Friday, 21 May 2010
Omnivistascope 6 and the shameless self-whoring that now commences
I don't toot my own horn on the blog as I'm not very good at taking compliments and don't want to draw attention to published stuff, but it occurs that for someone who has vague ambitions about becoming a professional scribbler at some point in the future, this attitude might not be terribly helpful. Luckily, I've just received my contributor's copy of Omnivistascope 6, however, and I'm happy to toot it up right and proper as it's a slick-looking mother of a book with a glossy card cover and dead fancy-looking formatting that would make it look at home on a newsagent's shelf quite easily if it wasn't for me being in it.
Although the strip I drew doesn't actually look that bad in print, so that's one in the win column.
From the 'Quatermass meets John Constantine' trappings of Oliver Redding's Quisling to the Lovecraftian mindscapes of Matt Herbert's I, Shoggoth, almost all strips are written by the more-machine-than-man being known as Paul Scott, with plenty of variety on offer, from the posthuman robot space operatics of Rathbone (described by SFX Magazine in the best possible terms as 'Asimovian' shortly before they described OVS as their pick of the month's book offerings), through the Douglas Adams narrative trappings of space goth Dirk Despair to the masterful detective fiction of sorcerer detective Warlock Holmes and his altercation with the mystery of invisible fog, you get a lot for your six quid, and it looks like quality all the way thanks to good paper stock and shiny, shiny card cover by an artist whose credit is a bit hard to find, but he is bloody good.
You can buy a copy from Paul HERE, or if you detest paypal because of their use of rape squads in the third world, I suspect his regrettable and all-consuming drinking problem may render him open to the barter system should your paths cross at the Bristol International Comic & Small Press Expo 2010 which takes place this weekend, or failing that you can wait around until he passes out and then steal a copy.
It's a fantastic-looking book that's a great read and comes with the SFX seal of something or other - I don't have a clue what it was but they were quite impressed with previous outings of the book and my art there was actually shamefully bad in places. It isn't now, so simple maths prove this one is better than the last and thus science has shown that you have to have Omnivistascope #6 in your life.
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