New material shock from half of Pleece Brothers!! In the inevitable (?) build up to the long (very long) awaited Pleece Brothers book, The Great Unwashed (oh, yeah, that one again) from Escape Books and as a celebratory tie-in with its untimely arrival soon (ish), Waza Pleece publishes the first of his new weekly comic strip, Alby Figgs at albyfiggs.wordpress.com this very day and henceforth, every Friday until he’s knackered out.
For those of you with an obsessive attention to detail, Alby Figgs was originally a main character in unpublished Pleece Brothers boxing/ poetry epic, Jessie London.
Also, watch this space very soon for further additional tie-ins to the aforementioned anthology in the shape of a weekly posting of archive Pleece gems that didn’t make the final book for some reason or other, including classics like ‘Comics are Really Grate’, ‘Hope I Die’ and maybe even ‘Several Colours Later’ in full hand-coloured gory.
Heralding the imminent arrival on bookshop shelves the world over, former drinking companion (one night down the Escape bar in the late 80s), ex-NME reviewer, and once disciple of the old Velocity mag (he quite liked it a bit), nice guy Andrew Collins (BBC 6 Music, Radio Times, et cetera) has penned a very favourable review of our eagerly awaited (over a year) anthology, The Great Unwashed from Escape Books in this month’s Word magazine (actually came out last month, but in the great scheme of Pleece scheduling, that was way ahead of time!)
Indie-trousered comic strip siblings get all anthologised
Emerging from a revitalised small-press UK comics scene 25 years ago, their doleful, monochrome strips found in magazines like Crisis, A1 and Escape (now a book publishing imprint), Brighton-based Gary and Warren Pleece chimed with the Oxfam-tailored, fanzines-in-Tesco-bags, C86 Indie culture. The Great Unwashed collects early, parochially low-key triumphs from under their 80s, Enterprise Allowance Scheme-funded Velocity umbrella with fighting-fit new collaborations. Warren’s fluid, minimalist inkmanship and geometric panelling give life to Gary’s understated, arch scripts (“several frames of inconsequentiality pass”), absorbing pop culture like a dual sponge with titles like Native New Yorkers, the wordless Dead Souls, Bertrand de Plastique and family saga The Higsons. Mixing seafront sleaze, the American nightmare and post-modern voyages into period drama, this one-stop shop is a joy, inducing dewy-eyed nostalgia in the grown-up comix fan who still pines for Los Bros Hernandez. With Warren now very much overground, it’s pleasing he and Gary have not “done a Gallaghers”. ANDREW COLLINS
Many thanks Andrew. The Garden club vouchers should be wending their way to you this very moment.
Keep a look out at this space and at Warren’s blog
for momentous news regarding the actual realisation of this publishing venture in concrete form and a new weekly strip soon to air at warrenpleece.com
All to be revealed soon…
Yes, it’s official. Those vaguely remembered purveyors of mischievous tales of yore (from the 80s and 90s?!), The Pleece Brothers, break their enforced silence to partake in beverage and comicy insight into their artistic processes, their forthcoming graphic novels (see below) and other such mealy-mouthed side-swipery, as is their want.
And if that doesn’t make any sense, you should come and hear them talk! 7.30 pm upstairs at The Cricketers in Brighton this Monday the 26th.
Coming soon from Escape Books, the new anthology from those bad boys of British comics, the self-monikered Kray brothers of pen, ink and cheap newsprint, Gary and Warren Pleece. Featuring stories from the pages of post-mythical comic mag, Velocity, Crisis, Revolver and Escape magazines.
Watch this space for latest news, twits and free plastic give-a-way toy for first person to correctly send in the secret ingredients of classic lard based delicacy, Pig Custard.
Hugh Fearnley, eat your hearts out!