Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Orbital/TLDC ERB special!


With a new Tarzan movie “The Legend Of Tarzan” scheduled for a summer 2016 release, we thought now might be a nice time to take a look at some of the amazing artwork inspired by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and hopefully inspire some more…


On Friday March 11th 2016 The Life Drawing Collective will team-up with Orbital Comics to present an evening of Tarzan/ERB themed life drawing.

Life drawing, comics and the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs are not such an incongruous match as one might initially suppose. 

The celebrated artist Burne Hogarth (wiki) whose outstanding work on the Tarzan newspaper strips led to him being heralded as  the“Michaelangelo of the comic strip” was actually a founder member of the School Of Visual Arts in New York.



Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Legend Horror Classics


Back in 1975, I was an 8 year old horror-freak with a penchant for posters. 
Imagine then my delight when I discovered "Legend Horror Classics", not only were there lurid posters featuring Hammer Horror monsters but they were also filled with the gruesome and gory comic strips of a certain young artist by the name of Kev O'Neill.


I'm not sure of the circumstances that led to this 22 year old being given the editorial freedom to publish his own twisted takes on classic tales such as Dracula & Frankenstein, but for a glorious 9 issues he was given, apparently, free rein to create a series of lurid masterpieces that warped my young mind and set me firmly on a path that I still tread.


Full cover gallery here

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Moore from The Underground

In a recent post we looked at a 4 page underground strip written and illustrated by Alan Moore (as Kurt Vile) for Sounds music paper in 1982.

In this follow up feature I'd like to share a couple more Moore strips.

Firstly another Vile 'Axel Pressbutton' strip, this time from Warrior magazine. 


This strip originally appeared in Sounds magazine (though presumably without the Steve Dillon illustration from Warrior #1)


Sunday, 22 February 2015

People Like Us Shop At...


On a recent clear-out I happened to discover these old plastic bags from Forbidden Planet & Comics Showcase that had been stashed amongst my collection since the early 80ies. 


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Battle Of The Eyes "Corpsemeat 2"



The original Corpsemeat Comix was a b/w photocopied zine produced by Savage Pencil, under the 'Sexy Swastika' banner in 1983 (reprinted 1991).



It's follow up "Corpsemeat 2" is something of an un-holy grail amongst underground comix collectors. For a start there are 2 distinct versions of Corpsemeat 2 the A4 ish b/w version produced by Long Gone John's Sympathetic Press and a full colour screen printed version printed in France by L'A.P.A.A.R.


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Alan Moore: Underground Cartoonist.


You probably know him best as one of the most lauded writers in the field but Alan Moore is also a talented underground cartoonist.

Scan stolen from Philip Sandifer
One of his most famous works as an illustrator, working under the pseudonym 'Curt Vile,'was "The Stars My Degradation" a weekly strip which ran in Sounds music paper in the early 80ies & scripted by Moore's pal Steve Moore (no relation), working under the pseudonym 'Pedro Henry'.


At a 2000ad signing session (probably this one from 1983) I was lucky enough to get Moore to sign this 4 page special, and even have him to sketch Axel Pressbutton for me on a blank playing card he was surprised that anyone would want him to do a sketch but graciously obliged
(see above).


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Savage Pencil X Stussy

One of the highlights for me at Savage Pencil's 'Freek Meet' opening, at Into You Tattoo, was the chance to finally get hold of one of these awesome, and long sold out, t- shirts.

Back in the summer of 2009 Savage Pencil teamed up with Stussy to create a couple of designs.





Stussy have a long tradition of collaboration with artists but with "Super Fly" Savage Pencil decided to push the envelope...