Saturday, 20 December 2014

SNOWMANIC!

Christmas Eve will see Dark Horse publish the second issue of Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out. The main story is Slay Ride Part Two, written by Alex De Campi and drawn by R.M. Guera. You can read a preview of the first few pages here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=25028

...and on the back page of the issue is another one-off strip by me. This time it's a seasonal shocker I've called Snowmanic! featuring a snowman to give you nightmares. That's him at the top of this post. To reveal more would ruin the story, so be sure to pick up Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out No.2 this Wednesday from a comic speciality store near you! All-new winter horror for just $3.99.

Here's the cover to look out for, illustrated by R.M. Guera...

Monday, 15 December 2014

Work currently in print

A couple of people have asked me what work I have on the shelves at the moment so I thought I'd compile this little list. More details of each strip are available in previous posts. 

Comics 
Latest issues currently available from newsagents and supermarkets:

The Beano (Christmas issue).
Half page strip: Ivy the Terrible

The Beano Christmas Special 2014.
Puzzle pages:
Be A Christmas Prank-Star
Who Ate All the (Mince) Pies?

Doctor Who Magazine No.481. (Christmas issue).
Strip: The Daft Dimension

Toxic (Christmas issue).
Two page strip: Team Toxic

Available from comics speciality shops:

Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out No.1. Adults only.
Full page strip: Kung-Fu Cheesecake

Exclusive to the Supermarionation blu-ray box set:

TV21 No.243
Strip: Zoony the Lazoon

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Annuals
(available from bookshops):

The Dandy Annual 2015.
Strips: Keyhole Kate, The Smasher, Korky the Cat.
(12 pages in total).

The Beano Annual 2015.
Four mini-strips: Rasher

Toxic Annual 2015.
Strips: Team Toxic
(Four new pages plus two reprint pages).


Viz: The Dutch Oven.
Full page strip: The Pathetic Sharks (reprint). Adults only.


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Books:

You Are The Hero - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.
Strips: Derek the Troll 
(1 new full page strip, plus 1 and a half reprint). 

Brickman Begins! 
(Published 2005 but copies still available from my website here). 
152 pages collecting my old fanzine strips plus pages by guest artists. 


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Digital media:

Aces Weekly.
Strips: Two new Combat Colin three pagers. One in issue 1 (Vol.1) and the other in issue 7 of volume 8. 
http://www.acesweekly.co.uk/home



Stikkums
Behavioral reward app for children and parents for which I provided all the artwork. Available free on iTunes here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stikkums/id915405551?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4



I think that's the lot although I've probably forgotten something obvious. Anyway, back to the drawing board now to draw strips for next year. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Dalek

In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine I get to achieve a long held ambition and draw a Dalek for the official mag of the BBC series. I've liked Daleks since I saw them in their first TV appearance way back when 51 years ago so putting one in my Daft Dimension comic strip was something I had to do. 

You can see the full strip in Doctor Who Magazine No.481, on sale now for £5.99, bringing you 100 pages plus a giant two-sided poster. Here's the cover of the polybag to look out for below.... 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Buster Index

Nearly 20 years ago I was asked to draw this cover for the Buster Index, a chunky softback A5 sized book published by A & B Whitworth. The book was aimed at the collector's market and only had a small print run but it provided a ton on information. Illustrated entries on every character to have appeared in the comic, with credits (where known) and how long each strip ran for. 

The book was by Ray Moore and Steve Holland, although I didn't realize the extent that Ray was involved at the time or I'd have credited him on the cover too. As well as providing the artwork I designed the whole cover. The word 'Index' is based on the Giggle comic logo (which merged into Buster in 1968). In retrospect the 'x' is too small and out of synch with the other letters, but other than that I was quite pleased with the cover. I enjoyed 'ghosting' the various art styles of the characters I chose to illustrate it. If you're not familiar with who they are, clockwise from the top they're Chalky, Charlie Peace, Faceache, Tom Thug, Master Mind, The Big One, Tin Teacher, Galaxus, and of course the lad himself, Buster (as he looked in the late 1960s) in the centre.

The background effect was done by using an old toothbrush dipped in blue ink and gently pulling a small piece of stiff card over the bristles to splatter the ink onto the board. (Masking off the areas not to be covered of course.) These days Photoshop makes such tasks far easier and less messy! 

As the book was photocopied rather than printed, the colours turned out a bit harsh in places but overall it looked okay I think and I felt honoured to illustrate it. Had we known that Buster would be axed at the very end of 1999 it might have been better for the publisher to wait a few years to do the book, but even by 1995 the comic's best years were behind it and this index still served as an excellent record of 35 years of great material. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

The holly and the Ivy

Actually there's no holly in it but here's a preview of the Christmas episode of Ivy the Terrible that appears in this coming Wednesday's festive snow-on-the-logo Beano! Ivy visits Santa's grotto. That's not going to end well for one of them is it? Script by Stu Munro, art by me. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Terror in the toy shop

Here's a quick preview of this week's Ivy the Terrible in The Beano! Pick up the latest issue to see the full story. Script by Stu Munro, art by me. Next week it's the Christmas issue. More news soon. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas comes to Toxic

The Christmas issue of Toxic is out today and I did a festive Team Toxic two-pager for it. Christmas with The Pudding Heads sees Team Toxic fly into space to encounter beings who actually have Christmas puddings for heads. (I know. We've all met people like that, right?)

Christmas doesn't affect me much these days (I'll try and avoid it as much as possible) but it's always very enjoyable to draw the Christmas strips hoping that they'll amuse the readers. After all, it's following in a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of British comics. 

Toxic No.247 is out now, priced £3.99. For that you get a 48 page magazine plus a bunch of gifts...

...and as you'd expect it's packaged in a festive foil-effect bag, so here's what to look out for in the shops...