More New Pages

July 14, 2010

I have a brand spanking new scanner beside me and I’ve been scanning like a madman for the past few hours.

Here’s a few more pages from the same book as the last post and a few from the other book I’m working on at the moment.One of them was scanned by Phil Barrett and the rest were scanned by yours truly.

…I’ve been in bits since I learned Harvey Pekar was dead.I always wanted to meet him and shake his hand.I really can’t say anymore than what I scribbled on Facebook when I first learned of his death:

R.I.P Harvey Pekar.
Voice of the American working class.He wore a strike t-shirt on Letterman’s show,adapted Stud Terkel’s “Working” into a comic,adapted the history of the Students for a Democratic Society into a comic,bravely confronted the hush-hush issue of prostate cancer,and wasn’t ashamed to be “just a working stiff”.
Ní fheicimid a leithead arís.

He’ll go down with Ewan MacColl and Woody Guthrie in my mind as someone who documented the lives and hopes of working class communities and people with the kind of sincerity which can’t be faked (or bought).

He’ll be missed.

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NEW PAGES!

June 25, 2010

Here’s a few pages from my latest opus,scanned by Phil “Blackshapes” Barrett.

You wouldn’t know it from the blog,but I’m a very busy mutha at the moment.I’ve been chipping away at TWO graphic novels,a gag panel or two,and a possible adventure strip!I know what you’re thinking:

F~#kin hell,Luke.You’re amazing.How are you not dead from exhaustion,you stud?

But I’ve been working like a machine since the Junior Cert finished with an average of about two pages a day.And it’s not that I’ve been drawing all day,it’s just that I’ve been knocking out pages in no time because I just work with pen and ink.No honky tonk pencilling nonsense for me.

Anyhoo,these pages are from a small graphic novel about a fictional Irish writer in the rare aul times who’s forced to leave the country because his books are banned because they’re durty shtuff,altogether.He leaves in the hopes of finding some sort of freedom in London.Hilarity ensues…well,no.Depressing nonsense ensues.

These pages aren’t in order and so you’re not going to be able to “read” them,really.I only gave a few select pages to Phil to scan,not the whole book.

The 2D Festival up in Derry was aces.Hopefully I’ll get around to doing a proper post on it in a while,when there’s more pics from the day floating around the net.Plenty of laffs.Plenty of stories.Plenty of “Aye”s.

Anyhoo,ace cartoonist and good egg Phil Barrett(whose new comic collection,The Human in Me, is a joy to read.Buy it!) asked me for a sketch (God only knows why,the mad Nordie)of the Hulk.I thought it would be piss easy.It wasn’t.I went through about ten pages before knocking out an alrightish Hulk.It wasn’t anything to be ashamed of,but it wasn’t great.Sowwwy,Phil.

So today I took a small break from studying for my exams and doodled a half-decent Hulkie to make up for it.

Anyway,exams start in the morning,so no posts for the next week or two.Enjoy the summer,while I’m trapped in a classroom trying to remember what the f~~k happened in Romeo and Juliet.

Aul Hulkie

Pure Summer…

May 23, 2010

I’m absolutely bollixed with the heat,but this song made me smile.

It’s like listening to Icebergers,hayfever and the last day of school.Pure Summer.

It is sweet to dance to violins
  When Love and Life are fair:
To dance to flutes, to dance to lutes
  Is delicate and rare:
But it is not sweet with nimble feet
  To dance upon the air!

That verse is,of course,from The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde.Why would I include it in a post about Frans Masereel,you say?Who the feck is Frans Masereel,you say?Well,sit back and I`ll explain.

Recently I went on a ramble to the Hill of Tara (yes,that Hill of Tara)with my dad.If you`ve ever been to the Hill of Tara chances are you went for a drop of tea in the cafe at the bottom of the hill.Chances are you saw a small shed with a green door right next to the cafe.Chances are it was closed.But,if it was open chances are you saw inside one of the best secondhand bookshops to be found in the land.Yes.In the shed.

It was in this shed that I spent an hour or so hunting for paper-bound gems.And I found them,alrighty.One especially made my day:The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde with Woodcuts by Frans Masereel.

Frans Masereel is credited with being the pioneering force behind the graphic novel and his “wordless novels”,such as the famous Passionate Journey, are brimming with life and rage in equal measure.From Graphicwitness.org:

A pacifist in World War I, he tried to make his art accessible to the ordinary man. His works were banned by the Nazis and widely distributed in Communist countries. But he rejected “political” art and party affiliation, condemning all enslavements, oppression, war and violence, injustice, and the power of money.

One work in particular became a printed “anthem” for anti-fascists the world over.De Idee is a wordless novel about an idea,embodied by a naked woman,who is hunted by the powers that be.The book is a powerful cry against fascism and the burning of books(and indeed,people).I`ve included two scences from the book below,along with this animated adaption:

Anyway,The Ballad of Reading Gaol with the Frans Masereel illustrations seems to be easy enough to find online and is an essential book to have,even if just to stand as a reminder of two great artists ahead of their time who were brave enough to rage against the unjust world they found themselves in.

No,I`m not Dead…

April 1, 2010

…just scannerless!I`ve been knocking out oodles and oodles of ink and pen goodness but without a scanner,there`s not much to post about.This is especially a shame since I have about 20 pages done and dusted and I`m bursting to show them to someone.

I`ve also been itching to do a music post so I might just get that done in a few days.*

And I`m hoping to have a small free comic out for Free Irish Comic Day which is coming up next month.

Now;sit back,relax and listen to Ewan MacColl do what he does best,blasting out a favourite of mine:

*APRIL FOOLS!It should read:”…so I might just get that done by the end of the year,amirite.LOLOLOLOL”

Me Caveman

March 16, 2010

Today`s little doodle.Based on a fecky little caveman drawing I did in my maths copy.

True story.

Feck-away doodle of a caveman.

Man In The Rain

March 8, 2010

The result of twenty minutes messing on the Wacom.I prefer this to all the other digital stuff I`ve done as it is drawn in the exact same style as my pen and paper doodles,rather than the more stylised bits and bobs I`ve been churning out(see Little Birdie,for example).

Man in Rain-exactly what it says on the tin,really.

Little Birdie!

February 26, 2010

Here`s a few frames from an unfinished animation I was chipping away at a fair few months ago.

Inspired by:Little Birdie-Pete Seeger

Love Comics Hate Racism

February 25, 2010

New design.