Vote Daredevil Dad in the Dandy

Even if you are not enlightened enough to read the Dandy, there are various reasons why you should vote for Daredevil Dad in the Dandy readers poll.

Some compelling reasons to vote for Daredevil Dad.

1) He is a middle aged man, who has the nerve to dress like Evel Kneivel.

2) He is written and drawn by the comic book legend Steve Beckett.

3) He has rocket powered roller skates.

4) Daredevil dad could take Desperate Dan to the cleaners, and probably would do so via a zip wire elaborately constructed using a washing line.

5) There are simply not enough Daredevil Dads in this world.

So head on over to http://www.dandy.com and vote for Daredevil Dad today, and while you’re out and about on t’internet, head over to Steve Beckett’s blog (http://sjbeckettdesign.blogspot.com/)  for previews of his amazing work.

Sorry for pasted links, WordPress is mucking me around, and I simply can’t be faffed putting in the html. Too busy voting.

Normal service is about to recommence

Good news today, my wrist is all healed up – what a relief! I no longer have a cast on, only a rather medical looking ‘splint’ to be worn when needed.

Now I can type again, and as of tomorrow will be getting back to work (and blogging) proper. Unfortunately I now have a very long to-do list, but I’m sure I’ll get through it eventually.

At the moment I’m also awaiting the arrival of my new (second hand) bike, which is to replace my old mountain bike which doesnt seem to have healed itself over the last few weeks. The good thing is that the insurance has paid for the bike to be replaced, and because I’ve bought second hand (thanks ebay!) I’ve ended up with a better bike than I started off with. Just hope I can remember how to ride it 😉

And right now, as I type – rather gingerly it must be said – I’m taking the opportunity to listen to the Charlie Gillett tribute show that was broadcast over on Radio 3 recently. It’s a really great show, and a fulsome tribute to a wonderful broadcaster. Check it out if you have any interest in music that isn’t mainstream.

As I listen I am also looking forward to WOMAD in the summer, from where I hope to be doing some live blogging. The lineup is looking really good already, more on that some other time.

Steve and I have also been working on plans for a big exhibition of comic art work in the autumn, we’re really excited about it – more details as they emerge…

Last but not least to mention, the garden, its a wonderful time of year on the allotment, lots of greenery everywhere. I popped down to do some watering earlier and came home with cabbage, spinach, asparagus and radishes. Fortunately it seems that not all of my potatoes were too badly affected by the frost last week, so the future is looking bright for them after all – what a relief  🙂

So as of tomorrow morning its back to my portfolio of work after a four week hiatus – rather looking forward to it actually.

Robert Crumb’s Genesis – a review

I recently got a copy of Robert Crumb’s illustrated book of Genesis for review. I’m not going to print my whole review here, it’s going elsewhere, but I am going to give a quick/short form review as I know lots of people will be interested in the book.

Of course Crumb is a justly famous artist, his mastery of pencil and pen is amazing, and the artwork in this version of the Genesis text is incredible.

Moreover he doesnt take any liberties with the text, it’s basically ‘as is’ (albeit with the mandatory additions of chapters, and the occasional Crumb footnote).

It’s a beautifully illustrated book, and the illustration is very well researched, adding a new dimension to the text in places.

My only grumble with the book is that in my opinion Crumb has over-sexualised some of the female characters. I think he does this to try and emphasise their power and importance, but I think the pneumatic breasts and rounded buttocks which appear clothed and unclothed as the the stories demand, are at times unneccesarily exagerated.

Textual literalists may also complain that while Crumb doesnt add or subtract from the words, he does add some new layers of meaning (although well researched of course) via facial expressions and background contexts in certain scenes.

In all, an excellent book, really beautifully drawn. There are issues surrounding sexualisation, and in my opinion this is a consistent issue with Crumb, but if you can ignore that, then there is the real possibility that this will open up the ancient and awesome book of Genesis in a new way for the reader, and that is always welcome.

Parental advisory: contains sexual and violent content.

Congrats to Steve

I have been meaning to say, a big congratulations to SAM119 artist Steve Beckett, who has been working on his first Beano strip. As a lifelong fan of the Beano, its a great thrill for him to be able to do some work for it – all being well Steve’s work should appear in the 2011 Beano annual. Well done mate.

More preview artwork from the new SAM119 title ‘Zeke’ soon I hope.

New SAM119 comic first glimpse

Here’s the first panel of the new SAM119 comic book, which is called Zeke – we’re aiming to have the book ready about Christmas time, which will then give us a little while to think about publishing options and so on. I’ll post up more panels as we go along.

As you will see, the look is much more stark than the first series, much less sci-fi in feel too, that’s something you’ll pick up more perhaps when you meet some of the new characters.
panel 1
Artwork by Steve Beckett (c) Copyright Undercurrent Comics 2009. Use of this image is permitted for non commercial purposes, providing it is credited as above, and a link is provided.

Comic recommendations

Garen Ewing’s Rainbow Orchid volume 1 has been out for a while, but I’m just about to buy it for my eldest daughter’s birthday.

Rainbow Orchid
Rainbow Orchid

I bought one of the original Rainbow Orchid comics from Garen at a comic con some years ago, it’s brilliant. If you like Tintin or similar stuff, this will be up your street.

For a look inside the book, and a preview of volume two, which is inked and ready, head over to Garen’s website.

My other recommendation is this nifty Conan Doyle reworking by Ian Edgington, The hound of the Baskervilles is a great tale, and it seems that its translation into Graphic Novel format has worked well.

Hound of the Baskervilles
Hound of the Baskervilles

Nice artwork by INJ Culbard, who has just finished working on Study in Scarlet, the second of four Holmes stories the pair have planned. Check out his website for some previews of the artwork, very nice indeed.