Leonie O'Moore is undertaking an MA in illustration and design, for which she will produce a graphic novel. Follow her progress at her blog.
This interesting piece in today's Guardian newspaper about the current sales of annuals ends depressingly with Al Notton of the Comics UK website saying, "I was speaking to my seven-year-old nephew about comics recently, and he said, 'Uncle Alan, what's a comic?"
Dead By Dawn #1 from Scar Comics features the work of folks like James Hodgkins, Jeremy Dennis, Chris Wisnia, Andy Richmond and Martin Eden, amongst others. Why not buy a copy?
Issue two will feature the likes of Bryan Talbot, Tony McGee, and David Hitchcock. Dead by Dawn is also looking for short horror stories for future issues if any writers or artists are interested.
Read this rather fine interview with Andrew Livesey and Simon Perrins of Flying Monkey Comics and Hope for the Future (or don't, it's up to you).
Jim Cameron has a website featuring his comics but also a large swath of illustration. Lovely!
Slightly advance notice, but the Political Cartoon Gallery at 32 Store St, London WC1E emailed with news of their next exhibition, Misunderestimating George Bush, featuring sixty original works from the UK, the US and Australia, none of which are expected to be flattering. 26th Jan to 18th March, and it's opened by George Galloway, which should be... interesting!
Should you be working, washing up or spending time with your partner? Then why not read this interview with cartoonist Nicholas Gurewitch instead?
The Comics Lab is an attempt to build a directory of resources for comic creators and potential comic creators. It is looking for contributors.
New blood on the blog.
We have three new contributors to the BugPowder weblog - Matthew Badham, John Cei Douglas and Dan Fish will be posting stuff for the forseable future. Be gentle with them.
New members are always welcome, especially if you feel your niche isn't covered by BugPowder. As ever, get in touch.
This newish webcomic, The Forge, may be of interest (it's by the writer of a couple of Doctor Who audio adventures):
Sorry for the absence!
BugPowder has been a little quiet this month due to the regular posters being somewhat distracted, myself included. I'm working through the backlog (up to mid November so far) but we could really do with some new blood. All you need to do is check the bugblog email every so often and post what you find. Get in touch if you're interested.
Khaki Shorts #9 is out - "the Glasgow based comic of humour and mystique" featuring the mighty John Miller.
Herc wrote to plug his new minicomic Liberty Pug, available at Gosh in London and elsewhere.
A nice review of Sean Michael Wilson's Beautiful Things which is now available as an ebook.
Monopoly Twins is a new Mauretania comic by Chris Reynolds that will appear weekly. Yay!
Playlounge, the innovative kidult toy shop in London, is running a 2000AD exhibition of original art and new interpretations of characters by "over forty of the biggest names in art and design". It runs from December 10th to January 10th at 11 Shorts Gardens in Seven Dials, London WC2 from 12pm to 6.30pm with free entry. The shop itself is at 19 Beak Street and well worth a gander. (Ta Bren)
Rob and Pete of Tozzer continue their experiments in attending non-comics conventions with the hiring of a stand at a Manga show and "sell enough comics to kill a small cow." So take note!