Monday, 31 March 2008
Monday, 24 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
I think I first became aware of TwoMorrws when I began buying an excellent but short-lived mag called Comicology, which led to me trying out a few later issues of Comic Book Artist. There are pages of ads for their other mags and books in each issue and while most of the early stuff was devoted to the Golden, Silver and early Bronze Age comics and creators, eventually more product appeared that was up my alley. Back Issue was a mag I picked up initially just on trial but has now become a favourite read of mine (and there will be an issue soon with a feature by myself in!) and the Modern masters series of books have been interesting too. The Companion series of books so far is mostly devoted to DC fare, with the Legion and Titans issues being my own dips into the series.There are also more offbeat books, such as the fun Comics Gone Ape, a book about monkeys in comics!
Not everything will be to everyone's taste (I personally find Alter Ego and Draw dull dull dull), but if you're interested in reading about comics, take a look at their website and see what strikes your fancy...
I advance order all the essential stuff but peruse comic shops when I can too (usually once a month) and look for something new. By doing this, I fell into the habit of buying Runaways, Ex Machina, Y The Last Man and Fables, series I read for the stories more than the art, in trades. I've since upgraded some comics I had for the later collections: yes, sometimes the binding makes it difficult to see a page properly and the use of different artists in one volume really irritates me but you have a complete chunk of story, textless reprintings of the original covers, no adverts and frequently extra material.
As a result, I have also waited for some series to be collected before buying them: I used to be strongly against this as it endangers monthly circulation. However, the trade market is strong enough that like films, the after-release life of a product can mean the difference between success and failure.
What's really making me rub my chin in contemplation is the release of two of my favourite series in lovely spangly new hardcover format, namely Justice League International and Starman. Now, economics aside, I'd love to upgrade my ad-laden slowly decaying individual issues for higher grade replacements...but with Starman, I've worked out tat they won't be reprinting all of the tie-in issues I own (even the Batman annual that tied in to Balloon Buster!) and will the JLI collections include all the spin offs like JLIQ, JLE, JLISpecial, etc? I think not so for that reason I'm gonna stick with the originals...but I do pine at the solicitations in Previews...
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Got a sofa still to arrive and a handful of items left to collect and that's it. Soon I plan on soaking in the bath and relaxing after with a DVD (as reception's crap here, so I might have to do the unthinkable and consider Sky). I've still got a few boxes to unpack and books to sort, so no work for a while yet but at least I'm on my way there now...
I'm bloody knackered...
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Monday, 3 March 2008
First up is the Thing. Now at the monthly pubmeet, we've taken to bringing along small pads, originally for jotting down any pertinent information as required. Needless to say, any bunch of scribblers with a beer in one hand and a pen in the other are likely to start doodling away with varying results---usually except for Tone, who maintains pubs are for drinking in, not drawing. However, he caved recently and drew a deliberately crap Thing. Jason, of the MC2 sect, carried it further by quickly inking it. Inspired by a bizarre-looking Captain America created a few months earlier, I then proceeded to embellish the pic, to which Tone cried "You can't save that, it's deliberately crap!!"
Judge for yourself (Kelvin, you know that motto about being careful what you wish for...?)
From the ridiculous to the sublime (comparatively at least...)
Also that night, Tone did a lovely Phoenix sketch. To show we CAN draw, I quickly inked it tonight to put here. Tone has a lovely soft delicate almost tonal quality to his work, whereas my sensibilities are more smooth for lack of a better word. Tone's current stuff is wonderfully graphic now that he's using stronger blacks and less feathering so "smooth" isn't really the right word but I don't know how else to describe our different styles.
Anyway, I think I may have lost some of the delicate charm Tone's tone (chortle) gave the main body of Phoenix but I tried to change as little of the actual drawing as I could, especially the very distinctive face. I think both of our styles come through but Tone's work shines through the most hopefully...