Yes, the time has finally come to wave the old codger goodbye (or is it au revoir? Or is it g’day?!) with the latest and last episode of ongoing (not anymore) street-sage melodrama, Alby Figgs. Episode 100 of the seemingly never ending saga is finally here!
I’d like to thank everyone of you for enjoying (?!), putting up with/ supporting my intermitent frivolities and wish you a safe and positive new year despite the shite-load of crap currently being shovelled onto human and animal kind at the mo.
Look out for new regular strips coming in the new year via warrenpleece.com and pleecebrothers.com.
All this weekend, I’m opening up my studio as part of The Phoenix’s Open Studios and the Brighton Festival Fringe. Come see artwork from Montague Terrace, Alby Figgs, The Great Unwashed, DC Vertigo titles, Doctor Who, Zom-B and loads more. And don’t forget to check out all five floors of the amazing artist’s studio spaces and the current exhibitions on the ground floor while you’re at it.
My studio is 1N2 on the first floor near the office.
Phoenix is located in Brighton at 10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB, and the studios are open from 11-5, Saturday and Sunday. More details here.
As part of the Stories About Stories exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, I’m showing original artwork from Montague Terrace alongside a specially painted life size portrait of land-locked sea captain, Jebediah, from The Shipping Forecast story (see above and below deck).
The exhibition, in the South Gallery at Phoenix, featuring locally based and Phoenix studio artists (me since last July), is running alongside the new Press and Release 2016 exhibition in the main gallery, ‘Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book’, curated by Maddy Rosenberg.
The show is open from 30th April till 12th June and is free!
Phoenix Brighton is at:
10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB
Click the links for opening details, artists involved and related talks.
Me and baby bro, Gary are very happy to be part of The Cartoon Museum’s excellent new exhibition, The Great British Graphic Novel open today and running until the 24th July at 35 little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. Featuring the work of such greats as “William Hogarth, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Gibbons, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others”.
And a big thank you to Paul Williams, Anita O’Brien and everyone else involved in putting on the exhibition and last week’s private view.
This page from Montague Terrace’sThe Shipping Forecast is currently on exhibition at Southampton Solent University until this Sunday 20th as part of their Float exhibition, alongside a host of other water themed artwork coinciding with the annual boat show.
If you’re ‘in town’, the exhibition is at Solent’s East Park Terrace Campus and its Below Bar Space.
Concourse Gallery, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Below Bar Space, Southampton Solent University, Floor 2, 9 Castle Way Southampton SO14 2BX, 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturdays.
All artworks on show are also available for sale at the Solent online shop here.
I’ll be talking at tomorrows Graphic Brighton-Drawing in the Margins conference at the Sallis Benney Hall in the University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton from 11.20am, mostly about Incognegro, but probably also running through my career celebrating the outsider in comics. I’ll also be sharing the stage with cartoonist Patrice Aggs talking about her work and Alex Fitch from Resonance FM.
Details of the two day event are here and there’s a whole host of comicy talent and interesting talks to boot.
Yes, he’s back! Everyone’s favourite (?!) 70-something human-natterbox,Alby Figgs, in brand new seven part edge-of-your-pants weekly serial, ‘Get Figgsey!’ this Friday at the Alby website. What’s more, this seven part run sees a temporary return to glorious old-school black and white (with a bit of grey on the sidies).
In the first episode, ‘Death in Aisle Three’, Alby brushes up to an unwanted old acquaintance amongst the baked beans and non-perishable goods at his local supermarket. From there, it’s thrills-a-plenty as everything starts to go pear-shaped in true ‘Arry Palmer stylee.
Out today 21st January from Titan Comics, issue 7 of the brand new Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor series, written by Rob Williams and drawn by me. The concluding second part of this two-parter, written by Al Ewing, will follow in a few weeks time. In the meantime, I thought I’d include some of my black and white pre-lettered originals alongside the final coloured versions.
This has been another dream job for me, drawing the Doc, countless spaceships and alternative worlds, not that far removed from my 12 year old self’s ‘job description’ back in the day, with the plus of not having to go to a depressing 1970s school.
I’m currently starting work on another two part story for issues 12 and 13.
Below, a copy of the cover for issue 7 by Mariano Laclaustra.
I’m going to be taking part in the latest Comica Comiket’sDrawing Parade along with a whole load of other comicky talent this Saturday 16th at the British Library 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (on around about 2.00 pm). It’s also going to be the first opportunity for you braying masses to get your mitts on a signed and scribbled on, brand new Alby Figgs book from the Blank Slate Books table.
Gorgeously dressed by top graphic tailor, Woodrow Phoenix, the Alby Figgs book is now available for sale in all good shops and online through the Blank Slate website.
Admission to the Comiket this Saturday is free, by the way and is part of this month’s Comica Festival. Click the previous link for full details of what’s on. It’s also a good time to catch the final days of the British Library’sComics Unmasked exhibition if you haven’t seen it yet.
Look who turned up in the post last week! In my cold, scratched hands, I’m chuffed to say the new Alby Figgs book, graphic novel, illustrated narrative compendium, bumper summertime special (however you like to call your comics these days), will be on sale next month from the brilliant Blank Slate Books. Collecting strips from Alby’s first year (season 1?!) previously aired on the Alby Figgs website, in a new format and with some additional material, it’s a gorgeously produced package aided by that master of sharpie comic book design, Woodrow Phoenix, who’s book jackets always match the sharpness of his dinner jackets.
Regale over Alby classics like Diagnosis, Deaf, Figgsy Pudding, Edwin Druid, the Freudian Gutbuster and many, many more.
Remember, you can catch up with brand new adventures from the Albster online, every first Friday.