Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tomica webcomic starts again tomorrow!

After a brief hiatus, Tomica and the Nexus apparatus starts again tomorrow!

Read our webcomic at www.uocomics.com/tomica/

This weekend Dave and I will be at rAge Expo 2015! Come check out our table in the artist's alley form 9-11 October and pick up your print editions of Tomica and the Nexus Apparatus for only R35 each!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SA Comic Books at The National Arts Festival 2015

Great news!
South African comics will be available at Grahamstown's National Arts Festival this year!
Gofu and Tomica will also be for sale there!

So if you're going to the Grahamstown Festival, go support local comics!
Check out the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463025437342026/

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ECCC, Fan Expo Vancouver Icon by the Sea and FCBD Cape Town

Time is really flying here at studio de Lange!

In two weeks Megan and I jet off to Vancouver and Seattle for a little holiday and a LOT of conventions!

It's going to be crazy! We will be attending Emerald City Comicon in Seattle in two weeks and then a week later we'll check out Fan Expo Vancouver.
ECCC is out first big con we're attending we're super excited! Even though everyone seems to only know about San Diego Comic Con, ECCC is the biggest comic convention in the north west. The guest list is a bit overwhelming and I'm still working on my must-see list for the show. There's actually so much going at that show I don't even know where to begin. It's going to be tough choosing between panels, comic books signings, and all kinds of stuff happening at the same time.
So many comic artists that I look up to are going to be there, big house and indie. I suspect I'll be coming back with a whole new perspective on making comics.

As we get back to Durban, it's time for Icon by the Sea!

I'll have a stall there for all three days (10, 11 and 12 April) and I'll have a lot of goodies on show:
-Gallery of original art on display and for sale including original pages from Gofu and Tomica.
-Gofu and Tomica comics for sale, Including the official launch of Tomica #2!
-Comic book signings by myself and Dave.
-Art prints for sale
-Drawing demonstration - come watch me draw Tomica and Gofu comic pages, live!
-Pre-show commissions - three slots available at a very special Icon By The Sea price of R400 each. (three slots available - must be collected at Icon). If you order a UO Comics character, you get a free UO Comics art print of your choice!- email or pm me for details.

Then just three weeks later...

Free Comic Book Day Cape Town!!

Keep an eye on this blog for more details about UO Comics at FCBD Cape Town!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SA Comics at Design Indaba 2015

Next week South African Comics will be invading Design Indaba in a big way!

SA Comics will be for sale at the Design Indaba BOOK.exCHANGE as well as at the SA Comics stall in the Expo. from 27 Feb to 1 March.

Yes, Gofu Part 1 and 2 as well as Tomica #1 will be available.

Various SA comics creators will be talking about their comics as well as doing comic book launches. See the schedule below or check out  http://www.designindaba.com/events/events-arena-expo-2015 for more info.

So if you're at Design Indaba, don't miss out on SA Comics!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Red Eye Durban February 2015

This previous Friday UO Comics exhibited at the third Red Eye Durban. It was the biggest gallery exhibition I've ever put together.
I had over 24 framed pieces of comic art, including original comic pages from Gofu and Tomica on display and for sale.

Check out the huge space I had at the amazingly beautiful venue: Durban City Hall.
(apologies for the bad photos - I really must take a real camera along ext time...)
It was also good to spend time with fellow comic creator, the young Findlay, Rapscallion, Atkinson.

Many of these original artworks are still available. Serious enquiries, please contact me.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What's been happening the last three months?

HAPPY 2015!

Okay, it's been a while since my last blog post, so before I get to the awesome that's gonna be 2015, let's just recap on some of the things UO Comics have been up to since Open Book 2014...
Get ready for a gratuitous photo dump!

I just got back from Open Book Comics Fest, when Dave and I had a small book signing at The Unseen Shoppe with Durban author, Luc Haasbroek.

Then it was off to the big show! We went to Rage for the first time, and I dragged Dave with me!
Our table was in the Legion Ink Artist's Alley, next to Warren Louw and Manu Kongolo's tables, so we were in good company!
Unfortunately the only other comic book exhibitor there was Josh Ryba and Daniel Browde's Rebirth. I'll have to drag more of my comic book friends there this year...

It was ridiculous! Rage is the biggest pop culture and games show I've been to in South Africa, and it was very much worth the effort to attend and sell our comics there. Prints also sold very well, and I certainly learned a thing or two about what kind of prints fans are after. Most importantly, it was very good and encouraging to see young South Africans supporting and buying local comic art with such enthusiasm.

Our table was next to Warren Louw - really great artist and awesome person! Yes, I bought an original from him :)

Next up, back in Durban, was Kablam! at Open Plan Studio. This comic art and comic book event was created by myself, Luke Molver and Sean Stretch of Open Plan Studio in an effort to introduce and promote South African comic art to a Durban audience. It also served as Luke's launch of Remember Emma, and my Durban launch of Gofu Part 2 of 6.

As a gallery event Kablam! was a very good opportunity to show off and sell original comic art and prints too. The event was very well attended and we also got some good media coverage, including a segment on The Expresso Show.

All South African comics book creators were encouraged to submit work for the show, and it was great to see so many SA comic books and artworks on display and for sale. Other than my own Gofu and Tomica art, and Luke Molver's Nero art, artworks included those of Danelle Malan and Ben Geldenhuys of Cotton Star, Willem Samuel of Mengelmoes,  Mark McEwan of Ma, the Tree of Life Trilogy, Chris Beukes of Wrath and kEda Gomes. There was also a whole market table filled with almost all self published South African comic books available at the moment.

I had hardly recovered, when it was time to appear at Red Eye Durban! UO Comics was part of the return of the famous Durban art event in a new, monthly format. We were fortunate to have a very good position in the gallery and we also got some awesome giant Tomica banners sponsored by my favorite print shop, The Print Room!

Luke Molver joined me and sold his Nero comics. It was a very successful evening, allowing us to reach a whole new audience.

No rest for the wicked. Next it was time to get ready for the I Heart Market!
Megan, my wife is a long time I Heart Market regular with her Starbright Girl Jewellery, and she encouraged me to join her at the market over the christmas period.
I decided to use the opportunity to further expose SA comics to a Durban audience, so I took all the left over comic books form Kablam! and set up shop as Awesome SA Comics!
Over four holiday market days sales went very well, especially when the Gauteng holiday makers hit the market.

Well that's a run down of what's been happening since Open Book, last year. It was a crazy three months, that put a tremendous amount of strain on the Tomica webcomic to the point where we decided it's better to just take a break than to deliver sub-standard work.
Of course, this also meant that Tomica #2 was delayed more than once.

But I'm happy to say that work on Tomica has started again in earnest, and I'll be announcing a release date soon!
Keep an eye open for the next blog post.
2015 is going to be a very good year for SA comics!