This weekend is the Thought Bubble 2013 comic con in Leeds. Angry Candy will not be exhibiting, but our work will be featured in a couple of brand new publications.
On Table 115 in the Allied London Hall (floor plan here) Space Babe 113 creator John Maybury and Siobhan Hillman will be selling The Newspaper Strip Collection of Oscar Charles Drayton, which features a new and exclusive West strip called The Train Leaves at Noon, by Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable.
On Table 34 - also in the Allied London Hall - Borderline Press will be debuting their inaugural titles 566 Frames and the zombie anthology Zombre, which features a new story written and drawn by Andrew Cheverton.
It’s been a while since we finished Volume II of West with Autumn Dusk. In the meantime, I have been keenly plotting the final Volume III (six issues, four of which comprise our first ongoing storyline) and working quietly on a short West strip called The Train Leaves at Noon, which picks up directly from the end of the Warwick Johnson-Cadwell illustrated Stray Bullets story Fort Eyrie and plunges Jerusalem West and Wilton Frohickie into something completely new - the first West newspaper strip.
The Train Leaves at Noon will appear in a new comic called The Newspaper Strip Collection of Oscar Charles Drayton (debuting at Thought Bubble this month), conceived by Space Babe 113 creator John Maybury. From John’s website:
"As Oscar Charles Drayton, an obsessive newspaper strip collector, descends into psychotic depression he becomes convinced that the strips in the Daily Inspector are mirroring his life… Presented as a facsimile of one of Oscar’s scrapbooks from 1975, the comic features established small-press comics in newspaper strip form. Each strip tells its own story whilst contributing to the overall meta-story."
West is joined by other strips Favourite Crayon by Arthur Goodman, Catgirl Crisis Comics by David Goodman, Space Babe 113 by John Maybury (who also scripted the meta-story), and Run Pussy by Colin Stanford; special contributions by Siobhan Hillman and Paul B Rainey round out the package.
"Auto Lolita – A beautiful paean of unmitigated sadness and abandonment; masterfully choreographed by Andrew Cheverton and Jenika Ioffreda, within four lonely pages.”
What a lovely review.
This book - as the review states - dates back to 2008, and it’s odd to be reminded of these old stories floating around the world, and the idea that people still read them today. A lot of comics - weekly instalments of ongoing narratives - tend to be, because of that nature, ephemeral, and that’s also true, to an extent, of the independent press - the book comes out, you press it, it sells, you move onto the next one. It’s heartening, every once in a while, to have one of your old stories wander back into your life like this. I liked the character of Dolly in AutoLolita; I wonder whatever happened to her?
My submission for Borderline Press’s inaugural comic anthology - the zombie collection Zombre - was submitted within spitting distance of the deadline. The story is called The End of the Pier Show, and a script sample and finished panel is shown above (click to enlarge). The Borderline Press website and store is going live this month, and Zombre is being published soon after. We’ll keep you posted.
The always organic list of contributors to ZOMBRE - the zombie anthology out early November 2013 includes: Andrew Cheverton, Jay Eales, Mal Earl, Nathan Castle, Peter Clack, Dennis Wojda, Andy Luke, Joanna Sanecka, Ash Fielder, Nick O’Gorman, Richard Worth, Nigel Lowrey, Adam Steel, Baden James Mellonie, David Metcalfe-Carr, Richard Whitaker, Krzystof Ostrowski, Matthew Smyth, Gord Drynan, Michael Norwitz, Kieran O’Gorman, Mitz Prime, James Firkins, Craig Sherbert, Sarah Hardy, Phil Buckenham, Kelvin Green, Kel Winser, Jamie Lewis, Kim Winter, Si Spencer and covers by Tom Box.
Edited by Will Vigar.
My contribution is a low-key four-pager entitled The End of the Pier Show. The script is written and approved by the editor, so I’m drawing it at the moment. It looks a bit like this.
I have contributed a comic strip review of The Fly to Electric Sheep Magazine this month. From the website:
"In Kurt Neumann’s The Fly (1958), starring Vincent Price, David Hedison, Patricia Owens and Herbert Marshall, a scientist (Hedison) is obsessed with developing a molecular matter transmitter. When he attempts to test the invention himself, he is unwittingly joined by a companion – a fly that has sneaked into the transportation pod with him. Unchanged in its ability to terrify, Andrew Cheverton revisits the brilliant classic horror/sci-fi thriller, released in the UK on Blu-ray by 20th Century Fox on 16 September 2013.”
The sixth DemonCon one-day comic convention takes place this Sunday the 15th of September from 11am until 5pm at the Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone, Kent. Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable will be in attendance, once more selling West comics and T-shirts and both issues of The Whale House. Fully inked original art sketch cards are available for purchases of two or more comics.
The NICE 2013 comic convention takes place this weekend (7th and 8th of September) at the Bedford Corn Exchange in Bedford. Unfortunately, the website doesn’t appear to have a list of exhibitors, but Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable will be in attendance, once more selling West comics and T-shirts and both issues of The Whale House. Full convention details here.