Birthday Sketches II

My memories , well, they’re what Donald Bellisario might call “swiss cheese”. I remember seeing James Shaddock about campus at Oxford Brookes, were he stood in the student’s union elections. I can’t recall if we knew each other by name, but he was always friendly and amiable. I’ve been watching his social media feed for a while and it’s often funny and astute. Glad to have you around James and happy birthday!

Shaddock

After trying to draw an expressionistic Mr Shaddock I came out with a sketch resembling a troll, a sketch I have now eaten, pooped and composted. Above, in a fancy tux from a wedding (James’ wedding maybe?), and a bowtie I added. But it was still too copied from photo, so I went for something earthier, that David Lynch just-out-of-bed look.

Shaddock 2

 

Gonzalo Balderrama added me on Facebook and besides the clues offered up on there, I have never met him, chatted with him, or the like. Oh well. Happy birthday Mr. Balderrama.

Gonzalez test

 

Gonzalo Balderrama

 

Yesterday, I tried to draw Paul Rainey, and as his Book of Lists kept me company through a painful spot on the loo, I figured I’d have another crack (excuse the pun)

Paul Rainey

 

Book of Lists is deceptively small and £11 odd yet packed with so much material t’s entirely worth it. Buy it at Page 45.

Comicking Extra

A re-blog from the archives of my regular column for Alltern8; Comicking.

Collected comics art, news, snippets and stories of note. The easter egg extras that don’t make it to my regular columns, but are a tasty treat nonetheless.

The Comic Book Alliance new logo
The winning competition entry by Greg Powell (Source: Birmingham Mail)

comicbookalliance logo

The CBA website can be found here.

 The Best Comic of 2009 – Well Du’uh!

My copy arrives tomorrow through Amazon. The Best Comic of 2009. Is The Best Comic. Is. The Best. Order it.

There’s a free version of Issue 1 available online. Up there.

Related: Writer Kieron Gillen talks to John Parker about The End of Phonogram. Gillen is on top form again: Right-on creative politics, play dead gestures with howls, a provocateur sowing securities. This touched me as a bit of historic comics journalism. The piece is a fortnight old, so there have already been vebalised consequences to the talk of a patronage system.

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I would like Series 3 please.

New Dr Who, Easter Weekend.

Can’t bear the wait for next weekend? Want the junkie shot of gossip?

Rich Johnston has much of the cool new video footage in one place or another.
There’s information on episodes unaired at the time of writing in this behind-the-scenes by Neil Midgely in The Telegraph.
If you fancy something shorter and spoiler-free, try Jason Arnopp’s interview with new producer Steven Moffat, from 2008. No ‘Press Gang’, but he does a great anecdote about the process behind ‘Blink’.

Space Avalanche: The Dark Knight

dark knight

 

Three UK Comics Festivals In A Weekend : More Reports

Hi-Ex Festival, Inverness – Blogging by Alexi ConmanSarah McIntyre and on the Sonic’s Ring Podcast

UK Web and Mini Comix Thing blogging by Hugh ‘Shug’ RaineAlastair MaceachernAmy LettsLizz Lunney and Simon Perrins.

There’s also an interesting businessy type article by J.G. Fisher here (link unavailable)

Schmurgen Con 4 – Blogging seems slow to arrive on this one, although word has filtered out on the first British comics award for a few years, with Tony Lee nominated for every award. Apparently the awards ceremony followed the model pushed by Tony a few years ago and my expansion on that laid out here on Alltern8 a few months back. Eagle Awards, take note, this is what the people want
Called out on cue, Paul Rainey won the Best Writer/Artist award and David Baillie also scooped an award. More details to follow.

Blatant Self-Promotion

I’m being interviewed via a spoken word performance by Harry Goodwin on 15-16th April for the Bookartbookshop event. (‘Gran’ will be exhibited there for the final fortnight of the month) Then I’ll be at The Black Box for the Belfast Sunday launch on Sunday 18th. (Get in touch if you’re in the area: a tie-in drinks-fest is in the works) Copies may also be available at Gherkin’s Alternative Press thing on 17th April Middlesex of which more details here.

If you have an area you’d like to see covered, or a story to share, I can be emailed at drew.luke(at)gmail.com on correspondence marked ‘Comicking’. I’m also on  TwitterFacebook and right here on Alltern8.com My  webcomic, Don’t Get Lost, is updated Thursdays.