Archive for September, 2012

Dead Trees

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012


G Johnstone is one of my most loyal readers. We’re pleased to note he has a new website where he’s developing a new full-length work called Curse of the Yellow Book. We first saw Johnstone’s work in 1982, when his two-page Camus experiment was first published in the Scots zine Aka (I think issue #7; covers can be seen here. The editor Bob Napier also published a text analysis of the strip, which as it turned out was a bit of a mickey-take, but the target of the satire was pretentious critics, rather than Johnstone’s work. Johnstone went on to edit his own compendium of comic art, called Dead Trees.

Planet 4 is small and mean

Sunday, September 9th, 2012


Chris Reynolds goes digital…computer lettering, digital colours and airbrush effects in his new comic book Planet 4. Described as “meditative science fiction”, the story features Monitor revisiting an old planetary haunt and experiencing many bittersweet and conflicting emotions. As ever, Reynolds imagines and visualises some astonishing tangible details, poised between the banal and the beautiful, and renders them in bold outlines with superb, restrained colours. More than ever with the work of this genius, each panel is a painting.

Planet 4 is published on Smashwords.