Tuesday, 10 June 2014

MULP - More News, Reviews and Interviews!

A lot has been going on in the world of MULP in lieu of Bristol Comic Expo! 
Here's a handy re-cap of everything for you!

DownTheTubes: Rats in (cool) Hats review!

John Freeman was kind enough to cover the release of MULP, including the free 12 page online preview!
Thanks John! :)

Geek Syndicate podcast review - episode 220

The Geeks themselves, David Monteith and Barry Nugent, are joined by Stacey whittle in the 220th episode of Geek Syndicate. Included in the topics that they discuss is MULP: Sceptre of the Sun! Thanks for the wonderful review guys, such a joy to listen to!

The MULP review begins around [00:56:00]

HereBeWords MULP review!

Over on his blog Andy Haigh wrote an incredibly lovely review of MULP #1

"To go with Gibbs story there's some gorgeous art from Sara Dunkerton. there's some great character designs and the action is handled brilliantly but what really stands out is the little details which add to the world. Details like "Acorn Airways" being emblazoned on the side of a plane seen in one of the first panels, the numerous real world landmarks that feature int he story like The White Cliffs of Dover and The British Museum and loads of other things, like a Rhinocerous Beetle being used like an ox to pull a cart in the background of one panel and mice riding lizards like horses. It's great world building which makes a great setting for the story.
MULP is a brilliant example of what comics are about."

Thank you Andy!

A Flash of Midnight review - MULP Fiction

Alister Davison, a fan of anthropomorphic comics kindly reviews MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #1, here is a bit of what he had to say:

"MULP hooked me from the very first page and didn't let go until the last. Sceptre of the Sun is an Indiana Jones-esque style of adventure that not only introduces its reader to an array of wonderful characters, but does the job of setting-up the world without ever feeling like the exposition gets in the way of the story. It's an entertaining plot - one told brilliantly by writer and artist alike - with every panel leaping from the page to capture the reader's attention; there's an intricacy to almost every panel that keeps the eye on it long after the words have been read." 

Thanks Alister, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Geek Pride Interview with Matt Gibbs and myself!

Finally we end on an interview Matt and I did with Daniela from Geek Pride, where we waffle on about our creative processes and love for anthropomorphic comics!

Stay tuned for updates as they happen on the MULP website, or if you have Twitter follow @MULPcomic for all news!

Pet Portraits - Kaylee the Rat!

Since I'd had a bit of practise drawing rodents of late I'd been meaning to draw my pet rats as their namesakes. A while ago I got round to drawing one of my pair, and now I'm finally getting round to blogging it!

Firstly let me introduce you to my 'lil Kaylee! She's a champagne hooded, ruby eyed rat, currently 6 months old! She's named after Kaywinnet Lee Frye from Firefly!

So I have drawn her in Kaylee's trademark overalls, sporting her paper parasol and sat atop a strawberry, which as anyone who watches the show would know, Kaylee is rather partial to!

I used Copic Markers to colour this piece and as always took progress photos from each stage. I'll blog those up at a later date as I have done before, so if you want to know how I coloured that strawberry keep an eye out!

I am actually very keen to start a Pet Portrait commission going, wether it be a straight up drawing of your beloved pet or a caricature as this one is, based on their name or temperament. 

If anyone is interested then please drop me an email: sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

BCExpo 2014 - MULP launch!

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th saw the launch of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #1 at my home convention, Bristol Comic Expo!
Myself and writer, Matt Gibbs were there both days with Chris Wildgoose sharing our table. As well as issue one of MULP, our table sported the two giclee character prints of Jack Redpath and Jeanne Moreau, and copies of Improper Books' all ages comic Knight and Dragon, written by Matt and illustrated by Bevis Musson. Down at the dark side of our table Chris had copies of Butterfly Gate and Porcelain (Illustrated by Chris and written by Ben Read).

As the doors opened and people started pouring in through the aisles I settled into sketching. Admittedly this was the part I was most worried about, this being my first time on the other side of the table. So to warm up I just doodled some Comic and TV characters as mice and this ended up setting a trend for the rest of the con! By the end of the day I already had a couple more characters I wanted to mousify on the next day!

Here we have a standard Super-mouse, a Tom Baker 4th Doctor mouse and a Wash from Firefly mouse riding a leaf on the wind! Colours are done with Copic Markers.

Then I started mousfying other characters! Here is A Mousey Kitty Hawk from Dani Abram and Ian Mathews' Razarhawk comic! And Uncle and Child from Porcelain as a rat and mouse (really need to finish that one!)

As well as drawing these at the table I had a few requests to draw in peoples' sketch books! I wish I had taken photos of all of them, but here are the couple I did photograph with their proud owners!

The top sketch is a mousey portrait of the girl holding the sketchbook, sat on a flower. The second is a mousified 9th Doctor, this young whovian's favourite incarnation!

I think I might open myself up for commission for these mousey characters should there be an interest in it!! Along with pet portraits! I have actually been meaning to post up the portraits I have done of my pet rats.

All in all I had a fantastic time, though space was tight there was a great atmosphere! The highlights of my weekend include being serenaded by a Tintin cosplayer, meeting and chatting with some fantastic people, getting to wear my unfinished piece of custom MULP jewellery (courtesy of Vicky Cox) and catching up with a few old friends.
I also couldn't have asked for better table partners in Matt and Chris! You were brilliant, thanks guys!
Roll on CamCon!! :D

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

MULP - Pin-ups, Prints and more Reviews!

Morning MULPsters!
I've collected together the latest news from the MULPverse for your catch up digest!

Page 45 Review

As well as showing us amazing support and making MULP #1 available for pre-orders, Page 45 have written up an incredibly lovely and personally very touching review! This comment in particular had me speechless (which for anyone who knows me is quite an achievement!)

"Right, so you have bought your daughter, son, nephew or niece this thrilling adventure. Well done, you! And you bought another copy for yourself. Well, quite right too! But I bet you never expected the Sara Dunkerton sketchbook in the back whose pencil work is a veritable masterclass in pistol-packing, punch-throwing pugilism. The eager young artists in your family will be copying and learning from those poses for hours!"

This in particular touched me as I do this myself! I love seeking out my favourite artists rough conceptual drawings and learning their creative development, it seemed only natural to include something I enjoy seeing in comics in our own!

Thank you so much! :)

Next up, we announced that the incredibly talented Christian Wildgoose (Porcelain, Butterfly Gate) was kind enough to contribute to our first issue with this awesome pin-up!
I cannot describe my glee when I first saw this! I just love what he has done with our characters!! Chris will be sharing a table with Matt and I at Bristol Comic Expo on May 10th - 11th.

Stacey's Pop culture Parlour - MULP podcast review!

Back on the review front, MULP got a glowing one on Stacey's 27th podcast episode! Stacey Taylor and Paul Richardson also talk about a whole host of geeky goodness including Captain America: Winter Soldier and Agents of SHIELD, so give it all a listen!

The review starts at around [01:07:30] 
Thank you again Stacey, hugs back atcha! :D

Geek Syndicate Elevator Pitch

The guys over on the Geek Syndicate blog posted up an elevator pitch for us, including the first 5 pages of the comic!
Cheers guys!! :)

Nic's Sticky Notes Review!

Our good friend Nic Wilkinson kindly posted up a very lovely review over on Cy Dethan's blog. Being a fan of anthropomorphic comics herself I'm incredibly pleased she loved the first issue!

"You know when something turns up in the post that is so delightful that it makes you smile all day, then all the next day, and then whenever you think about it? It doesn’t happen often, does it? But that is exactly the effect of MULP: Sceptre Of The Sun, a tale of high adventure, the romance of history and intrepid rodent heroes." 

Final bit of news I have for you, today we revealed two prints that I have created to mark the launch of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun issue #1!

These prints feature our hero Jack Redpath and the femme fatale Jeanne Moreau in the style of 1930's posters, they will be available to buy at our table along with the first issue.

This year BCExpo has relocated to a new venue, the Future Inns Conference Centre on Bond Street South. Full details and tickets are available via www.bristolexpo.co.uk
If you’re not attending BCExpo, you’ll be able to pick up a copy of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #1 on May 7th thanks to the kind support of the following shops:
Gosh! (London) - via their email: info@goshlondon.com
Travelling Man (Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, York) - visit their store page

Monday, 7 April 2014

MULP - Pre-orders, Reviews and more MULPy news!

Hey Everyone!

There's been a lot going on in the world of MULP since my last post, if you've been struggling to keep up with the news lemme give you a bit of a digest post right now!

Firstly we've had the first couple of reviews come in!

FPI Blog Review

Over on the Forbidden Planet International Blog, Richard Bruton has kindly written a lovely review of our first issue. On the structure and pacing of the comic he said;

"The issue fair flies by, setup quickly passes to action, a shooting, a crash, intrigue, secrets, ancient artifacts, a femme fatale, musclebound goons, a mysterious evil genius lurking in the shadows… oh yes, a lot in here. And because Gibbs and Dunkerton guide us through so well, it’s both fast and involving, each page loaded with information, but only rarely straying into exposition, and even rarer that the exposition feels as though it’s detrimental to the pacing."

Geek Pride Review

Daniela from the Geek Pride Blog has also reviewed our comic an made a lovely comment on the hidden details and the character design;

"One thing that caught my eye from the first page (other than Acorn Airways, which instantly hooked me), was the attention to detail when it came to the design of the characters. There are no two mice alike, even if they are nothing more than background characters. Each has its own distinguishing features, despite them belonging to the same “mice” family. I mentioned the attention to detail already, the fact that it’s obviously something they’ve given a lot of thought about and all I can add is that I love the way they’ve managed to make the story come to life, every panel seamlessly moving to the next one. The art is beautiful and the colours are fantastic, keeping with the tone of the tale. Kudos Sara Dunkerton!"

Thank you both so much for the lovely reviews!

Free 12 page preview!

Now, if reading those reviews has you wanting to see the comic for yourselves then you're in with some luck! We've released a 12 page preview of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun online for you to read for free!

Pre-order your own copy!!

MULP: Sceptre of the Sun issue #1 is being released on the 7th May and is available to pre-order with the kind support of the following shops:

Gosh! (London) - via their email: info@goshlondon.com
Travelling Man (Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, York) - visit their store page

Stay tuned for more news in the lead up to the release date and the launch at Bristol Comic Expo!

Monday, 31 March 2014

MULP: Sceptre of the Sun! First Week News & Updates Re-cap!

Morning everyone!
If you've tuned into my Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook pages recently you'll have seen a bit of a hubbub surrounding the announcement of my new comic! It was previously mentioned (but not named) at the end of last year on the Forbidden Planet International Blog as part of Matt Gibbs' Best of the Year 2013 post.

Well mulpcomic.com has been live for a week today and it's steadily been updating with loads of goodies, here's a little sum up of what's on there so far...

Geek Pride made the press release for MULP: Sceptre of the Sun over on their blog!

As well as quoting Matt and I on our experiences creating this first issue they have also said: 

"It seems like we have a new adventure to look forward too, this time set in a slightly different environment than that that we’re used to"  

They will be posting a review of issue #1 soon!

Garen Ewing, creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer, has given a very kinda mention to MULP: Sceptre of the Sun on his blog!

Garen's work has been a huge inspiration to both Matt and I, and I also owe him for his kind tips and pointers when researching 1930's - 40's adventuring attire! On our first issue he said:

"MULP: Sceptre of the Sun. This is an adventure comic crossing the territory of Indiana Jones, The Mummy, Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain ... all that lovely stuff, but with an extra unique feature - all the characters are mice! The story is intriguing and exciting, and the artwork is detailed and gorgeous "

FPI covered the announcement of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun on their blog!

Richard Bruton of Forbidden Planet International kindly announces the launch of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun, on the nature of the series he said:

Take the best of anthropomorphic comics and mix them with good old fashioned adventuring, a sense of exploration, of intrigue, of adventure, and you get somewhere near the new series from Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton."

As well as all this going on on the website we have been active on twitter, sharing news and updates with @MULPcomic. Matt and I cannot thank everyone who has replied, re-tweeted and shared our links enough! Thank you all for the warmth, support and lovely words!

Now, if all of this has perked your interest then you can read up more about the comic over on the website. Issue #1 will be available from May 7th, you can pre-order your copy from the shops listed on our website HERE! 
Or alternatively you can visit Matt and I at Bristol Comic Expo on the 10th-11th May, where we'll be selling and signing copies of issue #1 and I will also be sketching! If you cannot make it to Bristol though you might be able to catch us at one of the other conventions we'll be attending this year. You can find a list of conventions and events we'll be attending HERE!

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us so far! There is plenty more to see before to release of Issue #1, so please stay tuned!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Hey Presto - Billie Bunkum's Show Time!

Hey Everyone!

It's been a while since my last post, but I haven't been idle! There is been LOTS going on in the comics field and I'll be able to share some stuff with you within the next few weeks!

For now though, here's a look at a commission I'd completed recently for Hey Presto Ltd, as a conceptual piece for a proposed new kids TV show called Billie Bunkum's Show Time!

Now I don't want to give too much away about this project but I feel it's got some exciting potential, and should be something to look out for if you like Sci-fi or Victorian theatre!

I like to show my workings here on this 'ol blog, so here're the rough thumbnails, pencils and colour stage of how this illustration was created!