Phil will be at the new London Underground Comics event alongside a load of other ridiculously talented small press types on June 27th (this Saturday!), selling his awesome Ninja Bunny comics as well as some emo-filled autobiographical goodness. "Inspiration" (meaning I just copied it, badly, and put Ninja Bunny in there) comes from this picture right here.
Check back tomorrow for more fan-art shenanigans...
Yup, it's been a while. Again. And that's because I've been working my skinny behind off to get this badboy finished in time for LUC 176. Anyone who follows this very irregular blog on a regular basis will know that BLOC has long been a thorn in my side. It was first meant to come out for our "No Barcodes" event at Camden Lock Market back last Summer and I then managed to miss every other convention deadline all the way up til now.
So why so long?
Mainly because I'm lazy and smoke too much.
But also because the script (written by Oli "fuckface" Smith) is ridiculously open for interpretation and improvisation. And because the comic itself is completely wordless, it gives you even more room to stretch. The original script has the story clock in by 18 pages. I stretched it out to 47 pages.
Got there in the end though and I'm fairly pleased with the end result. It definitely tested me and it probably shows in places. Very much looking forwards to making a proper start on the next installment of The Dan Lester Mysteries (entitled "The Killer Next Door") and drawing a comic that has actual people in it as opposed to a stone man with no face.
I've posted a couple of very badly scanned preview pages alongside the cover image below. I think Oli's gonna have a Bloc mini site within his own website with sketches and stuff soon, so keep yer eyes peeled and that. So yeah, BLOC will be available at the aforementioned LUC 176 which takes place in a couple of weekends time. Here's a link to one of the animations that's going to be shown during the day. It's by a fellow calling himself Lando and to be honest, it's bloody awesome. Can't wait to see it up on a big screen. He'll also be blessing our ears with his DJ stylings alongside Modern Monstrosity's very own Laurence Powell.
Animations, music, free tables for exhibitors (I'll say that again, FREE TABLES FOR EXHIBITORS. We know how to party), free tea and coffee and superhappy cheap bar prices all alongside an all star line-up of small press talent. Fucking brilliant.
In my absence I managed to completely miss out on reporting on the very awesome MCM Expo that went down in May. Basically, it was superb. There's a steadily growing indie comicbook community gathering amid all the Manga, Anime, films, computer games and super-special Hollywood special guests (Linda Hamilton and Tony ruddy Curtis).
This year saw record amounts of punters show up (33,000 to be precise) and so the next show (which is in October, these babies happen twice a year) is actually going to grow by another 2000sqm in size. It's going to be huge. Huuge. And it's already fucking big.
MCM offer exhibitors a table for just £40. It may not be everybody's cup of tea, those who found the few cosplayers at last year's Thought Bubble off-putting will probably want to stay clear of MCM.
But it's got a great energy to it and y'know, it's like, different and stuff. Different is good right?
A big fat belated thankyou goes out to Emma Vieceli, Andrew "VonPud" and Anna Petterson for making it all happen. You are soldiers of the scene.
There's going to be regular posts in the run-up to LUC176 on the 27th, I'm gonna run a series of fan-art pieces, featuring a few of the different exhibitor's characters and creations interpreted by me. I'm all about the self-indulgent funtimes. Check back in the next few days for the first in a series of about five or six.