• Tales of The Smiths comic (starting Sep. 3)

    Tales of The Smiths! Coming this September!
    Here's a promo for my daily online comic strip retelling of the early days of seminal indie band, the Smiths!
    Written and drawn by Con Chrisoulis and hosted by SoComic.gr
    Starting 3rd September 2012!

    Hope you can all support the effort by 'Liking' and 'Sharing' the daily strips!
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    1. conchrisoulis's Avatar
      conchrisoulis -
      Quote Originally Posted by davidt View Post
      Infraction has been reversed.
      Thanks Kewpie and davidt!
      Perhaps the same thing happened to Cobainsweater too,
      because I noticed that he got banned at the same time that I did!

      Nevertheless, thanks again and I hope you guys can support the project by sharing it,
      when the daily strips begin on Monday 3rd September!

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      Anonymous -
      Would be interesting to find out what gave Moz super powers and made him a superhero. Was he bitten by Tony The Pony or was it a kitty? Who's the villain and his arch nemesis? Is it the young Mike Joyce? Does Joyce steal his lunch money or Johnny's guitar? Who's the Charming Man? What does it mean? The questions are endless ...

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      Guernie -
      I'm in !!! Looks like it will be fun to wait for each days up date . Nice drawings !

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    1. BrummieBoy's Avatar
      BrummieBoy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonym. (Con Chrisoulis) View Post
      In all honesty, I think that 'The Smiths 1982-1987 period' itself has been covered so much and so often (MOJO just ran -yet another- feature) that it's the roots of the band that remain truly interesting, mystifying and unexplored. The relationships, the pre-Smiths bands, the puzzle of who, what, when!
      By visualizing that period for the first time for the fans, and the newer generation, I'm kinda hoping to achieve what Backbeat and Nowhere Boy did for the legacy of The Beatles. Bringing forth, in a visual narrative, the complexity of the human that led to The Beatle/The Smith stereotype that we're all acquainted with.
      wow! heavy!
      This is an interesting idea, and the development of the Wiki-timelines of all band members and associated cast would be a useful guide for your project.

      Good luck. I hope you get a positive response and balance fact/rumour/fantasy with the skill and adroitness of your drawings.

      *snsrly B.B*

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      BrummieBoy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Velvis View Post
      Jeez man what is your problem?

      She's apologised and is trying to sort it out...
      Let's keep this thread on track, please.
      Becuz, it's actually 'kinna innerestin'

      is this cartoon style a recognised genre/trope/style? like the manga stuff my kids like?

      *sncrly B.B*

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      conchrisoulis -
      Thanks for the interest, BrummieBoy!
      I'm actually using my quite large collection of Smiths interviews, magazines and biographies in order to put this project together.
      Using Wikipedia as a resource for a biography sounds quite amateurish and I'm trying to pull off a serious biography, it's just that I'm using a visual narrative, like a graphic novelist would do (or a director)
      EDIT: Just realised that morrissey-solo has created their own moz/smiths wiki and that's what Brummieboy was referring to! Well, Brummie, I hope that one day the timeline is filled to the brim and accurate enough to rely a bio on! Till then, I'm still a bookworm! Great initiative though, morrissey-solo!

      Regarding the style, I've been a professional for years and thus my style has evolved throughout the years (as it usually happens with comic book artists). I've been influenced by quite a few comic book artists and graphic novelists, my favourite probably being Jack Kirby and Daniel Clowes (you can check out my website to see some of my older stuff conchrisoulis.com or my fb page facebook.com/conchrisoulis )

      Thanks once more for the interest! Really appreciate it!
      Five more days until the first episode is live!

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      conchrisoulis -
      Hello again!
      I've just uploaded some more info on the series and a few glimpses of the artwork
      on my website conchrisoulis.com

      Furthermore, if anyone is interested you can enter my online store and purchase the last copies that are left of my comic Dryland, in which I first printed a 'Tales of The Smiths' episode (retelling Morrissey's attendance at the infamous first Sex Pistols gig in Manchester in 1976)!

      Four more days until the first episode is live!

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      123xyz -
      Just had a quick look - I'm impressed by the quality of the artwork. Looking forward to seeing more ....

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      conchrisoulis -
      Aloha! The promo video for my new Tales of The Smiths comic series that is to be hosted by SoComic.gr starting this Monday 3rd September 2012 has reached almost 1500 views in two weeks!
      I've also just renewed the info on the series on my own website, so check it out here!

      One more day to go till the launch!
      Thaanx for the support!

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      EnglandIsMine -
      Good luck! Great initiative. I will pass this on to my daughter who is heavily into the comic scene in Glasgow. More power to ya kid!

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    1. conchrisoulis's Avatar
      conchrisoulis -
      Thanks for the kind words!

      TALES OF THE SMITHS Episode 1 is now online at SoComic.gr!

      The episodes are in Greek and, once you scroll down, in English and they will continue daily!
      If you dig the series, please 'Share' and 'Like' the episodes on the SoComic site,
      so that the series can go on enabling me to retell all the Early Years of The Smiths!

      http://www.socomic.gr/2012/09/tales-of-the-smiths-2/

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      CrystalGeezer -
      Quote Originally Posted by conchrisoulis View Post
      Thanks for the kind words!

      TALES OF THE SMITHS Episode 1 is now online at SoComic.gr!

      The episodes are in Greek and, once you scroll down, in English and they will continue daily!
      If you dig the series, please 'Share' and 'Like' the episodes on the SoComic site,
      so that the series can go on enabling me to retell all the Early Years of The Smiths!

      http://www.socomic.gr/2012/09/tales-of-the-smiths-2/
      Very interesting and well drawn. I look forward to more. (Did you use Mozipedia for the fun facts?)

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      conchrisoulis -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrystalGeezer View Post
      Very interesting and well drawn. I look forward to more. (Did you use Mozipedia for the fun facts?)
      Thaaanx CrystalGeezer!
      I've actually got a quite large bibliography and tons of interviews that I've been gathering for years to derive info from!
      Strangely enough, as I am on holiday in Greece right now, I've left my Mozipedia in the UK and it could come in handy when I struggle with some of the other sources that I brought with me! Luckily, I'll be back home in a week, so we'll be reunited!
      I'll be sure to publish all my bibliography, when the comics are one day collected in a single book!

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      CrystalGeezer -
      Quote Originally Posted by conchrisoulis View Post
      Thaaanx CrystalGeezer!
      I've actually got a quite large bibliography and tons of interviews that I've been gathering for years to derive info from!
      Strangely enough, as I am on holiday in Greece right now, I've left my Mozipedia in the UK and it could come in handy when I struggle with some of the other sources that I brought with me! Luckily, I'll be back home in a week, so we'll be reunited!
      I'll be sure to publish all my bibliography, when the comics are one day collected in a single book!
      I bet you could PM anyone here any questions while on vacay, I'm sure everyone has a Mozipedia. (Except I don't, was too poor when it was released and never bothered to get one. )

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      EnglandIsMine -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrystalGeezer View Post
      I bet you could PM anyone here any questions while on vacay, I'm sure everyone has a Mozipedia. (Except I don't, was too poor when it was released and never bothered to get one. )
      Don't believe you!! Everyone needs a Mozipedia.

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      CrystalGeezer -
      Quote Originally Posted by EnglandIsMine View Post
      Don't believe you!! Everyone needs a Mozipedia.
      The reason I don't have a Mozipedia is that it makes me even crazier than I already am. (His mother was a librarian? I worked in bookstores for 11 years! His father was a porter? I ran on a joint ticket for elementary school president with Greg Porter!) and so on and so forth connecting stuff that doesn't matter immediately. It gives me agida to just look at the book, I want to open it and make a zillion "ideas of reference" connections as my shrink called it.

      Back on topic, I'm curious what some of conchrisoulis's favorite comics are? As far as running narrative strips like your setting out to do, I love Alison Bechdel. I think my favorite artist is Chris Ware and Patrick McDonnel is genius at communicating a lot with a little. There's so many fantastic strips out there, it's cool Mozzy will have one too.

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      conchrisoulis -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrystalGeezer View Post
      The reason I don't have a Mozipedia is that it makes me even crazier than I already am. (His mother was a librarian? I worked in bookstores for 11 years! His father was a porter?

      Back on topic, I'm curious what some of conchrisoulis's favorite comics are? As far as running narrative strips like your setting out to do, I love Alison Bechdel. I think my favorite artist is Chris Ware and Patrick McDonnel is genius at communicating a lot with a little. There's so many fantastic strips out there, it's cool Mozzy will have one too.
      Rogan covered every itsy bitsy detail about Morrissey's genealogy and his parents' occupations in the early '90s, so I guess that information had been offered by him, amongst other reads and articles as well, way before the Mozipedia. I think I found the Mozipedia far more informative in regards to Morrissey's post-Smiths life, his friendships, views etc as he became far more secretive and private, and rightly so, as an individual (it would be way harder to find a current "schoolmate" to spill the beans as easily thesedays).

      In regards to comic book influences! The answer is never ending as I change my mind constantly on my favourites. I guess I'll always consider Daniel Clowes' 20th Century Eightball' collection as really precious, and Adrian Tomine's 'Summer Blonde' and 'Sleepwalk' or Julie Ducet's 'My New York Diary' and Joe Sacco's 'Palestine' and and and (see, it never ends!)
      You're right in that I love Chris Ware as the visual master that he is. But I can't help feel distant from the work. I can't kick off the feeling of just being an observer. His work, as previous as it is, is way too personal and thus I can't sympathise with any of the characters (but hey, that's me)!
      I also love a lot of sci-fi stuff (100%, Batman 100, Rasl, Watchmen), crime comics (Stray Bullets), historical (Age of Bronze, From Hell), horror comics (The Walking Dead, BPRD), and I worship classic silver age spandex (anything by Kirby and Ditko really)
      --but it's really the top influences that have fed my inspiration and style in regards to 'Tales of The Smiths'!
      whoa! sorry for the huge reply!

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      CrystalGeezer -
      Quote Originally Posted by conchrisoulis View Post
      Rogan covered every itsy bitsy detail about Morrissey's genealogy and his parents' occupations in the early '90s, so I guess that information had been offered by him, amongst other reads and articles as well, way before the Mozipedia. I think I found the Mozipedia far more informative in regards to Morrissey's post-Smiths life, his friendships, views etc as he became far more secretive and private, and rightly so, as an individual (it would be way harder to find a current "schoolmate" to spill the beans as easily thesedays).

      In regards to comic book influences! The answer is never ending as I change my mind constantly on my favourites. I guess I'll always consider Daniel Clowes' 20th Century Eightball' collection as really precious, and Adrian Tomine's 'Summer Blonde' and 'Sleepwalk' or Julie Ducet's 'My New York Diary' and Joe Sacco's 'Palestine' and and and (see, it never ends!)
      You're right in that I love Chris Ware as the visual master that he is. But I can't help feel distant from the work. I can't kick off the feeling of just being an observer. His work, as previous as it is, is way too personal and thus I can't sympathise with any of the characters (but hey, that's me)!
      I also love a lot of sci-fi stuff (100%, Batman 100, Rasl, Watchmen), crime comics (Stray Bullets), historical (Age of Bronze, From Hell), horror comics (The Walking Dead, BPRD), and I worship classic silver age spandex (anything by Kirby and Ditko really)
      --but it's really the top influences that have fed my inspiration and style in regards to 'Tales of The Smiths'!
      whoa! sorry for the huge reply!
      Cooooool! I'll add some of those to my list.

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      conchrisoulis -
      TALES OF THE SMITHS Episode 2
      is now online at SoComic.gr!


      *The episodes are in Greek and English and will continue daily!
      *If you dig the series, please 'Share' and 'Like' the episodes from the SoComic site itself!
      *If you wish to read previous episodes, click onto the 'Tales of The Smiths' tag on the SoComic site!
      http://www.socomic.gr/2012/09/tales-of-the-smiths-no2/

      Please let me know what you think ^_^

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      conchrisoulis -
      TALES OF THE SMITHS Episode #3
      is now online at SoComic.gr!


      *The episodes are in English and Greek and will continue daily!
      *If you dig the series, please 'Share' and 'Like' the episodes from the SoComic site itself!
      *If you wish to read previous episodes, click onto the 'Tales of The Smiths' tag on the SoComic site!
      http://www.socomic.gr/2012/09/tales-of-the-smiths-3/

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