Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WILMA


Cover by Ashling Larkin.
A new anthology has been released featuring comics by Olivia Hicks/Katie Quinn, Joan Ormrod/Zu Dominiak, and Julia Round/Catriona Laird.

During the summer I worked on a project for the MLitt comics course which included making a photostrip. This caught someone's attention, as I was asked to shoot and put together another one for Wilma. I was sent a script written by Alexandra Craven, did pencil layouts, and shot the pictures. I then cut and pasted the thing together.

Here's a wee preview of the finished page:


Thursday, October 12, 2017

KIRBY & ME


My Kirby 100 painting (discussed here) is now being exhibited online at the Kirby & Me website.

Have a look here.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

24 HOUR COMIC DAY Volume 3

I took part in this event again this weekend, making 24 pages in 24 hours. Alongside Zu Dominiak and Olivia Hicks, we started at 10am Saturday, working through the night in the Ink Pot studio within Dundee Comics Creative Space.

As last year, I charted my progress online in real time. Here's a summation of how it went, with my photos and comments from Twitter and Facebook:

11.26am: Oh boy. It's 24 hour Comics day again. Let's go!

12.15pm: 24 hour comic day continues. 10 pages of layouts done. Pages 11 to 24 planned out.
12.58pm: 24 pages layouts done. Lunchtime!
3.23pm: 6 pages black and white artwork done. Gonna splash some colour paint on these once all 24 are done in b&w.
5.17pm: Page 7-9. Going out for a walk now. 24 hour Comics, ye bas!
7.51pm: Page 10 and 11. It's time for junk food.
10.58pm: Presenting pages 12 to 14 of this 24 hour comic venture.
1.56am: 24 hour comic pages 15-20. Giant dog.
3.20am: Last 4 pages inked for 24 hour comic day. Gonna take a break and then put some paint on.
8.54am: 24 hour comic day day done and dusted. I love doing this - it's insane. Over and out til next time!
Well done to Zu and Olivia who also completed their 24 page comics.
I hope to take part in this again next year and beyond.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

LOVE BITES #2

Cover by Rebecca Horner.

The new Love Bites! anthology is out in time for Thought Bubble, featuring comics by Zu Dominiak, Olivia Hicks, Katie Quinn, Kit and Pup, and Megan Sinclair.

Here is a preview of my four page contribution:


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HABITAT: BIG BROWN EYES


The new Big Brown Eyes Collective anthology is edited by Freya, Karis and Emily Lambert, and alongside their own comics also features Ryan Boylett, Mark Brady, Dennis Coyle, Rozi Hathaway, Joe Latham, Ryan Morrison, Emma Raby, Nathaniel Spain, Sam Taylor, Myfawny Tristram, Anja Uhren, and Jade Wall.
I’m pleased to have a comic in there too. A wee preview:

The anthology is on sale at Thought Bubble, Bristol Comic and Zine Fair, and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, before going on sale online here. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

ORCHESTRAS

What a thrill it was this week to work alongside the magnificent Scottish Ensemble to present a new comic story entitled, “Orchestras”.
The event was the latest DeeCAP (Dundee Comics Art Performance) held at the Dundee Comics Creative Space, and featuring fellow local comics creators Zu Dominiak, Andy Herd, Damon Herd (no relation), Norrie Millar, and myself!


I took the opportunity to premiere a new comic I made specially for the event, designed to work as a comic in its own right and as a performance piece accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble.

Here is how it turned out on the night. I hope you enjoy it…
I think you can see how much I enjoyed hearing the music from that vantage point. A truly exciting event to take part in.
Many thanks to Tom Stewart of That Comic Smell podcast for filming.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

THAT COMIC SMELL: Jack Kirby Appreciation continued...


The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the website:
“We continue our appreciation for Jack one more time.
We discuss what the publishers have done for his birthday celebrations. Also what some of our particular "Best" moments of Kirby are.
We run as a 3 man team for about the first 20 minutes waiting for everyone else to arrive, in the time we talk about the great "Ann Nocenti" , the general layout and folks that were at the Glasgow comic con. We also speak about the elusive Previews catalogue and Giuseppe has a run in with a mystery shop online.
All this and more on the only podcast to bring you Kirby crackle in the ears... think about how that works for a second.
That Comic Smell!!”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

THAT COMIC SMELL: Valerian / Jack Kirby


Two new episodes of the podcast are now online.


Episode 13: Valerian

From the website:
"In this episode the folks here talk "Valerian" The comic series created by Pierre Christin & Jean-Claude Mézières.
We go into the likes and dislikes of the series, what other projects the series inspired and whether they think it will make for an interesting film.
We weren't long back from the Glasgow comic-con in July, so we talk about the various books and goodies we acquired whilst there.
Plus! There is an added bonus review from our very own Tom at the end.
So plug in those headphones. Get ready to ride the podcast roller-coaster to the wonderful world of comics.
That Comic Smell!
*Music: Domiciles - Nothing's Ever Changed in the Whole Time That I've Been Here*
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Some of the other titles we discussed:
The Mighty Women of Science (Claire Forrest, Fiona Gordon)
Dragon Ball Super (Akira Toriyama)
Toxoplasmosis, Parasites, Sleeping Sickness (Jaime Hall, Edward Ross, University of Glasgow)
Hot Schitt (Gordon Johnston)
Misc Fits, Hourly Comic Day 2017+2016 (Sammy Borras)
DTH RTL II, DTH (Bob Turner)
Left (Steve Ingram)
Sol (Rebecca Horner)
Video Games for Good (Various Artists Compiled by Claire Hubbard)
Space Captain (Michael Park, Chris Baldie, Dave Morrow)
Modern Slorance: The Canada Issue (Neil Slorance)
Digital Memories (Norrie Millar)
RASL (Jeff Smith)
The Bionic Man (Kevin Smith)
Superman Blue+Red (Dan Jurgens)
Leaf (Daishu Ma)
Reworking Walter Scott (Various Artists)
Sea Creatures: Reef Madness (Christophe Cazenove, Thierry Jytery)
Rostam: Tales for the Shahnameh (Bruce Bahmani, Karl Altstaetter)
Settle Petal (Alfie Pound)
The Demon (Garth Ennis, John McRea)
Boy Commandos (Jack Kirby, Joe Simon)
Love Bites (Zu Dominiak)
Transformers Collection (Various)
Kids Are Weird (Jeffery Brown)
Terra Obscura (Alan Moore, Peter Hogan, Yanick Paquette, Karl Stor)
Daredevil #283 August 1990 (Ann Nocenti, Mark Bagley, Al Williamson)
Valiant 1966 (Various)
Providence (Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows)
The Amazing Spider-man Annual 21 (David Michelinie, James Shooter, Paul Ryan, Vince Colletta)"



From the website:
"Happy 100th Birthday Jack! From all of us here at "That Comic Smell"
I'm sure I speak for the world of comics when saying that, without you the comic world would not be what it is today and possibly wouldn't even exist. You were a creation genius and an inspiration to everyone and anyone within comics, whether they know it or not.
In this episode we talk all things Kirby. There is not much more to say except to sit back and absorb all the Kirby chat.
We are also joined by an extremely special guest: Comic Artist, creator and all round good guy Mr. Dan McDaid.
Enjoy Folks.
*Music: Chart Smasher - Play*
chartsmasher.bandcamp.com/releases"

Monday, August 28, 2017

KIRBY 100

In 2015, I became aware that it was going to be Jack Kirby's 100th birthday in a couple of years, and I felt I wanted to mark it in some way, being a huge fan of his work.

An image came to me of a large canvas, with his name in bold and some of my favourite panels painted very large indeed. I could take my time deciding which panels to choose.

I sketched out a rough idea of how I wanted it to look...

Now, I never paint. I've never touched a canvas, never mind put paint on one. I went out and bought the biggest one I could find, along with tubs of acrylics, a set of brushes and a palette.

Armed with this, I set out to begin.

Are you supposed to sketch on a canvas with a pencil? Can you rub it off? Who knows?


Off I went. 

Slapping the black paint on – KIRBY



I put the blocks of colour on first, then once they were on, paint the black on top. I thought this intermediate stage looked nice...


It's interesting the way that a canvas pushes back onto your brush. This doesn't happen with paper, of course. You need to factor this movement into how you apply the paint. I was starting to get the bug for painting on canvas.


As I worked, I listened to Jack Kirby being interviewed. The man was present in the room while I painted. 


Oops, I spilled a bit.


Coming together now...



I covered the spill with a bit of Kirby Krackle added to the background of the panels...


The four panels were originally in the following comics:
Captain America #213
Mister Miracle #6
The Incredible Hulk #1
The Losers #153

I worked on this painting 31st December 2016 into 1st January 2017. I painted my way into the new year; the centennial year of Jack Kirby. It was great.

I still haven't signed it. It exists to celebrate Kirby. I'm thinking I'll write, “David Robertson 2016/2017” down one side of it. Not on the front.

Happy birthday to an astounding talent and inspiration. Much love to Jack Kirby.



More on Jack Kirby:
Click here for an article on Jack Kirby as a writer, here for a favourite comics covers piece, and here for thoughts on a specific Kirby page.