If you’re a comics fan, you’re probably going to love Drowntown - the new book from writer and artist team Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray. The first part of Drowntown will be published on 20th June 2013 but until then we’ve got a sneak peek and Q&A with Robbie Morrison to whet your appetite. Read on for more!
1. What was the first comic you wrote?
To be honest, I can’t actually remember the first scripts I wrote when I was starting out, which is probably a good thing as I’m sure they must have been pretty awful. The first script I sold - after a fair few rejection letters - was to that Dundee institution DC Thomson, publishers of The Beano, The Broons and Oor Wullie. The story was a tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventure for a science-fiction comic called Starblazers.
Unfortunately, Starblazers was cancelled about a month before the story was due to be published. I’d written quite a few other stories for them by then as well, all of which bit the dust.
The first script that actually saw print was Judge Dredd: Kinky Boots, in which a pair of boot fetishists named John Speed and Mrs. Peeler attempt to steal the lawman’s big, green boots. Not exactly subtle, I know, but it was beautifully drawn by the artist Paul Grist, and I’m still fond of it.
If you’re a regular viewer of this blog you might’ve seen one of these not too long ago.
We’ve recently been sending some of our illustrators a bunch of postcards and asking them to draw something and then send the postcards back to us. Here is the second of three ‘earworms’ from SImone Lia. One more from Simone Lia to come, as well as doodles from a few other great Cape illustrators!
In other Stephen Collins news, BEARD WEEK IS UPON US. Our Beard competition is still open for two more days, so get entering if you haven’t already!
Long-form comics, as I have now learned, are a slow business. Where a novelist will write the words “he sat in the living room and looked out of the window”, the cartoonist has to work out exactly what the living room looks like, where the window is in it, what the window looks like, what time of day it is, what ‘he’ is even wearing, etc. Comics are second only to animation in terms of its glacial pace of production versus a shockingly quick speed of consumption (my book of two years’ work takes about 45 minutes to read). It is an obsessive’s art form – stultifying, maddening, labyrinthine, torturous – and I absolutely love it.
Stephen Collins has put together a Director’s Commentary on how his book, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, came together. Head over to the Forbidden Planet website to read the rest!
The book is published next week, on May 9th. If you’re in London then, do come along to the launch party at Gosh! Comics - it’d be nice to meet y’all!
The Stephen Collins cartoon… slightly delayed this week but better late than never!
And don’t forget, there’s still time to enter our Beard competition, which closes on May 9th. Click here for more information!
And finally, we have our winning postcard. There’s not much to be said really, other than we all instantly agreed that this was our winner! It reminded us of some of our great illustrators such as, Bastien Vives, while still retaining its own style and feel.
This postcard was drawn by Frank Fiorentino and you can check out his website here: www.sparrowcomics.blogspot.com.