Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Goodbye America.

Palm trees in Ventura

Back in dreary, wet England. Sigh. And straight back to work.
I have a new comic strip to finish, then it's on to a host of new projects.
Next up is a sketch book for the art house co-op sketch book project.
Then working some more on my documentary.
Then some new pieces for an exhibition in January.
A lot of people have been asking when the next issue of Monstrum will come out. I predict sometime towards the end of 2011. The next issue is huge and I'll be working with a specialist consultant to make the science stuff more sciencey. So it's a really big project.

In the meantime, I'm going to start putting more comics up online. Many people visiting my stall at SPX were disappointed that I hadn't done a story about lady wrestlers fighting dinosaurs (which is on the cover of 'Tag Team', but doesn't feature inside), and I can't think of any good reason why I haven't done that story. So, that will probably be the next one to go online.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

The Asylum

I spent two days filming at The Asylum, the awesome production company behind such classics as Mega shark vs Giant octopus and Titanic II. Everyone was really nice and very enthusiastic about their work, which is always inspiring. I met lots of cool people and hopefully I'll get to go back there and do some more stuff.

Megafault and Megashark

Then I took a nice train journey up to Ventura and watched the Cold Steel Challenge, which is a weapons fighting tournament. Very exciting and the people were all very welcoming and friendly. There was a great atmosphere.

The Cold Steel Challenge!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

San Francisco

I stopped off at Isotope comics in San Francisco to leave in some comics and James invited me to draw a toilet seat for his collection (pictured). I was very honored to be asked ! I got a nice mention on their site too, check it out:  http://isotopecomics.com/ By an amazing stroke of luck my hotel was next to a big art supplies store so I was able to pick up some permanent markers. You can see a Darwyn Cooke one in the background of the picture, and if you've been following my blog for a while you'll know I'm a big Darwyn Cooke fan, so it was really cool.
It's a great store with  a nice lounge to hang out and read comics in as well as an area for artists to come in and use. And (thanks to the marvel of print on demand) it's currently the only comic store where you can get my books. Otherwise you'll have to buy them online or find my stall at a comic book or small press event.
It was really foggy in San Francisco so I couldn't spot any megasharks.

Also went to Santa Cruz and had a poke around the marine labs there. Off to Los Angeles tomorrow to do a couple of days of filmmaking!!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Monstrum 2 - Awesome review!!!

One of the best reviews I've ever had! Monstrum issue 2 reviewed at Optical Sloth

Having an amazing time in the USA. Off to San Francisco today, hopefully check out Isotope comics while I'm there. Also hoping to spot a megashark chomping on the goldengate bridge. Must remember my camera.


Monday, 13 September 2010

SPX 2010 -Day Two

Awesome!!! This is a great event. I've met tons of great people. Made lots of new friends. John from Metaphrog kindly took me around and introduced me to some publishers too. On Saturday night we popped over to another convention that was happening up the road, for web comics. They had a lot more merchandise and people dressed up, but it was a bit quiet. it was interesting to see the difference in approach to selling.
My prints were very popular today, infact people were giving me more than the asking price, a lot of people said I should charge more! I've never been told that in the UK.
Here's my table buddies Brian and Clay on the lookout for customers:


I tried to resist buying stuff because I have an epic journey ahead of me. But I had to get a Scott Campbell print, they're too brilliant to pass up, and lightweight enough for me to bring along on my epic adventure. Also got some mini-comics and a great comic about a shark called Xoc by Matt Dembicki.
Hats with eyes and teeth seemed to be the runaway hit of the show, but they did have godzilla advertising them and you can't get a better endorsement than that:

Also got to hang out with a lot of the cool people I met during my last visit to DC, the DC Conspiracy crew, Matt and Shannon and Greg Bennett (who will hopefully be touring the UK with his band at the end of the year: the jet age ).
Off to San Jose now for more adventures!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

SPX 2010 - Day one


It's huuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggggeeeeeeee. Small press conventions aren't this size in the UK. It's been a great experience. Well, apart from the journey here.  Delayed flights, and a missed connection meant I was a day late (so I had to scrap my day trip to DC to visit my hero Kermit the frog at the museum) and my luggage wasn't on the same plane as me, so there was some panic that it mightn't arrive in time, and it contained ALL my comics.
Anyway, it arrived just in time. The Quadropods (woolly sea creatures) sold out pretty quick and I've had a lot of good feed back about my work, and about an octopus necklace I was wearing which everyone (even the lady serving us at the noodle house) has complimented me on.

There's lots of amazing artwork on show here. I'm hoping to catch some of the panels and talks on day two as well.
I'm sharing a table with Brian Wimberley, go check out his work: http://double-es.blogspot.com/

Sunday, 5 September 2010

JAWS : The untold story

 Due to a printing mishap The Shark Report will not be available at SPX, but I will be putting it online as a free PDF when I return. In the meantime, here's the real story behind JAWS, as told to me by a reliable on set source. (click on images for a better reading size)




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