Monday, 7 April 2014

Pre-orders, Reviews and more MULP 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:
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 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!

Monday, 30 December 2013

First look at my latest comic!

Just after Christmas I reached a comic milestone and finished colouring the final page of the first instalment of a project I've been working on with writer, Matt Gibbs (Bayou Arcana, Promises. Improper Books, Knight and Dragon).
We've been keeping information about this project under our hats, but anyone following my twitter would have got a sense of how in love with this comic I am by my excited but vague exclamations (and teases) every time I settle down to work on it!

It's been a long time in the making and according to the dates of my scanned files I had completed pencils for the first page back in January this year, and it was back in November 2011 when I drew the very first character concept!

To top off my excitement over having finished the final page of issue one Matt has given a sneaky peek reveal of a panel from our comic in his Best of the Year 2013 blog for Forbidden Planet International! (Be sure to check out his top picks of the past year!)
So before my excitement boils over, here is that panel and the first look at what we've been keeping secret for so long!

We'll be revealing more about our anthropomorphic, pulp adventure comic in the New Year during the lead up to the launch at my home convention at Bristol in May! So watch this space!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Themed Portraits - Hellboy Portrait commish

Here's another Christmas commission!

Iain commissioned this themed portrait for his wife who is a big Hellboy fan. Here she stands as the pyrokinetic Liz Sherman with Abe and Red himself!

Inspired by my recent experiments with Copic Markers, Iain gave me the opportunity to put my new found skills into practise! I'm quite pleased with the result!


If you know someone who would love to see themselves rubbing shoulders with their favourite comic or film characters, then get in touch!

For information on pricing and the types of portrait I offer, click here!
Please note that the pricing for Copic Marker commissions vary from the original price list.

Themed Portraits - Magneto and Mystique

Finally I can share with you some christmas present commissions!

This one was commissioned by Charlotte as a present to her boyfriend, who is a massive Magneto fan! I'm totally loving how she has embraced the blue skin!
Happy Christmas to the both of you!

If you would like to see yourself as your favourite hero or villain, or you know someone who would, please get in touch!

For information on pricing and the types of portrait I offer, click here!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Themed Portraits - Beauty and the Beast

Here's the latest themed portrait!
Given as an early christmas present yesterday, it's a bit of an odd request, probably the most odd I've had so far... but I think it's a beaut!

John and his girlfriend re-enact a tale as old as time as Beauty and the Beast.

These portrait's don't stop at cartoons! If you'd like to see yourself as a caricatured as your favourite cartoon character, then get in touch!

For information on pricing and the types of portrait I offer, click here!