Monday, 2 November 2015

A little teaser.

With WESTERNoir Book 6 almost ready (there was a hitch) but honest...
it's almost printed ready for Thought Bubble.
So I thought I'd show the first three pages.

So I hope ya like the bit of a teaser and it makes ya hungry fer mor.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WESTERNoir Book 6 has bin delivered.

Book 6 of WESTERNoir has been delivered to Co-creator/co-writer Dave West's
house today and I can't wait ta see it.

Unfortunately I'll have to wait 'til next week as Dave and Colin (the AccentUK chaps)
will be at the MCM event in London's Excel, Royal Victoria Doc this weekend
for three whole days.

So if'n ya'll goin' ya'll be seein' it in it's glory afore me.

One of the little bonuses that Stuart Gould (AccentUK's printer) gets is that
he sees a lot of comics before anybody else, and he has given issue 6 his thumbs-up

We wanted it ready for Thought Bubble in November and it's great that
it's all done an' dusted earlier...
Only thing is, now I'll have ta crack on with Book 7 won't I?

So you folk that'll pick it up this weeknd I hope ya'll enjoy where Dave and I
are takin' Josiah Black...
That'll be all fer now pilgrims.

Friday, 18 September 2015

WESTERNoir Book 6

Dave has just confirmed that Stuart Gould, AccentUK's  trusted printer,
 has said that WesterNoir #6 will be printed in time for the London
 MCM event on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October.
Terrific news...
We originally wanted it all printed up purty like for Thought Bubble
on the 14th and 15th of November, so we're pretty pleased about this.

So if folk are going to the  London MCM they can grab themselves
an early copy plus there'll be some limited watercolour sketches
for those new readers who by a Sketch pack (WESTERNoir Books 1-4
plus Tales of WESTERNoir issue 1...
or season 1 as Dave and I like to call it.)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

When Giant Monsters Attack Beautiful People Die Podcast

Dave and Colin were invited to sit in on an an episode of 
When Giant Monsters Attack Beautiful People Die
a weekly podcast run by Dan and Dave (Another Dave) talking all things comics.
A goodly amount of chat is about AccentUk including WESTERNoir.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Biodegradable Issue 9

I'm in this...
"A hope in Hell" was a strip I did the breakdown/layouts for.
Written by Paul Birch and inked/Art by Mats Engesten
Coloured by Yel Zamor, with lettering by John Robbins.
It first appeared in a charity book a fair few years ago
and has been reprinted here.
Go and have a read of the review, I think ya'll like it.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Stephenson's Robot.

Last weekend (At Manchester MCM) Accent UK released the second issue
of Stephenson's Robot.
Written by Dave West and Jon Ayre and wonderfully
drawn by Indio. 
Steampunk at it's very best...
So each of the seven issue's will have a back up strip featuring one of
the characters and my tale of the Carnival Master is in this issue.
And a fine tale by Jon Ayre it is too.
It's in full colour and a finer comic I've yet to find.
So here's the cover and the first two (unlettered of course) pages of my strip to tease.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A pretty interesting Podcast.

So last weekend at Manchester MCM we had ourselves a heap o'
interest at the Accent UK stand...loads of books sold.
A couple of new customers got to talking about how they
put on a local podcast about a whole lot a comics.
Dave (That'll be Mr West) let me know that these fellas
had recorded their latest podcast talking all things AccentUk, so I had myself a listen
and I thought I share the link for those of a discernin'
nature to have a listen to as well.
So here it is in all it's glory.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

WESTERNoir Book 6

Just and update on the where we are with Book 6 and where we are is the
art's all done...Yup inks and tone all laid purty as a picture on the pages.
Got myself stuck into the lettering so By my reckonin' shoukd be ready fer the printers
by next week...

And here's the inked version of the cover.
It's all coloured up an' all, but that we be fer a later post.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Manchester MCM

So took a little jaunt to attend the Manchester MCM comic event Saturday past.
It's a two-day event but with family ties I could only make the Saturday.
Not that I saw anything ya'll understand 'cause as soon as I lay my
bag behind AccentUK's table, Colin and Dave had me chained to a chair
to sell books and do sketches.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable time selling a whole heap o' books.
Broke a few records I kin tell ya...
But if'n ya want the gist of what went on then mosey on over to Dave's Blog
where he'll be right happy to tell ya all about it.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Another view

You can read Dave (West that is) report of Copenhagen and the Geekbox re-launch
here on his blog.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A Fistfull of Signings (waa waa waaaahhh!)

The past two weekends have been a busy ol’ time fer me and AccentUK.

Over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June; Dave West, Colin Mathieson (AccentUK) Colin’s son Scott and I attended the Copenhagen Comic Con.

Dave, Colin and Scott are regular visitors to the event but fer me it was me first time.
We touched down in Copenhagen Airport early Friday afternoon our suitcases heavy with
 a whole heap of books.
 I reckon we musta taken around 300 or so between the four of us.
And let me just say that some of those Anthology titles are downright heavy.

We found the venue easily enough (an old slaughterhouse don’tcha know) and spent an
hour or so setting up, ready for Saturday, then having a good look round as other folk
were busy setting up.

Up early Saturday morning  ready for…well I wasn’t too sure what to expect, customer-wise.
 However once the doors opened I was pleasantly surprised on the numbers coming
 through the doors and even more at the number of customers buying Accent Books.

By the end of the first day we were all a bit surprised in just how many we’d sold.

AccentUK had a new book on sale: - “The Troll” written and drawn by Martin Fink
(creator of another of AccentUk’s books “Man of Glass”)
Martin is a Danish artist and he readily agreed to sit at the table to sign and
draw some sketches throughout the weekend.

 Dave had made up a fair few WESTERNoir sketch packs and by the end of the day
 we’d sold all of them. Luckily I had the foresight to bring more sketches so we could
 make up some more (just in case).
I also know that the way things were selling I’d have to sit and sketch some more
so we could keep up with demand.
So I sat down besides Martin and both of us had a good old time sketching
and signing the books that seemed to fly off the table.

 I didn’t get to see or hear the guest speakers, the main one being Art Spiegelman
 because I was too busy  at the Accent stand but I was over the moon when Colin
 asked Peter Snejbjberg to pop across to the table for a chat and to sign his book
"Marlene" that I bought across with me.

We sat and chatted a good half hour talking all things Scandi-noir. He had to get back
to his table but not before I gave him a issues 3 & 4 of WESTERNoir
(Colin had given him a copy of books 1 and 2 at an earlier con a couple years prior).

Sunday seemed just as busy as the Saturday and when we did a final tally of books sold
at the end of the day we were well pleased with sales.

Several of the titles had sold out including the 21 WESTERNoir sketch packs Dave
and I had put together over the weekend. In fact towards the end of the day we
were apologising to folk because we’d sold out the books they wanted.

For the third year running record sales all round. Dave and Colin were well pleased
when we left the venue on Sunday evening and so was I (it meant our suitcase were
 a hellava lot lighter going home).

Sunday evening and dinnertime found the four of us sitting around a table in the
 “London Pub” in the pleasant company of Garen Ewing (author and artist of the
wonderful Rainbow Orchid: - it had been translated into Danish (Jagten På Regnbueorkidéen)
and he was there signing books and doing sketches at his publishers table.

Garen was also staying at the same hotel as we were so we would all meet at
 breakfast to chat and plan the days) and  Clíodhna Lyons a terrific Irish artist
who kept us entertained with tales of her many adventures abroad
visiting loads of different countries.
Also with us were Søren Pedersen, founder of the famous Fantask comics shop, 
and his wife Vibeke:- very good friends of Colin and Dave’s.
They’ve known the couple years, from their very first Convention many many years ago.
And what a corker of an evening it was too.

Monday was a day of sight-seeing with Søren. He took us to a fair few memorable places
that the tourists don’t usually visit, including the large guns (now inactive I might add)
that point towards the Swedish coastline.
Seems that they weren’t the best of neighbours’ years ago and relations
between the two countries were a bit…well tense.)

Monday evening we’d been invited for dinner at Árni Beck Gunnarsson home for a
 delicious meal with his lovely wife Mie and their two young daughters.
Dave promptly scarring the girls for life doing his “pulling his thumb off and
putting back on again” trick.
Tuesday was a quick visit to the tourist side of town…
well I had to buy a prezzie for Karen didn’t I and a visit to the
two biggest Comic shops didn’t hurt either.
Then off to the airport to catch the flight home…
All in all a rather splendid visit, where I made many new friends,
sold loads of books ( a new record) and drank Danish beer…
What more could a person ask for…

The next convention is in two years but I’ve already told Dave and Colin to count me in.

Saturday the 13th Dave and I were scheduled to do a signing
and a bit of sketching at the grand re-opening of Geekbox Comics
 (Now called Geekbox). Colin couldn’t make it because he’d already
 made alternative arrangements with his wife but we assured him we could cope.

Bigger premise, more gaming tables, in store Café and an area for original art to
 be displayed as well as bigger displays of Comics and books, we readily
agreed to give the owner Dave Stevens AccentUk’s  support.
Dave is a fan and big supporter of AccentUk’s books, stocking
WESTERNoir, Stephenson’s Robot and other titles for quite a while now
so it only seemed right to pop a long and set up a table to show off the books
 the store hadn’t seen: -All the Anthology titles mostly.
Dave (West) had already set up the table and selling books by the time I got there,
Which is always great to see.
. Dave (Stevens) had the deputy Mayor along to officially open the store,
 and it didn’t take long, once the doors opened to fill up with folk. Some to
 play games, to chat and buy comics others to see just what was happening.
 All in all it had a terrific vibe going for it.
Dave and I didn’t expect to sell many books (we weren’t really there for that)
 but surprisingly we sold a steady amount, not big numbers but enough to
 put smiles on our faces…Afterall we really hadn’t expected to sell much at all.
By 4 o’clock we decided to pack up which we did in next to no time…
thanked Dave… for inviting us and left him to it.
A quick walk to the car and tally of book sold and we realised
 that it had been a good day.
In fact with these two events and the three earlier this year it seems
 that folk are keen to read all things AccentUk, which is good fer me
‘cause it’ll keep me on WESTERNoir fer some time to come.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Carnival Master.

Apart from being hard at work on WESTERNoir I agreed to
do one of the back-up stories in Accent UK's Stephenson's Robot.
It was written by Jon Ayre and I did all the art and inking.
It was coloured by regular artist and Colourist Matt Soffe.
And here's some pages fer you all to have a looksee at.
It'll be out in a couple of weeks so ya'll won't have to wait too long.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

A little update.

Lots going at the moment, writing, drawing and loads of other stuff. this why I've been a bit lazy in updating this 'ere blog of mine.

So here's a bit of news.
Tales of WESTERNoir issue 2, is done and dusted...All the art is in and the cover is finished and coloured, and we're just waiting on a date to print it...
Here's the cover fer a bit of a tease.
And all coloured up purty by the extremely talented Matthew Soffe...
Check out his wonderful art here...

More stuff soon.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Belfast MCM.

AccentUK (that's Dave West and Colin Mathieson for those that know) took themselves off to Belfast the weekend just gone to attend the 2nd MCM event at in this fair city.
I did not go with 'em...too busy chained ta me drawing board to get WESTERNoir Book 6 finished (it's movin' along quite nicely, thanks fer askin') but ya'll kin read all about
it here on Dave's very own Blog.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Birmingham Comic Festival

I'll be popping along to this little shindig as a guest.

Spending most of me time with Colin and Dave otherwise known as AccentUK.
If'n your planning to attend, come on over and say Hi.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Tales of WESTERNoir Book 1 review.

Also on the same site is a corker of a review fpr
the first issue of "Tales of WESTERNoir".

Book 5 review.

Cracking review of WESTERNoir Book 5
can be found here. Mosey on over and have a looksee, y'all be pleased ya did.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Demoncon 9.

Dave West and I are off to Maidstone tomorrow to attend
DemonCon 9.
We went last year and had a corker of a time.
On the way...and it's a fair old trip we discussed all
things Josiah Black and this time we'll be doing more
of the same.
And the good news is that WESTERNoir Book 5 will be
launched... where, I must say, it all get very interesting....
But that's all I'm gonna say on the matter.
If'n you're all a visiting why don't ya come and
say howdy...
We'll be right pleased to see ya.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Another review

We got ourselves another review and it's a good 'un.
Ya'll kin find it here.

Friday, 30 January 2015

A passle o' sketches.

Now that book 5 is off to the printers I thought it would be a good time
to post some sketches I did to work out the various scenes.
So, in no particular order here's a bunch of sketches.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Book 5

All the art and lettering have been done for WESTERNoir Book 5...
It's been edited for all those spelling mistakes and typos that I do can't help but do...
But... should be at the printers by Friday, ready for DEMONCON 9 on 15th February...
I'm looking forward to seeing it all up and printed.
Ain't no finer feeling than to have ya book in ya grubby little hands.
Can't wait.
And here's the cover all done and dusted, designed with his usual excellence: -
The one, the only..
Mr Andy Bloor.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Page one of Book 5

Thought I better post some art of WESTERNoir Book 5, now it's nearing completion...
And here is the first page in all it's glory...
Without the lettering that is.
Enjoy y'all