Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Today definitely qualifies for Strange Looking Blokes. These are quick brush pen sketches done while watching Psychoville, a bizarre but darkly funny series from some of the League of Gentlemen team.

One episode in particular stood out - their homage to Hitchcock's Rope, filmed in one room in what appears to be one take (I guess some clever cuts took place once or twice). Even if you don't fancy the entire series, check that episode out if you get the chance.

You Tube clip of the creators talking about the 'Rope' inspired episode

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Cartoon Book - The Seldom Seen Blog

I've produced a new book (mini comic? booklet? - what's the correct term these days?) which you can now buy via this blog. Here's some pics and a bit of blurb from it.


"Hi! Welcome to The Seldom Seen Blog... a collection of cartoons, sketches and Strange Looking Blokes posted on my blog in 2009, and featuring over 70 of my favourite posts and drawings from the past year.

There should be much to edify and amuse the discerning reader, with artwork and topics ranging from ‘unfortunate placement of leaves’, and ‘the correct spelling of ukulele’* to the mystery of ‘Johnny Vodka and the Missing Toenail’."

It's a lovely 32 page, full colour collection and is only £2.50 including postage to UK readers which I'm sure we can both agree is an absolute bargain! (Non UK readers please email for costs)

You can buy it via the Paypal link on the right. For other payment methods, email me at: tim (at) timharries.co.uk 


*I managed to inadvertently correct the incorrect spelling of 'ukulele' in a blog heading when putting the book together. Gah! Thanks to Royston Robertson for spotting it - those years as a sub-editor weren't wasted!

Monday, March 29, 2010

UK Web & Mini Comix Thing 2010

 

I'm happy to report another enjoyable time was had by one and all at this year's Thing (well, i can only speak for myself and 2 cartoonist mates I went along with - there may have been crying, wailing and gnashing of teeth but I didn't see any of it.)

I arrived about 11.30 and proceeded to confuse myself and the extremely patient person taking the entrance money  - it involved a twenty pound note, a ten pound note and a lot of change. Apologies to the young lady - I only realised later that I must have sounded like a complete lunatic. "Right .... that's 6 quid? I'll give you 21quid.... you give my 15 back.. is that right?.." I'm suprised she let me in....

Moving swiftly on....


Meeting up with my fellow cartoonists Royston Robertson and Alex Hughes, we surveyed the hall, carefully avoiding eye contact with the eager exhibitors... we were going to engage when we were ready, thank you! A pincer movement was agreed upon, watches synchronised, and... we were off and browsing!

The hall was once again full with exhibitors - I think nearly every table was in use, with a decent crowd of visitors milling around, chatting, and even occasionally buying stuff. Speaking to a few exhibitors, they thought it was a bit quieter than last year - no doubt the weather and tube disruption had kept some away. (I left at about 1.30pm, so it may well have picked up by then) Nevertheless, those that made the journey were treated to a whole lot of comic and cartoon goodness.


Professional and amateur comic creators displayed their work side by side and it was a great chance to catch up with folks I'd talked to and bought from last year, and meet some new creators. Like any comics festival, the quality of work on display was varied - some stuff was not to my taste at all - but the beauty of the Thing is the next table was sure to have something I did appreciate. I had a set budget and planned to keep to it - but I could have easily left with a bagful of cracking comics and a severely lighter wallet! I was fortunate to swap some of my mini books (more details soon) with a few exhibitors, so that was another chance to add to the Thing Swag.


There were a few titles I planned to pick up, having read about them on various blogs or bought previous volumes at last year's thing - Sarah McIntyre's 'Dear Diary', (I was lucky - it quickly sold out!) Shug's 'Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep', another volume of Joe Decie's 'What I drew' and the second 'Claude will fight you' from Gronk Comics.  I also picked up work by the following talented people -  Al Maceachern,  Michael Georgiou, Ellen Lindner, Sarah Burrini plus a smattering of shiny badges. Ooh .... shiny!

 
Here's my yearly Thing picture of Hugh 'Shug' Raine, affecting a forlon look for amusing comic effect ( and apeing the caricature I drew of him) Compare and contrast with last year's photo. Whatever happened to that cheery fellow?

So in summary (finally! Ed) it was another enjoyable year at the Thing. I met a lot of good people, bought a lot of good comics and really hope that Thing 2011 is on the cards. I am once again tempted to book a table next year, but then I did say that last year. Some Things never change...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

CCGB, Comix Thing and a dash of Searle

Hello! I'm back from a cartoon filled weekend in that London.

Managed to visit the Web and Mini Comix Thing 2010, attended the CCGB's 50th Anniversary party and had a look around the Ronald Searle exhibition at the Cartoon Museum. It made for a most enjoyable weekend, and I'll write a bit more about each event in the next week. Need to unpack and have a snooze in a comfy chair.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This is strip 1006 from Nov 7 2001. Some strips have a deep message. This is not one of them.

I'm not a moustache kind of fella - I've had a goatee and even spent a year or two with a soul patch (what was I thinking?) but never gone for the full 'tache. I'm tempted with the one Jason Isaacs wore in Green Zone (below). If you're going to be hairy, do it in style!


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fishing Calendar Cartoon


Here's a cartoon from the 2010 Funny Side of Fishing Calendar, drawn back in 2008.
Pete may not be in the most dignified of poses in this one, but I like to think that pink socks add a touch of class to any cartoon.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Here's strip 1919 from 15 Oct 2004. I never had a paper round as a kid. I think the early mornings would have killed me.

The Mr Tobin in frame 3 is an artist friend of mine who reads the strip. He phoned up the next day to tell me how much he liked his namecheck. It's the little things in life...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Ladies and gentlemen... we are floating in space. I think the lesson we can learn from this week's bloke is: never buy a second hand spacesuit without checking the helmet size. A handy lesson, I think we can all agree.

Ground control to major Tom....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Extra Dai goodness today! Here's a weeks worth of strips from September 2004.
The first strip features a character named Fred Dragon who was a strip regular for a few years until I unceremoniously dumped him. Sorry Fred, you just didn't fit in.

This week's Godzilla themed strips are particularly Newport-centric, featuring local landmarks and a quick mention of that Cardiff.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Here's a whole page of Blokes! How I spoil you.

Earlier in the day I'd seen a trailer for an animated film called Despicable Me which features a villain with a long pointy nose, hence my subconsciously adding it to the two characters on the lower right. That's my excuse when the lawyers call.

Anyway, they all look pretty strange, so ... mission accomplished!

Nib Nerd: Done with brush pens whilst watching a disappointing episode of 24. And who said men can't multitask?

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Whoops, another slightly late Friday post! Apologies...

Strip 2183 from Jan 2006. This is another semi autobiographical strip - I don't pay attention to weather forecasts, much to my wife's annoyance. I just can't get excited about precipitation, unlike Eric Olthwaite of course!


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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Today's Bloke has an impressive 'tache, mutton chops, plus a hat set at a rakish angle. Form an orderly queue, ladies....

Nib Nerd: drawn with cheapo Berol Fineliner and white pencil on a red 'post-it' type thing.

Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop


I managed to see the new Banksy film, Exit Through the Gift Shop (trailer here) last weekend. The venue was The Lambeth Palace - a temporary cinema in a tunnel under Waterloo Station, which was also the previous location for the 2008 Cans Festival


The temporary cinema. Popcorn was available too...


The queue for the film


The walls of Leake Street. Every inch covered in tags, graffiti and art.


A Banksy piece done in the 'cinema lounge bar'

The film itself is very funny and deals in the main with a French documentary maker who follows and films graffiti and street artists. Things take a turn for the surreal when he meets and befriends Banksy. Even if you know little about street art or graffiti, it's an entertaining film, and one I plan to see again soon. It's out March 5 in selected cinemas throughout the UK.