Panini post and Cartmel cavil
The Royal Mail delivered to my door a copy of Volume 3 in the collected Seventh Doctor Comic Strips series. It contains nine reprinted Dr Who strips including one drawn by me. I assume it was sent by someone at Panini. It came as a surprise since I had forgotten that there was to be a reprint to which I had grouchily declined to contribute a few words. There was no explanatory letter enclosed in the package, no cheque or suggestion of how a reprint fee might be invoiced for.
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Celebrating our reappearance with a piece of shameless self-promotion.
As part of it's grandiose scheme to produce a Judge Dredd Mega Collection in a set of matching books Rebellion have created a new cover for five Judge Anderson stories - Shamballa, The Jesus Syndrome, Satan, The Protest and R*volution.
There is an interview shared between Alan Grant and myself conducted by Michael Molcher who had the wit to come up with some new and interesting topics.
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Due to circumstances beyond my control - circumstances in this case being a combination of the hard realities of life and the vagaries of technology - it seems it is no longer possible to leave comments. Sorry about that. You are missed. I can still be reached. Contact, top right, gives an email address - email@example.com .
It is also not possible presently for new blogs to be created. This excuse for one was made by the cannibalisation of an earlier blog. Unable to upload images either so we are sadly pictureless. :(
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Dave Gibbons Laureate
Dave Gibbons has been appointed as the UK's first comics laureate by the charity Comic Literacy Awareness.
Dave, I think I can call him Dave, will act as ambassador for comics and their role in encouraging children to read, visiting schools, talking to children, teachers and educationalists. Dave, like me and I guess many others, was a pre-school reader thanks to comics.
When I first met Dave Gibbons, at Lucca, he was at an early enough stage of his career to ask for my opinion on drawing Doctor Who.
Rembrandt - The Late Works
The National Gallery
London WC2N 5DN
October 15th - January 18th
Paintings, drawings and prints.
Having composed a deep and meaningful piece about the reasons for my admiration for Rembrandt I pressed the wrong button and lost it all. Perhaps as well.
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ROK have completed the digital "Beatles Story" and the app is now on sale for IPad and iPhone on iTunes. You get the 'Beatles Story' originally published in 'Look-in' and other stuff.
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Joseph Mallord William Turner.
Late Turner - Painting Set FreeTate Britain: Exhibition. 10 September 2014 – 25 January 2015
An exhibition featuring large-scale oil paintings, drawings, prints and watercolours. This the first major exhibition to survey the extraordinary last works of Joseph Mallord William Turner.
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Judge Anderson. The PSi Files.
Judge Anderson. The PSi Files. Volumes 3 and 4
Spent a good part - in both the sense of 'a considerable part' and 'a well spent part' - of my weekend reading these two fat books. I was left with a renewed appreciation of what a super writer Alan Grant is. Judge Cassandra Anderson PSI is a great invention. A complex character involved in adventures that allow for her special abilities to bring her into contact with the fantastic and the all too human..
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For reasons I can only surmise at least one person to my knowledge is down-loading the 'Sirius' images. A sense of obligation to this person requires I draw attention to a change to one of the pictures.
For reasons of whimsy on my part every seventh page has had a chapter title. There was a failure to do this for the first frame of page 50. This has now been amended.
Danger Mouse is being bought back. 52 new Danger Mouse episodes will be on CBBC channel in 2015 newly realized by Ireland’s Boulder Media, with Ben Ward, of 'Horrible Histories‘ writing the scripts.
Making Colour. National Gallery. 18 June – 7 September 2014
Physics, art and neurology all feature in this exhibition - the materials that create the pigments the artists use to create the works that create the effects in the brain of the viewer.
Exhibits of painting, ceramics, minerals, and textiles. Dealing with lapis lazuli, cobalt, vermilion, cadmium, verdigris, viridian - which sound like characters from a fabulous fantasy. Gold and silver too.
Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. ( c. April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973
Darger was 4 when his mother died, 8 when his impoverished father put him in a Catholic Mission home and 13 when at the death of his father he was sent to an Illinois asylum for children. Age 16 he escaped and walked the 156.2 miles,( 251.4 km) to Chicago.
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British Folk Art
British Folk Art : The House That Jack Built
Tate Britain: Exhibition
10 June – 31 August 2014
The British Folk Art exhibition will be touring to Compton Verney from 27 September 2014 to 14 December 2014 . . .more...
Al Feldstein RIP
Al Feldstein 24th October 1925 - 29th April 2014
Artist, writer and editor.
Al Feldstein was a ground breaking comic book editor. He edited seven titles during his time at E.C. Comics while writing the majority of their stories. He went on to edit Mad magazine, greatly increasing its circulation.