Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sci-Fi Weekender


Convention Guest


Hi Folks,

It’s been a while since I Blogged, due to my Mum having two major operations in early February. Work has also been slow on the second book due to travelling backwards and forwards the 60 plus mile journey to the hospital every day since.

I am happy to say that although Mum still has a lot of recovery time ahead of her, she is doing remarkably well.

Today I would like to officially announce, albeit a month or more late, that I will again be attending Sci-Fi Weekender – the convention in North Wales, which I attended as a guest last year. I was asked along as a guest by Matt Lemon a while ago, but with all that has been happening of late had only previously managed to add this fact to the Worlds End website Gatherings & Events page.

Also going along for the event will be Dez Skinn, Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, Will Simpson, Pat Mills, amongst a whole plethora of other Sci-Fi writers, actors and associated Sci-Fi guests.

If last year’s event was anything to go by then I am excited as heck to be going along once more as an official guest. I am certainly looking forward to seeing everyone in costume, all the showmanship of the event and as many folks as possible dropping by the stand to say hi.

I’ll be taking along the usual Worlds End Fare, Graphic Novels, Ashcans, Colouring & Storybooks, and other merchandise, etc – as well as the full line up of Worlds End themed Mugs.

I’ll also be sketching and displaying the latest pages from Worlds End Volume 2.

I look forward to seeing some of you guys real soon.


Lined up for the future are Blogs on last year’s Thought Bubble and Malta Comic Conventions and one to mark the official launching of the full line up of Worlds End Mugs on the website, as well as a review of Sci-Fi Weekender too.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
March 18th 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Jack Kirby


The “KING” of Comics

Hi Folks,

It’s twenty years today that I received the phone call at the Defiant Offices asking if I could let Jim and the gang know that he had just received news that Jack Kirby had just passed away.

That phrase had such a deep impact on me at that moment in time that it felt as though I had lost someone I knew really well. I had never met the man himself and had hoped that during my time working in the USA I would get the chance to meet him.

He had been due to come to one of the UKCAC comic conventions in the early nineties, but due to ill health had to give back word. So I figured my time in New York may enable me to say thanks finally in person for his influencing my career choice with his wonderful work.

It wasn’t to be and telling Janet and Joe and the other folks in the offices on that fateful Sunday afternoon was not nice to do at all.

The office went into shutdown mode – our muse had gone.

Having bought “The Art of Jack Kirby” book by Bill Wyman, during my first big stint in New York and seeing some of his artwork for sale in the comic shops for around $45 to $95 per page I had figured on buying at least one page to take back home with to hang framed in my studio upon my eventual return home to England.

The day following his passing the same pages where on sale for a minimum $2,500 – so now even his original artwork was out of reach.

There isn’t a single day when some aspect of his writing and art doesn’t touch someone on this planet – his work is certainly still studied on an almost daily basis here in my studio.

I find it really sad that Marvel Comics have never sought to set things right with their multi-billion dollar empire with Jack, in the first instance when he was alive and since then with his family following his death. But the myth of Jack being just another artist hired purely to draw the ideas of Stan Lee continue to perpetuate throughout the world’s perception of this misinformed myth. Even Stan Lee in his interviews still adheres to this made up myth. It would seem that contracts signed offering millions of dollars to continue the lies can overcome someone’s need to admit that Jack played a far bigger part in the turnaround of Marvel Comics.

Stan was and continues to be a great front man and his flowery, melodramatic, over-the-top dialogue helped to entrench Marvel’s position in the grand scheme of things, but he didn’t invent it all.

Thankfully the boycott of Marvel’s products, including their films and the boycotting of work from them is a true endorsement of this awful miscarriage of justice – albeit in a small way.

I had hoped that somewhere in the midst of the ensuing 20 years since his death, Marvel would have done something unprecedented in their history as a publisher, especially as they are now owned by that “wonderful, family oriented” company Disney. 

Yet, here we are celebrating the single most important visionary of the 20th Century to work in comic books and his sad passing back in 1994 without the “right” thing having been done.

It would be great to think that finally sometime during the next 20 years someone, with a conscience would initiate doing something to make all creators of comics on this planet proud of, but somehow I doubt that corporate suits within the Disney/Marvel empire are even capable of recognising that what they continue to perpetrate is wrong.

So, with that in mind, I would ask everyone reading today’s Blog to raise a glass high to the sky, To Jack!

Thanks for showing us the endless possibilities of your imagination!!!

I'll leave you this time, folks with a photo of Jack and some of his wonderfully inspiring artwork...










 
Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
February 6th 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Worlds End Competition


Winner Announcement

Hi Folks,

First of all, let me extend a belated Happy New Year.

And now…


Below: Winning Entry Artwork Coloured by Stefan Agius


Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
January 31st 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, Folks!

Wishing you all the Very Best for 2014
 
 
Until next time, have fun!
Tim Perkins…
December 31st 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Season's Greetings

May all your Days be Merry & Bright


Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
December 24th 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Kaci Bell Mysteries

New Book from John Gatehouse & Dave Windett


Hi Folks,

ON SALE NOW!

Fellow Comic Creators John Gatehouse and Dave Windett have just launched their brand new, creator owned, soft back, comic strip book in the long standing and much missed tradition and format of such books as Garth, Horace and Beau Peep. Launched the day before the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and sold at the show this book received a lot of interest from children and adults alike.

Sporting a full colour cover this black and white, fun-filled all-ages newspaper strip type book is a must for comic readers and those that still enjoy newspaper styled strips.

A print collection of the strips has also been made available from Lulu and other merchandise from Zazzle.


The web-strip updates daily.

Here is the official press release.

The Kaci Bell Mysteries

Life is never quite normal in Bluewater Cove, California!

When high school students turn into super-powered freaks and go on a crime spree, the authorities are powerless to stop them.

But where did these super teens come from?

And how did they gain their god-like powers?

Determined to solve the mystery, 16 years old Kaci Bell enters a dark world of science gone mad.

With danger and death shadowing her every move, she may not live long enough to discover the shocking truth

The Kaci Bell Mysteries is a newspaper style adventure comic strip by writer John Gatehouse and artist Dave Windett, which has just been launched and can be read online at:



When they decided to create this web strip, John and Dave did not want to get into a position where they had to leave it unfinished and disappoint potential readers.

All 141 episodes of the story have been drawn and the strip will be updated daily.

With all the strips finished they were also able to put together a printed collection, which can be purchased from Lulu at:


More merchandise can be found here:


I highly recommend this book and suggest you get hold of a copy for your Christmas stockings.

Check out my Blog, next time, for details on the new Worlds End 11oz Ceramic Mugs.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
November 1st 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat

Happy Hallowe'en, Folks

Herein, as promised, a very quick sketch in black Biro that I did in the early hours of this spooky Thursday morning - a little something I have entitled, "The Lurcher from the Bog."

 
I've always liked this old Scottish Prayer, so here I am sharing it with you guys once more on this All Hallows Eve...

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!


Have a wonderful time this evening, if you are getting all dressed up to go Trick or Treating or to a fancy dress party - but keep safe.

Take all your talismans, keep your wits about you and look into the darkness.

And whatever you do... don't go into the Fog, especially on the path that runs through the woods, because that's where they hide, that's where they get you...


If you survive the night that lies ahead - then please feel free to check out my next Blog tomorrow for details on fellow comic artist, Dave Windett and writer, John Gatehouse’s newly published book – The Kaci Bell Mysteries.

Until next time, Happy Hallowe'en and have fun!

Tim Perkins…
October 31st 2013