Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Zombies before they went mainstream

 This is my new A6 zine, which made its debut last weekend at Leeds and Doncaster Steampunk Christmas Fairs. And, as you can see, it is about zombies.

A bit of Romero on the front
and Fulci on the back
However don't worry: I haven't been moaning for 14 pages about the recent and growing popularity/mainstreamisation of zombies in pop culture and entertrainment industry. I wanted to write this zine to recall my thoughts about movies and reading I experienced some time ago, when the current zombiemania hasn't exploded yet.

So if you go around saying you are a zombie lover just because you have seen The walking dead and World war z, take a second to think about this heresy and get this black & white & red zine to discover some genuine old school zombie stuff.

Available on Comicsy (£1 + 50p postage) and soon also in my online shop.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Irregulars: The Ladies & Gentlemen Anthology

So it's Thought Bubble this weekend, my favourite comic convention (and not only because it's walking distance from where I live). I won't be exhibiting but one of my comics will be there: as previously mentioned I have contributed to an anthology of stories with the characters created by Richard Worth and Jordan Collver for their Ladies & Gentlemen series. Now this anthology is ready and will debut at Thought Bubble: http://waterclosetpress.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/ladies-and-gentlemen-anthology.html

Look at this cover. I mean, look at it. You should but it just because of the awesomeness of this cover
So, in Leeds and bored this weekend? Then go to Thought Bubble and get this beautiful comic book, not just because I'm in it but for all the others (much more talented) comic artists and writers who contributed as well.

PS: even though I'm not trading I will be at Thought Bubble on Sunday. Wandering around the halls or in the courtyard look for a weird guy in a green steam/dieselpunk uniform with golden goggles and nerf gun, most probably it's me.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Steampunk Christmas Fairs

Sorry people for doing such an annoying thing like talking about Christmas so much in advance :D But I will be an exhibitor at a couple of steampunk Christmas fairs. The first one is in Leeds on 30th November:


The second one in Doncaster the day after:


Facebook events here and here. I'll be selling my usual stuff, plus a new A6 zine I'm working on at the moment and a couple of new miniposters. Both events are free entry so don't miss them!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tales from Elsewhere - Episode 1: Dirigible Chase

At last I created a new comic book, which made its debut last Sunday at the Leeds Steampunk Market (which was a great experience, by the way). This comic is something I had in mind since almost one year ago and never seriously started working on it, but eventually I decided to do it (a bit in a rush) just in time for the LSM because I wanted something new to sell.

Front cover

What are you going to find into it? Well, let's say that this is just the beginning of a story set in an alternative universe (where, as such, there are dirigibles everywhere) where historical events went a bit different. It's the year 1925, and in this first issue you can see one of the main characters of this saga in troubles after stealing something from a Prussian floating outpost on the North Sea.

Page preview



As said, things went a bit different

Clearly I created this new series with the purpose of doing something steam/dieselpunk-ish, and new episodes are coming soon. If you are interested you can buy it online as usual in the Shop page or in my Comicsy - or from me in person at zine fairs around the UK.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Ladies & Gentlemen #3 and Leeds Steampunk Market

A couple of Victorian-inspired updates:


Richard Worth and Jordan Collver from Water Closet Press are going to publish soon the third issue of their fantastic Ladies & Gentlemen series (if you haven't read it yet I would advice it, the first issue is available for free here); and this time it will be an anthology written and drawn by different comic artists. I am giving my contribution with a 2-page story, you can see the first panel, among bits from other authors as well, in this collage/preview: http://waterclosetpress.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/ladies-gentlemen-anthology-preview.html

As you can see it is going to be an awesome collection of different interpretations of the original characters, so don't miss the chance to get your copy! The anthology will make its debut at the Thought Bubble Comic Festival (23-24 November 2013). In the meantime...


Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th October 2013 the marvellous Leeds Steampunk Market is back, in a new fantastic location, and this time I will be one the exhibitors (just on Sunday). Clearly I am very happy to take part to one of the best steampunk events ever, and along with the usual stuff I will be selling also something new, I am working on it right now... this is the event page, see you there!

Me at Armley Mills last July at the (Secretly Steampunk) Victorian Summer Fair

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Steampunkeries

I thought it was too bad to have stall last weekend at the Leeds Cross-Cultural Book Fair 2013 and nothing really new to sell; so two nights before that I came up (quite in a rush) with this artwork: basically Steampunk Me vs. Dieselpunk Me, in the style of an old Spider-man clone saga cover.

Background stock by http://acatris.deviantart.com/

S it was a nice weekend, also including a quick visit today at the The (secretly steampunk) Victorian Summer Fair.
My mind got quite stimulated and probably it's time to restart drawing regularly and produce a new zine. So far inspiration came in the form of a random, meaningless monster wearing my steampunk outfit



and this weapon-enhanced airship


I take it as a good (re)beginning.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Leeds Cross-Cultural Book Fair 2013


Almost two months without posting! So many things I would like to draw, so little time to do it... anyway, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July (this weekend) I will have a stall at the first edition of the Leeds Cross-Cultural Book Fair 2013, which I helped a bit co-organising with zine exhibition (I also wrote a little introduction on self-publishing, readable here and here).

The event is going to take place in the St. Johns Centre and the Arch Cafe (which is just next to the St. Johns Centre) in Leeds city centre. This is going to be an interesting indie book fair, with many exhibitors, workshops and other activities on a large range of topics, so come along and have a look (especially because it is completely free).

More infos at the official website, the Facebook page, the Facebook event and Twitter.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Assassin's Creed II

I don't know why but today I started sketching Ezio Auditore from Assassin's Creed 2, then I decided to go on and complete the doodle with an assassination target and a Venetian background. That was the result:


Far from being perfect, I decided to "improve" it a little with colors. Since this was not intended to be a masterpiece (it was made on my university notebook, as you can see from the handwriting lines) I did it quite in a rush, so this coloring process could have been done much better (e.g. the color palette is quite unbalanced etc.). But since this drawing was not even supposed to be made I'm quite happy with the final result:

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Steampunk Franco-belgian me


A self-portrait I just did (actually quite in a rush), with me in one of my steampunk outfits and my cat. Needless to say what is the original inspiration...

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Previews


It's too much time since I last did proper comics, and now I am seriously in need of doing something new. I have two series in mind, one previewed in the above doodle I did last night and the other is a little more ambitious project I'm not going to unveil yet in details, but I can say it will be a steam/dieselpunk thing.
Also I am preparing a new A6 minizine about cinema, which will be probably my next publication, I'll keep you posted on this too.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Brunez @ Bradford Baked Zines


Last Sunday at the Victoria Baths Fanzine Fair I met some of the nice people from the Loosely Bound zine collective, and they proposed me to stock some of my zines at their initiative Bradford Baked Zines, from 13th to 18th May in Bradford: http://bradfordbakedzines.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/what-we-got-at-victoria-baths-zine-fair/

Looks like something interesting, and it is literally just round the corner from Leeds, definitely worth a visit (especially considering the several free events). Take a look at the website and the Facebook event for infos and updates.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Work during summer and Internet feminists

A couple of cartoons for the vol. 43 issue 17 of the Leeds Student, the last issue for this academic year. I illustrated for the debate Sun, sea... or a good CV?


and the article Feminists: reclaiming the Internet

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Brunez @ Victoria Baths Fanzine Fair


Quite a good period for zine fairs now in Northern England: Sunday 5th May I'll be at Victoria Baths in Manchester with my stall! I'll be selling my usual stuff but also some comics by Jamie Lewis. More infos here and the program of the whole event here.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher and Michael Gove

Back to draw a couple of cartoons for the current issue of the Leeds Student newspaper (vol. 43, issue 15). The first is about the death of Margaret Thatcher in British newspapers:


And the other cartoon is accessible in the online version of the newspaper, accompaning an article about the secretary of education Michael Gove and his idea that the current education system is outdated because it was set when Britain had an agricultural economy:

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

DIY Cultures 2013


Another quick announcement, I'll be at DIY Cultures 2013 zine fair, in London, Sunday 7 April 2013, selling my usual stuff. All the details on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 - Epilogue

So, Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 yesterday... I don't have much more to say than it was absolutely great, definitely one of the best events of this kind I've been so far :) I had so much good time and inspiration for future things, meeting old and new friends, I want more of this kind of festivals. You can see some photos I did towards the bottom of this album. I also came up with a couple of doodles:


I tried to do again a Franco-belgian me, this time with colours, and -- I don't really know how to call it, a Prussian on a monotank?

Friday, 15 March 2013

8 Essential Dieselpunk Movies

As briefly announced in the last few posts I was having something new coming up, and this is it: an A5 zine about dieselpunk cinema!

The cover. Again, time constraints led me to do a completely uninteresting and poor cover XD

8 Essential Dieselpunk Movies is, surprise surprise, about 8 dieselpunk movies, which I considered essential as an entry point to this subgenre of steampunk. For each movie I wrote a review, reported relevant quotes and sketched a doodle.

I'm not going to unveil which movies are covered in it, or better I'll do it just for one since I already made its cartoon public on Facebook, to give you a little preview:


Said this, I am going to sell copies of this zine at the Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 tomorrow, and after that it will be available to buy online as usual in the Shop page or in my Comicsy - or from me in person.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sketchbook 2

Another couple of pages from my sketchbook. Some completely random stuff, some possible ideas for future projects, things like this.



Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Sketchbook 1

As anticipated to some of you, I've got a new thing coming up very soon; but in the meantime I decided to publish some pages of my sketchbook, stuff I did just to test pens and my (lack of) fantasy. In this post, random cartoony human and animal faces.


Monday, 4 March 2013

Leadership Race 2013 etc.

Another double feature of my "art" on the Leeds Student newspaper (vol. 43, issue 15).
The first one is for the article Do you want to be perfect?, you can find it at page 9. The text has been cut to save space, making the cartoon itself quite meaningless actually... but you can read the original one here:


The second one is in the next page, on an article debating the "bad taste" of many promotional posters for the current student elections.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Sheffield Zine Fest 2013


Just a quick public service announcement: I'll be at the Sheffield Zine Fair, Saturday, 16 March, with my own (half) table this time! I'll be selling the usual stuff + a couple of novelties I'm working on at the moment. All the infos at http://sheffieldzinefest.wordpress.com/ and in the Facebook page of the event.

Monday, 18 February 2013

LUU student elections and Tony Blair

This week I have two cartoons published on the Leeds Student newspaper (vol. 43, issue 13): the first one (page 10) is about whether societies should be told or all group together to vote for the same people in the leadership elections,for posts such as Education officer or Equality officer:


The second one (page 9) is a caricature of that little innocent angel of Tony "bloody hands" Blair. That was a last minute thing and I had to do it in a rush, so I may have done it better, but whatever:

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Graduation caricature - Law!

This time the subject is Valentina, a dearest friend of mine, which graduated in law yesterday! So this is not just any commission, I wanted to do a proper thing and that's why it is coloured too.
PS: yes she likes Corto Maltese :)

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Django Unchained

I've seen it a couple of weeks ago, and surprisingly liked it. As you know I am a big fan of the original Django (I also wrote this article with a friend of mine), and if you have seen Tarantino's movie, the original Django - Franco Nero - does a cameo in Django unchained. So I re-interpreted the encouter between the two Django with this (quick and awfully coloured) doodle.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Pints and pencils - February 2013

First Thursday of the month so Pints and pencils, the drawing competition where you end up doodling a four panel story based on silly, randomly selected combinations of places, characters and actions. This time I had to draw the very little politically correct adventure of "HAL 9000 - rollerblading - with a gay Hitler - on the location of a 70's German porn movie".

Sunday, 3 February 2013

2000 ADisney

I may be able to draw but colouring instead has never really been my thing - actually I've always been quite bad at it. But yesterday I purchased this pack of markers called Letraset ProMarker Set 1 and they are simply great, comparing to any other kind of markers I tried before, both on the act of colouring (no smudges etc.) and the final result... so I think they are going to be my default hand-colouring choice from now onwards (apart from the usual digital colouring with Photoshop or GIMP which I'm not using very often recently anyway).

Here you can see an example. Clearly I'm bad at colouring the same, but if you compare it with this previous drawing I think the difference is evident.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Why arts and culture matters in a recession

Only two posts in January?! This is not acceptable, I have to restart drawing regularly... however here we are with a new cartoon I did for Vol. 43 Issue 11 of the Leeds Student newspaper (in particular for this article).

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Franco-belgian sketches

Just a couple of doodles I did last week in Brussels - I was there for an academic conference, but I took this as an opportunity to see some attractions related to the Franco-belgian comics tradition. Under this inspiration I did some quick drawings, and these are my two favourites:


A self-portrait, and


A ninja

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The real Sherlock Holmes - The final problem

Let's start 2013 with the only unpublished story of The real Sherlock Holmes left. This can be considered the end of the "1st season" of this webcomic series, and new adventures are coming after this big and definitely unexpected cliffhanger. Stay tuned!