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8 August 2020

Artist sketchbooks - part 2

I looked yesterday (here) at comic artist sketchbooks, here's a few more I've picked up over the years...

Chris Weston sketchbook, US comic book size, 40 pages, colour plus black & white illustrations


rear cover...
I looked here at this sketchbook in some more detail 

Boo Cook sketchbook - A5 sized
As it says inside "...sketches from 32 sketchbooks over 27 years"


Graeme Neil Reid sketchbook, US comic sized, 28 illustrations
limited edition of 30 copies

Gary Erskine sketchbook, A4 sized, 60 pages, colour 

7 August 2020

Artist sketchbooks - part 1

I've enjoyed looking at the various programmes that have been produced to support all sorts of comic conventions over the years - one of the highlights for me in attending such a show is to meet the artists and to (just maybe) come away with an example of their art. If you can't afford a piece of original artwork then maybe a sketchbook from them is the next best thing? So here are the sketchbooks that I've tracked down so far... 

Glenn Fabry sketchbook 1

I looked in more detail at this sketchbook here and here

Glenn Fabry sketchbook 2
currently available to buy (not from me!) here

Glenn Fabry sketchbook 3
currently available to buy (not from me!) here

Cam Kennedy sketchbook 1

Cam Kennedy sketchbook 2
I looked at these sketchbooks in more detail here

Come back tomorrow for more sketchbooks!

6 August 2020

UKCAC programmes - part 3 (of 3)

I've recently look at a lot at the various programmes produced to tie-in with various comic conventions...

Bristol comic expo (2004-2014) is here
London comic festival 2003 is here
Kev Sutherland festival original art is here
A 'Lawless 2019' miscellany is here
Boys and Girls exhibitions of the 1950s and '60s is here
Glasgow comic art convention is here
Edinburgh art convention is here
UKCAC - part 1 - is here
UKCAC - part 2 - is here
BICS convention is here

Today it's the final part of my look at that long running comic convention, the United Kingdom Comic Art Convention (UKCAC) - these are the best and longest programmes you can track down

UKCAC programme 1995, A4 sized, 84 pages, Duncan Fegredo cover


UKCAC programme 1996, A4 sized, 72 pages, Bryan Talbot cover


UKCAC programme 1997, A4 sized, 84 pages, Frank Quitely cover

UKCAC programme 1998, A4 sized, 72 pages, Woodrow Phoenix cover


5 August 2020

'The secret of the samurai' - a Julius Chancer adventure, collected at last?

Over on Twitter @GarenEwing has tweeted this image 
with the intriguing accompanying message...
I wasn't 100% sure this was happening, but a parcel just arrived from Brussels - 'Secret of the Samurai' in English, French, Dutch, German and Spanish

The strip was original published in 4 parts ( with 5 pages a week) in The Phoenix comic back in 2013 so this will be a slim reprint volume but would still be a lovely addition to the shelf of any Rainbow Orchid fan (like myself).


Those Phoenix back issues, just so you know what to look out for.

The Phoenix comic, issue 75, 8 June 2013

The Phoenix comic, issue 76, 15 June 2013

The Phoenix comic, issue 77, 22 June 2013

The Phoenix comic, issue 78, 29 June 2013

BICS, 2006+ programmes

I've looked previously at the programmes produced to accompany various British comic festivals...

Bristol comic expo (2004-2014) is here
London comic festival 2003 is here
Kev Sutherland festival original art is here
A 'Lawless 2019' miscellany is here
Boys and Girls exhibitions of the 1950s and '60s is here
Glasgow comic art convention is here
Edinburgh art convention is here
UKCAC - part 1 is here
UKCAC - part 2 is here
London Super Comic Con is here

In keeping with that theme I'll today start looking at the (A5 sized programmes) produced to accompany the Birmingham International Comics Show (BICS). I'm unclear as to how many of these programmes were published so if you could help fill in any gaps in my collection I'd love to hear from you...

BICS, 2006 - cover by Alex Toth


BICS, 2007
with thanks to Alan Henderson


BICS, 2008 - cover by Martin Golden

BICS, 2009 - cover by Howard Chaykin
note the name change from Birmingham international comic show to British international comic show

BICS, 2010
cover image not to hand - can you help? 

Paul H Birch has, below, filled in some of the history on this show for us...




4 August 2020

London super comic convention, 2012-2017

So far in my look at the various souvenir programmes that were produced to tie-in with comic conventions I've looked at... 

Bristol comic expo (2004-2014) is here
London comic festival 2003 is here
Kev Sutherland festival original art is here
A 'Lawless 2019' miscellany is here
Boys and Girls exhibitions of the 1950s and '60s is here
Glasgow comic art convention is here
Edinburgh art convention is here
UKCAC - part 1 is here
UKCAC - part 2 is here
    
...and today it's the turn of London super comic convention booklets. Slightly larger than A5 these acted as guide to the con and gave (some) artists the chance to present some sketches. I'll look at those sketches another day but for starters we'll just go with the programmes.

Wikipedia tells me (here) that the London super comic convention ran from 2012 to 2017 so there should be 6 programmes to collect, here's what I've found so far...I didn't go to any of these convention so I don't know if 6 programmes exist...


London super comic convention, 2012, front cover art by George Perez 

London super comic convention, 2012, rear cover art by David Petersen 



London super comic convention, 2013, front cover art by Neal Adams

London super comic convention, 2013, rear cover art by JK Woodward



London super comic convention, 2014, front cover art by Dave Gibbons

London super comic convention, 2014, rear cover art by Sean Phillips


London super comic convention, 2015, front & rear cover



London super comic convention, 2016, front & rear cover


London super comic convention, 2017
programme not to hand - can you help?

3 August 2020

Bucky O'Hare - the series that didn't happen

I've recently been looking at that rarest of beasts a DC Thomson reprint title - my covers gallery can be found...
Issues 1-5 is here
Issues 6-10 is here
Issues 11-15 is here
Issues 16-20 is here

After one of the posts Graham Manley got in touch with these great images and told me that...
I was commissioned to do samples for this series for when they ran out of U.S material, but the comic folded...


2 August 2020

UKCAC programmes - part 2 (of 3)

I've recently look at a lot at the various programmes produced to tie-in with various comic conventions...

Bristol comic expo (2004-2014) is here
London comic festival 2003 is here
Kev Sutherland festival original art is here
A 'Lawless 2019' miscellany is here
Boys and Girls exhibitions of the 1950s and '60s is here
Glasgow comic art convention is here
Edinburgh art convention is here
UKCAC - part 1 is here

Today it's the second part of a look at that long running comic convention, the United Kingdom Comic Art Convention (UKCAC) - these are the best and longest programmes you can track down


UKCAC programme 1990, A4 sized, 112 pages, Gary Leach cover



UKCAC programme 1991, A4 sized, 96 pages, Simon Bisley cover


UKCAC programme 1992, A4 sized, 92 pages, Gary Erskine cover


UKCAC programme 1993, A4 sized, 96 pages, Dave Gibbons cover




UKCAC programme 1994, A4 sized, 100 pages, Glenn Fabry cover