The new TRS2 should be with you in about a week. In the meantime, I'd like to recommend Sunburn#15, one of my favourite pleasures of this month. It's a Canadian publication with a great selection of strips from around the world. The new issue is sixty pages of 'without words' or 'beyond words' comics, and I heartily recommend.
It was a cold winter's night in County Down. I closed my window to keep away the looming presence of Scrabo Tower, black black on the ugliest horizon. And I settled down to watch The Warriors. Then I checked out these text excerpts from Jim Steranko's Graphic Prince Of Darkness. And that is why I remain in well lit areas whenever possible.
Search requests for this site have been full of people looking for the Gorillaz video after the band was mentioned on this site back in January due to the Jamie Hewlett connection, and while I get the sneaking suspiscion there's some sinister viral marketing thing going on here, I'm prepared to let that go. So, if you've come here looking for Clint Eastwood, here it is, but do have a look around BugPowder before you go!
Now with a new domain name (www.sharewarecomics.org) and with a total of 62 pages of meaty goodness. Varying in length between 1 and 24 pages these comic strips are available to download and include in your small press anthology at no cost (well... except a acknowledgment and a free copy of the anthology, maybe ;)
If you enjoy Rich Johnston's stuff (and the latest with Eminem lyrics and the New Marvel debate is pretty funny), why don't you try the excellent World Of Heros? Chris Spicer is relatively new to this, but already he's a very very funny writer.
Oh yeah, and one of my more edited CI comment pieces is up on the net, unedited and expanded. God I'm shameless.
Nick Makie did a couple of excellent comics a (ahem) few years by the name of Harpy. He now has a website that has these comics scaned into it - yeaaaay! Oh, & he works for Aardman Animation, it seems. Some of that work is featured too ;)
darn those arnnoying pop-up ads you get on free hosted sites
Comics 2000/1 Chat Room Meet I'm getting a sense of the enormous workload ahead of me, and no doubt many of you in the months up to Comics2001. Congregating our efforts might help us better achieve our goals, for me, it'll be pushing small press comics onto people who wouldn't ordinarily read them. What can we do to increase accessibility? What can we do to make our tables and the products therearound seem more attractive to the uniniated? So therefore, I'm inviting y'all over to hijack the Comics2000 chatroom on Sunday afternoon from around 2pm. I've only been to a few chatrooms so far, and I reckon the main flaw is that very few people there know each other and that it is difficult to keep to a common interest or agenda. Although the 'clique' is one of the comics community's major flaws, even flaws have their weakness. To take part, you'll need to be registered soon with the Comics2000 yahoo group. If you want the hot off press on how the festy is shaping together, it's well worth your while.
Once you're registered, make sure you leave a minute or two for the chat room to load up, and another minute or two's allowance if you've never used a chat room before. If this works out, it could be a regular.
The world's leading comics artists are illustrating a deck of playing
cards, the original artwork for which will be auctioned at the Comics
2001 Festival in Bristol on May 26 & 27 2001, all money going directly
Online are images by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Paul Palmer (Korky The Cat
from The Dandy), SB Davis (Sinister Dexter from 2000AD), Sean Phillips
(Wildcats), Duncan Fegredo (Jay & Silent Bob), Howard Cruse (Wendel) and
Dave Windett (The Simpsons). More will be appearing soon.
Artists wishing to contribute to the project, email Comics 2001 Producer
Kev F Sutherland
Comics 2001, Britain's Official Annual Comics Festival, takes place at
The Watershed Media Centre and The Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol on May
26 & 27 2001.
D C Thomsons, publisher of the Beano in Dundee, Scotland, have allowed the
Trust to borrow some choice examples of original Dennis the Menace artwork
including the priceless original artwork by the great David Law of the very
first Dennis strip from March 17th 1951.
Also on show are merchandise, comics, annuals and more, including a
'lifesize' 3D model of Dennis.
It opens to the public Monday March 19th till April 20th, open Monday to
Friday 12-6pm, admission free, donations to CAT welcome. Nearest tube:
Russell Square in just opne minute away, King's Cross and Euston are 5
And we're running one-day Beano comics and animation workshops for all
menaces aged 7-14 over the Easter school holidays.
For more contact Paul Gravett
British Cartoon Centre
Anthony Carpendale forgot to take up the offer to contribute to BugPowder and writes:
If anyone's in London on Wednesday 14th March from 8.30pm, has nothing
better to do with their evening and can spare a quid, then come to the
Synaesthesia film night at Chat's Palace, London...
Screening will be my first two short films -
'SHIRTLIFTER' - the highly acclaimed (by me, anyway) 90-second menswear
fetish DV extravaganza starring Seth Hardwick and based on Ralph Kidson's
strip in 'Sad Animal'
'DOLE SCUM' - 18-minute film comedy based on Nigel Auchterlounie's
mini-comic, following the surreal misadventures of two hard-drinking,
chain-smoking couch potatoes Frank and Dave.
Featuring special guest stars Richard and Judy.
Music by Nightmares On Wax, Air and Ed Haselden.
22 other entertaining shorts will also be screening, and there's a bar.
Night starts at 8.30pm.
Admission - one pound.
Venue - Chat's Palace, 42 Brooksbys Walk, London E9 6DF (nearest rail -
Homerton BR). Flyer here[although you have to sign up to something to see it - Pete]
Jessica Abel has put more work on the DIY section of the Artbabe site. Specifically there are pieces on the Drawing Process (at least, her version of it) and Materials with illustrations of brushes and such.
Well worth a look for anyone starting out. And a good site all in all.
Ever heard of the comics publisher Bries? Well, it's a small Belgian outfit that does comics in English. The production values are very nice, second to none. Today I stuck the covers and prices etc. online, here. Anyone living in Britain can also order them from me or Pete, and those with 'access' to London, can get them from the comicshop 'Gosh' opposite the British Museum.
Neil Gaiman, who doesn't do comics any more, is writing another novel. Not the most interesting news but of note because he's keeping an online journal of it's progress from manuscript to published book.
A minicomic from 1807. A little tale about a little man and a little maid, and perfectly charming. If this hasn't influenced Töpffer (who was 8 at the time) I'll eat my hat. (I'll construct one with potato chips, if need be).
Talking of Töpffer, I scanned the first 25 pages of his first comic (made in 1827) and stuck 'em online as well. Here's the insane plot:
Page 1 - 13
Monsieur Vieuxbois meets the girl, falls head over heels in love (not reciprocated), mopes, tries suicide which fails, tries to win her over again, which fails, tries suicide again, which not only fails but turns the whole town topsy turvy.
Page 14 - 26
Monsieur Vieuxbois in drag! That's him on the left. Before that, he buys and is thrown from a horse, fights a duell, asks for the girl's hand, jumps for joy for hours, get thrown in the slammer for disturbing the peace, engagement is off, another failed suicide, gets robbed, becomes a monk, changes his mind and escapes the convent in drag, is picked up by a chap wearing his clothes, has a date with him, and 'afterwards' takes his clothes back. Phew.