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UME Toys @ The Thought Bubble Festival’s Comic Con

Celebrating sequential and comic art of all forms, the Thought Bubble Festival is the largest of it’s kind in the UK. Starting on Monday (November 14th), the week long event features a number of workshops, competitions, film screenings, signings, panels and book launches across Yorkshire, finishing off with a two day comic convention at the Saviles and Royal Armouries Halls- Leeds largest conference venues.

The comic con is set to feature over 300 exhibitors, artists, and writers including the likes of Tim Sale (Spiderman), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Martin Conaghan (Burke and Hare) and Gary Erskine (Dan Dare). The art toy community will also be out in force at the event, with the likes of indie designer UME Toys representing the scene in style.

UME Toys

Rich of UME has created this one off Iron Man custom for the event. Standing at over 8″ tall, the piece was hand sculpted using a mixture of clay, metal and wood. Unfortunately Rich hasn’t made it clear if this one will be up for grabs…

There will be a “bunch of other crap” (their words!) available to purchase at the show though, including their infamous UME Kittens, sketch pads, sticker packs, sketches and custom zombie toys. They’ll be at table 62, so if you’re going to the event, stop by and take a look at their amazing work.

(The UME Kittens)

(UME Custom Zombie Babies)

UME are also running a competition to win a whole bunch of goodies from the team for all of those who can’t attend. All you have to do is follow both @Umetoys and @elmos_empire, and then tweet “want to win #UMETOYS stuff”. The winner will be announced through twitter on Monday, November 21st.

Check UME’s big cartel store here for their latest releases.

(photos- UMEtoys)

Uncovered: Modern Monstrosity Comics

With London Comic Con drawing ever closer, we’ve decided to shed a little light on one of our favourite exhibitors, the amazingly talented Modern Monstrosity Comics. Founded way back in 1999 by illustrator duo Laurence Powell and Oliver Lambden, Modern Monstrosity was created as a platform for their action/adventure sit-com comic book, Tales From The Flat. Intent on working as an indie comic house, the duo have self-published all of their work, relying on distribution solely through gigs, club nights and conventions.

2005 saw Modern Monstrosity’s first appearance at London Comic Con, with the release of their re-worked trademark series, TFTF. The comic’s new approach appealed to a much wider audience, earning the artists an Eagle Award nomination in 2007, and again in 2008, propelling their work to the top of the indie comic scene.

Curtis and Terrorist / Tales from the Flat covers, Modern Monstrosity

Curtis and Terrorist sketch

Curtis and Terrorist boards

Modern Monstrosity booth, LCC 2010

Curtis hand cast resin toy

Whilst Laurence has recently turned his talents towards the music industry, Oliver still continues to develop the Modern Monstrosity library further, working on numerous comic projects including the surreal satire Curtis and Terrorist, comedy crime caper The Dan Lester Mysteries, and post-modern fairy tale, BLOC.

Currently working on completing the now vast Tales From The Flat saga, issues eight and nine should finally drop before the end of the year. Alongside Oliver’s work with Dan Lester on the Mystery Files, he has also begun work on a new ‘all ages’ comic book, tentatively titled ‘We Are Adventurers!’, which should see the light of day in the near future.

Dan Lester Mystery Files cover

Dan Lester Mystery Files cover

Modern Monstrosity Comics will be exhibiting at the London Comic Con, opening this Friday (October 28th @ London ExCell) until Sunday. For more information, and to purchase any of the team’s back cataloge, check out their web page here.

(photos- modernmonstrosity)

London Comic Con MCM Expo @ ExCell London

With the mighty San Diego and New York Comic Cons opening to record breaking crowds this year, UK fans and collectors of sequential (comic) art have been largely left out in the cold- that was until now; Opening this Friday at London’s ExCell convention centre, the London Comic Con MCM Expo 2011 covers the bases of all things ‘geek’. From comic illustration to art toys, Japanese computer games to anime cosplay, there’s something for anyone even remotely interested in indulging their inner nerd.

2000AD’s LCC 2010 Booth

Featuring well over 130 of the comic/graphic novel industry’s finest, including the quirky Studio Taiko Fish, Marvel’s legendary Frazer Irving and Sci Fi writer Peter F Hamilton, the LCC’s Comic Village gives fans the chance to meet their favourite artists, ask questions and buy any of the exclusive merchandise on offer at the numerous booths.

A selection of LCC 2011’s attending artists

Modern Monstrosity Comics’ 2010 LCC Booth

The rest of the convention has been split into several different sections; ‘JapanEx’ will offer a fusion of Japanese and Asian culture, featuring a host of Anime/Manga, toys, games, Taiko drumming, Origami, and martial arts; LCC’s ‘Steampunk’ will become home to some of the niche genre’s leading artists and designers; the ‘T.V/Film’ area plans to cater for all things cult, including previews of Immortals and The Thing; whilst the Warner Bros sponsored ‘Games Expo’ is set to showcase the hottest products from the likes of Nintendo, Ubisoft, Capcom and Japanese game distributor, Rising Star.

LCC 2011’s Game Expo, featured games

On top of the daunting amount of booths and artists, leading art toy and comic distributors including the legendary Forbidden Planet, Neon Martian and Tokyo Toys will also be attending, featuring prints, toys, books and elusive comic con exclusives across the board.

The London Comic Con MCM Expo 2011 runs from October 28th-30th at the London ExCell, with tickets starting from £10. Check the web site here for more information.

(photos- lccmcmexpo)

Uncovered: Dan Goodsell’s Mr Toast- New Works for NYCC 2011

LA based illustrator Dan Goodsell has been brightening up the world with his hilarious brand of art for nearly ten years now, with the oddball cast of “The Imaginary World” (his signature series) featuring in numerous paintings, comic strips, animations, books and toys across the planet.

Originally (and rather ambitiously!) Goodsell planned to create his own theme park in a similar vein to Disneyland, so set about creating numerous characters including Mr Toast, Joe the Egg, Shaky Bacon and Lemonhead to form the basis of his imaginary world. Developing stories to build upon the characters personalities, Dan has since gone on to release several self-published low brow picture books including Mr Toast at the Circus, Imaginary World comics #1, GAGS and The World of Mr Toast to huge success.

Originally majoring in Physics, Goodsell is completely self taught in the world of low brow art. Proud that he has never been paid to work as an illustrator, the artist has been able to carve out a living from selling the numerous paintings and products he’s created over the years.

Fantastic Four #5- Mr Toast comic book cover series

Fantastic Four #2- Mr Toast comic book cover series

Dare Devil #8- Mr Toast comic book cover series

Spidertoast #3- Mr Toast comic book cover series

Known for his huge obsession with vintage design, his vast collection of iconic packaging, comics, illustrated educational books, and animated classroom films are an obvious influence in his work. One of his most successful long running lines, the Comic Book Covers series, is a perfect example of this; based on a host of Goodsell’s favourite Marvel Comics, the artist has re-imagined the covers using the cast of “The Imaginary World” to mirthful effect. Check out more of these priceless covers over at Goodsell’s Flickr account here.

Various Mr Toast watercolours for NYCC

Unfortunately, Dan will only be heading to the New York Comic Con this year as a visitor (previous years have seen the launch of exclusive Toast Boy vinyl toys, plushes and books), but will be about on the event floor on Friday and Saturday (this week) to answer any questions you might have. He will also be doing a small set-up at the Art Hustle Booth (#576) on Friday from 4-4.30, dolling out free custom sketch trading cards, with a small selection of watercolours (pictured) and other goodies available to purchase as well.

Gone Ninja- One of the many Mr Toast cartoons

Evolution- Dan Goodsell’s entry for Gallery 1988’s Retro Video Game Show

Check out “The Imaginary World” web page here for more information on Goodsell’s hilarious creations, or alternatively, you can e-mail him directly at grickily@yahoo.com with any questions you may have.

(photos- dangoodsell)

Andreas Englund’s Ageing Superheroes

Originally hailing from Falun, Stockholm based artist Andreas Englund recently came to our attention through his latest series of paintings; featuring a fragile, ageing Punisher. Depicting the decreped superhero in a variety of seemingly mundane situations, Andreas’ new work questions the fragility of life, our attitudes towards older generations, and the vulnerability of even the most outwardly strong people.

Andreas as yet has no plans to exhibit the pieces, but the full collection is now available to view in his extensive portfolio here.

Andreas explains the motives behind his work-

“Humour can be the carrier of messages that are otherwise hard to convey. For me, it liberates my thoughts and ideas from pretentiousness, while at the same time it opens doors to new routes and angles.”