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Jamie's big break: a real life story from real life!

Mar. 4th, 2011 | 04:36 pm




Read the whole comic here! Oh go on.

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Action Gran Returns

Mar. 1st, 2011 | 10:24 pm



Action Gran returns for her second outing over at Klank! comic. Hop on over and check it out!

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Action Gran!

Feb. 16th, 2011 | 08:33 pm

Here's a sneaky peak at the first half page of my new comic 'Action Gran', who in turn is the first new character on my new on-line comic 'Klank!'. Hop over and take a look at the full strip and maybe *cough* vote in the poll.

Over the coming weeks I'll be unveiling new characters and also some old ones to the Klank! fold. I plan to compile the comics into a mini perhaps every quarter and add some previously unseen strips as well. we'll see how it goes.



I really wanted to create an online comic that was in the same vein as the old british comics like Oink!, Whizzer and Chips, Buster e.t.c. I came up with the idea of Editorbot who's ..... well the editor! I wanted the comics title to be something robotic or mechanical sounding. Klank! seemed to fit the bill, plus it was thought up by one of my kids so how could I not use it? I think the absence of really good kids comics in our newsagents is a real shame and while the Dandy is doing a damn fine job, there should be more and this is my way of addressing the balance.

In other news, the second issue of on-line comic 'Comical Animal' was released a couple of weeks ago and you can see a couple of old illustrations, I dug out of the archives, which I thought were appropriate for the comic. It also includes my second 'Chutney Rabbit' strips. Keen eyed readers will notice that I've given him a bit of a makeover from the first issue and I'm rather fond of the new version. Here's hoping there will be more Chutney in up coming issues, I'd like to keep the strip going. Head on over to the site and read the full strip.

 
There's also a nice review of the comic over on the Forbidden Planet website, where Chutney gets a mention.

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Introducing Klank! comic.

Feb. 13th, 2011 | 10:26 am

I've started a new comic venture over at www.klankcomic.blogspot.com.


Take a look and let me know what you think?


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Merry Christmas

Dec. 23rd, 2010 | 04:07 pm

I just wanted to say a big thank you to anyone who has stopped by over the last year to read my Livejournal, particularly those who have took the time out to comment on my scribblings and of course to anyone who has linked to my stuff, either to here or to my website.

Merry Christmas.

Rick


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Welcome to Gingerbread Town

Dec. 7th, 2010 | 10:51 pm


Inspired by my love of all things Richard Scarry, I thought I'd have a go at doing a crowded town scene.



The whole Gingerbread thing was inspired by this little chap I made out of Polymer Clay as a Christmas Decoration.

 

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Jessica Fletcher, Frank Sidebottom and Animals

Nov. 30th, 2010 | 10:19 pm

HOORAY, it's Jessica Fletcher week over at Timothy Winchester's 'People I Know' and today sees my entry, which can be seen over at the website here along with all the other awesome entries! I had the good fortune of meeting Timothy at 'Thought Bubble' a couple of weekends back and he very kindly gave me a bunch of his comics FOR FREE. Timothy also has the honour of winning my 'favorite comic of the year' award with this little masterpiece, unfortunately there is no physical prize for this honor, just the knowledge that it made me  laugh a lot and perhaps a high five, if we meet again? Anyway, check out the comics they're pretty great and here's my aforementioned entry:



In other news, I have a couple of pieces in the 'Frankophila' exhibition at Salford University, a celebration of all things Frank Sidebottom, which runs until the 18th December. Here, presented in special miniscule-o-vision, are two of my entries:


Here's my tiny little model of Frank, Ahhhhhhh look he's even got his own little shelf!



And if you look really closely and maybe squint a bit, you can see my painting - Huzzah!

And in other, other news, Jim Medway's 'Comical Animal' is due to launch on the 3rd December (I think)! Go sign up here and enjoys oodles of comic and animal goodness, including one of my own comic abominations!

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Carrotty Kid Guest Comic

Nov. 15th, 2010 | 09:41 pm

While Andy Fanton is busy drawing 'George Vs Dragon' for the Dandy, I've done a guest comic for his other comic Carrotty Kid. It can be seen over on the Carrotty Kid website or below. Big thanks to Andy for letting me have a go with his characters, I'm particulary proud of Straw-Barry, who's my own little creation.


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Fine and Dandy

Oct. 31st, 2010 | 10:27 am


This week saw the first issue of the Brand Spanking new Dandy comic. Overall I think it’s very, very good and fingers crossed this could be the shot in the arm UK humor comics needed. Here’s my Top Ten of what I liked about it:
 
10. It reminds me of Oink! In that it’s funny and a little bit cheeky in places.
 
9. The £1.50 price is affordable and great value for money. Let’s hope the sales are enough to keep it at this price.
 
8. There is no Toy lazily taped to the front cover – Hooray!
 
7. The celebrity strips and Pop Culture references make it fresh and breathe new life into it and make it current. The inclusion of Harry Hill has got to be a good move.
 
6. The inclusion of some new up and coming UK artists is good to see. I particularly like George vs. Dragon, having seen Andy Fanton’s previous online comics. ‘Robot on the Run’ and ‘Pepperoni Pig’ both look to have some potential.
 
5. Desperate Dan, Banana Man and Korky the Cat are all in there. Korky is only a three panel strip but he’s in there none the less. It’s nice to see them sticking with some of the old favorites and trying something new with them. Nigel Parkinson mentions in a recent Blog post that Dan very nearly missed out, which would have been a great shame.
 
4. As promised it’s absolutely rammed with comics, just like the comics from when I was a lad.
 
3. The comic is, quite rightly, aimed at kids while having enough for any ‘child at heart’ adult to enjoy.
 
2. Lew Stringer finally gets his chance to have a go at a Dandy Strip, in fact he gets two! Postman Prat is not the most original Character name but sometimes the simplest of ideas work the best. Kids will love it I’m sure.
 
1. All truly good football teams are built around an exceptional player, and the New Dandy is wisely built around Jamie Smart, who is their very own Lionel Messi (Yes, I'm using a football analogy about a comic, bear with me!). From the wonderful newly designed logo to the smattering of little characters dotted around, Jamie Smart's imprint is all over the comic, including the titles and borders for the majority of the other strips. I’ve always been a huge fan of Smart’s clever and immeasurably funny take on Desperate Dan, which is unfortunately reduced to one page here rather than the two pages, which was Dandy Xtremes only saving grace. However, this has given room for Smart to create another two page strip – Pre-School Prime Minister. PSPM is full of the usual madness and laugh out loud moments that I have come to expect from a Jamie Smart comic and is, for me, far and away the best thing about this first issue. For me, this alone is worth the cover price – Brilliant!


And because I don't like to post anything without a bit of artwork, here's a little Dandy Fan art.


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Hetty Grubb and the Not Very Nice Knight

Oct. 18th, 2010 | 07:07 pm



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