This way, please, for Salvo's Salvo. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Interviews and images galore at the Rhizome tumblr...
"I’ve always been fascinated by apocalyptic civilization-ending scenarios. Maybe it’s my Pentecostal upbringing. I was raised to believe that the end of everything I’d ever known was always right around the corner." - Tyler Stafford
"I’ve got a short graphic novel very slowly coming into being. It deals with issues of energy scarcity, and subsequent food scarcity. As things stand, it doesn’t have a happy ending." - Nick Soucek
"I just draw coward or victim characters in the same way –they’re just fatter versions of me." - Dave Huxley
BBC Radio 4's website is hosting twelve comic strip co-commissions to mark the WW1 centenary. Steve Bell, John McCrea, Posy Simmonds, Ralph Steadman, Woodrow Phoenix and a bunch more.
From the blog of Rob Jackson: 'RhiZome Volume 2' has just arrived back from the printers and is now on sale at my website shop. It's priced at £4.50 with free postage in the UK. Please add £2 postage for the rest of the world. It's 48 black and white pages with colour covers, halfway between A4 and A5 in size. It looks really good!
It's got stories by S Tyler Stafford, Kyle Baddeley-Read, and Rob Jackson. A text story by John Robbins. A story and back cover by Dave Huxley. A story from Nick Soucek, and an interview with Tony Husband about Oink!
From the tumblr of Irish writer Rory McConville, two comics...
The Red Skeleton (by Rory McConville and Adrian Bago Gonzalez)
The Babymaker And The Belgian (by Rory McConville, Ryan Cody and Deirdre deBarra)
Writes Rory: I’ll be using this as a spot to keep people updated on any comics projects I’m working on. There’ll be a new comic every month as well as bits and pieces about other projects I’m working on.
RhiZome #2 is to have a June release. It's 48 pages of comics and related content by Kyle Baddeley-Read, Rob Jackson, Tyler Stafford and others. Keep your eyes on- and your nitrous oxide mask attached to- the Rhizome tumblr for sneak-peeks and further details.
The deckchairs are in storage, Punch & Judy are hibernating, there's not a candyfloss in sight - life in an off-season seaside town can be glum-enough, lad. But even in the coal-mining hands of Rob Jackson there's a chance the sea will deliver the soft sand early this year. Get your paddling feet on for Knott End.
News at Blackshapes about Buzz, a deadly new comic based on the audio recordings of Dublin city kids. Buzzin'!
Subscription details for the line-up of summer titles from Cardboard Press.
Great news for alternative comics in Ireland - from Paddy Lynch's tumblr: The new Cardboard Press site is starting to come together. Summer titles to be announced soon!
Wednesday's Independent has a feature on To End All Wars: WW1 Graphic Novel due out from Soaring Press this Summer.
Contributors include Selina Lock, Charlie Adlard, Sean Michael Wilson, Jenny Linn Cole, Russell Wall, Kate Charlesworth, John Robbins, Ruairi Coleman, Jessica Martin, John Maybury, Joe Gordon, editors Jonathan Clode and Brick, and many many others. Me too. Web article online.
Trailer for Digital Story Engine's 'Graphic Novel Man' docu about the work of Bryan Talbot.
Wildseed Studios and Ralph Kidson: God and Jesus
A new update on the Belfast Comics Blog.
Ralph Kidson is a minimalist cartoonist and one of the funniest people in the land.
I'm very priveleged to be able to call him a mate.
Well, Wildseed Studios have agreed to produce some of Ralph's work as animations, starting with "The Battle At Serengeti" and "A Welcome to Wildseed Studios from God Himself!"
This January Phil Barrett will be commencing to teach an 8 week evening course in comic making entitled Visual Storytelling. The course will consist of 8 weeks of 2 hour classes. The overall cost for the course is €80. Sign-up for the course is Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st January at Marino College (Dublin 3) from 5-8pm - more details on sign-up and the postal enrolment form here.
Bob Byrne: I´ve given people´s attitudes to creativity and learning a lot of thought during my hibernation in Spain and have boiled it down into a presentation on the new site. It starts by me answering ´when did you start drawing?´ with the inevitable reply:
Fittingly for a 2000AD creator, Bob Byrne provides a good jumping-on point for those readers new to his online whoring.
At Irish Comic News, David O'Leary casts a light back across Irish independent comics released in 2013.
THEM, Tommie Kelly's metaphysical examination of a damaged individual's struggle to establish a foothold in life, is available free in PDF format for a limited time at tommiekelly.com.
My feeling is that Tommie's fine-tuned sequential storytelling is hindered a little by an excess of maudlin intimacy in overstated scripting, but with this scripting an authorial presence imparts a tense cathartic urgency, which adds another dimension to the comic. Actually, this is the antithesis of those cute, deceptively aimless comics that are always doing-the-rounds online - in THEM, earnest ambition fuels the portrayal of a conflict between a philosophy of futility and the resilience of the human spirit. Vitally, the universality of THEM's themes - the protagonist's emotional responses are distorted in the prism of chemical despair - make it an affecting, resonant read.
24 pages and counting, Rob Jackson's funny comic Bradley The Tea Leaf (a league of extraordinarily random objects) is a thing of beauty.
Holy Numbers! Tommie Kelly presents something wonderful for sale not far down the information superhighway: The Christmas Bundle - 8 digital comic PDFs optimized for tablet reading. Pay what you want!
More candle-lit than flare-lit - Dave Huxley’s other-wordly back-cover for RhiZome #2. The anthology is due for release in early-2014. Keep up-to-date at the Rhizome tumblr.
"Hello, I have a particular liking for hummus, do you? You could send me some."
Over at Time Warriors, Owen Quinn talks to Andy Luke - about bringing Doctor Who to Belfast, and about writing, collaboration and comics. Andy cites Doctor Who episode The Rings of Akhaten as a favourite, which, coincidentally, is the only Who I've seen since Tom Baker. At least, I think that's the episode I saw. I just remember it being an insufferably overblown mess of craft inspired by the kind of affected elements of drama designed for blockbuster movies. Sickening stuff, really. And there's me thinking you were meant to feel better after seeing the doctor.
Long-time BugPowder chum Matt Badham writes ...
Thought Bubble is my favourite comics convention and so I'm very pleased to be hosting a panel there on Sunday 24th November at 10.40am.
The panel is called 'Comics For Everyone' and I think it's going to be great. Here's its description from the Thought Bubble website:
We here at Thought Bubble believe that comics should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their age, and that great kids' comics should be read by everyone! So if you're a young comic fan, or one who never grew up, and want to hear about some great stories to read, please come along and get the low-down from some of the best creators out there!
Well, I don't know about you but that's sounds to me like THE. BEST. PANEL. EVER!
(I might be slightly biased…)
Especially as those aforementioned creators are Neill Cameron, Meredith Gran, Nathan Fox, Roger Langridge and Maris Wicks.
(Seriously, make sure you check out their work even if you don't make the panel. It's fab.)
I hope to see you (yes, you!) on Sunday for what I think is going to be a fascinating panel, at which you'll get tons and tons of recommendations of groovy comics to read. (What could be better than that?) Please come along. It's gonna be a blast (as is the whole convention)!
Hola Mariquita, a three-person team which includes Ghost Of A Doubt creator Greg O'Brien, has created a 60-page interactive graphic novel for iPad and Android Tablets. Find out about the making of Little Details at the Hola Mariquita site.
As ever, Paddy Brown's visceral Cuchulainn has the reader weather-beaten, vigilant, and knee-deep in pre-Christian times. If Lorenzo Mattotti did Irish mythology...
Over at the Birmingham Mail's Speech Balloons: Paul H Birch speaks exclusively with Scots writer Jim Alexander, breezily picks through his colourful career, gets some insights into his independent publishing imprint Planet Jimbot, and generally discovers what makes the man tick. Good read, this.
RhiZome is now on sale at Rob Jackson's website shop. It's a science-fiction and fantasy anthology of comics by Max Mose, Kyle Baddeley-Read, Rob Jackson, Pete Batchelor and me. Also contained in the premier issue is an interview with David Huxley (Nasty Tales).
Check out the anthology's tumblr for comics samples, interviews and more.
July 1 is the deadline date for submitting to Dadsville, a comic anthology organised around the thread of fatherhood. Works already submitted are posted online at http://www.behance.net/Dadsville, my own included (page 1 of which is below). Have a goo, and have a go.
Debra Boyask was a friend and cartoonist in the New Zealand and British indy comics scenes and passed away on Tuesday at far too young an age. She contributed to the NZ anthology Funtime Comics and Factor Fiction in the UK, and in both places she performed the organising role in the Midwinter Comics Retreats: events which cemented those friendship-as-family bonds. Debra was a Caption festival regular for many years, also a weaver, a teacher, a blogger, a cook and mostly a friend: amusing, curious, direct and inspiring.
via Dylan Horrocks here's a wonderful interview between Debs and Jason Brice, hosted on the NZ comics wiki, and a few pieces of her work are up on the Factor Fiction website. I'm sure there will be more to come.
Panel Nine write to say, "We're delighted to be releasing a deluxe iPad version of Terry Wiley's VerityFair, bursting at the seams with extras, including a delightful audio commentary by the author on almost every page. And for the first two weeks we have a special introductory offer of just $4.99 / £2.99." The deluxe edition will be out on Friday.
Charles Cutting has launched an Indiegogo campaign to publish a full-colour anthology by three artists on three intriguing tales. Sketches, original art and advertisements are on offer along with a likely smart product. This month only at Black Cloud's Indiegogo page.
I recently discovered Stan Martin has a page on the Zum website. Terrible Sunrise was one of the great self-published brit-comics of the mid to late 90s, chronicling the outbreak of the Great War, and other tales from the war based on diligent research.
I suspect these are no longer available to buy through Zum. Fortunately, there are about 14 pages there in e-form (Clicking the images to the right), as well as an introduction by Stan. [Link]