Sunday, May 29, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
My other favourite local festival has announced its line-up for this year. And no, I won't include your cooking lager sponsor in the title of this blog post.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Darwyn Cooke not trying too hard. Ladronn working very hard indeed. A big mad brain from Dave Johnson's big mad brain. Marvel's Punisher relaunch: Bryan Hitch draws a grizzled white dude shooting black kids. But he looks sad while he's doing it, so it's okay.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Friday, May 06, 2011
You've probably seen this today already, but I'm going to go ahead and plug it again, because I take a certain pride in its existence. I've became something of an unpaid A&R man at Blank Slate Books anyway, and I took part in the conversation on Twitter that sparked this book off.
British comic creators and fans will always default to the anthology as our comics format of choice. Rob Davis and I are both grumpy old men who regularly bemoan the state of the British comics anthology on Twitter, but Rob has actually done something about it, bless him. I'll give the micro-blogging service its due, it has turned the disparate comics-creating people of the UK into more of a community than ever before; where fans, creators of all kinds, and publishers spend all day hanging out, sharing what they're up to, or just talking shit. This has in turn fed into something of a publishing boom for graphic novels here in the UK. There's three or four ambitious, forward-thinking companies out there at the moment, with more joining them all the time. It's pretty easy for a creator to turn around and pitch something to a publisher these days; especially when you find several of them in your Twitter feed, clicking on your links, laughing at your jokes.
Whereas I am content to berate Tharg from afar for not hiring enough of the artists I champion, and theorize about the dream anthology I'd publish if I won the lottery (a tabloid-sized mash-up of 2000AD, Warrior, Deadline and Wednesday Comics, with a hint of Viz, if you're interested in bank-rolling me); Rob, with his co-editor Woodrow Phoenix, has gone ahead with the business of envisioning something entirely new to do with the great British anthology, and then went ahead and got it off the ground, and then recruited an amazing roster of talent to contribute (with a large contingent of Bad Librarianship favourites, funnily enough), and is using it to raise money for charity. I'm full of admiration for the man, and can't wait for the book to be published.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
There's new stuff up every night this week. I think it's safe to say it's some of our most uncharacteristic music to date (especially if by characteristic, you think I mean "inept pub rock"), and the stuff still to come over the next few nights just keeps getting further out there.
Long-term BL readers will know there's a coterie of artists that we consider (that's the royal we) "our boys". Artists whose work we always loyally plug, and whose successes we take a great sense of pride in. Amongst their number is Tiernen Trevallion, a man always guaranteed to (a) thrill and (b) send my spell checker into meltdown. Tiernen has a new ongoing strip starting this week in 2000AD, so if you're a subscriber, you may already have seen these images in print right now. Hell, if you were quick to the newsagents today, you may well be holding these in your hands as I write. I however, live in deepest darkest Peru, so won't get my copy until tomorrow. Anyway, my point is, buy 2000AD this week. If you normally buy it anyway, buy two copies. Then email Tharg and tell the big green slaphead that it's the best looking strip he's ran in years. Well, since Cradlegrave. Might as well get a plug in for another one of "our boys".