Sunday, 30 June 2013

And The Cat Came Back #4

The Original CatwomanJulie Newmar. Batman tv series, 1966-1968.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

"Six Photographs": René Burri

Iconic Swiss photographer René Burri takes us on a journey through six images from his archive, photographing figures like Che Guevara chain-smoking in his office in 1963, Pablo Picasso in Cannes in 1957 and American G.I.s being entertained in a brothel in Seoul in 1961.

Jailbreak At Glasshouse G!

Today's classic 2000AD production art is for Prog #253, 27th February, 1982.
Cover by Colin Wilson. Click this 2000AD Production Art link for more classic covers.

UPDATE: I was unsure about the colouring on this one so 2000AD aficionado David Rees very kindly emailed Colin to ask if it was indeed his own colouring and this was his reply:

I've been following the Secret Oranges blog on a regular basis, and so I did see my old Rogue cover suddenly appear. Good scan of it too, much better than the one I had..... the colours are a lot brighter and cleaner. But nope, I have no idea who did the colouring on that, as back in the day no-one bothered to ask us artists about that sorta thing. We just drew the bloody things, and only ever saw the finished covers when the Progs came out!

I was never really all that happy with any of my covers for 2000AD from that period. I didn't do all that many anyway, and the printing was always a bit of a worry and I was always longing to get the chance of having something printed "like the printing they used in France"! There were always constraints about the content required etc....... I really loved some of those classic 'caption' covers in those day, but I never used to get any of the really good ones to actually draw. It was just the start of a very long-term bad relationship with "cover problems" which, for me, continues to this day. Once upon a time I used to fancy myself as a real graphic designer, but by the time i got to France - where they even expected the bloody things to be painted! - I had completely lost all confidence and I've never been really happy with any of them. 

Such is life....


Thank you both!

Friday, 28 June 2013

DJ Food - O Is For Orange

At long last it's Friday! Time to relax into the weekend. With that in mind, here's a very fine mix of sound and vision from DJ Food...

250,000 . . . YOWSAH!

It's 18.13 GMT, it's Friday June 2013 and we've just hit 250,000 pageviews; that's a quarter of a million! I know that, even with my appalling mathematical skills... anyway, from my side of the screen to yours, a massive Thanks for tuning in!


From my bookshelf, Chocky by John Wyndham. Penguin 1977 edition, designed by Harry Willock.


Musically and visually stunning IMHO.

Largin' it #69

Doctor Who by Harry Lindfield, from my copy of Countdown #1 - February 20th, 1971.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Flashback #9

Random photos from my files #9 - Doctor WhoColin Baker, Janet Fielding and Nicola Bryant, London, 1986. It doesn't feel like 27 years since I took this shot, that's for sure! More photographs from the 1980's here.

Triana Terry on Soundcloud

Great new tracks from William Orbit and Triana Terry. 'Revelation' sounds like an instant hit to me. The sound of summer - if we ever get one!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Monday, 24 June 2013

Secret Origins: Peter Milligan

. . . or Milligan of Muswell Hill as he was known, way back in 1990. More portraits of comics creators in my Secret Origins project here.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Lulu Romanov by John Burns

From Nikolai Dante and Robbie Morrison's 'The Fall of the House of Romanov' story, Lulu (detail) by one of my all-time favourite British comic artists, John Burns. I actually bought this page from John when I left the 2000AD command module for pastures new in 2001AD.

Lulu Romanov - Censored!

The 'censored' published version
These illustrations of Lulu and Nikolai by Simon Fraser were previously featured on Robbie Morrison's website as an exclusive and as Robbie explains, "The opening page to Nikolai Dante: Cadre Infernale is possibly the only time in the series' run that the 2000AD editorial team insisted upon certain amendments to the artwork. It's open to debate whether the required changes toned down the image or made it worse." 

The original

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Lulu Romanov invites you to join the Cadre Infernale . . .

Following on from Simon Fraser's rendition of Lulu, here's my own interpretation from 2000AD prog#1137 modelled by Adele. Robbie Morrison made the request for me to do this cover way back in 1999 and here he is (below) at a signing for his new book Drowntown just last night at Gosh in Soho. Drowntown is a new series of books published by Jonathan Cape and features the incredible artwork of Jim Murray. There's a blog dedicated to their new publication here


I posted about Robbie and Jim's project back in January 2012 along with these beautiful paintings that were originally on a website that I built for Robbie and seeing as the site was no longer operational it seemed a bit criminal that they could no longer be seen. So here they are again; from when the title of their 'in progress' collaboration was called Dumas, the fantastic art of Jim Murray. Drowntown is now on sale right here and it's well worth buying as you will discover.

Lulu Romanov by Simon Fraser

Lulu Romanov, the demonic half sister of Nikolai Dante, beautifully rendered by Simon Fraser and written by Robbie Morrison for 2000AD

Voice Over


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Soon . . .

Doctor Who: Regeneration Arrives!

A rather heavy parcel was delivered to my front door on Monday after two previous attempts. Why do couriers always try to deliver when you're out? Anyway, I had an inkling what it would be and I was right! My very own numbered edition of the Regeneration boxset, beautifully designed by Peacock Design and featuring my portrait of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy that l took way back in 1989. Really pleased to be a part of this! The official release is June 24th, right here.

3D Graffiti

I had no idea this existed until I saw Strictly Kev's post about an Italian artist called Peeta who is a graffiti writer, sculptor and painter and makes this astounding art. Go take a look.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Mint. Fine. Good. Fair. Totally #%@*&%!!!

I saw this in a car boot fair and picked it up for a fiver. Worth it for the wry comment on comics collecting. It made me laugh anyway!

Dig This!

William Orbit World - Nuff said!

Groovy Images From The Sixties #23

Queen magazine, February 1961. (Two shillings and sixpence)

Monday, 17 June 2013

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Best Way to View the Past . . .

. . . is to Invent it. 
My Alternity project. Music by Ysanne Spevack featuring Grant Morrison. More here.

June 1961

From this month 52 years ago, another bold and cleverly conceived cover idea for Playboy magazine. Art direction by Arthur Paul, Design by Reid Austin & Bob Amft. Photography by Mario Casilli. The model is June playmate Heidi Becker.

Spectrum Is Green

The amazing artwork of Ron Embleton.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Tharg Terrorises London!

Here's the production art for 2000AD #129 - 8th Sept 1979. Art by Carlos Ezquerra. Colours by Tom Frame. Unusually, this one had the colouring on the acetate overlay instead of the blue line baseboard. Click on the  link for more.

Flashback #8

Random photos from my negative files #8 - Caroline Ridley-Faux, 1999. Prints of this photograph and others can be acquired from the ObsessionArt website here.

William Orbit - Can't Forget You

Something beautiful for a Saturday morning. Music with a short film by William OrbitCan't Forget You featuring Jean Baptiste and Laurie Mayer. A preview of the long anticipated Strange Cargo 5 from William Orbit World which is well worth subscribing to. 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Just Because . . .

I discovered this photo the other night and I just wish I'd taken it, though even I'm not that old! What an enigmatic looking woman. Portrait of the artist Michael (Corinne) West, by Jon Boris, Cincinnati, 1930.

Thursday, 13 June 2013


Fabulous new poster by Martin Ansin. Dimensions: 24″x36″ and available in two variants from Friday, June 14th. Right here.

Metallic Moment

SF inspired fashion editorial, from Harper’s Bazaar US - March 2007 (click for large)
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Model: Magdalena Frackowiak
Stylist: Brana Wolf

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