Friday, 6 March 2015

Eight Von Doogan Vehicle Designs

Here are a few designs I created for a forthcoming Von Doogan puzzle in which our big-haired hero has to make his way along a convoy of military vehicles. Oh, and if you want to download and cut out the card game from The Phoenix Issue 164, you can do so HERE! though you'll need the issue to understand the rules, of course...!

Lorenzo!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Happy World Book Day!


To everyone out there helping to promote reading for pleasure, writing for pleasure, creating for pleasure, we Etheringtons salute you.

For today is World Book Day!
























To all the librarians, book sellers, teachers, parents, literacy coordinators, comedians, authors, illustrators, brothers and sisters and uncles and friends and famous peeps and nameless peeps and world leaders and freedom fighters out there in the public eye or the thankless wilderness, each striving to get books into the hands of children .... THANK YOU.  We all have a part to play, small or large, and today is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading.

But it's just one of the 365 days each year in which we must remember to bring words to life for the next generation. Owning a single book that they can genuinely call their own is a terrifyingly rare experience for a large number of children living in the UK, let alone elsewhere. Having access to reading materials and stories is vital, and there's much we can do to change this situation. Sharing stories verbally in the classroom and at home, supporting libraries across the country, donating books to schools, arranging visits from authors, setting up after-school comic clubs, etc, etc. The list is endless.

But that is for tomorrow. For today, go out and dress up. As Harry, as Catniss, as Frodo, as a Wimpy Kid, as the Grinch - and wave your books high! Reading is the right of everyone alive and we say High Five to that!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Starburst Magazine digs the Don!

StarburstMagazine.com recently reviewed Long Gone Don! Cheers guys!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Happy Birthday Edward!

It was my son's 2nd birthday at the weekend! Happy b-day lil' buddy, I love you so much!

Lorenzo!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Imagine Festival 2015 - live comic action!


Last week Lorenzo and I joined a gaggle of fellow creators on a trip to London town. Yippee!

We were appearing at the Imagine Children's Festival at the Southbank centre ... actually, correction, we were TAKING OVER the Imagine Children's Festival. Yep, in true comic fashion we kidnapped the entire festival audience for a whole day and demanded a fat ransom in the form of uncontrollable belly laughs and endless creativity.

And we did not leave empty handed!

Now, if you're unfamiliar with what a large expectant crowd looks like, here's a couple of snaps of us working the stage (between the pillars) and heading out into the audience of the Clore Ballroom foyer. And yes, it is a pretty amazing space.
































Hundreds and hundreds of children and parents had braved the foul weather to join us in the warmth, and they were in for treats galore. After our first show, our good friend and ace illustrator, Gary Northfield (Gary's Garden, Teenytinysaurs) hosted a live comic making show from the main stage, bringing his fantastic sense of humour to life through words and pics. Here he is in action...



















And if you've ever wondered what a hand drawing a dancing ladybird looks like when projected on a MASSIVE screen, then this is your lucky day...



















Big hand.

Upstairs, and the wondrously talented Neill Cameron (Mega Robo Bros, Pirates of Pangaea) was hard at work alongside fellow Phoenix creator, Laura Anderson (Evil Emperor Penguin) bringing the art of MAKING to life in a series of hands-on workshops. These two know what they're talking about, and copies of Neill's superb graphic novel instruction manual, How to Make Awesome Comics, were literally flying off the shelves.

























Children, as we're always known, love comics, and we love to celebrate and share that enthusiasm.

So let's finish on a couple of happy fans (and us two chumps) with their new purchases.




















The whole day was a roaring success. Thanks to the Imagine Festival for allowing us to run riot, and a much, much bigger thanks to real heroes of the day. Events such as these simply aren't possible without the hard work, enthusiasm and brainpower of the mighty Phoenix comic team so a huge shout out to Lizzie Payton, Joe Brady, Charlie Rashid and Helen Boyle. You are all legends!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Nottingham Comic Convention 2015 - Special Guests announced!


Happy Tuesday, interweb!  Having just returned from a great time at the Imagine Festival (full report to appear shortly) it's time to announce another show.

We shall be appearing as Special Guests at the Nottingham Comic Convention on Saturday 24th October.














It's always a genuine privilege to be invited to a show as a Guest and we're always delighted to support the comic scene in the UK.  Click HERE for a little interview we did with the festival.

We'll be sharing more news on the show later in the year, including when tickets go on sale, but for now just pop it in your diary.  There'll be some very special Etherington exclusives available, so keep you eye on the blog.

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Deluxe Collection 2 reviewed on Monster Trunk!

Top lady and extremely talented artist Rachel Alderson posted an epic review of my Deluxe Collection books over on Monster Trunk, which you can read right HERE! Thank you soooooooooooo much, Rachel!

Lorenzo!







Friday, 20 February 2015

Just four weeks left to help Von Doogan become Book of the Year!

Hey folks, I was reminded this morning by the good folks at Peter's Books that you have just 4 more weeks to cast your vote for their book of the year awards! Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey is in the running in the Junior Fiction category, so why not cast a vote and help the Doog! Just GO HERE and scroll down to vote!

Cheers for the support!

Lorenzo!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Valentines!

Here's a little scan of the valentines card I drew for my wonderful lady this year!

Lorenzo!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Spiderman likes to be minty fresh!

Even superheroes have to clean their teeth ... they just get someone ELSE to hold the brush...

-Robin


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Fantasy Character Design week 4/4

I hope you enjoyed the parade of strangelings this week, if you want them ALL in one easy-to-download place, just click the image below:
http://studioblinktwice.deviantart.com/art/1000-CHARACTER-DESIGNS-PART-1-512806970

And finally, as a little extra, here are another 52 characters that you may have missed the first time around. Again, click the image below to get the BIG file!

Lorenzo!
http://studioblinktwice.deviantart.com/art/52-Imaginary-Video-Game-Character-Concepts-367195079