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Fan Art & Fair Use

Fan Art & Fair Use

Fan art is something that you’ll see on many artists’ Instagrams, Facebook pages and convention stalls. At it’s core, fan art is arguably the ultimate expression of someone’s love and adoration of a particular series, franchise or Intellectual Property (IP). There’s no doubt that fan art can come from a good, well-intentioned, place and be born of love, however it’s also fair to say that fan art can be damaging to an IP holder and there could be legal consequences, especially if the fan art’s being sold.

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Review – Afterlife Inc. Volume 1: Dying to Tell

Review – Afterlife Inc. Volume 1: Dying to Tell

With the Kickstarter for Afterlife Inc. Volume 4 over halfway to it’s funding goal (hurry, the campaign ends on September 26th), I thought now would be a good time to have another read through the book that started it all and give my thoughts. A disclaimer before we begin, I’ve met Jon Lock, the man behind the series, several times on the indie comic circuit and following several convention after parties I’m relatively confident I can call him a friend.  At the very least, we’re pals according to Facebook so I am likely to have some personal bias. On to the review! Afterlife Inc. follows the exploits of Jack Fortune, a now dead con-artist who saw a business opportunity.  His company, the titular Afterlife Inc., promises to make death a new beginning.  The first book introduces us to Lock’s carefully crafted world, characters and some of it’s lore through a series of short stories. The first of these does a fantastic job of conveying the basic premise.  By following a pilot’s death and first meeting with main character Jack, Lock gives himself a proxy, a character that the audience can project themselves into.  This allows for Jack’s explanation of death, the world of the Empyrean and the mysterious “Calamity” to feel natural instead of coming across as force fed exposition. The remainder of the book hops across different styles, settings and formats.  For example, there’s a black and white, film noir-esque, detective story, an Alice in Wonderland tale that flicks between comic panels and full prose pages, as well as a mostly black and white, seemingly manga inspired, entry centred around Sherlock... read more
Melksham Comic Con 2016

Melksham Comic Con 2016

Two weeks ago, I launched Unfamiliar Skies at the ever amazing Melksham Comic Con!  I can confidently say that Melksham celebrated it’s fifth birthday in style with it’s usual combination of hilarious panels, an impressive focus on comic-related guests and exhibitors, as well as what’s possibly the greatest team of staff members of any convention – the mighty Brians! The Panels As an exhibitor, I didn’t attend many panels.  That said, I did participate in this year’s Comics In Just A Minute, hosted by the Paradox Comics Group.  The panel certainly lived up to it’s legendary status, seeing high levels of attendance and frequent hilarity.  It’s been a staple of the show for a number of years now and I sincerely hope it remains that way!  To see how I got on, check out the video below: I also hosted a panel of my own, Economics of Indie Comics.  While I was recording it, my camcorder sadly decided to die halfway through.  If you’re curious, it was based on an article I’d previously written on this very site, which you can check out here.  It was definitely educational. While I didn’t attend any other panels I’m relaibly told that the annual Pictionary contest was a good time for all, Sonia Leong ran some high quality manga workshops, and many interesting topics were discussed over the weekend, such as reboots and the constant deaths of superheroes.  Despite it’s small size, Melksham continues to utilise the space available in the nearby town hall, as well as the King’s Arms pub (a new addition for this year), to offer a wide variety... read more

 

2017 Convention Appearances

8th July 2017 – Cardiff Independent Comic Expo (CICE), Cardiff Masonic Hall, Cardiff

14th October 2017 – Nottingham Comic Convention, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham