Splank! Marc has also been instrumental in setting up the Macc-Pow Comic festival in Macclefield which I'm hoping to attend next year.
He is currently making use of another form of on-going funding via the Patreon system. For a subscription of $2 a month you get the chance to read an exclusive on-line comic, "Cat Stevens", the story of a cat who lives in Stoopyville City with his human 'parents'. There is a diner owned by a duck and a Policeman who is too busy to put on his pants. Sounds like another surreal winner from Marc, one that I'm going to be signing up for myself.
Check out the links below for more on Marc and his comics.
Marc Makes Comics Facebook Page
Marc's Patreon page.
There hasn't been an update on Tommy Donbavand on his Blog for a while, Tommy is a writer of books for children and has written scripts for the Bash Street Kids, Calamity James and Gnasher and Gnipper for Beano. Those of you with kids may have seen the BBC TV, Stop Motion animation show based on his Scream Street series. He has been suffering from throat cancer along with complications from lung problems which pre-dated the cancer. As with many writers, much of his income comes from working with schools and young people. Much, if not all of that has stopped and there is great pressure on Tommy and his family.
|A slide of Tommy's BSK - nicked from his web-site|
The Tommy V Cancer web-page has a number of ways in which you can help Tommy either through direct donations, or by buying a few of his books. I got an e-mail from Tommy earlier this week about a donation I made in return for a comic strip which Nigel Parkinson, gentleman, scholar and Dennis the Menace artist, is drawing for an upcoming Splank! project.
I'm hoping this means Tommy is feeling a bit better, but whatever the case is, he will still need help for a while to come. Please take a wee look at his web-page and see if there is anything you can do. Perhaps buy a few of his books for kids you know. The life of a writer or a cartoonist can be a precarious one and I hope that we, the fans of comics, are prepared to help the people who provide us with our regular fixes of adventure or laughter when they need it.