Thursday, 8 September 2016

Orbital Eisner Spirit Tribute!

For several year now I have been proud to collaborate with Orbital Comics on a variety of exciting projects, exhibitions, events, signing sessions, panel discussions and more recently a series of life drawing sessions, with the Art Model Collective, themed towards illustrators and comic artists.
In their own small way these events have contributed to a greater awareness of the shop in the wider creative community and subsequently aided them in winning this year's 
'Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award'

To celebrate this prestigious award (The comics equivalent of an 'Oscar') I will be hosting a special Art Model Collective life drawing event paying tribute to Eisner's Spirit comic.

Starring Ed as, masked criminologist, Denny Colt a.k.a 'The Spirit', Manko as 'Skinny Bones' & Carla as, criminal mastermind, 'P'Gell'.
This session will include dynamic poses, atmospheric lighting, music, costumes and props to create an epic celebration of Eisner's trademark character & his film noir, femme fatale inspirations (whose pun based names preceded those of James Bond fame) and roots. 
Published back in the 1940s many Spirit comics are out of copyright and now lie in the public domain. To get you in the mood for this session you can read some of these for free online here

(Be warned though Spirit's sidekick 'Ebony' has not aged well, politically speaking)

To give you a slight inkling of what to expect here's Manko at Orbital comics back in 2014 posing for a Film Noir themed session...

Tickets are £15 for a 2 hour session, refreshments and drawing boards provided.
Available here

Congratulations once again to all at Orbital on a well deserved win!
See you on the 23rd,

Jason Atomic

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Orbital/TLDC ERB special!

With a new Tarzan movie “The Legend Of Tarzan” scheduled for a summer 2016 release, we thought now might be a nice time to take a look at some of the amazing artwork inspired by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and hopefully inspire some more…

On Friday March 11th 2016 The Life Drawing Collective will team-up with Orbital Comics to present an evening of Tarzan/ERB themed life drawing.

Life drawing, comics and the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs are not such an incongruous match as one might initially suppose. 

The celebrated artist Burne Hogarth (wiki) whose outstanding work on the Tarzan newspaper strips led to him being heralded as  the“Michaelangelo of the comic strip” was actually a founder member of the School Of Visual Arts in New York.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Legend Horror Classics

Back in 1975, I was an 8 year old horror-freak with a penchant for posters. 
Imagine then my delight when I discovered "Legend Horror Classics", not only were there lurid posters featuring Hammer Horror monsters but they were also filled with the gruesome and gory comic strips of a certain young artist by the name of Kev O'Neill.

I'm not sure of the circumstances that led to this 22 year old being given the editorial freedom to publish his own twisted takes on classic tales such as Dracula & Frankenstein, but for a glorious 9 issues he was given, apparently, free rein to create a series of lurid masterpieces that warped my young mind and set me firmly on a path that I still tread.

Full cover gallery here

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Moore from The Underground

In a recent post we looked at a 4 page underground strip written and illustrated by Alan Moore (as Kurt Vile) for Sounds music paper in 1982.

In this follow up feature I'd like to share a couple more Moore strips.

Firstly another Vile 'Axel Pressbutton' strip, this time from Warrior magazine. 

This strip originally appeared in Sounds magazine (though presumably without the Steve Dillon illustration from Warrior #1)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

People Like Us Shop At...

On a recent clear-out I happened to discover these old plastic bags from Forbidden Planet & Comics Showcase that had been stashed amongst my collection since the early 80ies. 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Battle Of The Eyes "Corpsemeat 2"

The original Corpsemeat Comix was a b/w photocopied zine produced by Savage Pencil, under the 'Sexy Swastika' banner in 1983 (reprinted 1991).

It's follow up "Corpsemeat 2" is something of an un-holy grail amongst underground comix collectors. For a start there are 2 distinct versions of Corpsemeat 2 the A4 ish b/w version produced by Long Gone John's Sympathetic Press and a full colour screen printed version printed in France by L'A.P.A.A.R.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Alan Moore: Underground Cartoonist.

You probably know him best as one of the most lauded writers in the field but Alan Moore is also a talented underground cartoonist.

Scan stolen from Philip Sandifer
One of his most famous works as an illustrator, working under the pseudonym 'Curt Vile,'was "The Stars My Degradation" a weekly strip which ran in Sounds music paper in the early 80ies & scripted by Moore's pal Steve Moore (no relation), working under the pseudonym 'Pedro Henry'.

At a 2000ad signing session (probably this one from 1983) I was lucky enough to get Moore to sign this 4 page special, and even have him to sketch Axel Pressbutton for me on a blank playing card he was surprised that anyone would want him to do a sketch but graciously obliged
(see above).