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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.