We’ve finally had enough time to reflect on another great Thought Bubble. We’d like to thank the entire Thought bubble team who – as usual – did a fantastic job orchestrating the UK’s premier comic festival. We had an awesome time and got to meet and chat with a lot of cool people. Thanks to everyone who popped by and we hope that everyone who picked up Day and Night and/or Eponymous thoroughly enjoyed them!
Here’s a great little video by Joe Edwards (filmage.co.uk) of Thought Bubble.
And you can check out some behind the scenes photos of the VS team over on our Facebook page here
We’re delighted to introduce Si Clark, who is a freelance illustrator and animator. Si is going to be taking up artistic duties on Space Bastards. Si has already gone about bringing some of Paul Alexander’s characters to life. How great are these guys?
Space Bastards will be appearing in the digital pages of VS Comics very soon, but for now why not read up on Si: Si Clark is based in London and spends most of his time working on a variety of projects including animated music videos, album covers, illustrations for magazines and children’s books. He is obsessed with texture and working with a balance of light and dark. His passions in life are music, film and art and his life revolves around them.
We’re absolutely delighted to be featuring Josh Sherwell’s PI Charles in upcoming issues of VS Comics.
Josh is fresh out of Uni (Bournemouth Arts University to be exact) and is now looking to pursue his love of comics with PI Charles. Josh immediately won us over, at VS Comics, with his unique world and style of storytelling. We’re sure that you guys are going to love Charles just as much as we do, and you can expect to see a lot of him in VS Comics!
Here’s the blurb:
Charles is a robot (and private detective), driven by his programming to compulsively solve mysteries. His business gets him into all sorts of trouble, some absurd (punching a mutant gorilla in the face) and some dark (prostitute murder, anyone?).
He has a habit of blundering through cases, unable to comprehend the human side of things, all while believing he’s in a Raymond Chandler novel.
PI Charles debuted in VS Comics #7, with the twenty-one page story ‘Case 30: PI Charles VS Internet Porn’.
Issue #8 of VS Comics is a Dead Roots special! We’ll be featuring a selection of fan favourite comics from the critically acclaimed anthology to help promote the upcoming launch of the Dead Roots‘ Kickstarter.
Dead Roots stories included are @Zombify, Head of State, Many Happy Returns, Wheels and the original Dead Roots comic.
Michael Lee-Graham has just sent over the pages for the first part of Shiver (written by Kevin Lehane) and it’s so good that we just had to share a page with you!
Shiver is a multi-part action horror comic set in Antarctica on Christmas Eve, a time when the sun never sets and the continent is a hive of scientific activity. At the bottom of the world, far from all other outposts, an isolated crew of a cutting edge British Antarctic Survey station named ‘Aurora’ uncover a hostile alien life form within the ice and soon it’s multiplying and hunting the only prey the ice has to offer: the crew of Aurora. With the entity moving undetected beneath the snow and snatching crewmates one-by-one, the situation quickly escalates as an ill-equipped group is left in a desperate fight for survival!
Shiver will be gracing the digitally pages of VS Comics very soon! Be warned, this is one to watch out for!
We’re on the lookout for an artist to team up with Paul Alexander on Space Bastards! Paul is a fantastic writer who has already contributed the amazing Swan Song to VS Comics. Outside of comics Paul was one of the writers on the legendary Red Dwarf, My Hero, Goodnight Sweetheart as well as being writer/creator of My Spy Family for Cartoon Network.
Below is a clip from Red Dwarf – Stoke Me A Clipper, which Paul co-wrote with Doug Naylor.
ABOUT SPACE BASTARDS
Space Bastards is a multi-part SF-sitcom (kind of The Office meets Men in Black) set on Space Platform Branson, a massive space station in geosynchronous orbit above Bedfont that processes all incoming and outgoing visitors to the Planet Earth.
Our ‘heroes’ are the Interglobal Regulators – basically a space-based version of airport security/customs officers, who are massively unpopular with intergalactic travelers (hence their nickname: Space Bastards). The strip deals with their professional adventures, which usually end in disaster, and also with their personal lives (ditto).
So what would be great visually is an art style that’s bright, clean and punchy and an artist with a great sense of comedy and visual gags. Not to mention a big appetite for drawing aliens – often quite silly looking aliens. Plus all the usual sci-fi staples like space stations, shuttle-pods and long sterile corridors.
Paul: Visually I see the look of the strip as slightly over-the top but not TOO abstract. It definitely doesn’t need photo-realism but it’s not Scrooge McDuck either. What would be great is to have a really visually detailed ‘world’ populated by slightly exaggerated and extreme characters. (I think what I’m saying is that the characters can look cartoony but the settings shouldn’t!). The colours (like the visuals) should be bright and vivid and bold.
If you’d like to know more about Space Bastards or are interested to get involved then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll forward art samples to Paul who will be responsible for choosing an art team.
To get an idea of what standard we are looking for be sure to check out VS Comics one and two (Store here).
VS Comics is creator owned and as such will introduce creators – this does not mean that we have any obligation to them, or that they have any to us.