Wednesday, 18 January 2017

In newsagents this week...

Thanks as always for visiting my blog. Here's a quick glimpse of what I have in print this week. In The Beano, Pug decides he's the fastest dog in Pup Parade, whilst in the same comic, Ivy the Terrible is having a quiet nap for once (that won't last). 

Over in Toxic magazine No.283, Team Toxic come up against a giant living snowman in a story I've titled Snow Chance...

...and still available from last week, Epic magazine features the first part of my new regular two page series, Hygiene High (plus a page of mini-strips I've drawn as well.)

All three titles are out now from newsagents and supermarkets!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Grab a Troll!

I've posted another bunch of Derek the Troll comics to buyers today (and copies of Brickman comics to those who ordered them). My apologies if you've been waiting a while. It's been a hectic few weeks! (Still is, but I needed to honour the orders.)

If you haven't bought a copy of Derek the Troll yet, it's a 32 page comic (American sized) that reprints all my 1980s Derek the Troll strips from Games Workshop magazines. In the back half of the comic there's the entire Rock Solid, Space Hero serial collected, that I did for Swiftsure comic back in the mid-'80s too. (Some of my earliest published work.)

It's a one-off comic and the stories are self contained, so there's no cliffhanger to disappoint you. Complete stories in one issue, like comics used to be. 

To order a copy (and any other items that catch your interest), nip over to my online shop at my website here:

If you live in or around Birmingham, there might still be a couple of copies left at Nostalgia and Comics, 14 - 16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN. You'll find them on the shelf next to the Panini UK Marvel monthlies. 

Support British comics!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Preview: Next week's TOXIC

Here's an advance preview of one panel from my Team Toxic story that appears in the next issue of Toxic, on sale Wednesday 18th January. 

Throughout my comics career I've often tried to tie my strips into the seasons and anything else that the readers might relate to. (Christmas is the obvious one, but it's good to put in other relatable things too.) Some comics used to do that when I was a kid and it I think it gave us a better connection to the stories. So, as this is traditionally a cold and snowy month, Team Toxic battle a giant snowman in a story entitled Snow Chance!

See the full two page strip in Toxic No.283, on sale 18th January.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Just Dandy!

It's been a very hectic week of late nights and one all-nighter to complete my pages for The Dandy Annual 2018 but deadlines have been met and the pages are all done and e-mailed to D.C. Thomson. (I also had Pup Parade, and Ivy the Terrible to do for the weekly Beano and Team Toxic for an upcoming Toxic to do this week too, so it's been non-stop.) Not that I'm complaining of course. Being freelance is always volatile and a roller-coaster of a career so it's best to enjoy the busy times while one can. 

I've done nine pages in total for next year's Dandy Annual, which won't be out until around August so I won't reveal much about it yet. I'll show you a sneak preview of part of one panel here though. Yes, Keyhole Kate will be back! Other characters too, but I'll post more about those in the summer. Rest assured that although The Dandy weekly ended over four years ago, The Dandy Annual continues! 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New series! Hygiene High starts next week

My first new strip for 2017 starts next week in Epic magazine, published by D.C. Thomson. Hygiene High features the grottiest, grimiest kids since the days of The Swots and the Blots, and they're enrolled into a school that aims to smarten them up. It's a daunting task for their head teacher Auntie Bacteria! 

Written by Niall Murray and drawn by me, Hygiene High is a two page strip featuring six stinky kids; Pee-Yew Jimmy, Bean Jean, Snotty Scotty, the Bin Twins, and Pooey Louis. The sort of gross humour about farts and bogeys that adults sometimes disapprove of but kids enjoy, and Epic is aimed at kids so hopefully it'll go down well. (I really like the flies the designers have added to the page borders!)

The magazine also includes a page of mini-strips drawn by me; Eric FailTerrible Movies, and Zombie Sports...

...and there's also another chapter of Overreaction Man by Alex Collier and Steve Bright.

That's all in Epic No.127, on sale from newsagents and supermarkets from Wednesday 11th January! 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

There "be no" other comic like it

Here's a quick preview of my strips from this week's Beano. Pup Parade have fun in the snow, and Ivy the Terrible's dad invites her to play his favourite board game. There's trouble ahead! See what happens in The Beano No.3866, on sale now! Only £2.50.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

New series for 2017

Here's a sneak preview of a brand new series I've drawn that begins in D.C. Thomson's Epic No.127, on sale 11th January! It's a two-pager set in a school, and I'll reveal more next week. I'm not the scriptwriter on this one (I'll have to find out who is) but I'm having fun drawing it. 

More news soon!