Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Long Gone Don on the shortlist for the Stan Lee Excelsior Award Junior!

We're very proud to announce that Long Gone Don has been chosen as one of five books on the shortlist for this year's Stan Lee Excelsior Award Junior! This fantastic award is voted for by children themselves, aged 8-11, so we're as pleased as punch to be on the shortlist! A big shoutout to our good pal and fellow Phoenix foot soldier, Jamie Smart, who is also on the list with his excellent Bunny Vs Monkey!

Monday, 15 December 2014

5 snowy concepts...

Hey folks, a few chilly snowbound concepts from my sketchbooks today, enjoy!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Robin talks to the Guardian about why he loves to write at Aardman!

Robin's off today expanding the minds of our nation's future artists (more on that soon) so it's up to me to let you know that the Guardian have a brand new article up all about why Robin loves to write his stories at Aardman! Read all about it HERE!


Monday, 8 December 2014

The Curse of the Golden Monkey nominated for Peters Book of the year!

I'm extremely proud to announce that Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey is on the shortlist for the Peters Book of the Year Awards!

Go HERE to check out the full shortlist, and if you can take the time to cast a vote for Doogan, I'd really appreciate it!



Friday, 5 December 2014

Another little Don review

One of the papers in this great city of ours ran a little review for Long Gone Don a week or so ago, and gave it the thumbs up! Thank you, Bristol-Posters!!


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Best of the Year - a little taste of the good stuff!

Every December the guys at the Forbidden Planet International blog invite a series of creators to sum up the previous eleven months of books, comics and movies by selecting their fave three in each category.

Sometimes choosing just three is extremely difficult, so I tend to pick those releases that have really intrigued me. This year was hard. Very hard. I'm just SO glad no one asked me to list my favourite games....

1) Destiny
2) Wolfenstein
3) Broken Age
4) Valiant Hearts
5) Tomb Raider (it counts because I'm talking about the Definitive Collection!)
6) Rayman Legends
7) The Last of Us remastered
8) Counterspy
9) Massive Chalice
10) Valkyria Chronicles (released on the PC so it counts!!!)

And that's not including Far Cry 4 or GTA5 which I'm yet to sample ...***

Oh. It seems I made a list after all.

You can read my ACTUAL Best of the Year HERE!

*** - If any companies wish to send me free games (PS4) then please don't hesitate. ... hehehe

Monday, 1 December 2014

Give the Gift of Adventure this Christmas!

Yes, folks, Christmas is around the corner, and I can't think of a better gift for friends and family young or old than a comic book from the Phoenix or DFC library! Featuring the very cream of the crop of comic artists and writers, every one of these books is sure to delight! You can get all the books direct from the Phoenix store HERE, including all four of our own titles!



Friday, 28 November 2014

The Guardian features our Love Letter to Arundel Library

Happy Black Friday!  We'd like to end this week on a slightly more positive note than rampant consumerism (unless you're buying our books that is, in which case ... ramp on!).

In conjunction with Book Week Scotland, the Guardian newspaper has been running a week of Love Letters to Libraries.  In this special feature, writers and illustrators have been given the opportunity to craft letters that celebrate the million wonderful reasons why libraries are awesome.

The list of talented souls who have already contributed is rather mind blowing. Chris Riddell, Jacqueline Wilson, Alexander McCall Smith, Al Kennedy ... and US!  Yes, it's true.

Today, you can read our letter on the Guardian site, HERE, rendered as a full comic page of fun and nonsense.  But the message at its heart is true. We grew up opposite the little library in Arundel, West Sussex.  The building was an ever present part of our childhood, and I even worked there for a short period as an assistant, stamping books and shelving adventures.  My joy of reading was cemented in that space, and I'm forever grateful to the staff for making the experience such a pleasurable one.

The comic has been printed a little small elsewhere, but here's the full letter at it's original size - click the image to open, then click the image again to read and enjoy in full!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Hooray! It's Book Week Scotland!

Any opportunity to celebrate books gets the thumbs up from us Etheringtons.  Book Week Scotland takes place every November - where scores of authors and creators present events in libraries, schools, community centres and workspaces - and we're delighted to be returning to perform two shows in St Andrews as part of this brilliant week. 

The fun week starts today and wraps on the 30th. The full programme of events can be found HERE.

We're also thrilled that the good staff at the Scottish Book Trust have selected Monkey Nuts as one of their four "Comic Gold" reads!  When the other titles are Sherlock Holmes, Calvin and Hobbes and Conan, you're got to be happy!

Here's to a fantastic week of events. We hope to see some of you there.

Friday, 21 November 2014

WOW! They've only GONE and LONG listed DON!

Afternoon folks.  This is an exciting little end to the week.  The wonderful team over at the Redbridge Children's Book Award have paid us the ultimate compliment by including Long Gone Don on their long list for the 2015 award. And what a list it is...

This is the first time EVER, that a graphic novel or comic book has made the list!  You can imagine how proud this makes us.  And best of all, the titles were chosen by the children themselves.

The short list will be announced in March so fingers crossed we make the cut, but either way this is an absolutely awesome day for pictures and words, and our little buddy, Don.

More exciting news soon, as we head into Book Week Scotland.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

How and why I draw with Biros

Hey folks, my latest update over on my Deluxe Collection 2 kickstarter included a little break-down of how I go about Biro sketching, as I got a load of questions during the campaign about my process. Here it is for you loyal blog readers too, I hope it's of interest!