And lo, the journey of Sam Starborn comes to an end. Thanks for reading!
Words: Rory McConville
Hi! I’ve had a couple of queries about the blog/site recently, so thought I’d add a little update. I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to keep things active around here, but I’ve been very busy over the last year or so and drawn more comic pages in that time than in the previous three or four years combined!
Anyone that would like to keep up with what I’m doing can check out my Tumblr which I’ve been using to post sketches and doodles - alotron.tumblr.com
The way people use and access the internet is changing at a vertiginous rate, it seems, from the open web-browser, dedicated website model to the mobile internet model of linked app-silos (Facebook. Twitter, Tumblr etc), and we creators have to move with it, I think. I’ll probably start posting full comics on those sites as well as here, so give me a follw if you feel like it! This site will of course remain and I’ll continue to update it with new stuff as and when, and it serves as a nice archive.
The web is dead, long live the internet!
Comics superchamp Michael V. Bramley is running a Kickstarter to fund a trade paperback of his and artist Josh Mathus’s collected Sherbet Locke stories. Sherbet is a fascinating character, a sort of Holmesian future-noir paranormal detective. She’s written with flair and drawn with dark energetic grace. There’s only a wee while left to back theproject and bag a copy of the book, so get on it!
Michael asked me (and others in a wide variety of styles) to do a pin-up of Sherbet to accompany the launch and book, so here’s a scaled-down version for your viewing pleasure:
Update: The book was funded well ahead of schedule! Congrats to all. There’s now a 10k stretchgoal to get the book in partial colour, which means colour pin-up pages! Well worth backing!
‘MOOSE KID’, the amazing new humour comic for kids has gone live! Volume 1 is free to view online or download and features 36 pages of amazing new characters and fantastic artwork. It’s been put together by comic-champ Jamie Smart and a few of his pals as an attempt to inject new life and original creator-owned content into a kids comic market that is (Beano and Phoenix aside) largely dominated by licensed properties based on TV shows and movies. Have they been successful? By gum, yes!
I’m lucky enough to have a page in it called ‘Gimbal and Chug’, about this rusty pair of obsolete robots:
I put a lot of thought (probably too much!) into Gimbal and Chug and have lots of background info and origin stories for both of the characters and the crumbling industrial world they inhabit. I was reading a lot of Jim Woodring around the time I was creating this strip, so the opportunity to create a ‘silent’ or wordless strip was too tempting to resist, and it was a nice opportunity to do something a little different to ‘Faraday’ and my work for the Beano
As for the comic itself – there’s a mad range of creators and styles on show – a handful of familiar faces from the pages of the ‘Beano’, a few from ‘The Phoenix’ (how I wish that title was available in Ireland), the world of book illustration, webcomics, Tumblr and much more.
The artwork and design is consistently beautiful across all 36 pages, so you’re bound to find a something you love. My favourites after a first read are probably ‘Sir Loynstake’ by Rick Eades, ‘Flora and Fauna’ by Laura Howell, ‘Airlock Homeboy’ by Nigel Auchterlounie (‘when will he see me for the beautiful woman I am’ is probably the best line in the whole comic), and ‘Young Tank Girl’, which reads a bit like Charlie and Lola for slightly-more-grown-ups. Having said that, I love pretty much everything between the two covers and am looking forward to seeing MORE!
It’s worth noting that personal hero Tom Paterson’s in there with ‘Beelzebaby’ a sort-of reboot of his famous Sweeney Toddler character – always a pleasure to see new work from a legend like him; one of the biggest influences on my own particular development as a cartoonist alongside Jeremy Banx and Raymond Briggs.
Anyway, enough waffle – Click here to read and be amazed –> MOOSE KID
Yo dudes, I got a comic about everybody’s favourite old-school thrash band, Metallica, in this week’s Kerrang! magazine. They do a ‘komic’ supplement once a year and this year I was asked to be involved. As a teenage Kerrang! buyer and life-long Metallica fan, sure how could I resist
I’m in there with fellow Beano scribbler, Steve Beckett and the guitarist from Good Charlotte ( a comic book artist in his own right – who knew?) amongst others. It’s fun. My strip allowed me to draw one of my favourite bands in a couple of compromising scenarios, sample below!
Check it out if you like rock, Metallica or comics, yo. If you don’t like any of these things… I dunno, there are no words.
It’s in the shops ’til next Thursday or so.