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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Bryan Talbot exhibition and signing announced!

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?

Monday, 21 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 7

Wildcat issue 7 has a fantastic David Pugh cover - there's some gun porn in there, there's some monster porn for you - it's got everything, a delight!

Sycophantic robot Crud gets the full colour treatment from Jose Ortiz...

...who then also provides a b+w inside back page
Full credits list is as follows:
Cover by David Pugh
Kitten Magee by Jose Ortiz, writer is unknown
Joe Alien by Ron Smith, writer is unknown
Loner by David Pugh, writer is unknown
Turbo Jones by Vanyo, writer is unknown
A perfect crime? [one off story] illustrated by Redondo, writer is unknown

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 6

Wildcat issue 6 kicks off with a Kitten Magee cover by Ian Kenendy

Jesus Redondo makes his second appearance in Wildcat c/o this one-off strip

And Vanyo is the artist chosen for the pin-up picture of the week

Full contents listing is as follows:
Kitten Magee cover by Ian Kennedy
Turbo Jones illustrated by Vanyo, writer unknown
Joe Alien illustrated by Ron Smith, writer unknown
Kitten Magee illustrated by Jose Ortiz, writer unknown
Loner illustrated by David Pugh, writer unknown
Moon of Terror [one off strip] by Jesus Redondo, writer unknown

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Is this Britain's geekiest high street? (part 2)

At 135 High Street is Ryde Bookshop - most of downstairs is new books but if you head through a door towards the back of the shop you find yourself in the 2nd hand zone - and the whole building from here on is absolutely rammed with books.

The children's section (first floor - back of the shop) is an absolute Aladdin's cave of books and annuals - the selection is astonishing and the pictures here don't really do it justice...

So there you have it Union Street & High Street Ryde, my vote for Britain's geekiest high street. Who's your contender?

Friday, 18 August 2017

Is this Britain's geekiest high street? (part 1)

For anyone going to the recently announced Isle of Wight comic con (here) don't just stay in Cowes, make sure you take the time to get to Ryde and walk up Union Street - my contender for Britain's geekiest high street.

Walking up from the beach you quickly get to #8 Union Street, the home of Fantastic Store. Featuring a mixture of new comics and reasonably priced 2nd hand British comics classics (see picture below) this shop is well worth visiting.

Crossing over the road you then carry on up Union Street until you get to the Royal Victoria Arcade (#54-#76 Union Street) inside which is 'Pick 'n' Bricks (here) containing a great mixture of British annuals, comics, toys , Lego and a whole mixture of toys. Check for opening times.

Carrying on up Union Street the street segues into High Street and at 44 High Street you'll find Who One (here) - they describe themselves thus...Who One has been a leading Doctor Who specialist since 1989. Originally trading as Burtons from St Leonards on Sea the business was incorporated in 2005 and initially moved to Battlesbridge in Essex before settling into our new shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight in May 2008.

We have always focused on the Doctor Who classic series books and believe we hold the largest stock of these out of print books.

We also stock the full range of new series Doctor Who books, Torchwood books and Sarah Jane Smith books. As well as Doctor Who CDs, Doctor Who DVDs and a variety of current Doctor Who Memorabilia including Figures, Toys & Gifts.

Our specialist Doctor Who Collectors section contains hard to find items including Doctor Who books, magazines, VHS videos and memorabilia produced since 1963.

So three great shops so far. but there's a cracker to come - come back tomorrow to find out more...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 5

Cover is by Carmona. Correction, the bonkers cover is by Carmona.

Did I mention Jose Ortiz raunching it up over on Kitten Magee, I think I did...

And if the fantastic gun porn of yesterday wasn't enough from Mr Pugh we now move into another of his sspecialist areas - absolutely crazy monsters, well worth a page all to itself this one, fantastic

Issue details
Cover is by Carmona
Turbo Jones illustrated by Vanyo, writer unknown
Joe Alien illustrated by Ron Smith, writer unknown
Kitten Magee illustrated by Jose Ortiz, writer unknown
Loner illustrated by David Pugh, writer unknown
A Christmas story [one off] illustrated by Carmona, writer unknown

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Massimo Belardinelli - Joe Alien, part 2

Massimo Belardinelli art for the whole of episode 2 of Joe Alien, from Wildcat issue 2, November 5-18th 1988

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 4

Wildcat issue 4 is graced by an Ian Kennedy cover that is so far removed from the whackiness of the issue 5 cover...

David Pugh provides the art for a Loner pin-up poster

as well as some of his big, BIG guns - gun porn it really is

And Jose Ortiz is still raunching it up on the Kitten Magee stuff - it wasn't like this when he was drawing Tower King y'know

Strip listing
Turbo Jones - illustrated by Vanyo, writer unknown
Joe Alien - illustrated by Ron Smith, writer unknown
Kitten Magee - illustrated by Jose Ortiz, writer unknown
Loner - illustrated by David Pugh, writer unknown
Death on Wildcat [one-off story] - illustrated by Lalia, writer unknown

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 3

Wildcat issue 3 - cover by Vanyo

Ron Smith makes his debut on a strip

Full line-up of artists is as follows:
Turbo Jones - Vanyo
Joe Alien - Ron Smith
Kitten Magee - Jose Ortiz
Loner - David Pugh
The Invaders - Joan Boix [one -off strip, the rest of the strips were continuing]

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 2

Issue 2 of Wild cat is again graced with an Ian Kennedy cover

The back cover art is by Ron Smith

Joe Alien (again) - this time drawn by Massimo Belardinelli

Complete listing of artists by strip is as follows:
Turbo Jones - Vanyo
Joe Alien - Massimo Belardinelli
Kitten Magee - Jose Ortiz
Loner - David Pugh
Space Madness - Jesus Redondo [this is the 'one-off' story - the rest are continuing strips]

Here's Jesus Redondo at the 2000ad 40th anniversary convention in February this year...

Friday, 11 August 2017

Super Naturals comic, issue 6 - part 2

Final pages from Super Naturals...

Wildcat - issue 1

Some fond memories of Wildcat on Facebook the other day so thought I'd run a covers gallery (an interiors) for the next few days - to cover the fact that I'm on holiday and therefore don't have ready access to my collections...If you're not interested in Wildcat, I suggest you come back in a couple of weeks time :)

Cover by Ian Kennedy (Wildcat is slightly larger than A4 so I'm going to lose a bit of each scan, hey-ho)

Art by Massimo Belardinelli on Joe Alien

Loner by David Pugh

Kitten Magee rear cover by Jose Ortiz

There was also Turbo Jones illustrated by Ian Kennedy, a Kitten Magee strip by Jose Ortiz and a one-off strip entitled Final Mission, drawn by Lalia

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Shaky Kane exhibition opens August 16th


As it says over on the Orbital comics website...
We are delighted to welcome Shaky Kane to the Orbital gallery once again, with an exhibition running from August 16th to 31st, celebrating the launch of Good News Bible: The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane.

Coming soon from Breakdown Press, Good News Bible collects Shaky’s complete comic strips and illustrations from the ground-breaking British counter-culture magazine Deadline, which between 1988 and 1995 spawned Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl and launched dozens of cartoonists’ careers. Drenched in wry wit, Kane’s politically charged, hallucinatory, Jack Kirby-infused punk cartoons crackle with intensity and bombast, remaining as relevant now as when they were first published 30 years ago.