Saturday, April 28, 2007

Yet more Sparrowhawk

Yes here's another for you friends.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Ethel


Another Ethel pic- 7 pages scanned in and almost print ready- thats 25% official!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

First Look! Ethel Sparrowhawk!

Yoo hoo!

Here's the first pic from Ethel Sparrowhawk which i feel ok about having worked on it all day. It's probably just over half finished now, but i had a good day today and am confident it will be done in the next few weeks. The image itself doesnt really mean much on its own, but there's a lot of flashbacks and stuff which doesnt make much sense out of context. Hopefully i'll have a few more panels up this week.

I wish there was a selection where you could make the o's of "look!" into eyeballs like on carpet warhouse posters.

in other news, Tales from the Flat have put the rather unkind thing i wrote about them (which i wont repeat) up as a quote on their website, as a kind of ironic thing i guess. i'm very much regretting doing that now, as i dont want to create vendettas in the comic world, but hey ho as someone once said, what's done is done. it's like the rivalry is being whipped up by the press like blur vs oasis to get publicity, apart from the fact that it's not, and no-one outside a group of about 4 people really gives a shit.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Well the say hello thing didnt really work did it? i knew it wouldnt.

According to my scientific analysis the comic Ethel Sparrowhawk is 43% finished. Unfortunately, all the pages that are print ready so far are not really suitable as previews so you, the eager consumer will have to wait a few days. I'm off work now til next tuesday, and it's my birthday on monday so get your presents in the post before 12 today if you havent already. Anyway this holiday is all about binge eating drinking and drawing. Binge!

The pic is Dignity and Impudence that i was on about before, and i'll post some pictures of my new character, Popexe, and his arch-nemesis Fat Martin someday soon.

p.s. i've got broadband now, it's all gravy!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hello Bloggery!

There was a thing in the paper (guardian) today about blogging, and the fact that there’s no real point to it, and the majority of people’s blogs dry up after about 3 months. Although there is no particular structure to this‘un, that is, it’s not a diary or review site or webcomic specifically, it does have a function for me. Obviously, it’s a kind of advert for the comics, and once I write something down it kind of commits me to doing it (although looking back at a few things I have changed my mind on minicomics and that).

There was also a thing about a blogger’s code of conduct, where you shouldn’t slander people, or say things you wouldn’t say to someone’s face but that missed the point a bit doesn’t it? Us computer friends don’t say anything to people’s faces, socially inept as we obviously are, and writing down so it gets read by three people is somehow harder than just thinking it or something. Finally, on this somewhat ponderous and rambling post, it says comment posters shouldn’t be anonymous which is fair do’s, so if you’re reading this and I don’t know who you are, say hello! and tell us all where you come from, it’ll be exciting, plus it’ll give me a better idea who’s reading this so I don’t offend you, you set of bastards.

Also, I’m thinking of doing a little project based on the excellent painting “Dignity and Impudence” by Edwin Landseer (google it) where I expand upon the lives of the charming odd couple of dogs depicted, one’s dignified, one’s impudent- with hilarious consequences! Probably!

Don’t forget, say hello!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sour Grapes- Epilogue

It seems that the "sour grapes" post has received quite a lot of attention, probably the most commented upon post i've had. Anyway, i want to draw a line under it now; while i stand by the things said, and i know that other people agree with them, perhaps to single out a certain comic was a little unfair. After all, there is a lot of stuff out there that doesnt appeal to me (choosing words carefully) and i suppose in a way its healthy that there is different stuff out there. My frustration comes most of all in that there doesnt seem an easy way to get your products seen and give the punter an informed choice. Who is this punter anyway? it seems most sales i make at cons are to other makers, who knows. anyway, hopefully the catalogue idea will work, and i'm getting a lot of traffic through the website, although i still need to stick the anthology on there and get paypal sorted, which im gonna do when i get broadband, because dear friends i have coped with frustratingly slow dialup for a long time, and i will finally be entering the 20th century next week.

ethel sparrowhawk is rumbling on, and i should have some finished pages to preview soon (i hope so, its got to be finished in three weeks).

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Reviewed at Last!

Have a look at Size Matters: for a review of Banal Pig 3. Thanks for the heads up Oli.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Mo' Money Mo' Problems

Today i am taking stock of my comics business as the financial year is all but wrapped up. i've made a considerable loss and am wondering where my profit margins can be increased. buying a laser printer and doing the job myself is one option, not doing the big conventions, and putting up the price of the comic are all options, none of them easy. hopefully i'll get some tax back again, but i've got to start being a bit more canny, which is not the side of the business i'm interested in. any ideas?

today's picture is entitled "wifebeater".

Sunday, April 01, 2007

good gravy!

after the somewhat vitriolic diatribe of the last post, i thought id bring in the love with a few nice drawings. "england cunt" is copied from a picture out of the paper from last summer during the world cup where some scumbag had decorated his house with england flags, and theres the rough (and so far only) version of an uncle ken strip where he has a go on his nephew's minibike, and, as you'd expect from uncle ken, hilarious chaos ensues. ho ho ho! hopefully, some good karmic gravy has been returned to the humble author of this blog.

best wishes,

stevo xxx