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Really Deep Thought(Bubble)s

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

How time flies. A year ago we were fresh faced young scamps at our first comic convention (in Leeds). Now we are grizzled veterans with the attendant emotional scars, gearing up for this years’ Thoughtbubble on Saturday 21st November. For the first time ever I am actually prepared. And by “prepared” I mean not still setting up two and a half hours into the actual convention. Only one thing remains in question – that is whether issue 12 of HFTF will be back from the printers. They are cutting it a bit fine, it has to be said. Of course issue 11 will be available for the first time at a convention, but I was hoping to have 12 as it’s… well… better.

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Never fear, dear readers. We promise to hide any crushing disappointments and not be “Captain Bringdown”. You can rest assured that we will be sparkling, witty and accomodating. Failing that our musical director Ol has promised that he will perform a song on his ukelele for everyone who buys a comic. Actually that seems a little excessive… maybe we’ll hold back on the musical accompaniment and just keep it for the people who buy our “high end” stuff (basically, the collected editions).
So whether you buy anything from us or not, come over and say hello. You’ll need something to do while the queues to see the popular artists subside. Talking of which I see some of my favourite comic book creators are in attendance. Duncan Fegredo, Frazer Irving, Frank Quietly… honestly I can’t decide who to stalk most.

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Competwition Time

Monday, November 16th, 2009

it could be you

Thoughtbubble is nearly upon us, so that means we have a couple of competitions for you. First of all it is the Great Hope For The Future Reader Cameo Challenge. Actually, it’s not much of a competition or a challenge, and despite the punning name of this post, has nothing to do with Twitter, but I have decided that anyone who buys one of our fantastic products at Thoughtbubble this Saturday gets the chance to APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE. I believe the appropriate response to this is “W00T!”.  Here are a few things to bear in mind:

  1. The more stuff you buy, the better your chances. Hey we have a massive post con drinking binge to support.
  2. The next issue is set at an event primarily attended by young, cool, sexy people. If you are in fact a young, cool, sexy person your chances of appearing are significantly greater than if you look… y’know… more like me
  3. If you don’t make it into the next issue  (ie all the “slots” are filled) you’ll pop up in a subsequent one. Although I doubt we’ll be inundated with requests, frankly, so that’s probably not a problem.
  4. It would help if you’re easy to draw.
  5. If you’re a stormtrooper it might be a bit tricky to justify, story wise
  6. Of course all of this depends on the life of my camera batteries, or the availability for replacements

So far, so awesome. The second competition is the Great Hope For The Future Twitter Feed Scavenger Hunt. All you need to do is follow me on Twitter and wait for the special super secret tweet. I was going to make it some weird riddle that you need to work out from a series of fiendishly cryptic clues, but I can’t be bothered so it’ll just be some clearly signposted daft phrase that I will tweet between now and Saturday morning (depending on when I remember to do it). Come up to our table during the convention and repeat the stupid phrase, and you’ll get a free comic. Free stuff, just for the brief embarrassment of saying some gibberish to a complete stranger? Every comic book publisher should do that!!

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The Dark Third

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I bet Dan Brown is shitting himself! Yes the new Hope For The Future collected edition is out now, and courtesy of our pals at Fallen Angel Media Printing, it looks fantastic. Including issues 9-12 (with the customary cleaned up art and occasional redrawn panel), as well as Crystal Tips (from Judge Dredd Megazine issue 256), Godiva Jones, Warrior Princess of Mars (from the UK Web & Minicomix Thing Anthology 2009), and various previously unpublished strips. You can get it from us over on our shop page or pick one up at the forthcoming UK Web & Minicomix Thing this March 27th at London’s Queen Mary University in Mile End.

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Ooh Stick You!

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Dino-Saw-Us is a sticker collection game thing, running at this year’s UK Web & Minicomix Thing. And the above pic should prove, as if any proof was needed, that we will be participating. And that I need to cut my fingernails!

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Strange In A Stranger Land

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Here we have the trailer for the new Hope For The Future Collection. Our last two trailers for HFTF were greeted with worldwide acclaim, and grown men were seen to weep openly in the streets and embrace their former enemies, inspired by the sheer awesomeness of extremely limited animation and a burst of some tasty tunes.

This is no different, as you can see, but this time we decided to write some lyrics in order to fully express the mind manglingly cryptic themes of this epochal comic book series. The ideal musical medium for this was naturally a vaguely glam rock mid paced guitar stomp, with plentiful harmonies, because, as Brian Eno says,  backing vocals solve everything (although he’s never heard my nasal rasp). Many many thanks to our resident musical director Oliver for putting the whole thing together, and to our pal Ben who played the bass.

Let’s not forget the real message here, which is BUY HOPE FOR THE FUTURE BOOK 3, which is something you can do at the UK Web & Minicomix Thing, next Saturday, March 27th at London’s Queen Mary University in Mile End.  You can also buy a bunch of our other crap, pick up our contribution to the Dino-Saw-Us project, get a sketch, or just say hello. We will probably have Quality Street. I also have a four page strip in the Dinosaur Themed Official Anthology, but that’s the last time I’ll be doing fully painted comics as it takes too long!

Even though our Be In The Next Issue Of The Comic and Twitter Feed Scavenger Hunt went down like a fucking lead balloon at November’s Thoughtbubble, we’ll be doing the same thing here, so if you want to appear in HFTF issue 13 pop over and buy something, or repeat something from our Twitter feed to us to get some cool free junk.

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A Remembrance of Things Past

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

It’s customary to write a report of a convention you’ve attended as soon as humanly possible, but frankly they’re all pretty similar, so to minimise the risk of repeating myself, here are some pictures…

The sight our potential readers were greeted withCthulhu- very popular with the puntersAnother happy customer

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but it turned out no one had seen this…

… despite my best efforts to pimp it. Turns out it could have been shown there, on a big screen, if only I’d been aware of it. I will endeavour to have it projected onto that Dalek building in Leeds this November when Thoughtbubble rolls around again.

Andrew's sketch of Doctor CthulWhohu sold within about five seconds of being completedBehind The Scenes - this was my view pretty much all dayKinda terrifying. But weirdly, a very nice bloke

Thing Sketch 2010 - Lizzie now in colour on TwitpicYes we definitely sold stuff. In your face, recessionMichael G knows a good comic when he sees it

As we were setting up, some bloke whose name I didn’t get, casually suggested we draw “any old thing” and put them on sale. We baulked at this for about 5 minutes and then proceeded to spend the rest of the day scribbling away. People seemed to really like the sketches and snapped them up, especially those that featured HP Lovecraft’s much loved eldritch monstrosity. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of my favourite stupid pun of the weekend: Cthulhu Live At Leeds. Maybe we should do some in advance for next time? Having said that we still have a few left over, so if anyone buys a book from our store I’ll liberally chuck some in! I still have my “Edward Cullen: What a cunt!” pic, so, y’know, form an orderly queue Twilight fans!

Oliver greeting potential readerscreative differencesHover Bike on Twitpic

Thing 2010 sketch: The Cruiser on TwitpicOverwhelming enthusiasm from Oliver and AndrewThing 2010 sketch: sad

As ever we met some great people – a few of which seemed to actually be fans. Someone (again I didn’t get anyone’s name) started a conversation with “what I like about Hope For The Future…” as if it was a real comic like Maus or Cable or something. The most frequent comment was that the art style changes from issue to issue. That’s… er… at least partly intentional I can assure you.

tipsy on TwitpicThing 2010 sketch: Joker on TwitpicAftermath

So there we go for another year. We came, we saw, we sold some comics, we had a few drinks, and we then spent seven hours stuck in traffic on the way home. Thanks as always to anyone who bought anything, and massaged our fragile egos. Enormous overdue thanks to our mate Jim who every year puts us up and provides us with food, booze, oyster cards and a seemingly unlimited supply of terrible terrible horror movies on DVD. These are the ties that bind

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Daily Mail in reductive overreaction shocker!

Monday, April 5th, 2010


With Kick-Ass, we are now in the peculiar position of comic book movies that refer more to movies than they do to comic books, right down to star Aaron Johnson’s perfect reprisal of Tobey Maguire’s voice over in Spider-Man. I guess Mark Millar writes film treatments first and comics second (if the execreble Wanted is anything to go on), but in this case it works brilliantly. The film has been universally praised, although certain reactionary news sources have predictably claimed that it is the end of civilisation as we know it. The Mail writer seems to think that an eleven year old girl in a purple wig constitutes a “sexual image” (!), and gets in a right old tizz about the swearing and violence, branding the film “evil” and “amoral”. But, most heinous of all is the fact that the film was written (read: adapted) by Jane Goldman who just so happens to be married to Jonathan Ross. To The Daily Mail, Ross is, along with immigrants and gay marriage, destroying the very fabric of Britain. But anyone who did this can’t be all bad.

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Thought Bubble 2010

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

It’s that time of year again, when Leeds becomes the centre of the comics universe, and artists stagger out of their hermit like existence into the outside world, their pale eyes blinking in the unfamiliar sunlight as they attempt to flog some of their stuff. The boys from Flying Monkey Comics Incorporated will be out in force at Thought Bubble 2010, regaling all with tall tales and scintillating anecdotes, holding forth on the creative process and meeting fans, admirers and comic book groupies. That’s the plan, anyway. What is more likely is that we will sit, scribbling strange images, pausing only to scowl at passers by and try to remember who we have sold books to in the past. Actually I’m going to try to keep the scowling to a minimum this year, so come up and say hello to see if we manage to mask our misanthropy. We’ll at least draw something for you (as long as it’s not porn).

We’ll have the usual clutch of comics, books and sketches, and we also have a shit ton of those stickers we got for the Dino Saw Us thing at The Thing. I don’t know if they’re doing that passport thing at Thought Bubble, so you can just, come up to us and get some stickers for your school books, phone, court summons, or wherever the hell else you might want to stick them.

We will also have a BRAND NEW ISSUE for sale. Yeah you’re right to look amazed. Hope For The Future 13, the long awaited Cryptozoology special continues the intrigue and mystery of ish 12 (such as it was), and features dragons, alien lizards and a ghost monkey on the cover, because an old man once told me that comics with monkeys on the cover sell better. I think it might have been the old man that featured in all those rock songs in the early 70s. He was always talking shit about demons and that.

I shall also endeavour to update my Twitter feed in the run up to the Festival, and throughout the day. I’m sure this will be of no interest to that Pizza Shop in Plymouth that is inexplicably following me, but those of you who are interested in the mental deterioration of a once loved and respected pillar of the artistic community will no doubt find it mildly diverting. More soon!

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Oh Shit It’s Next Week!

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

For some reason I blagged my head into thinking it was at the end of the month, but apparently The London Small Press Expo is next week. I need to get ready! But I will be there, so if you have the urge to meet Leeds’ most iconoclastic comic book creators (Andrew’s so unconventional that he hasn’t drawn a comic since 2006), come along. We will have the new (to London) Hope For The Future issue 13, and er… some other stuff… possibly (if it gets delivered on time). And all the usual crap. If you ask nicely we may even draw you a stupid picture of Brian Blessed in Flash Gordon BECAUSE WE CAN!

By the by, Sandman cover artist and all round genius Dave McKean will be there. I dare you to go up to him and ask for a sketch of Gen 13.

EDIT:  COOL STUFF ALERT


Yes, we now have prints

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New Thing

Monday, March 21st, 2011

So the new London Comic & Small Press Expo has been and gone. The attendance was fairly low, which I had put down to The Central Line being shut down due to works (because apparently The Olympics next year just has to fuck up every aspect of modern life). Hopefully if they do one next year a lot more people will come along, because it was a very enjoyable event with a friendly atmosphere. We arrived late, because it’s us, although this is also partly due to the fact that whilst waiting on a train we were told by staff to run across the platform to the opposite carriage no less than four times because they couldn’t quite decide which one was supposed to be leaving first. Fun!

We sold out of HFTF Book 1 a while ago, so we have a brand new edition printed by our friends at Print X. And a jolly good job they did too. It has a new cover, and the interior pages have been cleaned up, so all the blacks are actually black rather than a washed out fuzzy grey. Spelling errors, bad grammar and plot holes remain, so as to be as old school as possible. As always we met some lovely people, did some sketches and said “Damn, that felt like a sale!” every time anyone spoke to us but didn’t buy anything. We are nothing if not traditional. To those of you who bought stuff, thanks. Those of you who didn’t, it’s not too late, homes –

Once again I didn’t get around to taking many photos, but here are a few:

Lovely!

After selling a complete set of books to a lucky consumer he asked me to draw in his sketchbook. I was just about to doodle some half arsed nonsense when I had a look through the rest of it. He had drawings in there by some proper artists, far too numerous to list (the two that I particularly remember were Scott McCloud and Roberta Gregory). If I was to have my work alongside such illustrious company I would have to up my game. So I proceeded to draw something that ended up looking like some half arsed nonsense. I guess if I claim to be an artist, I will automatically lose my ability to draw for the rest of the day. Luckily Andrew was on hand to ink a sketch I did for someone else:

I was invited at the last minute to participate in a panel, but my memories of it are pretty hazy. I’d had a few drinks by that time, so I apologise to anyone I may have inadvertently offended (the only thing I can remember saying to the assembled throng is “I love pretentious people”. Quite what I was talking about, I have no idea).  If there had been more people in attendance I could have been crowned the idiot savant of small press comics, held aloft by a cheering crowd, and then sacrificed at this year’s Thoughtbubble in a giant wicker Garfield. Ahem.

We sold a fair bit but not tons – about normal for us, but from the sounds of it nobody exactly made a killing. What this tells me is that as a rule we don’t sell enough shit. In fact, Oliver and Andrew said that they sold more stuff when I was away from the table making an idiot of myself. I need to get to work on my pitching technique! Always Be Closing!

More reports here, here, here and uh… here. Who’s that creepily smiling halfway down the page? Oh yeah!

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