Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DUNDEE COMICS COMIC


Cover by DR. Logo and background colour by Rebecca Horner.

I'm pleased to announce that this comic is being released on Thursday 5pm at the Dundee Comics Creative Space. It's a 36 page magazine from Universe Publications.

I started this project as the final work for my year on the MLitt Comics and Graphic Novels course at University of Dundee during 2016-2017. Following that, I discussed the comic with Chris Murray, expanding it from 24 to 36 pages.

I talked with many folk with connections to the Dundee comics scene for this project, including John Anderson, Nigel Auchterlounie, Kathryn Briggs, Gary Burley, Zu Dominiak, Mel Gibson, William Hazle, Damon Herd, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Sydney Jordan, Ian Kennedy, Calum Laird, Catriona Laird, Ashling Larkin, Dan McDaid, Norrie Millar, Pat Mills, Montynero, Kirsten Murray, Julia Round, Neil Scott, Geoff Senior, Tom Stewart, and John Wagner.

Here's a preview of the comic:

Page 3

Page 4

Page 7

Page 8

Page 13

Page 22

Page 28

Come along to the launch event. Details here.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

CHRONICLE: THE ARCHIVE & MUSEUM ANTHOLOGY


Cover by Letty Wilson.

This new comic was edited by Hailey Austin, inspired by her time working in the University of Dundee Archive and Museums. It's being launched this Thursday 5pm at the Dundee Comics Creative Space.

The comic features Hailey Austin, Elliot Balson, Zu Dominiak, Katriona Gillon, Matthew Gow, Eve Greenwood, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Calum Laird, Catriona Laird, Norrie Millar, Nicole Munogee, Chris Murray, Golnar Nabizadeh, Megan Sinclair, Faye Stacey, Letty Wilson, and Adina Ziebart.

My story, "Into the Comics Archive" is included too.

Here's a wee preview:


Another comic book - one that I conceived, wrote and drew for Universe Publications - is also being launched that evening. More details on that one tomorrow.

GRAFFITO



Caithness Horizons Gallery in Thurso is now running their Graffito exhibition.

From the museum's website: "Graffito is a celebration of drawing and mark making with street, pop, graphic and comic art and zine making."

I have some comics on display there; Silently Falling, a page from George vs Herbert, and the wraparound cover for Berserkotron.

Some photos:




The exhibition also features work from Hannah Cambridge, Marc Delaye, Zu Dominiak, Victor Nobis and Andrew Strachan. It runs from 11th September to 26th October.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 30: 2 Recommendations



The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online. We present two comics recommendations each.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"We take a little trip back in time with the power of EDITING!!
Yes, we are digging into the archives for this one, recorded back in June before HQ relocated. David, Mike and Tom get together to talk about 2 comic titles that you would recommend to people that aren’t necessarily comics readers. Surprise, Surprise, it’s a nice eclectic round up of comics hidden gems and greats!
There is also a little shout out section before we get into this episode so make sure to check it out.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to have caught a falling star AND put it in their pocket but didn’t save it for a rainy day…
That Comic Smell!"

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

DEAD SINGERS SOCIETY #4



The latest issue of Dead Singers Society (#4) is out now from Good Comics.

A wide variety of creators are featured in this volume; Tim Bird, Frank Candiloro, Dina Caruso, Che Cosgrave, Chloe Deeley, Kate Dowling, Ethan Edward, Conan Fiori-McPhee, Jason Garratley, Jaime Gonzalez, Rob Gordon, Tom Guilfoyle, Rozi Hathaway, Lara Hing, Gareth Hopkins, Rebecca Horner, Becky Howard, James Howard, Sally Jane Hurst, Derik Johnson, Paddy Johnston, Mohar Kalra, Rob Marland, Gerard Michaels, Loretta Mui, Claire O'Brien, Emily B.Owen, Miguel Peres, Yen Quach, Shawn Richison, Tainan Rocha, Toim Saible, Jon Slater, John Tucker, Alex Hoyos Twomey, Mike West, and Samuel C.Williams.

I am pleased to be included in this illustrious company. Here is a wee preview of my comic:


Dead Singers Society #4 is available here.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Thursday, October 04, 2018

COMING SOON: BREAK THE CAKE



Here is the cover for my next comic book - Break the Cake.

Details of stories and guest artists can be found here.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 29: Q&A time



The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online. A question and answer session.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"Now we open the floor to a little Q&A”
Hello!! Welcome back to another episode of That Comic Smell where we have got all The Riddler up in here and started quizzing folks. Tom got some questions together for the folks and they all tried to answer as best they can. We also put the call-out to our followers if they would like to ask us anything and low and behold some of them actually did! As a little peak behind the curtain also, Nando was meant to be joining us via Skype but the connection was awful so unfortunately once we did manage he couldn’t really hear us. Sorry to all you Nando fans.
This one has some unusual questions, although even more unusual answers. So strap yourselves in, this is going to be a good one.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast that can be played whilst wearing night vision goggles…
That Comic Smell!"

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

BARRIERS: BIG BROWN EYES



The new Big Brown Eyes Collective anthology is out now. Edited by Emily, Freya, and Karis Viola Lambert, and alongside their own work, it also features Ross Billingham, Heather Chambers, Dave Crane, Lily Durel, Boo Hamilton-Frost, Rozi Hathaway, Liam 'Pais' Hill, Joe Latham, Jennifer Lynas, Hannah Opie, Bobbi Rae, Manuel Rodriguez, Nathaniel Spain, and Hel Vesper. The cover shown above is by Karis Viola.

I'm in there too. A wee preview:


Visit the Big Brown Eyes online shop here.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

DUNDEE SHMUNDEE! #18



Here's my latest comic strip on the Tay Bridge disaster.

Please click on image for a larger view.

PENGUIN PARADE


There have been many penguin statues dotted around Dundee over the summer, creating a trail you could follow around the town. The individual penguins were all designed and painted by different artists. This weekend they have been collected together at Slessor Gardens in order for folks to go see them all at once.

A good few of them were based on comics characters. Here they are...

'Bananaman' by Chris 'Creo' Alexander.
'Pen Broon' by Lee O'Brien.
'Pluguin' by Lesley D. McKenzie.
 Detail from 'Journalism' by Martin Hill.

In what seems a so obvious that it's brilliant idea, The Penguin from Batman, along with other villains...

'Gothamatryoshka' by Catherine J.Bell (front).
'Gothamatryoshka' by Catherine J.Bell (back).

You may see the large comic across the road behind some of these penguins. That's 'Adventures in Design' by Will Morris and David Mackenzie, which has been up throughout the building of the V&A, since 2015.


The penguins will be auctioned to the highest bidders this week, to raise money for Maggie's Dundee.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SARARARARA



Olivia Hicks' new comic Sarararara is launching at this year's Thought Bubble.

As well as the main story written and drawn by Olivia, there are also guest spots from Robbie D. Kiernan, and Georgia and Will Battle.

I am in there too with a back-up strip called, "Number Three's the Charm!"

A wee preview:


Many thanks to Olivia for having me in her comic!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

COMIC SCENE UK #2



The new edition of Comic Scene UK is out now.

I've written an article for it on my latest comic, Wow! Retracted.


The magazine is available now. For more details, visit their website here.

V&A OPENING WEEKEND



This is an exciting time in Dundee, as the V&A has its opening weekend.

Yesterday, a special edition of The Beano was unveiled, as part of the 3D festival in Slessor Gardens. The last panel of the comic is blank, inviting visitors to the "pop-up" Beano tent to complete it. This was also a Guinness World Records attempt - the largest finish the comic strip competition! It was open to all ages; as Mike Stirling of The Beano said on the day, the youngest was 2 years old, and the oldest was 80. One of these final panels will be chosen to be exhibited in the V&A building.

Photo from the @BeanoOfficial Twitter feed.

I was pleased to be in the tent alongside my Dundee Comics Creative Space colleagues Rebecca Horner and Catriona Laird. We gave encouragement and advice to the people taking part. It was a lot of fun and great to be involved in this new era for Dundee. The building is open to the general public starting Monday.

PS. It was also nice to catch up with my old chum Gary Robinson. I didn't know he was going to be there until he bounded out onstage acting as MC for the bands on stage. An excellent day all round!

Friday, September 14, 2018

BELL TIME part 12



Click on image for larger view.

To read from the beginning, go here.

THAT COMIC SMELL 28: The Seeds (Ann Nocenti & David Aja)



The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online. We discuss Ann Nocenti, David Aja, and their new comic The Seeds.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"*SPOILERS AHEAD*
“They buried us but they didn’t know we were SEEDS”
The exact statement that is on the back of the book for this incredible book and the folks here take a deep dive into what makes it a great first issue.
Welcome to That Comic Smell Podcast. David, Nando, Giuseppe, Mike and Tom get into “The Seeds” by Ann Nocenti and David Aja. They also explore briefly what creations are behind this team and how they came to be on a comics on the great Karen Berger’s line at Dark horse “Berger Books”
We also get a look into how extensive Nando’s research head can go when faced with something he loves.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to have actually been grown in a garden…
That Comic Smell!"

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 27: Top 3 Creators



The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online. A discussion on some of our favourite comics creators.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"TOP 3 CREATORS. GO!!
Is exactly what we did to our guest on episode 27 of That Comic Smell.
We were joined by the oh so amazing Olivia Hicks! (2000AD writer, Betty & Veronica and Cloak & Dagger Lover)
We all bring our own top 3 creators to the table and one by one present them and discuss some of the works that really made us decide that they were the ones for us.
There is also many a usual wild tangent and what we have currently been reading.
All that and so much more on the only podcast that can be understood by household pets and various wild birds.
That Comic Smell!
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Thanks again for listening and supporting the podcast
Here are some of the titles mentioned:
Nando:
John Byrne - Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-men
Moebius - Lt Blueberry, The Incal, Silver Surfer
Paco Roca - Wrinkles, El Invierno del disbujante, Los Sucos del azar
David:
Sam Henderson - Magic Whistle, Humour can be funny
Mary Fleener - Life of the Party, Slut Burger
Al Williamson - Star Wars
Mike:
Akira Toriyama - Dragon Ball, Dr Slump
Bill Finger - Batman
Walter Simonson - Thor
Olivia:
Kate Beaton - Hark a Vagrant
Katie Skelly - My Pretty Vampire
Kathleen Jacques - Band vs Band
Giuseppe:
Sergio Aragonés - Groo the Wanderer, M.A.D, Bogie Man
Bryan Talbot - The Tale of one Bad Rat, Grandville
Darick Robinson - (w/Warren Ellis) Transmetropolitan (w/Garth Ennis) The Boys
Tom:
Derf - Trashed, My Friend Dahmer, The City
Daniel Clowes - David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson
Bill Watterson - Calvin & Hobbes
Some Honourable Mentions:
Tony Millionare - Maakies
Todd McFarlane - Spider-man/Venom
Garth Ennis - Preacher
Kate Leth - Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat
David Robertson - Dump I, II & III, Zero Sum Bubblegum, Wow! Retracted, Berserkotron"

Sunday, August 26, 2018

DUNDEE SHMUNDEE! #17



Here's my latest comic strip on the Tay Bridge disaster.

Please click on image for a larger view.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 26: British Comics



The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"AY UP! It's only ruddy bloody British Comics... INIT?!
Hello folks and welcome to another episode of the only podcast to come to you through the far reaches of time and space. That Comic Smell!
This time the folks here are talking Britannia. We delve into the world of British comics and talk about some of our very own shining examples of what we have collected from this side of the pond over the years. You'll notice that one of us truly out shines the rest.
Then it's on to the usual recommendations, what we've been reading and so much more.
So get that kettle boiled, grab a fresh packet of hob nobs and join us at the table for some comics time!!
Here are some of the titles we discuss:
Beano
Dandy
Commando
Toxic
Shuggie & Duggie
Victor
Warlord
Battle
2000AD
Eagle
Whizzer & Chips
Roy of the Rovers
Oink!
Tiger & Scorcher
Nutty
Hotspur
Champ
Topper
Hoot
Valiant
Viz
Scream (All Various Artists, writers and publishers although surprisingly a lot of DC Thomson)
D.R. & Quinch (Alan Moore, Alan Davis)
Classwar (Rob Williams, Trevor Hairsine, Travel Foreman)
Batman & Judge Dredd (Various 2000AD but mainly, Alan Grant, John Wagner, Simona Bisley, Todd Klein)
Some Comics by Stephen Collins (Stephen Collins)
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil (Stephen Collins)
Various Small Press Comics (Treehouse, Sol, The Works of Our Very own David Robertson, Video Games For Good, Left, Hot Schitt, Awesome Comics, Wired up Wrong, The Devil in Disguise, DTH RTL, FLD, Space Captain, The Never Ever After and much much more)
Jack Falls
Terror from the Other Side (Joan Edam {Jon Adam})
Saltire (John Ferguson)
Suffragette (Mary M Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, Bryan Talbot)
Shako (John Wagner, Pat Mills, Ramon Sola)
Young Death (John Wagner, Peter Doherty)
Sláine (Pat Mills, Angela Kincaid)
Robo-Hunter (John Wagner, Ian Gibson)
Grandville (Bryan Talbot)
Spleenal (Nigel Auchterlounie)
Little Star (Andi Watson)
Alec - How to be an Artist (Eddie Campbell)
Monster Fun"

Sunday, August 12, 2018

THE STAR WARS PHENOMENON IN BRITAIN



This new book covers the cultural impact the first three Star Wars films had on the UK. The author was a young kid living through it.

Many aspects of the merchandise available are covered in depth - toys, records, books, etc. All lovingly covered in detail.

The comics are discussed too. The Marvel UK series, and the newspaper strips by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, as published in The Sunday Express Magazine.

I was pleased to see I am quoted regarding the latter, talking enthusiastically about the cuttings I took from these.

I've still got them. A really nice wee collection...