Volume Two is here!

Finally, Vworp Vworp! Volume Two has arrived and a small mountain of copies are currently being despatched by my long-suffering colleague, Mr Gareth Kavanagh. Feedback has been unanimously positive so far, which is lovely to hear after nine weeks or so of delays and disappointments. Thanks, all!

Newly added to this website are four sets of Weetabix/Vworpabix instructions (see menu bar above) and two new wallpapers.

Update update

Well, September 22 came and went…

Apologies to everyone who has been waiting so patiently for their copies of Volume Two. We’ve had a very frustrating time with the printers, which appear to have now been sorted out. They’ve confidently promised us that the magazines will be with us next week, so copies will be sent out in the last week or so of October.

For those who have also ordered copies of Volume One, those will be shipped with Volume Two. We should also have a few more available soon, so if you missed out, keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for an announcement.

Cheers!

Update

A quick update. We had hoped to get Volume Two out at the beginning of September, but various delays at our printers has set us back a little. We’ve been promised delivery on 22 September, so expect your copies within a couple of weeks of that date. We’re as keen to get printed copies in our hands as you are, after working on the thing for the best part of 18 months! Thank you for your patience.

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Vworp Vworp! Volume Two

It’s been a long wait, but finally Volume 2 is nearly upon us! Within its 104 pages can be found:

  • The first half of our exhaustive Abslom Daak tribute, including interviews with writer Steve Moore, and artists Steve Dillon and David Lloyd. Also a Daak comic strip, written for DWM by Steve Moore in 1980 but withdrawn after a disagreement with the editor, now finally brought to the page by DWM artists Martin Geraghty, Adrian Salmon and Roger Langridge.
  • We’re kicking off our series of DWM editor interviews with a fascinating chat between Dez Skinn and Tom Spilsbury. We also chat to Paul Neary, Alan McKenzie, Cefn Ridout and the elusive Sheila Cranna.
  • Ex-Doctors Tom Baker and Colin Baker talk about their comic strip selves.
  • Dave Gibbons, Steve Parkhouse and Mick McMahon discuss The Tides of Time and Junkyard Demon, and we take in The Lodger with Gareth Roberts and Mike Collins.
  • We’ve got, The Housekeeper, a comic strip written by Paul Magrs and drawn by Bret M Herholz starring Mrs Wibbesey and the Fourth Doctor.
  • And we’ve got an fantastic free gift in the form of a ‘Vworpabix’ board game. Based on the 1970s Weetabix game, ours has 16 character cards by Adrian Salmon and boards by Paul Grist, Jon Pinto, Leighton Noyes and Graeme Neil Reid.
  • Two covers: a wraparound Abslom Daak cover by Mike Collins, and an early Doctor Who Monthly pastiche featuring Junkyard Demon (with Jason Fletcher and Ben Willsher’s take on Daak on the back cover).
  • … and much more!

Preorders for Vworp Vworp! Volume 2 are now open – click on ‘ORDER VWORP VWORP!’ above – and we plan to release it late-August/early-September…

Many thanks for your support!

Vworp launch!

Colin and the Vworps

Gareth’s arranged a little launch party at this month’s Tavern – and Dez Skinn, our adviser and guru throughout the project, as well as the original editor of Doctor Who Weekly and a bit of a legend in the comics world, will be there too, celebrating both all things Vworp and his birthday! If you can make it, it would be wonderful to see you.

The details are on the event’s Facebook page, but in case you’re not Facebookified:

The day:
Thursday, 04 February 2010

The time:
8pm to (approx) 11pm

The location:
The Fitzroy Tavern, 16 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NA
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Please note that Gareth and Dez will be bringing some copies of both versions of the zine, but they’re heavy so supplies will be strictly limited!

It is ‘transfurs’, isn’t it?

As I write, 7% of the Vworp Vworp! PDFs are with the printers. The little transfer bar’s barely moving – this may take a while…

12% It’s an odd feeling to finally relinquish something I’ve been working on for so long. I’ve just checked, it was on July 6th last year when Gareth first invited me onboard. The previous designer had been forced to drop out (busy working for Big Finish or some fool nonsense) and, as I’d proved myself reasonably capable by coming up with some flyers and posters for Gareth’s pub, The Lass O’Gowrie (“The best pies in Manchester!”), he wondered if I fancied “taking on design duties”? I thought about it for at least a second before agreeing.

19% Now, I doubt many of you will remember my previous tentative step into the world of Doctor Who fanzines. It was a thing called Circus that ran for nine issues and was quite popular for a time. The last issue came out around 2001, with me cursing bitterly that the internet was killing the good old printed fanzine. By 2009 I was really missing editing and designing fanzines, so, with me having been made redundant one day after returning from my Christmas hols and no new job on the horizon, Gareth’s proposal couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m not sure he realised the monster he was taking on though – within weeks I was already suggesting new articles and interviews, questioning some of the old ones, and bringing the whole ‘Thirtieth Anniversary of DWM‘ angle into the mix – what should have been a couple of months’ work stretched on. And on. And…

26% (26%! I’m already thinking, worrying. What if there’s not enough bleed? What if the page numbers aren’t readable? What if converting from RGB to CMYK renders the whole thing unreadable? Did I remember to spell poor old Richard Bignell’s name right this time? Will DWM sue us? Will the transfers actually work?)

31% So anyway, I’ve not done much designy stuff in colour before, certainly not an entire 48-page magazine (because that’s what it was back then. Haha, naïve young fools!). I’d designed my fair share of wine labels, newsletters and flyers, and had been trying for years to persuade Big Finish that I could whip up a mean CD cover (to no avail), but the thought of assembling an attractive magazine in full colour, with no design elements in place, filled me with apprehension. Plus there was the small matter that – whisper it – the Doctor Who comic strip had, until then, never held much interest for me. I didn’t tell Gareth that, of course. And don’t worry, I bloody love them now (what was I thinking?!).

45% It’s been fantastic. I’ve come into contact with lots of amazingly talented people – we’ve interviewed Dave Gibbons, for goodness’ sake! I’ve spoken to cartoon creators whose stuff I grew up with: Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett, for example, whose first ‘Doctor Who?’ cartoon appeared in my first issue of Doctor Who Monthly. Leighton Noyes, who I’d always assumed was merely an anagram, not the really friendly, really generous and really real person I spoke to. On the other hand there was Baxter Sullivan, who I assumed was a real person and turned out to be someone else entirely.

66% And it’s been incredibly rewarding collaborating with Gareth too. I’d always been a bit of a one man band with Circus, so I was initially a little worried whether the arrangement would work out. I can be a stubborn bugger some times, but having someone there to point out that my way might not be the best way has taught me a lot, most of all humility. Best of all, the final product is, I think, far better than either of us ever imagined. It’s certainly the most rewarding project I’ve ever been involved in, and much of that is down to m’colleague. You never know, we might ever meet up one day…

74% And don’t get me started on the genius that is Ben Willsher. Or “Brillsher” as I call him. I’ll write another blog post about the covers soon, but until then I’ll just say that the multi-Doctor cover could never have happened without him (and some initial help from the ridiculously busy Roger Langridge).

79% I’m beginning to gush like RTD in one of his Production Notes. Without the wit. (We tried to get him in Vworp!, you know. He never replied. Just because he was off being a hugely successful scriptwriter in LA! Some people…) Vworp Vworp! Volume One contains the words “interregnum”, “Waxman” and “Busby”. And no others.

86% Ah yes, “Volume One”. Gareth’s thread on the Gallifrey Base forum still has “one-shot” in the title. For a couple of months it was indeed intended to be a one-off, then, because I was rather enjoying myself and knew we’d have enough material to fill several issues, with lots of juicy interviews promised to us (not least Dave Gibbons on his Davison strips and Steve Moore on Abslom Daak), I dropped the bombshell that Vworp Vworp! HAD to be an ongoing zine. I could almost hear Gareth choking on an exquisite pie from 200 miles away, but he soon agreed. So we’ve already started work on Volume Two, with lots more exciting stuff lined up. We’ve got Steve Parkhouse! John Ridgway! Mike McMahon! David Lloyd! More articles and comic strips and, if everything works out, another stunning cover!

94% Nearly there. This is it, no turning back now. I remember my dad buying me a Star Wars comic in the early 80s. Emblazoned in huge, loud type across the top were the words “FREE BAGDE”! If that little gem got past countless editors, what chance have we got with long words like ‘Celebrate’ (imagine it: “WE CELIBATE 30 YEARS OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!”) on the cover? How many “DELGARDO”s and “DAVIDSON”s have we missed? Surely there must be at least one hugely embarrassing typo within, some massive clunker that escaped our loyal band of proof-readers? Oh God, 99%, there’s still time to hit cancel…

100% Oh.