Sunday, 27 November 2011

Canny Comic Con Posters

The posters for the Canny Comic Con have been finished and are ready for the wider public to be amazed at.

The art was done by yours truely, the text and layout was the wonderful work of my Paul (Hollow Earth) Thompson.

The posters explain everything you need to know about the con, but more details of workshops and activities will follow soon.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Thought Bubble 2011 Roundup

Well Thought Bubble comics convention is now over and I'm exhausted. I had an excellent weekend with the Paperjam Comics Collective folk squashed in the Geordie Ghetto corner of the hall.

I shared a table with Paul (Hollow Earth) Thompson and Britt (Cutting Paper) Coxon. We all made some sales, with Saturday being the good day and Sunday being slower and quieter.

I met loads of great folk whilst there and will try to list them all below, if I miss anyone I apologise.

Graham Pearce (Sgt Mike Battle) - Excellent bloke and excellent comic
Metaphrog (Night Salad) - I loved their Louis comics, beautiful artwork and touching story. Picked up Red Letter Day. Lovely people.
Gary and Chris (Villainous) - Great chaps from Glasgow. Looking forward to reading issue 2.
Suzy Varty - North East comics legend. Great chat with her about Canny Comics Con.
Luke Halshall (Geek Syndicate) - Fantastic fellow I could have chatted with him all day.
Ed Murphy (Rough Cut Comics) - Great bloke, should be coming down to Canny Con. Forgot to buy any of his comics.
Philipa Rice (My Cardboard Life) - The family and I love her stuff. Picked up some real goodies from her stall.

My crowning moment was getting my copy of Cursed Earth signed by Mick McMahon. He then did me a sketch of old school Dredd in profile with massive chin. Excellent and awesome don't even begin to describe it.

Here's my Awards for the Paperjammers who were there:

  • Best Negotiator - Paul Thompson for the 'Starkings Gambit' technique. Honourable mention for Sophie and her Genki bargaining.
  • Best Sale - Paul Thompson and his print, he could of sold it three times over.
  • Most Difficult Request - Jack Fallows requested to draw a Tortilla (Half Tortoise & Half Gorilla)
  • Best Curmudgeon - I've decided not to say who won this. But one Paperjammer was complaining about the overly strict approach taken by the Rollerskating Chicks in Gold Hotpants who were policing the event.
  • Best Photo Opportunity Spotted - Britt Coxon, the roller boot moment was great.
  • Best Photo - Me. But some of the roller photos are too racy even for the internet.
  • Best Table Cloth - Daniel Clifford you can't fail with polka dots.
  • Most Considerate Significant Other - Lily Daniels, Daniel wouldn't have survived without her.
  • Best Resurrection - Gary Bainbridge, we thought he was a goner for after the Wiessbier.
  • Best Dancing - Gary Bainbridge, see above.
  • Best Sweets - Lydia, Lobster Tails were strange but exciting.
  • Best Artist not in Nelson - Terry Wiley, where's the justice?
  • Saddest Sight on Sunday Morning - Ian Mayor, Tales from the Hollow Earth 3 didn't deserve that.
And for anyone who didn't win an award just remember that it's not the winning but the taking part that counts.

I'll have to go through it all again in a few weeks at Canny. Excellent!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Canny Comic Con Thaumatrope

Team Cuttlefish built an amazing thaumatrope to promote the Canny Comic Con across the comic-speaking world. It is a technological marvel and will promote an awesome comic event.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Taxonauts Cover

Taxonauts Comic is printed and on sale now. Or to give it its full title Taxonauts, Teabreak in Hyperspace. The long hard slog of scripting, drawing, lettering and printing has now been completed. The finished product is great and a cool addition to every comic collection. As you can see the cover looks ace and the inside is pretty good too.

Written by Matt Bovingdon and drawn by me, Taxonauts is an all-ages comic in the style of British understated sci-fi. It's a relaxed stroll through the Deep Space Tax Office with our wages slaves of the future; Gladstone and Speigel. It's got aliens, spaceships and meetings. Printed 24 A5 pages B&W with a full colour cover.

Taxonauts is now onsale at the Travelling Man shop in Newcastle and the record shop that Matt works in by the station but I don't know its name. It will also be onsale at this year's Thought Bubble Comic Con in Leeds and the Canny Comic Con in Newcastle. If you are there come along and say hello, I won't try and make you buy anything as I'm a very poor salesman. It may be available elsewhere soon.

"This is lovely"  ...... Lydia, Paperjam Comics Collective

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Kitchen UFO

This is a little wam-up cartoon I did on my Wacom Bamboo tablet and using GIMP. It's a doodle of me making first contact with an alien civilisation. Although the incident depicted did not actual happen, many exciting things have happened to me during breakfast. One day I may sketch the Zombie-Toaster incident.

The tablet is great for doing these quick cartoons, the ink pen with the diamond nib at 100% opacity is very satisfying and does give a nice finish.

I've recently been busy doing a couple of logos for the Canny Comic Con. These are being lettered by the marvellous Paul Thompson. When they're finshed I'll post them here. I am really fond of the robot but less so of the monster.