Webcomics: Tyme And Terror

May 26th, 2009 | comics talk

It’s Tuesday. You’re all back at work. And you want something to read, don’t you? DON’T YOU? Course you bloody do.

I read a chunk of Jake Harold’s JUSTINE TYME at MCM in print form, but it’s all on the web too:

One day you’re with your friends at school, going about your normal life, then the next you wake up in a strange forest being chased by dinosaurs. Oh, and you have a robot arm for some reason. Isn’t that the lifestyle of every 15 year old girl? No? Justine didn‘t think so either…

Jon Scrivens’ LITTLE TERRORS is an oddly, blackly funny horror-action epic:

Fitsworth, England. A small commuter town just outside London, not exactly the first place you think of when you hear of epic battles again hordes of undead corpses, Trolls, zombie bears and evil monks…

Both highly entertaining ways to waste your employers’ time and money today. You’re welcome.

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May 26th, 2009 | brainjuice

Post-London MCM Expo

May 26th, 2009 | brainjuice, comics talk

Crossposted from Bad Signal:

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So the MCM Expo signing in Comics Village there ran a total of two and a half hours or so. I started before 1pm — after a comically nightmarish journey from Southend that involved a 40-quid cab ride in order to get there at all — and finished up a hair before 4pm, with a break in the middle because I hadn’t yet had time to eat that day.

Was NOT expecting that many people. Not far off the sort of crowd I draw in the States, in fact.

I note that already there’s one guy complaining on his blog that I was hardly there at all and all I did was, you know, sign people’s comics. But I was only going to be there for an afternoon, and I had no idea there’d already be a line camped out for me. Didn’t want people to have to wait any longer than was necessary.

Two FREAKANGELS KKs, and one FREAKANGELS Miki, complete with lab coat, showed up. No Spider Jerusalems, for the first time in years. I guess the old fuckhead’s finally retired.

Nice vibe to the place. Reminded strongly of the early UKCAC shows. Will write more on this later in the week.

Organised brilliantly by Emma Vieceli and Anna Petterson.

And, christ, I got to see Gary Erskine, Al Davison and Liam Sharp for the first time in fucking years, which was delightful. Met a load of the new minicomics/webcomics guys, like Jon Scrivens and Jake Harold (and yes many others but I’m not sitting here all day typing).

Also Jamie McKelvie was there. You can’t have everything, after all.

– W

LUC 176

May 25th, 2009 | comics talk

I can’t get there, as I’m off to Dundee that day, but the indiecomics event LUC 176 should be on the calendar for anyone in reach of London. Obviously, many of you should go along just to pelt the ubiquitous Gillen & McFamous McKelvie with stale food (which they will later pick up and eat anyway), but likely lads such as Ellerby, Scrivens and Harold are also on hand.  And they’d probably not say no to a bit of stale food either.

Oh God MCM London Comics Expo Tomorrow

May 22nd, 2009 | brainjuice

Okay, recap:

I’m at the London MCM Expo tomorrow, in the Comics Village area from about 1pm. I’m aiming for noon, but, you know, I work late and get up late, so let’s assume I’ll shamble in around one.

I will sign stuff, but two warnings:

1) If you turn up with a cart full of everything I’ve done (and this has happened before) waiting to be signed, I will laugh at you and then have you beaten up by security. Seriously. At one show, a guy conscripted his brother to pull the other cart. Pick five things you like and I’ll be delighted to sign them. Bring a hundred things and I will not be pleased to see you.

2) I’ll sign five items, at a go, but I’ve managed to bugger up my left wrist through (I don’t know how) sleeping on it, so if you’re one of the people who likes to drop a stack of wrapped, bagged, sealed, taped books on my table and then expect me to do all the unwrapping and rewrapping… well, that’s not going to happen, and if you give me shit about it I’m going to tell you to fuck off to Tesco’s if all you really wanted at my table was someone to do your packing for you. And then I’ll have you beaten up by security.

I am mostly just there to chat to people, have Swedish girls bring me whisky, and to fashion a new bionic arm for Emma Vieceli out of whatever’s laying around. And to throw shit at Gillen and Ellerby. [EDITED TO ADD: Gillen isn't there on the Sat, apparently. Will have to throw stuff at Gary Erskine instead. And someone asked: I imagine I'll be gone by 5.]

Check the travel advisories I left for you.

I am told that you can "alight at Canning Town to transfer to regular and direct shuttle bus services to the main west entrance of ExCeL. This journey will take approximately 4-5 minutes. Buses will depart from bays B and D of Canning Town bus station. This direct shuttle service will operate to and from ExCeL between 0700-1900."