Monday, 2 May 2011
I'm old enough to remember when comics were mostly read by children.
I was one myself. My dear departed pops used to pick up Spidey and Hulk US imports for me at the amazing, long-gone Yankee Mags in Paisley, Scotland (Oldest UK comic shop, folks).
On the odd Saturday I would go along with him and gaze at the piles of Marvel comics stacked up from floor to ceiling. Happy, simple times indeed.
I even have this, still in very good condition, thanks to a kind and clearly naive older cousin who gave all his UK first editions to me.
Luckily, even at eight years old, I had near OCD levels of keeping/hording stuff.
Anyway, I stopped collecting comics a long, long time ago, but I still have all my old ones and pick up the odd graphic novel now and again, whenever comic geek pals recommend me something that piques my interest. I think the last comic I got obsessive over was probably Preacher, which an ex-girlfriend got me hooked on while I was at Uni.
So I wouldn’t normally be in a position to recommend a cool new comic. Unless someone I know goes and actually produces one.
The Abnormals is the new comic from Grant Springford. Grant is an upsettingly talented comic book artist and writer from London town.
Entirely self-produced, and focusing on a strange collective of London-based super-beings, it comes highly recommended. The first issue is seriously good. The artwork is beautiful and odd, the dialogue whip-smart and intriguing. This dude is going places.
While crafting this opus, Mr Springford offered to place a mock poster of my short 2008 film The Initiation in the panels that feature Westminster Station, which was most kind of him. The juxtaposition of film still and comic looks pretty cool I think.
In return for that favour I am going to be doing something very exciting for the comic later in the year.
You can find out more at the soon to be complete website and the man himself will be at the Bristol Comic Con 2011 doing all things Abnormal. Literally.
Go and say hello.
AND BUY HIS COMIC.