Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Friday, 28 August 2020
Recently I've made a couple of little comments on social media about a new venture I'm going to be undertaking as part of my plans for this site, namely a brand new YouTube channel. I've been feverishly working on ideas, an intro for the videos and in my new house I've set up the second bedroom as a comics room, complete with desk so I can write for longer without breaking my back and to record the videos from, and have organised comics (and posters from those comics) in a not-at-all-obvious background-to-my-videos kind of way.
One thing I knew I'd need was an updated title graphic, the image at the top of this very page. As long-time readers will know there's been a few different iterations since this all began back in 2013 but the most recent one came about after the Enniskillen Comic Fest when Oink! cartoonist Davy Francis drew a caricature of me; it just had to be incorporated! So I decided upon Uncle Pigg and myself either side of a load of my comics and the great big piggy pink logo in the middle. This was about the time I added the "and Beyond" to the name too because the blog was just starting to expand.
Eventually, all the blank spaces are filled in with lots of other Oink!s (well, it is the main comic here after all), ensuring there's plenty of little images fans will recognise in the little spaces. A few final tweaks here and there to make sure it keeps its Oink!-like random feel to it and it's done. So yes, just like the comic itself, in order to make it feel this random takes a lot of organisation!
The final stage is simply to replace the old photo with the new one on the graphic itself. When I first put this together a few years ago I made it roughly about the size it would display on the blog itself, fitting with Blogger's dimensions. What I should've done of course was make it much bigger so that when it's viewed on bigger screens (such as TVs with this new YouTube channel) it rescales and doesn't look as jaggy and pixelated. But hey, I wasn't to know at the time. I'll eventually get around to correcting that, but for now here's the previous version and below that the one we'll have for the next while.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
To celebrate the release of what I think is a very intriguing trailer for Matt Reeves' upcoming The Batman starring Robert Pattison here's Oink!'s own take on the legend from the very final issue (#68) by Wilkie. If you're interested and haven't seen the trailer yet pop on over to Belfast's Coffee & Heroes' website where you can get caught up right now (scroll to the bottom when you get there).