Now available at The ComicBook Factory shop, the film poster for the live action Connie Radar short "Over the Moon". High quality print on heavy stock card, limited quantity, don't miss out etc. I'll be posting the story boards and the finished short here soon.
From the back cover:
"22 Long lost masterpieces of underground comic strip art. A compelling selection of some of the very best of the genuinely underground, counter-cultural phenomenon that is CULT COMICS! What were mostly photocopied and stapled pamphlets, in short runs of anything from a couple of dozen to a few thousand issues, are collected together here in a single volume."
Features reprints of 3 Jessica of the Schoolyard comics.
I found this comic strip while digging through all the mountains of paper laying around my studio. Featuring Alex Dron's FOT and Angus character. Not sure when I drew it, I guessing it's a few years old.
Book two introduces Doctors Moresby and Stoffel as they navigate the plague infested city of Koch looking for a suspected witch. As Rex hacks and slashes his way into the city, the plague is now the least of Koch's problems...
Here's a new review of the NZ comic anthology Faction at The Weekly Crisis, it covers books 1-3 and dedicates a mini-review for every contribution. This is the write up for my four page Connie Radar comic --
“Connie Radar” by Karl Wills
CeeJay: I enjoyed
“Connie Radar.” I’d even go as far as to say that it’s probably the second best
segment of the entire anthology. One part “Tintin,” one part “Blondie” and one
part “The Thing” (at least in terms of setting), “Radar” was longer than a few of the others
but a swift read nonetheless. I liked her lo-fi cyborg sidekick as well.
Nevin: More than
any other piece in this anthology, “Connie Radar” has that Sunday comicstrip
feel to it. The art style and interactions also remind me of “Blondie” but
straight black and white with the coloring. This is one of the better additions
to the anthology, and I’d love to read more. On a last note, I would never
speak to that maniac at the end.
Read the full review of Faction comics #1-3 HERE
You can buy Faction comics HERE
The new comic Holocaust Rex Book Two: The Plague Lords of Koch is back from the printers and currently being assembled. It goes on-sale at the Bigcartel shop October 1st, but exclusive to readers of this blog I'm offering early copies, simply send NZD$ 12.95 via paypal to email@example.com and it'll be in the post the following day. This offer includes international sales. For Book One and other comics visit the Bigcartel page HERE.
While I was drawing the Princess Seppuku comics, I was also teaching myself to read japanese (it's hard, I quit and I've forgotten everything) and making comic strips like this to help me remember the japanese characters...
Golden Age Figures recently plugged my comics on their Facebook page with - "I thoroughly
enjoyed both comics [Princess Seppuku and Holocaust Rex], which feature lovely art in the ligne claire style
and high production values for a mini comic. The stories are funny,
surreal and somewhat gruesome, reminding me a bit of Jim Woodring's
Frank. If this type of comic appeals to you, please check them out and
support Mr. Wills' efforts!" Anyone familiar with Fletcher Hanks should 'like' Golden Age Figurines, follow them on FB and buy anything that comes of their studios! Each resin figure is a beautiful detailed homage to the greatest comics of the golden age. It's a small company with very limited print runs, once they're sold they're super rare to find. In fact, I'm still looking to purchase a 'Fantomah' if anyone has one to sell...
Check out the Golden Age Figurines website HERE and on Facebook HERE
July 23rd - 28th. I went to the San Diego Comic Con mainly to be present at the screening of 'Over the Moon', a short film I wrote featuring one of my comic book characters. The 7 minute live-action film was co-written with Timothy Kidd, directed by James Cunningham and should be online around November after it's done it's festival run. Here's a selection of photos from the trip...
Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd.
Inside Meltdown, looking at their wall of original artwork...
And there's the art for 'Jessica Teaches the Tailor'...
Meltdown's cabinet of Dan Clowes merchandise...
At collector Glenn Brays house looking at some original pages from the early MAD comics.
Art by L.J Jordaan
Art by Harvey Kurtzma
Union Station, Los Angeles about 6am waiting for the train to San Diego
My new buddy Donkey Kong.
Comic Con main floor... so many people!
A harem of Princess Leias.
Some rare unpublished Basil Wolverton original artwork
Outside the Hollywood Historic Hotel on Melrose Ave.
The Ramp Gallery had a small press exhibition on, but was closed at the time.
Mark1 comics, Hamilton
The ComicBook Factory table and behind me sat Matt Emery with his Pikitia Press comics. Matt did an excellent talk/slide-show about the 100 year history of NZ comics, and Ant Sang turned up for a couple of hours to talk to folks about his comic The Dharma Punks being reprinted as a collected graphic-novel.
The small stash of mini-comics I picked up. People by Liam B; Beats the Kangaroo 4 & 5 by Aaron Christiansen; Fungus Boy Adventures 8 by Brent Willis, The Dark Side of the Moon by louis Graham; Teen Creeps 6 by Charles Forsman(USA), Return of the Odd Bodz by a bunch of people, a sponsored exhibition booklet with interviews.
Spotted at the zinefest was this t-shirt which reminded me of one of my favorite indy comics, Raw Power by Josh Bayer. (Image is not from the comic.)
"Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic
collection of original comic art in private hands. The book features
work by a pantheon of cartooning masters" - Publisher, Fantagraphic Books
"This is an imposing and shockingly beautiful compendium no lover of the medium could possibly ignore " - Win Wiacek for 'Now Read This' (Full review)
The Blighted Eye
Original Art From The Glenn Bray Collection
416 Pages - Full colour