Friday, 21 September 2018
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Sunday, 9 September 2018
If you’ve been listening recently you’ll know that I’ll be running the Nobrow table at Thoughtbubble in Leeds this year. We’ll be situated at Table 28 in the grand Victoria Hall.
My first full outing for this company coincides with their first television outing of that adventurous kid Hilda on Netflix. For anyone who went to the East London Comic and Art Festival last June or has been to the screening events Flying Eye, Netflix and Nobrow have been running will know one thousand percent that this is a great cartoon that will capture you and sweep you along with a big grin.
Created with total love and skill by Luke Pearson this is a story of Hilda and her dog Twig. They live in a country full of supernatural and often dangerous creatures. But Hilda doesn’t mind, she loves to run and scramble and explore her world. There’s seemingly nothing that this young girl cant take in her stride. You marvel at her enthusiasm and fearless escapades. You also worry for her, will she come out the other side unscathed?
Not only will your kids love this series but you will too. It is a comic (and now a cartoon series) that has melted the heart of even this grumpy old comic fan. A total solution to all the toxic troubles of the modern world. This is pure and fun and totally extraordinary.
This cartoon magically translates all the hallmarks of the comic onto the screen. It is due to launch in the days before Thoughtbubble (22nd - 23rd September) and I fully expect there to be a dash to our table to get the books. So I thought it might be handy to have a list of what you’ll need.
Here’s the running order.
Hildafolk - now released as Hilda and the Troll.
Hilda and the Midnight Giant.
Hilda and the Bird Parade.
Hilda and the Black Hound.
Hilda and the Stone Forest.
Just because we love Thoughtbubble we’ll be selling the graphic novel series at £7 each rather than the usual price of £7.99.
But believe me when I say that you need to get in early. I’ll also be taking preorders for the Con attendees so let me know at Tony.email@example.com or find me and DM me on Twitter @Ezohyez
Addicted yet? Then you might want to try this newly released novel that ties into the comic series and the new Netflix cartoon.
Hilda an the Hidden People is written by Stephen Davies using the ideas, tone, fun and characters of the original series and is well worth £9.99.
Here’s what the Nobrow site says about this new release.
‘Based on Luke Pearson’s award-winning Hildafolk graphic novels, the magical and mysterious world of Hilda continues in a new fiction series written by Stephen Davies. Catch the new Hilda series, coming soon to Netflix!
Join our beloved heroine as she encounters her very first troll, negotiates peace with some very persnickety elves, and reunites two lovelorn ancient giants. Fantastic creatures and daring adventures are all just part of another average day for Hilda… but what will she do if she is forced to move to Trolberg city, far away from her beloved valley home?’
Head over to www.nobrow.net to find out more or follow us on Twitter @NobrowPress or @FlyingEyeBooks
You can find out more about Luke at https://lukepearson.com/ and follow him on twitter @thatlukeperson
You can find out more about the new cartoon series at http://www.hildatheseries.com/
Many thanks for reading.
See you there!
Saturday, 8 September 2018
Created by John Tucker.
40 pages - Black and White - £2.
(Launching at Thoughtbubble Festival this month).
The General Idea - This is a world exactly like ours. Full of motorways and people and forks.
One day gravity decided that it wanted to just up and go. Suddenly and without any kind of warning it just left the Earth.
At first the occupants of the Earth liked the effect of floating around. It was a novelty. Just like that first day of snow where we can stay at home and play with it. Later though, it might, maybe, become a pain in your neck, and/or possibly a little dangerous.
That’s what it’s like when gravity goes away. How will the human race cope? How would you cope? Will we adapt or will everything go to hell?
That’s what John Tucker posits in this new illustrated tale.
What is for sure is that there are a whole load of naked and old and fat people having sex right there in front of you!
Don’t go gravity? Please.....
What I thought (as if you aren’t already hooked!).
“The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything
I’ve always loved the every day simple yet funny nature of that quote. It came back to me after reading the new book from John Tucker.
This has a wry and sarcastic wink at you as you read through it’s pages. It is fun, telling and at one moment just a little bit touching. From page one when that fork with a life of it’s own floats past the reader I knew this was something I would enjoy. It is not done in a traditional comics style but rather a series of full page images that face a page of commentary, comments and text. It’s an interesting and very readable style. It is a short read but really entertaining.
It takes all the cynicism of the depressing things like The Walking Dead and The Road and shows that as changes come that are considered catastrophic we can find a little humour and just possibly some light at the end of the tunnel. It is written with that idiosyncratic humour that is recognisably a Tucker creation. A little bawdy, a little strange and a whole lot funny.
I heartily recommend anything by this creator.
This will be getting a release at Thoughtbubble this year and you can find John and all of his art and comics in the ComiXology Marquee at table 120B. You can find him online at www.johntucker.co.uk on Twitter @JohnTuckerArt and on Instagram @JohnTucker
Many thanks for reading.
And PS. The Review copy came with this comment that made me laugh loudly in Cafe Nero.
‘Please don’t cross my name out and release it as your own. Thanks.’
Thursday, 6 September 2018
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Created by Martin Simpson.
Published by Soaring Penguin Press.
19 pages - Full Colour.
‘Needlemen are the dark enforcers of a dystopian city of slaves. For one particular Needlman, a seemingly everyday investigation will spiral out of control and comprehension....’
The Review - This is a collection of a series that was previously published in Soaring Penguin’s anthology series Meanwhile. It is however new to me and was kindly sent through to us at The Awesome Podcast by the creator Martin Simpson. I opened it on my phone and immediately swapped messages with Vince and Dan on how ‘Fucking great’ this book looks.
I think the cover is worthy of a mention. It immediately stands out. The face of the Needleman (aka Agent Rasp) is that of a cross between a Steampunk zombie and a funeral director in a 1970s western. A wizened and skinny tough guy with a bow tie. He looks out at you with vicious efficiency from the cover daring you to try something. Either side of his face are the flared lights of a golden city shooting up into the night sky.
‘They only wanted black and white. Do you see?’
I am taken immediately by Simpson’s art. He combines some cleverly interlocking panel arrangements and then throws in some gorgeously detailed splash pages full of mood and menace. The Needleman comes across in his intentions as a cross between Judge Dredd in that he is prone to acts of sudden and violent punishment and the characters who seem faceless and mechanical crawling over the movie Dark City. Simpson portrays the humans as grey in a bright world of light and gold. There’s some remarkable design work on show here.
This is a city where the life of it’s inhabitants is cheap. The people are crammed into city blocks and named only as numbers. The Needlemen are the feared enforcers, snuffing lives out with expertly effective bullets. They use the Needles of their names to torture and interrogate.
Rasp is a special case. His voice is portrayed in square and black backgrounded speech balloons and he narrates much of the action. He is tasked with tracking down an escaped and missing female employee working in one of the factory complexes. He finds something else. Something that may well change him.
This is a book that I highly recommend. Something that you really need to read for yourself and I have purposely left out a couple of the splash pages that will blow out the bulbs in your downstairs toilet with how incredible they look. I would say that the last third suffers a little from too much talking and that there is a moment right towards the end that may have spoken to much of what they said without the need for a couple of pages of explanation. But this is a small aside from what is a book that speaks to much and does so with absolute style.
What did Rasp find?
The revolution will be lead by the artists..... (they just need to keep off Twitter for five minutes - sorry, couldn’t resist that.)
You can find out more about the creator at www.martinsillustration.com Buy some of his art at www.etsy.com/shop/tweekhed and follow him on Twitter @SIMO_paints
Many thanks for reading.