Friday, 22 May 2015

Sheffield for August

I'm pleased to say that I'm one of the guests at the Sheffield Film and Comic Con this August at the Motorpoint Arena. It's a two day event but I'll be there for one day only on Saturday 15th August. See you there?

I'll be adding more dates to my convention schedule soon.  

Friday, 15 May 2015

Monster Fun!

Although IPC's Monster Fun Comic didn't last long (1975 to 1976) the company kept the title to use in the Buster and Monster Fun Holiday Special. This was an extra publication to the regular Buster Holiday Special. I'm not sure how many there were but it was still being published in 1990 when I was asked to contribute.

Here are my pages from the 1990 edition. I was pleased with how the Tom Thug in Monsterland story turned out and it's still one of my personal favourites. Putting Tom into a fantasy scenario went against the usual theme of the strip but I got around it by having him enter the 'Monster Fun Zone' which was free of the more grounded aspects of Bustertown. Script, art, colours by me, lettering by Mike Peters. And yes, that's Grimly Feendish on the second page. I couldn't resist the chance to include one of my favourite characters from Wham! and Smash!

The other story I had in that special was The Vampire Brats meet Doctor Prankenstein. I enjoyed doing this one too. Script and art by me, lettering by Jack Potter. As always, click on the images to see them full size.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Back to the drawing board

I'm feeling a lot better after my recent virus or whatever it was but still not 100%. However, I need to catch up with work so tonight I'm finishing off the latest Team Toxic two-pager for a forthcoming issue of Toxic, then over the weekend I'm writing a new one-off page. This will be for a future issue of Dark Horse's Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out comic. Good trashy horror fun for adult readers. If you missed the first two strips I did for that comic you can read about them here and here

After that, I'll be working on a new three page Combat Colin strip for an issue of Aces Weekly. More about that later this month.

Then it'll be time to start work on another Daft Dimension for Doctor Who Magazine, and another Team Toxic strip. Also, I'm hoping to be commissioned for some pages on the 2017 dated annuals soon. All in all, this is a busy month I'm glad to say. 

Anyway, back to work...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Stikkums update!

There's a new pack of digital 'stickers' available for the Stikkums app that I provided the artwork for. The new set of Stikkums is just 79p and this time has the theme of Family and Pets

Stikkums is a behavioural reward app for children but it's also fun for any age. Imagine the old rub-down-transfers or felt pictures but done on screen, with characters that you can reposition, resize, recolour, and remove or repeat indefinitely. The app is free to download and comes with a starter pack of Knights themed Stikkums plus two backgrounds. You can then choose to buy additional packs at just 79p each. So far the other packs are Monsters, Outer Space, and the new Family and Pets one. Each pack comes with two backgrounds, and Stikkums can be used on any background, so you could have Monsters in the Family living room if you wished, or Grandad in Outer Space. There's also a new addition of a Sound Effects pack so you can add comic sfx to your scenes.

To see more sample images of the various characters I created for the app and to download the free app for your iPad or phone, go to the Stikkums website:

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Krunk goes crazy!

After a visit to the cinema to see the latest Avengers movie, Team Toxic have their own mad robot to contend with when Krunk flips his lid in the next issue of Toxic!

The story entitled Krunk Goes Crazy sees the faithful robot turn bad and attack his teammates. Is cinema that influential or is there a more sinister reason behind the robot having a screw loose? Find out in Toxic No.254, on sale Wednesday 6th May! 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Davros goes Daft!

One of the most enjoyable things about doing my Daft Dimension strips for Doctor Who Magazine is getting the chance to draw the classic monsters in an official capacity. This month, I thought I'd have Dalek creator Davros guest starring in the strip. Here's a small preview of part of one panel. 

See the full strip in Doctor Who Magazine No.486, on sale Thursday 30th April.   

Friday, 17 April 2015

Annual advance previews

Again, my apologies for not being able to attend the Birmingham Comics Festival (see previous post). As a tiny bit of compensation for anyone hoping to see me there here's an advance preview of some of the work I did for forthcoming annuals. 

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that although The Dandy folded over two years ago after a valiant last stand, The Dandy Annual 2016 will be out this year, full of new material again. I was commissioned to write/draw/colour/letter 10 pages in all, featuring The Smasher and Keyhole Kate. (There's a panel from one of the Kate pages above.)

And here's part of a two page Smasher strip. I've brought back Smasher's old pal Willie for this one. I also re-used one of the original logos from the 1960s as a nod to the past.

For The Beano Annual 2016 I've written, drawn, and coloured 3 Lord Snooty pages. The lettering will be added in-house although I designed the logos. Here's a preview of the opening panel to one strip...

Both annuals are scheduled to be published in July, although from my experience shops may hold them back until September but they should be available online in July. In fact you can pre-order them from Amazon now if you wish. 

Support the British Comics Industry! Buy The Dandy Annual and The Beano Annual this year!

(Right, that's me finished for the weekend. Back to my sick bed.)