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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ian Kennedy artwork for sale - Lion cover

Ending later on today (on a well-known internet auction site) is this mid-1960s cover for Lion, the link is here and the art is by Ian Kennedy... this being from 50+ years ago this cover is from towards the beginning of Ian's (still ongoing!) career. Ian's artwork is rarely offered for auction and I've certainly never seen one of his covers for sale before.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Frankenstein, Texas - last chance to back

Just a reminder about this project - it ends at 3:36PM today - last chance to back this amazing looking project....

Ok, so this looks great, so thought I'd share if here, it's called "Frankenstein, Texas" and it's billed as a 48 page horror western and it's available to back here on Kickstarter right now.

I'll let creators David Hitchcock (art) and Dan Whitehead (script) tell you more about it...

What if Mary Shelley's famous gothic novel was a lie? What if Victor Frankenstein paid Captain Walton to announce both he and his creation had perished and vanished in the Arctic? What if instead the pair headed west, across Europe, to Ireland and from there to the new world? To America?
That's the concept behind Frankenstein, Texas, a 48-page horror western graphic novel from writer Dan Whitehead (Hex Loader, Midwinter) and Eagle Award winning artist David Hitchcock (Springheeled Jack, The Signal Man).

This is a tale of action and adventure, but also a story that explores ideas of damnation and salvation, of fresh starts and bitter ends, and what it takes to atone for the deadliest of sins.
At the heart of the story is the complex relationship between Frankenstein and his creation. The man, constantly wrestling with the knowledge that he created life from death, and the monster, heartbroken by the violence that rages inside him, and determined to prevent his "father" from repeating the mistakes of the past.

Frankenstein, Texas is written by Dan Whitehead. An author, journalist and scriptwriter, Dan has over 20 years experience in professional publishing. Among the titles he has written are two official Star Wars books, comic adaptations of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, Jason and the Argonauts and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and the children's historical science fiction novel Atlanta meets the Cotton Slaves. He has also written scripts for video games and television, and most recently self-published the retro gaming supernatural comic book Hex Loader and post-apocalyptic thriller Midwinter.

The artist on Frankenstein, Texas is 2006 Eagle Award winner David Hitchcock.  His past work includes The Visible Man with Pat Mills for 2000AD, the award-winning Madam Samurai, Springheeled Jack, Whitechapel Freak and a graphic novel adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic ghost story The Signal Man.

This campaign is to primarily fund the art for a complete 48-page graphic novel. Although we are calling this "Volume 1" that's because there are more stories we want to tell in this setting with (some of) these characters. To say any more would spoil the story, but suffice to say that the book being funded has a beginning, a middle and an emotionally satisfying ending. There will be no cliff-hanger, no expectation for you to buy the next book. Obviously that would be lovely (please do that) but this is written as a story which stands by itself, as well as setting the stage for future adventures.

The script is complete and work has already begun on the interior pages - as you can see in the images here. This campaign is to raise the funds to pay for David's time to complete the rest of the book. Money has already been set aside for lettering and printing.

I've already backed it, why don't you?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Collecting Jane of the Daily Mirror - part 3

Concluding look at collections of Jane (of the Daily Mirror)

Originally published in 2004 (and reprinted in 2005 by Pen & Sword Military) this book doesn't include any complete Jane strips but, instead, focuses on the military side of Jane. Contains many photographs, including a selection of Christabel Leighton-Porter posing, artistically, for Jane.

Published by Titan Books in 2009 collects a year's worth of black and white strips as well as some rare, full -colour strips.

Collection of strips, in a slip-cover containing 4 strips...
The day war broke out - 03/09/39
Land girl - 05/05/41
Married by proxy - 07/10/43
Summer idle - 25/06/43

The classic telephone directory sized volume (from 1976) collection of Jane strips that covers the whole of the second World War.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Modesty Blaise artwork for sale

Just a quick shout -out for an auction happening on Saturday 21st October c/o East Bristol Auctions (here) that I've been alerted to via a Modesty Blaise mailing list I'm on....

I am mailing you to alert you to a request you will have recieved from Anna Gow, fund-raiser for St. Peter's Hospice, Bristol, UK.  I have rcently donated to the Hospice a set of 6 original Modesty Blaise London Evening Standard strip panels.  These belonged to Paul Woods, a long-time member of the group.  He chose them to represent favourite aspects of the strip characters, and to represent the work of all 5 artists who drew for the strip over the years.

They will be going up for auction on Saturday 21 October.

A local auction house (East Bristol Auctions) are handling the items for the Hospice, website shown below.  All of their items can be bid on online and the catalogue for the relevant sale is already available to view.

Would you please be able to make your membership aware so that they can view and bid on the items if they would like to.

The Hospice provided fantastic care and support to Paul during his last year, and I would naturally like the panels to fetch a good price for the Hospice funds.  But equally importantly, I really want those panels to go to someone who enjoys and admires the work of Peter O'Donell as much as Paul did.

The current bid is £85 - which sounds like a steal for these 6 strips....

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Are you Nuts for this Kickstarter?

The ever productive Etherington Brothers have launched another kick-starter campaign here, as they themselves say...Monkey Nuts 2 is the madcap sequel to The Etherington Brothers' all-ages comedy adventure comic book Monkey Nuts. It is a 76 page full colour softcover book measuring 11.6 x 8.2 inches. The series follows Sid and Rivet, a Monkey/Robot crime fighting team doing their best to defeat a never-ending stream of crackpot weirdos on an island smack-bang in the centre of the Bermuda Triangle. It is the most ridiculous series we ever made. Both Monkey Nuts books were completed nearly a decade ago, but book 2 has NEVER been published … until NOW! What more incentive do you need? I'm off to back it right now...

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Will this Dandy break all records?

Over on a popular auction site right now there's the opportunity to acquire what will probably be the most expensive Dandy comic ever sold...

It can be found here and is for a copy of the already vanishingly rare Dandy #2 (albeit hardly in mint condition) but accompanying it is a copy (again, not in mint condition) of the free jumping frog that was given away as a free gift with this issue of the Dandy.

So, if you have a 5 figure sum burning a hole in your pocket you've got until 8pm on Sunday evening to think of something better to do with it...

Friday, 13 October 2017

Millsverse publishes Psycho Killer

Pat Mils' publishing imprint has ANOTHER new title out (the Judge Dredd colouring book only came out about 2 days ago and already they're onto the next title)...anyway, as it says here...

ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR DEMONIC IRRIGATION? Doctor Morbus, the PsychoKiller, will see you now. A Ouija board session to summon 1950s gangster Liquid Lenny goes horribly right. Lily the Fink starts acting weirder than usual. Mary Anne’s boyfriend is brutally murdered in his own bathroom, and she develops a sudden penchant for doo-wop music and beehive hairdo’s. Timid Jamie Anderson saw something that night. He knows Mary Anne needs urgent medical help. And there’s only one doctor qualified to give it…

Writers Pat Mills and Tony Skinner have collaborated on Finn, Accident Man and ABC Warriors. Pat created 2000AD and co-created Slaine, Nemesis The Warlock, ABC Warriors, Requiem Vampire Knight, and more. Tony has written Punisher 2099, Ravage 2099, and more. Horror artist extraordinaire Dave Kendall has illustrated comics for Metallica and Necroscope, and worked on World of Warcraft trading cards. He illustrated Houses of the Holy for motion comic Madefire, and co-created Dreams of Deadworld, a Dark Judges series, for 2000AD.

Psycho Killer appeared in the following issues of Toxic:12-14 & 26-29 [there were 31 issues in total]. This volume is advertised here as being 72 pages long - I've just done a quick count-up of the page count for the 7 issues that appeared in Toxic and that only gets you to approx. 50 pages, so maybe we can look forward to some new material in this volume?

Anyway, to remind you who the story began, here's the first page of the strip from Toxic #12...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

More John Stokes & Marney the Fox launch night photos

A final selection of photos from John Stokes' night at Gosh last Friday...

Lovely signature & sketch from John...

Close up on Marney...

This is the bookplate

This is the 'print' [it's on thick card - does that make it a print?] that come with the bookplate edition of Marney

The cover to Great Expectations - illustrated by John for Classical comics. A wonderful page that I was delighted to be given.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Valerian & Laureline disclosed - part 2

A few more images from the Valerian & Laureline disclosed afternoon/evening at the Institut Francais and the Cinema Lumiere.

Stamps deigned by Jean Claude Mezieres - these are from the Antarctic

From an anime version of Valerian & Laureline series - it looks great but Jean Claude & Pierre weren't fans.

After the talk many of us decamped to the cinema Lumiere for a screening of Luc Besson's recent Valerian movie. This was then followed by another talk between Paul, Jean Claude & Pierre.

This was only the 3rd time the creators had seen the big-screen version of their creation - the first time was rather nerve-wracking as it was just them and Luc Besson at the screening.

After the screening there was afinal opportunity for a book signing

here's my signed book...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Valerian & Laureline disclosed - part 1

A few photos from the "Valerian & Laureline disclosed" at he Institut Francais on Saturday 30th September 2017. The talk was well martialled by Paul and the protagonists were full of life and were happy to rib each other in a way that longstanding collaborators often aren't! A good mix of 'usual' comics fans plus a number of French language 'locals' made up the audience.

The graphic novel section of the library - impressive!

Getting ready for the talk...

Paul Gravett, Pierre Christin & Jean Claude Mezieres

Paul Gravett, Pierre Christin & Jean Claude Mezieres

Jean Claude Mezieres, Pierre Christin & Paul Gravett

Monday, 9 October 2017

Shaky Kane @ Orbital comics (again!)

Here are a few images from the Shaky Kane exhibition that is currently running at Orbital comics

All art is (c) Shaky Kane.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

John Stokes @ Gosh comics

Here's some pictures of John Stokes talking, signing and giving away pages of his original artwork at Gosh on Friday night. He was talking to Any Oliver (in hat - from Broken Frontier) and Ben Smith (head of publishing @ Rebellion). It was a pretty intimate gathering to hear John talk hi life in comics and how Marney the Fox come about as a strip and why it had been plucked, seemingly from out of thin air, to be published by Rebellion as part of their Treasury of British Comics line. John was a pleasure to hear talk, he was full of enthusiasm, happy to talk about his time working on a myriad of titles and blessed with the sort of energy that should keep him going for a great many years yet!
A great evening.