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Monday, 23 May 2005

Grant Morrison - Starblazer

It's probably obvious to comic-savvy folk from looking around the site, that I'm quite fond of Grant Morrisons writing - And with the writers current level of popularity, there is increasing interest elsewhere in his older works. This entry is intended to be a semi-regular overview of various points in Morrisons comics career. Future entries may include snippets from Near Myths, New Adventures of Hitler, Zoids, and whatever else I can think of. Each article will be accompanied by just enough scans to whet the appetite.

Grant Morrison has been in comics for longer than most people might think. Now a top-selling critically acclaimed writer for DC and Marvel (and occasionally elsewhere), Morrison started out writing and drawing adventure stories for Scottish publisher DC Thompson, as well as creating self published works that would be revisited later in his career. Here's a look at some of the REAL early stuff:

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Starblazer 15 (1979) Algol the Terrible

Star Wars was an obvious inspiration for this tale of spacefarers, javelin-hurling masked men and outlaw space pirates with a mysterious family background. Herne is the hardened adventuring hero of the piece, who teams up with teenage boy Hal in a plot involving mystical medallions and diverse planetary landscapes, as they fulfil their destinies, all the while avoiding the javelin wielding armoured warlord of the title. Selected images are here:
Pages 6 and 7
Pages 12 and 13
Pages 18 and 19
Pages 20 and 21
Pages 22 and 23
Pages 24 and 25
Pages 40 and 41
Pages 64 and 65

Starblazer 28 (1980) Last Man on Earth

Keith Robson provided the art for Morrison story in this, his second issue of eight for Starblazer. Here, we see a lone teen hero travelling through our solar system battling an insane dictatorial computer tyrant, culminating in a showdown in the devastated remains of London with a mystical equation for immortality at stake. Again, it's nowhere near his later standards, but occasionally we see a nugget of characterisation poking through the purple prose.

Pages 8 and 9
Pages 10 and 11
Pages 12 and 13
Pages 50 and 51
Pages 60 and 61
Pages 65 and 65
Page 66

Saturday, 21 May 2005

Fish1000 Comics - First Issue!!!!

Four exclamation marks is just enough to suggest the thrills that are in store for readers of my new comic. Is it a treatise on the comic form? an action story? An advertisment? A shameless ploy? No, it's ALL FOUR AND MORE!

Exclusive 'Making Of' features (It's almost like having the dvd, isn't it?):

The Making of
I scribbled a rough (click here to see the preliminary sketch), then traced it (the final result was pretty much 1:1 scale), inked it, scanned it, then did some grays on the PC, lettered it and printed it. Then bought the tea!

This comic made its debut on the Millarworld table at the Bristol Comic Expo, where it was available with a free tea bag, making the experience truly interactive:

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Thursday, 12 May 2005

Fish1000 Comics at the Bristol Expo

Hello! This is a pre-emptive greeting to anyone who may have arrived here from picking up my flyer at the Bristol Comics Expo or elsewhere.

I just wanted to extend a hearty welcome, pour yourself a drink, put your feet up if you have them, and have a good old click around. Enjoy your stay, and let me know if you have anything to improve the site.

I hope everything is clearly labelled and easy to find, let me know if you have any problems, you can drop me an email or leave a comment.


Friday, 6 May 2005

Bristol Comic Expo

The Bristol Comic Expo is just one week away - I'll be loitering around the usual places (ie. the Bar, etc), come and say Hi if you see me.

I'll have some free promo comics to give away, so if you happen to see a copy of 'Fish1000 Comics', pick one up and let me know what you think of my shameless marketing ploy. You can probably find them at the Millarworld table. I'll be making an online version available here soon for the poor deprived souls that can never be complete without a copy.

Also look out for my contribution to Just One Page, my one is Animal Man vs Ambush Bug. Plus I've got a page in the 24 Minute Comic supplement available at the same location, the joint 'Just One Page/Commercial Suicide table. Proceeds to charity, and all that. Sadly, I didn't manage to complete my Commercial Suicide submission (though 'HitMan About the House' may appear in some form in a later edition), but you should still buy a copy, because Kieron, Alex et al are a nice bunch of people, and don't deserve to carry lots of boxes home with them.

If any attendees would like to buy comics from me, let me know and I can save you the postage costs by hand delivering them at the Expo.