Friday 29 November 2013

The Phoenix hits 100!

The Phoenix comic celebrates the big one this weekend with the lauch of it's epic gold 48-page 100th issue! In a recent press release, the Phoenix bods said:

"Reading for pleasure is at the heart of The Phoenix comic. Packed full of brilliant stories by some of the best illustrators and writers in the business, it caters for all reading abilities and tastes, for children age 6-12 years. With no adverts or commercial gimmicks, The Phoenix comic is the top choice for children in the UK who want reading to be fun!"

Our thoughts exactly!! With regular strips by a list of artists that reads like a who's who of children's comics, including Jamie Smart, Jamie Littler, Adam Murphy, Gary Northfield, Dave Shelton, Dan Boultwood, Neill Cameron, Zak Simmonds-Hurn, James Turner, Robert Deas and Wilbar Dawbarn, there really is nothing like it!

Here's that awesome issue 1oo cover (draw by the ever-brilliant Matt Baxter), along with a gallery of all our covers to date! Enjoy!


Thursday 28 November 2013

My Scotland Sketchbook

One from our recent tour in Fife here, inspired by the local architecture!


Wednesday 27 November 2013

Coolest Dedications Ever

We're back from Scotland! More on this soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you some truly awesome dedication pages by two young fans in Singapore, Mark and Luke, alias The Bosco Brothers. I've put a few sketches in books myself, but these guys do it with GUSTO! Just amazing! And the books themselves were very awesome too, written by their dad, the talented Don Bosco. You can read all about what happened when we met Don HERE and HERE!


Friday 22 November 2013

AWESOME FREE 37 page Phoenix Comic for everyone!

What a month it's been for free comics! First there was our epic FREE 32 page YORE! comic, and now the mighty PHOENIX is giving you 37 pages of comics and stories (including a complete Von Doogan puzzle to solve) all for ... yes, you guessed it - FREE!

All you need to do is GO HERE to check out all the amazing comicy goodness that's being delivered to Phoenix readers every week!


Thursday 21 November 2013

Step by step: How I create a comic cover

A little break-down of the stages involved in creating the cover to our YORE! collected edition - enjoy!


Wednesday 20 November 2013

Lorenzo's Professor Popalop in this year's Dandy Annual!

There's a bit of a renaissance going on around our Dandy strips at the moment! Our YORE! collected edition is currently in the shops, and if you pick up a copy of this year's Dandy Annual, you'll find scattered through it's pages a selection of the very best of my Professor Popalop puzzle pages! To celebrate, here's a peek at some of the gizmos and thingamybobs I created during the series...


Tuesday 19 November 2013

Our last tour of 2013! FIFE here we come!

Having just about had time to unpack our bags from Singapore, it's time to repack them again (with slightly warmer clothing) and check our passports, as we're off to Scotland!

We're appearing as part of Book Week Scotland, and those kind folks over at Book Events for Children have named our events as one of their top picks of the festival! Read what they say HERE!

And if you want to know more about the events we'll be doing, you can read more HERE!

See you there!


Monday 18 November 2013

Singapore Festival Photo Report Madness!

Last week we returned from our first overseas book festival. The exceptionally kind organisers of the Singapore Writers Festival had invited us to take part in the closing weekend of events, where we held two live shows and a special comic-creating masterclass.

But it wasn't all work. Oh my no. Every second of our free time was spent exploring the amazing city and the island and generally having a rather fantastic time. So much so that, for once, I'm going to shut up and just let the (semi-chronological) pictures do the talking. There's quite a lot of them, but they're largely silly and helpfully arranged into mini montage moments, so sit back and enjoy!

A thousand thanks to Averyl Rodrigues, Shiuan Ling, Ashley Lin, Paul Tan, Corinne Ng, Amanda Yee and all the festival staff who helped to make our stay so utterly memorable. We cannot wait to return in the future!

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Singapore Sketches!

Well, we're back from Singapore, and what an amazing time we had! Full report with a ba-zillion pics coming up in a few days! For now though, here's a few of the sketches I did whilst waiting in airports and sitting on planes - enjoy!


Monday 4 November 2013

The Etherington Brothers head to SINGAPORE!

This week is going to be an extremely exciting affair. Not only is our 32-page comic special YORE! appearing as a free pull-out in the pages of the Dennis and Gnasher Megazine, but we'll also be boarding a plane bound for SINGAPORE, as we take our live show on the road in our most far flung tour yet!!!!

We have kindly been invited to appear at the Singapore Writers Festival, over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November, which is the closing weekend of what looks to have already been a remarkable programme of events.

We shall be performing our live show on both days, and hosting an extra special comic-making masterclass on the Sunday, where we'll share many of the tips and tricks we've learned over the last ten years of bringing stories to life through pictures and words.

Our full itinerary details can be found HERE. This really is the trip of a lifetime and we cannot wait to get out there. A full report with lots of pics will follow next week ... once we've recovered from the monumental jetlag!