Thursday, 23 December 2010

From the WTF? Files.

Rich Johnston posted up a few of these "inspirational posters" on his excellent website, Bleeding Cool, but I thought I'd share my favourites with you here, in case you hadn't seen them. First up is a big bugbear of mine, crap "English" in comics and popular culture. I ranted about this when Frank Miller's The Spirit move came out, but below is the same sort of issue
It simply doesn't make sense! It's like that other crap phrase, "My bad." Your bad what? It's an incomplete sentence with no meaning! "Shame by you English?" You bloody should be! Grrr! —Ranty Claus.
Which leads neatly onto this one, which just made me laugh:
And finally, here's one that combines two of this blog's subject matters in one. If only he were naked, then we'd have the hat-trick!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Grant Morrison, Batman and the CBA Auction Results: £3,000 and rising!

Christmas came early to Aldrin Stoja (above) when he won the auction of a lifetime, getting to star alongside his favourite superhero, Batman, in the Dark Knight’s new comic, Batman Incorporated.
Aldrin won this incredible experience in the Comic Book Alliance’s first fundraising auction, bidding an impressive £1,127 for the honour. Aldrin said, “I totally support the work that the Comic Book Alliance does, and I am hopeful that my contribution will help make a difference in 2011.”

The story will be written by "the man who killed Batman" award-winning scribe and comics legend, Grant Morrison, and will drawn by Chris Burnham.

“When I heard about the auction, I knew I had to win!” enthused Aldrin. “The chance to be written as a character by Grant Morrison, to be rescued by Batman, and to be able to donate to a very worthy cause—the Comic Book Alliance—made it an absolute in my book. I have been in love with the heroes at DC Comics as far back as I can remember, and to be written and drawn into an issue of Batman Incorporated. is the next best thing to writing and/or drawing the book myself.”

BATMAN INCORPORATED is the new best-selling comic book from Grant Morrison (above) highlighting the new status quo in the BATMAN series, as Bruce Wayne takes the Bat-franchise global. Batman will dramatically rescue Aldrin in a story that takes Batman in a desperate race across two continents and two decades in a spectacular battle to save the world from a terrifying new threat. Aldrin Stoja will feature in BATMAN INC. #4 (below) on sale 16th February 2011.
The Comic Book Alliance (CBA) “The Voice of the British Comics Industry” also had other items in their very first fundraising auction including a personalised portrait by Frank Quitely—winner of four 2010 Eagle Awards and one of the hottest artists in comics (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin), and co-designer of Robbie William’s album, Intensive Care—which went for £370.96The money raised in the auction was an impressive total of over £3,000!

The CBA supports and promotes comic creators, publishers, retailers and distributors, both in the UK and abroad, At the heart of the Alliance, fellow founders Shane Chebsey, GM Jordan, and I, have assembled an Advisory Board made up of leading academics and professionals from a wide spectrum including chat show host, turned comic book writer, Jonathan Ross and V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd. In the last year we've helped organise and promote major exhibitions and sent thousands of free comic books to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. We also run a website that helps the general public find their local comic book retailer ( and with over 1.5m visitors.

It’s been wonderfully overwhelming to see so many British comic creators and publishers generously donating their time and items to this very worthy cause—and the fans bidding so much for them. A huge thank you to everyone for coming together to support the medium they love. This money will allow us to do some very important work to secure the future of British comics. We have plans for a second auction in the New Year with some exciting donations from Mark Millar. We've only just begun.

Watch this space!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The One That Got Away (Part 6)—The Weldon Owen years (Part 2)

Here's another strip that I wrote for Weldon Owen. It was drawn by 2000 AD artist Adrian Bamforth, who I'd never worked with before, but he did a great job. The challenge here was to do a story about the infamous "Perfect Storm" that hit the North East coast of America in 1991. Lots of people were sadly killed in the storm and the incidents were recorded in the semi-factual film, The Perfect Storm starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. But whereas they had 130 minutes to tell the story, we had just two pages! I think we did a reasonable job considering the space and deadline. Click on the pages to enlarge them. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Erotic Comics Volume 1: Slight Return

Sometimes you can be too successful. Take my book, Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Vol. 1. Or rather you can't take it, because it's been out of print for the last 6 months in the UK. The book has done so well that it's impossible to get anywhere without pay silly money for it (I've seen the first printing going for £80 on!). Which must've been very frustrating for those Brits who bought Vol 2 (still in print) but couldn't get the first book. But now the wait is over! Ilex Press are now bringing out a paperback edition in May 2011 at the very reasonably priced £16.99. The slightly revised cover is above and you can pre-order the book here for an even more reasonable £14.44. Do it now before it goes out of print again! Oh, and I just heard a Polish edition is on the cards. Still, it's strange that no Italian or Spanish publishers have picked it up yet! Come on fellas, I practically wrote the books with you hot-blooded Lantinos in mind. You've got a passionate reputation to uphold.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Grant Morrison, Batman and You!

Here's an update on the Comic Book Alliance's auction tomorrow (at 7pm GMT), more specifically about that guest appearance in Batman Inc.:

The auction will see the highest bidder guest-starring alongside The Dark Knight in his very own comic! Not only will the winner's name be included, but Chris Burnham (not Yanick Paquette as stated in DC Comics listings) will also draw their likeness into the story as well. All written by "the man who killed Batman"—no less—award-winning scribe and comics legend, Grant Morrison! 

BATMAN INCORPORATED is the new best-selling comic book from Grant Morrison highlighting the new status quo in the BATMAN series as Bruce Wayne takes the Bat-franchise global.
Morrison explains "The winner will have the choice to be brutally slain by the villain or dramatically rescued by Batman in a story that takes Batman in a desperate race across two continents and two decades in a spectacular battle to save the world from a terrifying new threat."

The winner will feature in BATMAN INC. #4 on sale 16th February 2011.