Tuesday, 31 January 2012
A classic book with a classic cover by Bruce Pennington. More about him and his incredible portfolio of work for the SF and Fantasy genre, right here...
I remember reading this book one long hot summer in the early eighties. Lying back in the long grass of an unkempt rural cemetary. Great story, no distractions, complete and utter bliss.
Posted by Steve Cook at 18:12
Monday, 30 January 2012
|Panels from David Hine and Shaky Kane's Bulletproof Coffin #6|
|Jason Atomic's Coffin Fly art|
As for my own little additions; I used to do glamorous cover photographs of a certain world-famous doll for her own magazine and sometimes, just sometimes I used to digitally encode secret messages into the pupils of her eyes. Only positive messages of course and they were so small, only I knew they were there anyway. It was slightly akin to Grant Morrison and his sigils, which he was often trying to convince me actually worked. I always felt that I had my own methods, but I did once try his, with pretty spectacular results I have to admit. Anyway, I'm going off at a tangent a bit, so I guess my most recent Easter egg was planted while I was adding colours and effects to Brendan McCarthy's art on Spider-Man: Fever.
There was a blank picture frame on the wall in one of the panels that was just crying out for a picture. At the time I was experimenting on a photo of my girlfriend Michelle and trying to turn it into a kind of Tretchikoff portrait, so I thought it was timely to use that and also quite fitting that she should appear in a Spidey comic as she'd given me a rather quirky, miniature doll-sized Spider-Man mask on our very first date. So there you have it. Easter eggs in comics, who'd have thought it!
Sunday, 29 January 2012
A couple of months ago Karl Asaa of Orbital Comics asked me if I'd be interested in designing a flyer to celebrate their Tenth Anniversary. I leapt at the chance, because I just love that shop and all the great people who work there. For me, going to Orbital feels more akin to hanging out at the famous 'Coffee Bean Barn' in the Spider-Man comics of the 60's rather than a visit to Starbucks, if that makes any sense.
Being housed on the original site of The Photographers Gallery means they have their own Gallery to display Original art, alongside Events and Signings. They have a regular Podcast and Interviews. They have Vintage Comics, Small Press Comics, Manga, Toys, Statues, T-shirts, Posters, Art prints. In fact the only thing they don't have is...Coffee!...Hmmm...maybe I'll drop that in their suggestion box. Meanwhile, here are the two flyers that I designed for them.
The first features Californian M.Lee, who wowed everyone with her incredible aerial performances at the Millennium Dome a few years back and the second is more of a variant teaser really. This features Valeria who also starred as 'Zero' in the project I worked on with Alex Brattell and Grant Morrison for The Story of Zero. She also modelled as Robbie Morrison's, Jena Makarov character for my 2000AD Prog #1615 cover. For more about Orbital and their terrific line-up of events click the link to their newly designed website here...
Posted by Steve Cook at 10:38
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Following on from my previous post about Bailey, Shrimpton and We'll Take Manhattan (which I still haven't seen), here's another book from my cupboard, this one from 1965 and featuring a most beautiful portrait of Jean Shrimpton. Like I said before, it's not just comics in here but a whole load of other things that inspire me too (I'll get round to the mummified frog another time). The text on the back reads...
Who is "The Shrimp"? SHE has "the face of Candy and Holly Golightly, the suggestion of Audrey Hepburn innocence and Brigitte Bardot sexuality," wrote NEWSWEEK. "SHE is youth," explains Eileen Ford of New York's Ford Model Agency. "SHE's a happening," says fashion photographer Richard Avedon. "SHE has the face every woman would love to have this very minute," pronounces New York Herald Tribune columnist Eugenia Sheppard. "SHE's hopelessly sexy," says art director Nicky Haslam.
The English gave us James Bond and the Beatles - Now they give us "THE SHRIMP" with the face and the look that are sweeping the world.
A classic comic design from the 70's, October 9th, 1971 to be precise. Countdown was the worthy successor to TV21 and featured some great artists, my favourites being John Burns, Ron Embleton and Gerry Haylock. Another bonus was the UFO strip based on the incredibly stylish Gerry Anderson TV series, featuring the SHADO organisation and set in the far-flung future of 1980!
|Strange Phenomena Investigators |
(SPI) logo rough, circa 1970
|Agents of SPI on reconnaissance.|
L to R, Manuel, Ian and myself (though I don't
remember being quite that goofy or freckly).
With UFO in mind, one of the most exciting TV intro's ever, in my opinion...
|Left to Right, Coldcut's Matt Black, Henry Flint and Strictly Kev, aka DJ Food|
|Top Left, Sound & Vision in the Basement - Bottom Left, 6pm,The guests start to arrive|
|Top Left, DJ Food - Top Right, David Hine & Rian Hughes - Bottom Left, Jason Atomic - Bottom Right, Michelle Amir and Vikki Liogier|
|Bottom Right, Henry Flint checks out the sounds|
Friday, 27 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Having just got back from a 3 Day business trip to Paris, I feel totally inspired by the things I've seen; some of which I will post on here. Meanwhile, here's something from one of France's best illustrator's, Serge Clerc and a book I bought while I was there a few years ago.
Serge Clerc, artiste et modèle, story François Landon, éditions Albin Michel, 1987
Posted by Steve Cook at 09:20
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012
Just as important to me as my comic-books are my vintage magazines and I've been collecting them for many, many years. My most prized item of them all is the April 1962 edition of British Vogue. I was so happy when I discovered this in an old magazine shop about twenty years ago, because inside was the legendary photo editorial by a young David Bailey and starring his muse, Jean Shrimpton.
The reason why this particular magazine is relevant is because there's a film about to air this week on BBC4 based around this very assignment; when Bailey used a 35mm SLR instead of large or medium format and shot a fashion story like no other. Refusing to conform to the expectations of Vogue's fashion editor at the time his shoot resulted in a mix of fashion, reportage and a hint of Pop Art and changed the way fashion was photographed for all time. We'll Take Manhattan is on Thursday 26th January on BBC Four, Starring Aneurin Barnard and Karen Gillan and will hopefully be worth watching. Meanwhile, here are some scans from my own vintage copy of Vogue '62.
David Bailey has been an inspiration to me since I won my first all-plastic Diana camera in a talent contest at the age of ten. The contest was nothing to do with photography at all, but I was awarded this prize for my exceptional skill at delivering an ear-splitting Tarzan call. This was some form of entertainment for kids at the Sinah Warren holiday resort in Hayling Island. Anyhow, I made good use of this light-leaking piece of equipment until I'd saved enough pocket-money for something a little more robust.
I did finally get to see Bailey for real in the early 80's when I was assistant to a photographer called Bruce Fleming. Well known for his photos of Jimi Hendrix and a great many others, he was also a member of the swinging sixties photo-set and that day we were using the studio next door to Bailey. Bruce was another great inspiration for me and I'll always remember the things I learnt while working for him. He used to have an amazing selection of photographs on the wall of his apartment which he referred to as 'Memories and Friends on Eight by Tens'. One of them was a photo of him shaking hands with his own hero, Weegee and another was this cutting from King Magazine, September, 1966. The reason I can post this page is because coincidentally, I found this very magazine about six months ago on a vintage magazine stall in the East End.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
As a follow-up to the earlier Barbarella thread, here's a slightly battered looking copy of Penthouse that I bought a few years back, plus a detail of the British poster for the film. I'm curious as to who the artist was; the style looks incredibly familiar, but there seems to be no reference to the artist online. If anyone knows for sure, please tell. UPDATE: David Yates from Reading, suggests it could be early John Burns, which makes absolute sense, I can't figure out why I didn't see the similarity myself. I need to investigate further... Another UPDATE: I have now asked John Burns about this and he said it definitely wasn't one of his, so the mystery deepens...
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One of Henry's other projects. The one page graphic novel. Visit his blog for a higher-res image.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
This cover also appeared as the frontispiece and in the chapter entitled 2000AD, in a book by The V&A. The Art of the Book. James Bettley, ed. V&A Publications ISBN: 1851773339