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BRISTOL GUYS AND GHOULS, THE TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN EXHIBITION IS BACK

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The Hangfire Trick Or Treat House Of Horrors has rematerialised once more in a new location. Featuring original artwork from Sickboy, 45RPM, Aka Corleone, Sweet Toof and Richt to name a few, as well as trick or treat goodies. Prizes for best dressed and after party for the rest. First come, first SEVERED! YEAH!

It’s on 31 October from 6-9pm plus after party. To attend email rsvp@wehangfire.com for details of the secret location.

ILLUSTRATOR PROFILE: JACK TEAGLE

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Hello Jack. Tell us about yourself.
I’m an illustrator and I work from a shipping container that I use as a studio on a farm. I exhibit my paintings worldwide in shows, and I make my own comics. I love collecting action figures, reading badly-written Silver Age comics and watching classic horror films.

Talk us through a typical job.
First of all, I’ll just doodle in a sketchbook to get into the swing of things, then I’ll start to sketch out plans. After that, I’ll start on the big final. I’ll lightbox the final and start inking it, then I’ll scan that and colour it. If I paint, I layer the painting with background first, then characters, then detail.

Who are your dream clients?
Working with a toy company or an animation studio. Something where I get to see other people working on making my ideas come to life. It’s selfish but sod it, I’ve always wanted my own action figures and cartoons.

You often draw your own interpretations of existing characters – which are your favourites?
Probably my inspirational people piece. It took a long time to finish all the individual paintings, but I’m really pleased with the finished image. I even got to exhibit them as a mini exhibition. I’ve always wanted to paint John Waters and David Lynch, so it was a great excuse to.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?
It would have to be my grandad. When I was younger, he fixed up a smashed-up old speedboat and I helped him to take it to the sea on a crappy old boat transport on the back of his car. We were driving along a main road and we heard a huge crash and the boat fell off the back and smashed on the floor.
He also accidentally set fire to his camper van one time and it blew up, so we had a huge burnt-out piece of crap sitting outside my old house for a few months. He cut his finger off with an angle grinder, fell off a six storey building into a digger claw when he was a builder and set up fireworks so badly that they fired at my family. He’s like a living Simpson’s character.

Who are the are the artists you look up to?
Gary Baseman and Gary Panter. I’ve been influenced by them both since I was a teenager. I love how they don’t compromise, do what they want and keep their integrity.

Any words of wisdom for aspiring artists?
Enjoy yourself! The only barriers that can stop you are in your mind, so build your confidence, work hard and go for it. You never know where your work will take you.

See more of Jack’s work HERE.

 

NECK FACE REVIEWS HIS NEW BAKER SERIES

SAD NEWS: THE DANDY IS NO MORE

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Aww. The Dandy, one of Britain’s favourite children’s comics and home of Desperate Dan, has stopped production. It switched to online-only in December, which didn’t necessarily seem like a great sign, but we went along to the launch of it and it seemed like it’d be good – everyone was excited and optimistic, and there were some great ideas involved. Alas, it didn’t work out. It’s a sad day – The Dandy had been going since 1937, so a world without it is an unfamiliar world. Most of us at FRONT grew up reading The Beano and The Dandy – that’s why there’s so much illustration in the mag, and very little emotional depth. Best of luck to everyone who was working on the comic – we’re gonna be cautiously optimistic that someone will spot the gap in the market for a really good mass-market children’s weekly and start a new, exciting venture. In the meantime, we’re tipping a bottle of Owl Hooch Juice* out for you.

Jamie Smart, Dandy contributor and one of the most talented and creative people working in children’s comics at the moment, shares his thoughts on it all HERE.

*Owl Hooch Juice was what Desperate Dan used to drink, right? Or have we got something wrong? The internet’s telling us nothing, and all our old Dandy comics are in a loft somewhere.

ATTENTION ART FANS: YOU CAN WIN ALL THIS AWESOME VNA STUFF!

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Our pals at urban art magazine VNA have given us a bunch of goodies to give away, including limited-edition screen printed copies of the magazine, one of which is signed by Invader himself, which is fucking cool. There’s also their rad t-shirt collaboration with DeeDeeKid and Dephect included in the bundle.

To win this awesome (and incredibly rare prize), all you need to do is answer the question below:


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Entries close Tuesday 4 June. The lucky winner will be notified on Wednesday 5 June.

PAUL JACKSON IS AN INSANELY GOOD ILLUSTRATOR AND HAS A NEW WEBSITE

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Our really, really, REALLY talented illustrator pal Paul Jackson has just launched a brand new website where you can check out all his work. You might recognise him from creating the artwork for Alexisonfire, Young Guns and City & Colour to name a few, plus we interviewed him in issue 166.

Below is a gallery of some of our favourite pieces, check out the rest at www.PJartist.com

WHO WANTS TO RUIN CHILDREN’S TV SHOWS?

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Illustrator Luvisi has reimagined some of our most beloved characters from TV shows and games and fucked them up royally. Just look at Finn! He looks like he’s been chowing down on some super-tasty intestines all day and then received a golden dagger to the chest for his trouble. But it’s not just Adventure Time that gets the Luvisi treatment, check out Yoshi after the jump and THE MOST DISTURBING PICTURE OF DONALD DUCK EVER. We haven’t included that one though, you’ll have to check it HERE.

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GWART: ART BY GWAR

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Dave Brockie, the occasional human form of GWAR’s Oderus Urungus, is selling a buncha artwork and prints, and it’s all pretty much awesome. We’ve put a gallery of a few below, but you wanna get over to his gallery site for more. They start at a hundred Ameribucks, which if we had, we’d totally spend on this, because it’s art by GWAR, and that’s why money exists.

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