Friday, 25 May 2018

"There’s not another act like it anywhere" - Ken Bruce


"Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - there’s not another act like it anywhere" - Ken Bruce

The Socks got a namecheck on the Ken Bruce show on Radio 2, courtesy of Socks fan x who emailed about our version of Earth Song. Hear the clip here.

Meanwhile that quote's going on the posters.



The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre* are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

*Winners of the Bath Comedy Festival Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2018


Previews:

May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Thor's Hammer Squashed My Lunch - comics by kids


This bumper bundle of comics was created by kids from the four corners of the globe. Admittedly I only travelled as far as Switzerland, the Isle Of Wight, Milton Keynes and Birmingham to meet them, but that felt like far enough to be getting along with. The above pair were from my annual two-day visit to Colmore Juniors in Kings Heath where I do classes with all four groups of their Year Fives.


The second batch from Colmore, and a wonderfully eclectic range of titles, comics strips inside. I never show you those here on the blog, do I? Well, for every cover you can see, there are up to 30 individual comic strips by pupils in there. Count your blessings you don't have to see some of them, but a whole lot are works of genius. I have quite the unique archive here on my shelves.



This pair of beauties are the fruits of my most recent journey to Beau Soleil College, up in the alps in Villars Sur Ollon in Switzerland. I was there two weeks ago, visiting the school down the road, Aiglon, and here I was back again, at the school whose annual fees are €100,000. Yes, dear reader, this time I did charge more.


This one comic from Shenley Brook End is more by way of a byproduct, from the ongoing work I've been doing with a series of schools in Milton Keynes which I'm collecting up into an environment themed comic for the Milton Keynes Islamic Art and Culture programme. On the right you can see how, on the flipchart, I help the pupils to visualise their story ideas. To be honest, I don't get the chance to do this often enough, and it's most worth doing with the most able pupils. Which is what I was working with today. I had a whole day with one group of year 12 and 13s and they did the best work you've seen. It's going to look good when it's printed (and given away at Art In The Park in June).


This comic, and flipchart, came from my class at the Hullabaloo festival in Sandown on the Isle Of Wight. I was there for two days, spending the first day just drawing caricatures and whipping up interest in the class on the Sunday. The flipchart was a result of that extra amount of time on my hands, I hope the kids appreciated it.



The celebrities these eight groups chose for my far-famed demonstration strip were Kim Jogn Un, Stephen Hawking, Beyonce, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Prince Harry, Dan TDM, and most original of the year so far: Geoff Nutkins (he's an aviation artist who one of the kids has a jigsaw by, apparently).



Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here

Monday, 21 May 2018

Deadpool - new from the Socks


A new routine and video from the Socks, their look at Deadpool. Do please enjoy. Will this make it into the preview shows that we're doing in Brighton this weekend? You'll have to come and see.


The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre* are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

*Winners of the Bath Comedy Festival Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2018


Previews:

May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Yes, I Remember It Well - new song from the Socks


A new song, written and recorded while writing the Socks' new show Superheroes, and destined never to be in the live show, and probably not in the intro music either - Yes, I Remember It Well.

It's a song about the ret-conning, or retrospective writing of the continuity of a character, in a comic or movie. And, yes, I realise how niche that whole idea is, but I had to write it anyway. A little bit of audience research on Facebook established quickly that nobody understood all of the references in the song, and many people got none of them. The lyrics are below, if you want to make any sense of them.



Yes, I Remember It Well

(SPOKEN)

R   Of course you know the Joker’s origin? He was a stand up comedian, then he does a crime as The Red Hood and –
L  No no no, he’s called Jack Napier played by Jack Nicholson, and he shoots Batman’s parents
R No Batman’s parents were shot by Joe Chill. Yes, I remember it well.

(SUNG)

R  Dick Grayson’s Robin, that’s no mistake
L   No Robin’s Jason Todd, and then Tim Drake
R    Ah yes, I remember it well

R   And Wonder Woman is Zeus’s kid
L    Actually she’s a statue, Hippolyta did
R   Yes I remember it well

R   Now Spider-Man, this I insist,
Has webs that come straight from his wrist
L   Actually they’re from some wee wristbands
That he just sticks on his hands

R    For me to get all these things wrong
It’s like they make it up as they go along
L    Yes I remember it well

R   Deadpool can’t speak, I know I’ve seen
That fight with him in Wolverine
Yes, I remember it well

R    And Scarlet Witch is Magneto’s
L   then
She should be in the films with the X Men
R   Yes, I remember it well

R   The Mighty Thor’s a bloke called Blake
L   Turns out his whole backstory’s fake
R   It seems that happens quite a lot
It’s like they retcon the plot

R   It happens daily, or so it seems,
Next thing you’ll wake up, and it was all a dream

-->
L   And yes you’ll remember it well



The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre* are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

*Winners of the Bath Comedy Festival Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2018


Previews:

May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Steed & Mrs Peel - new video from the Socks


A major item to hit the cutting room floor, here's the song Steed And Mrs Peel which I've just removed from the Socks new show Superheroes.

Riffing on the fact that there's The Avengers and then there's The Avengers, I thought this was quite a fun song, but I now think it's too off-topic to work. So congratulations to the punters of Leicester, Glasgow, Bath and London, who are the only people to have seen this live. This recording comes from Glasgow in March.



The show is shaping up nicely, and it time of writing is preparing for its next previews in Brighton. See you all there.


The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre* are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

*Winners of the Bath Comedy Festival Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2018


Previews:

May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Dude Who I Don't Know's Name - new comics by kids


After a few weeks of travel, it was a treat to be invited to a school in Clevedon itself, All Saints Primary. The school's had a radical rebuilding and is a smashing shiny new building, with a semi-underground level, all very 21st century. And there are only two classes, so I was able to teach the whole school in a day. Captain Clevedon made a contrived return in a comic whose title, Ganze Le Einsatz, was made up by a child taking random words from a German comic (Liga Deutsche Helden, which I brought back from Hannover early this year). It translates as Whole Le Insert.


In contrast to Clevedon, Beckstone is a six hour drive away, as recorded in my Travels blog, and a couple of delightful comic titles they came up with too. These classes were organised by DC Thomson, who awarded me as a prize in a school competition.



Arlecdon was the school who were also in the Lake District, and had me for a half day, thus helping out greatly with justifying the long journey up there. I love an homage when I get the chance so, apropos of nothing, they got the front cover of Action Comic No 1 parodied as their front cover. And a nifty flipchart too, including a Jim Steranko Hulk for good measure.


When I get a good half hour before classes start, it's good to get a flipchart drawn, to which I add once the kids are there. The drawing of myself is almost always done as part of the live class, as are any pictures that look that bit more rushed or scribbled. In the All Saints/Infinity War flipchart you can tell that Doctor Who, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man were drawn more on the hoof than the rest.


The celebrities these five groups chose to star in my demonstration strip were Dwayne Johnson, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Walliams, Simon Cowell (twice).



Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here
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