The February 2000ad art comp was amazing - the theme was "masterpieces" and we had a bumload of really beautiful entries. Congrats on our winner Allister Mackrell and Tim West who got "Tharg's Choice". Runners up and that can be seen on this page here. March's theme is "Rise of the Robots" and you can enter here
As Cardiff was rapidly approaching I decided to do up my portfolio cover. Now it bears my gurning resemblance but still contains UNDERWHELMING ARTWORK. There's also a colouring one!
The Blankface/Dreddhead odyssey continues with this charming image of DA (FORMER) POPE. The reason for his evil black and red caped appearance is a reference to the grand continuity cake of Dredd's world. Mark Millar and Mick Austin did a story with "vatican judges" back in... oh... you know when Millar was terrible on a small scale. The nineties. They wore that kind of thing so I Dredd movified it. I look forward to doing it with other judge universe uniforms so far I think we've just got Emerald Isle, Brit Cit and this (not including made-up judge types) - very soon we'll be in Calhab though.... oh yes.
Short version for non-2000ad readers: LOOK, IT'S BENEDICT XVI
This is the seventh bit of Misery Wizard - a webcomic written by Rob "The Master of Misery" Phillips and drawn by me. And lettered by me. The French naval ghosts' bubbles were a bit of an experiment and given you can barely read them I'd call it - A FAILED ONE. All of Misery Wizard can be seen on Crazy Fox Machine on Facebook here
That there is beautiful glow-in-the-dark print I inadvertently won from the glorious Amala's Blade FB page (http://www.facebook.com/AmalasBlade) and the comic, which I haven't yet read, looks spellbindingly beautiful. Cheers to the wonderful Michael Dialynas - I'll certainly be shouting about this for a while!
This is a picture of Professor Elemental (wot I'm in) and Jamella & Marmalad (wot me and Geoffery created) sitting RIGHT UNDER "proper" comics in Excelsior, Bristol. If you're a local go in and BUY 'EM, support your local comic shop and support your O. He needs food. To the left of us there is Ladies & Gentlemen by local creator Jordan Collver and Richard Worth -- it's a rollicking good comic and Issue 3 is looking for SUBMISSIONS find out more here --> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladies-and-Gentlemen/302970856398746
Reflecting my current financial situation my stash from Cardiff is quite minimalistic - but blimey it's all good some words will follow but I haven't read any yet (still yet to even get into the stuff I got from Thought Bubble!!!). We had a beautiful weekend, I managed to finally see the amazing Judge Minty (which was amazing) and I spoke on my first panel! Kudos to Iz and the team for keeping it together, it was brilliant con full of passionate folk and I'll be at the next one with bells on. Literally. I will wear several bells.
First from the stash is the indisputable, undefeatable, utterly remarkable Lou Scannon by Bampfield, Carter & Harris. Mr Dan Harris spoke on the small press panel I was on (alongside Richmond Clements of Zarjaz & Futurequake, Liz Boyle of Disconnected Press, Ian Sharman of Orang Utan and Monty Nero) which utterly floored me as Lou Scannon is without a doubt one of the most solid acts at any con. They know exactly what their doing, and what it is is marvellous. http://louscannon.co.uk/blog/
Right next to us I met the amazing Swansea Comics Collective and I had to buy their debut comic because any regionally-based comic enthusiasm troop that can actually put out a solid book and bring it to a con is one worth investigating. It would be marvellous to do something similar with Blam... http://www.sccassemble.co.uk/
I don't at all think I'm alone in anticipating the living balls off of Razarhawk a comic by Dani Abram & Ian Matthews -they debuted Issue 1 at Cardiff and there was a lot of buzz rolling around about it. I got it, I stashed it, and I ran off. http://kittyhawkkicksass.blogspot.co.uk/
In my opinion, the finest small press anthology in existence - the glorious Zarjaz had it's new issue debut at Cardiff and I was LITERALLY itching to get my hands on it. I WAS ACTUALLY ITCHING. As usual it contains the finest in small press talent all paying tribute to the MOTHERPROG. Highly recommended - buy it from here: http://www.futurequake.co.uk/shop.php
The sketches up there in the stashphoto were drawn by co-editor Bolt-01 also!
....and what of The Psychedelic Journal....?
Well - you can find out all about our Cardiff over on the official blog: http://thepsychedelicjournal.blogspot.co.uk/ ...in a bit. Not now. In a bit.