Monday, 23 March 2015

Phoenix Festival tickets on sale NOW!


Yes, it's the return of...




























This event needs little introduction as it enters its third year. All the creators of all the strips of the nations greatest children's comic, appearing together to share their know-how and experience and love of comics with as many children as humanly possible.

And this year's show is 100% more awesome as it's now a TWO DAY FESTIVAL!

Different artists and writers will be hosting workshops and presentation on each day, and Lorenzo and I will be performing on both. Lucky you.

All the info can be found on the Phoenix Comic site HERE and tickets can be purchased from the Tickets Oxford site HERE.

There are limited numbers and these beauties go fast so get moving and we'll see you for all the fun in May!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Great review for Long Gone Don on BookZone4Boys!

We had a wondeful review of Long Gone Don over on BookZone4Boys recently, and we wanted to share it with you! GO HERE to read the full thing! Huge thanks to BZ4B!

Lorenzo!


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Scissors and Glue!

I got the scissors out and helped my boy make his mummy a Mother's Day card last week which reminded me of a house move collage I did a while ago, so here they both are for those of you who like such things...

Lorenzo!


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Men who stare at comics...


Believe it or not, there are lots of men out there in the wild who really rather enjoy a good book.  So many in fact, that there's a whole blog dedicated to them. 

Look, here's one sitting in a deckchair having a good old stare at some printed matter.












Men Who Stare At Books is a brilliant culture blog/portal, and we were absolutely chuffed to be asked along for a bit of an interview. Especially as they included the one photo in which I appear to be a clear foot shorter than Lorenzo...













Thanks a bunch for that, guys.   

Jokes aside, if you'd like to learn how to prepare a perfect cocktail for my brother, or if you fancy discovering his absolute favourite slice of Rushdie, then this is the interview for you!  Honestly.  Jokes aside.

Head over HERE for all the fun and nonsense!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Robot Walker Week Part 5/5: BONUS!

Hey folks, well this got bumped from last week, but here's one final massive load of robotic fun! Click on any of the three images below to get a BIG version of each collection!

Lorenzo!
http://studioblinktwice.deviantart.com/art/31-Robot-Walker-Concepts-519075434

http://studioblinktwice.deviantart.com/art/19-NEW-Robot-concepts-473063645

http://studioblinktwice.deviantart.com/art/17-Robot-Concepts-342168980

Friday, 13 March 2015

Nothing funny to say...


Yesterday at 3:07pm GMT, the world was made poorer by the loss of an irreplaceable soul.
The passing of Sir Terry Pratchett, at home, in bed with his cat and surrounded by his loving family, brings to an end something truly magical.

Today I find that I am unable to explain just what this man and his body of work means, and has meant, to me. That post will have to wait.

For now, I will simply leave you with the final words from his twitter account.

As amazing an end as the amazing life he selflessly shared with us all.

- Robin



Thursday, 12 March 2015

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Robot Walker Week Part 3/5

Even larger designs today, allowing a little more detail and a few extra textures within the materials used. More tomorrow!

Lorenzo!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Robot Walker Week Part 2/5

Slightly bigger machines today, all with weird critters at the controls! More tomorrow...!

Lorenzo!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Robot Walker Week Part 1/5

It's Robot Walker Week all this week here on the Etherington Brothers blog! We'll start with some thumbnails and build up to bigger designs as the week rolls on...

Lorenzo!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Eight Von Doogan Vehicle Designs

Here are a few designs I created for a forthcoming Von Doogan puzzle in which our big-haired hero has to make his way along a convoy of military vehicles. Oh, and if you want to download and cut out the card game from The Phoenix Issue 164, you can do so HERE! though you'll need the issue to understand the rules, of course...!

Lorenzo!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Happy World Book Day!


To everyone out there helping to promote reading for pleasure, writing for pleasure, creating for pleasure, we Etheringtons salute you.

For today is World Book Day!
























To all the librarians, book sellers, teachers, parents, literacy coordinators, comedians, authors, illustrators, brothers and sisters and uncles and friends and famous peeps and nameless peeps and world leaders and freedom fighters out there in the public eye or the thankless wilderness, each striving to get books into the hands of children .... THANK YOU.  We all have a part to play, small or large, and today is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading.

But it's just one of the 365 days each year in which we must remember to bring words to life for the next generation. Owning a single book that they can genuinely call their own is a terrifyingly rare experience for a large number of children living in the UK, let alone elsewhere. Having access to reading materials and stories is vital, and there's much we can do to change this situation. Sharing stories verbally in the classroom and at home, supporting libraries across the country, donating books to schools, arranging visits from authors, setting up after-school comic clubs, etc, etc. The list is endless.

But that is for tomorrow. For today, go out and dress up. As Harry, as Catniss, as Frodo, as a Wimpy Kid, as the Grinch - and wave your books high! Reading is the right of everyone alive and we say High Five to that!