Stuff is a new 40-page A5 collection of, er, “stuff” Phil Elliott has created over recent years, sketches and comic strips for friends and some for his own amusement, most in colour, some in black and white.
It’s the latest release from Phil, successfully funded through Kickstarter, following up on a number of other great projects lately from the versatile comic artist, whose work spans many different projects down the years, from ESCAPE magazine to The Real Ghostbusters, and, most recently, strips for The77 anthology.
Of what’s included, I think “Stinging Bee“, written by Chris Butler, with great art by Phil, a modern, daft take on worker guilds, is a gem, as is “The Girl from Alpha Centauri”, but it’s also fantastic to see, for example, one of his covers for PUNCH, and more, too.
A marvellous mix of quirky comics – both single pagers and short strips – and illustrations, including some of his cover work, only limited copies of Stuff are available, so if you like what you see here, then head over to his official web site and ask him for a copy.
You might also want to commission him to draw something while you’re there – as many of his fans have discovered as a reward for backing his Kickstarter projects, he can turn his hand to just about anything!
For those who came in late, Phil Elliott is a UK artist who has been active in the comic book industry since the mid-1970s. He launched and co-edited the Fast Fiction fanzine in the ‘80s where he introduced his bequiffed character, Gimbley. Phil was a regular contributor to the influential Escape magazine and his other work includes Illegal Alien and Bluebeard, written by James Robinson; Lucifer with Eddie Campbell; writing Absent Friends for Paul Grist; Tupelo with Matt DeGennaro; The Real Ghostbusters and illustrating Glenn Dakin’s Greenhouse Warriors, Mr Night and The Rockpool Files.
A fantastic and inventive comics creator, as STUFF clearly indicates, you never know quite what to expect from Phil – and we wouldn’t want it any other way!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.