Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bid up horsey.

Hey kids! Time to geddalong to Ebay and bid on Paul Holden's latest DOCTOR WHO-themed painting. Stick it up over the mantelpiece and quiver in fear as Dave Ten-inch's mad eye follows you around the room.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Godfathers - Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues.

 Ignore the crappy video, enjoy my favourite chooon from MORE SONGS ABOUT LOVE AND HATE. Always thought Rick Rubin should have got Cash to cover this before he died.

Friday, June 19, 2009

P.J. Holden's artist tips from Twitter.

Our homeboy Peej spelt out how to make it in comics last night, through the medium of Twitter. Inspired stuff, and well worth the cutting and pasting.

#ArtistsTips the only person you can rely on is yourself. And even then you can only be 50% sure of that.

#artiststips you're right: it IS about WHO you know, unfortunately, though editors know a LOT people who can draw better than you.

#ArtistsTips when your wife asks what were you doing til 2:30am - tell her you were drawing.

#ArtistsTips instead of drawing, go to twitter and keep hitting refresh - eventually an editor will spontaneously commission you via a DM.

#ArtistsTips buy some books on anatomy and drawing and leave them on your drawing table. Osmosis isn't just for plants.

#ArtistsTips your portfolio case can handle more than 12 pages! Why not pack it full of stuff, an editor is BOUND to like something in there

#ArtistsTips when an editor tells you what's wrong with your portfolio - why not disagree with them! They can't tell you how to draw. Idiots.

#ArtistsTips if you're too embarrassed to draw nekkid girls in case people think you're a perve - why not make 'em superheroes!

#ArtistsTips your mother and your girlfriend are NOT good judges of your talent. But your dad probably is. And he hates you.

#ArtistsTips Don't want to draw that panel? why not photocopy an earlier panel and ENLARGE it. Almost no-one will notice.

#ArtistsTips to misquote Kirby: every time you erase a line you lose money! Remember this!

#ArtistsTips There IS a magic pen that can make you draw just like Adam Hughes/Mignola/[other] - you just have to find it - now get looking!

#ArtistsTips do work that excites you or you die a little with every compromise. Do work that pays you or you die of starvation.

#ArtistTips find a new, unpublished writer, offer to do a three page strip for them, from that day on - you OWN THEM.

@simonfraser find a writer you like DRINKING with. A pro can work with ANYONE...

#ArtistTips if you find yourself attacking the table at awkward angles-like a snooker player on a trick shot-it may be time to lose weight

Pro Artist Tips: Writers will buy you drinks. Writers will buy anyone but other writers drinks. Remember this. It will save you a FORTUNE.

Pro Artist Tips: Make sure you sneak wolverine into every page - that'll give you a good secondary income when you sell the pages...

Pro Artist Tips: A silhouette looks cool AND is quick to draw.

Comic Artist Tips: the 'zone' happens at exactly 10 minutes before you hit the sack. Why not fool yourself by working a full 24 hrs...

Comic Artist Tips: that writer you can't stand? him? yeah? you'll end up working with him eventually. Bite your lip.

Comic Artist Tips: remember, when asked how fast you are, the answer is ALWAYS "1 page per day"

Comic Artist Tips:why not make sure you eek out every last minute of your deadline,filling the time with self loathing and fear of rejection

Comic Artist tips (everyone else is doing it, why not me?) Want to know what it's like to be a pro comic artist with kids? Punch yourself in the balls 4 times a day, sleep 4 hours per night, eat dinner standing up and... that's it!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Couple of rainy Sunday links.

1. io9's 20 movies Marvel need to make. Wot, no DEATHLOK? It's a two-word pitch - "zombie ROBOCOP!"

2. Brendan McCarthy's Dream Gang. Rather lovely.


It's exactly a fortnight since my plea for more of you to click on the followers widget in the sidebar, and the numbers have more than quadrupled. And what a talented bunch you are, too. I heartily recommend any lurkers out there to have a poke around among the icons in this feature, as you may very well find some great blogs that've previously escaped your attention. But also lurkers, get clicking that "follow" button, yourself. Apparently it's the law that I have to throw a party when the number of followers hits 33.

Welcome to Irish politics.

BBC local journo surprised by the realities of how comics get made...

...Woah, dude! It turns out comics are made by people in spare bedrooms in Yorkshire rather than in huge studio apartments in NYC!  Then people in Hollywood make 'em into big blockbuster movies! And yet those same artists still live in semis in Yorkshire! I don't get it! I think my brain is going to explode!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Some Alan Moore sampling UK hip hop for yez: Akira The Don's STEAM.

BL reader Akira The Don turns out to be an Alan Moore-Jack Kirby-Stanley Kubrick-obsessed, tip-top, hip-hop producer. Who knew?


Three dudes sitting around talking shit about guitars? Sounds like my kind of documentary.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Jamie Hewlett's studio.

From The Observer magazine, a few months ago. I knew there was a reason I hadn't thrown it out before today. So I scanned it and used Photostitch to hastily stick it together.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Links an' business.

1. Here's a little fond remembrance for yez. Or is that echo memoria? I sadly won't be able to make it, 'cuz obviously it's on Bonfire Night.

2. Give it a while and this might become the greatest website ever.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Love, love, love.

I love The Beatles. I could sit in the pub with my mate Jeff talking about The Beatles all night, and frequently have.  And even if you don't play computer games, and you've an ounce of Beatles love in your soul, you'll still love this.

The design on the trailer looks like it's by Gorillaz collaborator Robert Valley, those long legs are a bit of a giveaway. He also did the great Wolfmother-utilising ad for ROCK BAND's big rival franchise GUITAR HERO, funnily enough.