Wednesday, 26 May 2010

MCM Expo

This weekend I am exhibiting with my table buddy Peet Clack (or 'Clackers' as he's now known) at London's MCM Expo. I will be selling all twelve parts so far of There's No Time Like The Present as well as copies of my actual reality diary strip collection, Book of Lists. If you're attending the event then please pop by our table and say hello. I will be easy to recognise because, once again, I will be partaking in the activity of 'cosplay' and dressed up as one of my own creations from Book of Lists.


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Bristol Booty

Despite trying hard not to spend my takings from last weekend's International Comic and Small Press Expo in Bristol, I did crack and make some purchases none of which, incidentally, I regret. I can recommend Andrew Cheverton's Synchrony Four which features short stories illustrated by Jenika Ioffreda, Tim Keable, Oliver Lambden and Dan Lester.

I have been really looking forward to the second issue of Martin Eden's Spandex which premiered at the event and is as joyful as the first. In it, the team of gay superheroes visit Japan where they battle Pink Ninjas.

The find of the weekend was VerityFair by the always brilliant Terry Wiley. The opening pages can be read on his website for free. When everyone is talking about how good this comic is in a few months time, remember that you read about it here first.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bristol International Comic & Small Press Expo

This weekend, I am exhibiting at the International Comic and Small Press Expo taking place in the Mercure Hotel in Bristol. Once again, I will be sharing my table space with Trouser Madness' Peet Clack and selling copies of my comics including Book of Lists and all twelve parts of There's No Time Like The Present so far. If you're in the area, please pop by and say hello.


Monday, 17 May 2010

TNTLTP 12 Reviewed

Richard Bruton reviewed the latest part of There's No Time Like The Present at the start of the weekend on the Forbidden Planet Blog. "It’s genuinely a pleasure to be able to say that (unless issue 13 is unbelievably awful – which is highly unlikely) this sci fi soap opera with it’s varied and unusual, non-stereotypical cast of characters lives up to every bit of early promise it showed." All twelve issues so far can be bought from my Shop, GOSH in Central London and OK Comics in Leeds.

Also, there's been some lovely coverage of the end of the 2000 AD Prog Slog Blog on the Forbidden Planet Blog, Down The Tubes and Pete Ashton's website.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

2000 AD Prog Slog Blog to End

In November 2006, after an impetuous ill-thought out bid on eBay, I won the first 1188 programmes of 2000 AD. Rather than just have them sit piled up in my bedroom collecting dust tormenting me about how much money I had spent on them, I decided I was obliged to read them all. I thought, rather than just read them why not blog about the experience too. So, I started the 2000 AD Prog Slog Blog where I review every other issue of the Galaxy’s greatest comic and many of it’s associated publications.

Well, after three and a half years of thrill power intensity turning my mind into a boggled mess and over 700 entries , the blog is due to come to it’s intended conclusion this weekend. Of course, I would like to tell you how proud I am to have got this far but there’s a part of me that feels ashamed at having used up so much time on a project which, let’s face it, is obsessive and stupid. All I can say for certain is, ‘it’s been emotional’ and ‘thank God it’s over’.

If you ever read 2000 AD when you were younger or have an interest in the blog then you can read all entries so far here. The final prog is scheduled to be reviewed early tomorrow evening while the farewell entry will appear sometime over the weekend. Finally, if you’re one of those people who think that the 2000 AD Prog Slog Blog should continue then you will be pleased to know that David Page is picking up where I will be leaving off on his blog.


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

TNTLTP 12 Update

Copies of part 12 of There's No Time Like The Present are now available to buy from GOSH in Central London and OK Comics in Leeds. If you can't get to these great stores then, of course, they are still available from my online shop here. Rol Hirst has posted a review here describing it as "brain-meltingly wonderful" and Rob Jackson has one here. Rob also mentions me in an interview for The National Post arts section in answer to 'Who's the most under-appreciated comic artist working today?' Well, of course I am; it's just not for me to say, that's all.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Book of Lists Club

Every two weeks, The Paper Jam Comics Collective meet in the Newcastle Travelling Man store. They are a creative community who often also run a book club. Anyway, I'm delighted to be able to tell you that the the next book they are reading is Book of Lists. If you don't live in Newcastle but would like to take part then you can do so by buying a copy from me in The Shop and, er, reading it.