Thursday, 29 June 2017

Degree Show at Staffs Uni

Cartoon and Comic Arts 
Degree Show
June 2nd 2017 


Here is the Cartoon and Comic Arts Degree Show 

Matt Fair, did a story based on Boadicea - "Iceni", he also composed a song and printed T-Shirts to advertise the comic and his work. 

Hannah Stanway - Produced Death Bites, a story about a group of people who have to band together to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Hannah also produced a video (Available on YouTube) to advertise her work as a broken CCTV which records the demise of the human race.

Kale McAleer - produced a web comic which showed how the technology was and is changing for Comic Artist. Is Comic Nanty Narkings is available on line 

Natalie Burgher - Produced Villains Alliance in the second semester which is a story of a group of misfit criminals coming together to steal a Picture from on art gallery. Her first semesters work, The Law and the Lawless is a love story of two different types of people coming together for the good of the town,

Michy Kahuya - Tell the story of a conquering Alien who invades Earth, only to find he can't breathe the air. His only escape is to invade a small dog and control the creature to full-fill his mission.

Shaun Nicholls - Tells a modern take on Tron, of a character who has to enter the realms of the gaming world to find his girlfriend who has been snatched by a mysterious creature. So if you like Assassins Creed or Legend of Zelda this book, "Jordan Saves The Universe" is for you. 

Ollie Humm comic is about strange creatures that live in plain sight that you might not notice. his "Monsters Around The World" tells a story of a girls her finds an old book that documents these creatures and she goes to try and find them. 

Tom Guilfoyle produced "The Black Voyage" a time travelling horror story with a twist.

Lawrence Copeman tells a tale of a traveller who has crashed on a planet and pines for his true love. 

Sam Megaw story "Team Hyperstrike" tells a tale of a young girl and her team of adventurer seekers who will do anything for the right price.

Isaac Hirschfield-Wight Tells a trippy tale of "Terror Twilight" a tale where the inhabitant of an asylum doesn't really know if hes mad or not.

Phoenix Cooper-Morriss  "Mountain Fruit" is about a young Dwarfs first day working in the local brothel. 

Paul Walshaw -  "The Mark of The Warrior" is a tale of a group of individuals who all must challenge one another in mortal combat.

Tony Holdsworth has taken the two best things ever (Wrestling and Space) and put them together to create "Space Wrestling." Raging Bull returns to avenge a suit malfunction which causes him to loose his big match.  

Daniel Johnson - Delivers his take on a Dungeon and Dragons Game he and his friends play - "The Heroes of Hero Falls"

Zach Cobb- Powerful story "Without Us" tells of a strange planet and its inhabitants and how it has survived and flourished over the centuries. 

Meggie Stobbs tells a story of an unlikely alliance between Vampires and other ungodly creatures coming together to face the real true demon

Alessandra Lombardi Continues her "Hermanos" story line, set in a post apocalyptic world, two brothers must find one another to survive. 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Getting Ready for the Degree Show

For the 4th year the BA Hons Cartoon and Comic Arts students will be putting on a degree show with the Opening Night on Friday 2nd June at 6pm in the Cadman Building.

So there has been a lot of preparation work needed to get the studio in a position ready to be made ready for the show boards to be installed.

Keep an eye on the Twitter account CartoonandComic for the show build up date.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

StokeConTrent Guest Comic Artist

StokeConTrent #6 
The best draw there is 

this year saw the 6th StokeConTrent Convention. It had stiff competition from other conventions in the area that were running on the same day with the shift of the Easter Holidays. Still the weather was good and there was a great attendance at the event and they were able to see some of the best UK artist in the Industry.

It was great to see AccentUK back with Colin Mathieson and Gary Cruthley showing off their work.

Kevin Gunstone made an apperance with his Planet of the Daemons comic which is up to comic 3. But what i treally enjoyed from Kevin was his back issues of The Agents. He was selling all 6 issues for £15, and this introdiced me to kevs writing for a slightly different format and audience 

 As a newbie to StokeConTrent it was great to have the creator of the Hulk Buster and War Machine Kevin Hopgood to the convention. He was selling some seriously good sketched out comic pages for a very reasonable price.

 Mike Collins is a regular now at the convention, and as ever it was great to see him bringing his Doctor Who and (in this case) his Star Wars work with him. It is also with great thanks that Staffordshire University must thank him for his kind donation of Graphic Novels. 

Finally another favourite of the punters in Simon Donald, who is absolutely brilliant as ever. Here he gives the Staffordshire University Comic Arts Mascot the Viz treatment.

There were other wonderful artist as well including Lew Stringer, who brought his Brickman Begins book with an introduction from Alan Moore. 

There was also Newbie Laura Howell,  whose excellent "The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan" Comes highly recommended  

Also a big Thanks to Marc Jackson and all our best for his MaccPow Saturday 1st July 

Friday, 10 February 2017

This is Halloween This is Halloween

A bit late but its Halloween

Cartoon and comic arts once again did a Halloween project with the first years. Each student got given a ghoul and a predicament for them to write about.
Needless to say the standard was as ever very high.
The aim was to get the students producing work and then selling it in the 1st semester at an Open day event. 

Above - The starting line for this was "Archaeologist who finds a mummy"

Above - "Werewolf trainer" by Alex Price

Above "Ghost of Somebody who was a zombie!" Drawn by Vicky Whieldon
By Laurence Twells

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The 3rd Years go Professional 

The new 3rd year started with a bang and off the back of the successful 5th Stoke Con Trent event  we invited a range of visiting artist to come in and talk to the students about life in the comic industry. First out of the blocks were AccentUk publishing House. 

 both Colin Mathieson (Co founder of the Publishing collective) and Gary Cruthley (Comic Artist and co writer on WESTERNoir) gave up their precious time to come and talk about life working in the market place.

This year also saw Alan Batson (Managing Director of Character Building UK Ltd) come and talk all things from Star Wars to art composition and direction to the students

This slightly departed from what our guest lecturers usually talk about 

Dan Painter Storyboard artist also made an appearance helping to students to realise the other potential areas of the industry that they might want to venture into. 

And as ever we welcomed our very own Fig Taylor from the Association of Illustrators to talk to students about working freelance and getting themselves an agent to work with .

Fig also does excellent portfolio reviews where the student can talk to her about their portfolio and if they need any help in what they have in their or any top tips.

Stoke Con Trent - Also had in Frazer Irving who hasn't been on the Comic Convention scene for a few years, but was ready to step out again. We were very lucky that he decided to do Stoke Con Trent and also to grace us with his brilliant presence.

Frazer also has developed his digital drawing skills and was willing to show this off to students.

During the first week we also tried to run a mentoring scheme where 3rd years and 1st Years came together to help in a pub quiz.

As part of the mentoring scheme there was a trip to the Monkey forest which provided the opportunity for the students to study and draw real life action. If forced them to look and observe the  creatures and the environment.