17/03/2014

The Return of the Creature from the Funk Lagoon

The Funky Butt Club has again consented to letting the Creature From the Funk Lagoon loose on the decks for one of their fabulously funky Sunday evening club nights upstairs at the Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn.

THIS SUNDAY! 23rd MARCH! 5-10pm! TOP FUNKY TUNES! Soul, funk, rhythm & blues, disco, ska, reggae, all good stuff. Only £3 in.

As you should know, the Funky Butt Club is AWESOME. A great mix of music, a super-friendly crowd and an atmosphere that's both laidback yet totally condusive to busting crazy moves.



The Creature will be throwing down his funkiest sounds 7-8, and then probably dancing like an eejit the rest of the time. Be there!

04/03/2014

Ten years of free comics


the ol' hula hoop manoeuvre, bub


It is (approximately) ten years since Newcastle City Library's graphic novel reading group Readers of the Lost Art first appeared on the novocastrian comics scene, meeting fortnightly to talk about comics - particularly those from the library's graphic novel collection. I joined the group a month or two after the start and have been attending meetings ever since.

It survived the total demolition and reconstruction of the City Library itself (via a temporary home at the Lit and Phil) and shows no signs of stopping yet. It seems to be the longest-running sequential art reading group in the UK (and though I have doubts, I can't see evidence to contradict that it might be the longest-running in the world). Some achievement for a buncha nerds.

What's it all about? As you might expect: reading and talking about comics. It's very laidback and informal. There might be a designated book - or, more likely, a book series or selection of books on a vague theme - to read, then we talk about it the next meeting. And anything else we've been reading (and, to be honest, Doctor Who and films and other junk). Then usually a pint and a Wetherspoons burger might be an option for anyone interested.

The City Library, even in these days of heavy library funding cuts, has a great graphic novel collection - and much of it was selected by the group.

Sometimes, folks write reviews for the website, I've done a few (though considering it's been ten years, my volume is pretty poor!)

(There's also the daft Lonkblig link blog repository of links to interesting stuff - invented before Tumblr was a thing!)

And the association, created by RotLA, between the library and the local comics scene led to the Canny Comic Con - the spectacularly free and awesome comics festival (the first of which was the first full comic festival in the North East for over fifteen years).

In honour of the ten years arguing about comics, Readers of the Lost Art will hopefully be involved with some events/exhbitions in the library over the summer. More on that when it's official.

In the meantime, hats doffed to Louise and Pauline for being the organised ones, Andrew for starting it in the first place, and all the other Readers, past and present, for a decade of chuntering on about comics. You dudes are aces.

So hey, if you're in the region and want to talk comics, or know anyone who does, the group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 6pm - check the website for dates. We're currently doing a big re-read of the works of Neil Gaiman. Come along and join in the discussion.

29/12/2013

Drawing and spinning

Quick update!

The Canny Comic Con Comic Creation Challenge was great. Pretty low-key, but good vibes all round, hopefully it might happen again.

Also: New Year's Eve.



The Creature From The Funk Lagoon will be opening DJ for the Funky Butt Club New Year's Eve Shindig. It is certain to be THE best place to have an awesome time (awesome tunes, awesome crowd), and youse should all get yo'selves along. Tickets are a tenner (plus a quid booking fee) from here.



29/09/2013

Funky but what?

Do you like dancing? I mean reaaaaaally dancing? To funk, soul, rhythm & blues, jazz, ska, etc? You do?

Are you in the environs of Newcastle upon Tyne? You are?

Then you should know about the Funky Butt Club. Upstairs at the Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn usually on the last Sunday of the month, 5-10pm, £3 in. Best dancing music and best dancing vibe in toon - and no taxis required!

Although it's generally on on the last Sunday of the month, it has been on its summer holidays and is now returning to bring funk to the dancing public of Newcastle on Sunday 13th October.

The resident DJs Lady Koo and Lord Leigh are amazing, plus they regularly bring in guest DJs to provide new funk directions. The atmosphere is great - a really mixed super-friendly crowd who are all into great music and dancing like fools.

You really should come.

Incredibly, the organisers have permitted THE CREATURE FROM THE FUNK LAGOON (ahem, you know how some people just love weird pseudonyms eh?) to do a guest spot at the 13th October event. He is very excited about this, as he loves funky music, and dancing like a fool, and the Funky Butt Club; but he is a little bit terrified, having not DJed for many a year, so he will be trying his hardest to make a good first impression...