It’s still Monday…just! So, technically I’m not late… just!
I’ve had the good fortune to become online friends with many cartoonists all over this planet.
Some I’ve even had the greater fortune to meet in person!
I met up with Irma Eriksson mastermind behind the ‘Imy’ comic strip in London earlier this Summer.
We ate copious amounts of gelato and talked comics for ages. It was then that she told me of her plans for her next book – Imy 4.0!
The latest book will contain ‘Imy’ comic strips #301-405 and extras!
Irma is launching her latest book through Indiegogo and she has a smörgåsbord of stretch goals, of which I’m convinced something will take your fancy.
It was then that she also invited to contribute some guest art to her next book. I was honoured to be asked to contribute.
So, here’s my guest art entry. This year the theme has a space vibe going on and I couldn’t resist putting my own inter-galactic, Star Trek, twist on ‘Mick’ the coffee pot dwelling goldfish! This guest art will feature in the book along with many other contributors.
Here is the link to the Irma’s Indiegogo funding campaign. She has only 4 days left on this folks, so watch her video and perhaps buy a book or two!
Thanks for reading.
I have been posting my web comic for over two years now. Over that time I’ve learnt so much, about cartoon art, humour, timing and most importantly myself.
I have also had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of many other creative web comic types. It’s a fairly solitary pursuit, so I’m always very keen to link up with other artists, to swap art, techniques, tips or ideas.
Which brings me round nicely to the artist responsible the amazing piece of work above.
Vince Dorse is the artist/writer of “The Untold Tales of Bigfoot” web comic. I only recently met Vince through the newly formed “Comic Creators Minigroup”. So, I guess it’s all Denver Brubaker’s fault.
I was blown away when I first read “UTOB”. It’s a brilliant premise, and the art and writing really are on a level I can only dream of. It’s so good in fact, that the NCS have shortlisted it in the ONLINE COMICS – LONG FORM category. The winners will be announced at the NCS Reuben Awards in May.
But, I felt compelled to have a stab at drawing my own fan art/homage to “UTOB”. The idea for which came to me completely out of the blue on my daily commute.
Many, many attempts later I finally had something that I felt was of a good enough standard. Us cartoonist types are never happy.
I sent it to Vince, and he was delighted with it. He then immediately offered to reciprocate the offer. I was was not expecting this response, Vince not only writes/draws/colours and posts weekly, but he also earns a living as an illustrator.
So, I was touched that he could spare the time from his very busy schedule to draw something for me. I think you’ll agree, he knocked the ball right out of the park.
We’re pushing the internet to the limit today, with a Fan Art simulpost! I’m posting Vince’s fan art and at this precise moment Vince, is posting mine. At least he’d better be! Check it out here!
Thanks for reading,
A few weeks ago I received an email from the Chair of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
They run an annual Bachathon. A what? A Bachathon… it’s an all day music festival celebrating the musical genius of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
They wanted to produce a small pamphlet for the younger Bach enthusiasts. A kind of fact sheet/puzzles/colouring sheets etc.
Plus they wanted permission to use one of my cartoons as part of it!
I was flattered and also delighted that they had the decency to ask permission to use it.
Of course, I agreed immediately. Anything that gets kids fired up about the Arts at a young age is a good thing in my book.
Nearly forgot, here’s the cartoon. Originally published (I think?) in The Times metro section… many, many moons ago!
So, did you miss out on Munch’s ‘Scream’ at auction in NYC?
You did? Good!
Well, don’t snap that wallet shut just yet! Because the OTHER auction event of the year is happening on June 10th 2012. Yes, it’s only a month or so until the Team Cul de Sac Charity Auction and there are over a hundred pieces of original cartoon art for sale. All proceeds will fund research into finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
With the TCDS the book NOW being printed, Chris (the brainchild of TCDS) Sparks thought we might be able to raise even more money buy selling the original art that features in the book.
You could treat yourself to an original Watterson, Pastis, Oliphant, or perhaps a Trudeau? The list of amazing artists goes on and on.
Here is a link to the Heritage Auction online listing (please note: this is being constantly updated). Official bids start on 27th May and run until it closes on 10th June 2012.
Not in the market for original art? Well, you can still support TCDS by buying the aforementioned book. Available to pre-order NOW here!
This hard-back book collects all of the art into one beautiful edition. No self-respecting coffee table should be seen without it! A percentage of the proceeds from the book will be used to fund research into Parkinson’s Disease.
Thanks for reading,