #688, 29/04/88

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dan Dire - part 1

From the pages of Private Eye, from about 30 years ago, I have an incomplete collection of Dan Dire - pilot of the future? cartoons, here are 3 early episodes.
You may have to cast your mind back to work out which particular politicians are being lampooned but you can see the details of the original strip being fed through into this rip-off versions that tells you that the artist is a fan.

From # 673, 2/10/87

From # 675, 30/10/87

From #682, 05/02/88

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Winnie the Pooh to star in V&A exhibition

Exploring A Classic
Opening Saturday 9 December at the Victoria & Albert Musuem

Get ready for the UK’s largest ever exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh, for ages two to one hundred and two.

A multi-sensory and playful exhibition,
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic will explore the magical world of the charismatic bear, star of the most popular children's book of all time.  

Around 230 works from the 1920s to the present day will be on show, including original illustrations, manuscripts, proofs and early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion, all featuring the much-loved character and his friends.

'The bees are getting suspicious', pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard, from Winnie-the-Pooh, chapter 1. © The Shepard Trust, reproduced with permission from Curtis Brown

'Bump, bump, bump', pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard, from Winnie-the-Pooh, chapter 1, 1926. © The Shepard Trust, reproduced with permission from Curtis Brown

Christopher Robin ceramic tea-set presented to Princess Elizabeth, hand-painted, Ashtead Pottery, 1928. © Royal Collection Trust

Friday, 17 November 2017

Wimbledon Comic Art Festival

Saturday saw the inaugural Wimbledon Comic Art Festival taking place at Merton Arts Space within Wimbledon library. The event was organised by Rik Jackson (@gojacksongo) and brought together a diverse selection of creators and publishers in a small but perfectly formed venue.

While the advertising outside the library itself was a little thin on the ground (eventually an A-board with an A4 poster on it appeared outside) the location of the space within the library itself seemed to draw people in really successfully. I certainly saw plenty of people wander in slightly cautiously from the library, enticed I'm sure by the absence of an entrance fee and the 'comics for kids' opportunities.

Rik had managed to get the venue for free so was able to offer free entry for punters and free tables for creatives. The event had a really friendly vibe and eventually was able to run later than anticipated. The following selection of photos hopefully gives you a flavour of what was on offer...

Here's Rik in his trademark black shirt...

I had a good chat to David Broughton (@DBroughtonDavid) about our shared love of Dan Dare, I caught up with a number of back issues that I'd wanted to get hold for a while, thanks for the VCs print Dave!

Here's Matt Garvey (@Matt Garvey1981) who tells me he's writing a dozen comics at the moment! We chatted about his work on Cordelia Swift, Matt had copies of The Ether, Transfer and Chunks and was chatting to all and sundry about his work. A pleasure to meet. I really enjoyed The Ether #1 and will be looking forward to future issues.

Some of Rik's comics...

Rik's comics (and Dave Broughton eating a banana I think)

Most of the Awesome comics podcast team were there as well selling merchandise and not really recording as many interviews with people as they should, on the other hand as episode 124 of their podcast proves, they did spend plenty of time with creators and really enjoyed their time in Wimbledon.

The Centrala stand, they can be found here

The 'space' and interested punters

The Avery Hill team (more details here) had a diverse selection of material available...

Here's Rik again, standing proud!

Gareth Brookes (@brookes_gareth) had a fantastic selection of material on offer...

The man himself standing proudly over his books

Hawk and Cleaver (more details here) were also there successfully selling books (well, we were in the library) and comics, including El Marvo #1, as they themselves say about this...
In the distant future, nuclear war and disease has ravaged the planet once called Earth and all that is left alive of the damaged and often horribly mutated human race live on a singular continent called Muck, where they worship Sokrates - a dictator whose rule has enslaved many and is using up all that is left of the lands resources on hideous weapons, physically altered beasts and super-soldiers.
Luchador wrestler vigilante El Marvo awakes from a self-imposed cryo-sleep with a fractured memory and a missing limb, hell-bent on piecing together his past and taking on the evil oppressors of Muck with the help of a pair of teenage heroes – Go Get ‘Em Girl and Knuckle Duster.

My other comics creator of the day was Paul Shinn (more details here) with his (only slightly) penguin obsessed array of material to purchase, including

Comics and posters at the entrance to Wimbledon Library...

A great start from Rik, here's hoping for more of the same next year...

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Oli Frey - Dan Dare cover artist

Oli Frey is well known as a computer magazine covers artist AND he's well known as a comics artist (I'm think of his run on new Eagle in late 1983) but he also had the very occasional opportunity to combine both talents. But only when there was a new Dan Dare computer game to promote, anyway, here are 2 of the covers that he drew for 2 of the iconic computer games magazines of the 1980s...

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Bryan Talbot signing tonight

This is on tonight folks, don't forget...

London's Orbital comics have just announced (here) that Bryan Talbot will be coming to Orbital Comics this November for an extraordinary exhibition of his incredible artwork!

Talbot’s graphic novel series Grandville not only received overwhelming critical acclaim, but won the Prix SNCF award for best graphic novel, and was twice nominated for the prestigious Hugo award, propelling it to the ranks of “must-read” titles.

Grandville: Force Majeure represents the fifth and final instalment of this incredible series, and features our heroic Detective Inspector LeBrock on the run, wanted for murder, and out to save the country against insurmountable odds.
Bryan Talbot will be in store on Wednesday 15th of November for a signing and official book launch for Force Majeure. So be sure to clear your calendar, this event is not to be missed!

The Badger is back!
A gang war rages as, wanted for murder, truly alone and outside the law, Detective Inspector LeBrock is on the run from both the police and gangster assassins, the victim of a diabolical scheme to annihilate himself and everyone he holds dear, engineered by mastermind crime lord Tiberius Koenig, one of the most despicable villains in the history of detective fiction.

A fiendishly ingenious story of love, tenacity, treachery and tragedy, this fifth, final and longest stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award nominated Grandville series by master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot is a veritable roller coaster of a detective thriller, featuring Grandville’s trademark fusion of high- octane excitement and humour, plus deduction on a Holmesian scale as we finally meet LeBrock’s mentor, Stamford Hawksmoor, and discover LeBrock’s untold backstory. Fan favourite characters, Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi and LeBrock’s vivacious fiancĂ©e, Parisian prostitute Billie, are joined by a new badger in town! Enter Tasso, an Italian badger who’s bigger, meaner and uglier than LeBrock – but is he a force for good – or evil? A battle royale ensues as LeBrock fights against truly outrageous odds. How can he possibly survive?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Battle cover by Joe Colquhoun up for sale

Got £495 burning a hole in your pocket? Fancy treating yourself to an early Christmas present? Then I could have the answer! Just point your browser over here and partake in this great opportunity to acquire an original Battle cover (for 31st October 1981) from the pen of the very talented Joe Colquhoun.

Cheaper than other boards that have been advertised for sale recently but then you are getting a lot less 'down and dirty in the trenches' penwork from the incomparable Joe Colquhoun.

I'm not selling it and I won't be buying it but if either of those categories apply to you then good luck!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Massimo Belardinelli art for sale

I'm not selling this magnificent piece of Massimo Belardinelli artwork (for sale here), and sadly I won't be buying it either but it's just so amazing I wanted to share it here...

What did make it on to the cover of prog 74...

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Lee Sullivan, Andrew Cartmel & Ben Aaronovitch signing this afternoon

Don't forget this signing early this afternoon...

Forbidden Planet have announced (here) a signing based on the Rivers of London universe created by Ben Aaronovitch in a series of police procedural / magic crossover novels.

They say...BEN AARONOVITCH, LEE SULLIVAN and ANDREW CARTMEL will be signing RIVERS OF LONDON CRY FOX #1 FORBIDDEN PLANET JETPACK VARIANT at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Sunday 12th November from 1 – 2pm.

The bookstore smash-hit returns for a brand-new story, picking up the threads from the most recent bestselling Rivers of London novel, The Hanging Tree!
Peter Grant, apprentice magician and freshly-made detective, tackles supernatural crimes for the London Met, walking the fine line between two worlds to keep the peace!

Also available on the day will be the signed mini-print Hardback edition of the latest collection, Detective Stories - exclusive to Forbidden Planet!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Wimbledon comic art festival is TODAY!

Don't forget that this is happening today people, maybe see you there?

I'm looking forward to seeing Matt Garvey (whose work I showed hereherehere and here

Dan Broughton has had his worked praised here and here

Gareth Brookes has his work raved about here

Just a quick shout-out for Wimbledon Comic Art festival which is happening next Saturday the 11th Of November from 10:30-4:30

To keep up to date the website is here

The venue is the Merton Art Space (which is at the back of Wimbledon Library - itself only about 2 minutes walk from Wimbledon train / tube / tram station)

Come for comics, sequential art, cosplay, workshops and more!

It's free!

There's a facebook page here and twitter here

Among confirmed exhibitors you can expect to see...

Gareth Brookes - creator of 'A thousand coloured castles', reviewed here

Dan Butcher – creator superhero web comic Vanguard and co-host of indie comics podcast the Awesome Comics Podcast.

David Broughton - a small press artist and writer who has created his own comics, such as Shaman Kan. He is also co-creator of Spectre Show and Martillo. He has also drawn various comic strips for 2000AD fanzines Zarjaz, Dogbreath and many other small press publications.

Matt Garvey – writer of the incredible Cordelia Swift series as well as Chunk, Transfer and The Ether.

Ben Tobitt – Merton based comics illustrator Ben will be bringing loads of cool comics and illustrations for your delectation.

Rik Jackson – creator of web comic Rock In Purgatory, indie comic artist Rik will be launching the print edition at our event.

Full details can be found here