Tuesday, 20 November 2012
This Saturday, I will be appearing at Niche Comics in Huntingdon signing copies of my comics and launching the brand new issue of Thunder Brother: Soap Division. Between 5 PM and 8 PM I will be appearing alongside authors Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon and Peter Vialls. It would be great if you're able to attend.
If you can't make the event then you can order copies of Thunder Brother: Soap Division three from my shop now.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
My complimentary contributor's copy of Strip Magazine 5/6 arrived over the weekend, a month after I first saw it for sale on a stand at the NICE Comic Expo. I think this might mean that it is now on sale in comic shops that sell it but, as the new editor has not been responding to my correspondences, I can't say this for certain. Regardless, Body Pop, the strip written by myself and drawn by Robert Wells, appears inside and looks great. If you're a reader of Strip Magazine, please ensure that you make the editor aware that you think that Body Pop is the best thing to appear in it so far and how much you would love to see more work from Rob and me, together or independently. I can only see this as something everyone involved would benefit from.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Here's a scan of a review of issue two of Thunder Brother: Soap Division that appears in the latest issue of Comics Heroes magazine. Matt Bielby describes it as"a complex kitchen sink take on The Truman Show" and me as "as a talent to watch." If you're visiting my website as a result of reading this review then you might like to know that you can order copies of Thunder Brother: Soap Division from my online shop.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Not only does Richard Bruton review issue two of Thunder Brother: Soap Division for the Forbidden Planet International blog today, he also catches up with the online episodes. "And I’m quite happy to tell you that I reckon Rainey’s really got something good here. The next three storylines are all cracking, each one delving a little more into the world of Soap Division, using Sally as our window on a very strange world, and Rainey is obviously having a lot of fun as things get very complicated, very meta, very tongue in cheek. All great stuff." Copies of issues one and two can be ordered from my shop.
Monday, 24 September 2012
On Wednesday evening at The Phoenix Artist Club on Charing Cross Road in London, the launch part for the new graphic novel from Gary and Warren Pleece, The Great Unwashed, will be taking place. I've seen the book and let me tell you, it's a great collection of the Pleece brothers work.
The Great Unwashed is the first graphic novel from Escape Books for twenty years. During the 1980s, they published the early comic work of creators such as Eddie Campbell and Neil Gaiman.
The reason I am telling you all of this is that it is my honour to be able to announce that Escape Book's next graphic novel is There's No Time Like The Present. The collection features the complete 320 paged story written and drawn by myself, tweaked for improvement including extra panels, dialogue and pages, with all of the art grey-toned for your pleasure. No release date has been confirmed just yet but Escape Books and I will endeavour to keep you abreast of any updates.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
If you own an iPad and you like comics, then you might like to consider buying a copy of Strip Magazine 6 which is now available for you to download to your device. Amongst the various comics, it features a strip called Body Pop, written by myself and drawn by Robert Wells.
Robert and I submitted Body Pop to the magazine's Strip Challenge and was one of six successful entries. My other entry, written and drawn entirely by me and called The Jelly, wasn't as successful but appears as an extra in the recently released second issue of Thunder Brother: Soap Division.
If you don't own an iPad but still want to read Body Pop, then it appears in the super-sized physical edition of Strip Magazine 5 scheduled for release in the next few weeks.
If you're unfamiliar with Rob's work, or even if you are familiar with it, then you really should check out his latest comic, Department of the Peculiar, which he did with Rol Hirst and is available to buy from either of their websites or from Amazon for the Kindle.
Monday, 17 September 2012
One of my favourite cartoonists Rob Jackson writes a mini-review of the second issue of my comic Thunder Brother: Soap Division here. "The continuing story is great and I really liked the science fiction style back up story, 'The Jelly'. Its a bit like the Matrix, but good." Copies are available to buy from The Shop.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
I will be selling my comics, including Thunder Brother: Soap Division 1, tomorrow evening at the MKomix Comics Fair. This is a self publishers comic fair that I have organised in The Milton Keynes Art Gallery. It's free to enter so if you're in the area, please drop by and say hello.
I am also running a handful of comic workshops for the gallery as part of their Norwegian season, the first of which is tonight. You can find details about it here.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
On Thursday July 19th I am organising a Comic Fair taking place amidst the Pushwagner exhibition currently taking place at the Milton Keynes Art Gallery. I've called the fair MKomix and, to my delight, I have a wonderful and varied selection of comic creators agreeing to exhibit. You can see a list of who is appearing so far as well as spotlights on some of the artists here.
It would be great if you could come along, not only because the fair is shaping up to look pretty good, but also because I will be premièring the first issue of my new comic Thunder Brother: Soap Division. You can see more information about that here.
As part of the MK Gallery's Norwegian Season, I will also be holding some workshops on making your own comics. Details of the first one is here, the second here and the third here. I will also be holding a Mini-Makers workshop for children and their parents on Saturday July 21st. It would be nice to see you at one, some or all of these if you can make it.
Monday, 9 July 2012
Over the weekend, Richard Bruton reviewed the first issue of Thunder Brother: Soap Division on the Forbidden Planet Blog. "This first issue is a great opener." If you want to know what he's talking about you can buy it from the shops listed in this post or directly from me by clicking the Paypal button below.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Somebody must sometimes wonder what I look like, right? Last year, I was asked to take part in an exhibition of self portraits by cartoonists held at Orbital Comics in London and I sent along this illustration. I was also asked how much I would sell it for in the event that somebody expresses an interest in buying it. I said, forty pounds. Seems a fair price for a drawing of a man updating his Twitter feed while sitting on the toilet, you would think. Needless to say, the original art was returned to me once the exhibition was finished.
Want to buy this or any other original artwork drawn by me? Then inquire here.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
You might have noticed that over the last few weeks I haveconsolidated all of my various live websites and blogs into one single ultra-web-unit. This means that entering the URL www.pbrainey.com into your browser’s addressbar now brings you here for the latest pbrainey news and weekly updates of ThunderBrother: Soap Division.
I have now imported my online shop into the mix. This iswhere you can buy copies pbrainey product including the Book of Lists collection andback issues of There’s No Time Like The Present (copies are running low soorder any that you’re missing quickly) and, as discussed recently, Memory Man.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Just in case it isn't clear, I really enjoyed the film. You should try and see it if you can.
What’s interesting to me about this strip is that it features an early attempt of lettering on the computer by me. Since then I feel that I’ve improved a lot (see Thunder Brother: Soap Division).
Anyway, a few months ago, I received an email from the director, Ivan Engler. He had seen the review, liked it and, being a comic fan, asked if he could buy the original artwork. At this point, I started to feel slightly uncomfortable because, for years, I had been drawing my comic strips on various bits of paper and assembling them on the PC. Ivan seemed happy with this but, thanks mainly to this embarrassment, I have changed the way I work.
I now draw my strips old school style. I try and make the original artwork look as good as I can and keep the Photoshop correcting down to a minimum. Obviously, I still use the computer for colouring and, in the case of Thunder Brother: Soap Division, the lettering and bordering (but only so they maintain their consistency with earlier episodes. Other strips I have drawn have been hand lettered and bordered.) Hopefully, you can see the difference but it doesn’t matter if you can’t because, at the end of the day, I’m the happiest I’ve been drawing comics for a long, long time.
Monday, 16 April 2012
I recently had the honour of producing artwork for Lee Scriven’s film 3 Curly Wurlys and 106 Roundabouts. The film is about moving to and growing up in Milton Keynes during the 1970s and features a sequence telling the story of the invention of the Marshall’s Stack Amplifier. Because of the news this week of the recent death of Jim Marshall, the owner of Marshall’s Amps, I thought I would post the artwork her for you all.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Robert Wells and I entered a strip we did together called Body Pop into the Strip Magazine Challenge and we won. This means that Body Pop will be appearing in issue six scheduled for release sometime in April. In the meantime, here's a sample of Robert's art from the story.
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Richard Bruton reviews the first two Thunder Brother: Soap Division stories, The Apprentice and Going Straight, for the Forbidden Planet blog. "Rainey perfectly plays off the bizarre and incredible with the mundane and down to earth stuff, and it’s a lovely concept, all executed with flair and style." With the strip returning here this Sunday, I couldn't have timed this better myself.