You all know Kate Beaton, right? I don’t need to go on about how great her comics are, but, y’know, they are, so you should check them out if you haven’t already. Everyone loves her historical comics but the ones that always give me hysterical pains in my gut are the ones with the Mystery Solving Teens and the Younger Self ones. Plus, y’know she’s Canadian. So +5 points, right there.
But yeah, look how cool she draws us! Anna’s hair is like, spot on! Thanks, Kate!
Today’s first comic comes courtesy of Mr Philip Spence of Ninja Bunny fame. I met Phil at my very first UK convention in Birmingham and I was so nervous to talk to anyone as I felt like such a newbie, which was ridiculous. Phil’s a good guy and if fighting bunnies don’t take your fancy, he does a variety of lovely autobio comics that you can buy for a handsome fee.
For those missing our good pal Dracula, Phil continues his adventures. Godspeed, little buddy, godspeed.
Ever wondered what Ellerbisms would look like if they were pulpy old school comics? I know I have (?!)
Joe Decie‘s comics are infectious. Often starting out in autobio, they take subtle yet exciting turns towards the end. I like them an awful lot and you should totally buy some of his books (click here for What I Drew vol 1 and here for 2). His comics are very different from below, they’re done in an ink wash and have a lovely texture to them, unlike my flat looking things
Next up is Jake Harold. Have you read Justine Tyme, yet? You should! It’s got an awful schedule but it’s a gem when it does finally get updated, but whatever, Jake’s a good lad at heart. I sometimes think he reckons I don’t like him very much but that’s rubbish. Watch out for him, he’s younger than me and he’s doing some good stuff, I bet in a few years he’ll be bloody fried gold. There’s a print edition of Justine out now (in colour, no less!) and I think vol 2 should be out soon? Anyway, he’s done this amazing comic featuring us in the FUTURE!
(This references a fan comment on a strip ages ago, which might be a bit lame and start things up again if I link to…. but you’re welcome to hunt it down yourself)
If you’re coming to the MCM Expo at the end of the month, most of the UK based artists featured thus far are attending and you can pick up books and merch from us there. It’s a great little show and the comic village bit has boomed over the past year thanks to Emma and Anna. Yeah there’s cosplayers and adverts for games every 0.5 seconds, but it’s good fun and easy to get to.
See you tomorrow for a double post of LRB200 goodness.