Bryant & May In The Soup Again

My friend Mike Nicholson has sent me some drawings he’s done from ‘Bryant & May In The Soup’, one of two Bryant & May stories that appear in the volumes of ‘Red Gloves’. I love seeing what artists do with the characters. Oldies are always more interesting to draw that smooth-faced young’s! You can find his blog here.

5 comments on “Bryant & May In The Soup Again”

  1. Wayne says:

    Nice art work, are they in the actual Red Gloves edition? I haven’t read an illustrated book for ages. 😉

  2. Helen Martin says:

    And you’re not likely to for a while.One of the items discussed here was what happens to illustrations when a book is put into electronic format. The complaint is that they are hard to see, especially if in colour which is then reduced to b&w. The consensus appeared to be that nothing would happen until the technology settles down. Artists said that contracts which included electronic format were iffy and better not signed. I know nothing.

  3. Steve Beat says:

    At last (@Helen) – a tangable reason why the good old paper book is better than the techie equivalent! 🙂

    My work coleagues are raving about the new Kindle and are considering it – personally I’ll stick to my audiobooks (with my trusty iPod).

    Execellent artwork!

  4. mike nicholson says:

    Thanks for that, Steve – and Wayne.
    Any of you can follow that link that Chris has kindly included to see the fevered extent of my strange creative activity. My main pleasure is self-publishing autobiographical zines – not so much Graphic novels as short stories. A world away from my more commercial activities.
    These were done out of sheer appreciation of ‘The Old Boys’ – and because way back when I illustrated a Fowler short story on Sherlock Holmes for a BBC ‘cult’ website. It’s a vexed question this e-book thing.
    I was a pre-digital illustrator in magazines and publishing. It was a dream of mine to get a Penguin book jacket commission when I graduated – a dream I’m still chuffed to say came true several times. i’ve always held a reverence for the book as a format, illustrated or not.
    My partner has studied the ongoing emergence of digital formats and we attended a large UK publishing trade book fair a few years back – went to lectures sponsored by Sony (this was pre-Kindle).
    It was slowly but surely gathering pace even then, but the main thing that struck me was the visual dullness of the content; the pleasure of illustrated jackets and internal illustrations to complement the writing was much less a priority. The following year I gather the presence from vested interests in e-publishing/electronic books was exponentially larger. I work with Graphics and Illustration students now who are kicking against the predominence of virtual means to visualize (letterpress, screenprint and bookbinding have become very popular workshops, for instance). Just the perversity of youth – kicking against the accepted norm? Probably, but I think the creative world needs to embrace it all – I really doubt, beyond the globe-spanning profit margin-driven influences of corporations, that one format will ever truly replace another.

  5. Alan Morgan says:

    Very good indeed. It has that life to it, much of what I liked about early Deadline perhaps.

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