Battletoads!

Way back in the heady summer of 2016, my good pal and national treasure Neil Slorance and I collaborated on a comic for the Glasgow Comic Con's first ever Awesome! Anthology. And here it is... our Battletoads comic, entitled "Bufo Proelium, Bufo Paenitet".





I spent many excruciating GameBoy hours trying to fight this toad to wherever he was trying to fight his way to. The specifics are hazy. Whatever became of you, Giant Arm? Did you ever find the love and acceptance you so clearly needed?

You can read the full Glasgow Comic Con Awesome! Anthology online for free. Get to it!

Glasgow Con and New Work - A Welcome Breeze of Fetid Air

New comics are here, all up in your face and also eyeballs!

I'd meant to post some details of all the new work I had going on at this year's Glasgow Comic Con before the event, but yer old pal Craig was busy folding and stapling comics into the dead of the night and didn't manage to. So here we are...

I had an excellent time of Glasgow Comic Con once again, made some new pals and saw some exciting new work both by creators I knew and didn't, and the new venue seems to suit the event really well. I was on a speed-drawing panel, hardly my natural environment but a good time, and I was really pleased to have a strip in the Con's official Awesome! Anthology collaborating with my good pal and national treasure Neil Slorance. We did a deeply profound Battletoads comic called "Bufo Proelium, Bufo Paenitet". Here's a page:



There's loads of cool strips in their including work by Zyzanna Dominiak and Łukasz Kowalczuk, and check out that amazing big bear by BHP's Kirsty Hunter. You can even read the whole thing online for free. Get to it!

My big new effort for 2016 was launched! Medieval Times by me and the excellent Mark Brady went down great and people seemed to really like them, and we were left with just a handful by the end of the weekend. Some more info on these wee rascals in a previous post. I've now made up a new batch, and they're available in my online shop now. Make like the medieval English infantry and go forth and pillage!


I also finally released my Ultimate Ross Geller Fanzine, which for something so profoundly stupid seemed to go down very well indeed, which was lovely because I put a great deal of effort into it considering it's profoundly stupid. It's available online now, eight pages plus covers charting the life experiences of everyone's favourite F.R.I.E.N.D in the context of Occult Armageddon. Get one over at Central Perk.

Lastly I released upon this unfortunate world a couple of new microcomics that I give out for free (the last lot are here) so if you're picking up anything from my online shop some of these are sure to creep their way into the envelope. If you like hand-folded Space Marine illustration zines then hoooo boy nerds, have I got a treat for you.
It's been great to get some new work out there, so a big thanks to Mark and Neil for their collaboration. I've got a lot of different things simmering away, so stay tuned for some new comics soon!

Medieval Times Are Here!


I'm thrilled to announce Medieval Times, a set of six new minicomics by me and the extraordinary Mark Brady!


....Once upon a time two knaves sat down in Ye Olde Tavern with a big bag of soldiers. These craven peasants selected the six miniatures of greatest fighting spirit, then perused their poses, demeanours and finery searching for the tales of valour and calamity within each."Medieval Times" follows these six brave English souls as they battle across Northern France in the heady days of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) to tell their stories of victory and misadventure. For King and Country!


Or to put it more plainly....! Mark and I were bouncing around a ideas to collaborate on, and one that grabbed us was the idea of using little fighting figurines as a blank canvas to infer stories of valour and misfortune upon, stories which were very specific and personal to the moulded-by-the-thousand figure in hand. We picked some historical soldiers and from these our favourite six, and their attributes and the kinds of ideas we were knocking about fell firmly into the gruelling times of the Hundred Years War between England and France. Looking over each little figure in detail, we considered their poses and countenances, weaponry and clothes, to find the character hidden within and their own tale of glorious victory, ignominious defeat, or somewhere between the two and in doing so hopefully creating something unique from something ordinary. Each comic stands alone, but there's plenty of little links and overlaps in there for the keen battle-watchers. Introducing....!

Geoffrey: Camaraderie & Lamentations


 
William: A Master's Tale

Guy: The Summer of 1369

George: In Pursuit Of Glory

Nicholas: A Flurry Of Flags.

Sir Thomas: In Noble Service.

Six handmade colour minicomics, eight pages plus covers, including and inspired by a fighting man of days of yore. £3 each or £15 for all six, available at Glasgow Comic Con - Clyde Foyer - on July 2nd and 3rd 2016 and also now in my online shop. It's been a real pleasure collaborating with Mark and there's hopefully more to come from us in the future. In the meantime - come get your Hundred Years War on!







Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

Queen Elizabeth is 90 today, here's a little comic dedicated to our beloved monarch.



2016: Oozing Wound Fascination

Hello hello. I've been working continually on a lot of quite in depth projects over the last couple of years, so it's with some excitement that hopefully 2016 is the year when some of these will see the light of day. I'm thinking of also taking a bit of an ill-advised step into the world of lo-fi illustration zines, though feel free to talk me out of this. In the meantime, here's some collected shonky photos of some dubious work that's seeped out on Twitter over the last few months. Onwards and upwards!

 
Cavernous and crepuscular opinions on The Apprentice. Serious kvlt shit. As it is, this benighted young man called it early and backed the winner.

An official Khorne Berzerker Product review for yet another excellent Williams Brothers beer. For completion's sake I should probably do the other Chaos Gods, but I don't know if I want to draw a bunch of Slaaneshi Penis Marines.

You can simultaneously indulge your interest in making profoundly stupid art about ridiculous things while shamelessly baiting for RTs and Faves on Twitter by combining a current topical issue with a hugely successful and beloved television program. But you won't necessarily get those Faves, and then you'll just feel cheap.

I thought I'd have a go at The Mooks' Draw Stormtroopers project. There's an abundance of incredible stuff here.

 
Sheldon. Ghnuzunga.

Sometimes you just lose your fucking mind and hold up a Greggs.


 
A reflective self-portrait. I watched Attack On Titan and it led to some profound thoughts.

 
Positive vibe emanation at MCM Birmingham.

He's not wrong though.

 
Sweet mood ring, Bro.

It was National Burger Day back in August. About a week later it was National Cheeseburger Day. No one's flying the plane.

 
Getting in on that "Draw Andy Oliver of Broken Frontier" action. Sorely tempted to write some of those ludicrous comics whirling about him.

The Acrid Stink of Burning Trash

Hello! I've been striving away on some in-depth and lengthy projects for some time now, so I've been doing a wee bit of dumb doodling on the side when on the train and so on. Here's some shonky photographs of the decidedly mixed results...

Jar Jar Binks ♥s Deathspell Omega. Of course he does.

For someone who's pretty sick of the near-saturation of culture by Star Wars and mash-ups thereof, it's pretty hypocritical to combine the Mos Eisley Cantina Band with berobed drone outfit SunnO))). But here we are. 

Here's KIZZ. I pretty much hate KISS. I imagine if I was born ten years earlier I would have absolutely loved them, but to me they seem corny as shit. Maybe I'm a rigidly self-conscious person who's uncomfortable with their unabashed celebration of life and self. Who knows? We could ask Paul Stanley I guess. 

♪ ...Thank you for being a friend. ♫

Even the least talented of us can get on the Mad Max: Fury Road Fan-Art Armoured Bandwagon. And why not, it was a glorious thrash metal religious experience. This is an accurate recollection of the movie's events and characters.
Life philosophy. 

You can simultaneously indulge your interest in making tattoo-like crest-designs about ridiculous things while shamelessly baiting for RTs and Faves on Twitter by engaging with a current topical issue. But you won't necessarily get those Faves, and then you'll just feel cheap. 

 For your Ferengi Devo needs. Yeah, zap those Federation fuckers!

Product Review for the Gregg's BBQ Pulled Pork Lattice. I'm a big fan of variations on existing foods. They put Ritz Crackers in Cadbury's chocolate, I need to know, and then share my opinions with anyone who'll listen. Maybe Greggs would have RT'd this if I'd awarded them four Blight Grenades, but they just weren't all that good.

It's a bit of a challenge to not be over-expectant of myself and grow comfortable with my limited skills, and essentially just draw some dumb shit and not be too precious about if it looks "good enough". But it provides a great brain-valve and allows me to just get some stupid ideas out there, so I suppose we're all in for a bit more of this.

Thought Bubble 2014: De Mysteriis Dom Instazines!

I'll be exhibiting at this weekend's Thought Bubble comics festival once again, you can find me at Table 139 B where I'll have Roachwell, Crawl Hole, Metrodome and Haunted Bowels available. You can check out a slew of reviews down there on the right, but trust me when I say they're dead good.

But in addition, I'll have these cool wee Instazines which are hot off the press and I'll be giving them away for FREE this weekend! Contemplate the mysteries of Pophammer! Weep and wail to the sounds of Pophammer: The Ballads! Enter the realm of Black Metal... and who, or what, are the Dance Dudes??


Pretty small beer compared to some of the cracking looking books that are being launched at this excellent event, but I'm pleased that in the meager time available to me I've been able to complete something I'm pretty happy with and is pretty entertaining. So come on by my table, have a chat, check out some comics and grab some zines!

Lastly, if anyone in the UK would like these, Paypal me one £Squid on craig_stuart_collins (AT) yahoo.co.uk to cover postage and they can be in your filthy claws in a matter of days!



Reviews and Events Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism!

While Metrodome and Crawl Hole came out a little over a year ago, I was delighted to see the excellent Rob Clough of TCJ.com and High Low Comics has recently taken a very favourable look at both comic. Rob said of Metrodome:

"This macabre and darkly humorous duo continue to be a perfect writer/artist pairing... It's essentially two artists playing around but committing to a premise with great enthusiasm and seriousness."

And of Crawl Hole:

"This macabre and darkly humorous duo continue to be a perfect writer/artist pairing... Their take on horror is smart, funny and genuinely unsettling."

Thanks to Rob for his time and enthusiasm for me and Iain's work. Also recently was Craig Neilson's review of Crawl Hole as part of an in-depth look at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Award nominees.

"Crawl Hole is actually an almost shockingly intelligent endeavour. Collins makes sure that ever tale has a point, that every observation has a meaning, and rather than simply shocking the reader with a barrage of surreal weirdness..."


Thanks to Ceej for his kind words! Now, crawling from the wreckage of reviewing to gravitate to the inordinate density of some upcoming events. I'm very happy to be returning to Scotland's MCM Comic Comic con this weekend on the 5th and 6th of September. Come by and see me at table B6 and get your fill of experimental weirdo comics!

Last year was a hugely enjoyable time of comics, banter and extraordinary cosplay. I even met this foppish young dandy.


Then come November 15th I'll be back at the prestigious, invigorating and terrifying comics singularity that it Thought Bubble! Much like 50 Cent, you will find me in da club, the club being New Dock Hall.


So what exactly is going on in the dank comics writing oubliette at Fort Collins? Where I can find the time I've been working pretty successfully on some substantial longer form comics and I'm pretty pleased with how it's coming along. There's won't be much to say or show for some time, but to scratch that itch of getting fun weird stuff out there, I'm working on a few wee things that may or may not make it to my Thought Bubble table. We'll see. I bought a sketch pad. It can only end in catastrophe.