2001 out now!
Yes, itís out! The Xeric grant funded comic Drippytown 2001
was premiered at the Humorist Ink art show opening night
at the Tart gallery. Besides featuring the finest of the
local comics scene (James Lloyd, me, Julian Lawerance, Robin
Bougie, etc) thereís out of town folks like Tony Millionaire
and Rick Altergott. Drippytown 2001 should be solicated
soon so bug your local comicshop or check out www.drippytown.com!
This is the first panel from "Drippytown Fashion Parade",
a one page strip on the subject of plaid flannel and world
culture, I've drawn for the upcoming Drippy Comic that will
feature comics and articles (including an article by James
Lloyd on EC comics) by the folks who brought you Drippy,
the eccentric and loveable free paper that circulated around
Vancouver for about twelve issues. The comic will be distributed
by Diamond and should be coming out... eh, well, ummm...
not really sure, sometime, time permitting...
Comic Book, Sci-fi and Fantasy Convention
Colin Upton will be a guest at the Victoria Comic Book,
Sci-fi and Fantasy Convention (whew, quite a mouthfull)
in Victoria, B.C. from August 4th to 6th, 2001. Should
be fun, if anything the people at sci-fi cons are odder
than comic fans and that is saying something. I havenít
been to a sci-fi/fantasy con in years, much less read any
sci-fi/fantasy books - except for Moorcock. For further
information on the con go too www.victoriacomiccon.com
on the wall!
I currently have paintings in a group show at The
Tart Gallery, 1869 W.4th (where Zulu records main store
used to be). The Tart is a new Vancouver gallery featuring
primarily the work of Vancouver's dynamic pop art scene.
They also sell comics by myself and other local small press
cartoonists. Check'em out!
regret to announce...
...that Elizabeth Upton, age 45, passed away on August 28th.
My eldest sister was the victim of a brain tumour nearly
ten years ago, overcoming that left her damaged from the
chemotheraphy. As a result of this her reflexs slowed and
she had trouble with walking. Because of this some two and
a half years ago she drove her car into oncoming traffic,
leaving her severely disabled. She died from pnuemonia,
agravated by her weakened condition and complicated by an
MRS infection she picked up at Vancouver General Hospital
some years previously. She passed away peacefully at her
room in the Evergreen long term care hospital in North Vancouver
in the presence of family.
I have been nominated for a Toonie Award for best illustrator
from Cartoonists Northwest. These will be presented at the
the annual banquet at Ivar's Salmon house on Lake Union
in Seattle, March 17th. For more information call Maureen
Gibbs at (206) 369-2123. I won't be able to be there myself.
This is my third or so nomination so maybe this time I'll
I have a couple of projects sitting on the shelf, when they'll
actually see the light of day is anyone's guess. If any
of you publishers out there are interested, let
a title (I've always found titles difficult to come up with,
most of the ones I've used have been suggestions from friends)
but an original 60
page graphic novel. It is lettered, pencilled and ĺ's
inked. The story is a simple one on the surface, shopping
trip to downtown Vancouver, normal autobiographical stuff.
However, the main character is about twelve feet high, levitates
at odd moments and is not above crushing a bus to display
his displeasure. This is a funny, slightly surreal and reflective
story, dealing with issues of loneliness, rage, political
alienation and family tragedy.
on the road #7
I have the next issue of Buddha
on the road pencilled, lettered and ĺ's inked (sample).
(I find finishing projects the hardest part, after coming
up with titles) In this issue we visit Hell, where Norman
is held captive by the demonic hordes out for revenge after
Norman thwarted their return to Heaven and God's grace.
Norman escapes with help from an unexpected source and returns
to the earth's surface, weak and helpless he must not only
flee Satan's wrath but the vengeance of an omnipotent God!
As well, I have relettered Buddha on the road 1-6 in a larger,
more legible type size with the intention of publishing
a graphic novel collection, someday. Buddha on the road
8 is pencilled, 9 is rough pencilled, and 10 is written.
goes to war!
After years of relative peace I have rejoined the Trumpeter
Wargames Club, Vancouvers centre of tabletop miniatures
gaming both historical and sci-fi/fantasy. I was one of
the founding members back in the seventies but I had lost
touch over the years. Now, once a month I go to the Bonsor
Community Centre in Burnaby to fight for Mother Russia,
The Holy Roman Empire, King George the Third or the gloryof
the Confederacy, depending on the night. I've had a pretty
successful track record so far, I fight compentently if
a little defensibly for the taste of some people.
I have now embarked on a project I've had in mind for years,
creating 15mm armies for all sides of the War of 1812. I'm
currently writing the rules, collecting reasearch and painting
the figures and if anyone has information on the uniforms
of the US militia uniforms please let
me know! I might also start up my old line of work,
painting wargame figures for money.
For information about the Trumpeters contact Eric Hotz at
I regret to report that after 5 years the Misspent Youth
Underground Pin Bowling League has collapsed due to lack
of interest and the effects of a smoking ban in public places.
(The weeding bastards couldn't face going without a smoke
for an hour or two.)
My team, the Sockamagee! Creepers,
persisted right to the end until the league had shrunk from
twelve teams to two. In our four years in the league the
Sockamagee! Creepers came in second three times! Creepers
roster had gone through many changes over the years, the
final team consisting of myself, Dave the Butcher (black
metal icon and ex-professional butcher) and team captain,
Steve Richards. Steve Richards publishes Sockamagee!, a
nifty zine about pop culture, B movies and rock'n'roll.
I help out with the layout, some illustration work and a
one page strip. Steve is currently working on an interview
with ex-heavy metal body builder Thor! Write to:
2037 Stainsbury Ave.
Occasionally there is some talk about reviving the league,
if so you know the Sockamagee! Creepers will be there!