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Bristol International Comic Expo 2008

May 11, 2008

Interviews will follow later.

First I owe an apology to the ever excellent Barry Kitson. Barry I know I said I’d interview you but the mix of a broken coxix, aching feet and jetlag meant I was dying. I am so sorry especially after all the hard work you put into my sketch.

Well Bristol just keeps getting better and better, Touched down from my vacation in China thursday night, had 6 hours sleep and then back on the road for the convention. Courtesy of Cardiff Science Fiction and Fantasy Store(thanks Dave) got to go to the retailer day, where some excellent panels were held. Diamond Introduced themselves, then we moved through the different panels. Some great information from Bob Wayne and Eddie Berganza about future releases and the floor seemed to like the idea that depending on feedback a re-release of the excellent hitman series in trade format may be coming soon. Wildstorm was as ever excellent with some news that really excited me, Deathblow is joining one of the new teams. Vertigo also have a number of new and exciting products coming out and key one that seems really hype is Air. (thanks for getting us excited with this Karen Berger) We then had a quick slot with Dave Gibbons about the new book coming out later this year, Watching the Watchmen filled with never seen imagery a absolute must from titan books for anyone who is a Watchman fan.

We then gathered and had a few drinks and I got to meet YANICK PAQUETTE,The Butcher and Yannick Parquette who even after we destroyed him throughout the rest of the night is a thouroughly nice bloke and his artwork is second to none, so crisp and clear. For those not mentioned during the rest of friday, I am sorry a mix of both alcohol and jetlag is to blame, yep thats my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Nice to see many old friends and made a few new ones.

On the Saturday thanks to the people who organise this sleeping giant I got my press pass. It really is something to see the greats and people you admire gathering before the public get in there (and no thanks were needed for those that I got food and drink for over the weekend). Got to purchase some more work off Barry Kitson-sketching

Barry Kitson and had another great sketch, Had further sketches off Joe Jusko, John Burns and did a short interview with the ever excellent Bryan Talbot. Saturday also saw two shut outs as we were completely full. Wow that was a surprise and for those people stuck outside I feel for you as it was absolutely boiling.

Sunday came around so quick and picked up further work from Rodney Ramos and thanks for a great Black Adam, John Macrea. Also did a Interview with Harry Markos, Harry is one of the Industry’s nice guys and he likes keeping the Indie scene vibrant and exciting.Spoke at length with Tommy Castillo and I will get you and Rod beer next year.

Below are original pieces that I picked up last year through to this yearoriginal artwork from Empireoriginal artwork from supergirl and legion of superheroesoriginal artwork from supergirl and legion of superheroesoriginal artwork from empire purchased 2008original artwork from jla year one purchased 2008original artwork from countdown purchased from rodney ramos 2008original artwork purchased from john macrea jla-hitman

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Upcoming Interviews and Questions

April 4, 2008

Ok people, so far on the hit list I have

Jesse Blaze Snider

James Barclay

Beau Smith

Mark Chadabourn

Stu. Art from MWM

Barry Kitson

 if there’s anyone you wish to see let me know and i will do my best to get them. Also any questions. If you have any burning questions for any or for Jimmy P then please forward them and I will do my best to get them answered for you

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Comic Book Fans- Who we are!!

March 24, 2008

full name:Richard John Griffiths aka Necrophage aka The Crafty Butcher

age:Physically 35

occupation: British Telecoms Business Sales
first comic bought: Keith Giffens run on JLA and Captain America
favourite series of comics: That’s a tough one. There are a few titles I’m really enjoying at the moment like Walking Dead, Deus Ex Machina and Y the Last Man, Annhilation by Dan Abnett.
Favourite artist: Alex Ross, Dave Gibbons and Doug Braithwaite, Barry Kitson
favourite writer: Geoff Johns, Dan Abnett and Brian K Vaughan
most expensive comic: hmm either one of my early avengers or one of my variant green lantern covers.
what are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months:  Well In Darkest Night of course, the return of Squadron Supreme (which I am really hoping they don’t mess up) and the fifth book of the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
what comic store do you shop at: Cardiff Fantasy in Jacobs Market.
first published work: The Crafty Butchers Website
proudest moment: Breaking the previous weeks record for visits and getting my Barry Kitson Art collection started last year in Bristol.
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Comic Book Fans- Who we are!!

March 21, 2008
tn1.jpgfull name:Stuart ‘Danger’ Tipples
age:Physically? 32… Mentally? 15
occupation: By day: Corporate sales whore! By night: Drawing monkey!
favourite comic character:
first comic bought: Probably one of the Marvel UK titles, or an Eagle when I was like 4 or 5… But 1st comic I physically went out and bought with my own pocket money would’ve been 2000AD circa late 600’s
favourite series of comics: That’s a tough one. There are a few titles I’m really enjoying at the moment like Walking Dead, Deus Ex Machina and Y the Last Man, but there are also quite a few oldies and classics that still resonate with me like Zenith, Garth Ennis era Hellblazer but I think I would have to say my favourite is Pete Milligan and Ducan Fegredos Enigma. I’m not a huge fan of Capes and Tights titles, so the Enigma was one of those Vertigo titles that just instantly appealed to me and Fegredo’s art is just fantastic in it! So animated and exciting, admittedly there is quite a visable learning curve taking place in it, but none the less, Fegredo’s characters are expressive and very real looking.
Favourite artist: Tricky again… There are a lot of artists I admire and respect from my position of trying to be an comic book artist proffessionally myself, Sean Phillips, Brendan McCarthy, Steve Yeowel, Ashley Woods, Duncan Fegredo (obviously) and Mike Mignola. But if I had to pick a favourite?… Jock. Like Fegredo he draws expressive, animated and very stylish characters. He also has a fantastic eye for design and composition.
favourite writer: Brian K. Vaughan and Warren Ellis.
most expensive comic: Don’t really think I have anything that expensive or collectable. I don’t really buy monthly titles anymore (space issues) I tend to wait for the trades to be released.
what are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months: It’s blatant self promotion, but I’m going to say it anyway! I cannot wait to see the 1st issue of The Magpye out there and on the shelves! It’ll be my first monthly book, all my previous published books have been graphic novels or one offs.
what comic store do you shop at: I don’t really, I do most my comic/graphic novel shopping online – but if I do, it’s usually The Comic Guru or Forbidden Planet in Cardiff.
average spend monthly: Trades not monthly books… maybe £20-£30 a month.
first published work: That was probably MWM 1 by Openbook Press/Smash Comics – I think you can still pick up copies of that version on amazon.com, but my first work that I would say was properly published i.e. available in books shops around the world, was my version of The Raven, for the graphic novel Nevermore for Selfmade Hero publishing.
proudest moment: You mean other than winning Subuteo under 16 division 2 league?! Watching a complete stranger picking up MWM 0 that had no marketing, no advertising or any sort of advance warning on the world and actually parting with their hard earned money for it at Bristol back in 2004.
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Comic Book Fans- Who we are!!

March 21, 2008
tn.jpgFull name: Kelvin James Gill
Age: 35
Occupation:  Admin Officer with Her Majesty’s Prison: Cardiff
Favourite comic character: Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
First comic bought: An issue of 2000AD, the long running British weekly anthology comic. The first DC comic I bought was Sandman #9 (the first appearence of Death), although I had been reading DC comics for many many years before then – all kindly donated to me by a good friend 🙂
Favourite series of comics:  So many contenders, but if I have to choose just one, then it’s Giffen & DeMatteis’s Justice League (International) – an all time classic finally getting the hardcover love it deserves!
Favourite artist:  Just one?  Maaaaan… I can’t do that, seriously. I love Amanda Conner’s work, it oozes fun and jumps off the page and slaps you around the head with a nig wet fish. Kevin Maguire draws the best expressions ever!  Check out his run on JLI and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Juan Jose Ryp will fill the page with so much detail it blows the mind – and he gets his stuff in on time!  Mignola, D’Israeli, Dan Schaffer (Dogwitch/Indigo Vertigo) and many more.  This is an evil question! Eeeevil I tell you!!! 
Favourite writer: Arse!  Another doubleplus ungood question.  My favourite writer is that comic god Alan Warren Garth Grant Dan Geoff Keith Gail Simone Giffen Johns Schaffer Morrison Ennis Ellis Moore.
Yeah, you know, him…
Most expensive comic:  I don’t honestly know. I never check how much my comics are worth because that side of collecting has no interest for me whatsoever.  I have an Ultimate Spider-Man #1 and Ultimate X-Men #1 (first printings) that I noticed one comic shop was selling for over £100 each if that counts?
What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months: DC’s Final Crisis – Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones. Like sex for the mind right there.
What comic store do you shop at: Cardiff Fantasy Centre, Jacobs Antique Market, Cardiff – an awesome customer service provided by genuine top-notch gentlemen. They deserve a more visible store in the centre of the shopping area.
Average spend monthly: Erm… a lot. I get roughly 90% of the DC Universe titles, plus assorted extras.
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Comic Book Fans- Who we are!!

March 20, 2008

I have decided that what I will do is let you guys say a little about your hobby. If your interested send me an email at

necrophage32@btinternet.com

 I will then send out the list of questions and you’ll get your place here