Here we go, the first of several "extra bits" for the big long bit about Brain Damage, this one focusing on several bits done by surrealist illustrator Borin Van Loon...
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
This is the first of a seven-part (or eight or nine perhaps, maybe even ten) look at the various titles that Galaxy Publications put out between 1989 and 1992 (and several that spun-off from those titles). It's a bit of a complicated mess, and I'm not the tidiest of folk anyway, so expect things to get slightly jumbled here while I try and piece it all together... But it'll be worth it, really! Even the worst of Galaxy's output is about fifty times more entertaining than Smut ever was - and that's even with Galaxy being most well-known as the publishers of Fiesta. We're beginning, naturally, with the first of these in a chronological sense, and it's a good 'un. It's called Brain Damage.
This is a bit of a long one this (almost a hundred images, apologies to those with slower Internet facilities), so it'd be a good idea to put the kettle on before carrying on.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
Sincere apologies to all who care - I've been working on an article, I really have, but it's taking FOREVER. Just so folk don't think this place has been abandoned, here's a bit of something that that nice Adam Smith has just shared with us. Taken from the end papers of the 1973 Judy annual, it's a silent masterpiece from Bob Dewar - this could be a classic children's book, instead it's tucked away in obscurity. It shouldn't be that way!
This remains the only reason I can find for investigating comics aimed at girls... Was Mr. Dewar hiding in the likes of Bunty and Misty as well? Who knows?
Friday, 24 October 2014
The next article/write-up sort of thing's taking a LOT longer to put together than I thought it would, so, before October disappears like so many Benjamin Bathursts, here's something "spooky". And sort of appropriate too, in that it's a horror comic from 1992, published by Kev Sutherland's UT Productions, the company that put out such comics as Ut, Kack and Gag (articles on which are definitely on the way!). It's got, possibly, the best title a horror comic has ever had:
Experience terror the likes of which you've never imagined by carrying on with the reading...
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Just a quick note/link thing here...
In seeking out and being equally entertained and depressed by all these not-quite-Viz comics, there's always going to be some that are inaccessible to my own self. Some, like Klam, because of their absurdly low print runs, and others - well, others because I just can't be bothered with them, because I know I won't enjoy them so hardly seem worth the effort. The Winebibber was partially an exception to this, because it was so odd that it'd be a shame not to make others suffer through it, and others...
Yeah, football ones. Three such "big ones" exist, namely The Onion Bag, Sweet FA and C'mon Ref. In the comments section of the Spit! write-up, Rob Filth and Lew Stringer spoke of their experiences working on C'mon Ref which put me off the idea of seeking out issues even MORE than the fact that my interest in football is residual at best. But still, curiosity and all that...
No need now anyway, wait long enough and the Internet's bound to throw up something. Ben Baker has recently done an article about all three of these pitiful-sounding rags, saving me some money and satiating my curiosity at the same time. Go and read it by clicking on the big red words: HERE
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Just a short "plug"/review thing here - there's a new comic out! It's aimed at the shorter, less aged members of society, BUT, it's a one-man job done by Joe Matthews - whose work has previously appeared in Gas, Elephant Parts, Brain Damage, Ut, Sweet FA and Pulp - so that means it has relevance and is interesting. And it's always nice to see a new comic that isn't based on a TV series or toy, so here it is - it's called Funny Monsters:
All highly appropriate stuff - it's out at the start of October, which is the "spooky" month according to the shops, and it's got loads of the slimy, gooey stuff that kiddies always love - chiefly from "main character" Zackster - Kid Zombie:
If I was two decades younger and all that, I'd be all over this - look at one of the most popular toylines around at the moment, the Trash Pack. A big load of slime and eyeballs will always get the youngsters excited. "Good luck" is what I'm saying here.
There's other things in there too - Werewolf Growl (who's a werewolf character), a group of bed bugs with varying personality traits - my favourite of which is the paranoid Colin:
Several puzzles and colouring pages and the like, and even a text story, starring likeable heroine Milly Monster Hunter - here's Milly appearing in a Spot-The-Difference setup:
Neil Gaiman's Coraline is who she reminds me of, mostly.
For me personally, the highlight is the back cover, the Scary Spooky Selfie - a modern take on Basil Wolverton's fearsome fizogs or Ken Reid's back covers for the likes of Shiver & Shake and Whoopee!:
There's even some "free gifts" with it that AREN'T throwaway bits of plastic - instead, it's stickers and Top Trumps-ish cards:
Funny Monsters is available from an armful of newsagents throughout the North West (of England), priced £2 - OR, in an easier way, directly from the Facebook page. Still priced £2, including postage but lacking the packet of sweets that newsagent buyers get with it (click here for it). Joe will also be appearing at the following places, sketching and selling his wares:
Saturday 11th October - The Living Deadcon, Liverpool
Saturday 25th October - Preston Comic Con
Sunday 26th October - Wheatsheaf Comic Con, Rochdale
Monday 27/28th - Millgate Shopping Centre, Bury
Wednesday 29th October - Bay View Shopping Centre, Colwyn Bay
Thursday 20th October - St Johns Shopping Centre, Leeds
Friday 31st October - Kelsalls Bookshop, Littleborough
Friday 31st Oct - Evening at the Baum for Rochdale Ghost Walks
Sunday 16th November - Bolton Comic Con
One last note - Funny Monsters is printed on a weird kind of paper that smells strangely familiar and isn't liked much by my scanner, hence the strange washed-out look of the images above. They don't REALLY look like that, I can assure you!
The next issue will be a festive one, so that's something else to look forward to.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Three or four weeks ago, I got a book - Roger Sabin's Adult Comics - An Introduction (ridiculously expensive on Amazon so I won't bother providing a link). In the customary three paragraphs he took to dismiss the various Viz clones, there was something I'd never heard of:
"Winebibber was another anomaly, and was published by a fundamentalist group within the Church of England. It included strips like the dismal 'Barry Belf - He Evangelises Himself'."
I mentioned it in conversation with Adam Smith, who promptly found a compilation/"Best Of" kind of thing on Amazon. For two pounds, why not? Now that it's here, I'm sort of wishing I didn't bother...
Read on, read on, for the worst thing to happen to comics since Jockstrap.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Seeing as how Bob Dewar's so fantastic and everything, here's some more of his stuff - all of this is from the 1993 Beano book (as in, from 1992). Possibly my favourite Beano book ever, along with the 1990 and 1992 ones... It's like Sophie's Choice, really!
He has a LOT of pages in this book:
For those not "in the know", scanning annuals is HARD.
And here's Bob Dewar's first ever interview from earlier this year, thanks to Adam Smith for the link:
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Just so there's not a massive amount of time with nothing happening while I'm preparing the next article, and in a massively desperate attempt at "topical relevance", here's a feature-length adventure from my favourite Scottish cartoonist (or maybe favourite cartoonist all round), Mr. Bob Dewar. Taken from the 1990 Beezer book (meaning it was published in 1989).
It was only after scanning these pages that I noticed my scanner appears to have hairs on it, hence, we have hairy pictures there. Sorry about that - one of the few disadvantages of living with a cat.