tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-82103772013-04-30T00:43:56.312+01:00Bad Librarianship Now!Northern Ireland's least reliable source for comics news and opinion. Includes assorted other pop culture rambling.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.comBlogger2035125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-55502846608177461072013-04-30T00:43:00.000+01:002013-04-30T00:43:56.422+01:00Worra beauty<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/assets/images/articles/1366918466.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://www.comicbookresources.com/assets/images/articles/1366918466.jpg" width="421" /></a></div><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-48916674000889205622013-03-06T22:48:00.000Z2013-03-06T22:48:22.618ZBack GOLDTIGER on Kickstarter - I get a great looking book, and YOU get free original art!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/e1ddacc1050b4051bc82bc5ffb15ba51_large-625x908.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/e1ddacc1050b4051bc82bc5ffb15ba51_large-625x908.jpg" width="440" /></a></div><br />Over at Robot 6, I recently did <a href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/03/guy-adams-and-jimmy-broxton-go-back-to-60s-with-goldtiger/" target="_blank">an interview with Jimmy Broxton and Guy Adams</a> about their proposed <i><b>Goldtiger</b></i> comic which <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/152141928/goldtiger-by-guy-adams-and-jimmy-broxton" target="_blank">they're currently fundraising for over at Kickstarter</a>.&nbsp; The interview turned out well, they're a very witty couple of guys. It's an amazing-looking project, I'm sure you'll agree. Anyway, if you head over there and back them for ВЈ25 quid or more, and tell them I sent you, they'll throw you in a free sketch card. So go for it!Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-75468903920469396222013-02-26T11:33:00.000Z2013-02-26T11:33:31.658ZEverybody Loves Tank Girl<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tl_h0-cIBsI/USydR27hBXI/AAAAAAAAAx8/Rq0fImx_LNk/s1600/Hewlett+Tank+Girl+2013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="596" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tl_h0-cIBsI/USydR27hBXI/AAAAAAAAAx8/Rq0fImx_LNk/s640/Hewlett+Tank+Girl+2013.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />In more UK comics news, <a href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/02/alan-martin-on-everybody-loves-tank-girl-reteaming-with-jamie-hewlett/" target="_blank">I interviewed Alan Martin again</a>.<br /><br />And here's the USA side of the story: <a href="http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/64066/exclusive-jim-mahfood-discusses-everybody-loves-tank-girl" target="_blank">Jim Mahfood interviewed by Amanda Dyar</a>.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-21333102733533649572013-02-26T10:52:00.000Z2013-02-26T10:52:19.251ZDave Gibbons still defending comics from Roy Lichtenstein's thieving ways<br /><br />&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gibbons-on-Lichtenstein.jpg" href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gibbons-on-Lichtenstein.jpg"><img alt="Gibbons on Lichtenstein" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-145932" data-mce-src="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gibbons-on-Lichtenstein-625x357.jpg" height="357" src="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gibbons-on-Lichtenstein-625x357.jpg" width="625" /></a><br />On Sunday night, BBC4 broadcast <em>WHAAM! Roy Lichtenstein at Tate Modern</em>, Alistair Sooke's documentary focused on the career-spanning retrospective of the pop art giant currently running at the London gallery. <a data-mce-href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qyv6z/Whaam!_Roy_Lichtenstein_at_Tate_Modern/" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qyv6z/Whaam%21_Roy_Lichtenstein_at_Tate_Modern/" target="_blank">Here's the link to the full documentary</a>, running for a week on BBC's iPlayer.<br /><br />At the 35 minute mark, artist Dave Gibbons turns up to debate with Sooke on the age-old issue of Lichtenstein's plagiarism from comic books, all while standing in front of Lichtenstein's <i>WHAAM!</i>, the painting appropriated from a panel by Irv Novick. Gibbons makes a spirited case for the superiority of Novick's original image over Lichtenstein's, while the host Sooke argues for Lichtenstein, all the while thumbing a-little-bit-too dismissively through an issue of DC's <em>All-American Men Of War</em> #89.&nbsp; Sooke's main argument for the superiority of the pop artist's work over the comic artist is that his researcher picked up a ragged back issue of the original for under six pounds, while if WHAAM! went to auction, it would sell for tens of millions of dollars. To Gibbon's credit, he states he'd take the six quid comic over the multi-million bucks canvas. I dunno Dave, <a data-mce-href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_Girl" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_Girl" target="_blank">$45 million</a> could buy an awful lot of comics. Or sports cars.<br /><br />For a full take-down of Lichtenstein's thievery from comics, there's always David Barsalou's <a data-mce-href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/deconstructing-roy-lichtenstein/" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/deconstructing-roy-lichtenstein/" target="_blank">Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein</a>. I don't think there's a single panel in that collection that doesn't contain more power and dynamism in its execution than Lichtenstein's "transformation" of them.<br /><a data-mce-href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gibbons-on-Lichtenstein.jpg" href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gibbons-on-Lichtenstein.jpg"></a>Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-66264351318776350432012-12-24T21:45:00.000Z2012-12-24T21:45:46.141ZThis year's Christmas card from me (Front cover and Page 3).<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2L4v2Mp5Nl4/UNjLKxTQviI/AAAAAAAAAxk/dGpJfAVWLTw/s1600/card+2012+a.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2L4v2Mp5Nl4/UNjLKxTQviI/AAAAAAAAAxk/dGpJfAVWLTw/s640/card+2012+a.png" width="452" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c9uRLSsS14U/UNjLU75ITyI/AAAAAAAAAxs/RgKtA53_q7s/s1600/Card+2012b.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c9uRLSsS14U/UNjLU75ITyI/AAAAAAAAAxs/RgKtA53_q7s/s640/Card+2012b.png" width="480" /></a></div><br />Created using the WYSIWYG design website <a href="http://recitethis.com/" target="_blank">Recite</a>, and then I hacked off their watermarks with GIMP 2. Merry Christmas everybody.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-13551223208176113792012-12-23T22:32:00.002Z2012-12-23T22:32:43.157Z"Today on this program you will hear gospel, and rhythm and blues, and jazz. All those are just labels. We know that music is music"<iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:kardwell:playlist:56MEkXC59u4sDljdGmWTZi" width="300"></iframe><br /><br />The thing about calling these things "the Best Of 2012" is they're really just "the Best Of 2012 that's available through Spotify right now". But sod it, it's a flavour of what I've liked this year. I've noticed this year has been a hip hop-light, garage rock and torch songs-heavy, kind-of-vintage.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-81091451683749704952012-12-18T22:52:00.000Z2012-12-18T22:52:01.676ZTim Doyle draws one mean MF (Massey Ferguson).<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FR8hTVhx0OE/UNDx6FMhETI/AAAAAAAAAxQ/othe7ZhH6O4/s1600/doyle-Eric-Church-North-Charleston-SC-2012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FR8hTVhx0OE/UNDx6FMhETI/AAAAAAAAAxQ/othe7ZhH6O4/s640/doyle-Eric-Church-North-Charleston-SC-2012.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Eric Church means nothing to me, but hell, <a href="http://store.nakatomiinc.com/timdoyle.aspx" target="_blank">Tim Doyle</a> can draw a helluva rusty old TED-20.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-68203768773910627412012-12-18T22:30:00.004Z2012-12-18T22:30:43.344ZThis year's Christmas card from PJ McQuade.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WUEGN-rfAXM/UNDtpzb2W-I/AAAAAAAAAww/-RmGgJpwDtY/s1600/pj-mcquade-star-wars-xmas-cards-1-chewbacca.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WUEGN-rfAXM/UNDtpzb2W-I/AAAAAAAAAww/-RmGgJpwDtY/s640/pj-mcquade-star-wars-xmas-cards-1-chewbacca.jpg" width="488" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tcw6zPuHr68/UNDttMmraZI/AAAAAAAAAw8/pgN7wAHY310/s1600/pj-mcquade-star-wars-xmas-cards-salacious-crumb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tcw6zPuHr68/UNDttMmraZI/AAAAAAAAAw8/pgN7wAHY310/s640/pj-mcquade-star-wars-xmas-cards-salacious-crumb.jpg" width="488" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">As is becoming usual with Patrick, I got an entire Jiffy bag full of Christmas cards from the guy.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">What an absolute sweetheart. Buy 'em (and all his others) <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/castlemcquade" target="_blank">over at his webstore</a>.</div>Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-44210504131424690982012-12-18T22:23:00.000Z2012-12-18T22:23:06.746ZThis year's Christmas card from Alfie Gallagher.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r_QKMr1c14M/UNDsippF0PI/AAAAAAAAAwk/v8fZfdoExZA/s1600/AG+card_front.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r_QKMr1c14M/UNDsippF0PI/AAAAAAAAAwk/v8fZfdoExZA/s640/AG+card_front.jpg" width="454" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Cheers, Alfie - it's on the mantelpiece right now!</div>Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-85250609560123989602012-12-18T20:46:00.001Z2012-12-18T20:46:43.389ZThis year's Christmas card from Brendan McCarthy.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o7OTI-VVAIo/UNDVYfk9GkI/AAAAAAAAAwU/VXhDZFY64Xg/s1600/Merry+Paradax1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o7OTI-VVAIo/UNDVYfk9GkI/AAAAAAAAAwU/VXhDZFY64Xg/s640/Merry+Paradax1.jpg" width="438" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>"Hope you have a great holiday and a successful and healthy New Year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>May your bells jingle and your angels sing. Yo Ho Ho, Brendan"</i></div>Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-78428668481365374932012-12-04T23:00:00.003Z2012-12-04T23:00:43.371ZPhil Bond draws some actual Doctor Who comics.<a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&amp;id=14430" target="_blank"><b>Phillip Bond</b> drawing <i><b>Doctor Who</b></i> comics</a>. If there was ever something more definitively Bad Librarianship than that, I don't know what it was.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BWFkRMq_kXc/UL5-zJp72zI/AAAAAAAAAwE/kLHwL8lqRuQ/s1600/prv14430_pg9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BWFkRMq_kXc/UL5-zJp72zI/AAAAAAAAAwE/kLHwL8lqRuQ/s640/prv14430_pg9.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br />Also in news relevant to the obsessions of this blog: <i><b>Hellboy In Hell</b></i> #1 in shops tomorrow.<br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-48885529285046577062012-09-15T23:25:00.000+01:002012-09-15T23:25:17.616+01:00Fu*king Hell!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/darkhorse/201212/HellboyInHell1_Alt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/darkhorse/201212/HellboyInHell1_Alt.jpg" width="424" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/darkhorse/201212/HellboyInHell1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/darkhorse/201212/HellboyInHell1.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&amp;id=41027" target="_blank"><b><i>Hellboy In Hell</i> #1</b> solicited</a>. Awr yeah.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-26723261047239848042012-07-16T19:35:00.001+01:002012-07-16T19:35:08.772+01:00Greedophiles.<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8013/7466965486_422ca58e89_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8013/7466965486_422ca58e89_b.jpg" width="444" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">WJC</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/7549372596_a118bcfb1b_o.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/7549372596_a118bcfb1b_o.png" width="372" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Phil Bond</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-58472702918856828562012-07-16T00:05:00.002+01:002012-07-16T00:05:42.437+01:00Don't worry baby.Sorry I've been derelict in my duties here for a while, but I've been blogging over at <a href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/author/mark-kardwell/" target="_blank"><b>Robot 6</b></a>. I'm sure you've all got that site bookmarked already, it's one of only about two blogs I'd ever have neglected this place for. Posting here may become more intermittent, though I'm sure I'll still post the less-newsworthy and more idiosyncratic stuff here.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-3361557860993173452012-06-20T20:52:00.002+01:002012-06-20T20:52:59.734+01:00Again with the new Jamie Hewlett stuff.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mLVzfa8crXE/T-InrYL-tWI/AAAAAAAAAv4/S7oASC4Ih5Y/s1600/170483_10150899393737695_598395060_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mLVzfa8crXE/T-InrYL-tWI/AAAAAAAAAv4/S7oASC4Ih5Y/s640/170483_10150899393737695_598395060_o.jpg" width="393" /></a></div>Something about these new <b>Jamie Hewlett</b> pieces leaking out via <b>Alan Martin</b>'s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tank-Girl/15379302694" target="_blank"><b>Facebook account </b></a>reminds me of those watercolour sketches Hugo Pratt used to do as preparatory work for the Corto strips.Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-24433293427801897652012-06-20T20:34:00.002+01:002012-06-20T20:34:19.953+01:00Pat Mills will probably approve of this image.I loved this image <b>Dan McDaid</b> recently ran over at his blog. <b>Judge Dredd</b>, the apotheosis of how the cynical Europeans view the USA, gets the drop on <b>Captain America</b>, the embodiment of how a pair of optimistic second generation immigrant Jewish kids viewed their homeland.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bJOs04SPAu4/T-EZhaEnPzI/AAAAAAAABYM/WD_MePhOUSo/s1600/captain+america+judge+dredd+colours.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bJOs04SPAu4/T-EZhaEnPzI/AAAAAAAABYM/WD_MePhOUSo/s640/captain+america+judge+dredd+colours.jpg" width="569" /></a></div><br />Oh and for grud's sake Tharg, get Dan to draw some Dredd for 2000AD, you massive green bell-end. How many more times do I have to ask?Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-54945638479196314812012-06-17T23:06:00.002+01:002012-06-17T23:06:34.480+01:00Fighting the marginal propensity to consume.Seen a lot of stuff I've considered buying these last couple of weeks, instead of clearing my credit card balance.<br /><br /><b>1</b>. "<a href="http://weaponofchoicegallery.co.uk/index.php?option=com_opencart&amp;Itemid=230&amp;route=product/product&amp;product_id=464" target="_blank"><i><b>Still Sane</b></i></a>" by <a href="http://www.incwel.com/" target="_blank"><b>Incwel</b></a>. Appeals to my inner iconoclast and some recessive, vestigial, hard-to-kill, Ulster protestantism. God save your mad parade!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://weaponofchoicegallery.co.uk/components/com_opencart/image/cache/data/Prints/ss-web-800x800.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://weaponofchoicegallery.co.uk/components/com_opencart/image/cache/data/Prints/ss-web-800x800.jpg" width="457" /></a></div><b>2</b>. <a href="http://alfiegallagher.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>Alfie Gallagher</b></a>'s <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/101978166/super-beatles" target="_blank"><b><i>Super Beatles</i></b></a>. Oh yes. I've got a spot picked out for this 'un.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/5664187/il_570xN.344862151.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/5664187/il_570xN.344862151.jpg" width="450" /></a></div><br /><b>3</b>. <a href="http://www.fabricflavours.com/store/brands/batman/batman-fleece-logo-babygrow/" target="_blank"><b>Batman baby-grow</b></a>. Must brainwash my nephew into the ways of our people.<br /><br /><b>4</b>. Uncle <a href="http://purgetheory.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/sketchbook-16-available-to-order.html" target="_blank"><b>Ben Caldwell</b></a>'s new sketchbook is out soon. Tasty.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PT5saqqjHOc/T2PBh8hFxWI/AAAAAAAAA_w/XGv2YFAUIng/s1600/day17Bbatmanpoisonivy2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PT5saqqjHOc/T2PBh8hFxWI/AAAAAAAAA_w/XGv2YFAUIng/s640/day17Bbatmanpoisonivy2.jpg" width="484" /></a></div><br /><b>5</b>. <b>Joe Casey</b> and <b>Nathan Fox</b> produced one of my favourite superhero comics of recent years, and so I'll probably release the moths from my wallet for this. RELEASE THE MOTHS! <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/imagecomics/201209/haunt-v4tp-web.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/imagecomics/201209/haunt-v4tp-web.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><b>6</b>. I've never bought an Archie comic in my life, but cop a load of this cover by <b><a href="http://fstaples.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank">Fiona Staples</a></b>. Rock and roll, stops the traffic.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/LifewithArch24var-625x839.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/LifewithArch24var-625x839.jpg" width="476" /></a></div><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-48854378742221589462012-06-13T22:05:00.002+01:002012-06-13T22:05:21.697+01:00Mo' new Hewl.As a public service for those of you who (in all fairness, probably correctly) hate and fear Facebook, I thought I'd re-blog a couple of new pieces by <b>Jamie Hewlett</b> that <b>Alan Martin</b> has recently posted.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNuVDbNfvlY/T9kAVbGQSrI/AAAAAAAAAvk/HRF8Orix9fo/s1600/hewl+blue.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNuVDbNfvlY/T9kAVbGQSrI/AAAAAAAAAvk/HRF8Orix9fo/s640/hewl+blue.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pzUbkjeAlXk/T9kAWsYyn8I/AAAAAAAAAvs/SBnnRmTC0mo/s1600/hewl+nos.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pzUbkjeAlXk/T9kAWsYyn8I/AAAAAAAAAvs/SBnnRmTC0mo/s640/hewl+nos.jpg" width="476" /></a></div>&nbsp;Lubberly!<br /><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-16208196683953661992012-06-13T21:24:00.003+01:002012-06-13T21:29:56.372+01:00Thinking about Ditko.Brendan McCarthy sent along a link to <a href="http://ditkocultist.com/" target="_blank"><b>this Ditko blog</b></a> the other morning, singling out <a href="http://ditkocultist.com/2012/06/05/the-door-of-steve-ditko/" target="_blank"><b>this entry</b></a> in an email with the subject heading "The Door To Eternity".<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://ditkocultist.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/steve-ditko-new-york-door.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://ditkocultist.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/steve-ditko-new-york-door.jpg" width="404" /></a></div>Woah. Which in turn got me thinking of this recent post at <b><a href="http://fourcoloursgood.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank">Edmund Bagwell's blog</a></b>, where he <i>kind-of </i>mashes up DC fifth stringer Kid Eternity with Ditko's similarly named creation for Marvel.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dxl1f3kCx8E/T7CO3pvRhHI/AAAAAAAAASg/g3flMEdSN3I/s1024/kid%2520large.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dxl1f3kCx8E/T7CO3pvRhHI/AAAAAAAAASg/g3flMEdSN3I/s640/kid%2520large.jpg" width="458" /></a></div>And which Bag-E then followed up with a dashed decent go at Ditko's style with this Dr Strange.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JYo2MtmG9gw/T7JHhM-ToDI/AAAAAAAAATM/QlhlFWxCs_g/s1152/srange_large.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JYo2MtmG9gw/T7JHhM-ToDI/AAAAAAAAATM/QlhlFWxCs_g/s640/srange_large.jpg" width="460" /></a></div>Alright!Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-19788897156876471652012-06-11T21:02:00.002+01:002012-06-11T21:02:36.469+01:00Rennie & Trevallion's ABSALOM: GHOSTS OF LONDON.I love <b>Gordon Rennie</b> and <b>Tiernen Trevallion</b>'s <i>Absalom</i> in <i><b>2000AD</b></i>. It's a strip that does that Mignola thing, examining the hinterlands between folklore, history, and horror, but it does it resolutely from a British tradition. It also marries a classic disillusioned UK police procedural tone into this mix, making for a strip that hits all kinds of the right pop culture notes for me. It's like <i><b>THE SWEENEY</b></i> rewritten by Ramsey Campbell - Rennie even invokes Jack Regan by name within. Or maybe Ian Rankin having a punch-up with Dennis Wheatley round the back of John Constantine's gaff, if you can forgive me yet another terrible dissimile.<br /><br />Anyway, now that it's about to be collected as an album, I'm recommending it thoroughly. Buy it, you'll thank me for it, it's the best thing published by Rebellion since <i><b>CRADLEGRAVE</b></i>. Here's the cover, and Tiernen successfully manages to condense the strip's entire milieu into one image - it's Scary Old London Town (Cobbles! Spellbooks! Demons!), but it's modern, too (Graffiti! Tesco's bag! Burberry coats! Adidas trackie!).<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OgV9o4cPLRI/T9ZIhbOR-zI/AAAAAAAAAvY/AGAEyR27h68/s1600/tradecoverink+copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OgV9o4cPLRI/T9ZIhbOR-zI/AAAAAAAAAvY/AGAEyR27h68/s640/tradecoverink+copy.jpg" width="468" /></a></div><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-57459698279164228502012-06-06T20:52:00.002+01:002012-06-06T20:52:26.949+01:00Pope riffs on Barbarella, Bond riffs on Giffen.Here's a recurring theme of this blog I haven't revisited in a while - trawling <b>Paul Pope</b> and <b>Phil Bond</b>'s Flickrs for new work.<br /><br />Anyone reading my Twitter feed will have an idea of the calamities that have befallen my family lately - anyway, in reaction to this chain of events, I spent a few hours up in my parents' attic checking on the lifetime of accumulated pop culture errata, mainly to see what I could do without, to be honest. I've been re-reading old copies of <i><b>DEADLINE</b></i> and <i><b>THB</b></i> ever since. And I threw Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming's <i><b>HELL ON EARTH</b></i> on the "to keep" pile.&nbsp;<br /><br />Coming soon: more Ebay auctions, I guess. Anyone want a first edition of <i><b>Hunger Dogs</b></i>?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/7281317582_5eaa855ae2_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/7281317582_5eaa855ae2_o.jpg" width="506" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7219100092_beb844db5e_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7219100092_beb844db5e_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-45226431959788544602012-06-06T20:30:00.002+01:002012-06-06T20:30:26.481+01:00Other music you might actively prefer. But VOTE KLAMS! anyway.Came across these two tracks on various blogs over the last couple of weeks: <b>Beck</b> produced by <b>Jack White</b>, and the fairly unlikely combination of the affable <b>Iggy Pop</b> and the curmudgeonly <b>Ginger Baker</b> collaborating for a <b>Black Keys</b> tribute LP.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F48060580&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;wmode=transparent" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F48301717&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />And remember - <a href="http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a234b088afcf161dfdd4a3df5e478da6/565" target="_blank"><b>VOTE KLAMS!</b></a>Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-7091408313058784612012-06-06T19:18:00.000+01:002012-06-06T19:18:14.667+01:00Begging. And NEW KLAMS!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QijSkL0CroM/T8-eRY0SZaI/AAAAAAAAAvM/JWcldBA-iPg/s1600/The%2BKlams%2BClementine.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QijSkL0CroM/T8-eRY0SZaI/AAAAAAAAAvM/JWcldBA-iPg/s400/The%2BKlams%2BClementine.jpg" width="382" /></a></div>Hey folks. This blog has done many people many favours, frequent good turns, and shown the love over the years. Please balance the karmic wheel by <a href="http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/show/submission/detail/QQK5MA" target="_blank"><b>clicking on this link and voting for The Klams</b></a>. Okay, we know it's not our greatest work ever, but hey, there's cash involved, and we love cash. Cash would pay for a new bass amp and some diesel.&nbsp; Tasty, tasty diesel.<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F48838031&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe>Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-30797556536202237832012-05-21T00:30:00.001+01:002012-05-21T20:41:46.083+01:00Rifling through the last few days of my RSS reader...<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a8dcMDcTNiQ/T7YqzR7NHKI/AAAAAAAAAzU/a6YEx_CgFxo/s1600/voguluth.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a8dcMDcTNiQ/T7YqzR7NHKI/AAAAAAAAAzU/a6YEx_CgFxo/s640/voguluth.jpg" width="486" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b>1</b>. Good to see <a href="http://strangenessofbrendanmccarthy.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>The Strangeness Of...</b></a> back in action. </td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XHYPV1suFnw/T7ZrvifmDBI/AAAAAAAAGLc/zV5xuEnaOUM/s1600/TGFrench1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XHYPV1suFnw/T7ZrvifmDBI/AAAAAAAAGLc/zV5xuEnaOUM/s640/TGFrench1.jpg" width="382" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b>2</b>. Is <i><b>EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL</b></i> <a href="http://foodoneart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/fire-in-her-eyes.html" target="_blank"><b>already out in France</b></a>? My head hurts.</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9ywKdKtkBkY/T7eal9nWg3I/AAAAAAAABBA/8nCvpFSWLBc/s1600/GLASGOW_SM.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9ywKdKtkBkY/T7eal9nWg3I/AAAAAAAABBA/8nCvpFSWLBc/s640/GLASGOW_SM.jpg" width="460" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b>3</b>. In other Tanky news, howzabout <b>Rufus Dayglo</b>'s poster for <a href="http://rufusdayglo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/tankie-and-her-technicolour-army.html" target="_blank"><b>the Glasgow Comic Con</b></a>?</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3wU318w-B8/T7fzUW0cCxI/AAAAAAAAAq0/8tZng1S6xok/s1600/Water-girl.flat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3wU318w-B8/T7fzUW0cCxI/AAAAAAAAAq0/8tZng1S6xok/s640/Water-girl.flat.jpg" width="466" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b>4</b>. Fixing the lack of <b>What Not</b> reblogging here for a while, <a href="http://whatnotisms.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/water-girl-by-rev-dave-johnson.html?zx=2567caa1d1db8bea" target="_blank"><b>that's a beaut</b></a> by <b>Devilpig</b>.</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://getfile1.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-05-15/lnCtqmkpswFwweijwurCIHmtbkzlpBzbaChtFdkDbdkbHnpkGhhlCrydxGfe/Epic_Kill4_RGB_small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://getfile1.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-05-15/lnCtqmkpswFwweijwurCIHmtbkzlpBzbaChtFdkDbdkbHnpkGhhlCrydxGfe/Epic_Kill4_RGB_small.jpg" width="412" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b>5</b>. <b>Robert Ball</b> <a href="http://drawtheline.posterous.com/epic-kill" target="_blank"><b>does a poster</b></a> for <i><b>EPIC KILL</b></i>.</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-62397871713499681222012-05-20T21:22:00.002+01:002012-05-20T21:42:54.218+01:00Unclog your blog II<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AYkgKXdB1VY/T7lOe4lySMI/AAAAAAAAAu8/t_5Uj3RSrWw/s1600/Hellboy+In+Hell+original.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AYkgKXdB1VY/T7lOe4lySMI/AAAAAAAAAu8/t_5Uj3RSrWw/s640/Hellboy+In+Hell+original.jpg" width="414" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AmTEu7_Oj-I/T61bMnbNSnI/AAAAAAAAAV0/VO6Absy67ls/s1600/Relic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AmTEu7_Oj-I/T61bMnbNSnI/AAAAAAAAAV0/VO6Absy67ls/s640/Relic.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3v7g5TpQj1qarjq8o1_r1_1280.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="465" src="http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3v7g5TpQj1qarjq8o1_r1_1280.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This has been lurking in a tab on my browser for ages - the first glimpse of <b>Mignola</b>'s Hellboy In Hell. Next up - <a href="http://wellingtondrawe.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>Duncan Wilson</b></a>'s <i>Relic Of A Beer-Swilling Bass God</i>, a title that just meant I had to feature it here. Then, <a href="http://mikemaihack.tumblr.com/post/22843693108/the-incredibly-romantic-hulk" target="_blank"><b>Mike Maiheck</b></a>'s anniversary card for his presumably very tolerant missus.<br /><br />Oh, and <b>WJC</b> is flogging a lovely looking collection of some of my favourite recent works of his as <a href="http://wjc.bigcartel.com/product/shore-leave" target="_blank"><b>a little portfolio of postcards</b></a>. Tasty.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4yZV72Y1Bfs/T5iGyXWtpII/AAAAAAAADYQ/gJB0IbAR7iU/s1600/Brassy+Mermaid.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4yZV72Y1Bfs/T5iGyXWtpII/AAAAAAAADYQ/gJB0IbAR7iU/s1600/Brassy+Mermaid.jpg" /></a></div><br />Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.com3