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.
For our legion(s) of fan(s), exciting news! Me and baby Bro, Gary, will be discussing our new(ish) graphic novel, Montague Terrace live, in person, this Monday 3rd June with Resonance FM‘s own Alex Fitch at this Monday’s Cartoon County meeting, upstairs at the Cricketers Pub in the heart of Brighton’s Laines, 7.30 p.m. onwards.
These meetings are legend amongst the South Coast’s comics community, often a hotbed of discussion, anecdotes and rare glimpses of original art from some of the best practitioners in the biz. For some reason, Comics, sorry, sequential art legend David Lloyd and Myriad Books own Corinne Pearlman have seen fit to invite us Pleeces back after our last notorious outing in the Greene Room.
We’ll be talking Monty T, The Great (unseen?) Unwashed and all about current, future and past stuff, surrounded by bonhomie and quaintly cut sandwiches washed down with beer.
I’ll be signing copies of the exclusive, elusive, infusive (?) new (ish) Pleece Brothers graphic novel, The Great Unwashed, published by Escape Books this Saturday the 8th of December at Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick St, London W1F 0DR, from 5-6 pm.
Also, those crazy fools at Gosh have given me permission to scribble all over their windows in celebration of this momentous event.
Come early to take advantage of the best signature doodles!
I’m going to be signing copies of The Great Unwashed at The N.I.C.E. Comics Expo in Kettering tomorrow, Saturday 23rd. There’ll be limited edition postcards available for everyone who buys a book! I’ll be on a table with Pauls Rainey and Gravett, if you want to find me.
Yes, we’re signing copies of our new graphic novel, The Great Unwashed, at the brilliant Dave’s Comics in Brighton today, Saturday 15th from 1-3 p.m. and the first 100 copies sold receive a limited edition signed and doodled postcard!
Don’t worry, though, no Pig Custard will be available!
This weeks Alby episode, WWW, available here http://wp.me/s2xlpi-www reveals all and more on one Albert Figgs’ contribution to the global communications revolution . Now the truth can be told…
Also, here’s a link, pingback, what have you, to an article at Robot 6 and the Comic Book Resources site on the previously mentioned existence of our new graphic novel, The Great Unwashed, years in the making, a couple of hours in the reading, but oh, what hours, dear readers.
Heralding the imminent arrival on bookshop shelves the world over, former drinking companion (one night down the Escape bar in the late 80s), ex-NME reviewer, and once disciple of the old Velocity mag (he quite liked it a bit), nice guy Andrew Collins (BBC 6 Music, Radio Times, et cetera) has penned a very favourable review of our eagerly awaited (over a year) anthology, The Great Unwashed from Escape Books in this month’s Word magazine (actually came out last month, but in the great scheme of Pleece scheduling, that was way ahead of time!)
Indie-trousered comic strip siblings get all anthologised
Emerging from a revitalised small-press UK comics scene 25 years ago, their doleful, monochrome strips found in magazines like Crisis, A1 and Escape (now a book publishing imprint), Brighton-based Gary and Warren Pleece chimed with the Oxfam-tailored, fanzines-in-Tesco-bags, C86 Indie culture. The Great Unwashed collects early, parochially low-key triumphs from under their 80s, Enterprise Allowance Scheme-funded Velocity umbrella with fighting-fit new collaborations. Warren’s fluid, minimalist inkmanship and geometric panelling give life to Gary’s understated, arch scripts (“several frames of inconsequentiality pass”), absorbing pop culture like a dual sponge with titles like Native New Yorkers, the wordless Dead Souls, Bertrand de Plastique and family saga The Higsons. Mixing seafront sleaze, the American nightmare and post-modern voyages into period drama, this one-stop shop is a joy, inducing dewy-eyed nostalgia in the grown-up comix fan who still pines for Los Bros Hernandez. With Warren now very much overground, it’s pleasing he and Gary have not “done a Gallaghers”. ANDREW COLLINS
Many thanks Andrew. The Garden club vouchers should be wending their way to you this very moment.
Keep a look out at this space and at Warren’s blog for momentous news regarding the actual realisation of this publishing venture in concrete form and a new weekly strip soon to air at warrenpleece.com
Those rag-tag, Brighton dwelling brothers of ill repute, Gary and Warren Pleece, once again tread the boards of comic promotionalisation with a lightning visit to the esteemed meeting place of Cartoon County, tonight at 7.30 p.m., upstairs at The Greene Room in The Cricketers pub in Brighton. Hear them talk about their latest books and projects, The Great Unwashed and Montague Terrace, as well as chucklesome reminisces of the Velocity years and what made/ makes them tick in a comicy fashion. Free sandwiches and nearby vicinity to a bar, make this event a must, even if you have to listen to those goggle-eyed bastards blowing their own trumpets!
Apologies to the ‘fan’ for not posting for bloody ages, but that was mostly down to a very busy period of trying to finish the forthcoming Montague Terrace book for Jonathan Cape, out next year, and contributing to the new Pleece Brothers anthology, The Great Unwashed, coming out very soon from Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury’s Escape Books.
As a precursor to that, I’ve been invited to the Helsinki Comics Festival this weekend, 16-18th September where I’ll be doing some signings and giving a talk entitled ‘Self-Publish and be Damned, or How not to make it in Comics’, covering the early Velocity years, so, hopefully not too po-faced, through to the latest web publishing ventures.
Tons more stuff to come soon, so watch this space.
Two posts in one day must be a record and an added treat to my legions of followers, both of you.
If having two exhibitions wasn’t enough for my ego this year, along comes “That’s Novel”, as part of this years collaboration between The Comica Festival and The London Print Studio. Me and brother Gary are exhibiting our old Velocity strip, Pig Custard, soon to be featured in our new (but old) anthology, The Great Unwashed from Escape Books, alongside a great line-up of British and international comic types.
The show starts tomorrow, October 22nd (opening party tonight from 6 p.m.) and runs until December 19th at The London Print Studio in Westbourne Park. Details and info here.