Posts Tagged ‘Dr Who’

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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Who’s Next

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

When TV Cream’s Graham Kibble-White asked me if I knew anything about Doctor Who, I told him the last thing I could remember was Tom Baker offering jelly babies to a disembodied skull in a creepy lighthouse. This was, of course, a lie, but most intelligent life forms would rather forget about Sylvester McCoy in Paradise Towers.

However, I go way back with SFX Magazine. I bought the first issue (on the cover: Lori Petty as Tank Girl), filled out a questionnaire and got sent a free copy of issue 2 (on the cover: Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd). So the chance to contribute to a special edition of the mag (something like 15 years down the line… damn, I’m old!) was too tempting to turn down. The brief was to draw a strip in the style of old Fleetway comics  – I grew up with Whizzer & Chips, so that stuff is hardwired into my brain. I’m sure Graham’s script is packed with geeky references to Who, but my only contribution in that regard was to add The Seal of Rassilon. Now I don’t know what The Seal of Rassilon is, apart from the fact that it might be some kind of seal, possibly originating from a place called Rassilon, but i do know that it was heavily featured in the doomed-from-the-start American Doctor Who TV Movie, because SFX pointed it out (and, to my recollection, they weren’t happy about it).

So anyway, to cut a long story short, go out and buy the SFX Doctor Who special, cos I’m in it and it’s great!

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All I Want For Christmas Is A Dalek

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

At a loss for Christmas present ideas for the Whovian in your life? Of course you are, because there’s barely any Who merchandise out there (sarcasm). However, you should definitely pick up SFX’s Doctor Who: The Fanzine, because in addition to more Time Lord related shenanigans than you can shake a… er… Dalek sink plunger at, there is also the latest instalment of our comic strip Arthur “Dies Daily” Darvill Vs Murderous Moffat. 

Now if SFX ever want to do a Star Wars special I have a great idea for a story about Sheltay Retrac and Don-Wan Kihotay.

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