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Hooray, DFC issue 33 arrived today, and Vern and Lettuce take the Tube!



I've always wanted to show the London Underground in a commissioned piece of work, and now it's happened! Except, even better, in the Pickle Rye parallel universe, the transport engineers don't put those annoying barriers on the metal runners next to the escalators, it's all ONE LONG SLIDE. Whoosh! What a perfect world.

Edit: Hey, here are some nice words about the DFC from Paul Gravett in his Best of 2008: Graphic Novels & Comics:

The DFC: What does this "DFC" stand for? Well it is "Delivered Fridays Consistently" and it's "Definitely First Class". The DFC actually stands for The David Fickling Comic, and he is the determined publiser, backed by powerful Random House, who has made the most significant injection of new ideas and creative talent into British all-ages comics in a decade. You can't buy it in any shops, you have to subscribe online and every Friday it arrives in your morning mail. There's lots of quality here, even a sea-faring serial, John Blake, written by Philip Pullman of Golden Compass fame, but if I had to pick just two stand-out series they would be Sarah McIntyre's charming sheep-and-rabbit duo Vern and Lettuce, and Mezolith, a caveboy drama written by Ben Haggarty and drawn by Adam Brockbank, concept designer and storyboarder for the Harry Potter movies. Are you ready for their monstrous giant blue baby or their naked, overweight she-creature? This is easilly the most vivid, arresting children's adventure I've come across anywhere all year, a masterpiece in the making.

Thanks, Paul! Woodrow Phoenix's book Rumble Strip also gets a good mention. article link

Cool thing I've seen lately: the work of Chicago-based illustrator and comics man Chris 'Elio' Eliopoulos, or elio. Have a peek at some of the lovely work on his website.

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bandersnatch_02
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
And you've seen this, yeah?

jabberworks
Jan. 17th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Ace!!!
jabberworks
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
This is my other fave video:
wilburonline
Jan. 17th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
love the tube drawing!
and, yes, elio rocks!
jabberworks
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I love his work, really fun and swish at the same time.
cdave
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
That was a great Vern and Lettuce comic.

I love the cabling in the last panel. It's the best part of all the building work in London at the moment. The glimpses backstage. The world behind the shiny fronts of the Tube. The layers of Victorian brickwork you can occasionally seen down the sewer replacement work.

Oh, and I see the Titin Movie is ready for release in Pickle Rye.
jabberworks
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh man, thanks! I love it when people look really carefully at my comic! And yes, the best films come out first in Pickle Rye... ;-)

I'm with you, I always find the hidden parts of London so interesting. When I was at art college, the graphics tutor stumbled on an old nuclear bunker near Southwark town hall, that was half full of water, but still had all the maps and things that the survivors' team could use to coordinate relief work if we got hit by an atom bomb. Freaky, but cool, too.
shug_comics
Jan. 17th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
That reminds me: Paul Gravett owes me TWENTY QUID!
I'm gonna grovel for it (or the return of my comics!) via e-mail now...

Nice escalator. My fiancée is terrified of going up those Underground ones!
jabberworks
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Hope you get your cash! Yes, I recently met someone who hadn't been to a city before and she'd never seen an escalator. She was very brave the first time she went on it, but she did that Crocodile Dundee thing and then breathed a huge sigh of relief when she got to the bottom.

Escalators ARE kind of scary, my mother always used to warn me when I was wearing my saltwater sandals that I had to pay attention and hop off quickly so it wouldn't eat my toes.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Fantastic panel! Oh, to be a bunny!
jabberworks
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! I want to be one, too! :-)
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