Sunday, November 20, 2022

MEGA CITY BOOK CLUB: Captain Condor


Eamonn Clarke hosts Mega City Book Club podcast which regularly discusses 2000ad and other British comics.

On this episode, we discuss Captain Condor by Frank S.Pepper and Brian Lewis; a terrific science fiction story from Lion comic.

Have a listen here.

Monday, October 31, 2022

THAT COMIC SMELL: Monster Comics




"For this Halloween we take a moment to have some fun and get all our comics involving “MONSTERS” together.
We have appearances of comics and characters such as: The Hulk, The Thing, Alan Class Comics, The Archie Gang, Cthulu, Robots, Godzilla, Ultramega, House of Mystery, BWS’s Monsters and many many more.
We had an absolute blast with all these gargantuan greats, bold behemoths and marvelous monster.
This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!"

Sunday, October 30, 2022

REJECT ALL at DAREDEVILS & WARRIORS

Alister Black has reviewed Reject All over at Daredevils & Warriors.

"David has a great talent for capturing the everyday and the strange thoughts that cross our minds. The struggles we all face, like ‘where did I put my face-mask’ and ‘do I need glasses?’"

Have a read here.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

REJECT ALL: Previews 6

 Last round of previews of my new comic, Reject All.

Wacky Space Race 1980. Story/art: DR.

Late Night Chinese. Story/art: DR.

Scam Call. Story: DR, art: Pam Wye.

Train Cancellation. Story: DR, art: Cherish York.

I hope you've enjoyed the previews this week. 

Reject All is available now here.

Friday, October 28, 2022

REJECT ALL: Previews 5

 More previews from my new comic, Reject All.

Takin' the Bus. Story/art: DR.

When I Was 34. Story/art: DR.

Thesis Pieces. Story: DR, art: Iestyn Pettigrew.

The Schofield Shuffle. Story: DR, art: Mike Sedakat.

Reject All is available now here.

Last round of previews tomorrow.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

REJECT ALL: Previews 4

 More previews of my new comic, Reject All.

Ticking Boy meets Fred Egg Uptown. Story/art: DR.

Star Confrontation. Story: Miles Robertson, art: DR.

£250,000. Story: DR, art: Francesca Mancuso.

Weird Moments in Dad Rock: Tears for Fears. Story: DR, art: Neil Paterson.

Reject All is available now here.

More previews tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

REJECT ALL: Previews 3

 More previews from my new comic, Reject All.

Every Friggin' Stop. Story/art: DR.

New Faces of Star Wars. Story: Ethan Robertson, art: DR.

Radio Excitement. Story: DR, art: Tim Kelly.

Blackbird. Story: DR, art: Marc KZ.

Reject All is available now here.

More previews tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

REJECT ALL: Previews 2

 More previews from my new comic Reject All.

Drive Legal. Story/art: DR.

Lost Mask. Story/art: DR.

Pam & Tommy. Story: DR, art: Helena Edwardson.

Fourth of May. Story: DR, art: Rebecca Horner.

Reject All is available now here.

More previews tomorrow!

Saturday, October 22, 2022

REJECT ALL: Previews 1

This week, I'll be presenting previews from my new comic, Reject All.


Bruin. Story/art: DR.

On Earth the Whole Time. Story/art: DR.

The Golden Triangle. Story: DR, art: Clio Ding.

Sex Robot. Story: DR, art: Dogjohn.

Cornershop. Story: DR, art: Zu Dominiak.

Reject All is available here.

More previews tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

THAT COMIC SMELL: Oor Wullie & The Broons




"On this episode of the pod we look at a Scottish institution. We gather up all our collections, thoughts and memories on the wonderful “Oor Wullie and The Broons”
Both incredible comic titles in their own right, originally lovingly and expertly brought to life by the late great Dudley D Watkins who was a local comics legend and actually a fairly close neighbour to the Podcast HQ.
You would be hard pressed to find a person in Scotland who doesn’t know who Oor Wullie or The Broons are."


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Thursday, August 25, 2022

OMEN TO THAT: That Comic Smell



I am guesting, along with the rest of the That Comic Smell podcast, on Damian Edwardson's latest "Omen to That". 

Have a listen here.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Friday, July 29, 2022

THAT COMIC SMELL: George Perez & Neal Adams Tribute


The latest episode is available now here: 

Information from the website:

"Please enjoy our discussion on two of comics greatest heroes.

Neal Adams - June 15, 1941 – April 28, 2022
George Pérez - June 9, 1954 - May 6, 2022

This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!

Thanks again for listening and supporting the podcast

Jurassic Park (Topps Comics) (Gil Kane, George Pérez, Walt Simonson)
The Infinity Gauntlet (George Pérez, Ron Lim)
The Marvel Art of George Perez (Marvel)
Batman Odyssey (Neal Adams)
Batman vs Ras Al Gul (Neal Adams)
Batman: Birth of the Demon (Neal Adams)
Batman #232 (Neal Adams, Dennis O'Niel)
Superman vs Muhammad Ali (Neal Adams)
Star Trek (George Pérez, Tom Sutton, Mike W Barr)
Wonder Woman (Cyndi Martin, George Pérez)
War of the Gods (Cynthia Martin, George Pérez)
Deathlok (Rich Buckler)
Wonder Woman #58 (Gorge Pérez, Jill Thomson)
Wonder Woman #49 (George Pérez, Colleen Doran)
Batman: The House that Haunted Batman (Neal Adams, Marv Wolfman, Len Wein)
X-men Collectors Edition (Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Tom Palmer)
War of the Worlds (Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams)
Captain VIctory: Backup Ms Mystic (Neal Adams)
The Comics Journal #72 (Neal Adams Cover and Interview)
The Silent Night of the Batman (Neal Adams)
Deadman (Neal Adams)
X-Men King-Size Annual #3 (Chris claremont, George Pérez, Terry Austin)
Birth of the Titans (Marv Wolfman, George Pérez)
Wonder Woman (George Pérez, Greg Potter, Len Wein)
Savage Sword of Conan #14 (Neal Adams, Roy Thomas)
Superman Returns to Action Comics (George Pérez, Brett Breeding)
The Avengers (Roy Thomas, Tom Palmer, Neal Adams)
Blacksad (Neal Adams [Translation])
Heroes against Hunger (Neal Adams Cover, George Pérez)
Green Lantern and Green Arrow: Hard Travelling Heroes (Deninis O'Neil, Neal Adams)
Batman Black and White:Pin up (Neal Adams)
Fantastic Four #167 (George Pérez, Roy Thomas)
Logans Run (George Pérez)
Guardians of the Galaxy (George Pérez, Arnold Drake, David Michelinie, Chirs Claremont)
Justice League of america #200 (George Pérez, Gerry Conway)
JLA/Avengers (Kurt Busiek, George Pérez)
Brave and Bold (Mark Waid, George Pérez)
Criminal (Ed Brubaker, sean Philips)
Jonah Hex (Various DC)
Preacher (Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon)
Captain Condor (Brian Lewis, Frank S. Pepper)
Mechaboys (James Kochalka)
The Grateful Dead Origins (Chris Miskiewicz, Noah Van Sciver)
Suicide Squad (Various DC)"



Saturday, June 25, 2022

A WORD FROM TOM STEWART...

 A couple of days ago I told Tom the name of my next comic, and he wrote the following piece.

“When David first handed me a copy of Dump: The Difficult Turd Album, from his Fred Egg Comics imprint, I wondered how this guy I knew, a guy who hosted these comic meetings out of a library had produced his own one. I remember thinking “He must be rolling in it. Selling these off at a fiver a piece. He must have hundreds of these and just punting them around everywhere making a name for himself” I envisioned all of these comic shops and book shops stacked with copies of Dump and them being picked up alongside every book order and people grabbing the newest instalment the second it hits shelves.

Although I would later learn about and fall in love with the indie scene and find out that’s not EXACTLY the case, it still holds true in some respects. 

I have been friends with Dave, Mr Fred Egg Comics himself, for some time now. He has kindly gifted me his newest comic each time he brings a new one out. I have been with him in comic shops as he speaks to those in charge and hands them a stack of the latest Fred Egg published instalment to be sold in their store. We have spoken about how he has travelled to places and just so happened to have comics with him to hand into the local shops. These comics can be found all over and that really does make me smile. It brings so much joy because I know that people will see these tremendous works first hand. They will see not just the newest comic but the highly impressive volume of work the precedes it. Not only does Dave produce his own comics, not only does he write, draw, put together, collaborate with other artists he enjoys to showcase their talents, edit, work with printers to make sure every aspect is perfect, sell in stores and online, distribute and much else any self publisher worth their salt, takes part in to make sure their work gets out there. But he does so at such a high rate. These things come thick and fast. It shows two things very clearly. One is that Dave has so many ideas just bursting to get out that he gets them down on paper as quick as possible and the second, following on from that, is the ethic and sometimes words to live by “There are a thousand reasons to not make comics and only one reason to… because you have to” 

This “get up go/just get on with it” and “make your comics, now” attitude completely exudes off the pages of every one of Dave’s comics. Whether it’s the friends exchanging magic paint for their battling robots in Berserketron, taking a school library on a leap forward in time in the pages of Bell Time, exploring the local comics scene in Dundee Comics Comic, finding out the history of The Tay Bridge Disaster and certainly in the many anthologies like Break The Cake, Mount a Rescue, Booze Ha Ha, Zero Sum Bubble gum and many many more, one message is always clear as hell… Enjoy comics. Read them, make them, smell them, talk about them. The thought of that being available in many different comic shops and online. The fact that someone will hold those comics in their hands, pour over them and be able to take that influence away, even subconsciously is tremendous and we have Dave’s endless ideas, passion, sheer fastidiousness and mastery of the craft/art to thank for it. 

“Reject All” is another in the long line of Fred Egg Comics manifestos that I for one look forward to picking up the minute it hits shelves and soaking it in, becoming even more inspired with each turn of the page. 

Long may it continue. ”

Thank you, Tom.


(Hear more from Tom on That Comic Smell podcast)

Saturday, June 04, 2022

AFTER THAT! #65

After That #65, edited by Micah Liesenfeld, features Charles Brubaker, Borpo Deets, Dmitri Jackson, Paul Kortjohn, Tom Motley, Steve Willis, and Jeff Zenick.

I am in there too with a comic called, "Drive Legal". Page 1 of 4:

After That! #65 is available here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

FORBIDDEN PLANET GLASGOW CLOSURE


When I was a teenager, I travelled from Dundee to Glasgow Forbidden Planet quite regularly. It was exciting going through back issues, accessing new comics, magazines and books not distributed to regular newsagents, and buying cool collectibles (The Hulk TV show cards were a notable example). 

During an early visit, after a couple of hours perusing, I was stood in the fairly large queue with my goodies waiting to pay. I spotted Great History of Comic Books by Ron Goulart on the shelf with the books, above the comics. Looks interesting, I thought, and had a look through. 

After a few minutes it was my turn to be served, and so I reached up to put the book back. I watched as I caused a slow motion chain reaction of the entire row of books falling onto the floor. I was mortified. I walked over to the desk apologising over and over and just bought the Goulart book, almost as an apology. The staff did not provide the balm of “It’s okay.” A steely fury was present throughout the entire transaction.

I’ve never been able to visit the shop without thinking of that day. 

In recent years it’s been a discount outlet and I’ve picked up many bargains. 

I'm sad to hear it’s closing today.