Tuesday, 19 June 2018

‘Coffee House Barbarian’ - Cover Reveal.



‘Coffee House Barbarian’

Coming soon.

Written by Tony Esmond.
@Ezohyez www.neverironanything.blogspot.co.uk

Art by Susie Gander.
@SusieGander www.susieillustrations.com

Letters by Nick Prolix.
@nickprolix www.thesheepandthewolves.com


Being released at Nottingham Comic Convention on Saturday 20th October 2018.


‘.....Can you ask Sleezy Steve to drink up? It’s time to party....’


Watch this space....

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Recommended Kickstarter...

Let’s take a moment away from ELCAF shall we?

Don’t forget that there is a world of comics out there and quite a few of them, in fact too many according to my wallet, need your attention. Below is an article that went out on last week’s mailer that a few of you may not yet have seen. I thought that I could start talking about books that I am excited to see. This one had me returning early to my ‘No More Kickstarters for a While’ self imposed hiatus from the crowdfunding comics world.

But... it’s Tim Truman my brain was telling me!

And showing what it truly is to be someone worth admiration I also received a great DM from the man himself and from Ben (his co creator and son) saying how much they appreciated the mention and how excited they are about the project. Ain’t comics grand!

Scout: Marauder!!!!
 
I’ve been hearing about this for some months now and done the whole thing of signing up for the mailer, commenting on the art teasing Facebook posts and even contacting the creator on Direct Messaging.
 
 
Yes Fuck Nuggets! Scout is back!
 
Here is what Tim and Ben Truman have to say about the story:
 
The future: The land once known as America has spiraled into decay, devolving into a splintered collection of independent governments. In the Sonora Desert, a new regime has gained dominance: The Corporate Alliance of Southwestern States, led by oligarch Patricia Nevermore. Seeking to create an industrial empire, Nevermore has ordered all able-bodied citizens within Alliance-controlled territory to serve a year of public service in the government's factories. Using bio-engineered tracking animals and up-armored MAG security robots, roving mercenary units round up holdouts and cart them to the Alliance's industrial complexes. Thus far, only the hidden, self-sufficient farming community of Lapida has escaped their notice.
 
Then a mysterious, lone hijacker begins preying on Alliance supply convoys. The locals call this fleeting, ghost-like being "the Marauder". Outraged, Nevermore orders her security forces into the desert to hunt him down.
 
Fifteen years have passed since Emanuel Santana–AKA Scout–set out with his two young sons on a journey across a shattered country. Branded a terrorist by some and a hero by others, Scout was finally ambushed and killed by government troops. Wounded during the battle, his oldest son, Tahzey, was rescued by one of Scout's allies, militant missionary Rev. Sand Dog Yuma. However, Scout's youngest son, Victorio, was never found and was presumed dead.
 
Now Tahzey is 20–a wandering scholar and grifter, possessing only a backpack full of memories and the black market cybernetic arm and eye that replaced those he'd lost when his father was killed. He avoids the use of guns, blaming them for all the misfortune that he's seen in the world. Raised by Rev. Yuma and thus denied his father's traditional Apache teachings, Tahzey tries to find his roots and a purpose in a ravaged world.’
 

Anyone who has heard me talk knows that I am a huge fan of Tim Truman and his son Ben. I’ve searched out and bought his work on Scout and Scout: War Shaman as well as books like Hawken, Hawkworld, Jonah Hex, Grimjack and many more. He is a fucking rock star of the medium. Tim’s art style is action based grittiness, his characters are full of nasty shoot you in the face bombastic attitude. He is most at home in this sci-if western environment in my humble opinion.
 
Ever since I read ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West’ by Dee Brown I have had an avid interest in the history of the people native to the (now named) American continents. Their story is heartbreaking and full of honour. Tim, and now with his son Ben, continue in this history of the men and women with that thousand yard stare. It gives me chills reading these stories. But they are also full of action and the odd poke at modern society, big business and war mongers. The men and women of this story spit their anger out with venom. They make big and often violent actions. Life is cheap and the scrabble to survive can be seen in the eyes of all involved.
 
Scout is a fucking comics masterpiece!
 

You need to get behind this.
 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

A Photo Report of Studio Dreams.

I have to admit that few things these days get me to head into London’s East End. An area that I spent a lot of time in during the late 80s and early 90s. A place that was an altogether different place back then. It wasn’t the art that was edgy back then but the people. 


Yesterday’s comics trip didn’t start that well. After finishing work at a reasonable hour for a change I headed to Mare Street. I thought that since I was a touch early I’ll pop into a nearby pub (for arguments sake let’s call it ‘The Top Not’). I ordered an overpriced soft drink and sat in the reclaimed railway sidings bench to read a book. I had a look at the menu. Alongside Pizza and Pasta they are serving ‘Doughnuts with Nutella and local jam’.


I think I need some good art in my eyes.


Good job there was an exhibition opening nearby with just that!


Last night was something of an event. To celebrate the special tenth edition of Nobrow Magazine themed ‘Studio Dreams’ they have teamed up with ELCAF and SPACE to curate a series of collaborative projects. The SPACE gallery in Hackney will feature not only the seventy artists featured in the new tenth edition but also specially commissioned pieces by Andrew Rae, Yucaipa Du, Grace Helmer, Patrick Kyle and Tor Brandt. 


The illustrations have spilled from books and easels and computer screens onto the walls of this exhibition hall. I would happily have bought all the pieces and taken them home!


(I am not planning a burglary!)


Anyway. Here is the art and some photos of the event. And splendid it was!



(A collection of the art you can find at SPACE and also in the pages of Nobrow 10.)






(This multimedia installation by Yukai Du was outstanding!)



(We await the Moon Headed band and their organically crafted set!)



(This piece by Patrick Kyle cunningly occupied a large and spacious corner of the venue. Like an artist stuck in the corner of his studio making use of the window’s light to draw. A personal favourite.)



(In the opposite corner was a three dimensional set of an idealised drawing table. Looking out onto the inspirational. With some added potted plants hanging in space. Gorgeous art by Tor Brandt.)


If you fancy heading down, and I recommend that you do whether you like doughnuts of not, then you can find this at SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH.


The show is running until the 16th of June.


You can find out more about the events leading up to the mighty East London Comics Art Festival at https://www.elcaf.co.uk/event/studio-dreams-elcaf-x-nobrow-10-workshops-and-panel-discussions/


See you at ELCAF!



Many thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

ELCAF you say? What should I be buying?

The East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) is the sort of open marketplace that you can find comics of all different hues. There is much to be tasted visually over the weekend and it is always worth stepping out of your comfort zone and experience something a little strange.

If you fancy a trip down some different path then the publisher Centrala may be well worth your time. A company that specialises in translated comics from Europe and especially Poland they have of recent times become a reliable stall to visit at a number of festivals. I’ve been reviewing their books for a few years now and find many of them to be heart-wrenching, visually brutal, historical, funny and/or all of the above.

To help you navigate to something you might like here are a few choices I’ve enjoyed.

First up is a book that I still revisit over a year since first experiencing it. This, to me, is Centrala’s evergreen graphic novel. A book so good and with so much to say that it should stay on the comic shop and bookshop shelves for years to come.

Here’s what I said about it when I reviewed it in February 2017.





Chernobyl: The Zone 

Written by Francisco Sanchez
Art by Natacha Bustos
Published by Centrala
170 x 245 mm
Soft cover
188 pages – Black and white interiors
ISBN: 978-0-9933951-1-6
Out: Now

The Story: This is a story of one of many families that were forced to leave their homes after the tragic accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what is now Ukraine. They were told that they could return after a few days, but it was too late – the invisible enemy had already claimed all their possessions and occupied their houses and land for years to come.

It’s been decades since the events of ­the 26th April 1986, but it’s nothing compared to the tens of thousands of years that will have to pass before the radioactive fallout around Chernobyl is no longer a hazard. This graphic novel is a tribute to those who personally experienced the consequences of nuclear power that got out of control.

In their story – which aims neither to shock nor cause controversy – Francisco S├ínchez and Natacha Bustos look from a distance at three characters who, though fictional, could very well be real. The authors make their readers understand what happened in Chernobyl and reflect on its meaning for today’s generation.

The Review: Sometimes a book just hits a chord with you. It has an impact from the first few pages, crying out with both emotion and quality. These books don’t come around too often, but Chernobyl – The Zone hit me like a claw hammer.

I received this through the post on the morning of the first day of the London Super Comic Con. I was getting ready, excited for the weekend ahead. But as soon as I unwrapped the parcel and flipped through the pages, I realised this would not only be an amazing book but also something I would treasure.

26th April 1986 is the day that Chernobyl, the Russian nuclear power reactor exploded. It is described in an eloquent introduction (by author Alvaro Colomer) as the last major news event not to be reported as part of a twenty-four hour news cycle, partly because the disaster precedes the widespread use of the Internet, but more the result of the disaster’s location, behind what we then called ‘The Iron Curtain”.

Much of the story takes place in the town of Pripyat, a busy, family-oriented, bustling town that was completely evacuated and remains so until this day. Stories tell of dogs howling in the town for a week after the event. Then the silence came.

“The world moved on and forgot about us long ago…”

It is this quiet, this still and hollow world that creators Francisco Sanchez and Natacha Bustos recreate on the comics page with such impact. It’s all the more potent because they don’t take a political or scientific standpoint in their storytelling but rather offer a personal point of view.


Chernobyl: The Zone revolves around three generations of a family confused, scared and grieving as the story turns from a gentle soap opera into an apocalyptic disaster story. They are marshalled out of their homes by radiation-suited, gas mask wearing, black and soulless-eyed soldiers. They are put on buses and driven deep into the country, past homes and villages filled with people who are scared of radiation sickness and do not want to take them in.

The dialogue is kept to a realistic minimum and tells more through the artist Natacha Bustos excellent use of expression and scope than exposition and explanation could. The world under the huge sky is cold and stationary; nothing moves, the cold permeates the page and scenes are left to breathe and open up in front of our eyes.

At times, hope leaves the book completely. Even the apparent arrival of a foal in a snow-laden landscape is twisted and subverted by the radiation and the cruel and stupid acts of mankind.

I cannot compliment Natacha and her choices more highly. She uses a clean and solid black line that portrays a stillness. The world around the characters is allowed to stop and look around. We see broad, breathtaking views of nature and destruction intermingling. The people have great character and you can feel their sense of family, friendship and community. The eyes say so much it is heartbreaking.

The last section of the book has a resident returning to his childhood home and haunts and discovering with a camera the devastation on the country. A whole town that people seemingly left at a moments notice, leaving both their possessions and their lives behind.

(Just to emphasise the size of this disaster, it is worth pointing out that it will take 25,000 years for the contamination in this part of Russia to disappear. The impact of this disaster is both incredible and baffling in scale).

While Chernobyl – The Zone will educate you about the awful events surrounding the Chernobyl disaster, it also make you feel something and is breathtaking in both scope and heart.





Soooo, now for something completely different.

Hungry Hansel and Gluttonous Gretel

Created by Zavka.


The Story - ‘Beyond the seven toadstools and beyond the seven bugs there lived a brother and sister who were always hungry. Unlike Johnny, Maggie does not have a kids’ fascination with larvae. Not having that hobby, one day she steals some keys and opens a story that leads us to an oven, a cake, and a chopped off head.’

The Review - See that cover? How strange is that cover? Yep, that’s exactly what you get inside. A shorter story than Chernobyl (and priced currently at only £4.50) this is one weird ass book! It is also not one for people of a weak constitution or to read if you like eating cheese before bedtime.

But we need weird don’t we?

Zavka is an illustrator, author of comics, and graphic artist. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Winner of the prize for the best graphic work in the competition at the Boomfest International Comic Festival in Russia in 2013, and winner of the “Golden Chicken” 2016 – the independent comic prize in the “Drawing” category for the comic Hungry Johnny and Greedy Maggie. She publishes her work in fanzines in Poland and abroad.


Here’s another book that I’ve previously reviewed and enjoyed. It is a kaliedoscope of the abnormal that is lumped in alongside the banality of life. It twists our perceptions of the everyday. 

Here’s what I said previously. (I may have been slightly off my nut when I wrote this review - beware!)




Old Farts.

Written and Illustrated by Sorina Vazelina
Full Colour – Published by Centrala Books

Something is crawling in to my brain, something colourful and crazy. This is an anthology of work by Sorina Vazelina and published by Centrala books in the United Kingdom.

Beware. I intend to use drugs references throughout!

The book starts off as an examination of growing old and the eccentricities of the world. It has that quality of a codeine-ingested Terry Gilliam animation – you know, the ones where it really seemed like he was losing his mind. The comic has an abstract yet ever-changing and evolving feel to its pages. The world around the eye of the reader shifts throughout and we are exposed and drenched in the different lysergic styles used by the creator. The world in this book references moments that are real events and historical interpretations as well as absurdist and fractured dream like sequences. It’s like a narrative that is written on an LSD soaked blotter, nightmarishly imaginative.

“In recent years the memory shows signs of of rapid deterioration, thus becoming the shredding machine of our neuronal landscape”

Not at any singular point did I understand what on earth was happening in this comic (and neither should I). It is a speculative dive in to the nature of the self in all its different incarnations. The idea of a distant concept is just the beginning of the life of this anthology. It is a book that straddles many styles and approaches to communicating ideas and stories. Some moments appear like sketchbook watercolours and others like clean and intellectual New Yorker Magazine cartoons. The personality on display changes from story to story but retains that experimental edge throughout.

One of my favourite strips describes the peculiar moments of silence experienced by strangers on a train. Sitting close to each other, crammed in to seats but never communicating.

Sorina Vazelina – described on one web site as “a sort of illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer, with pretzels for brains” – is a chameleon of style and storytelling at a young age, as an original voice that you are likely to read this year an brought to you by a company that brings the best of European art comics to the UK. I read this book over breakfast and somehow suspect that the rest of my day won’t match up. Scattershot absurdist genius!

If I had to find one small problem it would be that the rather subdued cover doesn’t live up to the eye-fuck inside the book. 

This collection of short stories is like an amphetamine edged hallucination. It’ll gloriously drag you through a crowd of crazy faced strangers cackling at your freakish features! Watch out for this creator.

• Sorina Vazelina is a full-time illustrator, part-time graphic designer and spare time cartoonist with pretzels for brains. Her scribbles have been published in Esquire, Omagiu and Regard Romania. While at Synopsismedia.com and itseveryday.ro she collaborated on theatre and gig posters, art albums, comic anthologies, magazines and manuals. Her works were featured in Stripburger, exhibited at Next Comic Festival Linz 2014 and Fumetto Festival Luzern 2015.
• Check out her web site at http://vazelina.ro


And finally a book so absurd that it just had to be a true story.


Friends.

Created by Jan Soeken.

The Story - ‘Two friends are on their way to Ku Klux Klan meeting taking place deep in the forest. It’s just a shame that the instructions in the e-mail were so unclear…’

The Review - The everyday story of two deluded German cops who decide to don their cloaks and wander through the woods looking for a racist gang to join (in this case the Klu Klux Klan). On the way they get savaged by a dog, get terribly lost and constantly argue. 

Drawn in a scratchy pencil style that has a real underground feel to it and also looks a little bit like a drawing in the notebook of a deranged student this will combine eye-rolling awkward feelings with chuckles on public transport (well in my case it did anyway). Once again this is one of Centrala’s shorter books (at 40 pages) but also one that I have dipped back into from time to time to remind myself of the crazy story and that some people in the world are just that ruddy stupid!


The world is a nuts place. Let Centrala point out just how nuts it is to you by visiting their table at ELCAF.

Find out more about this company at www.centrala.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @icentrala

Many thanks for reading.

Monday, 11 June 2018

ELCAF 2018 - Who to look for....

Back to the irregular series of articles about who you need to look for at the East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) 2018. This great festival will soon be happening in trendy East London at The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, London, E5 0LY.


(A self portrait by the artist himself - you’ll see more mentions of read later.)


Do you like drinking tea? (Told you.) Do you like big ideas told with gentility and thoughtfulness? Then Andy Poyiadgi may have what you are looking for. I’ve been following Andy’s work for years and he’s the guy who introduced me to Angela at Nobrow many moons ago. I started reading his work with the short fold-out comic ‘Tea Pot Therapy’. A book that snatched moments of time and presented them to you with warmth and insight. In fact every single thing this guy produces is worth your time and money. From the stark and heartbreaking moments of ‘Veripathy’ to the meticulously coloured suburban moments of ’Lost Property’. 

You’ll see from his website (details at the bottom of the page) that he is also a busy filmmaker with many credits to his name. Andy’s is always a table to drop by and chat. 

If I had to choose a book from him it would probably be ‘Veripathy’. A sci-fi idea that is not what you would expect. It’s a big idea that could, in other less careful hands, be stretched out to an entire series. But Andy crafts the ideas with such beautifully economic lines and soulful honesty that it’s a brief read but one that will make you linger in your day and think about. I refuse to spoil.

(A page from Andy Poyiadgi’s one-shot comic Veripathy.)



Highly recommended.

Here’s what his website says about him;

Andy's first comic Teapot Therapy was shortlisted for the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and was coloured with genuine English Breakfast tea. It has been exhibited at the Mall Galleries and Foyles bookstore in London and at the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

He has contributed to various anthologies and produced a strip for Shots magazine, taking an irreverent look at the world of advertising and film.

His debut book, Lost Property, was published by Nobrow Press. It was nominated for Best Comic at the 2015 British Comic Awards and was voted Best One-Shot at the Broken Frontier Awards.

Above all else, he likes a good brew.’





I can’t wait to see what else he has in the planning.

Find more about Andy at http://www.ajpoyiadgi.com/comics/ or follow him on Twitter @ajpoyiadgi

Sunday, 10 June 2018

ELCAF - Get Excited!




As if this summer hadn’t already been a cracking time for UK comics fans with events like the Cardiff Independant Comics Expo and Lawgiver just only popping into our rear view mirrors, next up is the East London Comics Art Festival (aka ELCAF).

This is one of my favourite events in the calendar and for the third year in a row is being held at The Round Chapel on 1D Glenarm Rd, London E5 0LY. During the hot London Summer hundreds (if not thousands) of fans are packed into this event that always sells out of tickets and available table space. I’ll be there doing some on the spot interviews with creators and chatting about comics aaaaaaall weekend. Can’t wait!



(Just a five minute walk from Hackney Central Station in East London).


So, for the newbie to ELCAF. What can you expect to see there? I thought on the run up to the event I would post a few articles about creators I’m keen to see. 

First off is a big pile of Nobrow books. My pals Sam and Zoe will be there chatting and selling some of the best books in comics publishing. I fully expect the mighty Hilda to make a big showing with her new Netflix series ready to drop any day! I’ve had a little secret look at the first episode and it is spectacular! 


(Hilda the animated series is due soon from Netflix)

Also selling like hot cakes will be the recently released Nobrow 10: Studio Dreams which is a collection of comics and illustration that celebrates ten years of this cracking company. If you are lucky enough to grab one of the limited edition hardbacks I highly recommend it. This is a collection of some of the best art you’ll see this year and a great celebration of the time spent by this company nurturing new  talent.




Are you looking to create comics? Get into the industry? Get published? Then the Springboard Meetings are happening again. This year’s experts include: Anna Ridley (Commissioning Editor, Children’s books, Thames & Hudson), Andy Oliver (Editor in chief, Broken Frontier), Charlotte Dumortier (Artist and Illustrator), Harriet Birkinshaw (Senior Commissioning Editor, Nobrow/Flying Eye Books), John Walters (Editor, Eye Magazine), Leyla Reynolds (Art Director, Gal-Dem Zine), Suzanne Tromp (WeTransfer, Editor WePresent) and many more! Head over to their website and book yourself a spot.

Who is exhibiting I hear you ask. Here are a few of my personal highlights….




The mighty Avery Hill Publishing will be there with appearances by our pals David, Ricky and Kat. I’m really keen to get a physical copy of Tim Bird’s new book ‘The Great North Wood’ (as reviewed on here a few weeks ago). This book is up there for me this year, a beautifully melancholic and magical trip through South London that features green men, stags and chicken take out boxes. Tim is a top talent and continues to produce thoughtful comics year in and out.

There is also a new issue of Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele. I’ve just read a preview copy (look out for a review soon) and it is everything we’ve been waiting for in this excellent series. A dream like book that lives both in the present and the idealised past. It’s great to see the story again after a short absence. Get it whilst stocks last.




If you can’t make it to ELCAF then pop by https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/ and grab yourself a copy!

Jeans K Styve, the creator of the sarcastically funny strip ‘Dunce’ will have a table. I’m really looking forward to finally meeting this Norwegian creator and grabbing anything I can carry from his table! Have a look at a few posts back for a review of the first three issues of Dunce on this very blog!





Dilraj Mann is going to be there with his triumphant book from last year Dalston Monsterz. Easily one of my favourite books from last year it’s good to see that Dilraj has been reaching into some US comics companies with covers for IDW/Black Crown comics of late. Find out more at http://dilrajmann.tumblr.com/


(Art from Andy’s website and not really his front room?)


Andy Barron will be there with more from his world of Om as well as some gorgeous looking art and hopefully some of his world famous dioramas! Find out more here https://andyillustrates.com/




Look out for Todd Oliver. I got a couple of sketches from this creator last year and he is definitely one to watch out for. He’ll be dropping a new issue of ‘Boxes’ at the event and it is a favourite of us all on the pod! Find (and buy) his art here https://toddoliver.bigcartel.com 


The above is just a very small portion of what you can expect at the event! 

There is more to come .... keep an eye out.

Come say hi! 

In Review - ‘Glorious Wrestling Alliance -Grappling Road’ by Josh Hicks.




Glorious Wrestling Alliance 2: Grappling Road.

Created by Josh Hicks.


The Story - The Wrestling foundation is gathered to listen to an announcement of Ricky Lovett Jr, the CEO of the Glorious Wrestling Foundation. He is telling them that they are going old school, mostly as a cost cutting exercise, and will be travelling around in a bus for a month to each grappling venue.

So all the wrestlers get on the train like good employees. Gravy Train (who is described on the Wrestling Card as ‘Oddly Shaped’ and is in fact the shape of a large cup filled with actual gravy that looks like a cut price Juggernaut from the X-Men) is excited about the prospect of travelling around with his fellow wrestlers on this rackety bus. Great Carp is not so sure.

‘Let’s paint this town brown’ - Gravy Train.

As expected, the road is not an easy one and the slightly captive competitors begin to rub up wrong against each other. Great Carp can’t seem to get any piece and Death Machine is finding that his autobiographical poetry is putting the odd beak out of joint. But money is becoming an issue for Ricky Lovett Jr and the takings aren’t up to scratch, not by a long way.




There is also a character with a big secret…….

Will the tour make money? Will they all kill each other? How will Death Machione’s Poetry Slam go?

Read it and find out.





The Review - Now before I begin I should point out that this is the sequel to Glorious Wrestling Alliance: Human Garbage and that some of the pages have appeared previously in The Atomic Elbow 10 and Dirty Rotten Comics 11.

Now, I read, reviewed and enjoyed the first issue a while ago and got to interview Josh for a recent podcast (Awesome Comics Pod episode 152). The creator comes over simultaneously as a funny guy with a sharply ironic sense of humour and also a fan of wrestling. This comic is both of these things and more. He takes the iconography of this sport/pastime and tangles it up in a weirdly wonderful world. For example ‘Great Carp’ actually appears to be a fishman. He is also a fishman who speaks on occasion in grand and impact filled flowery prose.

‘But mark my words: This road is paved with crushed souls. We are all doomed.’

Josh fills each page with bundles of detail. The art is done in a clean dark blue and white style and you are never at a loss to know who is who and what is what. The character designs on their own would have a reader chuckling. Along with this he throws in little flourishes like a Top Trumps style card that shows the morale of each of the wrestlers. He also shows has panels of ‘The Juggernaut’ aka the wrestlers bus as if it was a Thunderbirds craft in an old British annual. This schematic contains arrows indicating different sections of the craft saying things like:

‘Crew Trailer - Compliant with most human rights standards’

The narrative is run like a diary/documentary. Different sections/chapters have titles like ‘Day 13 - 302 Hours of Road - Bison General Gymnasium’ or ‘Day 28 - 665 Hours of Road - Azteca Premium Motel’. The characters have a tinge of a manga turn to their appearances but not heavy handed and you can see the UK indie comics scene influences in the line work too. I’ve never watched any wrestling and I loved every second of this self-published comic!





I’m glad to report that I enjoyed this even more than the first issue. It is sparky and fast paced. The dialogue is funny and bounces around the cast with a little wink at the reader.  Issue 3 is almost upon us and I highly recommend catching up with the first two if you haven’t seen them yet.

Josh is back at the East London Comics Art Festival this year hopefully and I’ll be looking to see what else he has for sale.

You can find out more at www.joshhicks.co.uk or follow this fellow on Twitter @AJoshHicks

Many thanks for reading.