New (mostly) Colin Upton Mini-comics! For no good
reason other than my need to inflict my opnions on an indifferent
world (and lack of other options), I’ve put out five
small press comics in the last year or so, two collections
and three orginial mini comics! You lucky, lucky bastards…
Comics 1992-2002 Volume 1 24 pages 8 ½ X 11 $4.00 CDN
Colin’s Comics 1992-2002 Volume 2 24 pages 5 ½
X 8 ½ $3.50 CDN $4.00 USA
strips of strips rarely seen outside Vancouver and Seattle,
from ‘zines, a literary freepaper , my wargames club
newspaper, cartoon supliments and previously unpublished material!
A must for the Upton completeist!
One year on… Mini-comic 16 pages $.75
personnal look back at the morning things got worse…
Two years on… Mini-comic 16 pages $.75
and questions on what it means to be at war…
Von Barron, Goth Weathergirl 8 pages $.50
everyone loves hot, sunny weather!
comics are available from me and a few enlightened Vancouver
retailors, R/X Comics, The Comicshop and Artopia! Just don’t
know when to shut up, do I?
of my comic art and paintings will be in a group comic art
show in the last two weeks of May in a real commercial
type gallery here in Vancouver with a lot of cool locals and
some folks from Seatte. See details below:
-Tales from the
The Comic Art of the Northwest
May 15, 2003 – May 31, 2003
Closing Ceremonies: May 31, 2003, 7pm
artists from Seattle and Vancouver (and Dave Lapp of Toronto),
Bfly Atelier presents a group exhibit of one of the most under-recognized
art forms of today, the art of Comics.
a thorough cross section of comic art, this exhibit ranges
from work which continues to utilize the tradition of pen
and ink to work which has expanded beyond the page, into sculpture
and even into multi-media performance. Highlighting some of
the ingenious developments in the world of comics, the exhibit
looks into the past, the present, and the future, elucidating
how not only the drawings but the narrative as well, have
come to be refined both in technique and poeticism, communicating
an awareness of self and of society.
community has long argued for the legitimacy of its medium
as an art, and Bfly Atelier wishes to recognize that and present
the Comic Art of the Northwest, featuring artists:
and talk with the artists over a cup of tea for Tea Vis á
Vis, Thursdays 5pm – 7pm, beginning May 15th at Bfly
Atelier. $3 for delicious tea and delightful conversation.
Ceremonies, performances and lectures, for this exhibit will
be held on Saturday May 31st at 7pm. Guest speakers include
David Lasky and Robin Fisher. Admission is $5.
Gulf War Diary started
almost spontaniuosly. I was sitting watching the news and
grabbed paper and pencil and began drawing a cartoon, starting
March 28th I think it was. I didn't know what to do with it
so I had it put up on my web site. The cartoons are drawn
fast, written pencilled and inked in about an hour. The great
limitation I found with print comics was by the time I drew
them I had worked and reworked them so much the passion, the
urgency was gone. And by the time they were printed and available,
months after the event, they were now history. This is, I
think, the major advantages of on-line comics, topicality
and reach, a genre that otherwise holds little interest for
me. I will try to post a cartoon strip day for who knows how
long. I'm told what I'm doing is a "blog", which
sounds to me like Australian slang for vomiting, so I guess
it's not all that orginial. I just knew I had to say something
about this war. I've written letters to the editor but I am
at heart a cartoonist. This is how I howl...
BFly Atelier gallery in Vancouver's Gastown is looking for
submissions for a comic art show coming up in May. They are
looking for comics art, art by cartoonists and animation but
are open to suggestions. Due date for submissions is March
24th. To get a submission form contact Carlos and/or Nicole
at 604-647-1019 or E-mail them at email@example.com.
I also have copies and you can also pick up them up from RX
Comics on Main Str while they last.
A couple of
developements at the Onomatopoeia Show,
the radio show about comics I co-host on Thursays, 2-3 PM
at CITR 101.9 FM. First, we are now broadcasting on the web
so people around the world may be bemused by our banter! As
well, host Robin Fisher and I have been joined by a second
co-host, Don (not that one) King from darkest Coquitlem! Don
is a small press cartoonist and publisher (he self-published
a graphic novel, Wandering Eye) who cares passionatly for
his art and for comics, particularly for comics history. You
can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello. This is Colin Upton. I just moved.
Into a condo my mother bought, I'm paying her rent. I'm in
a nice place, lots of space, so much room even with all my
stuff I can't fill it up. It's positively eerie. Moving wasn't
as bad as last time, more time to prepare and I had the help
of some good friends, in particular I would like to thank
Dan DeVillano for the use of his rental truck, Robin Bougie
and Rebecca Dart (in whose building I moved into) and help
from Des, Owen and Terry, Judith B, Mr. 12 Midnight, Tom A,
Jason A, Brycething, Don King and his brother, Vlad the wargamer,
Mark the wargamer, Arron the comic book guy, Adair and anyone
else who was there and I shamefully can't think of off the
top of my head. I'm still around Mount Pleasant/Main street
but further down the slope closer to downtown. I'm on
the second floor, Lomu the wicked is not happy about being
an indoor cat but I'm hoping she will adapt in time. I retained
my phone number, which remains:
My address is:
#223 440 5th Ave. East
If you want to come by my buzzer is 42 but call first, the
streets here are rather strange and you'll need directions.
I plan to have a housewarming sometime soon and this time
I think there'll be enough room for everybody!
place got broken into in broad daylight, camera's stolen and
thousands of dollars of CD's gone, my music. The police and
landlord didn't even bother to pretend they would do anything
about it. I was pretty devastated, I don't have a hell of
a lot, I don't have much money. I am appealing for help replacing
my lost music, like I say I don't have much money but I can
do sketches, swap comics or something. Here's
some of what I'm missing, I'll add to the list as I remember
what's gone and when can handle it better.
all. After many attempts, I finally have my own website. I
only had to search half way across the planet to find our
man in Graz, Hanspeter Kriegl, whom I refer to as St.Hanspeter
(but Donna Barr
maintains that's a demotion). He has in a matter of days done
more than others have failed to do in months. If the sight
looks at all unprofessional or silly it's my fault, I've insisted
on a certain amount of frivolity and the results are as much
as I imagined them. So, please, spend some time looking around,
there's sure to be lots you've never seen before! Anyone interested
in my services should check out the illustration
section. My thanks to Donna Barr and in particular
Hanspeter for making this possible.
I'm saddened to report that Jethro Q.Walrustitty, or
Walrus for short, passed away in November from cancer, age
17. Walrus was a good puss to the end and impressed everyone
with her gentleness, good nature and friendly demeanor.
We went through some rough periods together, poverty and
turmoil were she was a great comfort to me. A round, red
brown tortoiseshell tabby, Walrus could be seen in many
of my comics and at one point received her own fan mail.
I miss her a lot (See Upton's All-Stars)
In January 2002 I adopted a tiny, pure black, two-month-old
kitten that I eventuallynamed Lomu Higgins. Lomu, a Moari
name, after Johan Lomu, my favourite rugby player for the
New Zealand national team, nicknamed the all-blacks. Higgins
is for my favourite drawing ink, Higgins Magic Black. She
is also known as "Little Lomu" or "Bette
Noir". Almost fully grown, Lomu is still as small cat,
very sleek and quite manic, racing around the apartment
at top speed, leaping in and outside, destroying cat toys,
shredding paper bags and contentedly rendering my flesh.
Still wary of visitors, her first appearance in my comics
is in Drippytown Comics 2002.
Well, it's been a year and the good folks at Drippytown
have carefully, lovingly hand crafted from natural materials
a second comic's extravaganza! Drippytown Comics 2002 feature
some of the best comic's talent Vancouver has to offer as
well as out of town talent like a cover by Tony Millionaire!
Included are the likes of James Lloyd, Robin Bougie, Robin
Konstabaris, Mark Perrault, Owen Plummer and more. I have
a four page story, "The people, united
about political protest and disillusionment. There will
be a Drippytown art show at Cosmopolis (1009 Commercial
DR, Vancouver, 604-255-8774) from June 1st to 30th. You
can get a hold of the Drippy gang at drippytown.com
Under The Street
Coming in September is the cross-Canada book festival, Word
On The Street! And, again, in Vancouver, the naughty subversive
underground cartoonists and zine publishers will be there,
underground. The Word Under The Street will be safe in a
basement room safe from the prying eyes of the easily influenced
children and their uptight parents while the rest of the
festival exhibitors are stuck outside exposed to the elements.
I'll be there, perhaps even with new material, as well as
the sultry Donna Barr (Desert Peach) and Roberta Gregory
(Naughty Bits) up for the first time from Seattle. It's
an excellent day for book worms and bargain hunters as publishers
unload old stock and an chance for cartoonists to reach
a wider audience. Library Square, downtown Vancouver Sunday,
September the 29th.
Customs are at it again!
We've had enough and it's time to tell Canada Customs we
are sick of their puritanical, book burning paternalism,
protecting adults from themselves! Once again, Little Sisters,
Vancouver's premier Gay/Lesbian bookstore, is under attack
and this time its comics. In response, Robin Fisher (host
of Onomatopoeia) is editing not one but two comics benefit
books featuring local and international talent to be published
by Arsenal Pulp Press. The first, out in July, is the "naughty",
X-rated collection of sex comics, gay, lesbian and otherwise,
calculated to offend the narrow minded. My four-page contribution
features Liltih (from Buddha On The Road), as you've never
seen her before, a group of nuns and the thin line between
religious and sexual ecstasy. The second, G-rated book will
be out in September and will deal with the subject of art
and censorship. I have an 8 pager in this one that manages
to poke fun at both sides of the debate. Perhaps if we tell
the thought police at Canada Customs and the lawmakers enough
times to get their mites off our reading material someday
it'll sink in
Liberary of Canada acknowledges comics exist!
I recieved an unexpected e-mail from the National Liberary
of Canada asking for my permission to put one of my old
mini-comics (Famous Bus Rides #3) on a web site under development
called "Beyond the Funnies, The History of Comics in
English Canada and Quebec", a companion site to the
already existing "Guardians
Of the North" web site that profiles Canadian Superhero
characters. Based on the research of John Bell and Michel
Viau, look for the "History" some time in the
forseeable future. And, yes, I did give my permission...
Iím happy to announce that I am now the sorta permanent
kinda co-host of the Onomatopoeia Show with Robin Fisher
at the helm, talking about comics on the airwaves of CITR
UBC radio! So far weíve talked about Women in comics, Tintin,
Asterix, Harvey Pekar, Derippytown and interviewed local
and visiting cartoonists. The show has been disrupted by
Vancouverís endless transit strike, sometimes broadcasting
over the phone to the studio from my living room!
Upton wins Toonie Award!
On March 17th the tenth annaul Toonie awards were presented
by Cartoonists Northwest (a mainly Seattle based informal
association of cartoonists of all kinds). Besides the Cartoonist
of the Year award there are several smaller catagories.
I won an award for best illustrator for the year 2000, mainlyon
the strength of a series of adverts i did for Vancouver's
Book Warehouse. The awards were hosted by Jim Woodring and
Roberta Gregory accepted the award on my behalf as I couldn't
afford to go. It's pretty cool, eh?
This is stuff I'm looking for, for which I will trade comics
or even pay money - but not a lot, peferably used. I'm very
cheap. If you have any of these
items for sale or trade (or even gifts and tributes)
please e-mail me at email@example.com
first to make sure I have the money at the moment or that
I haven't already got the item. Remember, web sites are
rarely kept right up to date! And please, send by regular
mail, couriers charge me an extra $20 for delivery no matter
what the value of the package!
Upton in an Osprey book!
If you know me, you will know that I am obsessed with collecting
Osprey Military books, I have almost the entire runs of
the Men At Arms, Elite and Warrior series. Literally hundreds
of titles. Besides being world reknown for thier scholarship
and accuracy, these books feature 8 or 12 colour plates
by some of the best illustrators in the world. I've always
had a dream of one day being good enough to be an Osprey
artist. And I have, sort of, through the backdoor. One of
my B+W illustrations from the Flagship Games rules for Samuria
warfare, Taiko, has been accepted for inclusion as a spot
illustration in an upcoming book, Warrior 29, Ashigaru.
Ashigaru (light feet) were the common footsoldiers, an important
part of Samuria armies who, with the introduction of firearms,
can be argued came to dominate Japanese warfare. The illustration
is of a line of teppo (arquebus) musketeers. The request
came from the author, Stephen Turnbull, the reknown expert
in English on all aspects of Samuria warfae. As you can
imagine, I am tickled pink and can't wait to show the lads
at The Trumpeter Wargames Club!
you're in Vancouver be sure to listen to the Onomatopeia
Show (apparently the technical term for comic book sound
effects, I kid you not) on CITR 101.9 FM, UBC radio, weekly
from two to three on Thursdays. The host, Robin Fisher,
(a young woman who love of comics is beyond all reason)
interviews alternative cartoonists both local and international,
travelling to APE and San Diego to get her interviews. She
reviews comics and has comics experts join her for look
at various aspects of comics art and culture. I myself,
have been an occasional co-host, most recently for a full
hour discussion on the work of Herge and we're planning
another show on Asterix sometime in the hazy future. If
you are a cartoonist visiting Vancouver there's a good chance
she just might want to talk to you, she's cute and she knows
her stuff! You can reach Robin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
to buy Colin Upton Comics in Vancouver:
The Comicshop, 2089 W4th 738-8122
Book'n'Comic Emporium, 1247 Granville Str. 682-3019
Art-opia, 101 440 W.Hastings 685-9100