Miss Fury

06/02/2019
June Mills, ( 25.02. 1918 – 12. 12 1988) was a comic book artist. She worked under the name Tarpé Mills in order to disguise her gender from a reading public not ready to accept a woman writing and drawing adventure strips. June was one of the first major female comics artists. The strip she created was 'Miss Fury'. 'Miss Fury' was the first female action hero.
It was a Sunday paper strip, first printed early 1941. In 1942 some of the work was reprinted in comic book form.

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RIP Mike Noble

Mike Noble, 17th September 1930 - 15th November 2018

Mike and I shared some time working for Look-in. I was a big admirer of his work and, seeing his ability at drawing the horses he was doing for ‘Follyfoot’, thought him the best drawer in the comic. For a short time I was privileged to be entrusted with colouring his ‘Robin of Sherwood’ strip.
Mike was a very nice and very modest man. A great loss.

In memory of Mike donations can be made to the Sussex Heart Charity

More stuff and pictures at -
ttps://downthetubes.net/?p=102470

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Stolen comics

07/01/2019
Looking at this web site recently it struck me that it's in danger of looking a little nostalgic - lots of Beano, Dandy, and the original Captain Marvel. I had so resolved to read more contemporary publications. I was relying on the local library to supply the raw material. That plan now shot.
Unlike many we still have a local library but it has ceased to have a Graphic Novels section. The reason being, I was told, is that too many of the comic books went missing. Pinched, purloined, nicked, nabbed, - stolen. Personal acquisitiveness over-ruling public good.

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Make money from Art!

30/11/2018
Remember those ads once seen in comics? 'Make money from art. Learn to draw! Take our training course.' ?
Well to cash in you don't have to make art, trouble yourself to draw or paint or be creative. Let others will do that, then just buy some and wait a little.

Saw on the internet that the 'Bad' Anderson print that was on sale at Orbital for £50 is being offered at £100.
Could make one sorry you signed stuff.
Orbital comics still have copies of the print for £50. Probably signed copies but if not signed so what?

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RIP Stan Lee

13/11/2018
Stan Lee 28/12/1922 - 12/11/ 2018

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/11/12/reaction-death-stan-lee/

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Sedzia Anderson

08/11/2018
Polskie wydanie zbioru ośmiu opowiadań Sędziego Andersona jest dostępne w Studia Lain. Historie to "Szambala", "Powody do bycia czcigodnymi", "Raport czarownic", "Syndrom Jezusa" Szatana, R'evolution "i" Protest ".
Komiks zostanie wydany ze standardową i limitowaną okładką.
Pojawi się na tegorocznym Festiwalu Komiksu w Łodzi.
Mam okładkę "Bad" Andersona. Jest duży, piękny i błyszczący.
Do osób odpowiedzialnych za to produkowanie dziękuję za tak wspaniałą prezentację.

A Polish edition of a collection of eight Judge Anderson stories is available from Studia Lain.

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s'all art in'it?

32/10/2018
This was an idea I woke up with.
The two artists featured, Damien Hirst and Brian Bolland, were in my mind at that waking moment but most any other two with equivalent backgrounds could have served.
The idea was that the prestige of an artist can be based on their field of presentation rather than on their individual qualities and ability.

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown.

24/10/2018
Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts

25 October 2018 – 3 March 2019
Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London
Exhibition of comic strips and personal artefacts from the Schulz Museum plus contemporary works from contributors with a passion for Peanuts.
Peanuts was a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz .It ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000. It was a comic strip about funny kids if you like.

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RIP Carlos Ezquerra.

13/10/2018
November 12th 1947 - October 1st 2018
One of 2000AD's most regular and popular artists.
He is credited with the original visuals for Judge Dredd and was also co-creator of Strontium Dog.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/01/judge-dredd-co-creator-ca…

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Show biz.

10/10/2018
The evening at Orbital, with the opening of an exhibition of my art work and book (and other stuff) signing, went, I think it is fair to say, well.

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RIP Norman Breyfogle

29/09/2018
Norman Keith Breyfogle. February 27, 1960 – September 24, 2018.
An American artist, best known for his comic book art on DC Comics' Batman, for which co-created the villains Ventriloquist and Ratcatcher with writers Alan Grant and John Wagner, and the characters Anarky, Jeremiah Arkham, Victor Zsasz, and Amygdala with Grant alone.

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Show Time

11/09/2018
An exhibition of some bits of my original artwork will be on show at Orbital Comics from October 5th to November 4th.

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Spellbound

02/19/2018
Spellbound.Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft.
August 31st – January 6th
Ashmolean Museum,
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Oxfordshire OX1 2PH
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Architecture currently has, along with other treasures, an exhibition of objects relating to superstition, magical beliefs, witchcraft and the like.

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Thinking comics

20/08/2018
Hillary L. Chute is an American literary scholar and expert on comics and graphic narratives.
She is Distinguished Professor of English and Art and Design at Northeastern University.

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Beano 80th Anniversary

05/08/2018
The Beano comic first appeared on 30 July 1938.
Pictured here are the few characters I could find from its early days - chosen because they were ones from my childhood so are of course the best. But Beano continued to create iconic characters throughout its long life.

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Man Booker

27/07/2018
A comic book has been long.listed for Man Booker prize.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. It is prestigious and influential.
The book is 'Sabrina' by Nick Drnaso.

A comic book being included among the contenders for the prize means literary people regard this book as a literary work and are passing judgment on it as such.

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Wordless comics

16/07/2018
Thought this an interesting essay - https://comicsverse.com/5-wordless-comics/

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RIP Steve Dikto

08/07/2018
Stephen John Ditko.
2.11.1927 - c. 29. 6.2018

Steve Dikto was an artist who’s ‘Dr Strange’ work had an influence on me hitherto unacknowledged even to myself
Looking at that Dr Strange cover you can perhaps see how that might be.

More at -
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/08/steve-ditko-obituary

https://www.weeklystandard.com/kevin-binversie/steve-ditko-1927-2018-hi…

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Podcast panel

24/06/2018
For broadcast on June 27th.
Following the podcast in which I was involved comes another, a follow-up, involving a distinguished panel of experts discussing the quality and content of the former. A jury of my peers sharing their thoughts and feelings on me, my work and my Essex accent.

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Art Appeal

There is to be a show of my artwork at Orbital Comics this coming October.
This will overlap with the publication of a new edition of Mazeworld from Rebellion that same month.
What artwork will be exhibited is yet to be decided but present thinking is that Mazeworld pages will predominate.

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth,

1 June-28 October 2018,
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG

Original manuscripts, artwork, maps, letters and artefacts from the Bodleian's extensive Tolkien Archive, the Tolkien Collection at Marquette University in the USA and from private collections.- a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to see so many Tolkien-related materials together.

More at - https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston/news/2017/mar-17

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Astérix in Britian:

16/05/2018
Astérix in Britian: The Life and Work of René Goscinny
Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House,129-131 Albert Street, London NW1 7NB
10 May 2018 - 30 September 2018
René Goscinny (1926 – 1977) was a French comics editor and writer of Polish descent, best known internationally for the comic book ‘Astérix’, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo.
Astérix has sold 500million copies in 150 languages and made into 100 films.

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Button Man TV busted

08/05/2018
After some serious too-ing and considerable fro-ing, the projected Warner TV Button Man series can now I think be announced as kaput.

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Jewish Comic Con

23/04/2018
"Jewish Comic Con explores how Jewish identity has influenced comics, both on the page and behind the scenes. But it isn't just for the "members of the tribe". It's for everyone. It's a love letter to the creators of the comic book medium and their heroes!"

Next Sunday, April 29th at Congregation Kol Israel
603 St.

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Podcast Part Two

17/04/2018
A second instalment of my podcast interview with Michaell Molcher for 2000AD is due any moment now.
Wednesday April 18th to be precise.
This reminder may be appearing a little late but you know how time flies when you are having fun.

You can tune in by searching for 'Thrill-Cast' on iTunes or searching for it on your favourite podcast app.
It is also available direct through the 2000 AD website at http://2000ad.com/podcast.

April 24th - a date for the broadcast of a panel discussing what they make of what I am saying is yet to be set.

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