Thursday, 2 April 2020

Princesses Comic Pages 7 & 8

Here's pages seven and eight of my new comic. Two more pages up on Monday.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Princesses Comic Pages 5 and 6

Here's pages five and six of my new comic in progress. Two more pages up on Thursday. 'Princesses' can be its name until I think of something better...
I managed to get universal credit, the job centre were very nice and helpful in the phone interview they gave me. That stops me having to worry too much about money. 

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Posting My New Comic on The Blog

Hello. I'm going to start posting my new comic in progress up on the blog here. I've nearly finished part one so I'll definately put that up. It would be ages before I could afford to get it printed as I've got 'The Woodsman' sitting there to be printed first, once I start working again.

My day job of selling food at markets has completely stopped so I'm trying to get the Universal Credit, I'll see how that goes. My comics shop on here is still open if you want anything.

Here's the first four pages of the new comic, I don't know what it's called yet. Click on the images to see them bigger. After this I will put a page up every Monday and Thursday. Cheers, hope you like it!

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

'Woodworking' Zine Now on Sale

My latest zine is just back from the printers so I'll put it on sale. It's 24 pages, A5 in size, black and white with lots of drawings of the woods and instructions of how to make things out of wood. There are instructions of how to make spatulas, reindeer and a stool, and how to chop down trees. It's all from a course I did last winter in green woodworking. I did the course in the woods at Dunscar Bridge and Barrow Bridge. It's priced at £3.10 with free postage in the UK. For the rest of the world please go to my shop on the blog here and add £3 postage with the button at the top of the shop.

       Woodworking Zine £3.10

Monday, 16 March 2020

Page Six of My New Comic

Here's page six of my new comic in progress. 'Woodworking' is coming tomorrow from the printers now, I'll put it on sale once it gets here.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Page Three of My New Comic

Here's page three of the new comic I'm drawing at the moment. My 'Woodworking' zine is at the printers in production, so should be out soon.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Proof Copy of 'Woodworking'

I got the proof copy of my new zine 'Woodworking' from the printer today, it looks great so it's on to the printing. Hopefully it'll be out for the end of the month.

Monday, 9 March 2020

New Story

I am drawing a new comic story. It is a fantasy genre type of story. Here's the castle from the start. I've drawn ten pages now and am starting to work out what is going on.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Osamu Tezuka - Dr Thrill

Here's a classic Tezuka series from 1959. There's a boy solving mysteries and having adventures with his faithful dog, which saves him from lots of cliff hanging style dangers. It's got all the classic characters in it, like Inspector Mustache and lots of others I recognise but don't know their names. It's a good silly book.

Here's a bit of whats going on from the proper Tezuka book review site - "Along the way they encounter an evil group of assassins that plant a time bomb in the belly of a foreign dignitary in an attempt to kill his prince, and the leader of a gang of narcotic smugglers who dresses like a giant insect and hides their wares in honeycombs.  They duke it out the Black Tengu gang for possession of a treasure, come to the aid of a young boy with insomnia who witnesses a murder.  They even get kidnapped by an evil gang of international conspirators – and that’s just the beginning!". Cool.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Taiyo Matsumoto - Sunny Volumes 1 and 2

I really liked the first two volumes of Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto. It's about a big group of kids living in a children's home. The slice of life stories follow different ones of the kids, or different groups of them as they get up to things.

The drawing is amazing as to be expected.

Sunny is the name of a yellow car that's parked behind the childrens home. The children often sit in the car and think about things or imagine they are driving along. Matsumoto draws the best cars, bicycles and animals, which are about the hardest things for me to draw.

I'd really recommend this series, it's out in English too.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Taiyo Matsumoto - Brothers of Japan and Zero

I got a few more Taiyo Matsumoto books in Japan too. Here's the first 'Brothers of Japan'. It's a book of his short stories. There's a wide range of different stories. Here's one about a gorilla riding in a motorbike race. The drawing is all great as usual with amazing lines, and great use of black and white.

Also I got 'Zero' which is about a boxer. Here's a double page from it.

This one is great too. I always like how he puts so many animals in his stories, just wandering about in the backgrounds. This one seems more like a standard comic, with more of a usual story, but it's still very idiosyncratic.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Another Japan Drawing

Here's a drawing I did of a fancy old house I saw in Kanazawa, Japan.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Usamaru Furuya - Bokura No Hikari Club

This is a pretty twisted manga about a gang of misfit boys who form an evil club. This is a prequel to the main story apparently, showing how they get together in the first place.  In the later volumes they build a robot to kidnap women for them as they are all losers. It's a very satirical story with lots of black humour, it's not trying to be serious.

It's all drawn in a very similar style to Suehiro Maruo, which is funny. The kids look like his drawings of evil boys.

Here's the leader of the gang trying to be evil by painting a big black star on the floor. I found this manga very amusing.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Japan Drawings

Here's some drawings of Japan I did when back home.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Osamu Tezuka - Microid S Volume 1

Here's another book by Osamu Tezuka. This one is about an army of insect people who are planning to exterminate all humans. Three of the tiny insect people escape from their base deep in the desert to try and warn the humans. They keep getting captured by humans and put in jam jars, nearly eaten etc. They are quite superhero looking with letters on their shirts and special powers.

They try and warn people at the United Nations but no-one will listen, except for one scientist. Meanwhile a kid is being bad at school and fighting gangs of kids and his evil teacher, but he will turn out to be the hero.

The insects attack in lots of places and kill loads of people leaving piles of bodies in the streets. Can they be stopped?

There's lots of adventure and excitement, it's a good story.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

'Woodworking' Zine Sent Off to the Printers

I've sent my 'Woodworking' zine off to the printers now. Here's the front cover.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Osamu Tezuka - MW Volumes One and Two

I went to Book Off again when I was in Japan, under the bridge in Akihabara and bought a big pile of super cheap manga. Here's one of them, Osamu Tezuka's 'MW'. It's available in English as well which I didn't know.

It's a weird one as Tezuka is trying to write a much darker style of manga. The antihero is this banker character here. As a child he was saved from a poison gas attack on an island by the hero, a priest. The gas caused him to lose all his conscience so he is very evil and does whatever he wants, such as bank robberies, kidnappings and murders.

The antihero is gay and so is the priest character. The antihero is always disguising himself as a woman to carry out his evil schemes, as he is here. The priest is a very conflicted character who blames himself for the evil antihero, who he is in love with, and is trying to save him.

There's a lot of action, brutal murders and very dark stuff. By the end the antihero is trying to get hold of the MW poison gas that nearly killed him, and release it, to kill everyone else on earth. It's very 1970's which is fun. I had to look up the English synopsis to find out what was going on by the end, as it was getting very busy.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Old reviews from Forbidden Planet

The old Forbidden Planet blog has been archived on the internet now, thanks for doing that! You can see the reviews I got here. The older ones have lost their photo but I am glad they are back, it's a lot of reviews!

Some of the comics are still for sale in my online shop. Cheers!

Monday, 10 February 2020

Japan Holiday 2020

I've just got back from Japan last night. We went for a holiday for my brothers fourtieth birthday. This time we went to Osaka, Kanazawa, Lake Kawaguchiko and Tokyo. It was great. It was very windy on the flight back to Manchester last night so that was scary. Now to recover and get back to cleaning the scans of my new comics...

Here's a few photos.

 Dotombori in Osaka

 We went to Koga San to see all the temples on top of the mountains, as you can see it was very foggy.

 We went to the very nice garden Kenrokuen in Kanazawa.

 Geishas throwing lucky beans to the crowd in Kanazawa for Setsubon. We also got free sake at this festival from a great big barrel.

 Mount Fuji from the lake.

 Shinjuku at night

Shinjuku with the giant Godzilla head.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Cleaning Cleaning Cleaning

I've been cleaning all the pages of 'The Woodsman' on the computer. It is a boring task. Here's the page I am up to, number fifty three.

I got an A3 printer scanner for my birthday this year, it seems to work well. It's very big. Now I don't need to photocopy my pages down to A4 before I scan them so they are a lot less messy. I looked at just scanners but they were too expensive for me.