Thursday, August 22, 2019

COMPETITION WINNER!


Today is the tenth anniversary of my blog starting up and I have been running a competition to win the complete Fred Egg Comicsography.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

The draw has just taken place and the winner is... Maxine Lee-Mackie!

Congratulations!

Monday, August 19, 2019

WALTER SIMONSON WITH TOM PALMER STAR WARS ARTIST'S EDITION


I was lucky enough to get a copy of this beauty recently:


A wonderful book that presents colour scans of the original artwork from the comics of the 1980s.

Here are a few interesting images from inside, along with the printed versions:


The art has been flipped for this cover! I wonder why? Maybe that old chestnut of the bad guys usually coming into frame from the right. Interestingly, Simonson's signature has not been flipped, and occupies its position on the middle left on both.


A misspelling of "niether" that has been corrected in the final edition.


Tarkin with an "a" has been corrected too. Note the names sneaked into the diagram; Walt Simonson, Louise Jones (editor), and Tom Palmer.


Here Leia originally said, "You new in town?" In the published version, "You" has been excised, plainly showing the space where it had been.

An interesting aspect to these three preceding examples is that the changes are not visible on the original art. There's no liquid paper on these pages. The changes must have been implemented at a later stage in the production.


I wonder what the blue tint on the foreground figure is for. Can't see anything in the printed page that would have required that. It's the only example of this in the entire book.


This one has the lines of red doing a lot of the work in the finished page. Or the "red supprint" as written in the margin. I also like seeing what are obviously fingerprint ink smudges on the original art to create texture.


These books are great, and seeing the artwork at a large scale is definitely the main draw. However, I wish they would not cut off so much of the notes in the margin. This one says something or other "to his ship". Seeing the production process is also a big part of my interest in these.

There is probably a novelty to seeing the artwork without colour for American readers. However in the UK, we were presented with these stories in black and white in the first place.


Let's end with this great image. Lobot punching Lando off of Cloud City. What's interesting here is that the foot on the right overlaps the page border. On the printed cover, all the foot is there, and the lines through the right hand side have been continued, perhaps by some production staff. This also happens to an extent at the top of the image. And the left has the top of Lando's head drawn in. It seems the entire image has been downsized slightly to fit the page. Perhaps the "Columbia Ten-Speed Racer" banner altered the usual dimensions.

An excellent book!

Friday, August 16, 2019

A PLACE TO HANG YOUR CAPE interview



Fred McNamara has interviewed me over at A Place to Hang Your Cape.

Have a read here.

THAT COMIC SMELL #50 - Creator Conversation With... David Robertson



The latest podcast is online now.

From the web:

“My next guest has starred in such things as…”
This is a new stage in evolution for TCSPod. A new type of episode in which Tom sits down with creators and asks them questions to find out a little more about the creators themselves. A bit more than just their amazing work. We all love comic creators but let’s be honest, we are all rather nosey and would love to find out about them. This is the prime opportunity.
The first guest keeps it all familiar by being our very own, Fred Egg Comics himself, David Robertson. Come take a journey through some of David’s other hobbies, his music tastes, thoughts on ghosts and so much more.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to totally not rip off Richard Herring’s emergency questions. Not in the slightest…
That Comic Smell!
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and most places you find podcasts."

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Monday, August 05, 2019

FRED EGG COMICS BLOG 10th ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY



August 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of this blog, which seems ridiculous, but there it is.

It’s been good keeping this going, both as a record of what I’ve been up to, putting out thoughts on comics, and getting in touch with many great comics people.

I want to mark the occasion by running a competition. Up for grabs is every Fred Egg Comic currently in print. So that’s:

Berserkotron
Dump #3
Zero Sum Bubblegum
Wow! Retracted
Break the Cake
But a Dream!

Also included is Dundee Comics Comic.

I will give away copies of some anthologies I’ve been in too;

Treehouse, Chronicle, Inkthology, Swift at 350, and Love Bites!

Simply retweet on Twitter (#FredEggComics10), or share my post on Facebook. On 22nd August (the tenth anniversary date) a winner will be chosen at random and announced.

Good luck!

Friday, August 02, 2019

THAT COMIC SMELL 49: British Super-Heroes



The new episode is online now!

From the website:

“AY UP GUVNA!”
We’re coming down the old apples and pears to bring you the best of old Blighty. We are of course talking ‘British Superheroes’
Come and join us first as we show off our latest grabs before we go delving into our picks of Britain’s ultimate super powered beings… or not so? We spark a little debate about what constitutes as a Super Hero and even as a comic. There’s a little reaction to the latest Marvel movie news and a whole host of Brit Supes comics chat.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast that’s right behind you…
That Comic Smell!
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Get us on…
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and most places you find podcasts."


Saturday, July 20, 2019

BELL TIME part 56



Here's the final page. Click for a larger view.

Thanks to everyone who's been reading along. I hope you've enjoyed it. Thanks also to everyone who has given feedback.

Bell Time will be collected into a book later in the year.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Friday, July 05, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

BELL TIME part 52



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THAT COMIC SMELL 46: Film & TV Tie-Ins/Adaptations



The new episode of the podcast is online now here.

From the web:

"The Book Is Better!”
We have all seen the films based on comic books. I mean hell, Marvel is more films than comics these days. What about the comics that are based, tied in with, continuing on, adapted from films and Television Shows. Well we grab every available one that we own and pass them round like there’s no tomorrow. There are some absolute crackers here and some tasty rarities to wrap your ears around. From cartoons and adventure heroes. To space age horror and life stories. You won’t want to miss the picks this time around.

This and all the usual comics chat on the only podcast to come on both Betamax AND laser disc...

That Comic Smell!

(Some of the titles discussed)
Wolf's Rain (Bones, Keiko Nobumoto, Toshitsugu Lida)
Scooby Apocalypse (Keith Giffen, J.M.Dematteis, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi)
Green Lantern/Space Ghost (Tynion IV, Sebela, Olivetti)
Suicide Squad/Banana Splits (Bedard, Caldwell, Morales)
The Flintstones (Russel, Pugh, Chuckry)
Wacky Raceland (Pontac, Manco, Sanzone)
The Tick (Marc Silvia, Mychailo Kazybrid)
The Simpsons (Various)
Jurassic Park (Walt Simonson, Gil Kane, George Perez)
X-Men 2 (Brian K Vaughan, Tom Mandrake)
Star Wars (Cassiday, Aaron)
Looney Tunes (Various)
Spider-Man Adventures (Nelyomtov, Alex Saviuk)
Rick&Morty (Various)
Ren & Stimpy (Dan Slott, Mike Kazaleh)
Star Trek TNG (Michael Jan Friedman, Kevin Ryan, Chuck Frazier)
Batman (Dennis O'Neil, Jerry Ordway)
Batman Returns (Dennis O'Neil, Steve Erwin)
Batman Adventures (Kelley Aukett, Martin Pasko, Brad Rader, Ty Templeton)
The Man With No Name (Christos Gage, Wellington Dias)
Red Dwarf (Various)
Aliens (Various)
Godzilla age of Monsters (Various)
Adventure Time (Various)
Batman 66 (Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton)
Inu Yasha (Rumiko Takahashi)
Transformers/Visionaries (Magdalene Visaggio, Fico Ossio)
The A-Team (Jim Salicrup, Marie Sevrin)
Freaks (Jim Woodring, Francisco Solano Lopez)
Star Trek Enterprise Logs (Various)
American Splendor: Our Movie Year (Various)
Metropolis (Christophe Girard)
2001 A Space Odyssey (Jack Kirby)
Futurama (Various)
Futurama/Simpsons (Various)
Star Trek: Countdown (Various)
Steven Universe (Jeremy Sorese, Coleman Engle)
Future Quest (Jeff Parker, Evan "Doc" Shaner, Steve Rude)
Star Wars Classic (Various)
Alien (Archie Goodwin, Walt Simonson)
Indiana Jones (John Byrne, Terry Ouston)"

Image result for Metropolis, Christophe Girard

Monday, June 17, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

BELL TIME part 51



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Saturday, June 08, 2019

BELL TIME part 50



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Friday, June 07, 2019

THAT COMIC SMELL 45: Slice of Life



The new episode of the podcast is online now here.

From the web:

"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”
It’s time for That Comic Smell to take a massive Slice of Life. Indeed, it is time for us to take a look at diary comics, a moment cut out of time, fiction that very much mimics life stories and so much more. We go from absolute belly laughs to comics that leave you heartbroken. All with an added deviation, where the folks here get into the real “Geek” of it all and talk shelf organisation. GET IN!
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast that can be stacked on a physical shelf…
That Comic Smell!
Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thatcomicsmell
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Thanks again for listening and supporting the podcast
Close to the Heart (Megan Sinclair + Various)
Follow me in (Katriona Chapman)
Modern Slorance (Neil Slorance)
Asleep in the Back (Time Bird)
Bi the Way (MJ Wallace)
Various Hourly Comics (Alex Assan, Ell J Walker, Sammy Borras & mnay more)
Trashed (Derf)
Face down in the Mud (David B Cooper)
Scenes from an Impending Marriage (Adrian Tomine)
Strangers in Paradise (Terry Moore)
Kids are Weird (Jeffery Brown)
Our Super Adventure & American Adventure (Sarah Graley)
Momorias de un Hombre Pijama (Paco Roca)
Un Hombre en Pijama (Pacoa Roca)
Little Nothings (Lewis Trondhiem)
Astronauts of the Future (Lewis Trondhiem)
A Quiet Disaster (Alex Potts)
Peep Show (Joe Matt)
Spent (Joe Matt)
Graffiti Kitchen (Eddie Campbell)
American Splendor (Harvey Pekar)
The Black Hole (Whitman Comics)
Jimmy Corrigan (Chris Ware)
Dilbert (Scott Adams)
Hate! (Peter Bagge)
Monsieur Jean (Dupuy, Berberian)
Fungus the Bogeyman (Raymond Briggs)
Laptop Guy (Sha Nazir, Jack Lothian)
Superhero Therapy (Janina Scarlet, Wellinton Alves)"

Image result for lewis-trondheim little nothings

Sunday, June 02, 2019

STAR JAWS #3 (of 3)


Cover by Martin Hand.

Barnstormer Comics' latest issue is out now.

It features work from Robin Barnard, Martin Hand, Andy Smith, and myself.

Previews of my two stories:

Training Days
Was there Always a Bigger Fish?

Thanks to Robin Barnard for using my two stories.

You can see Barnstormer Comics at the website here.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

MARVEL STAR WARS EXPLORERS #69



I've been enjoying this weekly podcast which covers each issue of the comics published between 1977 and 1986. I suppose it should technically be 1977-2019 after the recent one off edition. 

They were already at an issue numbered in the 50s when I started listening, so I've been playing catch up. 

I've been leaving comments on their Facebook page as I go along, and decided to send them an e-mail which they read out on their latest episode.

Have a listen to their show here. It's a lot of fun.

BELL TIME part 49



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Saturday, May 25, 2019

BELL TIME part 48


Warning: sweary words!


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Friday, May 24, 2019

THAT COMIC SMELL 44: Review, Recommend, Highly Rate/Reading



The new episode of the podcast is online now here.

From the web:

“You were always on my miiiiiiind”
Welcome everyone. This time around the folks here at TCS HQ are having a little go through and making a dent in what we have been reading recently. We have some short Reviews, some general ogling and drooling over. We have some hearty recommends and just a general letting y’all know what pages we have been sniffing recently for all of you looking to add some beautiful dirty paper to your reading list.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to be better than Bond. Not hard really…
That Comic Smell!
Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thatcomicsmell
Get us on…
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Don’t forget to Like, Share, Subscribe, Rate & Review.
Thanks again for listening and supporting the podcast
Red (Laura Monaghan)
Goblins (Sloth Comics)
70 (Alisdair Wood)
Female Furies (Cecil Castelluci, Adrianna Melo)
Defenders (Ed Hannigan)
Shark Wife (Olivia Hicks)
Batgirl (Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose)
The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye (Gold Lion Comics)
Space Ghost (Gold Key)
Ferals (Gabriel Andrade)
Maximum Security: The Mighty Thor (Dan Jurgens)
Bruce (David Cooper)
Demon Knights (Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves)
Detective #1000 (Various DC folks)
Avengers: True Believers Re-print (Marvel)
Star Wars Legends #5 (Marvel)
Dear Justice League (Michael Northrop, Gustavo Duarte)
Lazarus: Risen (Greg Rucka)
Machine Man (Jack Kirby)
Signs from an Impending Marriage (Adrian Tomine)
Cassandra Dark (Possey Simmons)
Conspiracy Dog (KEK-W, Lukasz Kowalczuk)
Hello Dolly (John Tucker)
CYDO (John Tucker)
The Fragment (Adam Falp)
Living in Sin (Adam Falp)
Human Garbage (Josh Hicks)
Glorious Wrestling Alliance (Josh Hicks)
The Hunter (Joe Sparrow)
The Intercorstal (Gareth Hopkins)
Death Ray (Dan Clowes)
Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (Dan Clowes)
Geis (Alexis Deacon)
Desolation Wilderness (Claire Scully)
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia (Ed Kuehnel, Matt Entin, Dan Schkade)
The Lang Walk Hame (Peter Watson, Gordon Johnston)
Leaf (Nicole Bates)
Lemon Pepper Huggz (5 Meats Comics)
Princess Wolf and her Life of Darkness (Beatrix, Kristen Haas Curtis)
Saffron (Samuel George London, Rosie Alexander)
Slang Pictorial (Nick Pictorial)
Snuffy & Zoey (John Celestri)
Marble Cake (Scott Jason Smith)
Untitled Generic Space Comedy (Matt Garvey, John McFarlane)



Saturday, May 18, 2019

BELL TIME part 47



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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

COMIC SCENE THE PODCAST Episode 8



I'm a guest on the latest episode of Comic Scene the Podcast.

In it I talk about The Incredible Hulk Annual 1980, and Soldier's Heart by Carol Tyler. The show was recorded just after I'd had the idea to put together my 1990s comic But a Dream!, so it's nice to have my initial burst of enthusiasm recorded.

Here's information from Phillip Vaughan at the website:

"In this episode I chat to David Robertson who runs Fred Egg Comics, and is a member of the 'That Comic Smell' podcast team. I also chat to Ian Wheeler, current Comic Scene writer, and the creator of the fondly regarded Eagle Flies Again fanzine. Ian has recently been published in Doctor Who Magazine, issue 536. Special guest starring Ian's cat!"

It's online now. Have a listen here.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

BELL TIME part 46



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Friday, May 10, 2019

BUT A DREAM! Preview 5


Here are the final previews from my latest comic:

Okay Radio
Outside

But a Dream! is available now here.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

BUT A DREAM! Preview 4


Another two clips from stories in my latest comic:

ST: TMP mini

Dave's Dre Am Diary

Last two previews next time!

But a Dream! is available now here.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

BUT A DREAM! at DOWN THE TUBES



John Freeman has written on But a Dream! over at Down the Tubes.

Have a read here.

BUT A DREAM! Preview 3


Third round of previews from my latest comic:

Bad Show Then

Cosmic Checkpoint

More previews tomorrow.

But a Dream! is available now here.