Tuesday 16 August 2016

Slashermania! Kickstarter

Just wanted to tell you about an exciting project that I’m involved with, Freaktown Comics are currently looking for Kickstarter backers to back their latest title, Slashermania! This 168 page graphic novel celebrates the slasher movie genre serving a “tribute to, and an examination of, the eighties slasher movie phenomenon”. This terror tale set in 1983 tells of a group of troubled teens that are taken to a summer camp facility to be trained as counsellors. But unbeknown to them they are actually part of a bizarre contest that sees 10 masked maniacs attempting to win the coveted Slashermania Slasher of the Year award! Written by Russell Hillman and illustrated by Ron Joseph and CJ Camba Slashermania promises “It’s mostly played straight but with an undercurrent of post-modern self-awareness and some appropriately inappropriate laughs along the way - carefully designed not to undercut the scares.
Inked by Jake Isenberg, coloured by Harry Saxon and lettered by Sergio Calvet the book will also include a 12-page pin-up section featuring work by “the best artists in the world of indie and alternative comics” such as Phil Buckenham, Dennis Booth, Agustin Calcagno and yours truly!
The book promises to be great fun so follow the link, show your support and back this project and help make this book a reality! Tell your friends, spread the word and share the love!

© Arfon Jones 2016. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Monday 1 August 2016

Loren Coleman and the International Cryptozoology Museum

If you have ever watched a documentary relating to Cryptozoology (the study of hidden or unknown animals) it is very likely you will have seen this man, Mr. Loren Coleman. He is one of the world's leading cryptozoologists and spokesperson for the science, an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club he is also a life member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Not to mention an author (one of my favourite books written by him is Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology) and in 2003, Mr Coleman realised his lifelong dream of someday opening a museum devoted to Cryptozoology. The International Cryptozoology Museum is filled with all manner of items relating to Cryptozoology achieving its primary mission to educate, inform, and share Cryptozoology with the general public. The museum is filled with an array of sculptures, paintings and souvenirs from around the world and not forgetting an 8 feet tall representation of Bigfoot!
This year the museum relocated to its new premises at Thompson’s Point Portland, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make the 2,976-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean myself but I strongly suggest you do so if you are in Portland! In the "Coleman's Corner" section dedicated to the man himself, you will find my painting.  Following on from a painting I made back in 2013 of Professor Philip J. White, curator of Bangor University’s natural history collection for the Bangor Science Festival, we see Mr. Coleman amongst his exhibits. As I previously indicated, I wasn’t able to visit the museum to make sketches and take reference photos so I had to use what I could find on the Internet and this is why some items are not necessarily to scale. But Mr. Coleman was delighted with it never the less and I am equally delighted that it now resides in his museum, and thank him for sending me a photo of it on display.
Remember now, if you are ever visiting Maine, specifically Portland, be sure to visit the museum and show them your support- tell them that Arfon sent you!

© Arfon Jones 2016. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.


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