Monday, 21 December 2009

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Red Fox All-Star Colouring Book


Just got my copy of
red fox's all-star colouring book ! It's awesome! And I got to draw a page for it!
Red Fox is one Richard J Smiths characters. If you haven't come across his work before...where have you been? He's been making comics for a long time now, we used to sell his stuff when we ran There Goes Tokyo... and his work continues to go from strentgh to strength.
RJS comics available to buy at Lulu
The colouring book features lots of different artists and includes a gorgeous cover by
Dan Schoening.

Friday, 18 December 2009

unicorn tricycle floosie!

Just recieved a new contribution for the HBS  book, from the amazing Kristyna.
Check out her work, it's super awesome.
I will be doing a proper update to the HBS blog soon.

Incase you missed the P.R.E.S.S. mail out:


As discussed at the last meeting, we will go ahead with a series of small events early next year. The idea is to raise the profile of what we're trying to achieve, build up a network of contacts, establish a community and recruit more people who have the time and the passion for building a community business. The events should also help us decide what is viable and what is needed by the community.

I'm involved with running a comics event at the Tyneside Cinema in March which I will do under the P.R.E.S.S. banner, so we can tie it in with our other events.

It will be followed by a series of talks in Sunderland and then a weekend event which will be a taster version of what we would hope to do with a permanent space.

The council have been very helpful with the proposals. I have a slew of meetings early in the new year which should determine the venue, funding and dates.

If you are interested in giving a talk or workshop, having a stall or exhibiting work and you have not already been contacted by me, please get in touch a.s.a.p!


We've got some branding now, thanks to fonografiks, which I will be unveiling very soon! We now also have a twitter account, , which will mainly be used for news and opportunities until the events get under way, so get in touch if you'd like a mention or if you have anything to promote. And please follow us if you are on twitter too.

Saturday, 12 December 2009


Finally had some time to do some doodling today.  Behold, the Sharktopus. Mother nature wishes she thought of this.
I don't know what's going on with this picture. Maybe the poles have collided. I'm sure Roland Emmerich could do a very expensive movie about it.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

unfinished lectures

Here's a sketch for a painting I didn't get time to do. It was for the exhibition at the Literary and Philosophical society, but I ran out of time. It's based on the programme of lectures that took place there.
That's an eyeball in the front row.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

New blogs and twitter.

Horny Biker Sluts has it's own blog now, nothing on there yet but that's just because I'm snowed under with events and pitches (determined to make some movies next year, oh yeah!) and all the other usual stuff. I'll start adding things soon, so keep an eye on it!
P.R.E.S.S. now tweets because stuff is moving forward and it seemed like a quick way to share info, and give little updates, which will be handy over the coming months.
Being new to Twitter I haven't a clue what I'm doing, so it's worth following just to see what idiot thing I'll do next.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Thought Bubble and all the other goings on.

It was Thought Bubble at the weekend and I spent pretty much all of Saturday behind my stall, venturing out briefly to say hello to some people and to show around the Horny Biker Sluts book (more about that in a minute).
My stall did better than I was expecting, with prints being especially popular.

I did some new postcards too, but decided at the last minute to give them away free:

Here's how the stall looked:

It's the first time I've had so many of my comics in one place, they're usually only available online.

The event itself was great (although I missed the talks and didn't get much of a chance to look about), there was a good mix of work and I got to meet lots of great people, including Tony Hitchman who I've collaborated with for ages but had never actually met in person!

The Horny Biker Slut book was debuted at the event. It currently contains work from me, Spleenal, Terry Wiley and Vanessa Wells. When it's full of work it will go off on it's merry way touring about as an exhibition in a book. I was surprised by how many people didn't get the concept of the book as a piece of art, but I guess that may be because I was showing it to people who had turned up to buy books not just look at them.
The book itself is a stunningly hefty A3 tome hand made by book binder extraordinaire Deirdre Thompson.

The exhibition at the Lit and Phil is still going well (it's up until the 23rd of December). There's a book and ephemera sale on at the Lit and Phil this weekend, which sounds awesome, so if you're planning on poppoing down I'd suggest doing it then.

My paintings are based on the people who were linked to the society and related collections (hence all the bird paintings from Hancocks collection of stuffed creatures).

I went to the Great North Musuem (formally the Hancock Museum)to do research and did sketches based on the collections there.

My friend Sam (from way back in my Kali days) will be performing at the Sage tomorrow as part of the 'Computer games live' event. It looks like it will be awesome and I'm looking forward to it. Tickets available from the Sage.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Thought Bubble Stuff

Almost ready for Thought Bubble this Saturday. At my stall there will be:
-Monstrum Horrendum book 1
-Monstrum Horrendum book 2
-Tag Team
-Some Forgotten Part
All at reduced special prices!
And I will be debuting the 'Horny Biker Sluts' exhibition.
Tony Hitchman and WJC will be around during the day if anyone would like to come by and get their copy of NBC signed (they'll be available to buy from Shanes stall).
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

P.R.E.S.S. update

The exhibition opening at the Lit and Phil went very well, and I've sold four paintinhgs so far!

The meeting for P.R.E.S.S. also went well. I'll be mailing out the minutes next week, but here are the general points and conclusions.
Firstly, we have too many fraggles and not enough doozers. And in non-muppet terms that means that although we've found plenty of artists and writers we haven't found enough people interested in organising and building up a community. Secondly, I've been telling everyone how awesome P.R.E.S.S. will be, but not explaining why. So it's important to get across the incentives of being part of P.R.E.S.S. and what it can actually do for people.

The solution we arrived at was to create a programme of fun educational events aimed at people with no prior knowledge or only a passing interest in comics and small press. This will culminate in a taster of P.R.E.S.S., where we take over a space for temporary time.
Hopefully this will get a wider range of people involved in P.R.E.S.S. and give everyone a tangible experience of what we're proposing.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Community business meeting

Nearly finished my paintings for the exhibition next week.

Incase you're wondering what's happening with the super awesome idea, there'll be a meeting on the 4th November. Get in touch if you'd like to come, and please let everyone know about it:

There will be a formal meeting (as promised!) on Wednesday the 4th November at 6.00 p.m. at Hoults Estate.

In the meeting we will cover where we're up to, the issues facing the project and also what needs to be done so we can move forward. We will look at what people feel they need from the space and how we can best address those needs.

Please let me know if you plan on attending as I will need an idea of numbers.

The meeting agenda will cover:

-Aims and needs
-Available space
-How to proceed

If there is anything else you feel we should discuss please email me and I'll add it.

About the project:

P.R.E.S.S. – Publishing Resource, Education & Social Space

A community space for small press practitioners to help develop their work, build a network and engage the community.

P.R.E.S.S. aims to:

*Provide a space that will allow practitioners use of studio, gallery,library, archive, shop and educational facilities
*Provide networking and promotion opportunites
*Create new opportunities and collaborations
*Engage and encourage the local community to become involved with publishing
*Help to raise the profile of small press publishing and create a better awareness of publishing
*Encourage research and provide learning opportunities for practitioners

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Monstrum Horrendum Book 2 Vol 2

Monstrum Horrendum Book 2 Vol. 2 is now officially finished. Yay!
There are some small mistakes, but that's the fun of small press. I may go back and put in a missing word, but the original first print copies will be available at Thought Bubble in Leeds and are currently available through lulu:

If you can spot the mistakes you might win a prize. (note the word 'might' in that statement)

The typography (as usual) needs improvement, but overall I think it's better than the last one. I took a slightly different approach to the artwork, and although it was a lot harder to make, it meant I could retain a finer line. Maybe now people will stop telling me that it looks like a woodcut. It was done with a paintbrush, ink and watercolours. Fact!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Book Festivals

Durham book festival this weekend. I shall be doing some workshops at the Fete on Saturday.

I gave a workshop last weekend at the Whitley Bay book festival 'Wordplay' which went well. Highlights included a character called 'Pizza man' who is a pizza and owns a pizza shop. Also a comic about a gameshow full of contestants who hate each other but really want to win the prize which is a limited edition signed celebrity sock. Brilliant.

Monday, 12 October 2009


Click for larger image.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Choccy woccy yum yum

Christmas came early this week when my sister sent a giant chocolate hamper a few months too soon. I may have died from a 70% cocoa overdose by new year.
Monstrum book 2 is about 5 % uploaded to Lulu as I type this. Hopefully, a few weeks from now, it'll be available to buy. It's been a struggle getting this issue done because the last few months (actually this year in general) is the busiest I've ever been. Most people would've put their comic on hold, but not me. I guess most people are smarter than me. Now I need to get ready for my exhibition. And the book festivals. And do some stuff for my stall. And a ton of other stuff....

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Important dates for you to remember

In addition to the upcoming Thought Bubble festival in Leeds (21st November), where you will be able to buy my comics, there are some other important Leonie dates to mark on your calender:

I'll be exhibiting new artwork at the Literary and Philosophical society with Martyn Jones from the 2nd November to the 23rd December.
I will be running workshops and generally being a nuisance at the following events:

WORDplay book fair, Whitley Bay, 17th October

Durham Book Fete, 24th October.

I should have some more details about those events nearer the time.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Some Forgotten Part in HD

I've snazzied up my old graphic novel Some Forgotten Part with some sharper colours and a new font and a new back cover (complete with quote from the awesome review it got in Comics International)
It's available on Lulu for £17.00 (not including p&p) SFP.
I will also have a few copies to sell at Thought Bubble, along with Monstrum book 1, Tag Team, Monstrum book 2(hopefully), postcards, prints and some Christmas cards (hopefully). The word in brackets indicates that I haven't actually made these things yet.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Women in Comics

This looks interesting:

A one day conference, 'Women in Comics' will take place on the 25th October 2009. Women comic artists will speak about their work, and broader discussion will include the representation of women in comics. The event will run as part of The Cambridge Festival of Ideas week.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Spring break shark attack

It's been a while since I treated you to a shark movie review, so I thought I'd do a write up of 'Spring Break Shark Attack' or 'Dangerous Waters Shark Attack' as it's being called in it's UK re-release. Oh, and even though it's on DVD, it's still very clearly a t.v. movie. It even has space for ad breaks.


Remember Dawson's Creek? Now imagine it with sharks. Now imagine that those sharks don't do much and don't attack the most annoying main characters.

This movie stars Shannon Lucio (you know her right? She played Lindsay Gardner in the O.C.)and a bunch of other people who look like they could've been in the O.C. (except for the guy playing her nerd brother who looks nothing like her and doesn't even have the same accent). And Bryan Brown turns up occasionally to be evil and lament his ailing career.

So some idiot girl goes to Florida (against her Dad's wishes)to spend spring break with her idiot friends. Her nerd brother is also in Florida studying stuff to do with the sea. He thinks that tiger sharks might live in the sea, but can't prove it.
The idiot girls meet up with some idiot guys, and the main girl (played by Shannon Lucio, remember her? Season 2 of the O.C.), falls quickly in to some love triangle with a local boy that likes to build engines and a sleazy idiot boy who spikes her soda with some date rape drug (which he carries about with him in a beach towel for some reason?) There's a minor sub plot about her Dad being evil because he cheated on his girlfriend, her brother is making some kind of shark repellent device, and Bryan Brown is chumming for sharks because the new reef is stealing all his business.
I don't know how a reef can put an actor out of work, but watching this movie I'm beginning to see how that could happen.
All these plot points take a back seat to the dull teen drama, and not nearly enough people get attacked. Until the very end when it all kicks off. A whole gaggle of tiger shark descend on spring break, hoping for free beer but settling for scantily clad teens. Evil date rape boy gets his comeuppance by being eaten, and (randomly) engine boy gets a harpoon in the shoulder. But rather than seek medical attention he is content for a romantic stroll on the pier. Nerd brother's repellent saves the day, dispersing the dangerous man eating sharks, probably forcing them in to other busy recreational areas nearby.

Final verdict: Not enough sharks. No imaginative deaths. Dull teen nonsense.

Friday, 4 September 2009

new look cephalopod enclosure

I've changed my website, check out the new look site and let me know if you spot any mistakes, dead links, etc.
Also, don't forget, the first meet up about the small press community business will be held on Sunday at the Head of Steam. Get in touch if you'd like to come along.
You'll find my contact details on my lovely new site:

Monday, 31 August 2009

harbour rant

Just back from a quick visit to Ireland to see some of my family. Work is still ongoing at the harbour, converting it from a lovely quirky little pier to a generic marina. I have to admit that it's looking much better than last time I saw it and maybe it won't be as bad as I expected. Also, I don't live there anymore, so although I may view the place with fond nostalgia, I can't really comment on what's best for the local economy. But I still like to be grumpy and indignant about the whole thing.
My sister looks after guide dog puppies, she gets a new one each year. The current one is a gangly retriever that can destroy the Hulk:

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Aren't biros ace?

Wow. A lot's been happening. Quite a bit of freelance work, illustration, teaching, that sort of thing. I might be doing another exhibition soon with my friend Martyn Jones who is a sculptor/painter/printmaker, so that will be an exciting collaboration. Things are moving along with the super awesome idea (I promise there will be a decision made on the name very soon!), with talk of a zine/comic/book fair and possibly an exhibition/event in the near future to kick things off. There'll be a proper meeting probably around early September to get everyone up to date on what's happening and how to get involved.
I've also been working for quite a while now with bookbinder extraordinaire Deirdre Thompson on an amazing project, and we're nearing completion so I can tell you all about that soon.
I'm also working on re-doing my website. Just a little spring clean and an update.
Of course, production of issue two of Monstrum has been paused while all this goes on, so I'm hoping to free up some time at the weekend to get back to making comics. Yay comics!
I've been enjoying doodling with biros lately, it's something I want to explore properly when I get a bit of time. I think I could do something nice with biros and watercolour washes. Here's a Cheetara biro doodle I did the other night.

Here's a little picture I did in photoshop. The image was in my mind from a comic I wrote called 'terminally pretty'. I abandoned the project because I saw an episode of Dollhouse with a similar type of plot (that Joss Whedon, always stealing my ideas). Anyway, it might get re-worked at some stage because I think the title is quite funny and deserves a book to go with it.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Another name suggestion

Here's another suggestion for the pile of names for this:

North Collective

Any thoughts on that?

There will be a proper meeting soon, things are coming together and it's all looking good.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

What I've been doing

This is what I've been working on recently: The next Accent UK anthology 'Predators', A pin-up for a colouring book based on characters by Richard J Smith, and issue 2 of NBC.
And here's the cover for Book 2 of Monstrum Horrendum, which is crawling along at a snail's pace, but should be done in time for Thought Bubble:

We still need a name for this, so far here are some of the suggestions:

publish central

publishing network

publishing nexus

publish link

press nation


publish connect


The stapled centre

print north

Like any of them? Have a suggestion? Let me know. I'm making some great strides with the project, but we really do need a name.

According to an article in the Guardian about my favourite film studio 'The Asylum' (if you have sky you will probably have come across some of their classics such as 'snakes on a train' and 'transmorphers') Mega shark vs giant octopus is going to have a cinema release. Wow. I'm assuming it's down to my glowing review.

Monday, 27 July 2009

This years conventions

I have purchased a stall at Thought Bubble. Yay! So, contrary to previous reports (and what I've been telling everyone), I will NOT be at SPX, I will NOT have a stall at BICS, but I will have one at Thought Bubble. Although, at this rate, it might be an empty stall. Hey, who even reads comics these days anyway?
Oh, and I won't be at Caption this year either.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

mushroom works exhibition (open until the 29th August)

Exhibition at the mushroom works

The exhibition at the Mushroom works is going well, the preview was really busy!
If anyone can think of a name for the super awesome idea let me know soon.
Have you been to the Toy museum in Whitley Bay? I went for the first time last weekend after playing some dinosaur golf, and it is a very strange place.

Rupert, in a captains hat and binoculors, driving a sinclair c5

Yes, that is Rupert in a Sinclair c5.

Sunday, 19 July 2009


Ever wanted to star in Jaws?


Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Want to be part of a super awesome idea?

At the moment I'm putting together a proposal for something super awesome and I need your help.

It's a community business / social enterprise to help small press comic book publishers and also help to educate and encourage others to make comics or self publish.

That's the concise version.
Okay, here's the longer version:

Ideally we'd have a physical space (Sunderland currently seems the most likely place) that could house an archive / library, education space, gallery area and studios. Perhaps a cafe/bar and a shop too. The main purpose would be to promote publishing, so as well as comics we'd include small press books, poetry, artists books, zines, blogging etc.

The education program would have two main aims, to provide workshops, lectures and debates for practitioners and also to get other people in the community to start publishing by providing them with the skills needed. We could run outreach programmes for schools and community groups, which would also provide work for artists and writers who would like to teach.

The studios and gallery would provide a space for a community of practioners to build and work together, and hopefully allow for a mixing of different disciplines. It's pretty clear that communities are vital to the small press as they allows for the sharing of expenses and the dissemination of information. We could also look in to research initiatives, such as eco friendly printing methods or using new media.

The archive would be useful for reference, it's hard to study small press as some books have such a small print run you often can't get hold of them. It would be nice to get a properly documented collection going.
The library is an easy way to engage new readers by allowing them to see what's out there for free. The cafe /bar could be a source of income and would be a great meeting place as well as providing a space for events.

The shop would, of course, help everyone sell their work. A good online presence would ensure that we could reach outside the region and work with other groups and practitioners. We could also organise group trips to events/ shows and work on travelling exhibitions and residencies elsewhere.
Running it as a community business or social enterprise would allow for any profit to be put back in to the business and could potentially allow us to give out grants (as a lot of arts grants really don't cater for small press creators, it would be good to have our own).

I've talked to quite a few people who are all very excited by the project, and I've talked to some people who really know a lot about this sort of thing and they seemed to think it was not only viable but much needed. Yay!

If you want to get involved at this early stage email me: leonieomooreATgmailDOTcom
comments and ideas would be great. I'll build up a mailing list, so even if you may not want to get involved but just like being nosy, you can sign up and find out what's happening. And you don't have to be someone who makes comics, we need to hear from non-comics people too if this is going to really work!
I would like to start a seperate blog for the project as the ball is rolling now and I want each stage of the process to be up for discussion. So, if you can think of a name for it, let me know!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

monstrum page

I've added a Monstrum Horrendum section to my website, check it out here:
Monstrum Horrendum
The release date for Book 2 has been pushed back to November, hopefully in time for Thought Bubble in Leeds.

Mushroom works exhibition - Don't forget!

Incase I haven't mentioned it enough to everyone, I thought I'd better say it again: I will be exhibiting some new work as part of the 'Quite the character' exhibition at the mushroom works. (Details below, image above) There are 6 new paintings and a 30 x 30 inch print featuring 100 characters. And everything's for sale so don't forget to bring your wallet. Oh, and some other people are exhibiting some stuff there too.

Quite The Character
18th July – 29th August 2009
Preview Friday 17th July

An exhibition celebrating illustration and comic book art.

All too often illustration is taken for granted through our day-to-day interaction with printed and online materials. This Summer Mushroom Works is dedicating its gallery space to celebrating illustration, showcasing character based images from illustrators working across the UK.

The show will feature, amongst others new work from several NE based illustrators and comic book artists including Carl Rosati, Jack Fallows, and Lucy Hammond as well as work by NE based illustrators’ group Set of Drawers.

Illustration is fast becoming a very trendy form of art. Whilst art is often for ‘art for art’s sake’, its (often overlooked) cousin, illustration is there to serve a purpose.
Mushroom Works Gallery will showcase the work of artists and illustrators who bring pages to life though their use of lines, colour, text and imagination. Quite the Character will explore this art form, offering the audience a tour of the process from concept creation to the final reproduction of the image.

Special events for this exhibition include:

Story Time
Thu 23 July, 12pm – 4pm
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… Gather round as Seven Stories’ storyteller spins some yarn. (Suitable for 7-10 year olds)

Drink and Draw
Sat 29 Aug, 6pm – 8pm
Drawing fun for all the family, come and add your masterpiece to our Hall of Fame. Pens, pencils and paper will be provided but please feel free to bring along your own.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

last weekend

Look out! Giant carp!

The kite festival was awesome! We had a good turn out for the workshops, Yishans Manga workshop was especially popular. Gary, Ben and Paul did a great job on the PJCC stall spreading the word about small press comics. The kites were pretty neat too. And there was some weird stuff walking about, like this thing:

nest head lady

It's a shame more of the small press community didn't get behind it, even just mentioning it on some sites or blogs would've been a help.
I'm working on some new paintings for an exhibition at the mushroom works next week.


Monday, 29 June 2009

Comic workshops

As well as some comic stalls at the Friendship Festival this weekend there will be workshops with:

Yishan Li

Daniel Weatheritt
Nigel Auchterlounie

So please come along!

I'm also going to be exhibiting some new pieces at the Mushroom works soon.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

festival news.

Friendship Festival, Sunderland UK, 4th and 5th of July 2009. Now with added comics.

Okay, on top of comic stalls there will also be artists doing workshops. If you want a stall, want to send or bring promotional stuff or want to help out in any way get in touch with me immediately. It's going to be awesome, so don't miss out.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

festival, meets and blogs, oh my!

Woo hoo! The New British Comics blog has a nice little thing about my flickr collection of comics. They're putting together the second anthology, their books are available in English and Polish, and they are now being distibuted by
I also finally made it to the Travelling Man Comics evening and it was great to meet everyone, chat about comics and draw a 24 minute strip about a slug and a violin. If you're in the North East check it out, there are updates on the paperjam comics blog about when the meets are happening.
The International Friendship festival in Sunderland is taking place on the 4th and 5th of July, there will be comic stalls at it, along with other publishers and small press exhibitors. Please come along and support small press comics!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

DC adventures

I went to DC to exhibit some work at artomatic
Sunderland is twinned with Washington, so Sunderland council and Cohesion organised to send over a group of artists and I was one of the lucky ones that got to go.
Artomatic is held at buildings that are yet to be occupied, this year it is in a new development which has nine floors. That's a lot of space!
There are different food stalls, bars, performance areas, a shop and even a tattoo parlour in there.
We arrived two days before it opened to set up our work (which is a lot to accomplish in two days, but somehow it all came together) and stayed for the opening weekend and a few days after that to follow up business contacts we'd made.
I have 3 paintings and 3 canvas prints on show as well as 20 editioned comics. I sold one piece straight away which, obviously, I was super happy about.

Mary Peeppins

Artomatic is also showing the entries to this years Washington Posts Peep competition.

Bryan Talbot put me in touch with his friend Greg Bennett, who runs Big planet Comics in Georgetown ( and is involved with SPX (, and he's in a band - We talked about comics, he told me lots about DC and even showed me the steps they used in the Exorcist. I also met up with some members of the DC Conspiracy (, Evan Keeling and R.M.Rhodes. We exchanged comics and talked about making and distributing small press stuff. I got some good ideas, and we've agreed to keep in touch and share any useful information.
I also, almost, met Obama. He went to the Five Guys burger bar opposite our hotel, just as I was going in to starbucks. I got to see him heading out with his convoy of secret service scary cars. Here is a five guys cheeseburger, as favoured by Mr.President:

the Obama burger

I also came across this shark poster on the street:

street shark close up

These have been all over the internet the last few days because Jessica Alba has been hanging them up all over the place. I don't know if she put this one up, the main office of the charity she's supporting is in Virginia, so it was probably one of their people that put it up.

The white house

DC is an awesome city. It's a perfect place for total geeks, which is probably why I felt right at home there. There are tons of musuems and galleries which are all free. Even the zoo is free.
sea monster bones

I made it to the Natural history museum, which has a giant squid and some Meg jaws. Sweet. I also went to the botanical gardens, National museum of the American Indian (a day too late for their comic exhibition. Grr.), the Renwick Gallery, the aquarium (you have to pay for that, it's very small but they have some nice sharks and an alligator and some cute little newts),the air and space museum and lots of national monuments.
And, if museums aren't geeky enough,check out their metro stations:

metro station

You could launch a Viper out of that thing!

pencils for Monstrum Horrendum Book 2 (first page is the one on the right)

I'm working on Book 2 of Monstrum at the moment, I'm only a few pages in to pencilling. I'm aiming for a late September release in the hope that I'll make it to SPX and have some spangly new comics to hand out (I'm too late to get a stall). But, with all the other stuff I have going on at the moment it'll more likely be a November release. Hopefully I'll look back at this post in September and laugh to myself, "Oh, I finished it so quickly, I managed two extra issues as well. And a film adaptation."

pencils and script for Monstrum Horrendum Book 2

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Some Monstrum Horrendum feedback

Jon Edwards thoughts on Monstrum book 1.(click for larger image)

He's definiely right about Tintin, apart from the obvious adventures around the world theme, the underlying flat palette is based on colours found in Tintin comics.
You can buy it here, and let me know your thoughts on it.
Tomorrow I'm going to tell you all about my amazing DC adventures.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Review : Mega shark vs Giant Octopus

Okay. I watched it. Here's the review you've been waiting for. I'd warn you about the plot spoiler, but there isn't too much plot to spoil.

Mega shark vs Giant Octopus

Apparently this is something all scientists must face. A prehistoric shark and a giant octopus? I wish I'd been a scientist.
Mistakes come fast and thick in a film which was so low budget they couldn't even afford a continuity editor. Debbie Gibon's, sorry Gibson's, hand double wears nail varnish in a defiant act of asserting her individuality, while Gibsons hands (seemingly unable to do close up acting) remain bare.
The director seems very fond of some black and white filter which he used frequently to express a range of story elements, including lightening, seagulls, cut scenes and science. Yes, there was a filter to show science happening. Science also seems to consist of mixing coloured liquids in various glass decanters and making sad or happy faces depending on the colours.
The characters are so stereotypical that once the 'strong' female lead has been established you can spend the next few minutes trying to figure out who the love interest will be. Don't worry, you'll know straight away from the painfully prolonged eye contact and clumsy flirting.
And on to the monsters. The octopus is suitably wibbly around the tentacle area and seems to hate the Japanese. I guess they eat a lot of octopus there so it makes sense. Why a giant Octopus? Well, giant Squid are real so there's always the possiblity they'll sue for defamation of character. Okay, there is such a thing as a giant octopus, but it's much smaller than the thing in the movie and I don't think there were any around in the Miocene period to have had some kind of ongoing gang fued with the Megalodons.
The shark looks okay when he's launching himself out of the water, but seems to have some kind of skin disease and movement issue when submerged. Despite his enormous size he leaves no wake when near the surface, and generally breaks the laws of physics. But he takes a plane out of the sky and it's cool.
The main characters are as follows:
The feisty female lead who thinks she's a mermaid. Mermaids don't use subs, dumbass.
Her overly Irish Professor, who crashed a sub to avoid a pod of dolphins.
An overly Japanese scientist who talks nonsense and cried when he saw a dolphin caught in a net. Why are they all gay for dolphins? They deserve to get eaten by a shark or an octopus. But they don't.
The three scientist stereotypes have to work with 'the feds' at a place we are repeatedly told is called 'Treasure island'. The feds are concerned because it turns out that the monsters are actually very astute business creatures who have taken over the seas to control the movement of oil. A reference to Guantanamo bay and an Obama bumper sticker keep this movie refreshingly modern for fifteen minutes or so.
Thanks to some kind of half hearted ethical / environmental message they decide to let the creatures fight each other, because they are the last of their kind so people shouldn't kill them but it's okay if they kill each other. Their original plan is to trap them, without any thought of what they would then do with them. Obviously that was doomed to fail, but the fight plan works out okay (apart from some submarines full of people dying). So the oil is safe and Japanaese people can go back to eating sushi. hooray. However, they do cunningly set it up for sequels. I guess they're hoping to replicate the success of the Shark Attack series. Fools! It can't be done.
And the song at the end isn't even sung by Debbie Gibson. It's probably sung by her hand double.

To summarise: All the best bits are in the trailer.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

I'm back

my artwork

I'm back from DC. It was amazing! I got to meet some awesome comics people and work with some great artists. Will write all about it when I'm less jet lagged.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

DC photo diary

I'm currently in DC, exhibiting at Artomatic. I've started putting up photos on flickr, so there'll be pictures going up over the next few days of the exhibition. We've just finished installing today.
Washington photos

Sunday, 17 May 2009

not long now...

Only eight days until I go to Washington DC to share my amazing artwork with unsuspecting american citizens. Bryan Talbot's kindly hooked me up with a comic contact to say 'hi' to while I'm there, if anyone else knows any DC based comics people please let me know.
Also, there are still stalls available at the festival in sunderland in July. We've got some awesome people already signed up, but I need to get them all filled by thursday, so please pass the word around. Bugpowder, normally so reliable, seem to be ignoring the event.
I've got the t.v. on in the background and I want to know, why has Sky paid for stupid James May to go hang out with great white sharks? Why didn't they pay for me to do that? I don't know anything about cars, how would he like it if I got a ton of money to go make a car show? I bet he'd be angry. I'm going to cancel my Sky account in disgust.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

A movie with my two favourite things, a giant octopus AND a megalodon!! I can't wait for this.
mega shark vs giant Octopus trailer.

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