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You can find a selection of printed copies of my publication Stir Fried Product in the UK at the following outlets.

FORBIDDEN PLANET MANCHESTER
65 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JR

NOSTALGIA AND COMICS
14 - 16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EN

WORLDS APART
58-60 Lime St, Liverpool L1 1JN

Just nod if you can hear me

  • Mar. 6th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
mathewjpallett: (Comix)
I upgraded to MS4.1 a little while ago and it has taken a while to get used to the way in which this version works. I've only recently worked out why the polygonal lasso was only selecting the outline of the lineart I was trying to fill with tone and found that most of the extra tone folder is made up of stuff I won't be able to use, CRT PCs and a number of backgrounds which would be quite useful if they weren't mostly of a Japanese School.



As you can see I've managed to tone most of the pages and the pages saved directly from MS4.1 have thumbnails, the six images with a default thumbnail were saved fro MS3.0. I'll need to check that I've got all the tone switched on and re-export a few on which the tone was missing, then onto the dialogue. There's at least fourteen pages left which are for the next chapter of The KAWAKIRI and I'm not sure whether it's worth keeping the pages that separate the stories.

Final Aegis

  • Nov. 30th, 2013 at 8:17 PM
mathewjpallett: (Kannagi)
After two almost two years of hiding in a box and me forgetting about it I have finally finished the Aegis Gundam with a generous application of Decals. With the decals in place my brother can now bask in the joy that I have finally repaired the Aegis Gundam that he'd bought from a car boot sale for £1 and only needed replacement hands, fixing broken pegs for the shield and side skirt and a snapped V-Fin.

Aegis

Instead I performed a full makeover, extending the legs by 10mm, using Milliput to extend section of the arms, shoulders and blade edges to give a sharper appearance, but it wasn't until Bandai released their line of option parts that I was able to bring everything together, along with the option parts from Wave Corporation and Kotobukiya.

This is my Rifle

  • Nov. 26th, 2013 at 12:45 PM
mathewjpallett: (Kannagi)
After a week of interviews and rejections it's gratifying to see something that you've started without fully understanding the scope and complexity actually turn out to be quite fantastic. Still have to work out whether to use the decals, which decals to use, where to put them and most importantly, find out if the decal sheet actually works!

I've placed it on the display stand as I found that the peg that holds the shield onto the arm had broken and after fixing it for a second time I didn't want to have to repair it a third. I find the picture I took of it next to the Countdown Base is actually quite amusing.

Procrastinating with the Aegis

  • Nov. 23rd, 2013 at 6:15 PM
mathewjpallett: (Ultra Jump)
As I've been relatively free of deadlines for a while I decided it was time to finish up the Aegis Gundam conversion I started over two years ago. There's still the rifle left to go, so the Aegis is holding a Kotobukiya Sword to help balance things out for the time being. Painting was something of a hassle as I'd been using an airbrush with cans of propellant that only allowed me to paint for five minutes at a go and seemed to run out pretty quickly, so I haven't got the silky smooth finish I envisioned when I started spraying, and because the propellant ran out I had to finish the rest by hand.

I'd probably have got to this stage a lot sooner, but I realised that I didn't have any yellow paint and it wasn't until recently that I was able to get to a craft store to buy a tiny pot of acrylic. I ended buying a pot of Tamiya flat Yellow to mix the colour I was looking for and was slightly amused by the warning that the paint can cause Cancer.

There's still a few more things that need to be done, like the rifle, but I also have a sheet of Decals based on the Master Grade Aegis that I have to decide whether or not to use.

And Now For Something...

  • Nov. 16th, 2013 at 5:17 PM
mathewjpallett: (Niea_7)
Despite facing a number of setbacks in the production of SFP#7 I've been reading up on a few contemporary comics to get an idea of what I should do next.



Sandman Overture #1 which is set before the events of Preludes and Nocturnes, but requires a fair deal of knowledge of the Sandman story. The art by J.H. Williams III is presented in double page spreads which results in spreads of advertisement that intersperse the issue, the real surprise or gimmick is the gate-fold four page spread at the end of the issue. The whole story will play out over six issues, but there probably won't be a collected edition before 2015 as the perisodicals are being published every other month.

Rocket Girl #1 which originally started out on Kickstarter Pretty Deadly and Three published by Image Comics but as always, the creators involved in these comics don't work for Image and only make money off of this venture if people buy them in sufficient numbers. With the recent success of 'The Walking Dead' and 'Saga' it would seem that Image is the place to be, especially if you're a creator who has worked on high profile comics such as Madam Xanadu, Batwoman, Astonishing X-Men or Journey into Mystery.

Ame-Comi Girls was an amusing series and this final issue ends the series rather abruptly, probably down to the usual way that opportunities such as CMX and Minx had been set up to fail. There are a few more titles that I haven't got around to reading such as 'Astro City' which read as some sort of Twilight Zone comic, although J.M. Straczynski would disagree as he fells that three 22 page issues are necessary for a Twilight Zone story. But Kurt Buziek had got it done in one.


I've been thinking about changing up the logo for The Kawakiri, but I'm not sure that the end result is any better than my first attempt from many years ago.

MCM London Comic Con

  • Oct. 22nd, 2013 at 3:35 PM
mathewjpallett: (Comix)
The MCM London Comic Con is this weekend and has grown to twice the size of the event in May. The official showguide has been released and the Artists Alley can be found at the rear left corner as you enter the Exhibition Hall. Stir Fried Product will be available from table CL3 as illustrated on the map below, however there will be NO VISIBLE MARKINGS of this, although the huge gap between rows K and L should help.

Messing about with the Aegis

  • Sep. 5th, 2013 at 6:12 PM
mathewjpallett: (Kannagi)
It's been over two months since my last update and while Stir Fried Product is still some way from completion (and I still have one door to put up) I have at least made progress on a certain model kit I started on so long ago I can't remember when I started. Anyway t I repaired a broken 1/100 scale Aegis Gundam that my brother bought at a car boot sale a while back. I had to replace the hands and try to fix the v-fin and ended up extending the legs with Wave Corporation polycaps and giving the whole model sharper look with the application of Milliput modelling putty and further detail added with Wave Corporation O-Bolts, Hobby-Base 1/100 replacement hands and left-over parts from the Master-Grade Strike-E that's been sitting unfinished since August 2011.

Aegis Gundam Front

Front 
>'_')>~(\\\ )
mathewjpallett: (Pochiyama Chemist)
 For the past few days I have attempted to install a brand new door and handle, something I've been meaning to do for the past six months. The task was not as straightforward as I'd foolishly believed, to begin with the door had to be trimmed back to allow it to fit in the existing door frame, however without the use of an electric circular saw we were left to use a regular carpenter saw which seemed to work well as I began to saw along the marked line, however I began tho grow weary partway through and the rest of the cutting was undertaken by one of my fleeting assistants who had managed to cut a little too much off from the underside of the door.


I then had to drill the 50mm hole for the handle and following the directions printed on the base of the door proceeded to drill on the side where the arrow indicated the lock should go and soon discovered that I was drilling through polystyrene. I late learned while installing the hinges that the lock block was on the opposite side.


But the door handle is held together internally so it's not all bad.

 

The width of the door also required adjusting which took several hours using this cheese grater like device. I had to stop several times to wipe my brow as it was really tiring work and once I'd finished I put the door back in place to find out there was a bit more work that needed to be done.


Withe the strikeplate finally in place I thought I could rest easy knowing everything was done, however this isn't the case.


 
The door appears to be warped as there is a 5mm gap at the top of the door while the door is closed, but I don't think I'll be able to do anything about it due to the small fact that I started ion Wednesday Evening thinking it would take a few hours only for it to take the better part of four days. And I still have another door to install before I can draw this little project to a close.

To Bag or Not To Bag

  • Jun. 15th, 2013 at 8:59 PM
mathewjpallett: (Ultra Jump)
I recently bought a bunch of comic bags for the princely sum of £1 which I thought at the time was a fantastic deal too good to pass up.


It wasn't too long before I realised that what at first glance appears to be 100 polythene comic bags was in fact fifteen comic bags, but the additional six ultra pro acid free bags more than make up for it. I've been thinking about getting bagging up Stir Fried Product for a while now, but fifteen bags is just too small a number to successfully put to use, and the Ultra Pro Acid Free bags now house my copies of the first five issues of Howard the Duck.

What Next

  • Jun. 5th, 2013 at 8:35 PM
mathewjpallett: (Comix)
With MCM over a week behind us its usually a time to take a breather and try to forget some intolerable bullshit; finding my table taken when I arrived, having to walk around for half an hour in an attempt to find vacant toilet facilities (with toilet tissue when I'd decided to quickly eat a bowl of All-Bran in the morning) the level of noise made it impossible to hear. There was also the small problem that I found myself dozing off on more than one occasion which was probably down to having to get up extra early and miss out on the usual amount of Tea I drink during an average day. -_-U )

Scheharazade

  • May. 1st, 2013 at 4:40 PM
mathewjpallett: (Ultra Jump)
I was looking for some information on the size of Cadbury's Creme Egg which somehow moved toward Fry's Turkish Delight and onto the original Turkish Delight that was introduced to Europe in the 19th Century. This propelled me towards attempting the recipe myself, particularly as it contains no gluten or dairy products. 
>//< )

Sourced from Sustainable Forests

  • Apr. 19th, 2013 at 8:20 PM
mathewjpallett: (Comix)
A parcel arrived for me today while I was out. The books are an unnecessary distraction but make an effective makeshift backdrop as what you're meant to marvel at is the spectacularly small box that arrived from Moo. -_-; )

What Happen? Someone Set Us Up. THE BOMB!!

  • Apr. 6th, 2013 at 8:50 PM
mathewjpallett: (Ultra Jump)
Today has been especially unusual due to the unseasonably cold weather of recent weeks giving way to spring (a bit like the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where Spring and Summer give Autumn a miss and go straight into Winter) I was surprised by the clear sunny skies and warm sunshine and a chilling breeze to remind me that it still isn't Summer yet. I still remember that this time last year I'd just been to the Hospital to have my Wisdom Teeth removed so there wasn't much I could do and not much I could eat besides the canned Devon Creamed Rice I'd had the good mind to purchase before hand. *--* )
mathewjpallett: (Comix)
I've just been informed about a brand new event that's happening this Sunday that promises to be a day long festival of Zines, Artists Books, Comics and Distros. This is the first I've heard of it so I'm pretty sure that all 50 of the exhibitor tables have already been booked but there is mention of a FREE COMMUNAL TABLE which could be useful in the event of any last minute plans to attend this event, if you can find it that is.



A hyperlink led me to richmix.org.uk where you'll find a list of exhibitors an a programme of events. They're also on Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr which offers further information such as the address of the venue which is:

Rich Mix Cinema
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA

Good luck to everyone involved and if you're thinking of going let me know how it went!

Rubber Washers and Ceramic Glands

  • Mar. 26th, 2013 at 6:45 PM
mathewjpallett: (Kannagi)
A few days ago the bathroom tap began to leak. The tap in question was connected to the sink which meant it was used several times a day when washing hands or brushing teeth which contributed greatly to its recent condition. Earlier today I went to Wickes to purchase a bag of Rubber Washers for £1.15 thinking it would be sufficient to repair the tap, however after several hours trying to prize the old tap open (it was stuck in with glue or something) I discovered that the Rubber Washers wouldn't work.


In the end I had to go back to Wickes and get a Ceramic Gland 3/8-1/2in 10mm spline which was only available in a pack of two for £12.99 minus the £1.15 for the unused washers and  the tap is as good as new. There is however a noticeable gap between the top of the tap and the bottom of the lever but the tap works fine and there's no leak which could have lead to a possible £1000 fine if nothing had been done about it!

Manga Audition by Comic Zenon

  • Mar. 23rd, 2013 at 9:15 PM
mathewjpallett: (Default)
The Seinen magazine Comic Zenon is currently running a competition where they're looking for comics that express themselves clearly without the use of words.

Manga Audition Rules
“No Words, No Story”
Submissions are judged based on the author's use of a manga artist's most valuable skill: performance. Please express the selected “one emotion” in a way that is uniquely yours.
No need to come up with a complex story. The important thing is to convey the selected theme to your readers. Visually depict your characters emotions without relying on a backstory and gimmicks.
Professionals and amateurs of any gender; all are welcome to apply!
The competition will be judged by Tsukasa Houjou author of City Hunter, Tetsuo Hara author of Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star), Nobuhiko Horie the Chief Editor of Comic Zenon (Former Chief Editor, “Weekly Shonen Jump”) and the Comic Zenon Editorial Team.

Entries can be submitted by PDF at the Audition Entry page or posting the pages to the Editorial department directly:

Comic Zenon Editorial Department
North Stars Pictures, Inc.
Attn: Comic Zenon Manga Audition
Medicorp Building 8, 3rd Floor,
Kichijojihon-cho 2-4-14
Musashino-shi, Tokyo
JAPAN 180-0004

Although this option would seem somewhat inappropriate considering the competition closes at the end of this month.

Submission Details

The manga must be an unpublished original work (imitations, parodies, or altered versions of someone else’s manga are not allowed). NSP and third parties associated with the Manga Audition, here by called the Manga Audition Committee, may use submissions in the following ways, anywhere in the world. In some cases, a submission may undergo translation upon use.

1:Publication in magazines and other printed media. Publication in a manga book.
2:Distribution as an e-book.
3:Promotional material related to 1 and 2.

Any use of the submission other than those mentioned above will be discussed between NSP and the author prior to use. (this includes cases where the author intends to use the submission in some way) The submission will be considered as published in Japan first, and will therefore be bound by Japan's copyright laws. Should either of the below circumstances apply to a submission, it will be disqualified. If prizes have already been allocated, the author's right to the prize will be null and void.

1. Submission was already submitted to another manga contest, or was announced/used in another magazine.
2. Submission belongs to, or in some way infringes on the rights/profits of, a third party.

There area few examples of silent comics on the audition page which should provide an idea of the page-count they're looking for (even if a few still use onomatopoeia, making them technically not silent).

Upcoming Events

  • Mar. 7th, 2013 at 10:00 PM
mathewjpallett: (Comix)
 
The re-branded MCM London Comic Con returns to the Excel Exhibition over the weekend of 24th-26th May 2013. There isn't a lot of information available about guests other than Mark Meer the VA of Mass Effects (Male) Commander Shepard and Raphael Sbarge the VA of Kaidan Alenko who also appears in the Television Fantasy series Once Upon a Time. Keegan Connor Tracy who also appears in Once Upon a Time and series producer Jane Espenson are also lined up for the event.


So far there isn't a lot of Comic-based content for an event claiming to be a Comic Convention (unless you're in the camp that believes Once Upon a Time ripped of Fables) but there's still over two months until the actual event and KaPow isn't running this year, possibly due to Titan Comics expansion of its original content line but the Comic Village will make a return, even if they do position the tables so close that thy become virtually impassable once vertical banners have been set up behind them. 

As always Stir Fried Product will be available at this event, although the odds of sfp#7 being ready are not good. This is due to the reduced availability of time to get pages drawn coupled with the fact that the scanned pages still require considerable clean up even when I've used a virtually un-scan-able pencil (maybe I should have got a pack of Col-Erase Non-Photo Blue Pencils) and I'm uncertain whether I'll be able to get any copies posted to me on time as I've recently noticed that postal times have recently gone down the toilet with secoind class postage taking up to a week to get to me. 

what to do, what to do?

Matters of little importance

  • Feb. 14th, 2013 at 6:55 PM
mathewjpallett: (Default)
It's around this time of year that I begin to think "what would Prince Robot IV do?"



This is entirely due to the fact that I've recently been reading Saga which I found to be exceptionally written and the somewhat subdued nature of the illustration often lead me to overlook things that I'd missed on the first read through. I've also bought a copy of Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima(despite having over twenty books in my to-read list) which arrived about half a month after I'd ordered it. There is one small problem with the book (other than the fact that I can't find any of my bookmarks and don't want to start reading until I can find one) is the fact that I ordered a hardcover and what I received was a paperback. I don't want to send the book back after it took so long to get here in the first place, and the book is surprisingly well made fro a paperback printed in 1974, from my experience the glue in a book of that age would just about be ready to give out and send pages flying everywhere.



I've also received a door knob which I need to fix onto a brand new replacement door which I had to buy after my brother broke the existing door. As door furniture is surprisingly expensive I found myself looking at Ebay for a suitable handle and this one which can be locked form both the inside and outside was less than half the price I'd have to pay if I'd gone to Wickes. The only real problem is to do with the manner in which the knob has to be affixed requiring a 23mm hole for the latch and a 50mm hole to fit the handle as the knob is fastened with screws on the inside which connect to a column on the inside of the external handle which passes through two holes in the latch so everything is held fast. I have no drill bits of the size necessary for this task, nor a rotary saw to trim the door to the correct width for the door frame.
mathewjpallett: (Kannagi)
While fooling around looking for solid information that the competition was actually open to International Artists. I overlooked the fact that the Pixiv competition page is in English, which is much easier to read that auto-translate text from Google Chrome.

There's very little information on the page beside these rules:
Draw a comic of any genre or size.
Submit your comic with the Japanese tag 講談社まんがスカウトFes. Entries without this tag will be disqualified.

You may upload the comic in any size.
Please only use characters and stories you have created.

Submit the comic using pixiv’s manga submission function.
The comic needs to be a complete story but can be any number of pages.

The winner will be required to submit their comic in grayscale, at least 300 dpi in TIFF, PSD, or EPS format.

You may submit more than 1 entry.
No indication whether they want Japanese dialog (which would be a pain in the butt) or whether the reading direction should take precedence in the page layout (easier to go with full page width panels).

Five magazines are involved with the competition. Each magazine will select a winner who will have their work presented on Pixiv Comic's Top page with an overall winner receiving a cash prize (unless they cannot decide on an overall winner).

The competition closes on Sunday March 31st 23:59 JST (14:59 GMT)

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  • Jan. 1st, 2013 at 10:45 PM
mathewjpallett: (Default)
A retrospective of 2012  
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