Eddy Champion

Eddy Champion Comic FIRST ISSUEEddy Champion
[12 25x17cm GLOSSY STOCK PAGES, GLOSSY CARD COVER. Mono. Hand Numbered Limited Edition. of 1000. 100 Signed by Editor. ISBN No. 1 899573 003]

In this First Issue, our small yet powerful hero Eddy Champion, speeds to the rescue as one of his fellow earth creatures is trapped in a perilous watery downpour unable to reach safety.

As the Editor of this comic, I like it. I like the artwork, the passionate drama, the use of cool viewpoints and the way in which a heart warming simple story is shown to be so important to those deeply involved. I could go on and dish out a load of compliments but I’m the one wearing the rose coloured glasses so I’ll pass on that idea. Instead, read two of the ‘Reviews’ we rather liked from RJJ and Gavin Burrows :

“Produced to provide support for registered educational children’s charity World of Water.” Little water conservation actually happens in this issue though, we’re introduced to Eddie — a superhero parody grub who saves snails from certain death. However, we’re promised in future issues he’ll be “right up there fighting the real problems that hit our own planet.”
The artwork’s accomplished in a post-EC comics kind of way, (perhaps a big influence as they insist Eddie is addressed as “EC”) if a bit too static and photo-referenced in places. It looks livelier when letratone is added (which it is for the cover and pin-up but not on the main strip). I also found the duplo-sized lettering a bit intrusive, but perhaps that’s a concession to the kiddie audience.
Given the content and intended readership I’m not sure a cartoonier approach would’ve been more effective, especially if the idea’s to get kids to relate to the character. But maybe that’s just me preferring cartoonier stuff in general.
‘Educational’ matters (hate the word but I can’t think of a better) definitely work well in comics. I think I’d prefer to see a post-privatisation version of the Thirties Superman, where wish-fulfilment figures get to kick the shit out of the heads of Yorkshire Water. Yeah and then hand them out among schoolkids…
(Gavin Burrows) **


This professionally designed booklet sees the launch of a new super-powered
grub and his mission to save a falling snail. Gorgeous dark artwork is
incredibly out of place in this simple story of insect adventures. Its
simplicity is its failing and its environmental message overpowering. (RJJ)

** ( Editor: Funnily enough Gavin, ‘World of Water’ pitched a post-privatisation version of the thirties Superman to Severn Trent Water who adored our approach to their water treatment and supply ‘Educational’ matters, acknowledging that our ideas would be effective in Water education, but felt that they would not work in print on a ‘stand-alone’ basis. )

Those who care about water make waves ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ BIG waves from Grant

Animator, Dominic Osbourne, tackles disability and obesity subject –

Fat Man Jim storyboardLights! Action! But can ‘stop frame’ ever be seen as ‘action’ in the face of live footage? What is animation all about?

When Dominic Osbourne filmed the animated short, “Fat Man Jim” with us for a Grant Fund pitch to the British Film Institute (BFI), he had not reckoned on the slowness of “action” needed in stop frame animation nor on the continual take and re-take of footage ever experimenting on ‘style’.

If we could get everyone who comes to see us with highly animated thoughts, to pre-realise the time and effort needed to produce their fluid dreams, we’d probably be a little quieter! Projects that really ‘sing’ do need the hours of input and dedicated effort, whether you are producing your own animation film or shouting about how great you are!

Energy is the key and that’s why it is always vital to reach goals through a mix of hard work and relaxed re-charging of batteries. Busy people are usually busy at work and then busy again at home so the idea of chilling out the system between heavy bouts of activity remains “just a good idea” and hard to achieve.

At the ‘HoBB Project House and Gardens’, the chill-out time is part of the action and it’s working.

Update News : ‘Fat Man Jim’ didn’t get its BFI grant funding (Hmmmm!) so we’re back on the look out. If you have some funds available or know of some in need of a great little educational, humourous and entertaining short animation about disabilities and obesity, make contact.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant