“Chalk exemplifies what I’m loving about Comichaus, it’s a blistering, genre-splitting shot in the arm that shows us the basics of the strip’s premise but injects enough mystery to make us want more.” – A Place To Hang Your Cape
“Beautifully drawn…we’re confident in saying it’s one of the most hard hitting intros to a story and despite playing its cards close to it’s chest it’s clear Chalk is going to be a flagship for Comichaus.” – Pipedream Comics
Across the UK and at exactly the same time, an unspecified number of people put down their phones, tablets or laptops and kill themselves.
A young woman receives a call from another, visibly older woman, who says “Sorry mum” before doing the same.
What’s that all about, eh?
Chalk has featured in the Comichaus anthology from issues 3 through to 8. It will return in issue 11.
Written by Steven Horry
Art by Catia Fantini
Lettered by Colin Bell (parts 1-3) and Ken Reynolds (parts 4-6)
Covers by Steve Yeowell (Comichaus issue 4) and Mark Buckingham (Comichaus issue 8)
I done a comic strip!
There is even a launch party! Next Friday night (3rd October) at Gosh! Comics in Soho. More detail here:
Next week sees the publication of Tempo-Lush Tales, an anthology of comics written by Richy K. Chandler. Richy is one of those people who is a bit sickening, being very good at a lot of different things. We originally met probably just over a decade ago when my friend Deborah and I were pulling together a band. He could drum, y’see. He slipped me a CD of his self-produced songs. The guy can basically play lots of instruments, and, it turns out, in the 10 years since we last met, he’s also been making some basically awesome comics including stuff like Lucy The Octopus, Rosie & Jacinda, Adventure Time and Wallace & Gromit. All of which you can read about here: http://www.tempolush.com . So he can write, he can draw, he can play a bunch of instruments and he can write songs. I know, right?! I bumped into Richy at a couple of comic cons and we talked about working on something together. Shortly after the script for Smokey Digital Seahorse landed. “Blimey.” I thought to myself. “This is a bit good.” Which is what I say out loud when I’m thinking “OMGOMGAMAZING!”
Smokey Digital Seahorse is a very intimate story about time travel, life, loss, and seizing the moment. I really enjoyed drawing it. I actually miss drawing Susan, the lead character. Early warning to everyone I ever work with from now on: I’m probably going to sneak her into the background of every comic I ever draw from now on. I felt a bit bad that I’d spent most of the 10 pages drawing her moping quite a bit so thought I’d cheer her up a bit in a little sketch that got a bit out of hand. So here you go:
Look at her happy face! And in sneaky peaky stylee, here is page 1:
So yeah. Come to the launch party. And if you’re so inclined, join me after for Nuis@nce at the Buffalo Bar (https://www.facebook.com/events/284111281782479/?fref=ts), where I’ll be DJing with the usual Britpop obsessed crazies. And buy this thing!
I was decidedly chuffed to be asked by Eddie Argos to illustrate the cover for his latest book, Any Questions? The Complete Art Brut, a collection of his lyrics over the last 10 years. And, to be fair, they are BRILLIANT lyrics. You can buy it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/any-questions-the-complete-lyrics-of-art-brut-2003-2013 . I’ll probably do a post about the design process at some point, as it was a lot of fun with lots of back-and-forth between Eddie & I.
20 pence to the first person to guess which book cover is referenced by the design, and a further 20 pence to anyone who can spot the Doctor Who reference.
(Have been using a lot of red recently. Red period, anyone? Or Steve Colours Red. Yes, that’ll do).
Last night I did a little sketch. It got slightly out of hand…
CALMzine is the magazine of the Campaign Against Living Miserably. You can find out more about their excellent work at http://www.thecalmzone.net . The next issue – out on 25th November features a cover illustration of main interviewee Frank Turner and a couple of pages of other bits of art by, well, me. Hurrah! Without the text it looks like this:
Got WELL excited this week when my copy of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith arrived this week. One of my favourite comics, that, and Steve Yeowell is a brilliant artists who has been a massive influence on me. So decided to do a little sketch. It got a bit out of hand. D’oh.
So it started on the 14th August with the publication of MTV Geek’s review of The Islanders. I’d feel a little vain quoting from it, so please do go to http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/08/14/the-islanders-review/ and read for yourself. And then buy the book at http://theislandersmusical.bandcamp.com !
Then on the Wednesday I made an appearance on the Joyzine show on Radio Croydon. I was there to talk about The Islanders, but other topics of conversation included my history as a failed indie pop band, my Britpop club night Nuis@nce and how I came to find myself playing in a regenerated version of top Britpop act Menswe@r. With Johnny Dean. You can download it as a podcast here: http://croydonradio.com/podcast/show.php?HistoryID=d865576e-93a0-08af-253f-5a80ea3036db I rock up around the second hour of the show. Thanks to Paul Madden for having me on!
And on Friday I played a sold out Rattlesnake in Islington as part of Menswe@r (v3.0). It was a bit amazing. Johnny talked about it here: http://www.menswearband.com/articles/Johnny%20Dean%20interview.html and then the NME parroted it here: http://www.nme.com/news/menswear/72078
There is also video over at http://www.nuisanceclub.com if you are so inclined.
Three recent warm-up sketches…