Being a Comic Book fan...

You know, I wonder what it is to be a comic book fan, is it based on trivia, database like knowledge and statistics? No evidence to support this, but I sometimes get a self-consious feeling that it is the case, and that my very status as a fan is put into scrutiny.


What really made it stick out in my head was at London Expo. A fan of comics approached an artist, they had a pleasant conversation in which the person said "I don't know much about comics, but I know what I like." I found it interesting that she felt she had to state that fact, as if her not being able to name a certain writer or artist or series would somehow belittle her. Its as if she stated it to establish that fact in an almost self depricating way, to not be judged.


This is perhaps down to my own insecurities. I consider myself a big comic book fan, I've been reading them for a good few years. But because I am a very slow paced reader I haven't digested everything out there. The big Superhero comics from the big two, I only read one off trades, not following the continious story. And it is only the A list Superhero stuff I read, I'm not interested in the vast mythology and other characters, does this automatically put me in bad books? Even then I haven't read much, perhaps 5 different Batman ones and Civil War, Ultimates and another few from Marvel's side.


But then, comics encompass many genres, but I get the feeling that if I couldn't name The Green Lanterns brother, I'd be dismissed in my opinion. It's probably because I was a huge film buff before comics, and I had the large knowledge of many certain elements. I would judge on a level people who said they loved films but then hadn't watched a certain film or a certain director. I've swayed away from films nowadays and willl watch very little compared to the one a day I did in the past. But I still conside myself a huge film buff, and shouldn't have dismissed the people.


What does the comic world think? Do you think there's a certain expectation of being a comic fan, since the geek culture is one of a deep fandom that usually comes with large understandings of mythology and franchises? If you couldn't name the artist from Ultimate Spiderman or you hadn't read something like The Walking Dead, would you feel as if its a bad thing? I guess this can apply to all genres and mediums, but its the quote from Expo above that got to me. And the fact I want to make comics for a living, and hid my shame when some mentioned Kieron Gillan (I'm leaving it spelt incorrectly to illustrate this!) and had no idea who he is and what he has done. Sorry folks! But even as I speak, the more I consume the more and more knowledge I will gain, and then will I look back and think "what a noob, not knowing this?" I wonder...


Note: I'm in no way bashing hardcore fans, I fucking love geek culture, I have an insane amount of knowledge on Buffy and Angel, and I'm not saying having a vast amount of info on comics is a bad thing AT ALL.



What is Villainous? Or how I learned to properly summarise it and love cliches.

It's something I have to do quite often. And it's really simple.


What is Villainous about? friends, family, convention attendees will of course ask this, because if you're creating a comic you need to tell people about it.

Only problem is, ask me on a bad day and I'll choke up. Ask me on a good day and I'll sputter out something convoluted, when it really isn't.

Here's my confession, so i can link you to this when I make it sound like a shit idea.


I explain it fairly badly, because I want to make it sound fancy. Simple as that. The real BASIC explanation sounds extremely cliched, and I bounce around synonymns to avoid saying it.


I am proud of my work, and I do try to fill it with lots of plot depth and characterisation, but I shouldn't cram this into my explanation. I babble about each characters motives and try and fit in the themes of the comic - which most people want to find out for themselves or aren't really interested on hearing me talk nonsense.

From now on I will say this:


"Villainous is about a mass murderer who breaks free from an asylum to stop a copy cat killer."


There we go, I said it. Copycat killer. the worst most cliche word in the Thriller lexicon. But it's the easiest way to put it, and you know what, I bet I'm the only one that has a problem with it.


The above sounds so much better than my video plug for geek Syndicate. - still major kudos to them for allowing the promotion, next time I'll be more prepared!


From now on I'm keeping it short and sweet, so I don't scare off people from ever reading it. What you guys think?



Surfs Up



I've been feeling in a "surfy" mood this week hence the above and below picture. Let me know which one is your fav.


On a realted note I'm still experimenting with the content of my blogs updates, so if there's anything you'd like to see let me know. You can post a comment below or in the Forum. We've recently updated our T-shirt selection check it out, I would like to add some more Collabatory Tees to the mix so if there are any panels or gags you'd love to wear then let us know.


Surfs up....


Surf Dude


A Short Story



Thought I'd take this opportunity to share some other works that I have done. As part of college, I wrote a short story for my friend Alec's anthology book Duality. I don't write prose often and prefer scripting, but it does sometimes have liberating factors. When in the mood it allows great creative freedom in expression in use of description, metaphors and similies, which you can sometimes lose in scripts. I go back and forth from liking my prose work, I am proud of what I achieved with the short story, but I rushed the ending to meet the deadline and feel that it's rather flawed overall - not to put you off!

My friend Grant who is a fantastic writer took a complete different grounded, murky approach to the concept, his being a social horror and mines being a kid-like fantasty tale. I took inspirations from IT and Whedon's works (childhood anxiety, monsters as metaphors) and hope you guys like it! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think.


Bryson... Bry's son. Get it?

Bryson Moody


Detective Bryson from Villainous, in a standard moody/badass pose. No requests for a nude of him so I figured he can keep his shirt on this time.


As usual if you like please lets me know in the comments below.

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