Friday, 12 September 2014

Reel Love Screening Event & The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

On Sunday October 19th, I will be introducing a very special screening of the cult British film, Son of Rambow, at an event held at The Alhambra Cinema in Penrith, Cumbria.


Hosted by Chris Thompson of Pop Culture Hound fame, the event is supported by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (more on which later), and involves a live discussion with myself about films, comics and the process of creating a comic about films. I'd also like to ask everyone about the first time they went to the movies. I will then sign and sketch books for anyone who would like such a thing to happen to their books, and then we all get to watch a great film.

Each ticket purchased includes a copy of Reel Love Act One. 

The Alhambra is the cinema I grew up with. It has a lot of history, and a very special place in my heart. I'm very much looking forward to returning to celebrate the comic book that was inspired by my visits. Matthew, Alan and the whole staff always go above and beyond for their events (not long ago they screened Backdraft to raise money for the local fire service).

I'm very much hoping people from my home town turn up, regardless of whether they are comic fans or not. Everyone is welcome!  

If you'd like to book tickets to the event, you can contact the Alhambra box office on the below details:

Lonsdale Cinema
47 Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PT
 Tel: 01768 862400
 Twitter: @LonsdaleCinema

The event at the Alhambra will be a great way to close out the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal that weekend.


I'll be signing Reel Love in the Kendal Waterstones between 3-4pm on Saturday 18th October as well as appearing in The Comics Clocktower all weekend. Do drop by if you're checking out the festival. It already promises to be bigger and better than last year.

OJ
OX



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Everyone's in Reel Love

Hey everyone!

Glasgow Comic Con was a total blast! Here's some rad photos taken by Guillermo Ortego 

The Art School 
This guy published my book. Which was nice of him.
The Dogooder Comics table seemed to be kicking all weekend, with Colin Bell & Neil Slorance on one side and Guillermo Ortego on the other. We sold comics and ate mama Johnson's famous mac and cheese. I sketched in the books of lovely people who bought them.

Sketchy

Then the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards, at which Dungeon Fun swept up. Cue celebration drinks.

Left to Right: Guillermo Ortego, Roger Landridge, Pete Milligan, Me
There were genuinely too many good people to mention right here, and many people I was foolish enough to miss. You'll have to forgive me. In summation: heatwave weather, amazing staff, and one of the most supportive communities I've ever experienced: I highly recommend this show. Get yourself there next year

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Here's more more great reviews of Reel Love from:

Bleeding Cool 

Broken Frontier

Comics Bulletin 

Big Comic Page 

Fan Girl Nation 



Also here's a HUUUUGE interview I did with Multiversity Comics for the book's release 


So overwhelmed by the support for my solo debut. It seems to really pull an emotional reaction from people, with many reviewers and readers remembering their own first experiences of going to the movies. It's fascinating and elating to hear them all.

Here's where you can currently buy Reel Love Act One.

First port of call should be the Dogooder Website

If you want to support a comic store, the book is currently stocked in:

Orbital
8 Great Newport St
City of London
Greater London
WC2H 7JA
Tel: 020 7240 0591


Imagination Station
41 Bank Street
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA3 8HJ
Tel: 01228521007


Alhambra Cinema 
47 Middlegate
Penrith
Cumbria
CA11 7PT
Tel: 01768 862400


More stores are planned but I have a few crushing deadlines so stay tuned.

Alternatively, if you want to get the comic from me in person I'll be repping Changeling Studios at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival  and Thought Bubble , with a signing on the Dogooder Comics table planned for Reel Love.

I should probably make issue 2 now, right?

OJ
OX

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Reel Love launches at Glasgow Comic Con 5th-6th July


Ever feel your life is a film?
Following a visit with his Father, a young boy forms a relationship with the local cinema.
Obsessed with the silver screen, and convinced it is his destiny to become a director, he ropes a street-smart classmate into producing their first motion picture over the course of one fateful summer.
From Owen Michael Johnson – the creator of indie hit Raygun Roads – Reel Love is a bittersweet fantasy of imagination and memory, in the vein ofDaytripper, Cinema Paradiso, and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy.
Reel Love Act One is 44 black and white pages of cine-fantastical magic, and will debut at this year’s Glasgow Comic Con on the 5th and 6th of July before going on general release in digital and print via the Dogooder Comics webstore and fine comics retailers across the UK.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR REEL LOVE: 
"I loved Reel Love. Energetic artwork and heartfelt storytelling make Reel Love a real winner." - Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County Trilogy)
"An impressive debut…a raw and heartfelt tribute to cinematic inspiration bursting with ideas." - Adam Cadwell (Blood Blokes, founder: British Comic Awards)
"Frame by frame, reel by reel, Johnson has created something purely unique - a metafiction love letter to film, comics and childhood" - Laura Sneddon (The Independent On Sunday, The Beat, New Statesman)
"Poignant and endearing, Reel Love is the next step in the evolution of one of the UK’s most promising comic creators." - P M Buchan (The Times Literary Supplement, Starburst)
“Johnson’s created something genuinely haunting in Reel Love, an evocation of both the intensity of feelings unique to childhood and the spellbinding majesty of cinema, the ideas and the emotions so bittersweet and so powerful that they’ll stay with you long after the final page.” - Richard Bruton (Forbidden Planet International Blog)
Here’s a preview:
And here's some early reviews! 
This is my debut as writer/artist. I am indescribably proud and would very much like you to buy it.
I'll also have some extra bits and pieces available to purchase at Glasgow, including the only remaining copies of Raygun Roads 2nd printing, Matinee ashcan, A3 prints previously only available at the CULT exhibition, and original art pages for Reel Love itself. 


I'll be guesting at the Dogooder table 59 for the duration of the show, wedged between friends Guillermo Ortego & Neil Slorance, who's fantastic all-ages collaboration with Colin Bell, Dungeon Fun, gets it's issue 2 debut. 
Glasgow is one of my favourite shows. They were the first readers to fully embrace Raygun Roads, way before it became an indie hit. I'm beyond excited to show them my new jam before anyone else, and hang out with such a great crowd. 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Lakes International Comic Art Schedule

And breathe!

The last week or so has seen everyone work like true champions in order to get Raygun Roads ready for consumption.

The book is currently with Stuart & Sharron Gould of UK Comics and bound for its launch at the Lakes International Comic Art festival in Kendal next week. Having heard from Julie how swept off their feet everyone's become with this show I'm convinced it's going to be something special and the hard work gone in will pay off. I'm also incredibly proud that the element of the festival I was privileged enough to help shape in a very small way, the Comics Clocktower, is going to be open to the world! 

Without further ado, here are the details of my appearance at the show.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 


You can find me all weekend on the 1st Floor TABLE 53 between some of my favourite people in the world, Orbital Comics, and Andrew Tunney who has produced this brilliant limited edition Raygun Roads print, which will be available to purchase all weekend.



Sunday 20th October
Countryside Comics event w/ Lizzie Boyle of Disconnected Press.
Time: 11-00am-12:00pm
Venue: The Brewery Arts Centre: Screen Two, Kendal
Box office: 01539 725 133

Myself and the wonderful and horrendously talented writer/editor Lizzie Boyle will be discussing a broad spectrum of topics in this event on Sunday: artistic work in the context of its geographical point of origin; magic and the otherworldly and how many stories of this kind are couched in a remote or countryside setting; distribution and location in small-press comics; isolation and creativity; history and relevance, and . And we'll probably talk a lot about ourselves and our own work. Just 'coz.

There are still some tickets left for this event so if you fancy hearing us wax lyrical, give the Brewery box office a call or order online.

If they'll have me I also plan to drop by the Accent UK and Disconnected Press tables to sign copies of 'Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist?' and Disconnected Vol. 3 respectively, the latter of which is available for the first time at the event.

Monday 21st October
Raygun Roads signing
Time: 11-12
Venue: Imagination Station, 41 Bank Street, Carlisle, CA3 8HJ

A flying visit before I hit the trail back to London. Store-owner Tommy has always been super supportive of my stuff so will be the first to receive copies of Raygun Roads. I'll be scribbling between 11-12 so if you're stuck for something to do after the festival drop by before disbanding across the country. Imagination Station is a fantastic comic store to visit if you haven't done so yet.

Hope to see many friends old and new over the course of the weekend!

OJ
OX

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Thaddeus Mist reviews


Some lovely reviews for 'Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist?' 

The Speech Balloons one from Paul Birch I meant to share eons ago, the Richard Bruton Forbidden Planet one dropped last month. Here are some pieces:

"With regards to the writing, yes, you can tell the differing styles - some more purple prose others more pulp styled as they mimic a Victoriana narrative, but they also appear to have been edited into a generally coherent to read, as one voice - or many voices coming together in a crowded room and us as readers picking up on different aspects of the various conversations going on." - Paul Birch, Speech Balloons


"Each individual tale is insightful, adding a little to the man each time, building up our image of him, and every single tale works, story and art all doing really well. There’s genuinely not a thing I can pull the book up on, it’s something I’ve read three times now, and each time, I’ve gone cover to cover without a break, captured and entranced by the tales spun within. Most enjoyable stuff." - Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International Blog


My sincere thanks to Paul and Richard for taking the time to read and write about the book in such depth and detail.

If you'd like to get hold of a copy, the book is available at Travelling Man Newcastle, Imagination Station Carlisle, Orbital Comics London, or from the Accent UK website.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Reviews: Glasgow Comic Con

Hey everyone! 

I picked up a bunch of books from fellow exhibitors at Glasgow Comic Con last month. I very much enjoyed all of them. I shine some light on those I was taken with the most below! 



God I loved this book. It’s beautifully packaged. It’s charming and tender. It’s effortlessly illustrated. The thing has a lovely arc. It remains intelligent and informative throughout; the whimsy conceals a reassuring depth of knowledge on the topic of astronomy. It also weaves miniature memories into its narrative. A thoroughly optimistic and generous piece.



Favourite bit: It’s ma boy, Saturn!


Never Mind Sigur Ros, here's Colin's Godson by Colin Godson & Adam Smith


Brilliant and knowing mash-up of underground comics and punk music (with a CD and everything!). Vivid and psychedelic, dense and compact. This kept me going for hours. Really inspiring, I’ll be sure to pick up the back catalogue in a heart-beat.


Favourite bit: The Day We Went Into Space





Eight issues in, and the Team Girl Comic collective continues to produce idiosyncratic independent comics. Witty, observant and honest. An anthology that strives to provide something different and interesting without resorting to poe-faced soul-searching. Simply put, there should be more stuff like this out there.

Favourite bit: Ghost Dog





This book genuinely made me chuckle to myself during an agonizing cross-country bus journey. For those unaware, the basic premise of Metrodome is to mash together and combine random words selected from an issue of the London Newspaper The Metro as inspiration for inventing weird characters that then battle each other in a death-match. Thus the birth of wonderfully surreal creations like The Exploding Ghost, Sewer Vision, and Sparkling Tumour. These really have to be seen to be believed. It’s an inspired idea that produces joyful results. The end battle is utter chaos, and I would have been satisfied with an entire book of single image illustrations featuring such bizarre characters. Thrilling.


Favourite bit: Exploding Ghost


Taking Flight by Stephen Sutherland & Garry McLaughlin


I’m not normally one for independent superhero books. It’s a record scratched on warped with overuse – thanks to the previous efforts of Morrison and Millar. Having said that, I thought there was something new in this one from Laser Age Comics. Crisp, clean and confident, with eye-catching colours. Garry McLaughlin’s art has a Quitely – but to a greater extent Chris Burnham – vibe to it. 


Favourite Bit: Newspaper strip headline – SUPERHERO WAS MY BOY WONDER



GEM OF THE SHOW: 
AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE By John Lees, Iain Laurie & Colin Bell


This was a wonderful, twisted little surprise. A David Lynch air throughout, it made me feel itchy and uncomfortable, which is the highest praise I can bestow. John Lees’ script is tight and mysterious, with a few curve-balls that really add to the sense of hyper-reality. The off-kilter energy. The real stand-out is Iain Lawrie on art duties. Equal parts Paul Pope, Nick Pitarra and Morgan Jeske (this reminded me frequently of Jeske and Ales Kot’s Change). Despite the content raw as a picked scab, the presentation and print quality is supremely professional. Extremely impressive. Find a copy.


Favourite bit: Bandaged Fiona


Great books, worthy of your attention. 

OJ
OX

Thursday, 11 July 2013

RAYGUNROADS.COM IS NOW LIVE!!

 

You think it's all a Death-Trap but the Death-Trap is you,
Buck up, Rogers, you're flying don't be blue.
- Raygun Roads & The Kittlebach Pirates, The Infinity Loop Death-Trap of Ullysses Pomp

HOLLA, FREAKS AND FIREBRANDS. IT'S TIME FOR SOME FILTH.

The 22 page limited edition ashcan copies of Raygun Roads have arrived, and they've only gone and knocked this fellas boots off! Madness.

For you morons that ain't heard of this book yet, here's the essentials.

EXPOSITION!

Raygun Roads is a psychedelic science fiction comic concerning an imaginary pop-culture icon who – along with her cosmic punk band The Kittelbach Pirates – kidnaps Vince Paradise; the teenager that concocted her.

Exploding through the wall of the job-centre in their Suicide Machine, The Kittelbach Pirates rescue Vince from murder at the hands of his personal spiritual virus, D-Void. Raygun and Vince take a road trip through his psyche with the intention of assassinating Ullysses Pomp – head of D-Void and mastermind of The Infinity Loop Death-Trap, a mechanism with the power to destroy all teenagers. 


A full-colour flip-book, Raygun Roads & The Infinity Loop Death-Trap Of Ullysses Pomp is our love letter to vinyl records, outsider ‘beat’ culture, and the transformative power of pop music. It’s a satire on the state of youth unemployment and the government’s failure to take responsibility.  It’s just a piece of candy-floss nonsense.

Do you feel neglected? Then it’s time to get infected! 

Now that's out the way, look at them pages!!!



As always, a massive thank you to the endlessly professional and wonderful Stuart and Sharron Gould and everyone at UK Comics. They are proof that you can, indeed, polish a turd. 

 BUT WAIT: Who is the abundant talent behind this degenerate tripe I hear you cry? Well that would be INDIO, ANDY BLOOR, AND MIKE STOCK.

Look, people think it's good! Honest!


And we're ripping you off! It's not even the whole book! This is the first 22 pages of our story, which will be released as a full 49 page flip-album (just like vinyl!!) in September. But's it's only cheap (financially and morally), so stop complaining!! 

DISCLAIMER: Those cheeky Scots get it first. This weekend you can grab a copy of the 50 copy limited edition run at the BONKERS AND BRILLIANT Glasgow Comic Con ! This comic is inspired by the Scottish underground scene (along with other things) to it's a spiritual home for the book. And they're the only ones that will have us. 

NOT JUST THAT: this edition comes complete with an access code to experience the first track with it's original soundtrack at the RAYGUNROADS website. It's really a confusing experience and not recommended if you have epilepsy. Or taste. 

Talking of the website, there are more talented muthas involved in that. Go and check it out to see unbelievable work by musicians Steve Harrison and Ben Johnston, animator Matt Sandbrook and super-genius criminal web-builder Inigo Saenz. The wider experience would simply not have existed without them and I must thank them. You, on the other hand, must blame them. 

So, I'll see you in Glasgow? 

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