Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Awesome Phoenix feature in the Guardian, with Von Doogan!

'The Phoenix is a phenomenon: a beautiful, enjoyably silly story magazine for girls and boys – it’s advert-free and it’s the longest-lasting new launch in the market in decades.'
   - the Guardian

Yesterday was a great day for team Phoenix, as the Guardian ran a big big feature on the comic, and showcased a selection of stories, including a full page Von Doogan puzzle! You can read more about the feature from David Fickling Books HERE, and read the article on the Guardian website HERE!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A day in the life of an Etherington brother

As part of the Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge we were interviewed about just what a day in the life of a comic making brotherly duo is really like - you can read all about it HERE!


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The top 5 best places to create epic puzzle adventures!

I was recently interviewed by Bristol Culture on my favourite places to go when working on Von Doogan, you can read all about them HERE!


Monday, 14 July 2014

Here comes the DON!

Welcome to the beginning of a brand new week and a brand new slice of comic fun.

It is with pride and joy and delight and even more pride that we can now announce the release of our latest graphic novel, Long Gone Don!

On the 7th August the first collected adventure featuring everyone's favourite pint-sized, white-haired hero will hit the shelves of comic and book shops, libraries and online stores around the world.

And to celebrate in style we'll be launching a special Don month here on the blog. Prepare yourself for exclusives, behind the scenes specials and lots and lots of lovely art treats.

The Monstrous Underworld is coming, peeps. Stay tuned for all the news, previews and reviews.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Summer Reading Challenge starts today, featuring VON DOOGAN!

YESSSSS! The Reading Agency today launched it's epic Summer Reading Challenge! If you didn't hear me talking about it on the BBC HERE, then you can find out all the details of this amazing initiative RIGHT HERE!
Not only that, but Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey has been chosen as one of the Summer Reading Challenge books! Awesome!


Friday, 11 July 2014

Eight more Vehicle designs...

More vehicular concepts today! Literally thousands more like these can be found in THIS!


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Awesome new review for Von Doogan, PLUS lorenzo on the BBC iplayer...

Firstly today, Von doogan and the curse of the Golden Monkey got an awesome review by Win Wiacek over on his "Now Read This" column this week. You can read the full review HERE!

Secondly, my interview with the BBC's Laura Rawlings is now on iplayer for the next seven days, so if you want to hear me chatting about how we make our books, GO HERE, the interview starts at 10m12s. Enjoy!


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

More from the world of Long Gone Don, PLUS hear me interviewed on the BBC today!

Here's a few more shots from our current Long Gone Don run in The Phoenix! And if you want a little lunchtime listening fun, I'll be talking with Laura Rawlings on BBC radio Bristol today around 2:00pm! Whoop!


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Age of Extinction has arrived!


1. an apparatus for reducing or increasing voltage of an alternating current.
2. a person or thing that transforms something.
3. a robot in disguise.

YES!  Robots in Disguise!  They're back!  And they're riding Dinobots!  Wait ... what???

That Optimus, eh? What a card.

It's true, everyone's favourite displaced Cybertronian warriors (both good and evil) are back with a new summer blockbuster and a brand new comic line.

Transformers Age of Extinction Issue 1 has just hit the shelves, and it features a movie prequel story written by Robin.

Adrift in Time and Space finds Optimus Prime and former Decepticon, Drift, sifting through the wreckage of the Ark. The last thing either 'bot expects to unearth among the debris is the recently destroyed body of Drift's former colleague and friend, Knucklehead. The tale of this warrior's last days begins long ago, in the distant, distant past ... during the great war for Cybertron.

You can grab a copy of issue 1 from any newsagent, supermarket, petrol station or kind friend ... or failing that order yourself a subscription HERE!

More Transformers news soon!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Peter's books selects Doogan as a book of the week, awesome fan art and War of the Robots art!

Well, Von Doogan month may be over, but there's still going to be plenty of posts featuring the ole' bequaffed adventurer! Today we have a great review line from Peter's Books, who named Doogan one of their books of the week HERE! Whoop! Then it's a truly awesome piece of fan art by young Dooganeer Abi Arnall-Culliford, and finally a few peeks at the Doog's current adventure in The Phoenix - The War of the Robots!



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Etheringtons bring the funny to How To Train Your Dragon

Morning all - recognise THESE guys???

Yes, that's right, you're staring at the beautiful CG mugs of Hiccup and Toothless, lead stars of the fantastic film and book series, How To Train Your Dragon. With the movie sequel about to hit cinemas all across the globe, it's with immense pleasure that we can share with you our latest comic collaboration.

This months Totally... Magazine (issue 48) is a How To Train Your Dragon 2 special, featuring a bran new comic adventure written by Robin!

In The Birks of Berk, Hiccip, Astrid and the gang come face to face with a spooky legendary dragon known as the Midnight Marauder - a monster that strikes at midnight, stealing children from their beds. But perhaps all is not QUITE how it seems. This is one mystery that only Hiccup and Toothless can solve!
The strip is drawn by the ever talented Tanya Roberts.

You can pick up a copy of Totally... from any good newsagent or supermarket, or buy a subscription online HERE.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Doing it for the kids...

Happy Monday to you all!

This is a pretty big week in Etherington world, as not only do we have a ton of news and comic previews and releases to share, but our older brother is getting married at the weekend! WHOOP! Huge congratulations in advance, William and Karen - we can't wait to party with you guys.

In the meantime we thought we'd start with something cool. And we mean really cool.

Lorenzo and I make comic books. It's not the only work we create, but it's the medium that most appeals to our sensibilities. Storytelling with pictures and words has become our passion, and we always hope that our enthusiasm rubs off on our readers. But really, all we ever hope to see, all we ever need to see, is THIS.

These two amazing shots of young Noah Gillingham (seen reading our YORE collection and Baggage) were sneakily taken by his Dad, the remarkable filmmaker, James Gillingham. I think they sum up the power of comics better than any words. A young reader, entirely lost in a new world and a new adventure, oblivious to everything around him. I particularly like the momentarily abandoned Playmobil figure.

And who remembers KNEELING to read? That is commitment to the page...

Thanks Noah and James for reminding us of the pleasure that can result from (hopefully) doing a good job, and making something fun.