Posts Tagged ‘massive wastes of time’

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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6 Degrees of Francis Bacon: Day 1

Friday, July 17th, 2009

In the interests of drawing a broader range of subjects than I would ordinarily (my comics generally consist of people wearing t shirts swearing at eachother) I am embarking upon a project that I have given the  unwieldy and slightly nonsensical title of 6 Degrees of Francis Bacon. This is inspired by various Facebook groups where artists have drawn an illustration for each letter of the alphabet,  taking suggestions from groupmembers, blogreaders and twitterers (notably Neill Cameron’s A-Z of Awesomeness and Garen Ewing’s A-Z of Comic Strip Characters).

6 Degrees of Francis Bacon

I’m not going to tackle an A-Z (because that means I would definitely have to do 26 pieces, and this way I can pretend that I was only ever going to do three pieces if no one’s interested), but I am taking my cues from The Chain, a regular feature on Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie’s BBC Radio 2 show, a “never-ending list of records, with every new track somehow connected to the last”. And like The Chain, your connections can be as direct or convoluted, as clever or stupid as you like, as long as it’s an interesting character from the world of Movies, TV, books, comics, music, art etc.

I suspect the vast majority will be from the area of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, as most people who read this, like me, are undoubtedly geeks (I have a theory that everyone has a geek inside them – you can write your own punchline to that). So with the geek centric nature of this project established, here is 6 Degrees of Francis Bacon: Day 1 –


Bossk is a reptillian bounty hunter, briefly seen in The Empire Strikes Back, hissing irascibly at Admiral Piett, hired, among several others, to find and capture the crew of The Millennium Falcon. He’s probably better remembered for his action figure, back in the days when being immortalised in plastic was an honour only afforded to a (relative) handful of background characters. Now of course even Ackmena has one. Obviously common sense suggests that I should have started this with an interpretation of one of the paintings of the eponymous intense and cage obsessed Irish artist, but my initial plan was to do an A-Z of minor Star Wars characters. I scrapped this when I a) kept mucking up “A” for Aayla Secura, and b) realised that there’s a gazillion pieces of Star Wars fan art out there (and even some pretty damn impressive A-Zs too).

So where do we go from Bossk? It could be anything, from Masters of the Universe character redesigns, to an hilarious mashup of Hellraiser and Archie Comics,  or Flowers For Algernon fanart. The possibilities are endless, well, not that endless, I won’t draw that Twilight shit. Stay tuned. And be sure to make your suggestions, along with your connection, for future pictures in the blog comments, on my Twitter feed, or at the Facebook Group.


6 Degrees of Francis Bacon Day 5: Doc Ock vs On The Buses

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

…or Roy Orbison Vs Hitler.

Doctor Octopus On The Buses

“Thanks” to Jeremy Marshall and Neill Cameron, who suggested the subjects for today’s pic. I can honestly say I never thought I’d see a crossover between classic Marvel Comics and 70s British sitcoms. Certainly never thought I would be drawing it. Of course, the entire cast of On The Buses would have been a little too much, so apart from Blakey, some of the others are just alluded to in the background. I could have gone into more detail (and added that show’s protagonist, Reg Varney, who was apparently the 1970s equivalent of Justin Timberlake in terms of popularity and heart throb status), but sanity prevailed. Incidentally, devotees of that particular monolith of 70s culture will notice that I went for a green bus as in the original series – in the movies (which are, amazingly, not canonical with the TV series) they were red. I like to keep it real.

You may have heard that the BBC are making an Only Fools & Horses prequel series. If ITV ever decide to go for an On The Buses: The Early Years, then the kid that plays Jay in The Inbetweeners is a shoo in for the Bob Grant role.

What next? Surely the possibilities for connections to Doctor Octopus and On The Buses are endless. Make your suggestions, along with your connection, for future pictures in the blog comments, on my Twitter feed, or at the Facebook Group.


It’s not there anymore, don’t look for it

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Back in “the day”, in times of yore there was a site called It was home to Flying Monkey (of course) and Hope For The Future, so we decided to make a trailer for it, with the help of our musical director and honorary Flying Monketeer, Oliver. The URL is long gone, but there’s enough HFTF stuff in it (as well as Chimpanzee Democracy, details over at the more parochial sounding to show it here. Ah memories…