Friday, 30 May 2014

21 Draw Artbook SMASHES record for most funded Art Project EVER! Just 45 hours to go!

WHOOOP! 21 Draw, the incredible artbook I'm involved in has smashed the record for most funded art project EVER on Indiegogo! A massive thank you to all have supported the project so far! BUT, it's not over yet! You have just 45 hours left to pledge your support and bag yourself one of the most incredible, comprehensive books on figure drawing and character design ever produced! GO HERE to support the project and join the 21 Draw movement!


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Awesome Long Gone Don Fan Art!

Check out this super cool pic of Castanet drawn by young fan Harriet Ward! Amazing! We'll be showing YOU how to draw Castanet during Long Gone Don Month here on the blog this coming August, so stay tuned!


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Radio New Zealand - a special interview, Down Under!

We're back! Yep, we've returned from our adventures on the other side of the world with some tales to tell. In fact, there's so much news and fun to share that we'll have to break the trip into multiple posts. Expect bite-sized chunks of kiwi joy over the coming weeks.

First up, a little air play.

For those of you who were unaware, Lorenzo and I were appearing at the Auckland Writer's Festival - a five-day extravaganza of books, authors, talks and laughs.

As part of our visit we'd been offered an interview on Radio New Zealand. Any chance to talk to a wider audience about comics and inspiring kids get's our attention and so it was with great pleasure that we headed to the station.

While waiting to go on air, Lorenzo was persuaded to whip up a couple of Etherington portrait sketches. Keen readers will notice that we both bare a SLIGHT resemblance to Von Doogan!

Then it was down to business. It was business time. Our interview was hosted by Kathryn Ryan, who delivered, in our opinion, one of our best recorded chats ever. And joy of joys, you can here the whole thing right HERE! Simply click the link and listen to us chatter.

Excellent stuff. We'll be back soon with more Auckland treats!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Long Gone Don cover art break down!

Hey folks, a little break-down here of my art for the launch issue of the new Long Gone Don adventure in the Phoenix. Enjoy!


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

21 Draw artbook raises $100,000 so far!

So, we're back from New Zealand, and what a time we had! More on this soon, but before that, I wanted to announce that the 21 Draw artbook I'm involved in has now raised over $100,000 on indiegogo. If you want to grab a copy, you have just 11 days left to get involved! Click the image below to find out more!


Saturday, 10 May 2014

New Zealand, here we come!

We feel a slight apology is needed. In the excitement of working on our books and strips we somehow forgot to mention that we're about to head off on our most far-flung tour, EVER!

Yes, believe it or not, we're heading to New Zealand and the land of the Hobbits. Or, for those who remember our concept web adventure, The Lore of the Things, the land of the Hobbles. Here's Frofro Bagel with a quick reminder and a timely message.

We'll be appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival from the 13th-19th May, hosting school programme workshops and writing masterclasses, but we've two public shows on Sunday 18th, so to all our NZ readers and watchers, if you're in the area come on down and say hi. We'll be signing copies of all our books and generally having a ball.

We Etheringtons shall return soon with lots of photos to share and stories from the road. In the meantime, pick yourself up a copy of Von Doogan's first adventure. That should keep you busy till we get back!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Long Gone Don - the story so far!

With the return of Long Gone Don to the Phoenix this weekend, we thought you might like a little catch-up of what's happened so far - so here it is! Click the images to view them at a more readable size!


Thursday, 8 May 2014

2nd Annual Phoenix Comic Festival is a HIT!

On Saturday 3rd May, the combined forces of The Phoenix comic descended upon Oxford's Story Museum. Our mission: to unleash comic-related mayhem upon a legion of young readers.

It was a mighty, MIGHTY success.

For eight fun-filled hours Lorenzo and I joined our fellow creators to meet, greet and entertain an army of Phoenix fans. Aside from the workshops and talks and presentations and comic jams and sketch-a-thons and myriad other activities, the festival also saw the pre-release launch of the first two titles from the Phoenix Library: Bunny Vs. Monkey, by Jamie Smart, and Lorenzo's Von Doogan. Both brilliant adventures were literally flying off the shelves faster than they could be stacked!

Yes it was a great day, but in all cases such as these (and comics in general) pictures speak better than words. So without further ado, sit back and enjoy a small sample of the day's merriment.

Many thanks to the Phoenix team for creating such a wonderful event - a festival as unique as the comic itself - and for every one of you who turned up to have fun and say hi. Here's to next year - it's going to be a stormer!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Forbidden Planet names Von Doogan one of it's Most Wanted books for June!

Thanks to Forbidden Planet, and in particular Richard Bruton for putting Von Doogan on their list of most wanted books for June (along with our pal Jamie Smart's excellent Bunny Vs Monkey). Read the full article HERE!


Monday, 5 May 2014

$50,000 in three days...

Well, that started well, didn't it? Read more about this awesome book I'm involved in HERE or click the image below to order your copy! Only 4 weeks left!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Announcing the EPIC return of Long Gone Don!

YEEEEEEEEEEEESSS! The boy with the white hair is BACK! Starting in next week's Phoenix (issue 123) the third of Don's adventures in Broilerdoom will begin! Whoooop! We've lots to show from this new book-length adventure, but for now, please enjoy our announcement illustration!


Click the image to go LARGE!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

100 giants of the comic, animation and games industries in one book!'m very proud to announce that an epic new art book I'm involved in, 21 DRAW, has just gone live on Indiegogo. The book features artwork by 100 of the best comic, animation and games artists in the world, with each artist creating what is effectively a set of incredible original character design model sheets, with multiple poses, dynamic action shots, gestures and facial expressions.

Each artist tackles a different character type, (Warrior, troll, hero, mech, racer, etc etc) and will then produce a series of full illustrations of the character from multiple angles, performing various actions.

What all this amounts to is a 400 PAGE BOOK which showcases a myriad of styles, approaches and character types, by a group of industry leading artists - the definitive masterclass in figure drawing and character creation.

The campaign is live HERE, so head on over, watch the video, pledge some support, and bag yourself an incredible resource. Oh, and it'll have some artwork by me in there too!