Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Bruce Outback: Now on Kickstarter! and other Attic Studios news...

As those of you who follow my blog will already know, last year I ran a successful Kickstarter for my new comic book: Druid Investigations.

Back from the Printers! Two covers but one was a Kickstarter Exclusive and is no longer available.
The book has been on sale for near two months now. I've worked one comic con with it thus far. It's had some great feedback and has been reviewed by Pipedream Comics.
If you've liked my posts on twitter or instagram or even if you liked the Kickstarter campaign but didn't back it and you like the look of the book you can get yourself a digital and/or physical copy of the comic from the Attic Studios Website!

Pipedream Comics also ran an article based around the idea of Indie comic creators having been assigned to work on various different books for the new DC rebirth. I was quite chuffed to see they put me as working on the big guy in blue! Read the full article here.



From one Kickstarter to another, my friend and colleague, Kris Carter, is currently running his own Kickstarter campaign for a comic book that he's developed based on an idea he, Jim Bampfield, Kirsty Winskill and I had one night a few years ago.

Art by Kris Carter

The campaign is currently just under the half way point with 16 days to go!

As Kris states on the campaign:

"Bruce Outback is Australia's greatest detective, sent back through time with his Koala to help crack previously unsolved crimes!"

It's sort of like Crocodile Dundee meets Quantum Leap. Kris and Jim wrote the story and Kris has done all of the artwork for it with a print design from me along with variant covers by me and our small press compadre, Dean Beattie!

It's a great book and is going to lead on to some even more epic storylines. It's worth a punt at the very least! If not only for the cracking video that we made to go with the campaign.

Kris talks about the book on the latest episode of the Awesome Comics Podcast. This show is great. I've been on it myself and it makes for great Monday afternoon listening! Follow them on twitter, here.

If you like the sound of Bruce Outback, then follow and/or back the Kickstarter, here!

Finally, for this update:

As mentioned above, the Awesome Comics Podcast is a bloody awesome show and a great way to learn of other Small Press comic book titles that you may not have discovered otherwise (I've picked up a few myself, based on their recommendations.).

The podcast is hosted by Vince Hunt and every week he's aided by Tony and Dan.

On the most recent podcast, they have annoucent their combatants for their own version of "The Hunger Games".
It features an incredible gathering of Small Press comic book characters, including Attic Studios very own Lou Scannon and Bruce Outback!
I present to you: THE AWESOME GAMES!

Lou is in District 6, Bruce, 11.
I'm really stoked and excited to see out characters included in this!
The one thing I didn't do, was put for Merlin from Druid investigations for the book.
This is maaaaainly a case of fairness. In my book Merlin is already over 1500 years old and he has an incredible amount of power, drawing from the earths natural magic. So it would be pretty hard to beat him.
All that taken to account, I'm intrigued to see how they will work this and I'm even more intrigued to see how many of the characters creators will disagree with their rulings (Myself potential included in this too!)

You can check out the back catalogue of their awesome comic podcasts HERE.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Druid Investigations is going to print!

Yes! That's right! the Kickstarter I was talking about in my last update was successful and the comic is now ready to be sent to print!

Also: This is my first post of 2016 so HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Things have been a little all over the place since the turn of the new year and I have been frantically trying to put this book together without screwing it up!

Seems like I have just about managed it *touch wood*

Got some cool new things to show you So I shall get to it!


I have recently joine a group on Facebook known as the Crafthulhu Collective. It's a bunch of awesomely talented folk who make some really cool shit and then make it available for purchase. The majority of whom are able to make stuff and not just cheat by drawing like I do :p
Every month there is a different theme which is done partly for fun and partly as a way to cross promote each others pages whilst potentially being able to make a little money from it.

This past month was Circus or "Under the Big Top" themed and boy did everyone knock it out of the park!
I took this as an opportunity to draw someone I hadn't considered before. I drew Captain Spaulding of Rob Zombie fame!
Here he is:

If you're interested in him, send me a message here on the Pencil Pirates Facebook Page.
The image is A4 in size drawn on 110gsm cartridge paper and coloured with Copic markers.
He can be yours for the small price of £25 and this INCLUDES Special delivery postage and packaging (Domestic and International)

If you like some of the other items in the Crafthulhu image above, you can check them all out on the below links!:

Glamasaurus
With Love from Hollie
Totemly Weird
Saint Angel Productions
Kittypinkstars
SukiSukii
Steventon's Monster Emporium
Yarntistry
Nobody Likes The Boy
Creepies

There are also some other pages who normally take part but weren't able to this month. Check out their pages here:

Katie Abey Design
Sophie Corrigan Illustration
Heart Felt Design

Everyone is talented and lovely so hit them up! They (As do I) take commissions!

Now, with the new comic due to come out very soon, I realised I needed a banner. Something to have behind me at my table so that I wouldn't get lost amidst the other awesome creators that so often populate these cool conventions. It took a lot of thinking on but eventually I came up with something I was very happy with. It was this bad boy:


I think it turned out pretty nice! Killian is the character in the front and has a very different colour scheme to those in the background so that the thing doesn't look too busy.
I also partly went down this road for the colour scheme as i figured it would counter balance and compliment the original Lou Scannon banner we use at comic conventions:
Proudly on display in Kris' house way back in 2011 I think...
My drawing has come a long way since that original banner but I think it's still alright!

As I often say, I hope to update this blog more this year... but it may actually be true now! I have a chance at a potentially awesome job coming up and if I land that, I may have some really ultra cool things to share! NDA permitting...

In the meantime, as if you didn't already know, if you want to keep more up to date with what I'm doing or see more regular art updates, I can be found via the following information:



Thursday, 19 November 2015

DRUID INVESTIGATIONS IS ON KICKSTARTER!!!


Yes Siree Bob!

I finally managed to finish everything I needed to to get Druid Investigations up and running on Kickstarter!

Here's a link to the page so you can check it out, watch the video and, if you so choose, pledge towards the campaign!:

DRUID INVESTIGATIONS KICKSTARTER

The project has been active now for a little over a week and I have just passed the 60% mark! I still need more help reaching 100% and think I have put on some cool rewards for all sorts of people, if you're so inclined to help by backing me!

Here's an example of the quality of work you will be helping get into print:

Page 12 of Issue 1. All artwork copyright of Dan Harris 2015

This has been a serious labour of love for me and I would really, REALLY love to get it into print. None of the money is being taken as profit by myself. It's purely going on the book, paying my letterer and covering reward costs and the such.

If you check out the page and like what you see, I implore you to back it!

I'd love you forever...

If that doesn't sell it to you, then I'm all out of ideas!

DRUID INVESTIGATIONS KICKSTARTER

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Coming soon: CICE 2015 and an EXCLUSIVE ANTHOLOGY!

A week today sees the return of the CICE. For those of you who don't know, this is the "Cardiff Independent Comic Expo". A great little comic convention right in the centre of the City.



Cardiff Expo originally started a few years back in early 2012, if memory serves. Kris, Jim and I were there with our comic book, "Lou Scannon" and it was a fantastically run con.
It was, by convention standards, relatively small but it was intimate, fun and had a brilliant focus on comic books. It supported small press and local talent in a way that hadn't been seen before in Cardiff and we adored working it. We always had a great reception there, sold a lot of books and generally got a lot of decent interaction with our readers.
The con grew in popularity over the following couple of years and looked like it was set to go from strength to strength.
Then the big boys seemed to move in.
A convention giant decided to start it's own convention in Cardiff International Arena. Not a problem in itself but it was booked for the same date as the original CICE. It's one of those cons with celebrities and huge halls and stuff like that.
With that in mind and numerous other reasons, CICE was put on a temporary hiatus.

As time has passed though, this convention giant has seemed to move away from supporting and promoting small press and UK independent comics and seems to be focussing more on the merchandise side of things. It's not really something I would call a comic con anymore, to be honest. It would be more accurate to call it a Celebrity and Merchandise convention.
Not that I'm slagging that off, you understand, but we've kind of been marginalised. There's no real interest at these giant cons, to support small press. I won;t name the company for obvious reasons but chances are, if you're from the area, you know who I am referring to anyway. Like I said, I'm not slagging them off as such, I just think that if they no longer want to support us, we need an actual comic convention that will.

SO as a result of really wanting to push and support the UK independent and small press comic scene, for one day only, the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo is back! I couldn't be happier! This con genuinely has one of the best atmospheres of any of the cons I have worked! (And I've worked quite a few now!)
This really is a REAL comic convention.

As a way of showing our support for the CICE, a bunch of the UK's small press and indie talent and myself have contributed towards an anthology that will be given away FREE with the first 100 tickets sold!

Kris received the proof copy the other day and sent us all these pics


These tickets have now all sold, but you never know, maybe extra copies will be kicking around!
Tomorrow is the last chance you have to pre-book tickets for the event! Get on that by clicking here and getting yours!

You may remember that a while back, I posted about a new comic that I plan to launch this year! that's still on course though its taking longer to get finished on account of all the work I have on at the moment, but I have done a five page short for the anthology as a little taster of the main comic to come!
Here's the first page of my story (Which is incredibly meta):

Written and art by me, lettering done by the great HdE

So if you love comic books and are looking for new reads and stuff, you should get to Cardiff Masonic Hall on Saturday the 27th June and get your Geek on! Family friendly cosplay is more than welcome too, so get your glad rags on and come party with us!


Once again, you can visit their website and buy yourself a ticket or two here

Or you can visit their twitter account here

Or go to their Facebook page here

You can check out the blog of my letterer, HdE, here

CICE is organised and run by Mike Allwood and Iz McAuliffe

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Adult Colouring Pages and Commissions and stuff

Well... Wow! I can't believe this is my first post of 2015 and we're already in to June! That's appalling and I apologise, profusely.

I've been really rather busy as of late though and the blog hasn't been in the forefront of my mind!

Working as a freelance Illustrator seems to be working out quite well for me. I have had a relatively successful first year and am hoping to improve on it going in to year 2.
My new comic "Druid Investigations" is over half way penciled and inked. I'm hoping to have the entire thing ready and in print for Thought Bubble in November, along with Lou Scannon #8,

Fingers Crossed.

Anyways, the latest art trend seems to be adult colouring pages. Now, I colour a lot in my spare time anyway. All my own work, obviously, but I looked into these adult colouring books. The art is more often than not, very intricate.. but consists mostly of things like butterflies. Not really my thing and I assumed that there would be other people out there, like me, that would want to colour but not colour things like flowers and butterflies.
So I started designing my own geeky colouring pages and then putting them on etsy as instantly downloadable PDF colouring pages.

Here are some examples for you to check out:




These bad boys are only £1.50 each and are a hell of a lot of fun to colour! I even had a crack at the viking one myself! Check this bad boy out:


If you would like to have a go at one of these or my other designs (They're apparently good for helping adults cope with stress, anxiety and ADHD) then you can buy them, along with a load of my other prints, HERE.

You can also "like" my facebook page if you want updates about upcoming pages and the such, HERE.


I'll be posting some images from my new comic project very soon. Including some pages that will be in the upcoming anthology for the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo being held at the end of the month.

Not THAT I can't wait for.

More on that in my next blog.

I also wanted to make you aware that I am taking commissions. I have been developing a somewhat super cartoony style that seems to be getting quite popular with the help of Instagram.

if you want to follow me on Instagram, you can HERE.

Here are some examples of some recent pieces in that cartoony style:





If you would like to commission me to draw you something, you can instagram me, hit me up on twitter, or email me!

Take care of yourselves.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monkey Island Print

Currently a Work in progress. This isn't a commission. Just something I have done off my own back as I felt a lot of my recent work hasn't been anything I have drawn off my own back from my own fandom.

So here's something I'm doing based on one of my all time favourite computer games.

A long way from finished, due to work commitments.



Thursday, 9 October 2014

New Project for release in 2015!

Quite a long time ago, I came up with an idea that I wanted to work as a comic book. I did a fair bit of development on it, which has gradually evolved and incorporated other older ideas of mine, and now I think is the time to get it out there.
It's taking a while to get off the ground as I have been swamped with work and also have Lou Scannon #7 to finish... but I am aiming to launch it next February at the "True Believers" Comic Con in Cheltenham. IF all goes to plan.
I have the main characters nailed down, the first issue storyline is all plotted out. I just need a name for the comic, now is all!
Here's an idea I have been playing around with for a cover to the first issue-


Although I will be inking the pages, I also still want it to keep that dirty look that comes from the pencils. So while it may take longer to colour this, I won't be cleaning up the linework after inking the pages. I will leave the pencils on the page too.
Here is the page before any colour was splashed on-


Part of the reasoning behind doing this was - I want to do it on my own. I know I work with the boys on Lou Scannon... and I absolutely LOVE it...
BUT
I want to see if I have what it takes to go it alone. See if I have the metal. The ability. The drive. I think this will be a good test for that.