Over on the Big IF site, done by the guys from the excellent Toenail Clippings anthology, Malcy Duff has joined their weekly strip feature thing. This is good news! Malcy's strip is here, and there's loads of other good stuff in there. Check it often!
A bit late this, but on Monday (i.e. yesterday) The Guardian's G2 supplement was full of comics and cartoons - 15 pages of them - under the title "Silly Season". Some were average, some were poor, some were wonderful, but the experiment was interesting as I'd been talking about something similar with Tom and Matt a few weeks previously. The idea was that The Guardian is the most comics-friendly newspaper in the UK, Tom's getting a fair bit of freelance work with them, the publish Steve Bell, Posy Simmonds, etc, so why don't they do a regular, say monthly, comics supplement featuring original pieces and reprints, say, in collaboration with Knockabout or someone. I'm sure Page 45 would be interested in getting involved. I could go on. And then here it is. Something along the right lines. Interesting.
Since you haven't got a hope in hell of getting a copy I've taken the liberty of scanning the Posy Simmonds strip because I think it's really good. You can either have it at full tabloid size (750k) or reduced to a more screen friendly ratio (176k). I'll probably remove them soon cos it is copyright and all that jazz.
Metaphrog are delighted to announce that The Scottish Arts Council have awarded £2000 towards the publication of Louis – The Clown’s Last Words, an illustrated work for children and adults. This is the first time ever that a graphic novel has been funded and reflects the positive attitude towards the art form. The Scottish Arts Council stated, "The subcommittee were unanimously impressed by the originality and freshness of the Louis publications, and commended, in particular, the determination and energy... devoted to making Metaphrog a critical success in a difficult marketplace."
Something for all you Monday morning at work kids: In honour of our all night stumbling around Soho last weekend, Mark Stafford's bit of the site has been rejigged and I've added the Space People From Space bubblegum card series, plus ThreeNewPictures to the portfolio. Enjoy!
The House of Hatch seems to be open for viewing.
Interestingly I found the following comment therein:
Calling all budding cartoonists and writers of quality humour. We here at the House of Hatch are setting up an as yet untitled humour anthology (title suggestions welcome) and we are searching for contributions.
"Until better communication exists between the rulers and the ruled, Syrians must rely on intuitive skills honed through long years of exposure to Farzat cartoons. For the decipherers and code-breakers on either side of the political fence, his humour has been like a divining rod."
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