Sunday, 26 July 2015

Matt Berry - Action Man Battlefield Casualties



As mentioned in the last post, while visiting the set of 'Toast of London' series 3 (see your tellies this autumn) I talked to Matt Berry about the trio of beautifully-crafted films that he had recently completed for the Veterans For Peace UK - see http://battlefieldcasualties.co.uk

Directed by Price James and based on work by Darren Cullen - they really hit home hard.
They will no doubt ruffle the feathers of those with vested interests in the industry of war – and how it's sold to the population that provides the raw material for it – and resonate with those profoundly affected by their involvement in it, living with the devastating impact thereafter.

The films will divide opinion and spark heated debate.
This is all to the good, whether you like it or not.

Watch these films. Tell people about them.


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Toasted Pt.1







A great pleasure to visit the set of the next series of Matt Berry and Arthur Mathew's award-winning comedy, 'Toast of London' yesterday.
I've been contributing storyboards, working with my old chum director Michael Cumming and creating illustration and concept visuals for the series designer, Rosy Thomas.

A long, fascinating, tiring day watching the grinding of the wheels of the business that they call show.
Stuntmen, falling masonry, illusion and smoke and mirrors, laughter and the ever-present ticking of the clock driving it all.

Toast himself, MB was very gracious and happy with the storyboards and other material (Spoilers) that I have contributed, and we discussed the extraordinary trio of films which he has worked on recently under the banner 'Action Man War Casualties' with Veterans For Peace (see upcoming post) - existing as they do at the crossroads of humour, biting social commentary and overdue truths.

Toast co-creator Arthur Mathews and I enjoyed a long conversation touching upon televisual histories like Euston Films' 'Minder', Clement and La Frenais' 'Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads', the value of the back-projection in the car chases of ITC action-adventure shows and sundry other matters of import.

On the strength of what I saw on-set the new series is going to be very funny.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

I Have Posted




To mark the International Zine Library Day 2015 - itself part of International Zine Month - I was invited to say my piece on the phenomenomenon of the 'zine' by Catherine Polley of Winchester School of Art Library, another long-time supporter of your gentle artist/author.

See what I said at:
https://wsalibrary.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/bigger-on-the-inside-by-mike-nicholson/

I Have Been Posted




Just a belated note that Rebecca Lowe, long-time supporter of the Ensixteen cause and Library Assistant at Leeds College of Art, has kindly posted an appraisal of my series of editions on her blog.
The Special Collection at the college is her remit and a few years ago we established an ongoing 'complete' collection of my work, added to as they are released.
Support and enthusiasm from individuals like Rebecca is priceless, and can buoy the spirits when you occasionally feel like you are whistling in the dark.

Here's the link:
https://rebeccalowe.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/ensixteen-editions-mike-nicholson/

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Savoury visitation?



This image appeared on a cracker in North Wales recently - forwarded to your author/artist.
Please do keep your eyes out for more - if this keeps up I may have to start a religion.

Like there aren't enough of those. . .

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Culturals – recent inspirations No.4: The Sea & The Sky



A meeting of minds, a joining of hands.

Across the choppy North sea, just opened last night, in the subtle flat landscape of Jutland. The startling colourscapes of English watercolourist Linda Newington and the intricate skills of Dane Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck realized in gorgeous photography, sculptural paper and hand-printed notes from the myths of the sea urchin.

Work of sunlight and salt and intricacy. Beautiful.

Culturals – recent inspirations No.3: The Comedy Carpet



Words realized as physical artefacts. Isolated letters or swelling chunks of language.
All in service to laughter – and no finer or more just cause is there.

The Carpet itself is a deserving recipient of multiple awards, and I was privileged to work behind the scenes during the years of its inception and realization. Artist Gordon Young and designer Andy Altmann being the core double-act in the spotlight.

I stood on it in the lashing rain of a Lancashire night, after it was opened by Ken 'Diddy - he did, yes' - Dodd. I wrote for the book of it published by Booth-Clibborn Editions.
How we all laughed.