A mammoth amount of information has come into the bugpowder email address, email@example.com, and I'm just going to compile it into one huge post for your edification.
James Nash, The Optimist
James writes in with the news that all three of his comics are now being sold at Gosh! Comics in London. The comics in question are;
June 03 – May 04 £4.00
June – September 04 £3.00
In the Time of your Life £3.00
James has also launched a blog, The Optimist
"...hasn’t got a lot of content as yet but will be updated twice weekly and will also include any news that I have whilst I’m getting a proper site together. Anyway keep checking it because it will become apparent eventually."
Chris Gordon and The Dog's Egg
"I really don’t know if my creation is of any interest whatsoever to you, but I put a load of my puerile cartoon strips together with a desk top publishing program, added some other, equally silly content, and published it as a PDF e-comic/e-zine. I’ve had to set up a fairly basic website for it, but hopefully it will do the trick. If you could take a look, and perhaps chuck a bit of feedback my way, I’d be grateful.
The website is: http://thedogsegg.freestarthost.com
In case you’re wondering, it’s kind of a one-man Viz. Only free. And possibly not funny. Good value for money, though."
Pete wanted to post a link to a Lars Arrhenius exhibition. I'm not familiar with him, but here's another link to learn more from.
Engine Comics Adds Interviews
Over at the Engine Comics website two interviews have been added, accessible through these direct links:
"Watchmen was kind of clever – I was going through one of my clever periods – probably emotional insecurity, I thought: “People will laugh at me ‘cos I'm doing superhero comics. I'd better make ‘em really clever, then no-one will laugh”. (laughter)."
"Alfred Hitchcock would have to be the biggest influence in terms of how to tell a story, also Stanley Kubrick. Hitchcock said some great things about telling stories that grip people, and Falling Sky adopts several of them."
Zum Comics noted these additions to the comics blogosphere:
UK: cartoon county
US: talk about comics
Anyone got anymore?
A Movement On Poopsheet
Rick Bradford advises us of email and snail mail address changes. Full details on The Poopsheet website. Well worth checking out for news, reviews and the purchasing of small press.
Taiyo Matsumoto Vs. Paul Pope
The Comics Interpreter informs us of the glorious comics mashup in PDF featuring Taiyo Matsumoto Vs. Paul Pope (w/ a dash of Hugo Pratt). Enjoy...
(A comics mashup is when an artist is remixed into the work(s) of another, often disparate, artist to create an entirely new sequential work showcasing the distinctive elements of both. I didn't know that.)
I blew this one. Metaphrog are on tour, and yesterday were Belgium for a hey-o-hansen concert + louis 16mm film animation performance by assi:metri.
Apologies to all, and so instead I plug Metaphrog's website, and if you want to be kept up to date on their travels, sign up for their mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with the header "mailing list".
Cardigan Comics Manifesto
It's circa 2003 but it's new to me, so it might be to you.
Australian comics are fiercely local reworkings of an international form. They terrify the natives and befuddle overseas observers.
Secret Friend Society is live
Hope Larson writes:
"Secret Friend Society is Live! And you had better be there!
This site, which serializes comics from myself and Kean Soo, is where all my love and energy has been going for the last couple months. Please check it out and help spread the word!"
Book Of Lists!
Paul Rainey writes:
Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em! The first completed list of 2005 is now on-line and available for you to read, and it's Dad Facts!
Also, I've decided to make comic strips that have previously been hidden away in my drawing pad available to you to read either on line or in print. The first of these strips is called Cat Man and can be read here.
Finally, please remember that www.bookoflists.co.uk is updated daily with a brand new panel.
Kingtractorfilms Press Release
Shawn Granger of Kingtractorfilms.com gives us a link to this press release:
Comic Book To Feature Missouri’s Elderly Serial Killers
Jason Little writes:
"I have just posted the first episode of "Motel Art Improvement Service", the second "Bee" story, to http://www.BeeComix.com.
News for how you can subscribe to BeeComix announcements is also on the website.
Thank you for reading."
Morrison Comic Mentioned In Guardian
Zum Comics writes again to let us know The Guardian puffs Morrison's latest comic, Vimanarama.
"Forget Superman, Wonderwoman and even the Incredibles. The new kid on the block from one of America's "big two" comic publishers is a teenage Muslim from Bradford, where his father runs a successful chain of corner shops."
Grant Morrison's website
Philip Bond's website
Rob Dunlop chips in with:
"it would be cool if you could mention the Stolen comic. It's a 16 page promo comic based on the upcoming videogame of the same name, and it'll be in the big games mags over the next month. Peter Lumby was the artist on it, and he also draws the Tozzer comics, which is why I'm pretty excited about it.
Here's a link, and there's 4 pages of artwork there too."
Paul Burke is keen for us to know about Night Warrior, from fledgling company Raging Psycho Comics. The company are hoping to produce a printed version at some point.