Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Last Tuesday Society

When I visited ELCAF a couple of weekends ago, I was advised to visit this...



Not only is this a very fine cocktail bar but, more significantly, it houses the Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities. I can't believe I didn't already know about this. Here are a few samples from the wonderful, chaotic collection...

In the lower part of the picture, a human skeleton, sealed under glass in the table (This room available for dining)

A gold-plated hippo skull, formerly in the collection of Columbian Drug Baron, Pablo Escobar

Actual Dodo skeleton

Actual Human Vagina

Actual Mermaid

Actual Stuff

More Stuff

Stuff and Nonsense

If you can't wait to learn more about the inimitable Mr Wynd, watch this documentary...

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Hustlers, Beats and Others

Written in 1967, this is the Pelican edition from 1971.


This is what Ned Polsky had to say about Beats and Hipsters in the chapter 'The Village Beat Scene: Summer 1960'.

Until recently 'hipster' meant simply one who is hip, roughly the equivalent of a beat. Beats recognized that the hipster is more of an 'operator' - has a more consciously patterned life-style (such as concern to dress well) and makes more frequent economic raids on the frontiers of the square world - but emphasised their social bonds with hipsters, such as their liking for drugs, for jazz music, and, above all, their common scorn for bourgeois career orientations. Among Village beats today, however, 'hipster' usually has a pejorative connotation: one who is a mannered show-off regarding his hipness, who 'comes on' too strongly in hip talk, etc. In their own eyes, beats are hip but are definitely not hipsters.

And in case you've wondered where the term 'hip' comes from...

The few Village beats with any opinion suppose it comes from the 'hep' of early 1940s jive talk.  Actually 'hep' and 'hip' are doublets; both come directly from a much earlier phrase, 'to be on the hip', to be a devotee of opium smoking - during which activity one lies on one's hip.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Bulletproof Jukebox

I haven't done one of these for a long while. Some kick-ass live performances from the sixties...


Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain - Live in Manchester 1964



Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam - Holland 1965


Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me - 1964



More Sister Rosetta - That's all...

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Broken Frontier Kickstarter Campaign

UPDATE: Saturday mid-day. We just passed the $58,000 goal. Thanks to everyone who backed us. Normal service can now be resumed...


UPDATE: Saturday May 23rd. It seemed impossible a week ago, but against the odds, we are now only a little over 2k away from the target! To get on board and back this book, click HERE.


UPDATE: Friday May 22nd - midnight. Time for bed here in the UK. Here is the latest state of play. It's in your hands, America. Ten grand to go. Make it happen...



UPDATE: Friday May 22nd. This morning's screenshot shows us at $43,316. Five thousand up on yesterday. If we get a big push today, this can still come in under the wire. Back the Broken Frontier Anthology on Kickstarter HERE



UPDATE: Thursday May 21st. Here's a screen shot showing the current level of pledges. Things are picking up with two days to go...



Sunday May 17th:
As I write this, there are 5 days left for the Broken Frontier Kickstarter campaign to reach its target of  $58,000 and we only have $29,000 plus change. Here's the current state of play...



I say "only" but $29,000 is a hefty sum to be pledged by 665 people for a comic book. That means a lot of people have faith in the project. So can we reach the target in the few days we have left? This is an important project. It's something of a test for a new model of publishing. The reason the goal is so much higher than for most Kickstarter comics is because Broken Frontier want to pay the creators a decent fee upfront for their work. Not a fee comparable to mainstream publishers, but enough to justify the time and effort to produce the work. It's a model that the industry needs to enable established creators to work on personal, creator-owned projects, and for new and upcoming creators to reach a wider audience. There are some big names involved in this project and others who may be entirely new to you, as they were to me.

Below are some of the stories that will appear in the anthology if it is successful. You can be part of this. If you haven't already funded us, please do look at the work below and think about pledging. There is no risk to you. The way Kickstarter works is that the money is only taken from your credit card account if the project is successfully funded. If we fail to meet the target the funds will never leave your account. And if we do raise the money, the book will be produced. And it will be one hell of a book - 250 full-colour pages and 40 creators.

This is Quin's Return written by myself and drawn by Mark Stafford...




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The anthology also includes work from Greg Pak and Tom Raney...


Then there's Flyer by Justin Zimmerman and Mike Lawrence...


Limited edition bookplate by Farel Dalrymple...


There are prints by Robbie Rodriguez, Toby Cypress, PJ Holden and Robert Sammelin...



Cover art is by Spider-Gwen artist Robbi Rodriguez...


If you like the look of this hit this link: BROKEN FRONTIER ANTHOLOGY for a full list of contributors and more info... and the opportunity to fund the book and make it happen.




Friday, 24 April 2015

BROKEN FRONTIER ANTHOLOGY


I've been associated with the Broken Frontier web site for quite a while. Waiting For Trade actually started out there as a weekly column back in 2007. Those columns are archived here: Waiting For Trade: Broken Frontier Archive
I had to give up on the column as it was eating into my work schedule but I've kept in touch with editor-in-chief Frederik Hautain and with the Broken Frontier site which has developed into a very cool news and review site that pushes innovation, diversity and independence in comics.


Now, Broken Frontier is branching out into publishing with the Broken Frontier Anthology, launched this week on Kickstarter. The book will be 250 pages of comics by established and upcoming creators, including Alison Sampson, who is co-curating the Think Of A City project and also drew this...



...and Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), Carla Berrocal...



...Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies), Greg Pak (Action Comics, Incredible Hulk), INJ Culbard, who has recently published this...
...Jamie Coe (Art Schooled), Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, I Vampire etc.), Karrie Fransman (The House That Groaned, Death Of The Artist), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Darkness), PJ Holden (2000AD), Robert Sammelin, who drew this...


...Ryan Kelly (Saucer County), Tom Raney (Storm Watch, Avengers Academy and a bunch of covers for my District X series...) and lots more. It's a hell of a lineup and it also includes a story by myself and this geezer...

Mark Stafford - Photo by Alison Brown

I've been collaborating a lot with Mark Stafford recently, not least on The Man Who Laughs from SelfMadeHero and The Bad, Bad Place in the bi-monthly Meanwhile anthology from Soaring Penguin.


After years of working for Marvel and DC on everything from Civil War X-Men, Spider-Man Noir and Daredevil: Redemption for Marvel to Batman, Detective Comics, Azrael and The Brave and The Bold for DC, I made a decision to move away from mainstream publishing to concentrate on independent and creator-owned work. It hasn't been easy. The pay for most of the projects I have done in the last few years, is decidedly low or non-existent and it's tough to reach the same sales figures as a Batman book. I recently did a Spider-Man Noir one-shot for the Spider-Verse event at Marvel and the sales on that one issue were probably higher than every book I've done in the last three years combined. It's heartening to see the Broken Frontier Anthology launching on Kickstarter, and I can't emphasise enough how important it is that this kind of project gets the support of the readers who genuinely want to see more independent, creator-owned material.

Cover by Robbi Rodriguez

If you want to read Quin Returns, an existential thriller, written by me and drawn by the inimitable Mr Stafford, as well as another 240 pages of groundbreaking comics, please do support the Kickstarter Broken Frontier Anthology. You get to own a great comic and we get to pay the bills.  CLICK HERE to go to the Kickstarter page for more information...


Monday, 30 March 2015

The Bad, Bad Place - Good, Good Art

Time to preview some art from upcoming episodes of The Bad, Bad Place, soon to be gracing the pages of Meanwhile, the Great British Comics Anthology from Soaring Penguin.


These are panels and character sketches from Part 5, all by Mark Stafford.