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.