Thursday, November 20, 2008

His Name Is Prints, And He Is Funky

Jeepers. Look at the state of the place; I know I’ve been away, guys, but would one of you not think to tidy the gaff? What the hell is under that festering mound of Oxo cubes over there…? I don’t even eat Oxo cubes, so one of you must have left them there. Squalor. Fucking squalor you’d have me dwell in. Well, while I tidy this place up this mess, I shall leave you with a few updates…

ITEM: The wedding was shit. Yet I still did not resort to eating muffins. Thank Frederick for Whittle’s buddies (except the ones getting spliced) for they kept me sane. It was revealed through the ‘speeches’ (I think it was speech…the Corkonian honk brings to mind a reanimated goose begging for the release of death) during the reception, that the groom first espied his future victim in the photo section of the local newspaper, and, rubbing his hands, set out to nab her. Jesus in a haystack. It’s a newspaper, not a fucking catalogue.

ITEM: Made Christmas puddings with Whittle, and her charming sibling, Little Whittle. They taste a-fucking-mazing. The puddings ain’t bad either. (Boom-TISH! Itenkyew!)

ITEM: Going to Australia in March for a fortnight. I shall elucidate further upon this in a later entry.

ITEM: I made a minor concession to my need to draw a girl, any girl. A quick doodle between Dino panels brought forth this:

Blog Lass 2

It seems to be a kind of Kim Possible inspired effort, which to my mind, is no bad thing. I shall have something slightly more finished, and yet female, to upload next time, even if it ends up being a lesson in folly.

ITEM: Got two new housemates. Welcome, my brother Egg and his girlfriend/emotional punchbag Clare. Now we have two Roches, two Wiis, and two Optimus Prime voice-changing helmets in the one house. Don’t be jealous, reader; sometimes good things happen to bad people. Our old housemate, a lesbian freedom fighter, upped sticks and went on manoeuvres elsewhere. It has nothing to do with my insistent efforts to indoctrinate her into the world of rampant, musky, rippling heterosexuality, (they don’t call me Ted ‘Turner’ for nowt, folks) or at least, so I am told.

ITEM: Dear America,

Re: Barry O’ Bama

Well Done.

Love, Nick

ITEM: Dear Britain

Re: Brand and Ross

You knee-jerk fools. You’re better than this.

Love, Nick

ITEM: Having the time of my life working on Maximum Dinobots, even if it seems to be taking up all the time in my life. And Scorponok gets no easier to draw. Nor does his army of Sunstreaker clones. I know I’ve been promising previews for yonks, but it’ll have to be later, rather than now.

ITEM: Are you a Rain Man-esque, Transformers completist type? Who isn’t, in this day and age?You would do well to check out Set up by Jim Sorenson, one of the authors of the Ark range of books from IDW, it gives a home to the odd model sheet and character design that didn’t quite make it to the published stage of his (and Bill Fortser’s) superlative Transformers reference compendium.

ITEM: And finally…I’m appearing at the Dublin City Comic-Con, ( this weekend, at the Park Inn Hotel, Smithfield, Dublin City. It’s the third year of this great event, and my third year at it. Check the afore-linked Myspace page for them details as to who else is showing up. All credit to the Brothers Hendrick, John and Dave, who haul this thing together every year, as they manage to pull in some proper high profile names. Ireland seems to be the place to be for all this stuff right now.

Anyway, to celebrate, I am selling stuff, kids. No, still not original artwork (I’m waiting for the Comic God to take away my backstage pass to the industry at any stage, so I wanna have the original pages as keepsakes. Or insulation, as I bunk up on a park bench.) but instead, lovely, lovely, plush, primo format A3 prints of my colour cover work for IDW’s Transformers, all laid out on really swanky heavy stock paper. Think of it, chisellers- you can now own some Nickishness to hang in your own home. There are 5 prints in the set, my four Revelation Covers, (including the unused Hardheadcount image) in all their angular, abstract (for Transformers, anyway…) ‘style’, and my variant cover to Transformers: Infiltration #1, with Starscream looking smug, while his mates do the dirty work. Price to be determined (and if I determine it before Saturday, I’ll let thee know) but I assure you they’re affordable, and collectable, and there’ll be a discount if you buy all five. If they sell, I may look into doing a mail order job for my foreign cuzzants. Until then, check out a snapshot of the set below.

So, hope to see some of you there. I’m doing a panel at 10.15 am on the Saturday, with free sketches for all of robots, Timelords, Turtles, or your own choice, over the course of the weekend. Come and say hi. Unless I’m weeping. Then, back it up, Spangles.

Thanks guys. Hope to get another entry in before Christmas…2009.

You’ve been Nicked.



Shaun K said...


Nick said...

They're yours. If only to keep the Mosaic wolf from my door...I'll talk to you about postage in due course, Shaun.

Stephen Thompson said...

Wow, I didn't think IDW would let you do your own Transformers merchandise. How'd you talk them into letting you do that?

Nick said...

It comes under fan art. I checked an' everything! Hasbro turn a favourable blind eye to it. I've seen a couple of the other robo-artists do it.

See you in a few hours/over the weekend?

Shaun K said...

What the crap? I thought this blog was called Nick Roche is a BAD man...


You're the beaver's balls, buddy. Get ready for mayhem at Botcon. And we're not stopping until we're banned from future Botcons.

Andy said...

Any chance that a lazy boho-toss-art comrade can snag a couple of sets (one for me and that Baines chap)?

Pauline Swaine said...

Dont want to scare the crap out of you but since your not on Facebook had to find an alternative method of thanking you again for the lovely drawing you made for Conor.... Got it framed and it looks the bomb!!!! (probable should not mention that word over the internet, Woops!!!). Hope you put the paint set somewhere nice and safe and for the love of God man don't take it out of its pack!!!!! Finally, if your ever down in Kilkenny and want to have a contemporary art day, please do call into the Butler Gallery and I'll be happy to bore/scare/amuse the hell out of you for several hours....
Cheers me dears

Mark don't do nothing said...

Hey Nick. Hope you had a good weekend.
Really looking forward to the dinobots stuff now.
must arrange to meet up with you and get the prints offa ya. They completely slipped my mind.

Declan Shalvey said...

Hey man,

I wish you'd post those Marvel drawings you had for the con. I never got to have a look at them.


Damien Baumgart said...

Hey Nick,

Just wondering if there's any more news on your trip to Australia in March? Are you coming over for a comic convention or something? If so, could you post the info on your blog (when you get the chance)? Would love to swing by and have a chat about all things comic-y!


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