Thursday, 29 October 2009

BASTARDS is Go

The BASTARDS anthology put together by Francesca Cassavetti and Dan Lester made its premier at the MCM Expo and was my biggest selling item of the weekend. BASTARDS is a 76 paged collection of comic strips by some of the best artists on the small press scene including Francesca, Dan, Sean Azzopardi, Philip Spence and many others. It also features my strip Goddard and Prisk in print for the very first time. If you would like a copy then you can order it from me using The Shop although be quick as I only have a few left. The price is £5 which includes post to UK destinations.

pbrainey

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Comic Recommendations

I've been a little remiss here recently at making you aware of comics I like due mainly to shamelessly promoting my own work. However, I've recently read a couple of gems that I really think you should know about.

First is Trouser Madness, the current comic by my occasional event partner Peet Clack. This is a collection of humour strips by the mighty Mister Clack which includes The League of Uselessly Complicated Superheroes, Road-Kill Recipes and The Chronic Ills of R T Hwaego. All Trouser Madness content is very funny, beautifully illustrated and comes in a fantastically designed package. Visit Peet's blog for more details.

The other comic that I wanted to mention is Spandex by Martin Eden. Martin describes Spandex as a superhero strip the likes of which you'll never have seen before and he's right. In it he explores the sexual dynamics between the cast and introduces some of the team's main villains, including as a 50' tall lesbian. Great strips, colourfully illustrated with some fun Smash Hits magazine styled extras and fantastic value for money; what more could you want? Visit the Spandex blog for details.


pbrainey

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

After the MCM Expo

Well, that was a revelation. The MCM Expo took place over the weekend and I exhibited there for the first time. I was impressed by the youthful tone of the show and amazed by the percentage of attendees who engaged in ‘cosplay’ or, as I call it, ‘came along in fancy dress’. Still, it made travelling across London and finding the venue easy; I just followed the silver wigs. Both aurally and visually the expo was loud and I still feel, over a day later, as if my brain has been rolled flat, folded over and baked.

If you’re unfamiliar with the MCM Expo, it’s a multi media entertainment event with an emphasis on anime, manga and computer games. There was a comic village in place and it was here that Peet Clack, my table buddy, and I exhibited along with many other creators.

Lots of thanks to everyone who said hello and bought some comics from me. My personal highlight of the weekend was meeting uncompromising cartoonist Schmurgan Jonerhaff for the first time. It was a genuinely moving experience.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

MCM Expo

Thanks to everyone who attended my signing in Borders Milton Keynes last week and helped to make it a success, at least as far as I am concerned. My next event is at this weekend's London MCM Expo where I will be exhibiting with Trouser Madness' Peet Clack and selling copies of There's No Time Like The Present and Book of Lists. I should also have for sale, BASTARDS, the small press anthology put together by Francesca Cassavetti and featuring my strip Goddard and Prisk in print for the first time. This will be the first time that I am appearing at the MCM Expo but I hear from my self publishing friends that it's a very worthwhile event.
pbrainey

Thursday, 8 October 2009

GO

I am the cover star of the GO! entertainment section in today’s Citizen, the newspaper Milton Keynes residents have popped through their letterboxes every Thursday. (Although mine often arrives on a Friday evening, sometimes on a Saturday morning and, occasionally, not at all). This is the artwork I did for the cover. Inside, journalist Sammy Jones is writing a piece promoting my Borders signing this Saturday. If you're a MK resident who can't wait until then to get a copy of Book of Lists, then you can buy a copy now from the Milton Keynes Art Gallery, Waterstone's Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes or directly from this website from The Shop.



pbrainey

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Borders

Thanks to everyone who made my presence at BICS last weekend a success for me. My next event is this Saturday when I will be be signing copies of Book of Lists in the Milton Keynes Borders store. This is the first non-comic specific venue that I've attended to promote my work so it's an unknown quantity to me. If you're in the area, please drop in and say hello. They've got a good graphic novel section there, anyway. I will be signing my comics between midday and 6 PM.
pbrainey

Friday, 2 October 2009

BASTARDS

BASTARDS, British Artists Standing Tall And Reaching Distant Shores, is an anthology put together by Francesca Cassavetti and Dan Lester for this year's Angoulême international comic festival in France. It features the work of some of the best artists from the British small press scene at the moment including Francesca, Dan, Sean Azzopardi, Philip Spence and many others. My strip, Goddard and Prisk is in print there for the first time as well. BASTARDS should be available to buy in three weeks time, but in the meantime, I will have an advanced copy with me at BICS this weekend if you're interested in having a look at it.

pbrainey