Look who turned up in the post last week! In my cold, scratched hands, I’m chuffed to say the new Alby Figgs book, graphic novel, illustrated narrative compendium, bumper summertime special (however you like to call your comics these days), will be on sale next month from the brilliant Blank Slate Books. Collecting strips from Alby’s first year (season 1?!) previously aired on the Alby Figgs website, in a new format and with some additional material, it’s a gorgeously produced package aided by that master of sharpie comic book design, Woodrow Phoenix, who’s book jackets always match the sharpness of his dinner jackets.
Regale over Alby classics like Diagnosis, Deaf, Figgsy Pudding, Edwin Druid, the Freudian Gutbuster and many, many more.
Remember, you can catch up with brand new adventures from the Albster online, every first Friday.
Discovered yesterday while trawling through my unconventional filing system looking for something else, this 7 year old character study from a Pleece Bros graphic novel that never quite got off the ground, Jessie London, featuring a young bequiffed Alby Figgs.
This Friday , September the 20th at around tea-time, everyone’s favourite 70 something amateur natterer, Alby Figgs, returns for brand new adventures in psych-babble street philosophy and elasticated truth stretching. After this season 2 opener, there’ll be a new monthly schedule, every first Friday from October, expanded stripage (two tiers–good), full colour colouring in and a brand new wooly jumper.
All this at the ridiculous cost of no pence to you. Keep your browsing fingers and thumbs hovering over this link http://albyfiggs.wordpress.com/ till then!
Ahead of my appearance at Stripped, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival tomorrow, Friday the 23rd here’s a link to a recent interview now up on their website, talking about Montague Terrace, The Great Unwashed, Velocity, Darren Shan’s Zom-B books and much much more.
Just to recap, I’ll be holding a Zom-B drawing workshop from 18.30 and sharing a panel with Roger Gibson from 20.30 on Friday, talking about Montague Terrace. Then on the Sunday I’ll be sharing the stage with David Bishop, Dan Abnett and Robbie Morrison talking about 2000AD at 15.00.
We’re taking part in this Saturday’s Comica Comiket at Central St. Martins this Saturday 20th along with a host of comicy talent, stalls and events. Warren’s taking part in the drawing parade, live scribbling to music and we’ll be signing copies of Montague Terrace at the Cape table. It should also be an opportunity to get your hands on a signed copy of our other book of greatest hits, The Great Unseen, I mean The Great Unwashed. A rare and precious moment!
Just in case you missed this Sunday’s Observer, Montague Terrace received its first great review in the national press as graphic novel of the month. You can read the review by Rachel Cooke here on the Guardian website. There’s also an offer through the Guardian bookshop to buy the book at the specially reduced price of £11.99 (RRP £14.99).
Montague Terrace is published by Jonathan Cape on the 4th of April