Friday, 6 May 2011

Blank Slate Books | Nelson


If you only buy one book this year, make it this one. It's truly superb, and the amazing thing about it, is that it really hangs together as a narrative, despite the varied display of styles on show. Kudos to Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix for putting it together, to the cartoonists involved for turning out some really exquisite work, and to Kenny Penman for publishing it. I'll do a fuller write-up on the book (including a look at the origins of the book from a chat on twitter) a bit nearer the publication date - it's due out in November - but I've got to say it's a book any cartoonist (or publisher, for that matter) would be really proud to have been involved with. It's *that* good.

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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Friday, 8 April 2011


Taken at Rustington beach

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Taken at Rustington beach

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Friday, 1 April 2011


Continuing on the Spanish theme, this is the website of a really excellent Spanish cartoonist, Esteban Hernández, and the fanzine he publishes, Usted (You). I say fanzine, but it's really polished and features some of the brightest and best in Spain, like Albert Monteys, Ed and Miguel B. Nuñez. I'm really looking forward to getting hold of a copy of this.

In the meantime, have a look at his work. It's gorgeous.

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I love Carlos Giménez, and this is a 'tour' he created for the late magazine 1984. Beautiful stuff. The panel above shows his caricature of the late publisher and comics agent Josep Toutain.

If there were any justice in the world, his 'Los Profesionales' series would have been translated into English years ago.

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BD à Bastia 2011: l’expo « Planches en vrac ou à la découpe » d’Etienne Lécroart | BoDoï, explorateur de bandes dessinées - Infos BD, comics, mangas

Adepte de l’expérimentation graphique et membre de l’OuBaPo (Ouvroir de Bande Dessinée Potentielle), Etienne Lécroart (Bande de sonnets, Les Caïds de la gaudriole, Le Cycle) présente à Bastia ses « Planches en vrac ou à la découpe ».

Everybody who knows me knows of my undying love for experiments with the comics form, and especially the work of the OuBaPo, the workshop for the potential of comics. One of its members is the extraordinary Etienne Lécroart, and this piece from BoDoï features the exhibition of his "Planches en vrac ou à la découpe". Click through, and look in wonder at these wonderful comics painted on wood and cut to create sliding puzzles and more. Truly interactive comics...

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Thursday, 31 March 2011

polly and her pals – cliff sterrett « SPACE IN TEXT


Alison Sampson has done it again. Look at these lovely Polly and Her Pals Sunday pages by Cliff Sterrett and drool. Lovely.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Bande Dessinée - Europeana Search

Check out this website I found at

There's some really great stuff on this website, especially if you're into watching old videos about comics. The reports from Angoulême are very interesting…

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

From Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona

Found this on Arseblog's new Tumblr ( Gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.

The rest of the blog is pretty damn fine too...

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Friday, 11 February 2011

The Comics Grid

One of the most gratifying things about this comics renaissance that we seem to be smack in the middle of is the emergence of a myriad of resources on how comics actually work. The latest of these is a new group blog called The Comics Grid. Only four posts old (at time of writing), it's already gearing up to be a must-read for anyone interested in the mechanics and semantics of comics. Their twitter feed (at is also a good one to follow if you're at all interested in this sort of stuff, containing, as it does, a host of links and signposts to further information.

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Gosh! Comics Blog: 25th Anniversary Sale at Gosh!

While the rest of the world is buying tacky lovehearts and watching terrible romantic comedies, we Goshers will be collectively blowing out twenty-five candles. That’s right, the 14th of February 2011 marks twenty-five years of selling comics from this little shop on Great Russell Street, and I’ll bet there are some of you who’ve been coming here to spend your pocket money since Day One. Don your party hat and drape yourself in streamers because we’re having a whacking great sale to celebrate!

You can grab a massive 25% discount on all books in the shop (not counting new comics) on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th, and from the 12th to Friday the 25th any backissue in the backissue bins downstairs will be a ridiculously low 25p (thematically priced!).

Now’s the time to buy that hardcover you’ve been eyeing, or to fill in the gaps in your backissue collection, or to buy what you’d probably buy anyway and have a chunk of change left over.

It starts this Saturday, and you don’t even have to sing us Happy Birthday while we’re toting up your swag.

Wow. Gosh, the *best* comic shop in the UK is twenty-five years old this 14th of February. To celebrate, they're having a special sale, details of which you can see above. Why not pop along, buy lots of cool stuff and sing them happy birthday?

Gosh is really one of the only things I miss about London. They supported Les Cartoonistes in the early days, and I'll always be grateful to Josh and his team for all the help and friendship over the years. It also strikes me that Gosh will be around in another 25 years, digital comics or no, because they've never been afraid to adapt and move with the times. More power to their collective elbows.

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

from your desks « SPACE IN TEXT

Another super post in Alison's blog Space in Text this morning. It's a look at the workspaces of several cartoonists (and one incredibly talented plush maker - Hi Louise!) and it's fascinating. This and photos of people's bookshelves are the new p0rn for creatives. More please!

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

f86 sabre jet – harvey kurtzman & alex toth « SPACE IN TEXT

A wonderful post to start the day from Alison Sampson's blog, Space in Text. Harvey Kurtzman and Alex Toth. Is there anything finer?

Be sure to check out Alison's blog fully while you're there and bookmark it. She posts lots of great stuff regularly.

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Japan - Visions Of China

Just found out that Mick Karn died today.

Japan (the band) were a particular favourite of mine as I was growing up, even though I was never really into the whole New Romantic thing. Karn's bass playing, along with Steve Jansen's percussion were the main reasons for me falling in love with the band, and this song has the two of them working together brilliantly.

Rest in Peace Mick.

(and Gerry Rafferty and Pete Postlewhaite, who also died in the last week. What a crappy start to 2011).

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