Thursday, 30 April 2020

New Book: The Unofficial Master Annual 2074

Regular readers of this site (Blogger assures me that I have those) will recall last year's Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987 by those splendid chaps at Terraqueous Distributors and how I had the privilege of illustrating two stories for it, well they have only gone and done it again! This time-releasing the wonderful, Unofficial Master Annual 2074 dedicated to the original Master portrayed by Roger Delgado. This week I received my contributor edition and just as with the last book I am equally delighted with this as that previously mentioned love and devotion to the series shines through its impressive 136 pages with contributions from well known names such as Alister Pearson, Smuzz, and Andy Walker.
As I said the Unofficial Master Annual 2074 is published by Terraqueous Distributors and available from  Lulu at the print-on-demand price of £23.32 plus shipping costs). So please visit the site and order your own copy.  Well done all concerned, and thank you Terraqueous for allowing me the opportunity to work on another of their amazing publications.

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Monday, 20 April 2020

VID-O-RAMA passes 100 Subscribers!

On Saturday I reached 100 subscribers... I realise that some people achieve this figure with no real effort and other YouTubers achieve vast, greater numbers achieving the coveted YouTube Play Buttons all the time but please indulge me here, when I uploaded the Frankenhooker painting video on my channel back in August I told myself, if I had achieved 100 subscribers by next August I would keep doing these VID-O-RAMA videos..
A big THANK YOU to everyone that has helped me achieve this number, there is still a great deal to do but I am very much looking forward to getting on with it, and who knows? perhaps even getting one of those play buttons?

NEW VIDEO: The Incredible Melting Man (1977) 

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE (1940– 2020)

Me, grinning like an idiot meting Tim Brooke-Taylor at
the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury- 2007

The great Tim Brooke-Taylor died last Sunday, another victim of this dreadful situation we have globally found ourselves in, serving an absolutely devastating blow to our spirits. A great English comedian and actor, there are many other sites online that do a far better job than me in documenting his amazing life and career, he started out as an active member of Cambridge Footlights, along with all the greats that would eventually become the basis of Monty Python's Flying Circus, he was a panellist on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue for almost 50 years but I think its fair to say that he will always be Tim from The Goodies.
The Goodies ran on the BBC from 1970 through to 1980 and was tremendously popular, they had various specials, comic strips, books and even made it to No 4 in the music charts with The Funky Gibbon in 1975. Then in 1980 they were asked by the BBC if they would step aside for one year so they could invest the annual budget into adapting The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for television... they never called them back. Let down by the BBC (a recurring theme for the BBC) they moved to LWT and the show aired on ITV instead, alas the the show only lasted one series and that was the end of the Goodies. Frustratingly, it's at around this time that I become 'aware' of television, and so I just narrowly missed them! Bill Oddie was now Dr. Dimple on Tickle on the Tum and Tim Brooke-Taylor was Derek Yates in Me and My Girl. But the Goodies would get together again in some form in the 1980's for a new project for the BBC, and I was in the front row for this one- Bananaman!

A loose animated adaption of the comic strip of the same name which first appeared in Nutty#1 in 1980 and the series, produced by 101 Productions aired on Children's BBC from 1983 to 1986 and featured the voices of the The Goodies with Graeme (incorrectly credited as Greame on some episodes) as the voice of Bananaman and his arch nemesis General Blight. Bill voiced Crow, Chief O'Reilly and Doctor Gloom and Tim Eddie the Gent, King Zorg of the Nerks, Auntie, Appleman and of course Eric, the ordinary schoolboy who lived at 29 Acacia Road who became Bananaman when he ate a banana! I loved this show, I read the comic strips in the Dandy, annuals, and all the various specials released and each time I read the strips I could hear their cartoon series voices in my head. I had the stationary set in school and I fondly remember being given a Bananaman Easter egg one year.
Fast forward 20 years having been teased with clips from the BBC over the years I was finally able to 'go over' their heads and experience the Goodies for myself on the Internet, and they did not disappoint- beautifully scripted, wonderfully acted and a credit to the skills and talent hired by the BBC at that time, their special guests serve as wonderful time capsules to that bygone era of both Britain and the BBC studios of the 1970's and I still say its one of the funniest shows that the BBC have ever produced. 
Signed by Graeme and Tim, notice Bill hasn't
signed it... 
 a story for another day...
Then in 2005 after a successful Australian tour the trio (with Oddie appearing via video link) played a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe, (a return for Tim who had performed there back in 1962 with the Cambridge Footlights) with their The Goodies Still Rule OK? show I remember listening to Graeme and Tim on radio 2 promoting the show and thinking how I would have liked to have seen them live, and as luck would have it they toured the UK and on Friday the 16th of March 2007 Mrs Jones and I saw them at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and they were wonderful- it was a warm look back on their career, sharing anecdotes to a packed house. Afterwards we went to the stage door as they both came out, they signed autographs and posed for photos, giving everyone their time, true gentlemen. They did not disappoint. I handed them my 1990 Dandy Special to sign, and they very kindly did so- Tim even told me how much he loved Bananaman- the cherry on the top of a very special Banana Sundae for me!
Since then we have re watched the shows, and I was even been able to introduce them to my daughter, a testament to how special those shows are. Still can't believe we lost Tim, and in such an awful way- a great, senseless loss. Last year a Indiegogo campaign was launched to complete The Goodies -The Movie a feature documentary on The Goodies on their 50th anniversary, sadly it didn't meet its target, but I hope they will try it again in Tim's honour. We need to remember how these people made our nation laugh, now more than ever. 
RIP Timbo

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

New Book: Shock Value: Legacy

A new stand-alone horror anthology for you from the chaps at Hellbound Media.
This new 92-page, black and white graphic novel is their latest release to an already impressive line-up of horror and dark fantasy titles and it features ten tales of terror from some of the best talent in the independent comic scene from around the world, the book celebrates, “the monsters that stood as the vanguard of the horror genre”. Yours truly had the pleasure of illustrating the interior back art – follow this link to find out more, and don't forget to follow them on Facebook for more news and the release date. Tell them Arfon sent you!

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Monday, 23 March 2020

New Book: The Joe Bob Briggs Fanzine #6

Latest issue of this fine publication is out now, and you can find my tribute to Q:The Winged Serpent and its director Larry Cohen (whom sadly died one year to this very day) on the back cover- but wait! There's more! The good people of Paddy Jack Press, responsible for this amazing fanzine, filled with contributions by numerous talented people, have generously made all the previous issues free to download to help lift everybody's spirits during the global pandemic! 
So follow this link and enjoy! Be sure to follow the relevant social media links and thank them afterwords mind. Oh, if downloading isn't how you 'roll' and its actual physical copies of things that floats your boat- order it on their Etsy shop tell them Arfon sent you!

The painting that features in this issue was documented on my YouTube channel, give it a view and let me know what you think. Don't forget to subscribe!

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Friday, 20 March 2020

I see a bad moon rising...

How are you all doing out there? Remember when we used to just shrug off these prophecies of doom? Case in point, having survived the predicted apocalypse that was to occur when the clock struck midnight marking the start of the new Millennium, twenty one days later I was outside waiting for another sure sign of doom. January 21st 2000 I was waiting for the Moon to pass directly behind the Earth and into its shadow causing the moon to turn a reddish colour- namely a total eclipse of the moon!
Eclipses were still 'in' at this time as Britain had 'attempted' to witness its first solar eclipse for 72 years six month prior (with only part of mainland Britain witnessing totality due to having their views obscured by clouds) and so this astronomical phenomena also received some media interest. Many saw the image of the moon turning blood red to be the real sign of end being 'nigh' but this again wasn't the case, and much like the solar eclipse the clouds rolled in just as things were about to 'officially' happen. But never the less I was there, outside the studio between 3:14am – 4:15am huddled up, Panasonic NV-R33VHS camcorder in hand (hence the shaky cam) as I sketched the moon/ documenting the event. Unfortunately the mic picked up the radio (on in the background to help me document the time) and at one point YouTube flagged the music and so I had to silence one section of it but it offers a moment of time, that might be of interest to someone out there.
Or at the very least offer something to while away the hours in our quarantined bunkers.  
Hunker down, stay safe. 

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

"Previously on Vid-O-Rama..."

So, did I mention that I have a YouTube channel?
On Sunday I uploaded my tenth painting time lapse video to my YouTube series Vid-O-Rama which celebrates movies that we rented from the video shop back in the 80's and 90's.
 I only started this project back in August and I am enjoying the process immensely and the response I have received thus far has been very positive and gratifying.
As I hope to have both this blog and the channel run parallel I thought I would create a mini playlist on here, a sort of 'catchup' telly listing thing if you will... Watch them all on a Sunday if you like, the get the full omnibus experience.

1) Tribute: Gentlemen of Horror 
A time-lapse of painting done as a tribute to Vincent Price, John Carradine, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing whose work I have always admired half tribute to the House of the Long Shadows and half  tribute to the now seemingly lost tradition of the late night movie. 

2) Frankenhooker (1990) 
One of my all time favourite horror comedies, directed by Frank Henenlotter. Loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's novel, the film stars James Lorinz and former Penthouse Pet Patty Mullen as the Frankenhooker! Side note: Patty Mullen loved the painting!

3) Tribute: MonsterVision's Friday the 13th Marathon hosted by Joe Bob Briggs
On Halloween 1998 Joe Bob Briggs presented a Friday the 13th Marathon on his Monstervision show showing parts 1,2,3,5 and 6 this painting serves as a tribute to both him, Monstervision and the Friday the 13th series for that matter

4) Chopping Mall (1986)
This time we celebrated Chopping Mall starring Kelli Maroney, Barbara Crampton , Tony O'Dell, John Terlesky, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson, Suzee Slater, Nick Segal and Dick Miller. Co-written and directed by Jim Wynorski who gave it his full endorsement!

5) Tribute: The Troma Tribute Painting Part 2
Not only was this devoted to The Toxic Avenger Part 2 and Class of Nuke 'Em Hight part 3 but it was also created to great join up with my previous Lloyd Kaufman/ Troma tribute painting from 2019!

6) Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982) 
A Halloween special commemorating the horribly overlooked third film in the franchise staring Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin and Dan O'Herlihy directed by Tommy Lee Wallace!

7) Robocop (1987) 
Dedicated to one of my all time favourite movies of all time, Robocop directed by Paul Verhoeven staring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox. With a special cameo by a robot and a cyborg!

8) Gremlins (1984)
The Christmas special inspired by the Christmas classic from 1984 directed by Joe Dante. Staring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel as the voice of Gizmo. Also featuring the story tape given to me when the movie was released, read by Tom Baker!

9) The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs Pt. 1
I recently painted a portrait for issue #5 of the Joe Bob Briggs Fanzine and documented the process this piece featuring the movies played on the show between 29th March to 26th April 2019. The movies being, C.H.U.D. Castle Freak, Q: Winged Serpent, Society, Deathgasm, The Changeling, Madman, Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope and Demon Wind.

10) The Astro-Zombies (1868) 
The Grind House classic from 1968, Astro-Zombies was written, directed and produced by the great Ted V. Mikels starring John Carradine, Wendell Corey, and Tura Satana! Granting me with an excuse to paint Tura Satana again!

Many more on the way, so be sure to 'like' and subscribe and ring that bell while your at it, to be kept in the loop! It all helps the channel to grow.

© Arfon Jones 2020. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.


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