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.