Friday, 23 August 2019

Cor!! Buster! Don't miss out!

If you missed the Cor!! Buster Humour Special when it was in newsagents earlier this year you can still buy copies directly from the publisher! 52 pages featuring loads of brand new strips bringing back old favourites such as Sweeny Toddler, Faceache, Grimly Feendish, Gums, Ivor Lott and Tony Broke, Deadly Headley, Buster, Bad Penny, and more! 

Don't miss out! More info and ordering details at this link:
https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue//RCS1951



Monday, 19 August 2019

In print this Thursday...

I have work in two publications that will be in the shops on Thursday 22nd August. First up is the latest Daft Dimension that sees the Daleks go to Blackpool in Doctor Who Magazine No.542. Here's a preview. Find out what happens next when you buy the new issue! 

Also that day, Comic Scene No.7 will be published, and I've written a feature about one of my favourite 1960s comics, Pow!, the third (and most often overlooked) of Odhams' 'Power Comics' line. 

Doctor Who Magazine and Comic Scene are both available from WH Smith and comic shops, but if you have difficulty finding Comic Scene in your area you can subscribe directly at this link:
https://getmycomics.com/ComicScene

Doctor Who Magazine is also available in supermarkets and selected newsagents, but if you can't find it, you can subscribe here:
https://doctorwhomagazine.com/subscriptions/



Sunday, 18 August 2019

Combat Colin comic orders update

Thank you to everyone who's ordered copies of my Combat Colin comics recently. I've had a few delays in sending them out (holiday, deadlines, and now a chest infection) but most have been dispatched and the rest are ready to go this week. Thank you for your patience! 

Several of you have ordered back issues too, which is great. This meant that Combat Colin No.2 had to go to a second printing, and it looks like issue 1 will have to go to a third printing soon too! The new printings all have matt-laminated covers so they look really nice. 

In case you'd somehow missed my previous plugs for these comics, I'm reprinting all my old Combat Colin strips that originally appeared in Action Force and The Transformers back in 1987 to 1991. We're currently at issue 4 and there'll be two more issues next year to complete the run. All the pages are scanned from my original art, where possible. (Sadly, some of my later pages went missing from the Marvel UK offices, or were inadvertently destroyed after use, so those pages will be scanned from the comics.) 

If you haven't ordered the comics yet, you can get them exclusively from me at my web shop at this link:
http://www.lewstringer.com/page7.htm

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Combat Colin on his way

My apologies if you haven't received your issues of Combat Colin No.4 yet. I had far more orders than anticipated so between having a holiday last week and deadlines this week it's taking me a while to catch up. A stack of them were sent out today though, and more will follow throughout the week. 
My thanks for your patience, and for your support. Some of you have ordered back issues too, which is great! Seems that the word is spreading that those classic Combat Colin stories from the 1980s/90s are being collected in smart new comics. Four issues are now available, and issues 5 and 6 will follow next year! 
Here's the link where you'll find out more info and how to order them:
http://www.lewstringer.com/page7.htm



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It's Derek the Bath Mat!

It's a crazy world and no mistake. Whatever next? Derek the Troll bath mats, that's what! Available from my Redbubble store now!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/lewstringer/works/38116881-derek-the-troll?asc=u&p=bath-mat&rel=carousel


Evolution of a panel.

Characters © D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Yesterday I sent off the latest Pup Parade to Beano HQ. I thought you might like to see a panel in its five stages. 
1: layout, 
2: pencils, 
3: inks, 
4: scanned into Photoshop to clean it up and add the solid blacks, 
5: colouring done in Photoshop. 

(Click on image to see it larger of course).

Lettering will be added by Beano staff from my script. Printed version will be in Beano No.4004, in shops on September 25th!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

HIGH VIS poster revealed

Here's the poster/flyer for the High Vis Street Art Festival that takes place at the Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, on Saturday 7th September 2019. Comics! Street Art! Live Music! It's all happening. I hope you'll come along and join us! 

More info at their website at this link:
https://ollymacnamee.wixsite.com/highvisfest





Everything is now

Me in 1974. The day the Marvel magazine style comics were first distributed in the UK.
Is the past important? I think so. While our main focus should always be on the moment and moving forward, it's our past that has defined us up to this point. I think nostalgia has its place as long as we don't let it cloud our appreciation of the present. Some people constantly bemoan that tv/music/comics/movies of today are vastly inferior to that of their youth... but objectively there was a lot of dross around then too! It's possible to appreciate both the best of yesteryear and the best of today. Forever hankering for "the good old days" only leads to misery and a blinkered view of today. 

Perhaps the best view, and some will think this is bonkers, is to consider all of time as "the now". Forget our definitions of past and present as segregated by nights and seasons. Imagine all of time as one day (a heck of a long day admittedly) and everything seems more closely connected.

(Just don't tell your editors and employers that. If they think you only invoiced them today they'll never pay up! ;-) )


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Have you ordered your COMBAT COLIN No.4 yet?

I'll be sending out more packages of Combat Colin No.4 this week. I'm still catching up with orders as I was away in London last week and I came back to a lot more orders than I was expecting so thank you for your patience if you're still waiting. 

Each issue is signed by me, bagged and boarded, and sent in a card backed envelope. The comic is only available from me, either at conventions or from my website. Click this link to go to the order page:
http://www.lewstringer.com/page7.htm

Thanks for all your interest in my work! Let me know what you think of the latest issue!


Sunday, 4 August 2019

Video tour around LFCC!

If you've never been to a comic con and wondered what it was like, this excellent video tour around the London Film and Comic Con last weekend is on You Tube. This was on the Friday morning not long after opening I think. I'm around the 39 minute mark if you're interested...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goolw3lAgTM


Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Two new convention dates added!

A surprise addition to my convention bookings as today I was invited to the High Vis Street Culture Festival that takes place at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham, on Saturday 7th September! I'm pleased about this as I hadn't done any gigs in the Midlands this year so far so I'm looking forward to seeing readers from this area! 

For more info and guest names, check out their website:
https://ollymacnamee.wixsite.com/highvisfest

Hi Vis Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/highvisfest/

and Instagram page here:
https://www.instagram.com/highvisfestival/

The following week I'll be flying over to Northern Ireland for the Omagh Comic Fest that's on Saturday 14th September. My first (and only) con date overseas this year so it'll be great to meet readers who haven't been able to get over to the shows in England. 

For more info on that, see their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/OmaghComicFest/



Tuesday, 30 July 2019

A fantastic weekend at LFCC!

This year's London Film and Comic Con was another smash hit! After an expected quiet start in the Comic Zone on Friday it became much busier over the weekend, with people travelling from far and wide to visit the show. 

The huge venue at Olympia, and the show's three day status (long days too; 9am to 7pm on Saturday) meant it was the biggest UK convention of the year so it was an honour to be part of that. My thanks to Tony Lee for inviting me again and for his smooth organisational skills. An event the size of LFCC is not easy to manage but from what I saw it all went extremely well. My thanks also to Valentina Sannais and the rest of the crew for looking after us and making sure we were fed and watered. 

Thanks also to the many friends in the industry who it's always a pleasure to catch up with at these shows. Far too many to mention here but special thanks to Nigel Parkinson, David Leach, and Kit Cox for being great people to share our section of the Comic Zone with. Also thanks to Cartoon Museum heroes Jess Kemp, Alison Brown, Chris Geary and Mark Stafford for being great company in the pub on Sunday evening for a quick after-con drink.

Last but certainly not least, my thanks to the readers who stopped by my table for a chat, a sketch, and/or a comic. Meeting the readers is what the show is all about and it means a lot to talk to the people who have enjoyed my work over the years. 

Now a few photos from the weekend. I didn't have time to take many but here are the ones I snapped...
All set up and ready for action! :)
A few of the huge crowd that visited that weekend.
Crowds begin the enter the Comic Zone.
Mr.Nigel Parkinson of Beanotown.

Nigel sketching for fans.
Jess Bradley (The Phoenix) and Lee Townsend.
Some of the sketches I drew over the weekend.
My favourite commission of the weekend. Thanks Bernadette!



Thursday, 25 July 2019

See you at LFCC!

Here's where to find me at the London Film and Comic Con this weekend. Three long days of sketching, chatting, and generally enjoying the company of the comics community at the Comic Zone, upstairs at Olympia from Friday to Sunday inclusive. Table 28, between David Leach and Nigel Parkinson, next to the lifts so you can't miss us! 

I'll be there with my Combat Colin comics and I'll also be doing some talks in the area marked Comics Stage. Here's what's happening...

On SATURDAY at 10.45....

...and on SUNDAY at 4pm...



See you there! For more info, visit the website here:
http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com



Tuesday, 23 July 2019

It's here! COMBAT COLIN No.4

It arrived from the printers today and is now available to buy from my website:
http://www.lewstringer.com/page7.htm

Combat Colin No.4 collects all the Combat Colin stories from The Transformers Nos.257 to 283 that were first published in 1990. In this latest batch of fast-paced comedy-action you'll see Colin encounter danger below the waves, in outer space, the Prehistoric past, and in his home town of Wallytown! 



Introducing Combat Kate! Is she hero or villain... or both? 

There's also a short back up article on my personal recollections of TV Century 21 and how it inspired me to create comics! 

Combat Colin No.4. 32 pages comprising of full colour covers and black and white interiors on quality paper. £3.50 plus postage.
http://www.lewstringer.com/page7.htm

You can also buy the issue from me at the London Film and Comic Con this weekend at Olympia. Table 28, near the lifts, upstairs in the Comic Zone!
http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/index.php/allguests/comics

Bear in mind that with LFCC coming up and deadlines to meet before then I might not have time to post all comic orders out this week, but you should all receive them within the next week or two. 


Monday, 22 July 2019

On sale this Thursday: DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE No.541

Here's a sneak preview of a panel from my Daft Dimension strip in this month's Doctor Who Magazine, No.541, which will be on sale in supermarkets, WH Smith, selected newsagents and comic shops across the UK from this Thursday, 25th July. 84 packed pages for £5.99. 





Out now! The Dandy Annual 2020

I've just received The Dandy Annual 2020 that I ordered from D.C. Thomson. 112 pages of all-new material including three Keyhole Kate pages from me. Order early for Christmas! 
https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/books/annuals/dandy-annual-2020

Cover by Ken Harrison.



Sunday, 21 July 2019

Revised con list

I'm sorry to hear that the Worcester Comics Festival, that was due to take place on 17th August, has been cancelled. It doesn't seem to be a good season for Midlands-based events. Only last week ICE2019, the annual Birmingham International Comic Expo, was also cancelled. 

Above is a revised listing of the shows I'll be at for the rest of this year. Hopefully the 14th September one will have its official announcement soon and I'll post the news here. 

I've said it before but we all owe convention organisers a debt of gratitude. If it wasn't for them there wouldn't even be a comics community. Sometimes it doesn't work out, through no fault of the organisers. There's a lot to deal with when putting on a show, including venue hire, insurance, booking guests and accommodation (and flights in some cases), ticket sales, staffing, plus sometimes red tape involving local councils etc. It's a miracle that so many events do actually reach completion! I certainly wouldn't have the stamina and patience to deal with the stress. 

As you can see, the next show I'll be at will be the huge LFCC next weekend. I'll be posting details about that in a day or two! 




Saturday, 20 July 2019

My first mainstream cover

I understand the school holidays are upon us again? I couldn't wait for the summer break when I was a kid. Six weeks off! Days by the seaside! More time to play with your mates! More time at home (I had a happy home life). And summer specials to read too! Fantastic. I'm afraid I wasn't a great fan of school, but I have some happy memories of it, and made several lifelong friends through it so it wasn't all bad. :)

The very first cover I drew for a mainstream comic had a 'Schools Out!' theme. Mark Rogers, editor of Oink! commissioned me to do a Tom Thug cover for issue 33, back in 1987. I'd been a contributor to Oink! for every issue but this was my first cover. It was Mark's idea to show Tom and other kids bursting through the school gates but the rest of it was pretty much up to me.

On the left you can see my initial pencil rough, and Mark's comments and suggestions in blue biro. On the right is my finished, published version. I was still learning to use colour (Dr.Martins water colour inks, and Caran D'ache pencils) so it's a bit crude but it did the job.

Oink! was a great comic to work on and the contributors had a blast. It seems the readers did too, going by the reactions of those I meet now. Happy days!


Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Cover preview: COMBAT COLIN No.4

It's 2a.m. and I've just finished uploading the pages to the printers for Combat Colin No.4. Hopefully it'll be out in time for the London Film and Comic Con on July 26th to 28th... and from my website store on July 29th.

Time for bed I think! I'll leave you with this advance preview of the cover...

Monday, 15 July 2019

Rough!

I'm just roughing out the cover for Combat Colin No.4. Here's a small section of it. 


Friday, 12 July 2019

ROBO CAPERS! The Early Strips

As it's unlikely Marvel will ever reprint my Robo-Capers strips I thought I'd show a few here. 

Back in 1985, after a few successes with selling strips to Marvel UK I pitched a new one to Sheila Cranna, the editor of The Transformers fortnightly comic. I'd previously worked for Sheila when she was editor of the Spider-Man Comic, where I'd created Captain Wally and Snail-Man strips.  I had no interest in drawing the Autobots of The Transformers franchise but I thought a comedy strip about robots might be a good fit. Thankfully, Sheila thought so too, and Robo Capers began in Transformers No.15, cover dated 6th to 19th April 1985. It would run until issue 152. 

Here are the first 10 strips from Transformers No.15 to issue 24 (10th/23rd August 1985). Click on each strip to see it larger.












Where ROBO CAPERS began. TRANSFORMERS No.15. Cover by Mike Collins.