Funktacular and Spooktacular

The Creature From the Funk Lagoon is returning!

You are aware of the Tyneside Cinema's swish new(ish) café-bar? YOU ARE NOW. It has all kinds of cool stuff on - quizzes, DJs, bands, plus fine food and beverages.

Well, the official Best Clubnight In The World Ever, the Funky Butt Club (which has been on hiatus for the last few months), is returning and it's new home will be fortnightly Fridays at the Tyneside's café-bar! AND the first one is TODAY, 24th October! AAAAAAND the Creature From The Funk Lagoon will be taking to the decks - to spin some funk, soul, disco, rhythm n blues, with maybe a sprinkling of rock n roll and hiphop and other funky goodness. Gonna be tops.

You are also aware of Nerd Hutch, Newcastle's new(ish) super-awesome DIY venue-space for super-awesome things like gigs and comics? YOU ARE NOW. Check the listings and see which cool bands and whatnot will be playing in the near future.

One of those fine upcoming events is a Halloween gig, featuring top punk tunes from Uniforms, solanos, and Skull Puppies. The Creature From the Funk Lagoon will be warm-up DJ, trying to set the tone with some spooky tunes (which aren't just the Monster Mash on loop all evening). Get yerself along for spooky good times.


More Investigating

There is such a thing as Tales of Extraordinariness #4: The Investigatist Returns. Yes, previously seen in ToE#1, the Investigatist now returns and faces his toughest case yet. It is pretty flipping tough.

Anyway, this mediocre publication might appear at Travelling Man Newcastle at some point (or not), but if you know me, just ask when you see me and I'll see if I've got any copies spare (though possibly not).


Skull Puppies

Skull Puppies should be your new favourite band. A trio of nerdcore punx with sharply observed and emotionally engaging lyrics, delivered with frankness and wry humour, propelled by ridiculously catchy melodic punk tunes, accessible but veering to full-throttle thrashy energy when the mood suits. SO GOOD. How good? Good enough to make me want to draw some weird kid wearing a crazy skull howling at the moon. I DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND. Yes, that good.

Also, yeah, I scanned it wrong, but liked the effect so left it that way.

Check 'em out, then buy an EP, then see them live, you won't regret it:


Local comics by local people about the locality

So Paper Jam has finally got itself in gear and done a new anthology - Newcastle Stories ...And That. It's themed around PJCC's hometown stomping grounds of Newcastle-upon -Tyne and is being released at a Late Shows event at the Holy Biscuit gallery's 'Urban Fictions' exhibition on 16th May. The Lates Shows is good, you should check it out, generally and also stop by and get some of this fine comic.

However, if you can't make the event, subsequently the comic will probably be available from Travelling Man comic shop.

Forty-ish pages of top comics goodness, with a cover, of course, by longtime PJCCer Gary Bainbridge - renowned purveyor of locally-set comics and art. More info and contributor list.

I did a story called 'Stump'. It was tough coming up with a story that really satisfactorily addressed the theme; after all, what is a place, its essence, what can one say about it that you couldn't say about another place? I tried to combine personal recollection with historical fact and kinda draw attention to the gulf in scale between those two elements to get across some sense of how insignificant we are in an objective sense yet how rooted in our own perspective we are. Also, it features the Hancock Museum and at least two plastic dinosaurs.

Anyway, should be an good comic with loads of interesting local info.