26/06/2017

IT'S THEM EELS!

Haven't been posting much small press fan art here for ages(boooo). Here's something, I guess:

What the heck, eh? Well, it's not a comic, and there's not even a chance of it making sense unless you've actually completed the first three instalments of the project it's fan art for, but it does give me an opportunity to talk about that project: Cryptogram Puzzle Post.

It's the new(ish)project from Jack Fallows (ultra-multi-talented artist/musician/everything - all their work makes me hideously jealous). If you like the idea of art and puzzles being mashed together with an occult theme - and having this delivered through your letterbox monthly, you really should investigate. Here's the teaser for next month's issue:



What is so great? I like a Sudoku (or even a crossword when in the mood); pick up any newspaper and there'll be plenty of puzzles to ponder - but the forms are so well understood and so abstracted that there's no narrative and no mystery to them. And that's why Cryptogram Puzzle Post stands out - it's doing something that I've rarely seen, namely: inventive puzzles for grown-ups with a narrative framework, a strong aesthetic, and an actual authentic sense of mystery.

I'm struggling to think of much else even vaguely comparable that I'm aware of being produced at the moment. I'm a fan of the Von Doogan books by Lorenzo Etherington (check out some sample puzzles here http://comicsboutique.blogspot.co.uk/), they definitely seem in the spirit of fondly-remembered Usborne Puzzle Adventures. However, whilst the puzzles are certainly tough enough to give the brain cells a good workout, the tone is aimed at kids (naturally, since both books were originally serialised in The Phoenix) - they're highly enjoyable but not mysterious.

And that's literally all I can think of (I'm sure there's other stuff out there, but I've not come across it). So, if you want a genuinely new experience in puzzles, try Cryptogram Puzzle Post!

09/05/2017

Funking instigator

Following on from a successful inaugural attempt a couple of months back, the North Shields Soul Exchange returns! https://www.facebook.com/events/1927851720795624


More funk! More soul! More other boogietastic bustamovery!



Adventure! Comics! A Machine! Amazement!

Paper Jam has been busy. The new anthology, The Amazing Adventure Comics Machine ... And That, the second PJCC anthology to be aimed at kids and the first to be in full colour, has been dual-launched at Canny Comic Con and the Maker Faire.

It's great and looks like this:


I have some stuff in. First, in The Really Really Long Journey, a trio of wizards must defeat an evil overlord by going on a really loooooong journey to do the thing with the macguffin.


Plus I did a couple of puzzles featuring Captain Dafty, who has to get out of tricky situations (caused by nefarious enemy Bob McNemesis) that can only be resolved using puzzle-solving.


It's full of all kinds of other bonkers stuff and you can find more info about it (and purchase it) here.

08/02/2017

The Creature From The Funk Lagoon Rides Again

North Shields Soul Exchange! Details: https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/119565125226034/


Yup, it's true. The Creature From the Funk Lagoon rises from the watery depths bringing a discerning selection of funk, soul, rhythm & blues, ska, garage (plus probably jazz, northern soul, hip hop, rock, reggae, ah WHATEVER) to a new little early evening shindig for the discerning dancers of North Shields (and Newcastle of course) via the lovely surroundings of The Exchange bar - North Shields best kept secret cultural venue and bar. And it's free!



It's aiming for: laid-back good vibes with the possibility of some powerful funky moves getting busted if folks feel that way inclined.