I’ve just listed this original Rocket Raccoon illustration over on Ebay.
They’re picky about how you list items for charity over there, so it’s not mentioned in the listing, but I’ll be donating the total price of this piece directly to Bill Mantlo’s ongoing care.
It’s an original pen-and-ink illustration with grayscale coloring on white 8.5”x11” cardstock. You can see and bid on the piece here, and let me know if you have any questions - thanks!
Another Time and Place Part One
The cover to the print version of my adaptation of Simon Furman’s first conclusion to The Transformers as published in the final Marvel UK annual.
this is a short story I abandoned 5 pages in.It is about a terrorist attack on an orbiting space station the weapon is an assault droid the “kawaii Killer”.
We’ve reached the end of Part One of Another Time and Place! Don’t worry I’ll be hopping on Part Two fairly shortly. I have a few edits on earlier pages of Part 1 for the print version which all things being equal should be available Scotcon weekend (29/30 March this year).
As with the beast in the earlier pages I did take a bit of a cue from Stewart “Staz” Johnson’s work in terms of how Megatron looks, with a few tweaks here and there. A less organic looking skeletal face was in order I felt. I decided to make the technicians the same type of creature that originally confronted Grimlock at the nucleon well in the Marvel Comic.
If you look very closely you will see Krok and Octopunch in the background in panel 1 on Page 24
Of course I had to use the traditional next box from the Marvel UK comic. It wouldn’t have felt right otherwise.
The Conservatives plan to announce a new attack on immigration or benefits every single week ahead of the general election, under plans formulated by election strategist Lynton Crosby
Disgusting, cynical, racist and electorally idiotic. So far Lynton Crosby’s main influence on Tory fortunes has been the party shedding a ton of votes to UKIP at the European elections. The main effect he seems to have had is to prime the public that xenophobia and racism are mainstream now, leading to - surprise! - a move into the mainstream for the party that best reflects that. Having completely fucked up the Tories’ appeal to their right wing by handing the terms of debate to UKIP, he’s now desperately trimming rightwards to try and get the advantage back. Optimistically this will mean a further drift towards UKIP from the Tory right, and the loss of any centre support.
The reason UKIP will keep benefiting from this isn’t just that they already agree. It’s that there isn’t actually a “problem” here to “solve” - UKIP votes track higher in less ‘multi-cultural’ areas; immigration is helping the economy, not hurting it; benefits tourism is a myth and the scale of benefit fraud is grossly exaggerated in the public imagination. Meanwhile everyone “knows of” someone living the life of Riley on benefits, but everyone (except the most cossetted) also ACTUALLY KNOWS working families and unemployed people being forced below the poverty line - the people who further ‘crackdowns’ will actually hurt.
Building up a phantom menace is an excellent political strategy if you’re in opposition - the aim of opposition is to get power so it doesn’t actually matter if you can’t solve the problems you are shouting about, which you obviously can’t if they don’t exist. You get to power, you pronounce them solved, you muzzle your attack dogs in the press, all is rosy.
But the Tories are not in opposition. They are the Government. Majority partners in a coalition - which they hate and feels like opposition maybe, but tough shit, the buck doesn’t stop with anybody else but the Tories. Weekly policies from the Government to solve a problem that does not exist will have no effect on the actual situation any of the idiots maddened by said ‘problem’ experience. (It will have an enormously negative effect on the victims of the policies, though.) So the government look ineffectual, like UKIP says, and promise-breakers, like UKIP says, and UKIP look like the people with a real grip on the ‘problem’. And the bigots who care about the ‘problem’ - because they’ve been told to care by the Tories - vote for UKIP. Endgame: further vote splits.
Except it’s impossible to be happy about the Tories’ bizarro strategy because a) massive collaterial damage to poor and marginalised people on the way; b) general drift rightward of public debate (it’s not like Labour aren’t moving this way through fear too); and c) playing with loaded guns is dangerous and stupid even if they probably won’t go off.
Another Time and Place Page 22
The latest in my ongoing adaptation of Simon Furman’s prose story which marked the end of The Transformers back before Generation 2. This was the last original material produced by Marvel UK for Transformers.
As you can see it doesn’t look good for Grimlock and co…
ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE PAGE 21
Two pages in the same week?! It’s Christmas come super-early or really late.
Quite pleased with this page, and if you look at the windows you will see some shadowy figures hiding there…
You’ll notice our Nucleon enhanced Dinobots are back to normal, all the dents and damage has gone (further emphasising Nucleon’s wonder fuel status) while Slag retains some of the knocks he’s incurred along the way.
A few digital enhancements to the panel, but the real meat and potatoes of it was all pencil and ink.
Another Time and Place is a prose story written by Simon Furman which appeared in the final Transformers annual from Marvel UK.