On the 26th of June Dan and I attended a small yet exciting comic con right in the heart of the Cardiff area. Unlike other comic cons I have attended this one was focusing primarily on local independent comic book artists and their works, so in summary, what I was looking to purchase here was some good quality original artwork and helping local artists and businesses at the same time. Here are some of the talented artists I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to.
I would like state that not all the images correspond with the information I have given. The images are a overall outlook of the event, and the images you see here will not focus specifically on the works of each artist mentioned below, I mean, some will, but not all.
Faye Simms is an incredibly talented illustrator/store owner who has created cute little postcards as well as some posters (one of which I’ve received). What I saw from her work on that day is that she has focused her art on the highly popular BBC TV show ‘Sherlock’. I would show you what I got now but of course I need to save that for another post (hehehe).
Her work is adorable and she herself is very friendly and easy to approach. Please check her work out at;
As I’m typing her piece of her art is hanging proudly in my new bedroom right underneath my Sugarbones Mermaid piece (which you can see here). I loved her work and had a good look through her portfolio and this piece just jumped at me! For some reason, the girl is exactly how I would picture Tank Girl’s bastard child would look like. She is literally perfect!! I’m trying to get a girl squad wall in my bedroom with some kick ass looking female characters and she fits right in. Miss Catris herself specialises in illustrations, sketch cards, fan art, comics, colouring books as well as private commisions. I hope I get to meet and speak with her one day during a con. Here are her links so please check them out!!
I have all five issues of their comic and I love the art in each and every one. I will continue to buy them too due to it’s distinct artistic style and also because their bloody friendly people!! Their comic ‘Age of Revolution’ is incredible and just all round great piece of work. The art itself is raw and very original and I think that’s what makes it stand out for me. Here are there links and please check out their work;
I was unfortunate that I ran out of money in my last comic con attendance (which you can read here and see my purchases here) so I couldn’t afford to purchase some comics that really intrigued me, Stiffs Comics being one of them. The story is based in Wales and the artist himself told me the comic was influenced by his own thoughts on what was beyond the rail tracks in his home town so the story behind the comic book intrigued me enough to buy it and also there is a pot smoking monkey in it, I mean, what more do you want out of a comic book? Please support Stiffs Comics on;
The Pride Comics
Again in March I was already spent out before I even checked these comics out but to my great delight they were all here, ready to find a new place on my bookshelf and luckily The Pride comics were here!! The Pride comics is based on a gay superhero league led by everyone’s favourite gay superhero ‘Captain Fabulous’. The team have to embark on a series of ups and downs tackling with homophobia against their squad as well as on innocent victims. The comic(s) also touches on their history and showing how they came to be superheroes as well as a brief history on how admitting to being gay has affected their profession as well as their personal life. My favourite character is definitely Wolf, he’s such a hot head but a heart of gold and he’s taken quite a shining to one of the new boys ( I smell a romance). I only bought the first three issues as I want to buy the next in October’s Comic Con. A lot of heart and soul went into this comic and the deserve a lot of credit for their tireless efforts in creating a gay superhero league. Please please PLEASE support them by clicking this link:
These guys are always a pleasure to talk to and we bought tones of comics and art from their section. Dan bought 3 comics from them including their most popular ‘Mandy and a Monster’ which reminds me a lot of a modern Tank Girl (any image of a cool kick ass looking girl is going to remind me of the queen that is Tank Girl). Mandy the Monster Killer is a comic based on Mandy who gets pictures drawn by children of monsters in their bedroom who she has to kill (cute isn’t it?!) I also bought a piece of art that I fancied in March by a Swedish artist. I love it so much! So gothic and…bloody. Support these guys by clicking on any of links below:
Unfortunately I ran out of the dolla (again!) before I even reached Lou Scannon and I was really disappointed with myself (I say this everytime but I’m never financially prepped for comic con). Lou Scannon is definitely a future purchase for me as it looks absolutely hilarious. The character himself seems loosely based on Johnny Bravo and Space Dandy both of whom I love!! The first five issues all come together in chapter six and there is also a chapter seven which (I think, don’t take my word to that). Support this awesome comic book by clicking on any of these links:
Collette J Ellis
I have saved the best to last because these guys are the bomb!! We bonded over our love of youtube abridged series and our appreciation of Dragon Ball Z abridged and over my Yu Gi Oh vest. Her artwork is also amazing!! Dan bought two art pieces which he has hung proudly on his wall while I bought myself a pillow with her art print on it. I can’t wait to see her in October’s comic con. Please support her and her amazing work here;
Hope you enjoy my images and the work of all these fantastic and independent artists.