Issue 3, and the gang’s nearly all here. Tom Palmer joins Colan on inks for the first time, and you can see the improvement immediately with the splash page of Drake, standing on a foggy bridge above the Thames, contemplating suicide. Vampires need the fog – it makes it easier for them to just . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #3
And so to issue 2, and what we will call, for want of a better term, the status quo. The issue recaps the story so far before enabling our protagonists, Frank, Jean, Clifton & Dracula to decamp to London, there to continue their disagreements. If the first issue was all about scene-setting and establishing . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #2
And here we are with Issue 1 of the comic proper. From the off, this comic strikes you as very confident, from dramatic opening page to the scene-setting in flashback, and the inevitable scene halfway through where Dracula comes to life. But it’s also noticeable quite quickly how the dynamic differs from most . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #1
Way back when, I had issue 1 of a Marvel UK comic called Dracula Lives. I think it was one of those things where a neighbour bequeathed me a pile of comics, and this was one of them. We’re talking mid seventies. Amongst the other delights in that comic was the first issue of . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula – preamble
Remember me? This used to be my website, and although it may have only got slightly more traffic than an occasional table on a non-occasion, I used to try my best. As Jarvis Cocker is wont to say, “Something Changed’, and I’ve not been around much at all.
But this last fortnight has . . . → Read More: Memories:
Ah. The covers album. I’d never begrudge an artist the chance to pay homage to their influences or heroes, but it can often feel like a holding pattern, an easy way to satiate the fanbase whilst they come up with some new material. On the other hand, a decent cover can be a gateway . . . → Read More: Fruit Fly:
I note that Richard Branson’s VIrgin Rail network have lost the franchise for the West Coast Mainline, and that our bearded wonder has slammed the decision as ‘insane’ and that his company would have been unable to top FirstGroup’s winning bid without ‘dramatic cuts to customer quality.’
He intimates that they are unlikely to . . . → Read More: Best Coast:
When I still lived with my parents, I had a corkboard in my room, upon which I used to pin ephemera and articles of interest. I don’t recall who wrote it but there was an article from the Independent on Sunday discussing the (then) New Wave of American Indie Film Directors, specifically Hal Hartley, . . . → Read More: Damsels In Distress:
As well as West, his ongoing Western series with Tim Keable, Andrew Cheverton has used the Angry Candy imprint to publish collaborations with other artists as well as stories that he’s drawn himself. He’s now started another continuing series, ‘The Whale House’, with artist Chris Doherty, and it’s another winner.
It tells the story . . . → Read More: The Whale House:
Clearing out the back room, I found loads of old issues of The Comics Journal. My initial thought (as always) was to hang on to them – you never know when you might need them for reference, but luckily I came to my senses, and took most of them off to the tip. I . . . → Read More: 100: