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Friday, 30 September 2016

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (13) - Thrud bits and bobs

ok, so to (very nearly) finish up with Thrud we'll have a quick look at some Thrud 'extras' that are out there.


The first is the volume that Titan books published in September 2013 (see below)




This reprints all 5 of Carl's comics plus you also get:
  • Thrud shorts - reprints from 'Valkyrie Quarterly' role playing game magazine
  • some White Dwarf reprints
  • a coloured Bloodbowl strip from The Citadel Journal
  • 2 pages of Thrud sketches from Carl's sketchbook


Here are 3 promotional postcards that Carl issued




Last Thrud post is tomorrow, sob!



Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kickstarter campaign - Ian Kennedy illustrates Lady Flintlock

Just a quick break from Thrud-related postings to bring you news of a Kickstarter campaign that features legendary British comics illustrator Ian Kennedy. Ian has only recently illustrated his first 2 US style comics, albeit a re-working of a British comics character, Johnny Red issues 2 and 8 (see below)





Well now he's illustrating something completely different...he's provided the cover for a Kickstarter-backable campaign for Flintlock comic issue 2. I backed issue 1 and thought it was great, 3 good b+w stories, good art throughout, a real throwback to the adventure comics of my youth.


Anyway, Ian has got involved and this is part of the cover he's drawn.




I'm not showing you the whole cover as I want you to go to Kickstarter right now and read more about this great comic and learn how you can get hold, not only of this comic, but also a limited edition print of the cover.


Point your browsers this way people...


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1815843378/650798457?token=8e17cce9


You can back the campaign from tomorrow (Wed 28th Sep) - Steve's only looking for £500, so why not help him reach his goal? I know I will.

Roleplaying comics (11) - Thrud issue 4

From June 2005 comes Thrud issue 4, this story is called 'Thrud Rex' and sees our pea-brained hero temporarily become king of the fabled city of 'Shazza-n-Gazza', since time immemorial a shimmering beacon of high culture in an otherwise savage landscape. Needless to say Thrud's reign is short, brutal and destructive.


Front and back cover art are shown below.




Monday, 26 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (10) - Thrud issue 3

Thrud issue 3 from June 2004, front over and a typical page of interior art mixing Carl Critchlow's incredible detail with slapstick humour.

The story is entitled 'Lava Louts' and sees Thrud do battle with both the dreaded 'Black Currant' (seen falling off his horse below) and a lava god. Chaos, and beer, ensure. A fantastic read.



Sunday, 25 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (9) - more Thrud



Back in the early 2000's Carl Critchlow revived his barbarian hero for a series of comics, eventually running to 5 issues.


This is issue one from June 2002 and is called 'Carborundum Capers' and features some of Carl's most excellent puns - the magician To-Me Ku-Pa anyone?


Front cover




Back cover






This is issue 2 from January 2003, the story is called "Ice 'n' a Slice" and features beer, woolly mammoths, ice pixies and Luddi-Ell (the great ice wyrm).
Front cover

Interior art

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (8) - Thrud the barbarian graffik novel



Bit of a change of direction here as we look at comics that came from a roleplaying background but which weren't actually roleplaying comics themselves. Make sense?


That leads us to the one, and only, Thrud the Barbarian, Carl Critchlow's hilarious tale of a pin-headed, muscle-bound oaf and the (mis-)adventures he gets up to. I always though this was quite the best thing about White Dwarf magazine. This is 48 pages of Thrud lunacy (reprinted from White Dwarf) and is well worth seeking out.






More Thrud to come!




Carl's website is here


http://www.carlcritchlow.com/

Friday, 23 September 2016

2000ad festival announced



Massive 2000ad festival just announced for 11th February 2017 at the Novotel hotel in Hammersmith!!

See you there?

Tickets on sale soon



Roleplaying comics (7) - Legend maker

So here's an oddity, it's called 'Legend Maker' and this is the first issue. 24 pages in full colour.

It's sub-titled the first role-play adventure game comic which, as we've just looked at Diceman, isn't quite true. The artwork is functional at best.
Luckily for us there's someone out there who loves this comic, all 4 issues of it (plus 8 issues of the associated 'mini adventure comic').



Front cover
 Back cover

Interior art  





Thursday, 22 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (6) - You are Maggie Thatcher

Humorously subtitled a dole-playing game this Hunt Emerson and Pat Mills 86 page take on the politics of the mid-1980s (book published in October 1987). Hunt's trademark art makes this a fantastic book even without the added benefit of a Pat Mills game to play your way through. Recommended. 


Book is designed by Rian Hughes.

The front and end-papers would make a frankly terrifying wallpaper for your computer.

The creators (as drawn by Hunt Emerson) 


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (5) - 2000AD's Diceman issue 5

Issue 5 cover by Hunt Emerson

'Space Zombies' art by Mike Collins, concept Pat Mills, story/game by Simon Geller and lettering by Richard Starkings

Art by Hunt Emerson, game by Pat Mills

'You are Dice man in murder one' - art by Steve Dillon, story/game by Pat Mills and lettering by Tom Frame
and that was the end of the series, there were however, as we shall see, more roelplaying comics yet to come.





Tuesday, 20 September 2016

London comics calendar - updated 20 Sep 2016



Thought it might be useful to try and pull together a listing of upcoming comics events, please let me know if I've missed any






note that new items are highlighted in red


London comics calendar


Exhibitions
The story of British comics so far cor, by gum, zarjaz, The Lightbox, Woking, until 31/12/16
http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-story-of-british-comics-so-far-cor-by-gum-zarjaz-2016


Pictures from Punch, Cartoon Museum, 2/11/16 – 22/01/17
http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions


Future shock, Cartoon Museum, from 25/01/17
http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/


 
Comic marts
Comiket @ The Lightbox, Woking, 08/10/16
http://comiket.comica.london/exhibitors/
 
November 20th
http://londoncomicmart.co.uk/
 


Launches / signings
Mezolith book 2 (Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank) @ Gosh comics, 23/09/16
http://www.goshlondon.com/2016/09/mezolith-book-two-launch-party/


Jock signing @ Forbidden Planet, 24/09/16
https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/09/24/jock-signing-forbidden-planet/


Kyle Higgins @ Orbital comics, 28/09/16
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/kyle-higgins-signing-wednesday-september-28th/


2000th issues of 2000AD @ Forbidden Planet, 01/10/16
https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/10/01/celebrate-2000th-2000ad/


Peter Milligan signing @ Forbidden Planet, 05/10/16
https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/10/05/peter-milligan-signs-discipline/


Joe Kelly @ Orbital comics, 17/10/16
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/joe-kelly-spider-mandeadpool-signing-monday-october-17/


Dave ‘Good dog, bad dog’ Shelton appears as part of this event @ Foyles, 19/10/16
http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Events/Detail.aspx?eventId=3007



Talks
Curator talk about exhibition, 22/09/16
https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/curator-talk-story-of-british-comics


Rian Hughes will be talking (briefly!) about comics & illustration, 23/09/16
http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/limelight-night-illustration-v-design/event-type/talk


Peter Hampson talks about his father Frank Hampson, 08/10/16
http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/fundraising-talk-by-gum-dan-dare-in-conversation-with-peter-hampson




Isabel Greenberg & Tom Gauld, 13/10/16
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-future-of-the-graphic-nove-98695




Art ‘Maus’ Spiegelman at the Barbican, 11/11/16
https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=19901




Alan Moore talks to Stewart Lee 07/11/16
https://membership.theguardian.com/event/an-evening-with-alan-moore-and-stewart-lee-27276217902


Where to buy original art
http://www.chrisbeetles.com/
https://www.bookpalace.com/cgi-bin/mf000001.pl?ACTION=SHOWFORM


Good places to buy (second-hand) British comics
http://30thcenturycomics.co.uk/
https://www.bookpalace.com/cgi-bin/mf000001.pl?ACTION=SHOWFORM
http://www.mgeshops.com/book-comic-exchange/
http://www.rayguncomics.co.uk/ [limited 2nd hand section but even so]
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/ [limited 2nd hand section but even so - also stocks small press titles]

Roleplaying comics (4) - 2000AD's Diceman issue 4

Cover by Brendan McCarthy



Only two games in this one, first up is 'Dice man in bitter streets' drawn by Steve Dillon, story/game by Pat Mills and lettering by Tom Frame

Secoon story is 'Slaine in the ring of Danu', pencilled by Mike Collins, art by Mark Farmer, story/game by Pat Mills, lettering by Mark King
this was reprinted in the Slaine gaming book at the end of the year.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (3) - 2000AD's Diceman issue 3


On sale June 7 1986 (according to an ad in the back of issue 2)

Story one art is by Mike Collins & Mark Farmer; story/game by Pat Mills; lettering by Tom Frame



Story two is illustrated by John Ridgway; story/game by Pat Mills; lettering by Kid Robson

and in the third story Bryan Talbot illustrates a Pat Mills game lettering by Mark King

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (3) - 2000AD's Dice Man issue 2

2000AD's Dice man issue 2, front cover by Glenn Fabry










Story one - The ABC Warrior vs. Volgo, the ultimate death machine - art by Steve Dillon, story/game by Pat Mills, lettering by Kid Robson











Story two - You are the dice man - art by Graham Manley, story/game by Pat Mills, lettering by Mark King











Story three - Slaine in Dragoncorpse - art by Nik Williams, story/game by Pat Mills, lettering by Tom Frame
Later re-printed in the Titan Books Slaine title.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

London comics calendar

Thought it might be useful to try and pull together a listing of upcoming comics events, please let me know if I've missed any




London comics calendar


Exhibitions
The story of British comics so far cor, by gum, zarjaz, The Lightbox, Woking, until 31/12/16
http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-story-of-british-comics-so-far-cor-by-gum-zarjaz-2016


Pictures from Punch, Cartoon Museum, 2/11/16 – 22/01/17
http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions


Future shock, Cartoon Museum, from 25/01/17
http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/


 
Comic marts
Comiket @ The Lightbox, Woking 08/10/16
http://comiket.comica.london/exhibitors/
 
October 16th, November 20th
http://londoncomicmart.co.uk/
 


Launches / signings
Mezolith book 2 (Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank) @ Gosh comics, 23/09/16
http://www.goshlondon.com/2016/09/mezolith-book-two-launch-party/


Jock signing @ Forbidden Planet, 24/09/16
https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/09/24/jock-signing-forbidden-planet/


Kyle Higgins @ Orbital comics, 28/09/16
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/kyle-higgins-signing-wednesday-september-28th/


2000th issues of 2000AD @ Forbidden Planet, 01/10/16
https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/10/01/celebrate-2000th-2000ad/


Peter Milligan signing @ Forbidden Planet, 05/10/16
https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2016/10/05/peter-milligan-signs-discipline/


Joe Kelly @ Orbital comics, 17/10/16
http://www.orbitalcomics.com/joe-kelly-spider-mandeadpool-signing-monday-october-17/


Dave ‘Good dog, bad dog’ Shelton appears as part of this event @ Foyles, 19/10/16
http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Events/Detail.aspx?eventId=3007



Talks
Curator talk about exhibition, 22/09/16
https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/curator-talk-story-of-british-comics
Peter Hampson talks about his father Frank Hampson, 08/10/16
http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/fundraising-talk-by-gum-dan-dare-in-conversation-with-peter-hampson


Isabel Greenberg & Tom Gauld, 13/10/16
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-future-of-the-graphic-nove-98695


Art ‘Maus’ Spiegelman at the Barbican, 11/11/16
https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=19901


Alan Moore talks to Stewart Lee 07/11/16
https://membership.theguardian.com/event/an-evening-with-alan-moore-and-stewart-lee-27276217902

Roleplaying comics (2) - 2000AD's Dice Man issue 1

Issue 1 of 2000AD's spin-off publication 'Dice Man', cover by Glenn Fabry








First game, The house of death - art by Bryan Talbot, story TB Grover [a pseudonym used by Alan Grant & John Wagner], game by Pat Mills, lettering by Tom Frame







Second game, The torture tube - art by Kevin O'Neill, story by Pat Mills, game by Pat Mills, lettering by Steve Potter





Third game, Cauldron of blood - art by David Lloyd, story by Pat Mills, game by Pat Mills lettering by Gordon Robson
Later re-printed in the Titan Books Slaine title.





Friday, 16 September 2016

Roleplaying comics (1) - Slaine

Published by Titan Books in December 1986, cover art (and internal art) is by Glenn Fabry.
72 pages, £4.95, black and white art throughout.



The first story is a Slaine story entitled 'Cauldron of Blood' - art by David LLoyd, story by Pat Mills, game by Pat Mills and lettering by Gordon Robson.




Second story is 'Dragoncorpse' - art by Nik WIlliams, Story/game by Pat Mills and lettering by Tom Frame.




Final story is 'Ring of Danu' - art pencils by Mike Collins, art inks by Mark Farmer, lettering by Mark King and story/game by Pat Mills.




All of these stories were reprinted from another comic series, which we'll start to see tomorrow.

theme 'week' will be

...role-playing comics I think.


I loved role-playing games as a kid (D&D, AD&D, Warhammer and many others) and also the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, their official website is here
http://www.fightingfantasy.com/


and there's a wiki page here
http://fightingfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Fighting_Fantasy_Collection_-_Puffin_Books


Anyhow, this is a bandwagon that comics didn't ignore so we can look forward to seeing artwork by some of Britain's top comics talent.


Come back later today for post #1

Thursday, 15 September 2016

George Nicholas week (8) - Were Bears comic

Were Bears comic issue 1




Published by Clearmark Productions ltd, 77-83 High Street, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4BT


32 pages, 80p


All of these George Nicholas comics are obscure but this one seems to attract the most interest (i.e. go for 'big' money on e-bay) - there was an associated set of soft toys.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

2000AD exhibition - Cartoon Museum, London, Jan 2017

Future Shock!


Just a quick heads up that the cartoon museum (just by the British Museum in central London) will be holding, next January, an exhibition to celebrate 2017 being the 40th anniversary of 2000AD







The exhibition will occupy the main gallery space and contain 70+ pieces of artwork












Details of the museum are here
http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/




Update (1) - 17/09/16 - Bryan Talbot & Steve Macmanus have agreed to do talks to accompany the exhibition




More details as they emerge.

George Nicholas week (7) - wanted comic

Wanted comic issue 3


From October 1989, also features The Swiney and Spectre Inspector, 32 pages, full colour

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Comic news - Pat Mills writing novel with Kevin O'Neill

Pat Mills reveals he is writing a series of novels with Kevin O'Neill


In news that is sure to cause excitement amongst comic fans everywhere Pat Mills has revealed that he ha started writing a series of novels with Kevin O'Neill,


Writing on his Millsverse website (http://www.millsverse.com/) he says


"...I'm in the middle of writing the first text novel in a series with Kevin O'Neill that could be described as a darkly humorous alternative history of UK comics publishing in the 1970s. And right this very week I'm writing the fictional account of how Misty was created. You could say, it's my own vision of how Misty could have been.


The novel series is called Read Em And Weep. Volume one is called Serial Killer. Did I mention that it's also a thriller?


If you're a fan of murder mysteries, flawed and eccentric characters, 70s nostalgia, insider knowledge on creating comics, childhood revenge, and film noir (it's got a lot of noir!), you'll probably like Read Em And Weep. It's due out in February 2017 and volume 2 will be published later the same year.


I'll be releasing more info over the next few months (look out for a cover reveal at the end of October), so click here if you want to stay in touch and get the latest news."


I can't wait for that, it sounds like a riot, I've signed up to the link Pat provided so will let you know when more details are revealed.

George Nicholas week (6) - wanted comic

Wanted comic issue 2




from September 1989, 32 pages, The Swiney and Spectre Inspector also feature

Monday, 12 September 2016

Transformers partwork from Hachette


Hachette already publish a number of partworks, but they've just launched a new one, which looks like being essential reading to any Transformers fans out there.


Here's the link
http://www.transformerscollection.com/collection/


Weirdly it's not mentioned on the main Hachette site
https://www.hachettepartworks.com/


Which does feature a list of the comics & sci-fi partworks they are currently publishing
https://www.hachettepartworks.com/comics-and-sci-fi
I was familiar with Judge Dredd one, the Dr Who one and the Marvel ultimate Graphic novels one but not the Warhammer 40k one.


Not all of these series will last very long in the shops as they quickly move onto full-price subscription mode. The Forbidden Planet shop on Shaftesbury Avenue in London stocks the Dredd and the Dr Who title, but it's  a long time since I saw either in a proper newsagent.


I don't know enough about these stories to say when the Marvel US/UK stories would start and stop on such a partwork but we know those stories will feature as the blurb loudly proclaims...
From the Marvel US and UK stories to the Dreamwave era and the triumphant IDW incarnation of Generation 1



George Nicholas week (5) - wanted comic

Wanted comic issue 1


6 issues only for this title - issue 1 from August 1989, Budgie Malone & Owl Capone get their own title. Also features Inspector Spectre, The Swiney.


Published by Celebrity Publications, Unit One HQ3, Hook Rise South, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 7NH










Sunday, 11 September 2016

George Nicholas week (4) - Blat comic

Blat Comic (front)
contents supplied by George Nicholas, Dave Long, Martin Chatfield, Nick Reynolds

A bit of oddity this one, it's sold as 'the world's first completely animated comic' - but it's not that exciting, you flick through the pages to give the illusion of movement.



Blat comic (back) - showing Scouse Mouse