Moonshot Issue 4
I received my contributor’s copy of Moonshot Magazine the other day. My piece in the new issue is a two page comic about being outside. The rest of the issue is a collection of poetry, art, prose and comics. It’s pretty great, all in all. I’m dead chuffed to be part of it.
This magazine is also the first thing I’ve ever contributed to that has an ISBN. Odd as it sounds, that feels like a bit of an achievement for me and I’m pretty pleased.
More anthology news coming soon.
Since finishing Smoo #5, I’ve been doing some anthology pieces. Here are some pictures of some pages from them.
Untitled appearing in Moonshot Magazine #4. Two pages about spring-time walking.
Evacuee from Decadence #9. I try and use anthologies as an excuse to experiment a little bit with my comics. This one is 5 pages long and is science fiction, which is a departure for me.
I submitted this story to Kuš! Komiksi, an international anthology out of Latvia. The editors are going through the selection process at the moment, so fingers crossed this makes the grade. If it doesn’t I’ll put this out as a minicomic. This story is 8 pages long.
“The Sorry Entertainer (Things In Panels): The Bristol-based duo of Simon Moreton and Nick Soucek join the newsprint revivalist movement, and I’ll say that I was immediately sold when I read that the contributors included Noah Van Sciver and Lauren Barnett. They are two of my favorite mini-comics creators working in the industry today. Noah’s done-in-one crime story is an effective storytelling tutorial about concise functionality. Paddy Lynch’s piece was full of inky emotion, Thom Ferrier examines our knee-jerk inclination to document everything we see in the New Media Era, and we get a big full page of Rock N’ Roll ‘Restling from David Ziggy Greene. It’s a thing of rare beauty, full of influences from people like Sammy Harkham, Brandon Graham, and Paul Pope. Chris Fairless dazzles with ink washes, and Sam Spina playfully addresses audience expectations, while Richard Worth and Jordan Cullver display a beautiful turn of the century aesthetic, which is a tad hard to read due to the scale. There’s actually a lot more, but those are my favorites. Simply put, this is the way to do an anthology. It doesn’t matter that there really isn’t a unifying theme, and it doesn’t matter that some of the creators are more popular or bigger names than some of the others. They key is that you find really good pieces, you put them in a unique format, and suddenly you’ve accomplished that rare feat, an anthology with few, if any, weak links. I hope we can look forward to future installments of this venture. Grade A.”
We’re starting to send out copies of the Sorry Entertainer to the artists who contributed to the anthology, and to all those who invested in us through our IndieGoGo campaign! As you can imagine, it’s a bit of long-winded process, stuffing envelopes with over 400 pre-ordered copies of the newspaper, but you can rest assured that if you haven’t got your copies yet, they will be on their way in the very near future!
Thanks for all your patience, folks!