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Pump It

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

It’s Halloween once again – so here’s yet another picture of a creepy pumpkin. Enjoy!

If you are having some kind of party this weekend, or simply sitting alone carving the words “I will kill again” into the walls, maybe you need some suggestions as to what to listen to. Let’s be honest, Monster Mash is rubbish, so here are a few better spooky tunes

10. Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein. Alice has, of course, made a career out of mixing theatrical horror and rock (“STEVEN!”), but I’m going for this one if only for the lyric “I ain’t evil, I’m just good lookin'”. Features Dream Theater’s Derek Sherinian on keyboards, fact fans!

9. Steve Harley – Mr Soft. Specifically the advert which this track was used on during the 80s, which my wife finds terrifying.

8. Alice In Chains – Frogs. Although grunge bands of the early 90s eschewed many of the tropes of metal, they all seemed to be duty bound to have at least one song about a serial killer. Alice In Chains were always totally metal anyway. I don’t know what this song is about, but it’s creepy as hell, especially on the Unplugged album.

7. HP Lovecraft – The White Ship. Based on the story by HP Lovecraft, but not the same HP Lovecraft. Sure they ripped off the folk-psych bolero of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, but they did it so well, who’s to argue?

6. Faith No More – Zombie Eaters. This is probably the only song that’s (possibly) inspired by The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury

5. David Bowie – Please Mr Gravedigger. Like Alice, Bowie has many spooky songs in his canon… Ashes To Ashes, Scary Monsters, Diamond Dogs, that one about the telly that eats his girlfriend… but here’s one of his earlier pieces, which doesn’t feature any music, but has a shit ton of sound effects, and a convincing theatrical sneeze from the future Thin White Duke

4. Tool – No Quarter. Everything Tool does is awesome and creepy. Everything Led Zeppelin ever did was awesome (except All My Love). Tool + Zeppelin = maximum awesomeitude. I will now stop talking like a fourteen year old YouTube Comment writer.

3. Fairport Convention – Tam Lin. There’s witches, ghosts and murder aplenty in traditional folk music, and this is the tale of some fairies getting up to some shit. I’ve never quite understood it, but it’s dramatic and creepy, and it takes place at Halloween. Everyone and his dog have done this song, but extra points if you go for the super obscure Pentangle version!

2. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath. METAL! Yes, yes there are plenty of horror themed metal songs. Iron Maiden did Killers, Rush did The Necromancer, and Slayer did their own unique take on The Weather Girls’ classic with It’s Rainin’ Blood. But this is the Ur Text of metal, replete with the sound of pouring rain, doomy bells and Ozzy being menaced by a figure in black (Tony Iommi?).

1. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – Creeple People. The ex Jellyfish and Imperial Drag guy does the best song never to be in an episode of Scooby Doo. But should’ve been. According to Last.FM, this is my most listened to song ever, or something

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Thought Bubble 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

So we were at Leeds’ fantastic Thought Bubble Festival. Now twice as big and twice as long (snarf snarf), it continues to be the most fun event on the UK comic book calendar. Judging by everyone I spoke to and all the reports I’ve read, a brilliant time was had by all and I’m sure everyone who went is looking forward to the next one as much as I am. Would it be too much to ask for two Thoughtbubbles a year? Or three? Make it happen, Obama!

As I mentioned (moaned about) previously, my copies of Hope For The Future 14 had not arrived from the printers on time, but even with this potentially disastrous mistake, we still managed to enjoy ourselves thoroughly. I felt it was necessary to have something new  to flog, so I did a bunch of sketches of various comics characters (and not, as I had threatened while at my lowest ebb, a series of pics of cock and balls). People seemed to like them anyway, so much so that I struggled with the number of requests I got. The lesson we can take from this is clear: charge more money for them!

I accidentally got up an hour early due to drunk alarm setting and a poor grasp of the concept of time, but for once I was prepared and remembered to bring such essentials as a pen, some change and a bottle of vodka. I’m getting better at this conventions lark. What I haven’t mastered yet, clearly, is the art of going in for the kill, sales wise. Our fantastic brand new comic Pizza The Action, drawn by Award Winning Artist Andrew Livesey and written by me, was available for a reality shattering low price of 10p – officially the lowest priced comic at the convention (I decided). Look, I’m sure there was stuff being given out for free but this comic is actually good. I should have been screaming this at the top of my lungs every second of the weekend in order to publicise it. I would make a terrible prostitute.

The nearest I got to any cool creators was surreptitiously taking this photo of the top of Woodrow Phoenix’s head, and staring creepily at Peter Milligan from across the room. Never meet your heroes, kids. Especially if, like me, you are incapable of forming a comprehensible sentence at the best of times, let alone in front of someone whose work you admire.

There are always plenty of cosplayers at Thoughtbubble. I never tire of seeing stormtroopers. They look brilliant even if most of them are too short. At one point I passed The Joker at a urinal, which really isn’t something that happens enough in my life. Talking of which, this Harley Quinn was so perfect she could have sprung fully formed from the pencil of Bruce Timm. Mr J would be happy.

If you don’t want to cosplay yourself, you can always dress up your kids. I saw a mini Jedi and a mini Han Solo. Why doesn’t anyone dress their kid up as an ewok? Or Grievous?

Far too late on the second day I realised that we were opposite the bar prompting me to tell people Come over, buy some comics and get pissed! By this time, everyone (including us) was recovering from a hangover, but I reckon if that had occurred to me on the first day we would have sold ten times as many comics. Other ruses that we missed were procuring an endorsement from someone famous, and getting hot girls to pose for photos with our merchandise.

Contrary to my carefully constructed image of a socially inept curmudgeon, I did actually speak to some folks over the weekend. Apart from everyone who came to our table (hello), I had a chance to catch up with some old friends. Lee Carter’s a brilliant illustrator who’s currently doing some truly jaw dropping stuff for 2000AD. I knew him when he had long hair and listened to Steve Forbert. John Welding‘s a good pal and is currently doing some wonderful artwork for a new comic for kids called The Phoenix (incidentally, if you’re a fan of his work, he once drew a story I wrote in Hope For The Future issue 4). I hadn’t spoken to Terry Wiley for a while so it was good to bump into him. I say it all the time but his Sleaze Castle was a massive influence on my stuff and his new comic Verity Fair looks total aces. Also big ups to my convention chums and Twitter pals Jason Cobley (whose Frontier: The Weird Wild West collection is soon to be published in hardback) and Richard J Smith (who gave me a copy of his new opus Dino-Might, the everyday tale of a luchador who may or may not be a dinosaur). I hope I didn’t forget anyone. If I did, tell me off in the comments!

I dunno what my highlight was, but being mistaken for a student was up there. Or maybe when my new comic arrived THE VERY NEXT DAY! Argh! Ah well, there’s always next year.

More pictures over at Flickr – get taggin’!

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Bowie

Monday, August 13th, 2012

My favourite Bowie Moments:

1. The “off the cuff” banter with Bing at Christmas

2. The sideways dance/shuffle as Mick Ronson plays the solo to Moonage Daydream, in Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture (OR “trapped in a box” during Width Of A Circle OR “This is the last show we’ll ever play”)

3. Being incredibly paranoid in the back of the car in Cracked Actor

4. Two words: Goblin King. Two more words: Gigantic package

5. The revelation that he was the little boy in The Snowman

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Cover Your Nipples!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

And now it’s time for some shameless self promotion. We here at Hope For The Future and Flying Monkey Comics love to give you, the British (and International) public the best in comics entertainment. But that shit’s hard, yo. So in the meantime, while you’re waiting for our glacial, Brian Bolland like progress on the next issue, why not console yourself, wrapped in the womblike comfort of one of our fantastic T shirt designs from Zazzle? Classic Rock fan? We gots Homo  Superior and Metallic styles!

 

WesternyTentacular and Forked designs for your ass. And you can’t get any more Hipsterlicious than our all purpose “That Band You Like” shizzle. Zazzle shizzle. Zizzle.

 

Also, cover your iPad, iPhone or Laptop with one of our awesome illustrational escapades. And that thing that never made it onto the fanart section of The Decemberists’ website.

 

and, as they say, much, much more. You can even get this stuff in the UK! Although why anyone in other countries would even be reading this is beyond me. Ahem. You can also request a design – want a T shirt of some fucker in the background of issue 5? Just let me know, Joe, we won’t judge you. Look, we iconoclastic unprolific comics artists gotta eat!

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