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Captain Powerchord - Posters
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Here is the last (well, almost) of the Captain Powerchord posts, this time showing the two posters I drew for the Captain Powerchord Special in May and September 1996, plus a Battle of the Bands poster I drew for a friend in 1994. The first from the Special features Agent O-U-R-A-1 (what a totally horrible name 'The Castrator' is, even as a joke I wouldn't choose that now) with a few of her favourite quotes, while the other features all the main - and a few of the minor - characters from the eight strips.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. There might be one further CP-related post this weekend.


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Captain Powerchord - Suzy's Fun Page
Monday 21 February 2011
This was one of the extra pages I made for the Captain Powerchord Special in 1996, a little fun page of puzzles for the reader to do in a few spare minutes featuring characters from the strips.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. Coming up next will be some Captain Powerchord posters.


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History of Rock'n'Roll Board Game
Saturday 19 February 2011
I hunted through some old folders to find the original artwork for the Captain Powerchord History of Rock'n'Roll Board Game (1996) and was delighted to find it again. It's been great fun looking over it and remembering that is actually great fun to play as well!
The game takes you from humble beginnings to stardom via 1950s rock'n'roll, the swinging sixties, the progressive and punky seventies, the MTV eighties, and up to the mid nineties, while all the time you must accumulate hits and avoid obscurity. I do remember the first part of the game, where you have to escape your roots, can be quite difficult, so feel free to make that a little easier if you wish - but the frustration can be part of the fun!

See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In the next few days I will post the fun page from Special.


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Captain Powerchord 8 - Caught 'Napping
Wednesday 16 February 2011
The eighth and final Captain Powerchord strip was drawn for the Captain Powerchord Special in August and September 1996. I knew this was going the be the last one I'd draw, so made it a four pager and included a number of characters from previous episodes.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In the next few days I will post some of the extras that appeared in the Special.


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Captain Powerchord 7 - The Really Rather Strange Thing...
Friday 11 February 2011
The seventh Captain Powerchord strip was drawn for the Captain Powerchord Special that was eventually published late in 1996. Unlike the previous one page episodes for 5D, I allowed myself the luxury of two pages, though page one was drawn in April 1995 and page two over a year later in May 1996.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In the next few days I will post the eighth and final strip, a four-pager called Caught 'Napping!


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Captain Powerchord 6 - Cometh the Super Goth
Wednesday 9 February 2011
The sixth Captain Powerchord strip was drawn for the local entertainments guide 5D, but was not published - I think the magazine had closed down by the time it was submitted. It was written and drawn in August 1994. Note the cameo return of Lampshade Man!
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In the next few days I will post the seventh strip, a two-pager called The Really Rather Strange Thing That Came From Another World!


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Captain Powerchord 5 - The Chickens
Saturday 5 February 2011
The fifth Captain Powerchord strip appeared in the local entertainments guide 5D in August 1994 (issue 25) and was the last to be published (I'm not certain, but that may also have been the final issue of 5D). It's one of my favourites, with more groan-inducing jokes per panel than any of the previous strips, I think.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In the next few days I will post the sixth strip: Super Goth!


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Captain Powerchord 4 - The Castrator
Wednesday 2 February 2011
The fourth Captain Powerchord strip appeared in the local entertainments guide 5D in July 1994 (issue 24) and is me poking a bit of fun at the portrayal of women in superhero comics - not much has changed over 16 years later!
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In a couple of days I will post the fifth strip: The Chickens! (Sorry if it takes a bit longer - I've pulled a muscle in my back and can only sit at the computer for a very short amount of time at the moment.)


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posted 02.02.11 at 10:26 am in Captain Powerchord | permalink | 2 |


Captain Powerchord 3 - Big Dudey
Friday 28 January 2011
The third Captain Powerchord strip appeared in the local entertainments guide 5D in June 1994 (issue 23). Can you name all the comic and cartoon characters that appear in the first panel?
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In a couple of days I will post the fourth strip: The Castrator!


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Captain Powerchord 2 - Have This Robots
Wednesday 26 January 2011
The second Captain Powerchord strip appeared in the local entertainments guide 5D in December 1993 (issue 21). In this episode the Captain takes on the early-90s phenomenon of boy bands! Note the introduction of pathos at the end. And robots at the beginning.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In a couple of days I will post the third strip: Big Dudey.


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Captain Powerchord 1 - Lampshade Man
Monday 24 January 2011
The first Captain Powerchord strip appeared in the local entertainments guide 5D in November 1993 (issue 20). It's pretty basic fare, including the Captain's origin and a damsel-in-distress storyline. I'd forgotten that I actually wrote this first episode with my brother, Murray.
See here for an introduction to Captain Powerchord. In a couple of days I will post the second strip: Have This Robots.


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posted 24.01.11 at 9:56 am in Captain Powerchord | permalink | 2 |


Introducing Captain Powerchord
Saturday 22 January 2011
I'm not doing much blogging at the moment due to workload, so I thought I'd post up some old stuff. Captain Powerchord was created in 1993 for the back page of a local entertainments guide called 5D, which had a print run of 10,000 copies and was distributed across a wide area covering parts of Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
The strip was a music-based humour comic, very much in the British comedy tradition, though my golden rule was to not resort to sexual innuendo or toilet humour, something all too easy to do when you're trying to be funny (I was about 92% successful!). It appeared between November 1993 (in 5D issue 20) and August 1994 (in 5D issue 25). I wrote and drew a further three episodes that did not appear in 5D, but did appear in a small press collection I produced in 1996, of which only 100 copies were printed - long sold-out.

I'll post the first strip next week, then another every two or three days or so. I'll also post up some of the extras that appeared in the collection, which included a theme tune, a board game, puzzles and a poster. In the meantime, here's the introduction as written in 1996...

"Somewhere in the cosmos of comicdom, blown together by the mighty solar winds, where Max Fleischer meets Asterix for a sit-down cup of cocoa, where The Dandy does lunch with Robert Crumb, where Walt Disney goes down the pub with The Goodies and bumps into Woody Allen - who's just joined Spinal Tap - arm in arm with Stan Laurel ... there you will find the origins of Britain's most rock-n-roll superhero. If you look really hard that is."

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