Last September I began work full-time as a script-writer for visual arts, specifically comics. Placed on the mandatory steps for work scheme for the jobless, I took the option to register as self-employed, formulating business plans, recording balance sheets, sourcing funding…doing everything but creating. Then, I met The Asshole. The Asshole could well exist in every career. I’ve spent many years around, and I’ve met The Comics Industry Asshole one too many times. I loved comics, but I lost compassion for The Asshole.
I’m not attempting a career path with this Sir Reginald piece. If I was working professionally, I’d not want to draw a strip, about a zombie or adventure fiction generally. We can tell it’s not pro quality, I tell you I am not comfortable labelled ‘illustrator’. What I am doing is co-creating and developing something with a very special friend. Co-working from social relations, it’s what Bernie DeKoven calls fun theory when he talks about playing well together. Ben Stone is a self-made creator with a cult following: that’s probably the bonus that makes this more sense.
You can read Parts 1-3 of the story from this link. End nau, the kan-klu-zen,
More Sir Reginald at Benjamin Stone’s Livejournal feed, more about Stone Robot Enterprises at Nadja’s, and my thanks again to surprise model, Reggie Chamberlain-King.
Today, I’ve mostly been creating a birthday card for Dawn. You get this:
You can read Part 1 of this tale here.
Today’s new creation by me is the fab logo I created simply from some sketches I’ve been putting together from autopsy and slaughterhouse films.
I had been really enjoying the exploration of biro, the confidence in knowing the next pen won’t cost a half day’s income. Biro goes everywhere, can do anything, it’s wilfulness to mercury can help spoil a background page, or pull a Steadman/McKean/Sienkiewicz grace dance. Paddy Brown‘s biro comics convey spontaneity first. Though also the zine-comics movement, which deserts the pretension of blatant-commercialism. Though sell the fecking feck out of this if you’re sufficiently motivated.
Waay back (maybe) in 2008, popster Ben Stone’s livejournal got an open source script for his character, Sir Reginald. Eric F Myers beat me to this comixing by a few years, but I dug the script out while house cleaning, and so….
Reginald, to my mind, is Thomas Carnacki by way of John Constantine, or perhaps Malcolm Tucker. Visually, my new interpretation of him is not too far from Ben’s if I recall, and it so happens very similar to Reggie Chamberlain-King, Belfast writer and member of Northern Ireland’s fine edutainment export, The Wireless Mystery Theatre.Not so much coincidence as ELDRITCH.
Also starring Vinnie Jones and the Oxford Natural History Museum.
Pages 2-3 are almost done, will up them tomorro!