Wednesday, October 16, 2019

COMICS FOR THE APOCALYPSE



I was the guest on Samuel George London's Comics for the Apocalypse podcast lately.

A great idea for a podcast; a kind of Desert Island Discs for comics.

Have a listen here.

SPOILERS!
Here are the comics I talked about:
The Cute Manifesto - James Kochalka; Eagle - Ian Kennedy; From Hell - Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell; Hate - Peter Bagge; The Incredible Hulk Pocketbook - Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko; Perry Bible Fellowship - Nick Gurewitch; Rosalie Lightning - Tom Hart; Star Wars Weekly #15 - Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin.

Friday, September 27, 2019

102: A TRIBUTE TO JACK KIRBY



Adam Falp, creator of The Fragment, has put together a 28 Page tribute book to Jack Kirby.

It contains work from Adam himself, James Corcoran, Tom Curry, Paul Harrison-Davies, Daryl Forpe, Charles Glaubitz, Matt Grant, Sarah Harris, Graham Hicks, Sandy Jarell, Lukasz Kowalczuk, Iain Laurie, Eric McDuck, Paul Jon Milne, Finn Moxon, Xamie Navarro, Russell Mark Olsen, Russell Payne, Luke Ridge, Owen Sherwood, Son Of Ken, Dan White, and more!

I'm in there too! A reproduction of panels from one of my very favourite Hulk pages:


The book is available now from Adam's webstore, with all proceeds being donated to The Kirby Museum. 

More details can be found here.

Friday, September 13, 2019

THAT COMIC SMELL 52: 90s comics



The latest episode is online now.
From the web:

“Get ready to see some serious shit”
Well, well. We hit the 90s. What folks term as the absolute dregs of comics. The decade that killed comics, but is it that simple? Of course not. We wouldn’t have almost 2 hours worth of chat if that was the case. We go to show you that the 90s was filled with absolute gems and that, that nostalgia hit is going to come at you thick and fast.
So strap yourself in and get ready. There is going to be some blasts from the past hurtling their way towards you.
This and all the usual comics (and snacks) chat on the only comics podcast to come live from the Liefeld space ship…
That Comic Smell!
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300 (Frank Miller, Lynn Varley)
Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Aliens: Hive (Jerry Prosser, Kelley Jones)
Amazing Spider-man #388 (David Michelinie, Mark Bagley)
Batman (Doug Moench, Kelley Jones)
Batman Adventures (Various)
Battle Angel Alita (Yukito Kishiro)
Bone (Jeff Smith)
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs: Time in Overdrive (Mark Schultz)
Captain America (Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins)
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)
Daredevil: Guardian Devil (Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada)
Deadpool (Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Madureira, Lee Weeks)
Death Of Superman (Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson)
Dragon Lives (Peter Quinones, Ron Lim)
Fleener (Mary Fleener)
Frank: Real Pa (Jim Woodring)
From Hell (Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell)
Give Me Liberty (Frank Miller Dave Gibbons)
Hate (Peter Bagge)
Hellblazer (Garth Ennis, William Simpson)
Hellboy (Mike Mignola)
Hulk #474 (Joe Casey, Javier Pulido)
Hulk: Future Imperfect (Peter David, George Pérez)
Infinity Gauntlet (Jim Starlin, George Pérez, Ron Lim)
Kingdom Come (Alex Ross, Mark Waid)
Long Halloween (Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale)
Madman (Mike Allred, Laura Allred)
Manga Mania (Magazine)
Marvels (Alex Ross, Kurt Busiek)
The Mask (John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke)
Sin City (Frank Miller)
Spider-man 2099 (Peter David, Rick Leonardi)
Spider-man (Todd Macfarlane)
Spider-man: Carnage & Venom (David Mechelinie, Mark Bagley)
Star Wars: Dark Empire (Cam Kennedy, Tom Veitch)
X-Force (Rob Liefeld)
X-Men (Jim Lee, Chris Claremont)
X-men Unlimited (John Francis Moore, Paul Smith)
Yeah! (Gilbert Hernandez, Peter Bagge)"


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BELL TIME COVER



Here's the cover for my next comic, "Bell Time", which is launching at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, 9-10 November 2019. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 06, 2019

GOOD COMICS FRIDAY



I've done a comic for Good Fridays.

Have a look here.

Many thanks to Samuel C.Williams, Paddy Johnston, and Rozi Hathaway at Good Comics.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

BARRIE TOMLINSON'S DEATH WISH: Eagle, Tiger, Turtles, and Speed


Barrie Tomlinson worked as an editor and writer for IPC/Fleetway from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. He has recently written two books of interest to comics fans, "Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff" and "Comic Book Hero". His story Death Wish, originally serialised weekly in Speed comic, has been collected in one fine volume. I enjoyed rereading these stories after all these years, and reached out to have a chat with him...


David Robertson: How is it seeing the comics you worked on decades ago finding a new lease of life?

Barrie Tomlinson: It’s really very satisfying that stories I wrote so many years ago are now being shown to a new audience.  I think they have survived the test of time and still look good. Great art from Vanyo! I was lucky to have top artists illustrating my stories.  One of the benefits of being editor/group editor is that I could chose the artists who worked on my stories!


DR: I read Death Wish in Speed when it started, and then again in Eagle and Tiger when it showed up five years later. An eternity in kid years! It was so fascinating the way the story had moved on from the initial premise of looking for an action packed way to die, to a ghost hunter type of scenario. Consistency given by, as you mention, the great art of Vanyo!

BA: I wrote all the scripts but I think I like the Speed and Tiger ones best.  But Vanyo always delivered no matter what I threw at him!

DR: What prompted such a radical change - the inclusion of supernatural elements in the story?

BA: Ghostbusters was very popular at the time, so it seemed a good idea at the time. I’d launched Scream and some of the Scream stories made their way into Eagle. I thought Death Wish could go alongside them.


DR: Did you read comics growing up? Which ones do you remember?

BA: I originally read Dandy, Beano and Radio Fun.  Later, I bought Lion, Tiger and Eagle (original version!).  I little realised that one day I’d be producing comics myself!

DR: How did you get started working in comics?

BA: I was trying to get a job in journalism and someone showed me an advertisement saying “Beginners wanted for children’s comics”. I had an interview at Fleetway Publications and got a job. The rest, as they say, is history!


DR: How did Speed come about?

BA: Most of the comics I launched  were my own idea but this one was an idea, I think, from the group editor of the humour group.  I was asked to produce Speed and I think we produced a good publication.  Maybe it looked too much like Tiger!  Everything about the title was fast, including the speed in which it disappeared from the newsagents’ shelves!


DR: I was lucky enough to get the first issue of Eagle in 1982. Really enjoyed that series. Was there any resistance to the idea of reviving a 30 year old comic?

BA: It was always my ambition to relaunch Eagle but it took many years before I could persuade the management to have a go at a relaunch. The original Eagle was a hard act to follow but I think we didn’t do too badly, considering the new version lasted 12 years. Everything we did was a tribute to the original title.

DR: The photo comics were an interesting development. Did that idea come from the girls' comics?

BA: The original Eagle was always full of new ideas.  The photo stories hadn’t been tried in a boys’ comic so I thought  we would give it a go, particularly as television was playing a big part in children’s lives.  Of course, in those days we didn’t have the advantage of using computers to produce special effects, which would have helped with dramatic, action-packed scenes but I think the photographers and our own art staff did well in producing exciting photos.


DR: You did a lot of publicity events, and had celebrities write for your comics. What would you consider the most memorable and/or successful?

BA: I was fortunate to have the knack of persuading famous folk to write for my titles.  I suppose the Duke of Edinburgh was the most famous writer. He wrote for the first issue of Roy of the Rovers.   Eric Morecambe also wrote for Roy, with Ernie Wise writing for Tiger. Lots of big name sportsmen wrote for Tiger, including Geoffrey Boycott, Gordon Banks, Trevor Francis, Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Malcolm Macdonald, Mick Channon, Jack Charlton and many others.  Of course, Sir Alf Ramsey took over as manager of Melchester Rovers after Roy was shot. All those celebs were great to work with. I was able to introduce ‘name’ annuals to Fleetway annuals. I produced the Big Daddy Annual, the Suzie Dando Annual and the Geoff Boycott Annual.  Great fun to work on!


DR: One story I always wondered about was Robo Machines. Specifically, it ran concurrently with Go-Bots, which seemed to be the same group of characters under a different title. What was the story there?

BA: You’ve got me here!  Were those stories in one of my comics? The memory banks are not responding!


DR: It was in Eagle. It was a story based on toys, much like the Transformers. It seemed that the line was called Go-Bots in other territories. It was a good story, printed with the black, white and red colours.

BA: It’s strange but I still have a blank on that. It’s funny how the odd story vanishes from memory.


DR: You edited the UK Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles comic. The turtles were a huge phenomenon at the time. How did you get involved with that?

BA: When the publisher got the contract to publish a Turtles comic, there was a bit of competition to see who should edit the title.  I was very pleased when the comic was given to me to edit.   By that time, I had edited a few sponsored titles and had some experience with such things.
I was absolutely delighted to take Turtles up to a circulation of about 800,000. This was at a time when comic sales were falling. At first we reprinted American material and then went on to produce our own stories and artwork.  By that time I was working freelance producing the comics via my own company and selling the complete titles to the publisher.   I think the title won an award for being the launch of the year but the publisher chose not to tell me, the editor, and I wasn’t invited to, or told about, the presentation ceremony.  That’s show business!

DR: Before we finish, this is the perfect opportunity for me to ask you about something I’ve had in my head for decades. I remember getting ready for school one day and a TV ad coming on for the new comic, “Speed”. It featured a live action scene of “Speedboy” running through a crowd of school kids. Did I imagine this, or did it really happen?

BA: I’m struggling with this one as well. I wasn’t responsible for TV advertising and I think I have a vague memory of seeing this when Speed was launched. But otherwise I can’t recall much about it.
I think I was lucky. I had the best job in the world, first as a sub editor, then an editor and finally as a group editor.  Plus I was able to write lots of scripts, including The Hard Man for Roy of the Rovers, Loner and Turbo Jones for Wildcat, Johnny Cougar for Tiger and Death Wish for Speed, Tiger and Eagle.
After I finished working on the comics I was lucky enough to write and produce the Scorer picture-strip for the Daily Mirror. That lasted, six days a week, for 22 years.


DR: You’ve written about your comics career in a couple of books, haven’t you?

BA: Yes, I’ve had two books published, which are still available on Amazon and at other places.  The first book is: “Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff” … all about how Roy and myself worked together to make him top of the league for football.  The second book is “Comic Book Hero”, about all the other comics I edited.


DR: Do you have any other books, or collections of your comics on the horizon?

BA: I’ve just finished my third book which contains more stuff about the comics I worked on, as well as the rest of my life story.  Watch this space for more news about the new book!

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!
Get us on…
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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!
Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thatcomicsmell
Get us on…
Soundcloud: tinyurl.com/y8vzeh3c
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Podbean: tinyurl.com/yxvecykj
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



Click on image for larger view.

To read from the beginning, go here.
Scroll down to the "Bell Time Begins" post, and work your way back up.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

BELL TIME part 50



Click on image for larger view.

To read from the beginning, go here.
Scroll down to the "Bell Time Begins" post, and work your way back up.

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
Get us on…
Soundcloud: tinyurl.com/y8vzeh3c
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and most places you find podcasts.
Don’t forget to Like, Share, Subscribe, Rate & Review.
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.