Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Homeboy News

One for the Norn Iron contingent. Fancy a 1000 spending spree in the Belfast branch of Forbidden Planet International? Enter the competition here.


Cop a load of this: the preview of Dangerous McDaid's JERSEY GODS that ran in a recent issue of INVINCIBLE, only now available for free. Recasting NEW GODS as an EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND-style domestic comedy mightn't seem like the sanest idea for a comic book, but its done with enough heart to carry it off, and McDaid's art is, of course, spot on. The none-more-Kirby dogs fouling the lawn on page 4? Gorgeous. No-one else doing Kirby Krackle quite as good as McDaid these days.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

FANBOYS trailer.

Just saw this over at Jim Mahfood's blog (he's rightly proud that his artwork has made it into such a great trailer). Of course, no movie can be better distorted by the art of the trailer-maker than a comedy. Even THE SEVENTH SEAL or BALLS OF FURY could be reduced to a few seconds of hilarity.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

And now... even more gratuitous nudity.

Currently enjoying the series of Hulk sketches Nick Derington is doing just for fun over at his Flickr site. The best one? HULK FLASH!

Feast Of Toys.

Here's some more work forwarded by Tiernen Trevallion for your delectation. Big T sez "The concept behind these is to produce a collection of stills from a story that will probably never be told. The other images will have the appearance of the film stills you used to get outside cinemas. If everything goes according to plan [HAH!] I'll exhibit them, I've been getting quite a lot of interest in the low brow/pop surrealist art thing wotssit".  That's cleared that right up, then. It's lovely stuff. Really, who doesn't like topless Nazis warrior women in mortal combat against an army of knitted Kreig-Spielwaren?  Nobody: that's who.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Crystal bollocks.

Sod what happens in their comics, the most interesting dynamic at DC is between Dan DiDio and his court jester, Keith Giffen. God, I wish DiDio would just read one of Giffen's damned columns for CBR and take heed. Especially his latest. Y'know what? For a guy with sod all editorial experience, Giffen would make a good Chief over there. A man in the Dick Giordano mould, I'd say.  Think about it, AOL/WB/whoever.

Also, I made Giffen's Charlton/WATCHMEN prediction years ago. It'll happen someday. With the total disintegration of the relationship between DC and Alan Moore; and DC excising all the original incarnations of the Charton characters from their mainstream (the killing of Ted Kord, the death of Vic Sage, Captain Adam becoming Monarch); the reinstatement of Charlton's own "universe", Earth 4, within DC's multiverse in INFINITE CRISIS; the example of Morrison's Dr Manhattan-esque handling of Captain Atom in SUPERMAN BEYOND; then throw Morrison's enmity with Moore into the bargain and it just makes it seem more inevitable.


Another one for the librarians out there: this story angers me on at least half a dozen levels. What a c*nt.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Starry, starry night...

Marvel solicitations next. Doubt if I'll be buying any of their stuff this month, but (the real) Art Adams' cover for AGENTS OF ATLAS gave me a laugh. Nice use of perspective, Arthur. Wonder why he choose that angle?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mo' solicitations, and it's GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS month at DC!

Good news! Neil Gaiman/Andy Kubert's Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader rolls out. Bad news! Once Grant Morrison and Gaiman are gone in a couple of months, what the hell's going to happen to the Batman creative teams?

Good news! The under-rated Andy Clarke is drawing a new R.E.B.E.L.S. (or, to the uninitiated, L.E.G.I.O.N.) comic. Bad news! It's going to be written by the underwhelming Tony Bedard.

Good news! Brian Bolland delivers a lovely piece of cover art for THE SPIRIT. Interiors are drawn by the rather decent Justiniano/Walden Wong team, too. Bad news! The new writers on the comic are the producers of the new movie. Y'know. The one with all the crappy trailers.

Good news! Keith Giffen's AMBUSH BUG gets a big aul' SHOWCASE edition! Bad news! Seldom has a series depended so much on colour for its gags, and then been reprinted in black and white.

Good news! 100 BULLETS reaches issue 100. Bad news! No more 100 BULLETS, dammit.

Goose-step mama II.

Dave Johnson, kicking ass, taking names.

Chances of me buying a Punisher comic not written by Garth Ennis? Slim. But this cover by The Devilpig? Pure graphic goodness.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Goose-step mama.

Things to note: tonight was Beatles night over at Radio Kardwell. But my Beatles night is a little different to yer mutha's.

Also, scroll down to the arse-end of the sidebar and take part in my DOCTOR WHO survey. I hear Big Steve Moffat is quite open to suggestions from bloggers, taxi drivers, readers of THE DAILY MAIL, Radio 4 listeners and other people with an unfeasibly engorged sense of entitlement.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Image solicitations out there.

And it's a good month. All the usual stuff from, let's face it, the most interesting publisher from the front end of previews (MADMAN, ELEPHANTMEN - this month drawn by Boo Cook, whom Richard Starkings seems to be cultivating as the UK's alternative to Ladronn, PHONOGRAM 2, THE WALKING DEAD, etc); plus a few interesting sounding new books. But here's what I'll be going out of my way to pre-order from my comics pushers.

JERSEY GODS #1. It's what all the cool kids will be reading next year.
CODEFLESH: The Definitive Edition HC. Good to see this finally getting treated properly. A superior slice of that super-hero/crime fiction interface that's done so well for Bendis and Brubaker.

That didn't take long.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Blogger catches bad dose of Lazyitis.

In lieu of any real content: nostalgia.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tiernen Trevallion

Prog 1610 was one of the best looking 2000ADs of recent times, what with its Cliff Robinson cover, and another fine David Roach Judge Dredd. Something else worth noting was the Future Shock drawn by Tiernan Trevallion. Rendered entirely in pencil, the art had a certain weight and lushness that reminded me somewhat of two other artists, Killian Plunkett and Doug Mahnke. Both criminally under-rated, those guys.

Anyway, I googled Trevallion's name, and found his website, full of older work, influenced by classic art droids like Mick McMahon, Kev O'Neill and (most noticeably) Simon Bisley. He draws great looking women, and the section of his site From The Samovar Of Filth even reminds me a little of the great Glenn Barrat times. Anyway, impressed, I emailed the guy, and he sends along another From The Samovar Of Filth piece, called Space Betty. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Nice headlights.

Here's one for all us old Marvel UK-reading relics out there: Humberto Ramos paints The Fury and Sat-Yr-9 for the cover of Marvel's CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI:13 #8. Well, I say Sat-Yr-9, it might well be Saturnyn. I dunno. Basically, my working knowledge of Captain Britain continuity has a big ol' hole in it starting with Jamie Delano leaving the character, and ending with Paul Cornell taking over.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hope you like my new direction.

It's that time of the month again where Dark Horse releases its latest solicitations, and I run a few pieces of art by Mike Mignola. Right? WRONG! Holy sh!t!

Kev Nowlan's latest B.P.R.D. cover. Nice!

 Duncan Fegredo graduates to doing the covers for the Hellboy novel line. Unexpected!

Check out the sculpts/paints on these bad boys. Whoever's responsible did a fine job translating Gabriel Ba's work into three dimensions. Tasteful!

Help the aged (anarchist).

Is there such a thing as a wireless big keys keyboard? If you know how or where to get one, my old mate Mike could do with one.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Easy Star All*Stars - Airbag.

Some life-affirming music for anyone who's ever walked away from a near-miss.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's like a competition, or something!

Here's an open call: anyone who fancies a couple of FREE tickets to see MONKEY: JOURNEY TO THE WEST at the O2 next Tuesday, get in touch as soon as humanly possible. There will be some hoops to jump through. Including impersonating me at one point. First come, first served. Get practising your sarcastic Northern Irish drawl now!

*UPDATE* Too late - tickets gone!

Bloody typical. I'm the spectre at the feast.

Enjoying the writing of all my blogging brethren about the election result. The joy is palpable, infectious. I can remember how good it felt when Blair got in: to have finally got shot of the cynical, grasping Tories. Or when the people of Northern Ireland voted to ratify the Good Friday Agreement. Good times.

And how long did these honeymoon periods last? Weeks? Months? Minutes? So remember everyone - change is good, but ultimately, this guy is just another politician, and they will always fuc*ing let you down. But enjoy the feeling while it lasts. Really.

Monday, November 03, 2008

I am a DJ, I am what I play.

The Guardian's Saturday edition featured a big-up for Blip.fm, and like half the planet, I've been checking it out. The interface has a tendency to get on your nerves, and its search engine is bloody annoying. But I've started to get the hang of it: so here's my "station", or whatever the fu*k it's called. WARNING! Features a Chas'n'Dave tune so fuc*ing brilliant it may melt your fragile mind!

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Glynn Lloyd Dillon, formerly the artist of fondly remembered DEADLINE strip Planet Swerve, now has a blog on the batter. It's something of a work blog for a proposed book he's working on, THE NAO OF BROWN. Go, check out his lovely pictures. (link via Team Tank, o' course)