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Just a quick shout out to everyone who’s been kind enough to comment and contact me but I’ve been too rubbish to reply! My apologies. This is gonna be a busy week but I promise I haven’t forgotten the generosity of your time in contacting me and I will reply as soon as possible. Again, massive apologies but thank you for being patient. Much love.

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Hey folks! I tested out a kindle unlimited (most definitely f*ckin’ limited btw😂) trial recently and as a result have been getting massively back into Manga over the last 2 or 3 months. I’ve been going through titles like a dose of salts so thought I’d throw it out there to peeps to see if I’m ’on target’ for what constitutes ’good’ manga. I really got into Mnaga in my teens but veered away from it over time. In the UK we used to have a publication called Manga Mania which was where it all started. I’ve listed below the titles that I’ve read and a few details. If you good people want to let me know your thoughts then it’ll be greatly appreciated.


Akira - read all of ‘em when I was a kid and re-read them again recently. Absolute classic way ahead of its time. All traditional art. Mind:blown!


Death Note - All: Loved it, one of my faves. Especially the ending. Amazingly well written and clever.


Attack on Titan -Only read up to vol. 22 before Amazon screwed me with their clever trick. Honestly, don’t rate the artwork so highly but 100% hooked on the story.


Fairy Tail - Read up to vol. 22. Again, I like Mashima’s artwork and it lends itself well to the characters and the story, not quite on par with Akira or UQ Holder. However, the whole vibe of Fairly Tale prompted me to buy the physical book box sets, I love it that much.


UQ Holder - Read up to vol. 19. - Good fun. Some in the UK would consider ‘provocative’ content but I guess that’s the difference between different cultures. I’ve learnt a new word too, ‘ecchi’ which I think would describe it. However, experts, please correct me if I’m wrong. The stand out with UQ Holder is the all digital artwork. The crispness makes it pop off the page and the backgrounds, baddies and vehicles are amazing! My fave so far in terms of visuals.


Inuyasha - Read the 1st omnibus - One of the older titles, thought it was ok but didn’t pursue it past the first volume.


Ghost in the Shell - Amazing. Love Masamune Shirow’s style, tried to copy it when I was a kid and started reading Appleseed.

Appleseed - First book - had to buy digitally from Amazon as physical copy would’ve broke the bank.


Dominion - First book - More Shirow, wanted to read after GITS and Appleseed.


Gleipnir - up to vol. 4 - Bizarre but original and enjoyable. Waiting for Amazon to unlock the later volumes as a means to con me into keeping my subscriptio!😂


Vinland Saga - 1st volume. - Good. Now watching the animated series.


Battle Angel Alita - up to vol. 4 - Kinda dark, Bisley-esque inked artwork but after seeing the film, really wanted to see what it was all about.


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - 1st volume. - Miyazaki. ’Nuff said. Exemplary.

Fire Force up to vol. 7 - Artwork not as good as others but story is great. Love the designs of the infernals.


Demon Slayer - 1st omnibus - Good but couldn’t really get into it.

Naruto - 1st omnibus - Heard this was really popular. Enjoyed it but no high res versions available that were part of the so-called ‘kindle unlimited’.


Kenichi Mightiest Disciple - 1st volume (plus 4 seasons on Amazon) A bit saucy here and there but really, really good fun. Love the way Kenichi is so relentlessly positive and committed and has a profound effect on all his opponents along the way.


Bleach - book 1. Got really into it and then all the other volumes weren’t part of the subscription. Love the story and the artwork, especially the designs for the Hollows. can someone tell me if this is worth pursuing, even if it costs me my hard earned dough? 😂


Jujutsu Kaisen - First volume - I liked it but I kinda feel like it’s very similar to Bleach.


So there’s a few. I know there are others that sit on the list of ‘must read’ manga such as:


My Hero Academia

Tokyo Ghoul

One Piece

Rave Master


However, I would greatly appreciate all your recommendations and suggestions please. I find it all very inspiring as a comic artist and am constantly learning from all of it. I’ve enjoyed both classics and modern so far, but have to say art wise, UQ Holder was just so impressive, especially as it was all done digitally and therefore translated well to the iPad, that I’m trying to find more with similar art work.


Anyway, thanks very much for reading, hope to garner many more titles on the reading list!


Much love! Bambs

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Hey folks! I tested out a kindle unlimited (most definitely f*ckin’ limited btw😂) trial recently and as a result have been getting massively back into Manga over the last 2 or 3 months. I’ve been going through titles like a dose of salts so thought I’d throw it out there to peeps to see if I’m ’on target’ for what constitutes ’good’ manga. I really got into Manga in my teens but veered away from it over time. In the UK we used to have a publication called Manga Mania which was where it all started. I’ve listed below the titles that I’ve read and a few details. If you good people want to let me know your thoughts then it’ll be greatly appreciate.


Akira - read all of ‘em when I was a kid and re-read them again recently. Absolute classic way ahead of its time. All traditional art. Mind:blown!


Death Note - All: Loved it, one of my faves. Especially the ending. Amazingly well written and clever.


Attack on Titan -Only read up to vol. 22 before Amazon screwed me with their clever trick. Honestly, don’t rate the artwork so highly but 100% hooked on the story.


Fairy Tail - Read up to vol. 22. Again, I like Mashima’s artwork and it lends itself well to the characters and the story, not quite on par with Akira or UQ Holder. However, the whole vibe of Fairly Tale prompted me to buy the physical book box sets, I love it that much.


UQ Holder - Read up to vol. 19. - Good fun. Some in the UK would consider ‘provocative’ content but I guess that’s the difference between different cultures. I’ve learnt a new word too, ‘ecchi’ which I think would describe it. However, experts, please correct me if I’m wrong. The stand out with UQ Holder is the all digital artwork. The crispness makes it pop off the page and the backgrounds, baddies and vehicles are amazing! My fave so far in terms of visuals.


Inuyasha - Read the 1st omnibus - One of the older titles, thought it was ok but didn’t pursue it past the first volume.


Ghost in the Shell - Amazing. Love Masamune Shirow’s style, tried to copy it when I was a kid and started reading Appleseed.

Appleseed - First book - had to buy digitally from Amazon as physical copy would’ve broke the bank.


Dominion - First book - More Shirow, wanted to read after GITS and Appleseed.


Gleipnir - up to vol. 4 - Bizarre but original and enjoyable. Waiting for Amazon to unlock the later volumes as a means to con me into keeping my subscriptio!😂


Vinland Saga - 1st volume. - Good. Now watching the animated series.


Battle Angel Alita - up to vol. 4 - Kinda dark, Bisley-esque inked artwork but after seeing the film, really wanted to see what it was all about.


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - 1st volume. - Miyazaki. ’Nuff said. Exemplary.

Fire Force up to vol. 7 - Artwork not as good as others but story is great. Love the designs of the infernals.


Demon Slayer - 1st omnibus - Good but couldn’t really get into it.

Naruto - 1st omnibus - Heard this was really popular. Enjoyed it but no high res versions available that were part of the so-called ‘kindle unlimited’.


Kenichi Mightiest Disciple - 1st volume (plus 4 seasons on Amazon) A bit saucy here and there but really, really good fun. Love the way Kenichi is so relentlessly positive and committed and has a profound effect on all his opponents along the way.


Bleach - book 1. Got really into it and then all the other volumes weren’t part of the subscription. Love the story and the artwork, especially the designs for the Hollows. can someone tell me if this is worth pursuing, even if it costs me my hard earned dough? 😂


Jujutsu Kaisen - First volume - I liked it but I kinda feel like it’s very similar to Bleach.


So there’s a few. I know there are others that sit on the list of ‘must read’ manga such as:


My Hero Academia

Tokyo Ghoul

One Piece

Rave Master


However, I would greatly appreciate all your recommendations and suggestions please. I find it all very inspiring as a comic artist and am constantly learning from all of it. I’ve enjoyed both classics and modern so far, but have to say art wise, UQ Holder was just so impressive, especially as it was all done digitally and therefore translated well to the iPad, that I’m trying to find more with similar art work.


Anyway, thanks very much for reading, hope to garner many more titles on the reading list!


Much love! Bambs

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Well folks. Was on fire for a little while back there wasn’t I? Then in true Bambs fashion it all went quiet again. 😂 So time for a quick update.


I’ve just gone through one of those busy spells I’m always harping on about where sadly life just takes over. The 9-5 has been Uber busy, with colleagues retiring and then organising recruiting etc, and to top it off the family and I have had to isolate for 10 days as my wife came back with a positive PCR test after catching coronavirus at work. Bummer. Thanks COVID. Not complaining though - I’m grateful to have been relatively unaffected by the whole pandemic up until now, so all things considered, things are good. Just busy.


Also, and I hope some of my artist buddies out there feel this: I‘ve been hijacked a lot. I don’t mean like ‘life threatening’ but mostly because of my art. A lot of people, mostly well intentioned, literally EXPECT me to do stuff for them. A lot of my buddies here in the UK are like, ‘it won’t take long’ and ‘it’s for a birthday’ and expect that ‘cos you’re an artist- you can turn it round in 20 minutes! And that’s another reason I’ve not posted much on DA for a while, that’s happened a fair bit recently. Lisa Nichols says that ‘No!’ Is a complete sentence’. I really need to take that advice.


So what have I been up to? Done a lot for Argo Comics this year. Finished a 20 page issue of Sorority of Power earlier on and have also scripted and roughed out an 8PP double shot for them too. Need to ink it and letter it but that’s also something else that I’ll be pretty proud to turn out once it’s done. As is my style, I seem to have chosen my double shot around 2 of the most scantily clad heroines in the Argo universe, so should be good.


I’ve just updated my page with some stuff though so hopefully that should make some amends for my absence.


Not being able to do what I want, especially in terms of art, seriously affects my mindset. It brings me down very quickly. Conversely, if I complete some artwork that I’m really proud of and want to share, it puts me on cloud nine and then I feel I’ve accomplished something good, so I can take a break from it for a while and perhaps don‘t mind doing something that I’ve been putting off whilst I’m still reeling from that win. So whilst I’ve got some cool projects on the go at the moment, I needed to do something for me and that came in the form of having a go at my own comic. I’ve only submitted the first 2 ‘complete’ pages as I was keen to get some feedback but let me know what you think. Not sure where it’s gonna lead me or wha it’s gonna look like but just doing something for me.


Gonna wrap it up there, getting late here across the Pond.


Take it easy folks.👍🏻

Bambs

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So... 2021 eh?

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Everyone who follows me is (probably) very aware of how shabby I am at posting regularly, replying and just keeping up to date with everything DA related in general. I have also made promises in the past that I’m going to change all that and get back on DA a lot more. Yep. Those fell through too. 😫

So, if I’m not as present as I‘d like to be on deviantArt, I thought I can at least let people know what I’m up to so that no search parties go out needlessly! 😁


Some pretty cool news. I’m currently working on a one shot issue of the Argo Comics :iconargocomics: title SORORITY OF POWER. It’s been great fun and really pleased with how it’s coming along so far. I drew a previous issue of Sorority of Power called ‘Crushed’ a few years back and whilst I was very happy with the result, I’m confident enough to say that I’ve learned a lot since then and will hopefully be able to share some of it soon. If you’re not familiar with Sorority of Power then to whet your appetite, there’ll be some good old fashion fun, some great new characters and a host of femme fatales of differing physiques! 😜 If you want to see more from Argo comics, click on the icon above and visit their page here on deviantArt.


Book: I am planning on creating my ‘Drawing Female Muscle’ book. The feedback from the teaser I put up seems to indicate that there’s room for this and that a number of folk would be keen to back it through a crowdfunding campaign, which is awesome. However, once you start to think about compiling something like this it makes you realise how LITTLE you actually know! 😂 Whilst I don’t claim to be any authority on drawing anatomy, once you decide to show people about it, you’re automatically putting yourself out there as some kind of authority on the subject! 🤣 So, this will happen, but slowly. I’d like it to be right and I don’t just want to regurgitate old material.


Question: To Patreon or not to Patreon? I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now but never braved it. One of the reasons I’m not so active on deviantArt is that I can’t share a lot of my commission work or other work publicly, but this might be viable through a private platform? Another reason is that most of the figure work, sketch dumps, reference/anatomy studies keep getting ‘borrowed’ and ending up in Pinterest. It’s quite funny (yet a little irksome) to get an email from Pinterest recommending your own artwork to you! 😆 Anyway, jury’s still out as I’m weighing up the pros and cons but any comments and opinions are welcome. Would be interested to hear what people think.


That’s about all for now. Hope everyone is staying safe these days.


Take care, much love and all the best!


Bambs

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