Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A lousy preview

Well, here goes nothing. What you see below are the opening seven pages of my very first BLIP tale, in which our hero in a bubble follows that strange interstellar signal and encounters a rather hungry Space Louse...

BLIP copyright Frazer Diamond / 2009

Saturday, 23 May 2009

The Genius of Jason

Oh, what giddy glee. There's a new Jason book on the way. Low Moon is published by Fantagraphics this June, and frankly, this particular reader can not wait. Serves me right for mentioning Jason in that reason posting. I've been devouring his back catalogue again, ever since...

Jason is just the sort of artist/creator that I'd love to talk about at Toonhound, only, he doesn't fit into the remit of the place (he's Norwegian, and Toonhound is Brit-centric). It's one of the reasons I've started this blog, so that the folks who slip through the net can get caught and celebrated here. Anyways, let's get back on topic... Jason's work is bleak and brittle and completely beguiling. His anthropomorphic characters are put through hell. They're dragged backwards through life's hedge and left staggering blindly on the pavement. Each clean line panel quivers with meaning. And in the last few years, he's added melancholic swatches of colour to proceedings - muted blues and purples, autumnal reds and browns - colours that compliment the mood of each tale beautifully...



Why are you doing this?, The Living and the Dead, I Killed Adolf Hitler - It's just impossible to choose a favourite, but it must be said, Hey, Wait... tore my heart out when I first read it. The book is split into two distinct parts, and together they take us from the unfettered joys of our childhood days, to the splintered reality of adulthood. And there's a twist - a turning point - halfway through that shatters the first-time reader... What a book this is...

Jason is a genius. He takes the humdrum and amplifies it. He stokes up great flames of fantasy - time travellers, hitmen, and zombies - but is quick to douse it all down with a bucket of cold reality. And speaking of which, he's keeping me from my own work now, so I'll have to be strong, put his books back on the shelf and GET DRAWING....

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ch-ch-changes...

Yes, alright, I've changed the blog. It's relocated here, with a new name. But you see, the old place was created before I'd really felt my way through this blogging lark. When Films Collide was the title of my very first Flick cartoon collection, back in the day, and my original intention was to give the old fella his own home to roam around the web. But everything's moved on now the cartooning bug has struck me again. I'm going through a hugely creative period at the moment, with fresh ideas and projects cropping up everywhere, and I've stuff I want to talk about that's kind of an extension of Toonhound. Hence the new home and title. Now all I have to do is to get writing and drawing and sharing stuff with anyone who might be slightly interested in what I have to say!...

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Phabulous Photoshop

Wow! - Photoshop has been a fabulous learning curve for me. I'm not professionally trained, and have self-taught myself how to use Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Coreldraw in order to create Toonhound and to knock my strips and toons into shape. But now I'm getting serious about comics, I've had to move up a gear and teach myself how to scan and colour using the Daddy of them all. And I've got to say... Photoshop has been mercifully painless, thus far, and totally inspiring.... It helps that there are so many terrific tutorials online, helping to smooth the curve.

It also helps that I'm keeping it simple for BLIP. Just flat blocks of colour. I'm a big fan of Jason, as it happens, and - well - sometimes less is more, if you know what I mean. Oh, by the way, the bug-eyed fellow below is a Space Louse. He pops up on Page 5 of our adventure, munching on those BLIP-BLIP-BLIPS - much to the chagrin of our tenacious space traveller. Anyways, that's quite enough waffle for now, I've a dozen more pages to colour... Photoshop beckons!

BLIP copyright Frazer Diamond/2009