Amazing Gift & M.E Awareness Week

This week is M.E awareness week.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a long-term (chronic), fluctuating, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. M.E. affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK, and around 17 million people worldwide.

People with M.E. experience severe, persistent fatigue associated with post-exertional malaise, the body’s inability to recover after expending even small amounts of energy, leading to a flare-up in symptoms.

Below are some links provided by my good friend Jess Sylvie, who suffers from ME.

Open Medicine Foundation (International)

Invest in ME Research (UK)

Jess is an incredible lady, who raises a lot of awareness and fundraising for ME, while battling this horrible illness herself. Jess surprised me with a very special gift this week and i am truly honoured.

Jess hand crafted this incredible Perry Winkle bag, the knitting, stitching, everything is gorgeous. The time and dedication gone into this from Jess is outstanding. Thank you so much Jess, means the world to me.

Patreon and Website Update

Hi All

Over the last few days, we have done a lot of background on the Perry Winkle Comic website, to make it faster and more effective.

Perry Winkle is extremely image heavy and i understand it ran rather slowly for some users. This should now have improved. If you are still having problems, please do let me know, as we are now using a service.

On this note, to help cover the additional costs for the website, i have created a Patreon, if you would be interested in signing up, for as little as $1 (77p), where you can get access to sketches, works in progress etc, earlier then anyone else. Plus a chance to win a monthly original sketch.

Please do check it out and support us.   – Susie Gander Patreon 

 

Bank Holiday Bonanza

Happy Sunday Folks

Hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday Break.

We have a bundle of goodies for you at Perry Winkle HQ today, provided by the talented folks below :-

 

FAN ART & COMMISSIONS 

 

Chris Imber

Chris Imber from Reckless Hero created this amazing commission piece, loving this Chris !!

Kevin Woolfork

Kevin Woolfork sent in some fearsome Perry fan art

 

FUNKO POP FUN 

My husband and I sat down, to a creative weekend. This was a first for us, i never customised anything before, but was a great laugh.

Funko Pop Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAGES 

More Perry Winkle pages are being worked on and sent for lettering by the super awesome Rob Jones….. sneaky peek ..shhh !!!

Celebration Time – Last Cancer Check Up

 

 

 

 

 

We are celebrating today at Perry Winkle HQ.

Today i had my very last cancer check up.  🙂

Walking into the clinic today, hugging my oncologist so tight, i’m sure he couldn’t breath !! We knew today was the day, but to hear him say it, filled us with joy. 🙂

My fears were soon squashed, when Dr P explained i have a direct phone number to the department, should i have any future concerns. So i won’t have to start from scratch again, all my notes will remain on file.

Clinically i am fine and we can now focus on the fertility side of things.

It has been a very tough 3 years, with sad times and happy times, but personally feel I have grown as an individual and it makes you realise what really is important in life.

Can I take this moment to say thank you to Chris Gander, my family and each and every single one of you for the continued support throughout this journey and supporting Perry Winkle.

I couldn’t have done it without each and every single one of you , you are all heroes xxxxx

 

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OFFICIAL PRINT EDITION RELEASE DATE i

Well guys …. we finally pinned down an official release date for the Print Edition.

We will be debuting the print edition at Nottingham Comic Con (hence Perry’s Robin Hood look), along with some prints, originals etc, with 20% of all sales going to the Bloodwise cancer charity.

Kickstarter backers will also be sent their rewards two weeks PRIOR to the date below.

Thank you so much to each and every single person who has supported us, this has been an incredible journey. A huge thank you again to Robin Jones for providing the lettering, amazing stuff.

We have met lots of incredible people, from the comic book world and such inspiring survivors.

I have loved every second of this project and Perry Winkle is very much a part of my life now. You all made that possible.

Thank You.

I have one more favour to ask, i am currently looking into the number of copies to order. If you would like to register your interest in ordering a copy of Perry Winkle, it will help give me an idea of numbers.

Please do email us at perrywinklecomicgmail.com or tweet us @SusieGander, we will add you to list.

Leamington Spa Comic Con – This Saturday !!

Perry Winkle will once again be teaming up the lovely gents at The Awesome Comics Podcast.

We have been very kindly invited to join the ACP crew on their panel, a great privilege or a terrible curse !!! (Just kidding)

As always the guys are a great laugh and we would love to meet you. So if you are heading to the comic con, or want to know more, tickets are still available, check out the link below.

Leamington Comic Con Info

Tickets 

EVENT SCHEDULE

10:30: Doors open for advance ticket holders
11:30: Doors open for general public
11:45: Live reading of ‘A Rum Run Awry’ with Ed Gamster (Studio)
12:45: Visual story telling panel by Neil Gibson of T Publications (Studio)
13:00: Creating beasts and monsters with Artist Darrell Thorpe (Kids Zone)
13:45: Changing landscape of comics, Mike Garley/Andy Clift (Studio)
14:00: Wrawing – learning to draw using numbers with Artist Okse (Kids Zone)
14:45: The small press explosion by The Awesome Comics Pod (Studio)
15:00: Face painting and balloon twisting finish (Kids Zone)
15:45: Cosplay competition and panel hosted by the ICC (Studio)
16:30: Last entry
17:30: Event close
19:00: Screening of Tim Burton’s Batman (The Parish Church)

* Please note event schedule and guests line up are subject to change.

Visit our website for more details: https://www.spatowncomics.co.uk/2017-schedule

 

Reynard City – Guest Blog by Will Turner

Reynard City is an idea I’ve had since middle school but it’s only been in the last ten years that I was lucky enough to get together with a team and make it

Essentially it’s abut three superhero foxes who come to Earth to stop an evil robot fox including AK Girl (An eccentric psychic vixen with various power modes whose weakness is inflating on contact with caramel), Wondervixen (A former talent show kid with a dark secret) and Hyper Rob (WV’s boyfriend whose father created Mega Fox)

What follows is a story that plays like a 90’s cartoon like Ninja Turtles or Thundercats with a bit of Vic n Bob style surrealism and Adventure Time character moments thrown in

Reynard City: We need you!

As I write this we have 4 days left of our Kickstarter and £5,500 to raise in order to relaunch our comic.

So why exactly do we need to relaunch? There’s a few reasons but what it boils down to is simple- we want to make it better. And by that I mean the comic, the business behind it and the means in order to get it out to more people.

Essentially the main aim is to do around 1 or 2 40 page graphic novels every year as opposed to 22 page issues. This is not because they were bad (quite the opposite, Susie’s Out of Shape, Dan’s Assessment, Nicholas and Syd’s Issue 11, Jed’s Subconscious Pt 2 and Nicholas’ Balloon Boy are all tremendous in my opinion). Rather it counters issues people had with the previous comics- it allows for more consistent artwork and a bit more depth with the story.

Furthermore it means we can pay a fair amount to the artists who work on it, thus making sure they can stick to the commitment to doing the issue. This has been a challenge for me in terms of raising the funds to do this as well as being able to do the basics (pay rent, food etc) for me.

We have been lucky as through the Kickstarter we’ve worked with local actors I met through Hayley Evenett and James Ducker’s Redduck Producktions, played a trivia game and had a great time on local TV, radio and being featured on various podcasts (plus a great moment chatting with the Sonic Boom cast during the #AskSonicBoom Twitter chat).

What it comes down to is that this Kickstarter will allow us to do a lot more a lot sooner- we will be able to go to more events, make a better comic to sell when we get there and to create the merchandise and get more exposure that will allow for a more self sustaining project so we don’t have to ask for funding again.

The link to the Kickstarter is here where you can also see the promo video by the awesome John Paul Guerra. Big thanks to everyone who has contributed including (but not limited to) Gizzy,  The Visualise team who did our website (Jo, Jim, Meg and Tyler), Norwich Kitty, Cmore Trix, Foxybop, Cherryfox, Raye, Casandra, GreyofPTA, Lionalliance and everyone who has backed our Patreon and Kickstarter so far!

And Finally … If Perry Winkle was to team up with one of the Reynard City team, who would it be and why ? 

Will – “I totally see Perrywinkle hanging out with AK Girl, going on an adventure and stopping off for chilli on the way home!”

 

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PerryWinkle Takeover -by Rob Jones

Do not adjust your se– your screen settings. Do not refresh your browser. This is a take over.

 My name is Rob Jones, letterer of this wonderful comic, Perrywinkle, and I’m taking over this page for a brief moment to talk to you about my own project… Well, one of them.I’m the co-creator, writer and letterer/designer for Papercuts and Inkstains, an anthology series published by Madius Comics. (of which I’m a member). Along with my co-creator, Mike Sambrook, we’ve amassed six issues and seven books (we’re Geroge Lucas-ING you) of our comic, which contains a rag-tag collection of stories; tackling such highbrow themes as aliens, horror, sci-fi, village fetes, running out of coffee, time wars, vampires, werewolves, the Yorkshire zombie apocalypse, cultists, human meatballs, cabins in the wood and girl guides. Oh, and we like to crowbar a little humour into our stories because life can be too serious sometimes.

 

We’re currently crowd funding on Kickstarter to collect EVERY SINGLE PAGE of those issues into a 250 page monster of a book. And to boot, we’ve gone back and coloured, relettered, remastered, remixed and rejigged the comic to look the best it has ever been!

 

This is easily the biggest thing we’ve ever attempted and fact is, WE NEED YOU!

 

We REALLY need you!

 

Papercuts and Inkstains has been a brightly shining beacon of silliness, stupidity and Madius’ flagship comic for the past two years. Still not convinced? Want to know what people have been saying along the way?

Well here’s a TREASURE TROVE of reviews to dive intos:

– “a fantastic showcase for some of the most exciting talent on the UK scene.Pipedream Comics

– “The high quality of storytelling we’ve come to expect has been maintained, while the humour that makes this magazine so memorable has never been sacrificed or compromised.Starburst Magazine

– “laugh out loudBig Comic Page

– “excellent short storiesDownTheTubes

“I can’t help but love itGarbage File

“a great anthology comic, with such high production values and professional standards.Pop Culture Bandit

“The thing that makes them so popular is that their stories are so utterly ridiculous.Curiosity of a Social Misfit

– “Consistently Madius Comics have given me more enjoyment than all the books I’ve read in the past year from The Big Two.” Other Worlds Than These

– “quick witted dialogue and eccentric narratives result in a truly enjoyable read.Snap Pow

-“This is an exuberant, inventive anthology from some great talent. It’s energetic, clever and immense fun. Definitely worth the papercuts and absolutely worth the inkstains.” Travelling Man

 

YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!

 

We’ve teamed up with a plethora of incredible artists to produce a huge collection of stories, including:

Currently working their magic colouring the pages are:

  • Nick Gonzo
  • Angela Sprecher
  • Rosie Packwood
  • Rory Donald
  • Darren Smith
  • Jim Lavery
  • Ceri Hanvey
  • Bob Turner

The campaign hit KICKSTARTER MARCH 15th and at the time of writing is 34% funded of our £4000 goal…Come and see what all the fuss has been about and join us on our mad quest for global domination and year round pumpkin spiced lattes…

You may now go back to your regularly scheduled viewing of looking at cat videos as you poop.

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The Gothon Campaign

Following on from todays earlier blog post about our interview with author Dan Wright.

Here is the completed cover commissioned by Dan 🙂

 

Do check out Dan’s novels and get caught up, ready for the Gothon Campaign release date.

Also, more Perry Winkle pages are coming, if you are following us on twitter, you would have seen a sneaky peek, if not .. here is our twitter 🙂

Good night folks… off to bed 🙂

Sponsored Leg Wax for Lymphoma Association …

My super brave little brother (i say little, he is 21 this year !!) is waxing his legs to raise money for the Lymphoma Association.

I have been promised photographic evidence (cue evil older sister chuckle !!)

On a serious note, i am very proud of him for doing this and would like to share his Just Giving Page. If you are able to share some pennies 🙂

Well Done Patrick 🙂