Myself and Oscillating Brow attended the Whitley Bay WordPlay festival on Saturday, which was characterised as a battle for hearts and minds. We won of course, but during the quiet periods, we faffed about with pens and paper. As is our way.
I am a great believer that expensive tools do not a great artist make, but I'm always tempted to believe otherwise when I see someone talented using some pen I've never heard of to great effect.
Whether it's the way Andy Waugh deftly strokes his characters in to being with a brush pen, the furious hatching of Jack Fallows, or me - trying every pen in my arsenal until something sticks, it's exciting to see what tools other artists use to achieve their styles.
So my question to you, dear reader; what tools do you use and love?
Another ace 24-minute from Dan Gilmore - young, good looking and talented. Exactly what I hate in people, but he's escaped my wrath for now.
This one continues the "Turtle" and "Hat" combination of words - a juxtaposition which I felt marked a return to the simple, zen 24 minuters of old after several bouts of people putting stupidly long phrases in there which are impossible to draw.
It has been my great pleasure to meet Terry Wiley through the Paper Jam meets - he's a great laugh and always full of good tips and advice. He's also incredibly talented and prolific, which I usually choose to politely ignore, but it's becoming increasingly difficult when he keeps producing 24-minute comics of this calabre. Git.
This one takes the words "Turtle" and "Hat" as inspiration.
Another comics jam, instigated as a change from the usual 24-minute comics. It's consequences, taking - I vaguely remember - "7-Up" and "Moonshine" as inspiration, and throwing in "Giraffe" as a varation.
Terry Wiley started it, but I don't remember who did the next few panels (sorry), but I remember that Faye Stacey was sitting next to me and that I got in there after here and ruined it with some toilet humour. My apologies.
This looks like one of the frowned upon variations where more that two of the randomly generated words are used. No-one's frowning upon Paul Thompson's epic offering, however. You may need to rotate your screen.
Terry Wiley may be known to you through the comic Sleaze Castle, which if you don't know, you should read. Or at least look at the pictures. I think the words here were "Pooh Bear" and "Conga" but you don't care, you just want more comics don't you?