Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sketches: Paris 1991

I'm currently digging through old sketchbooks, putting together background material for the digital version of Strange Embrace for SEQUENTIAL. Among the character sketches for the comic, I came across these drawings I did at my friend Laurette's apartment in Paris. I wish I had sketched more. These capture the atmosphere so much better than photos.



Thursday, 22 May 2014

MCM London: Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th May

I'l be in the Comic Village at MCM Comic Con London this weekend. I should be at my table from about 3pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Below are just a few of the people who will be there...


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Antidote to Miley Cyrus...

I don't ever watch live television, don't read gossip mags, steer clear of celebrity news, and I don't have time for over-produced popular music and the multi-million dollar stage shows that go with them. And I loathe most music videos. This morning though, after reading a piece about Miley Cyrus, a name I'm familiar without ever knowingly listening to her music or watching her act, I decided I ought to check out this phenomenon of 21st Century popular culture, so I turned to Youtube and had a look at her live show, which is mildly amusing and ironic and all that. About what you'd expect, I guess, from a generation that grew up with Madonna and Lady Gaga. Then I checked out the video Wrecking Ball. 641 million views. How many? 641 MILLION! Okay, that's popular. I watch it, and I'm depressed. Really depressed. Call me a grumpy old man, but I really didn't imagine that 14 years into the 21st Century something like this would be what a generation of young women would be aspiring to. The only positive thing about the experience is to note that the video has registered 1 million negative responses.

I need an antidote...



X-Ray Spex with the late Poly Styrene 


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

ACES WEEKLY at Orbital and on Comixology

ACES WEEKLY celebrates its debut on Comixology at Orbital tomorrow, Wednesday 7th May. David Lloyd and myself will be joined by Mark Montague, Steve Marchant, David Leach, Chris Geary and Jon Haward for signings of our books, sketches and freebies and, of course, the opportunity to subscribe to the Aces Weekly experience.



It's an unusual event in that we are promoting a digital-exclusive comic in a comic book store that sells print books. Orbital is like that - run by people who think outside the box. Recent events have included BATTLE OF THE EYES, with Savage Pencil and Chris Long painting live and the recent CULT night featuring the collective who brought you Raygun RoadsBlackout and many other degenerate delights.

I've been in favour of Aces Weekly being made available through Comixology or other apps for a while now. It's great to be on a site that doesn't pay a penny to anyone but the creators, (as is the case with ACES WEEKLY), but we do need to find that wider market. An app is a wonderful way to get the impulse buy and put yourself if front of  comic readers who may not be aware of your existence. Of course Comixology itself is going through changes, not least of which is that the app is no longer a storefront but a glorified reader. Most of the reaction has been negative, but it does mean that the big chunk of the price you pay for your digital comics no longer goes to Apple. It remains to be seen how much extra will filter through to the creators. It also means that Apple can no longer restrict access to material they find objectionable. There will be  a level playing field for books like Crossed that were not available through the app. It may also mean more competition for what was a near-monopoly of digital distribution, as disgruntled users look elsewhere. We may see a higher profile for apps like SEQUENTIAL, which provides a genuine storefront experience and offer a radical alternative to the mainstream-dominated Comixology.

Meanwhile, do come along to Orbital tomorrow, say Hi and find out more about what we are doing with ACES WEEKLY.

Valley of Shadows by David Jackson and David Lloyd

Bleriot by Chris Geary

Cowboys and Insects by David Hine and Shaky Kane

Psycho Granny by David Leach

Monday, 5 May 2014

COMICS UNMASKED: PART 2

COMICS UNMASKED: ART AND ANARCHY IN THE UK runs until 19th August 2014 at the British Library and is well worth checking out. In fact it's a must-see exhibition if you have any interest at all in comics. Congratulations are due to curators Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning and to the British Library. These pictures were taken by Vikki Liogier at the launch party...

"This exhibition is really, really big. In fact, it's this big!"

Mr Punch - promoting Anarchy in the UK since 1662


Never did me any harm...



Krent Able, upholding the grand tradition of scatological humour in comics

Ally Sloper looks on approvingly



Dave McKean's Joker mask

David Lloyd's V mask






Woodrow Phoenix creator of... 

...this enormous tome, which can only be viewed in the original (and one or two photos, obviously)





JAKe strikes heroic pose