Posts Tagged ‘Barry Kitson’

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Cymru Con Updated

November 3, 2008

See what the web has to say about cymru con

http://blogs.birminghammail.net/speechballoon/2008/11/flying-the-red-dragon-proudly.html

and

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/?p=10064

Ok Update Time

John McCrea

Barry Kitson

Mike Carey

Rob Williams

Rufus Dayglo

Mike Collins

Mike Ploog

James Barclay

Dylan Teague

Liam Sharpe

Tony Lee

Stu.Art

Chris Lynch

and the Fabulous Barry Kitson

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Cymru Con 2009 Resurrection

August 20, 2008

Guest list so far

Mike Collins

Mike Ploog

Stu.Art from MWM/Markosia

Chris Lynch from MWM/Markosia

Dylan Teague

Barry Kitson

(all of the above are subject to work commitments)

The preferred hotel will be the winford hotel. The date will be the 8th and 9th August 2009. The Venue will be Cardiff students Union.

Tickets will be available october/november time from Cardiff sci-fi and fantasy store

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Comics Week in Review part two

June 8, 2008

Ok, the first part was the ones I read yesterday and recommend, these are the ones I read today and give a big thumbs up to.

Cover for Amazing Spider-Man #558

Now some of you know that apart from a certain few titles I find Marvel very humdrum, very much of a muchness. That may be about to change as a) my favourite artist Barry Kitson is on this title. b) that the scripting is snappy and spideys jokes are popping quite nicely, thanks to Bob Gale for this.

Trinity: Another weekly comic from DC I sighed. Then realised that Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley were gonna be picking up the ball. This has two stories in it, The first is about the first trio of hero’s and plays out nicely, The second story is very …… Whats happening here?

Don’t want to diss a good book but First half amazing second half should be a marvel title.

And Finally

MARVEL 1985 #1

Mark Millar & Tommy Lee Edwards 1985. I tried so hard to dislike this, After all after the civil war and ultimates endings I thought Millar had sold out. 1985 is actually a damn good read, Can Millar keep it up, maybe, but if i hear a iron man speech about how many ways he could have won this then you won’t see my arse for dust

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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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Bristol International Comic Convention 2008

March 28, 2008

The Convention is getting closer, If you listen to comic fans they are starting to get the con buzz. Talking about what writers and artists they will be seeing, a chance to catch up with friends made in conventions of years past and also a chance to go and get slaughtered on the firday and saturday.

Well all of that holds true for me and doubly so as MR Barry Kitson has consented to doing a crafty butchers interview over a pint or two.

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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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Con Survival Guide

March 8, 2008

Ok Part two of the con survival guide.

Finance.

By now you should have started saving for the con, why i hear you ask, well let me take you through just some of the items you may want to pick up in a con.

Back Issues- Always a large selection available and always multipacks.

Trades- Huge selection available and it’s the chance to fill the gaps in your collection

Sketches- It’s a sad fact that a small minority have ruined it for the rest of us but some artists do charge for their sketches. But believe me they are well worth it

Prints- There are some nice prints always available at the cons and if you have the room then I totally recommend it

Artwork- All the top artists have a portfolio and back log of stuff that they will be happy to sell you. I have a few pieces of Bary Kitsons work

 Refreshments- You need to eat, and if your at a con all day you certainly need to drink

Hotel- are you there for 1 day or for the weekend, if the weekend the hotel need to be paid for

Travel- how much is it going to cost you to get to the con, bus, train car or plane all needs to be budgeted for

18+

your friday night entertainment, are you going out or having a early night (budget at least £40.00 for this)

early saturday- do you eat the hotels breakfast or do you go for a pub breakfast.

Saturday night- party hearty, your looking at a good £40.00 plus for this

Ok as to prioritising. Let me explain last year at Bristol I was waiting for mr kitson while my friends went off to the DC nation, on the way they got chatting to some american chap and lo and behold it turned out it was kurt busiek. Now my priority was to get that sketch and get my legion stuff signed.

Look at the guest list before you go. Allocate your time, who must you see, who is it imperative that you have to get signings/sketches from. Who can wait till the sunday or next year.

The guys are real friendly and if you looks at some con pro’s sketch books they really do put the effort in and are glad to meet their fans.

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Marvel- My two cents worth

February 28, 2008

The Following item is only my opinion:

As a comic collector who started with Captain America it was inevitable that when I was older (and had more disposable income) that I would return to the scene of so many good memory’s. But like any drug the first few hits while good slowly become less rush and more hassle. I looked at my titles and slowly through lazy writing or bad editorial decisions pulled title after title. First there was the Civil War/Ultimates lazy writing from Mark Millar (if you check the endings for both titles they are very similar) then there was the disaster that was the editorial decision to allow Steve Rodgers to get killed (yes we know he’s gonna be back, but come on Punisher in a gimp suit and then Bucky as Captain) and then one of Marvels best titles Ultimates gets destroyed through poor art and poor writing.

I have the privilege of corresponding with a few people that I truly class as Genius. Beau Smith a legend in comic books, who would rather walk from a job than take a lame story. Jimmy Palmotti who is a truly talented artist and a genuine nice guy. Geoff Johns another amazing writer and last but by no means least Barry Kitsons who’s artwork is simply sublime.

 I also read one heck of a lot and when I wince when I am reading a comic then I know that’s a bad sign. I have very few marvel titles left and I hope to god that for whatever reason Marvel doesn’t ruin those also.

But as i said this is only my opinion and I am sure there are fans out there who love everything that Mark Millar comes out with, That can not see anything wrong with Mr Loeb’s run on Ultimates. And for the record this is not artist/writer bashing. There are still titles I will be picking up that Mr Millar is involved on, And I still say that Hush is one of Mr Loebs best works.

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Bristol International Comic Expo 2008

February 27, 2008

It is fast approaching that time of year again. If you have never been to a convention or can’t afford to go to the big stateside cons, Bristol is the place to be

http://www.comicexpo.net/

There is always a good list of guests and this year is no exception. With some of my favourites from the comic world including: Jim Shooter, Mike Carey, David Hine, Charlie Adelard, Mike Collins and Barry Kitson to name but a few.

It’s a good chance to pick up those back issues you’ve always wanted, speak to the artists and writers of the comics that you collect, pick up some sketches and mingle with like minded people.

Personally I find that Bristol and the location are perfect for a convention and long may it continue