I've got a new monthly comic, 'The Director's Cut', starting in today's Guardian Guide (Sat 7th Nov). I'm going to be doing a different director every month - first up is one of my favourite directors, David Lynch.
Here's my cover for the new issue of the awesome French comics magazine, AAARG!
I figured if the magazine is called AAARG!, I may as well do something as colourful, loud, over-the-top and in-your-face as possible. But still sort of jolly.
AAARG! is kind of a modern day version of magazines like the eighties Heavy Metal, so I thought it'd fit to do something inspired by Liberatore's incredible 'Ranx Xerox' comic strip. There's also a healthy dollop of Brian Bolland in there.
Below is the original artwork without the graphics.
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Here's the B&W artwork:
...and the rough sketch, originally an unused idea for the cover of Your Days Are Numbered.
I don't like to let an idea go to waste.
There's also a whopping 9 page 'A to Z of Krent Able' interview inside.
Thanks to Donald Rasambo for the translation.
Below is an an unused alternate cover design (based on a rejected idea for Future Of The Left's 'How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident' lp). I'll probably recycle it for something else sometime. This isn't the last you've seen of this dumb idea!
It's all in French obviously, but it really is bloody gorgeous - large scale, beautiful printing and design, and it comes with a huge fold-out poster of the cover. It's more like a book than a magazine. Plus the standard of the comics inside is tip-top. The French can draw so well, it's almost scary.
Large (approx 2.5 x 3.5 foot) Dr. Cave commission for fellow comic artist, the talented Mr. Julian Hanshaw. I think he's going to have it in his studio, keeping an eye on him.
I thought I'd have a go with using charcoal on this one. Takes me back to my brief career as an art teacher, demonstrating charcoal techniques to OAP's in an art shop in the northern seaside town of Cleethorpes. Good times.
Ltd Edition Signed & Numbered Prints are available in my Big Cartel store at this link: Krent Able — Home
I'll be at Gosh! Comics in London on 27th June for the launch of Jolly Lad. I'll be joining author John Doran and cover artist Simon Fowler, and we'll be interrogated by writer and musician Matt Colegate. Come down and check it out, get your book signed if you so desire - should be good.