Friday, 27 May 2016

Griff Gristle: Here Be Monsters Pinup

I was delighted to be asked to contribute a pinup to the fabulous sounding (and looking) Griff Gristle: Here Be Monsters comic which at the time of writing this is nearly finished its succesful Kickstarter campaign (and completely smashed it!).

The book is from the writing team of Rob Jones and Michael Sambrook, with art by the talented Rory Donald and published by Madius Comics. I met up with the guys at Thought Bubble last year and they're not only very talented and creative guys but they ooze enthusiasm for comics, both their own and those published by others. So with that in mind I was only too happy to help out.

Above is my contribution, where I join other talented sea dogs such as Vince Hunt, Ian Laurie, Neil Ford and Matt Rooke in all doing pinups for the book.

The bar was well and truly raised by those guys, I hope I got somewhere close to them.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Birmingham Comic Festival thoughts...

It's been a while, about time I posted my thoughts on the recent Birmingham Con.

Getting there and setting up was easy, organisation was good as was the venue, sadly the 2 hour 'early bird' idea wasn't and it took a while before anyone bought anything - I don't think it was just us, speaking to others there it seemed very slow!

Luckily it did pick up and we sold some books, not as many as I'd liked. I had periods of being pretty busy then others where it was very quiet. Had lots of nice feedback on the books and my work but all in all the con was a bit of a damb squib for me, and a pretty long day too! I was quite glad to pack up and go home truth be told.

It was nice to meet up with super artist (and all round nice guy) Chris Imber and to catch up with Jason Cobley (making his first con appearance for years with his wonderful 'Amnesia Agents' book) but looking back on it, it wasn't the event I had hoped, and although great to see Mums and Dads bring their kids along (most dressed as superheroes) it does seem that maybe indie comics were not what they were expecting.

For those that did well, I'm pleased for you. If I continue with the self publishing into next year (which I am deciding about) then this is one con I will leave off the list.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Next con: Birmingham Comics Festival!

Welcome back to my sadly neglected blog!

Busy as ever behind the scenes, with some news I hope to share soon about my upcoming projects.

In the meantime, this Saturday I will be exhibiting at the Birmingham Comics Festival. First time I will have done this con as I was on holiday last year when it was on.

I will be selling my usual wares, copies of Midnight Man (now onto the 3rd printing!) plus the limited sketchpacks (which include the book, badge, A5 mini-print and an original sketched card), copies of Andy-Thology, prints and artwork.

My good friend and comics/film enthusiast John will be with me to help lend a hand on the day, which is always good!

I've booked more cons for later in the year as well, so far I'm doing:

Cardiff Independent Comic Con, Cardiff - Saturday June 25th
ICE, Birmingham, Saturday 10th September
Nottingham Comic Con, Nottingham - Saturday 29th October

Sadly I didn't get a table for Thought Bubble, although I've kindly been offered to table share with a comic professional (super nice bloke) but I'm still hoping I get something on the reserve list. Hopefully will have news on that later in the year.

A few other cons I'm looking at too, Bristol is a firm possibility, just looking into it.

Mo (Ali, co-creator of Midnight Man) and I have had some more great feedback on the book too from some unexpected people. Hopefully we can share more on that soon too. That book just continues to find more fans, which we couldn't be happier about.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pipedream Comics reviews!

Had a couple of great reviews courtesy of the guys at Pipedream Comics.

The review for Midnight Man is here.

The review for Andy-Thology is here.

Alex from Pipedream came over to my table last weekend at the True Believers con, had a good chat with him and it was great to hear how much he liked the books. Thanks so much for the kind words Alex!

True Believers itself was a fun day. Sales were ok, about on a par with last year really. It's such a great venue and carries with a good atmosphere with parents taking their kids (most dressed up as superheroes along with the many cosplayers) that you can't help but not enjoy the day.

The less said about the drive home in truly horrendous rain and windy conditions the better!!

Friday, 5 February 2016

OK True Believers!! let's go...

Looking forward to heading back to Cheltenham Racecourse tomorrow for the True Believers comic festival. Had a good time last year and the buzz around this years con has been building and building so I'm hopeful it's going to be a good day.

Be nice to meet up with friends again and get the comic creating buzz back which I've lost of late.

I'll be selling copies of Midnight Man (just took receipt of the third!! printing of the book yesterday again great service by Rich Hardiman of Comic Printing UK - can't recommend this guy enough) Andy-Thology, both Wolfmen books, prints and original art.

Again I'll have special 'limited edition' sketchpacks of Midnight Man available, which, along with the regular comic contain a mini A5 print, badge and an original sketched card. All for just £6!!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Midnight Man gets an 'honourable mention' from Curiosity of a Social Misfit

Back to business, and nice to notice that Patrick Scattergood over at the Curiosity of a Social Misfit site gave Midnight Man an 'honourable mention' in the best graphic novels of 2015 category for his end of year awards.

Considering the amount of books published, I consider that an award it itself, so thanks very much Patrick!

You can check the post out here!

Nice to see my friends over at Accent UK get a few mentions and a runner up spot for Stephenson's Robot #1 (which features my design work) as best comic book! Well done guys.

Monday, 11 January 2016

RIP Simon Bloor

I wanted to pay my own tribute here to my dear brother Simon, who sadly passed away November 15th 2015, aged just 45.

My thoughts go to his wife, Elizabeth and his three children, Alex, Benjamin and Joseph.

It was thanks to Simon that I got into drawing, as he was much better than me growing up and I wanted to draw like him. He got me into comics too and he too was very fond of sci-fi, especially Star Trek.

Not a day goes by where I don't think of him, and I wanted to write these words just to say that I miss him terribly. RIP my dear brother.