December 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
There are lots of great inspirational references out there for fair ground rides – like this one:
Thank you http://www.bibleofbritishtaste.com/ for the image.
As residents of Margate, we are very aware of the restoration of Dreamland happening outside our window so here is a link to a video of the Waltzer in Dreamland:
For those of you with a darker disposition, the sad fate of that particular ride was to catch fire…
Have a great time thinking about this challenge over the Christmas break. We look forward to the results!
December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Roll up! Roll up! Next year’s two page challenge is…
…pause for sound of Wurlitzer music…
Well, a Waltzer is a fairground ride, so let your imagination ride the pop corn smelling, brash, noisy, creaking, fun fairs of the past (or future).
All you have to do is create a two page comic and send it to us by the 30th May 2015.
Same rules apply as previous years (which I will publish on the website, the moment I get a chance).
November 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
It is rather later than planned, but we have finally sent the latest Adventures in Comics to the printers and soon all contributors will be getting a wonderful 60 page copy of this year’s submissions.
Thank you all again for you great work!
And this time we have published the theme of the next challenge in the comic, so watch out for it.
June 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Yes, we have selected a favourite and here are a few words from Paul Gravett to confirm our selection:
AbsORBing, AbsORBant, but not ExORBitant!
Orbs come in a brain-spinning diversity of spherical forms in these inventive two-page comics from hither and yon for this fourth absORBing, absORBant but not exORBitant compilation of Adventures in Comics. You might expect a fair share of crystal balls, and some ghostly manifestations, extraterrestrial life forms, magical sprites, alien motherships, royal and religious treasures and our own Sun and Planet Earth. But how about the eye of Sauron, goldfish bowls, a mysterious egg, even rockstar Roy Orbison and his eyeball?
The funniest of all may be a humongous ball of wool and the weirdest viewpoint or ‘camera angle’ must surely be from the inside of a bowling ball looking out through the holes as the fingers poke in! As every year, it’s agonising to pick just one overall winner with so much talent, technique and imagination on display and styles and stories stretching from the ridiculous to the sublime.
But the story that made me smile and laugh out loud and stayed with me the most was Steve Alexander’s brilliantly nutty family secret behind a forgotten British sporting hero, the world’s heaviest wrestler, Bill ‘The Orb’ Orbison.
Congratulations Steve! A copy of ‘Comics Unmasked – Art and Anarchy in the UK’ will be winging its way to you. The catalogue from the new comics show at the British Library is a great primer on all things related to comic arts. Enjoy!
May 8, 2014 § 4 Comments
It’s been a bit quiet since the show due to the fact i’ve had my head down to get all the submissions up on our website. adventuresincomics.org
They are all together in all their glory, looking fabulous! Go get reading!
The show was great, we should have some pictures up soon, and we should also have some news soon so keep peeled!
May 2, 2014 § 1 Comment
Tonight will be the first time the public can view ALL submissions to ‘The Orb’ together in one place. If you are in or close to Margate it would be great if you came along, said hi and get lost in a few comics. Details are here. Unfortunately because i’m finishing setting up the show there will be no comic today.
May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
I like this style of mixed media and that monkey looks well happy at the end. Yay happy monkey. A nice break away from a standard panel comic.
I am an artist and illustrator that lives in London. In my work I am interested in the crossover between ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Comics’. My drawing at the moment is influenced a lot by Dada and Surrealist collage. I am as much interested in the materials used and naïve mark making as I am in telling a story.