Author Archives: paulxthompson

DIBI

(Design it: Build it) 7th – 8th October 2013 Hosted by the BALTIC I recently attended the DIBI conference held in the BALTIC. Here are some of the things that I attended that made me prick my ears up and stuck out as particularly interesting or memorable. Lean Start Up – Idea to MVP Bobby […]

Boardgame Jam – How it Went

Make and Mend Market, 21st September 2013 Hosted by the Star & Shadow Cinema So, on Saturday, myself and Alexi Conman* set out to run a Boardgame Jam as part of the Make and Mend Market at the Star and Shadow Cinema. I’d not really planned much beyond obtaining about fifteen quids worth of old […]

Alcohol …and that

Cover Design The Ninth Paper Jam Comics Collective Anthology One of the few PJCC Anthologies i’ve not contributed a story to, Alcohol …and that‘s cover was created by Brittany Coxon and Myself: we both designed it, I pencilled, Britt inked, we both coloured and then I did the typography. We were pretty happy with the […]

Asteroid Belter

The Newcastle Science Comic As part of the British Science Festival in September 2013 I’m immensely proud to have been both a contributor to and a part of the development of the Newcastle Science Comic where I was co-editor of the comic a a whole, and also a page editor for a good number of the […]

Girls from Mars

Tales of the Hollow Earth #3 Written and drawn by Paul Thompson. After another disappearance, a security consultant discusses the benefits of using good sealing wax on your correspondence and observes that Astrid is clearly seeing more than she should. Returning characters introduced in issue 1 (Lure), the history of Gudrun Black and her career […]

Apocryphal Picasso Stories

This comic appeared in the Paper Jam Comics Collective Anthology ‘Art and That’. Part of a number of stories i’ve heard based on artists mythologizing themselves and the risks of commissioning an Artist with a capital A. I’d heard similar stories at the time about Aphex Twin (who liked to make it known through other […]

Words + Pictures where Time = Space

Perception at TEDx, 18th May 2013 Hosted by The Lit and Phil. This talk was given by Paul Thompson at TEDx at the The Lit & Phil, in Newcastle upon Tyne on May 18th 2013. The theme was Perception, and the talk attempted to address this in three ways: Firstly, by demonstrating how the layout […]

Robohunter : The Best Man

Robohunter

The Best Man by Paul Thompson and Cuttlefish A comic strip I wrote and that Cuttlefish Comics drew for Zarjaz 17. I’ve always liked Sam Slade. A very cynical and mercenary character with far too many character flaws: On a good day, he can just about scrape through as a lovable rogue in the Han Solo mould. […]

The Maker Faire

2013 at Newcastle Centre for Life This weekend I attended Maker Faire UK at Newcastle’s Centre for Life. It was fascinating: in previous years i’ve been inspired by the Laser Cutters, Plotters and 3D Printers on display. This year, those devices are practically mainstream, and it’s no longer enough to show a thing that you’ve cut […]

Entomology

Tales of the Hollow Earth #2 Written and drawn by Paul Thompson. Agent Koen, a man with very little understanding of the world beyond the company of his fellow Inksekt agents and oblivious subordinate of Mister Chambers, is recalled to life to assist Astrid Moriarty in her investigations and at the same time find out […]

The Network

A comic by Luke Halsall and myself – Luke came up with the idea, we both worked it into a short, but quite abstract story, and then I drew it. Pretty pleased with how it worked out. The Story was published in Glow 2 Horror Anthology in 2012.

Some keys to Plato’s cave

(and the goths who live there) I’ve been writing and drawing comics over the last few years, sometimes I think a bit about that. …and one of the things I think is that there is sometimes a tendancy, when deciding what a prop or background character looks like to go for the platonic archetypal ideal […]

Tales of the Hollow Earth : Cosmology

April 9 – 16 2011 – Made In Newcastle Ten pictures by Paul Thompson ONE : Games The best board games are those whose depth of complexity and strategy comes from a very small number of easily understood elements and rules. Chess is considered to be a very deep game – it has six types […]

Boltzmann’s Eye

Tales of the Hollow Earth #1 Written and drawn by Paul Thompson. Astrid Moriarty arrives in Novalucia with a collection of cameras that can photograph things that are not there. Noir, surreal and funny, Tales of the Hollow Earth is now in its third issue out of an planned five, and has been described by […]

Horror Comics panel at Hi Ex

Horror Comics panel at Hi Ex Last weekend, I attended Hi-Ex. I’ll write about it’s wonders more generally shortly (which are already very well documentedelsewhere). This post is specifically about the Horror Comics panel on the Saturday afternoon. These people took the stage: Al Ewing, writer of Judge Dredd, Zombo and Desolation Stationfor 2000AD Charlie Adlard, artist on The Walking Dead John Higgins, […]