Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Update on Combat Colin issue 3

If you follow this blog regularly you'll know that I'm self-publishing occasional Combat Colin comics, reprinting the series I originally did for Marvel UK from 1987 to 1991. The first two issues are already out, and I had planned to publish No.3 in May. 

However, I'm sure you'll understand that my mainstream comics work has to take priority, so I've been busy on The Beano, Toxic, Epic, Dandy Annual, and Doctor Who Magazine. Plus I had a much-needed holiday for the first time in years, which I hope you won't begrudge me, and I've been travelling to various comic cons up and down the UK. 

All this has meant that Combat Colin No.3 had to go on the back burner for a while. Hopefully I'll have time to crack on with it next week, scanning all the pages from my original art, drawing a new cover, etc. I estimate that it'll now be published sometime in September but I'll keep you notified. 

The original plan was to do three issues this year, but it'll now be two. (Including No.2 which came out earlier this year.) Issues 4 and 5 will be published next year. 

I hope you understand, and I thank you for your patience and support so far. I'm looking forward to Combat Colin No.3 appearing just as much as you are, because it reaches the period where the strip really came into its own, with recurring support characters, ongoing sub-plots, and wilder and dafter adventures! More news soon!

In the meantime, if you don't have the first two issues, you can buy them directly from me here:

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Keyhole Kate 2019

Just another reminder that Keyhole Kate is back again in The Dandy Annual 2019, which is out now from online sellers and maybe even from some High Street shops! (If shops haven't put them out yet they should be on the shelves in September.)

Kate will be back again next year too, as I'm writing/drawing new episodes for the 2020 Dandy Annual! 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

A short preview

There's always been a tradition for British humour comics to be a bit irreverent and, well, cheeky, and I like to carry on that tradition. The next issue of Toxic sees Kid Zombie buy a new pair of shorts that have a mind of their own! His pals in Team Toxic aren't impressed! See what happens in Toxic No.310, on sale Wednesday 15th August from all good newsagents and supermarkets!  

Friday, 10 August 2018

Lord Snooty returns

Next week's Big Eggo strip features a vintage guest star who, like Big Eggo, also debuted in The Beano No.1 in 1938. Yes, it's Lord Snooty, back for one week only. 

I wrote/drew an ongoing Lord Snooty series for the Beano a few years ago and as this is the Beano's 80th anniversary year I couldn't let it pass without bringing the character back for a brief appearance. The editors approved, so here he is. 

See Big Eggo and Lord Snooty together in Beano No.3948, on sale Wednesday 15th August!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

PEDANTIC STAN, - Ready to order!

Pedantic Stan, The Comics Fan, which launched at the London Film and Comic Con the other week is now available for everyone. You can order it directly from my online shop here:

Pedantic Stan is the creation of John Freeman and Lew Stringer and the strip ran in Speakeasy magazine in 1990/91. All of the strips are collected in this comic, along with a special one done for the UKCAC 1990 convention book. 

Pedantic Stan reflects the comic fan of the times, in that he's a superhero-obsessed fanboy with a bulging rucksack full of back issues and a wants list a mile long. (May be a slight exaggeration for comic effect.) The early scripts were written by John Freeman and drawn by me, and I took over as writer/artist after a few months. 

16 page A5 size landscape comic. £2 plus £1 p + p. 

Latest Eggo preview

This week's Big Eggo strip in the Beano was written by Nigel Auchterlounie when I had the 'flu a while back. Thanks for stepping in, Nigel! (Normal service resumes next week with me on script and art.) Has Eggo found his egg at last? Find out in Beano No.3947, out now!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Latest Derek the Troll preview!

After the issue zero launch edition last month, the all-new online humour comic Goof! publishes No.1 this Saturday, 4th August! Packed with brand new material by a variety of contributors, and includes a new episode of Derek the Troll by me.

A subscription to Goof! costs just £12 for 12 monthly issues, - only a pound a comic for around 30 pages of all-new material. - And you don't even have to leave the house to get a copy. It'll be there every month to read on your tablet, desktop computer, etc. 

For more info, see the Goof! website...