Extra Curricular

Stuff that the Lamps get up to when not being the Lamps


Dean has been a successful graphic artist for the last 30 years.  His biog on comicbookdb.com reads….

Dean Ormston is a British born comic book artist. His most notable work has been for the British comic 2000 AD and for DC Comics’ Vertigo line of titles.Ormston’s dark, thick paints were seen in action on the Judge Dredd strip on numerous occasions, most notably in the Judgement Day and Raptaur storylines. For the Judge Dredd Megazine Ormston also created, with Si Spencer, the comedy strip Harke & Burr. His work can also be seen in the Predator comics.Ormston’s most well known work in America is most likely The Girl Who Would Be Death written by Caitlin R. Kiernan and published by Vertigo in 4 issues in 1998

He is the only Lamp with his own wikipedia entry


In 2017 working with Jeff Lemire and Dave Stewart, Dean created the critically acclaimed comic Black Hammer published by Dark Horse,









Some praise for Black Hammer

“Every so often, you read a comic that grabs hold of you and won’t let go. Its world is fascinating, its characters are captivating and its art is mesmerizing.” — IGN
“I didn’t think something could be thrilling and sad at the same time but now there’s Black Hammer proving me wrong. Amazing, just flat-out amazing.”—Patton Oswalt
“A cosmic, reality-bending battle.”— THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“I don’t read many comics these days and I can’t remember the last time I read a superhero comic, but I’m loving Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Dave Stewart.”—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
“Sad, dark, and brilliant… Ormston is a storytelling godsend, a master of pacing and delivery.”—THE NERDIST
“At once an epic, gripping superhero mystery, and a heartfelt meditation on why superheroes matter, Black Hammer is easily one of Lemire’s best creations. Coupled with fantastic characters like the haunting Colonel Weird and the mysterious Madame Dragonfly—each made wondrously vibrant by Ormston’s pen—Black Hammer is a place you too will find nearly impossible to leave.” —Scott Snyder (Wytches)
“Masterfully plays with all the many tropes and genres of superhero fiction over the past few decades.” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer feels like it’s walking two roads—one honoring the past of superhero comics, and one forging a path into the future of the genre.”—Cullen Bunn (Harrow County)
“Evocative.” —  LA REVIEW OF BOOKS
“On my pull list by the time I got to page five.” — Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)
“Fascinating.” —  AM NEW YORK
Black Hammer is the maddest, most brilliant comic I’ve read in years.”—Mark Millar (Kick Ass)
“As much a study of loneliness and isolation as it is a superhero deconstruction. If Black Hammer lives up to its early promise, it will deserve a place on the shelf right next to the Watchmen series.” —  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)


In July 2017 the title won a prestigious Eisner award for Best New Series




Liam has released 2 solo albums and a number of singles on the netlabel blocSonic


The first album Sixteen Words released in 2011 can be downloaded for free.

Sixteen Words : http://www.blocsonic.com/releases/show/sixteen-words

The second album released in 2012 is Losing the Tortoise Race and is available, again for free download.

Losing the Tortoise Race :  http://www.blocsonic.com/releases/show/losing-the-tortoise-race

Stewart & Scarfe

Liam and Lyndon produced a collaboration album this year called The Outer Circular, also available via blocSonic. It features a number of re-workings, re-arrangements and remixes of Liam’s original work for blocSonic plus one new track.

It can be downloaded via this page (again free) …



All Lyndon’s released work can be found at http://lyndonscarfe.bandcamp.com

As of January 2014 Lyndon has also released an album on blocSonic. A soundtrack without a film ‘Music for a Lost Film’ can be downloaded via the following link…













In January of 2017 Lyndon released a follow-up to Music for a Lost Film. Released digitally on Of National Importance Records ‘Music for a Lost Film – volume 2’ can be downloaded from here : https://ofnationalimportancerecords.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-a-lost-film-volume-2










March 2018 – Uploaded a new improvised track to YouTube

Lyndon Scarfe – Spacewalk

May 2019 – Uploaded a new 35 minute ambient/electronic track ‘Kinder Scout’ to YouTube

Lyndon Scarfe – Kinder Scout

You can also listen to or purchase the track from bandcamp




Lyndon is also involved as half of experimental/drone group  [retreat] along with Sam Horton

A YouTube video of ‘Flux’ can be found here [retreat] – Flux

The new [retreat] album is available via bandcamp – available in digital format or as a CD with a 60 page booklet.


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