Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Monday, 30 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
Had enough of phallic tentacles dripping their slime suggestively over a whimpering woman's cleavage?
Dismayed by artists whose only knowledge on how to represent breasts is that they must be at least as large as the subject's head and need not bear any relationship at all the rest of the anatomy?
well don't give up, there is hope...
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Friend X as we arrived outside Waterstones.
Now considering that it was in the process of pouring twice the usual month's worth of rainfall in twelve hours right over our heads you might expect the turnout to suffer a little.
We got a ticket with a number 80 and went to join the crowds, people were still coming in after us, and there was a queue outside the door by the time we left.
Looking around I found something I coveted much more than the new Potter but, but as I was worried about getting funny looks if I went up with anything but a Deathly Hollows book (and I didn't have £70 handy) I thought better of it.
It certainly has a prettier cover.
Then all of a sudden it was midnight and they started letting the huddled muggle masses up to the top floor.
Being number 80 we had to wait about a half hour to get called up (by which time I had managed to dissuade friend X from uniting the crowd to overthrow the lone security guard and save the books from their imprisonment).
And with a quick exchange of reservation tickets the prize was won!
The spoils of our battle
*Well if you ignore differing times zones that is.
Friday, 20 July 2007
From the archives.
While it's not immediately obvious, in the golden age of the pulps he fought an Evil, Zombie, Nazi, Pope.
In Britain Vicar Marcus Morris was also concerned about the import of American horror comics but he had a different solution. Eagle was an anthology comic set up to other a more moral alternative to the horror imports, and it’s star was one Colonel Daniel McGregor Dare.
Dan Dare went on to have as massive an impact on British science fiction and comic as you’d expect from a magazine selling two million copies a week. The near obsessional attention to detail of the technology gave us Thunderbirds and the other Gerry Anderson shows, direct inspirations appear in Doctor Who, and the significantly more down beat Quartermass. And the British comics tradition which descended from Eagle eventually merged with the horror comics it was set up as an antidote to giving us 2000AD and all that followed. Dan Dare’s paleo-future world is also a clear starting point for Warren Ellis and Chris Weston’s Ministry of Space and Ian Edginton and D’Isreali’s Scarlet Traces sequel, not to mention the updated 1990’s political view on Dan Dare from Grant Morrison and Ryan Hughes in Crisis.
So maybe there’s a lesson there for contemporary times. Perhaps those concerned parties in Georgia should stop using legal manoeuvering shenanigans to try and drain the funds of a charity and instead put out a beautiful comic history of cubism without any nudity in at all.
Who knows what it could start.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
I'd buy it.
Well considering that I don't buy any of the comics that already feature these characters, I probably wouldn't buy it, but I'd draw it, if I was paid...
I probably shouldn't be the one to market it...
Monday, 16 July 2007
My name is Matthew Allen Smith and I'm an up and coming comics artist in England, waiting to, well, up and come. This blog will feature my occasional crude drawings, irrelevant opinions, and details of my dull dull life. It'll mostly be about comics but who knows what subjects might pop up.
Holy Calamity will also host Panel of the Day, where I post an awesome panel from a comic as cheep content filler.
They'll probably be some other semi-regular features too, we'll see how it goes.