Thursday, 30 October 2014

Antholo-Gee Whizz!

It seems 2014 is the Year of the Anthology for the Water Closet.  Here are some comics collections we have been involved in recently, alongside a cavalcade of esteemed creators.

THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2014

"Space Hype!" written and coloured by Biz Stringer-Horne.  I was honoured to be asked to take part in this year's Thought Bubble Anthology from Image Comics.  All proceeds go to Bernardo's, so get yourself a copy and help out some kids!



 Get it here: http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/anthology-2014/


TO ARMS!

"The Accidental Propagandist" written by our very own Rik Worth.  This is a wonderful collection of "alternative" stories in honour of the centenary of the First World War this November.  It was put together by Karim Iskander Flint and Matthew Duncan of Limehouse Comics.  The keen-eyed may recognise Matt from his "Cabaret Vincente" story in our Irregulars anthology!



Get it here: http://www.limehousecomics.com/books/


THE PSYCHEDELIC JOURNAL OF TIME TRAVEL #4

"The Ghost of Montague Hall" written by Chris Denton.  This was my debut appearance in this crackin' digest, masterminded by the eminent Owen Watts.  I shall return to the Journal, and bring Richard with me!

 
Get it here: http://thepsychedelicjournal.blogspot.co.uk/


The Psychedelic Journal and Limehouse Comics be at Thought Bubble this year as well, and the TB Anthology will be going around, so you can always pick up your copies in person!

That's it for now,
Jordan

Monday, 2 June 2014

Pen Heaven Interview - Making It as An Author


Hey gang,

The fine folks from the Pen Heaven blog asked us to share some wisdom about what it takes to "make it" as a writer.  Why they thought of us is somewhat of a mystery, but go check out the article to glean some sound advice from some of the other featured authors, and otherwise to witness this scholarly image of Richard wearing what I can only assume are somebody else's glasses.

http://www.penheaven.co.uk/blog/making-it-as-an-author/

richard worth

I agree with everything Richard said, and would basically repeat the sentiment that the most important thing to do if you want to "make it" is to just make it.  Whether it's a comic, a painting, or a knitted jumper, if what you're doing is coming from an internal impetus to create something you would want to read/look at/wear, then you're already on your way. You just need to sit down and do it. If you end up with a finished product you are happy with, then you've already accomplished your goal.  If you're not happy with it, try again until you are. And hopefully other people will start to notice.

Peace,
Jordan

Monday, 26 May 2014

Gentzilla

Richard and I had a blast at the London MCM this past weekend.  Here is something I did to keep my hands from idleness over the two days...




The text is taken from a print by artist Dowaito and master calligrapher Tanaka Shinko and means "counter poison with poison" or "fight fire with fire".  There is currently no known reason as to why The Gent would ever be so huge.

Oh and also, check out what the stupendous Pete Taylor of the Swansea Comics Collective bequeathed to us at the Bristol Expo a few weeks ago!

The Gentry a la Pete Taylor

Well, that's all for now. We'll try and give a more detailed report of our past two cons in the near future, but you know what we're like.

Signing off,
Jordan

Saturday, 26 April 2014

THE IRREGULARS IS HERE

Good afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and everything betwixt,

After a monumental wait due to a shipping error we finally have The Irregulars! For those that don't know Irregulars is our huge anthology book featuring a huge number of creators of huge talent! Just how huge and how talented you ask? Here are the contributors:

Tony La Vella, Rafael Desquitado Jr., Pete Taylor, Lisa Harrison and Matt Watson, Petri Hanninen, Robert Levebvre and Kierston Vendekraats, Chris Redfern and Darren Mullen, Sarah Rowles, Nick Soucek, Matt Duncan, Biz Stringer-Horne, Paul Bradford, Chris Mole and Brendan Purchase and Ben Wilsonham, Mike Pasquale, Dave Evans, Luke Halsall and Gavin Pollock and Andrew Scaife, Jamie Lewis, Alfie Gallagher, Marco Brunello, James Story, Pyrink and of course Richard Worth and Jordan Collver.

The Book itself comes in at a wow-hopping 130+ pages and needless to say we're  proud as any parents could be of this baby. With a mixture of black and white comics, colour comics, prose, poems, tabletop games and a foreward by none other than Master Stuart Gould of UKcomics, we don't mind saying that its a good looking little chap. Head over to the Emporium to pick up your copy.

For those of you that haven't read Ladies & Gentlemen yet, you need not fear; not only can you read the first issue entirely for free over on the Ladies and Gentlemen tab (at the top of the page) or if you're feeling saucy, you want to pick up the first two issues head over to the Emporium Tab. But failing even that, the book itself is full of stand alone adventures and a jumping on point in for new readers


This is just the cover, it's as pretty on the inside and after all that's what's really important.


In other sadder news, Ladies & Gentlemen will be taking a short hiatus. But belay your cries and fears, the Water Closet Press is a strong as ever an we will continue to create comics till our last days. The hiatus is a tactical decision on our part. We are currently working on a graphic novel that will have a lot of the same themes and ideas as L&G but will be much larger in scope. Cutting awayL&G is our way of getting the best out of both projects. We didn't want to split our time between the two in such a way as to thematically bankrupt the larger book or to draw attention and effort  away from the Gentry, who have been very good to us.  Having said that, this is by no means the end of the Gentry but merely a temporary departure. We have much more in store for them.  Furthermore, with the success of The Irregulars at conventions we have been talking about putting together another anthology in the hopes that more people with get to play around in our universe and we can keep the adventures of the team going in a smaller format. 

Other than that, stay tuned for more stories coming your way. We've been talking about sci-fi a lot lately.... Just sayin'.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Old Man Blacksad

I participated in a study at the University of Bristol last month and drew this little doodle in the questionnaire booklet. I wasn't asked to draw a picture, but I saw a guy with a copy of Blacksad while I waited in the foyer and couldn't help myself.
 
"I'm too old for this shit"...
 
It's my interpretation of an ostensibly retired John Blacksad in the 80s, roped into yet another PI case too intriguing to pass up.  I would normally cast a be-goateed Idris Elba as John, but in this case it's gotta be Sir Danny Glover.
 
 
Peace,
JC