Tuesday 30 November 2010

Corporate Christmas cards by Kev F

Want a brilliant cartoon Christmas card? What you should do is what some of my corporate clients do, come to me. Mind you, you'll mostly come away with Santa, with a big nose, dashing through the snow, but they seem to like it. (NB: Get your request in by late October, you'll be laughing). Here are some I made earlier...

Contact Kev F Sutherland, comic artist from The Beano, Marvel comics and Doctor Who Adventures, at kevf.sutherland@virgin.net or on 01275 872111 / 07931810858.

Kev F's Comic Art

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Socks Tour dates 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, these look like being the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre's tour dates for Spring 2011. They'll be bringing their 90 minute show, which will feature more and more new material as the run progresses, as is their way. Additional shows should be added in the next month (plus there will be comedy club shorter appearances throughout the year, not included in the tour), and the tour schedule set in stone when the flyers go out in January. If we've missed your local town or venue, tell them and maybe they'll take us. Or if you're a venue organiser and you'd like to book the socks, please get in touch.


Feb 4, 5, 6 - Leicester Comedy Festival
Feb 17 - Monmouth (headline)
Feb 23 - Flavel Dartmouth
Feb 26 011 - Stafford Gatehouse
Mar 11 Stroud Subscription Rooms
Mar 12 - Madcap Milton Keynes
Mar 18 Palace Theatre Redditch
Mar 19 Glasgow Britannia Panopticon
Mar 24 Thurs - Brecon Theatr Breichieniog
Mar 26 Sat– Woodend Barn Banochry
Apr 1 - Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh (headline)
Apr 4 - Leicester Square Theatre, London
Apr 7 Rondo Bath
Apr 8 Falkirk Town Hall
April 11 - Leicester Square Theatre, London
Apr 15 - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter (was 29th)
Apr 22 - Eden Court Inverness
Apr 28 011 - Milford Haven Torch
May 7 & 8 - Brighton Komedia
May 12 - The Lowry, Manchester
May 13 - Halifax Victoria Theatre
May 14 011 Chorley Little Theatre
May 21 Norwich Fringe
June 22 & 23 Harrogate Previews

Check out the Socks Official 2011 calendar, here.

Monday 22 November 2010

Children in Need - 8 new videos by the Socks

For BBC Children in Need, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre asked their Facebook fans for suggestions of subjects to tackle as special videos. They then took the first 8 suggestions and did all eight of them, written, shot and uploaded in a day. Here are the results:

No-one Quite Like Grandma

Pirates of the Caribbean

Gary Glitter

Morecambe & Wise

Just The Two Of Us

Abbott & Costello

Roobarb & Custard

Chariots Of Fire

Donate to Children in Need here

Check out the Socks Official 2011 calendar, here.

Sunday 14 November 2010

"Why would I want a calendar?" - some ads by the Socks

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre manage to squeeze a few minutes in the studio and what do they do? They make not one but two adverts for their new calendar. Pathetic. Enjoy.

You can see, examine, pore over, review and, if you must, buy the calendar, here.

Saturday 13 November 2010

RCA secrets & Doctor Who

It's good, ocassionally, to do something that makes it look like the 4 years I spent at art college weren't wasted. In today's climate of student loands, tuition fees, and lifelong debt, it's hard to imagine anyone going to art school and studying Fine Art, as I did. It's almost guaranteed to have no job at the end, and I fear many courses are threatened with closure in a world where they have to explain their market value to the bean counters (Hev's & my own art college, Exeter, is no longer there, leaving an entire city bereft of art students. And, yes, that is a bad thing).

So this week Heather & I are proud to have our work on show as part of an exhibition at the Royal College Of Art. It's called RCA Secrets, and it looks like this.

2800 postcard sized pieces of work are on show, some by the biggest artists in the country (inc Tracy Emin, Peter Blake, Yoko On, Nick Park, James Dyson, Mary Quant, Manolo Blahnik, Grayson Perry et al) have contributed. The catch is that these works are unsigned and anonymous, and it's not until they've been bought that the purchaser will discover whose work they now own. Hev & I have been part of the show since 2003 and this year we both have three pieces each in there. We're sworn to secrecy, obviously, not to spoil the surprise, but I can drop the hint that one of my pieces appears very early on in the online show (click the above link, or indeed this one, to see all 2800 cards on pages of fifty at a time). It's fun to see if you can spot the artists, I think I can definitely tell the Terry Gilliam entries. Oh and Manolo Blahnik always does shoes.

You can buy any of the pieces for only £40 each, a fixed price so no-one gets ripped off, but you'll need to join the queue and take your chances on the more popular works. Happy art shopping.

As well as showing I can doodle on a postcard with the best of them, I've also had the pleasure over recent weeks of drawing some comic / stroke / cartoon artwork for Doctor Who Adventures magazine. I'm doing Where's Wally type dioramas with hidden objects. The one I've just delivered features hidden Water Of Mars characters frozen in a Planet of the Ood scene people with dozens of Who monsters (I got to draw Cybermen, Ood, and Sensorites. For money). And the one a couple of weeks ago featured a Ghost Train ride and I'll put it online sometime, but not yet, eh.

Tuesday 9 November 2010

Socks 2011 Calendar - available now

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre's Official Calendar for 2011 is now available online. For just £10.25 you get 12 full colour A4 pages of quality pictures plus pages packed full of every single day of the year. The pictures look like this (click to enlarge):

Images include a previously unpublished strip, Skye, three brand new comic strip cover parodies, the Halloween strip in colour for the first time, and quality prints of the best of the Socks photos. The ideal Christmas present, delivered to anywhere in the world.

Buy now, you know it makes sense.

Sunday 7 November 2010

Who's for a new t-shirt?

I've designed what might be the new Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet t-shirt. Who wants one?

I should be able to keep these to the low price of £10 plus postage each, stay tuned for details.

Youtoobling - IGY to Thriller

Youtoobling is a drunken night time hobby of mine whereby I sit at the computer with headphones on, finding YouTube videos that follow on logically from each other, and Tweet the findings. Here's last night's videothon, in reverse order (read from the bottom up if you want to experience the inebriate's true progress through pop trivia). So, I went to bed after Michael Jackson, and en route a couple of great finds were The Beatles cartoon from the 1906s (great authentic accents), Tori Amos's version of Chas & Dave, and Oasis doing Slade on Top Of The Tops. Enjoy.

# See you next Wednesday Michael Jackson Thriller #youtoobing about 10 hours ago via web

Werewolves Of London Warren Zevon #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

London Girls Tori Amos does Chas n Dave #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

I don't care if he comes round here. The Sideboard Song Chas & Dave #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

That, by the way, was Chas & Dave's legendary Ain't No Pleasing You a sexist classic about 10 hours ago via web

#ifuthinkidontmeanwhatisayanimonlybluffin #ugotanotherthinkcominimtellinuthat4nuffin #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

More like it! Heads Hands & Feet (starring Chas & Dave & Albert Lee) Country Boy #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

The One Rose, Jerry Lee Lewis Not the Chas Hodges #youtoobling song I was going for... about 10 hours ago via web

The Outlaws Valley Of The Sioux stars Chas Hodges #youtoobling Though I was hoping for... about 10 hours ago via web

Turn That Noise Down Chas n Dave #youtoobling & Chas played bass on..? about 10 hours ago via web

Oasis Come On Feel The Noise (but don't be as good as Slade) #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

Slade Cum On Feel The Noize And I don't know why #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

Noise Annoys Buzzcocks on Revolver with Peter Cook 1978 #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

I Love You You Big Dummy Magazine #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

Captain Beefheart Ice Cream For Crow #youtoobling about 10 hours ago via web

Letterman does Beefheart #youtoobling (vague letter connection) about 10 hours ago via web

Please Mr Postman - Beatles (this is the real Beatles btw) #youtoobling #lettersongs @quantick about 10 hours ago via web

RU2 (thank @quantick for this) #youtoobling #lettersongs Heaven help me 4 what I'm propagating here *fingers crossed* about 10 hours ago via web

So how's about F? #youtoobling #lettersongs Cee Lo Green F You RT about 11 hours ago via web

The Box Tops, The Letter My #youtoobling is now about letters #haha

# ABC Look Of Love Ah, I may not be looking for initials at all. Just letters. #youtoobling about 11 hours ago via web

BAD E=Mc2 Now that is Initials #youtoobling about 11 hours ago via web

Usher OMG I don't want anymore of this nonsense, so give me more #youtoobling initials about 11 hours ago via web

POTBBC More acronym than initials, but a start #youtoobling #initiallettersongs about 11 hours ago via web

Jackson Five, ABC #youtoobling Initial letter songs. There must be tons. Anybody? about 11 hours ago via web

Yes, I'm a- #youtoobling (a drunken sport that I'm disapponted to find no-one else joins in). Donald Fagen IGY begins, and then it's...? about 11 hours ago via web

... that was the video clip I began with. Thanks for letting me share.

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