Wednesday, 7 October 2015

He's the Butt of the joke

It's been a hectic couple of days getting the latest Team Toxic 2 pager drawn and coloured for Toxic No.263 which will be out towards the end of November. Toxic's unusual schedule of being published every three weeks often means that deadlines loom up faster than anticipated. Anyway, job done and I emailed the pages to the editor this afternoon. As you can see from the preview panel above it features the return of Butt-Face, who is always fun to draw and hopefully gives the readers a giggle.

Next up, I'll be drawing stuff for The Dandy Annual 2017 but I won't reveal which strip just yet. Then it'll be time to get ahead on the next issues of Toxic and Doctor Who Magazine and anything else I can fit in, if I stay fit enough that is! Caught another bloomin' cough and cold! (The downside of traveling by public transport is there's always someone coughing and sneezing on the buses.)

I'm hoping to drop into the Caption small press convention in Coventry this Saturday, just for a few hours. Depends how I'm fixed for time though as I'm a guest at Comic Con Leicester the next day (11th October). 

Caption website:

ComicCon Leicester website:

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Developing Daft Davros

Here's a section of my next Daft Dimension strip. As you can see, it features Davros, creator of the Daleks. I thought you might like to see the development of the panel from my initial rough, to the finished inks, to the added colour.

You can see the complete strip in Doctor Who Magazine No.492 when it goes on sale on October 15th!  

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Brickman Update

All the orders for Brickman Returns! that I received last week have now been dispatched. The orders I've received today will be posted on Monday. Thanks to all of you who have bought copies. It's much appreciated. 

It just goes to prove that there is still interest in independent comics. Admittedly, Brickman Returns! is only a modest effort with a small print run, but there has been a steady stream of sales since it was launched on September 5th. And that's with no advertising except plugging it online in a handful of places, and selling it directly. (Copies are also still available at Nostalgia and Comics, 14  - 16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham). 

Curiously there was some resistance from a few Christians concerned about the "Satanic content", ie: my Suburban Satanists strip which runs as a back-up in the comic. Subsequently some people have refused to buy it on those grounds without actually seeing the strip. I was quite staggered that a humour strip tacking the mickey out of an incompetent bunch of devil-worshippers would upset anyone, although there was a similar response in the 1990s when it appeared in Sweden and Norway. Personally I think the humour in Suburban Satanists is very mild, and I suspect the objectors may be imagining it to be more explicit than it is, but if that's their decision so be it. To be fair, no one has yet said it should be censored, they've just explained why they won't buy it, so I'm glad that at least they've offered their reasons and obviously they're not going to enjoy my daft comic if it makes them uncomfortable or fearful. It's not for me to argue against it as it's their choice and obviously they're entitled to that. However, I am continuing with my intention to publish the Suburban Satanists in their own comic early next year. 

Next Sunday, 11th October, I'll be a guest at Comic Con Leicester and will be bringing along a few copies of Brickman Returns! (and the previous collection, Brickman Begins!). Due to Sunday rail service I won't be arriving until about 11am but I hope to see you there!

If you haven't bought a copy of Brickman Returns! yet and you want to order one by post, you can do so from my online shop here:

Thursday, 1 October 2015

New review

My thanks to John Short of Kult Creations for giving a glowing review of my Brickman comics! "If these two publications don't have you laughing out loud multiple times you must be a DC lawyer or something." You can read the full review here:

While you're there, check out the rest of the Kult Creatons blog for John's own wonderful publications. His latest book, Octobriana: The Undergound History is a must-have item for anyone interested in comics history (and that's all of you, right?) I'll be posting a full review of it on my Blimey! blog soon.

If you're one of the people who hasn't got around to buying a copy of Brickman Returns! yet, you can order a signed copy directly from me from my online shop:

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

More from Dimension X

Here's a preview of a couple more panels I drew for Team Toxic in Dimension X that appears in Toxic No.261, out this week. 

Toxic has been in published since 2002 and I'm proud to say my work has appeared in every issue. Quite a few imitations of Toxic have come and gone over the years but it still remains the top selling boys magazine. I suppose the moral of that story is: Don't imitate, innovate!   

Toxic No.261, on sale 30th September from newsagents and supermarkets. 

Friday, 25 September 2015

Preview: Team Toxic in Dimension X

Here's an advance preview of next week's Team Toxic story in which the Team journey into Dimension X! Basically I gave myself the opportunity to draw various weird aliens like this one. I love creating weird and (hopefully) funny creatures like this. 

You can see what happens next in Toxic No.261, on sale in newsagents and supermarkets from Wednesday 30th September. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015


Copies of the controversial Grindhouse No.8 are banned in Canada but they're now getting into UK comic shops. I've no idea how well it's distributed though, but my nearest Forbidden Planet had one yesterday. It's published in a sealed plastic bag because of its sexually graphic story by Alex De Campi and John Lucas, but my back page strip (which isn't sexually graphic but does feature Satan) can be seen through the polybag. Milo Manara art on the front cover, comic strip by me on the back cover. What a team-up. :-)

Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out No.8. Published by Dark Horse. $3.99 (about £3.15 in UK comic shops). A digital edition is also available from the Dark Horse Comics app and Comixology.