London Horror Comic 5 work update

A very quick update on the production of London Horror Comic issue 5:

  • Art for the third story is coming in today. It’s one of the most detailed I’ve had in the book and when you see the linework you’ll know the love that’s gone into it.
  • The first two stories are being colored.
  • The cover is completed and believe me it is a beautiful thing.
  • The fourth story is being drawn and the story makes dark look light.
  • Completed first draft of back page editorial. The back page is always highly personal and meant to be useful and so takes a while before I’m happy with it.
  • Busy. Busy. Busy!

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    posted by JP at 12:24 am  

    Mr Flibbles

    That kind of a day...

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    posted by JP at 11:00 pm  

    Dredd 3D Review

    I’ve read a handful of Dredd stories in my time.

    Of the few I’ve read, stories like The Cursed Earth (Dredd beats up Ronald McDonald and The Burger King) burst with satire.

    Others like The Dark Judges combine Sci-Fi action with zeal. My personal favourite, America, have a profundity that break the confines of Dredd himself and focus on the lives of the people who live and grow up in the city.

    In short: a rich world to plunder for movie ideas.

    That said, I don’t think comic book movies have to be faithful to every small detail of the comic book world. As a comic book fan, you sit and watch hoping any film adaptation of a book you love at least conveys the essence of what makes the source material compelling to those who will never crack the spine of a comic book.

    With Dredd 3D, it’s hard to see what either fans of the comic or action films in general will get out of the experience.

    The set-up is standard: rookie cop (Anderson) joins long-tooth professional (Dredd) to take down a big bad.

    But because Dredd is so emotionless, it’s left to Anderson to shoulder the burden of the story. Indeed, it would have been better if the film had been about Anderson, since she’s the one that undergoes the biggest change in the story.

    The film could have been used to make a comment on the limits of personal freedom in the face of lawlessness. Do the ends justify the means? But rather than take a risk on that it just resorts to mindless shoot outs.

    If I would hazard a guess I’d say that the film’s makers were so nervous about taking a point of view on anything (given the failure of the first film) that they opted for an on the fence version of Dredd.

    It’s like they thought: “We can’t upset the fans or be laughed at by the mainstream if we keep it minimal. And hey, it worked for Nolan.”

    In aping Chris Nolan’s Batman to design Dredd’s aesthetic (grim voice) and making his world seem grimly realistic (no robots or anything to suggest a drop of anything off-world), the film is reduced to a mundane seen-it-all-before shoot’em up. Even the shoot’em up scenes themselves are nothing original.

    The good? Well, it nice to see an 18-rated film. Dredd has not compromised what it’s central theme to appeal to kids. The use of slow-motion time is glorious. My biggest pet peeve was 3D: used yet again to prevent piracy and not to any real effect.

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    posted by JP at 12:08 am  

    To Kill a Long Journey Short

    I’m grateful for long journeys.

    Seems to be about the only time I can catch up with the latest reading on books, comics, etc.

    Travelling out of London as I do on relatively short journeys I’m always looking for something to kill about 40 mins to an hour. On these types of commutes, books are off the list (unless they are short story collections) as I don’t like starting something I can’t finish in a single trip.

    More often than not I end up buying a copy of Private Eye. The Eye has many things going for it: quick-fire gags, serious reporting, ubiquitous availability at even the smaller rail station newsagents and, perhaps most important of all, a low price of £1.50.

    I mention the price because while I might not always have £3-5 it costs to buy a magazine I will almost have enough loose change to make up £1.50.

    The Eye is printed on rough paper, it contains colour photography and art, but for the most part it is text-based and black and white. It’s published fortnightly and for me is pulp publishing at its best.

    I give the breakdown of the eye as a stark contrast to not being able to find a comic with which to kill the journey home with. This, on new comics Wednesday.

    Leaving aside matters of taste, flipping through several of the new books I found that I would have to spend in excess of £10 to buy a suitable amount of comics to kill the hour journey home (ads seem to be filling out what are essentially becoming pamphlet forms of entertainment).

    Heading to the recent back-issues section I found wall-to-wall superheroes, filler issues for multi-part crossovers and three differently named books for one character. How easy would it be for someone to pick up any of these books cold?

    Now, to be clear: I do pick up single issue print comics. It’s a small list admittedly and it’s most often by appointment (i.e. on the day of release). But I was surprised today that when I went looking for titles to kill the time with, I couldn’t find one that fit the bill as well as Private Eye, which is what I ended up buying instead of comics.

    Private Eye has been going since the sixties and its editor’s appearance on the BBC TV show “Have I got News for You” have undoubtedly helped it’s profile. Comic books like Batman have been going since the thirties, and have had a string of films, tv, shows, cartoons and merchandise supporting it the world over. And yet the eye sells approximately 700,000 copies each fortnight while the Batman comic book hits approximately over 100,000 issues each month.

    I’ll leave you to consider if the pulp format of print comics has truly had its day.

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    posted by JP at 4:45 pm  

    Rec Genesis twitter extra

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ZTdNGchZo

    To celebrate the release of the third Rec movie – Genesis, a seven hour epic world first twitter-based theatre performance will take place as infected discs of the film find their victims!

    People will be able to follow this using the Hashtag #RECvirus

    You can read our review of Rec 3 from this year’s FrightFest here

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    posted by JP at 2:02 pm