Wednesday, 15 October 2008
We hope to have an event at some point to celebrate and raise more money so if you have any ideas for that let me know.
In the meantime tell everyone that all £2.50 from our comic gets donated to the world land trust now.
Catch you soon.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Do you want to kiss it better has:
Sold comics online
Sold comics on the street
Sold comics at the Bristol comic expo
Sold comics at Orbital comics in london
Sold comics at Gosh comics in London
Sold comics at the London zine symposium
Sold comics to their friends
Sold comics to their family
Sold comics in a pub at the Pens pencils & photocopier event
Sold comics in Camden market
Sold comics in all of Forbidden Planets stores
Sold comics on Forbidden Planets website.
Sold comics at the Camden green fair.
At least thats all I can remember at the moment...
But now I have a new one!
Sold comics in an art gallery at the Artful Dodger's exhibition.
He was kind enough to invite us along to sell comics at his private view preview night. and we did!
It was a fun more relaxing way to sell comics as it wasn't so hectic as a market and I wasn't jostling for attention.
If you get a chance go and check it out as it is actually art with method and purpose rather than design, and he's a really nice guy.
More news soon!
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Our time for sales in Forbidden Planet is numbered, but we are now available online as a download
http://www.lulu.com/content/2421727: Some strips were given to us in colour. We have restored it to the relevant strips. Namely Leonie O'moore's work and the work of Neil Merret & Euan Richardson. Lil's strip has also had the colour put back in although it is more of a grayscale piece.
I will post previews of all those strips up soon so you can see.
So if you know anyone in foreign climes who would like to purchase our comic please direct them to our Lulu product. It will download as a PDF upon payment. £1.60 from the price (yes lulu takes 40p commission) will go towards our cause.
I'll have more news about our Forbidden Planet sales soon as I can get it.
In the meantime get yourself along to this on Saturday.
Friday, 15 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
We've just confirmed to go along to the low energy day in camden on the 30th of august.
So put it in your diaries or your white boards or blackberrys or iphones and come and say hello on the day,
the last one was pretty good, (no barcodes) so thats why we decided to go again.
I might have something else to say tomorrow.
Last week we went to the King Blues gig in camden,
It was awesome, the new stuff sounds good the old stuff sounds good, its all good!
We sold some comics to some people too which was ace,
Also this is a new blog, I have migrated all the blog history from myspace & our website to here as another place people can leave comments, so please do!
More news & features coming soon!
Monday, 21 July 2008
On saturday for a time i attended a comic and zine event http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com/
It was a nice affair with some old & new faces.
Im sure it will grow to something a bit more as it seems to take place in a good section of the year.
For now though its giving us renewed vigour for getting on with work for this project, so things will happen and I will let you know.
If anyone is about next week get yourself down to The King Blues gig at dingwalls in camden, it will be awesome.
look here for more information.
Any tips or feedback, keep them coming..
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Its been a bit of a quiet month for us, I haven't found a wide variety of things to do!
but our comics have now been pulled off sale in most forbidden planet stores as our sale period in them is coming to an end.
But we do still have it on sale in the London shop as well as Gosh & Orbital, just ask anyone in the shops there, they are very helpful,
You can always order online, or if you have any other requests get in touch,
Hopefully I will have more exciting news for you soon.
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Last weekend we did loads of stuff!
On saturday we went along to the No Barcodes event at camden market. Organised by the guys at london underground comics it was a good atmosphere with lots of other small press creators, We sold our wares to some intrepid customers who managed to find there way in to our area of the market. Theres a mash up video of the event here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCEhqn8pXAs check it out. We didnt take part in any of the singing but viewers with a keen vision and who know what me and Lou look like might be able to spot us in the background in a few spots. Also to give someone a little plug, check out this guys site http://www.ventedspleen.com/ . If I manage to get some disposable income together sometime soon I will whack some down on some of his stuff because its pretty good, he even won an eagle award (Favourite Black and White Comicbook - British http://www.eagleawards.co.uk/ ) this year.
So yeah we were there we were hungover and it was fun,
The next day was a bit more tiring though. I had a stall at the camden green fair (http://www.camdengreenfair.org.uk/) it was kind of last minute but I couldnt turn it down. I also have some photos! exciting!
Heres some steps about how to make a stall look passable in less than a day!
make some banners
then finish them
Now pack it all up with what you got for your stall and what you got to pack it out with, when I had been kindly directed to my pitch this is what my stuff looked like
the picture is blurry because I carried that stuff up the length of regents park and my hand was shaking as it was heavy
this is what my "spread" looked like
and the final stall, Mk1
It was just me that day so I had to chat and sell to people on my lonesome, but it was pretty fun, I had the naked bike riders behind me got asked my age for no apparent reason and got to hear other peoples opinions on the planet. At one point I had a carribean steel drum band playing right behind me for a few hours and at that point it got a bit exhausting so I had to join in with the dancing.
We also had another review, this time from Stephen Holland who manages a great comic shop up in nottingham called page 45 (http://www.myspace.com/page_45)
Here it is in full:
Do You Want To Kiss It Better 1 (£2-50) by various. Published in support of the World Land Trust - and printed on recycled paper using vegetable oil-based inks on presses run on 100% local wind power by people eating dandelions and non-dairy buttercups grown free-range in their gardens - this is, like many a worthy endeavour, a mixed bag of Quorn. "Cause And Effect" by Shiro (not Matsumune) may well be lifted from - sorry inspired by - USAGI YOJIMBO or some other Buddhist tract but even if so, elevated it has been into a wonderfully fluid series of panels with some fabulous curves, superb brush flourishes and unusual and dynamic camera angles. It's an anthropomorphic life lesson whose figures Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID) wouldn't have been disappointed in. "Introducing The Opossum Shrimp" by Leonie O'Moore was commendable succinct and bang on-target, whilst the rest... the rest of the people mean well and are therefore saved from my usual range of heartless, caustic witherisms. Details of how to make your purchase can be found at the link.
If you dont believe me look here
I would say we were never trying to be above criticism by doing something for charity, we need feedback so we can make the next one better! but everyone should know we persauded everyone to help us out on the strength of the idea and not paying them.
In case you missed it last week Guillermo Del Toro bought a copy of our comic
Finally I knocked up a banner for us yesterday, if you like it & us feel free to use it anywhere, If you want the html code just ask.
I'll let you know when we have more stuff planned, but in the mean time if you have any comments, suggestions, or hot tips on how to sell our comic, where to go to do it or would like to have a party, get in touch.
Catch you later
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Ok so we havnt posted much in a while...
Well we were in Bristol selling the comic a couple of weeks ago. I'm trying to find other things and places to go to but in the mean time I do have one to tell you about.
Taking place next saturday Camden lock market is in part going to be taken over by a load of comic people!
The organisers will tell you more about it so click the link...
LUC No Barcodes
I'll be going along to have some fun and, without being selfish, make our comic stand out!
Im also trying to get involved in some green fairs & events over the summer but as it goes we only have one thing to sell, so stall costs become a bit prohibitive. If anyone knows anyone who is going to be at a fair over the summer that is willing to sell our comic for us, or let me come along and sell our comic, let me know. I'm not work shy so I'll help who ever out with labour and contribute to costs.
For the moment I'll continue plotting and let you know,
Friday, 9 May 2008
We'll be down there for the Bristol comic Expo this weekend. If you are in the area or already going come & say hello,
I'll probably be wearing some kind of Do you want to kiss it better T shirt.
Also our comic is now available at Forbidden Planet Ltd Shops,
I've been a bit too social this week so I'll be doing lots more comic work next week
Catch you soon
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Ok currently this weekend I have not found anywhere to go and sell people the comic,
But fear not, this is a whole country,
Devil Monkey one of our contributors also organises the UK chapter of Drink & Draw in Newcastle. Here are the event details:
Saturday the 3rd of May!
Newcastle University Student Union.
From 4 till 11.
Tell the world!
You don't have to be able to drink or draw, but it helps!
(over 18s only)
So if you are up in the region and want to do something cool this weekend go along, and pick up a copy of our comic while you are there.
Also we should be getting some reviews over the next month or so..
One from Page45 manager Stephen Holland. In his last mail shot he said this.. and I quote
"Yeah, okay, I've seen a copy, there are two great stand-out sequences amongst some lesser contributions, and I'll be reviewing it next month. In the meantime, it's a good cause, right? Do yer clicky and pay or not, depending!"
So we await the full review..
Another review should be coming from Comics Bulletin
I'll keep you posted as it happens
Bristol comic expo is coming up & we'll see you there...
Monday, 28 April 2008
Just a quick note to say how great the london zine symposium was this sunday gone, kudos to the organisers for getting it all together.
I met some nice people and sold some more copies of the comic too, so thanks to them.
I was hoping for some nice weather this week so I could do some more street selling apprentice stylee but that appears not to be the case in london town.
If anyone knows of any other events coming up that they reckon I could go along to sell some more at let me know.
In actuality I am really tired.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Lou is back from NYCC (New York Comic Con) - She sold some to copies to people there which is ace, she made some time to have some fun too though.
But we have some good news!
From the 8th of May our Comic will be in stock in Forbidden Planet shops..
So theres one of those in:
You can find out where exactly they are here:
Where is FP?
Our comic is currently available in:
Orbital Comics & Collectibles
148 Charing Cross Road
39 Great Russell St
London WC1B 3NZ
Forbidden Planet Online
I also plan to make an appearance at the London Zine Symposium this weekend:
So look out for it there.
Coming up we will also be going to the Bristol Comic Expo to spread the love there too: http://www.comicexpo.net/
Also we got a little mention here: Down the tubes
Im working on getting it reviewed by a few comic reviewers but in the meantime if anyone has got anything to say about it all let us know.
Take Care people!
Sunday, 13 April 2008
We now have our comic available here:
Forbidden Planet Online
and the kind people at Orbital comic have some copies available.
They can be found here,
Orbital Comics & Collectibles
148 Charing Cross Road
We are working on getting it to more places soon so we'll keep you posted.
Also we had our first bit of reader feedback, its below in its entirety:
"Hey just read do you want to kiss it better and it was pretty f*%ing cool!!! Loved the king blues bit even tho it was very short. And all the art work was really really good loved the whole thing the message it was sending was just right especially for a comic. Cant wait for a volume 2. Cant stress enough how much I like this it really is very very cool. Keep up the good work and keep spreading the word."
(ok do I edited the swearing - you never know minors could be reading)
If anyone else has read it yet (and you werent involved with it) please let us know.
Catch you later
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
First of all here are the details of our comic.
Do you want to kiss it better is a charity comics anthology.
Our first issue, Green is in support of the world land trust, http://www.worldlandtrust.org. All profits from this comic will go towards their projects to help preserve some of the most precious land in the world.
The work in Green was all contributed with the intention of making people think about goes on around them in the world in entertaining and real ways.
It is 40 pages cover to cover, 35 pages of strip art. Featuring a colour cover by Phil Corbett & work from shiro, Scroobius pip, Rufus Dayglo, The King Blues, and many other talented artists & writers.
£2.50 + 75p for P&P - please see the paypal button on our profile. If you dont use paypal and dont ever want to get in touch and we can work something else out.
For the more interested among you here is a bit more to the story.
Well back in January we started doing this, the 22nd I think, anyway a few months down the line we have a finished product.
It arrived for me this morning, in an apparently carbon zero delivery (more on that another time) ,in a box that looks like this.
There were 8 of them, here is what 2 look like, note the shoes for scale.
Upon opening the box I was confronted with many copies of our comic that look like this..
They also look like this if you try to eat one, make sure you buy it first though.. note lou for scale..
I was impressed by the print quality have a look at this..
(I was never going to show you a full page was I)
So its done now, and we want as many of you as possible (well atleast as many of you as have printed anyway) to buy a copy.
If you have any questions please ask!
Thanks to everyone that helped us get this far, all the people who gave us some of their work, took an interest or answered some of my many questions. Its turned out well.
Thursday, 3 April 2008
I have also seen what our printer is going to put on the inside cover and well it surpassed my expectations a little.
Have a look,
It will be on its way soon, late this week or early next week.
40 pages cover to cover; 35 pages of strip art, all for £2.50 (plus 75p for P&P)
I’m going to try and get a real website up soon and at the least some kind of paypal button on our myspace.
Catch you later
Monday, 31 March 2008
hopefully both of us will have a table at the bristolcon too so come on down, I’ll be the one that smells of cider and is probably trying to violate anyone who turned up dressed as batman (you think im joking, just ask geoff, he knows thats what comic cons are for, like at brum with the summer batman - the knight was shorter!!!!!! hahahahaha, he was tiny.... i digress)
it’s on 100% recycled paper, with eco friendly vegetable oil based inks, it will be £2.50 or $5.00,with 75p postage if you buy it online. there will be a downloadable pdf with some strips in colour at some point, ’more details to follow yadda yadda yadda’ said ian......
thanks to everyone who has got involved, will get involved and helped in any way.
now you just gotta buy it!
and help with issue 2...... heeheehee
sooo exciting huh?
Monday, 24 March 2008
Current mood: satisfied
Some of you will now that this weekend the comics thing was in London. http://www.ukwebcomixthing.co.uk/. I had hoped to go along to this to check out some small press stuff and promote our upcoming comic.
Lou & I knocked up a flyer, but basically I couldnt get a decent number printed in a good quality in time. I just couldnt get my stuff sorted in time. This was a bit of a dissapoinment for me as Id let myself down.
Those of you that know me, may know that I had a load of money robbed from my bank account recently (more than my rents worth). like most things I brushed it aside and dealt with it (cant let it get you down after all). Evidently the 2 weeks its taken to get the money back from the bank had taken its toll on my general wellbeing. I lost my focus towards the end of last week as I didnt know what was going on with it all. So yeah now its all sorted and I’ll get back into the swing...
How Lou has persuaded me to do things for the last 2 weeks..
What your supposed bed may look like after losing a load of money and your brain with it...
m not making excuses because really I should have prepared and gone but just didnt.
I know for a few weeks now we’ve been saying its nearly done and you might be wondering where it is now, well truth be told it nearly is done, we have our page count sorted but we just need to get a few spare pages nailed & sorted. Rufus Dayglo was kind enough to draw a pin up for us over the weekend for inclusion and we pretty much just need to get one more page nailed before we confirm all the details.
This is a first foray into comics producing for me and Ive been really amazed by how much people have been able to help us out in the 2 months we’ve been doing this now. To be honest though I still dont really know much. If I havnt asked you already, if you have any tips for helping us to promote our comic once we have it ready to launch please let me know.
I have had too much easter chocolate at once and now I feel queasy. Im off to do some star jumps to burn the sugar a bit...
Kudos to you all,
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Well over the last week we had enough strips in to put together our first issue!
Early next week I hope to confirm some of the finer points and write a bigger note!
Here’s a little look at the last strip we had in, The Last Treasure by Devil Monkey.
More details & full listing soon so keep an eye out.
Hope you all had a good week and a peaceful weekend.
Monday, 10 March 2008
Well over the weekend we have now had enough pages in to go to print...
We hope to finalise details by the the end of the week as there is a bit more work to go, but it hopefully wont be much longer..
Here's a look at some of the stuff we now have in..
by Neil Merrett & Ewan Robertson.
by Andy Blundell
By Lou & me,
Did anyone watch life in cold blood? David (who hapens to be patron of the world land trust) was on top form. The last part of the last episode really summed it up, but I cant find a short clip of it anywhere, so either have a look at the whole of the last episode on iplayer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b00936vz.shtml - if you have a spare hour - its available to watch until the end of tomorrow.
Or a shortened version of Davids message
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Well its coming I tell you, we need to finish our strip and hopefully we will be getting a few more strips soon, then we will paginate it and get it ready for our printers. I am going to ask them to write us a note verifying that it is printed on recycled paper too.
Today was mothers day, but easter will be here soon so check out
Here is some work from another strip coming to us, called last treasure by myspace.com/77studios
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
This obviously means we have had a few more submissions but we are still hoping for more.
I have to go and do something related to lettering now,
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Saturday, 23 February 2008
I had to show them some samples in order to do this and what they saw they said they liked, so well done to you contributors!
They also sent me some pictures of their project areas so you could see what its all about. Please check out the www.worldlandtrust.org for more information.
Please note that our views & our contributors views have nothing to do with the world land trust's
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
A new brief,
Well issue one is coming together now so we would like to start getting people involved for issue 2. We would like to cover the issue of poverty of and development
So similar to issue 1 we would like 1-5 page strips in standard US size (170mm x 260mm) in grayscale as 300dpi Tiff files. You can submit colour versions but these will probably only be used online due to printing costs. The strips can be in any style you chose but they should ideally be at least remotely related to the issues of poverty & development, thinking on a tangent that requires people to be clever is also accepted (Lou thinks that is too wordy – but that is cos she is from cov innit).
Anyway if you want to contribute get in touch at myspace or facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian & Lou
p.s. issue 3 will be in aid of animal welfare and rights.......
Sunday, 17 February 2008
I have now moved, I am not yet networked so have to negotiate with lou to blog.
As you might have noticed I have put our cover up designed by the nice Phil Corbett, who is the author of Kitten Parasites.
I have also put up a photo of the certificate I recieved from the world land trust last year when I ran supporting them. We hope to acquire another one to save more acres.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
Well things are progressing which is good, and tomorrow believe or not I will actually be moving so the DYWTKIB headquarters will be back up and running (this will replace and hopefully improve our satellite centre situation at the moment).
Until then I have a new posted some new preview pics in the album,
They are from Den Patrick's and Sarah Langton's strip entitled Trashed. With a more sci-fi plot & japanese styled art it adds something different to the mix.
You can also check Dens blog - http://likealittlekidwithabeard.blogspot.com/ for another take and http://www.secretarcticbase.com/ for more of Sarahs workings.
Now I have to go back and persuade her to finish drawing it.
Another preview soon and maybe even a cover....
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Love lou xxxxx
Monday, 11 February 2008
Well last week we had our first submission in from Itch Fox (of the King Blues www.myspace.com/thekingblues) & Jen McHugh (www.myspace.com/jenmchugh); Props to them for getting something done and submitted, check out there respective stuff too because its great.
In the meantime I have posted a small preview image of it in our previews album. I might post a little more if I am feeling generous.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
An acre of land, a chocate bar & a certificate, she's (or he) has got to be impressed with that eh?
Reminds me of the time I sponsered a monkey for my ex girlfriends christmas present, she thought it was a great present...
and why is there a mood for Jedi but not for Sith?
Friday, 8 February 2008
I read that in a recent copy of New Scientist the other day.
Now I have read some of the stuff surrounding the matter and now know that wolves were reintroduced to the idaho rockie environment 13 years ago and that now people are campaigning for them to be hunted again. Now ecological issues aside the main thing that struck me is: How do we have the right?
No one manages us yet we seek to manage the world; we are trying to be gods but we will only end up destroying ourselves because we cant understand eachother or the world.
To read more about the story look here:
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Well our friend lil has kindly sent us some preview sketches, I have put a couple in our albums so you eager chaps can have a look at whats been done, (please note you have to be our friend to see the folder - you know you want to if you are not already). Check them out, they look ace (better than I could do - Ian).
If anyone else has some work in progress they can send to us for previw use get in touch...
Hopefully I will have some more previews & updates for you soon,
Monday, 28 January 2008
By the way I am no expert on comic drawing I'm trying to put some information together for those of us less knowledgeable
Ok we are going for a standard US comic:
This gives us the below,
Full Size: 7" x 10.5" (178mm x 267mm)
Trim: 6.625x10.25" (168mm x 260mm)
Live Area: 6x9" (152.4mm x 228.6mm)
Basically up to the trim will defiantly get printed on the page, but you should make sure all the important stuff is within the 6 x 9 area, especially any dialogue.
Once you have done your drawing you can send it to us and we will treat it like a new born child & scan it in, or you can scan it in for us, but please use the file formats as below.
If you are drawing the picture digitally set up the full size 7" x 10.5" dimensions as the image size, (there is a handy template available - check out http://www.ka-blam.com/comic_template.psd - just paste it on top of your image and set the opacity down check http://www.ka-blam.com/index.php?page=Specs_comics for slightly more detailed )
Now make sure you set the image to 300 DPI (you should find this in the image settings) and when you save it, save it as a Tiff File.
So that is again,
Full Size 7" x 10.5"
Any questions please ask & I will endeavour to answer somehow
Once you've done your images send it over!!!
More news soon, but I have put a few pictures up to show that I have done some work.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
So this evening I wrote something... which I will very shortly badger Lou to draw. No spoilers just yet, it needs a bit of work on layouts...
I hope to clarify a few things about image sizes / formats etc, but Ill save that for tomorrow, when my brain has recovered from an EPIC! weekend.
In other news I now have a decent camera which I will use to give some pictorial updates when we get new stuff to show you (only small previews of course).
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Category: Pets and Animals
helloooooo. we're gettting a lot of feedback from writers, and most artists seem to be doing their own thing or have writers they work with. if you can illustrate something and would like us to send you a script from one of our writers please let us know, and get in touch. and hassle your arty friends to do it. and arty people you don't know. i've hassled nearly everyone in the world the last 2 days i think!!
anyway, here are 2 poems by Joeseph McGowan, which it would be nice if someone could illustrate. we also have about 3 people who want to know if there is an artist they can work with before they start on scripts, so get in touch.....
on the subject of poverty, which we aim to cover in later issues....
thanks so much to joe, lets have some artists step up for this now!!!!
well, here we go kids. so far we have l'il gettin on with 3 pages. jim mahfood is gonna do what he can, hopefully 2 pages, but y'know, i love one page filler man. rufus, being the wonderful person that he is, is gonna give us 3 pages hopefully, and he's gonna try and sweet talk al martin into writin it for/with him. Geof says fetishman, will be making an appearance. or at least we'll get something a bit rude.... dani is workin away brainstormin' already. the collosally (i can't be arsed to work out how to spell that), cool king blues are gonna do us a 3 panel strip, which im really lookin forward to. hope zane played em on his show last night, cuz they are good, and radio one normally plays crap. which is why despite requesting it 5 times i wasnt actually listening. anyway. ian and i will be doing 2 pages he reckons, so im gonna do some pages with clare too. we've had some googlemail responses,and we have a writer called neil who may be looking for an artist, so if you don't want to write, let us know we can match you up with someone, or vice versa. my previous manager steve, will put on the largest of his thinking hats and get back to us. we've had a couple of gumtree responses too but again we need artists. and lucy is going to talk to loads of vinyl designers the weekend and see what we can get out of them. its all going pretty well really....... and i'm sure i've forgotten someone. if i have, i'm sorry havent been up long and i have to move house which is kinda stressing me. because letting agents appear to be made of stupid.
thanks everyone who's on board!!!
if you wanna take photos of youin the process so we can post some updates and have something toputinthephotos that isnt just me bein a tard, then go for it!!!
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
For any artists that want to get digital....
If you want image dimensions go for 3140 X 4780 pixels, at 300 DPI - (for each page), purely because these are the rough sizes that a little project called Transformers Mosaic has been using and I think (Ian the big Transformers fan) they have done a great job. check them out at. http://transformers-mosaic.deviantart.com/
Bed time methinks...
Well having chewed the fat we thought it would be better to let everyone know what other causes we would like to help...
So there are Green issues; ranging from wold trade deficit to saving the forests and cutting polution & consumption...
Nature conservation; save the animals in the air land and sea, as well as their habitats,
AIDS; to help with prevention, as its better than cure, but also cure, because there isnt one yet, and treatment.
Amnesty; any matter of human rights;
Its not about drawing up a manifesto, its about trying to get people to realise whats going on around them...
If you have any ideas of how you might like to contribute arty stuff or story stuff to any of the above get in touch.
ok, sopeople have been asking if this is colour or grayscale. i would go for grayscale, as its going to becheaper for us to print, but we'll probably have a colour cover etc, so if you really really want to work in colour do that and we may have a bit of both. and timeframe wise, we would like to take this to nycc in april, which means we need the stuff early march at the latest,so we have time to do all the rest.
cheers for all the interest and feedback we've had, you all rock.