Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thank you, Leo!

The work of Leo Baxendale had a huge influence on the UK comics industry, and on me too. Seeing his work in Wham! in 1965 inspired me to create my own comics. Years later, when I was drawing Tom Thug for Buster, I added a cameo appearance by Grimly Feendish (one of Leo's best characters) into a story I did for the 1990 Buster / Monster Fun Holiday Special (see above). 

Sadly, Leo passed away last Sunday, age 86. There have been an incredible number of tributes to him online today, showing how much the artist and his creations were respected. Here's a tribute that I posted on my Blimey! blog this morning:

Rest In Peace, Leo, greatest humourist of British comics, and thank you for all the laughs and inspiration your pages gave to me.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Kid Cops, back on the beat

When The Dandy had its revamp in 2010, one of the strips I was commissioned to do was Kid Cops. Basically, as the title suggests, it was about two lads who police their local area dealing with bullies and suchlike. 

The initial concept was created at Dandy H.Q. so I was required to supply scripts based on that premise, design/name the characters, and draw the strip. (Their names are Officer Bobby and Sergeant Nick in case you didn't know.) The weekly Dandy ended in 2012 but since then they've popped up in The Dandy Annual and appeared in five mini-strips there last year.

This year, for The Dandy Annual 2018, Kid Cops return in two full page stories. I'll be showing some preview panels in the months to come, but I just wanted to give you that info for now. 

The Dandy Annual 2018 will be on sale late summer / early autumn. 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Early days...

 As most of you know, my first published work was in comics fanzines in the 1970s. (Quite a few of us had our start that way and it was a great way to get experience.) This photo is from late 1979 at the launch of the third issue of my fanzine, After Image. Well, I say "the launch". It was actually me taking a few copies to the local social club to show my mates. 

Yes, that's me in the lumberjack shirt. Well, it was 1979! I didn't have a weird afro by the way; it's a shadow from the flash. 
Cover art by Paul Ward.
If you'd like to see the fanzine for yourself, completely free, head over to this brilliant repository of long-forgotten fanzines:

And check out many more 'zines that have been uploaded (with permission of course):

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Coming up this week...

Here's a quick preview of all the strips I have in print this coming week. On Wednesday 26th April, Epic No.131 features another two page Hygiene High story drawn by me and written by Niall Murray. This time, the filthy kids cause chaos on a school trip to a museum!

I also have three mini-strips in that issue, again written by Niall Murray. They are Disaster Chef (see preview at the top on this post), Eric Fail, and Zombie Sports...

That same day, Beano No.3882 has an insect theme, tying in with a free gift, so Ivy the Terrible reflects that... does Pup Parade, which guest-stars Walter and Tricky Dicky (and leads to an insect-themed joke). 

Epic No.131 and Beano No.3882 will both be in the shops on Wednesday 26th April. All images in this post are Copyright D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Rasher's back ! (For one week only.)

When I was doing the Rasher strip for the Beano I sometimes had one or two of the Pup Parade cast make a guest appearance. This week, the favour is returned when Rasher guest stars in my Pup Parade strip in the latest issue. 

The other strip I have in this week's Beano is Ivy the Terrible that starts with Ivy's parents returning home from a well-deserved night out. What will they find when they open the door? Well, Ivy's not called "Terrible" for nothing! See Beano No.3881 out now! 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Zoony the Lazoon!

Three years ago, in 2014, I had the pleasure of being invited to contribute to one of my favourite comics of all time, TV Century 21. "But that comic folded in 1971! Are you a time traveller?" you might ask. Well, that'd be telling, but in this case my contribution was for an official one-off revival of the comic, to be exclusively included in the Supermarionation box set produced by Network.

This was to be a proper, full-size issue of TV21, with the same look and format of the original, featuring all-new strips based on the Gerry Anderson TV shows. Where possible, editor Martin Cater employed the original artists too, so it included Gerry Embleton doing Stingray, John Burns drawing Lady Penelope and Martin Asbury on Captain Scarlet. The rest of the strips were commissioned from artists such as Brian Williamson, Antonio Barreti, Mike Collins, Martin Baines, and myself. 
I was asked to supply the comedy relief strip Zoony the Lazoon. I used the original strip's logo (scanned from an old TV21) and decided it would be a 'silent' strip as the old ones were. The original Zoony strops were often basic gags that could have suited any character but I couldn't resist including references to Fireball XL5 and Stingray now that I was a proper TV21 artist! (It's also a bit of a nod to Wham's Danny Dare too, in that Zoony is a daydreamer riding a cartie.) 
My initial rough pencils for the strip prior to inking.
Of all the many strips I've drawn over the decades, Zoony the Lazoon was one of my favourites as it allowed me (and my fellow comics creators) to be part of a history of TV Century 21, even if it was only for one limited edition.

You can read more about this one-off issue of TV Century 21 here:

...and you can buy the Supermarionation box set here:

Friday, 14 April 2017

Another Combat Preview

I've scanned and prepared all 35 pages of classic material for Combat Colin No.1. Now there's "only" the cover to draw/design, intro strip to script/draw, and editorial to write. I'll do that over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, here's another preview panel from one of the strips from 1987.

Combat Colin No.1 will have 40 pages (full colour covers, 36 black and white interior pages) and hopefully will be out in late May to have its official launch at ICE Brighton on June 10th.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Combat Preview

I've spent a few hours scanning more of my old Combat Colin pages today, preparing them for Combat Colin No.1 which should be out in late May /early June. It's interesting to read my strips from 30 years ago again as there's some I've forgotten so they seem new to me. Here's a panel from one story as a preview for you. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Beano No.3880

This week's Beano features two strips by me again. Ivy the Terrible takes a country walk with her parents, and Tubby of Pup Parade has a sneaky plan. See what happens in Beano No.3880, in the shops now!

Beware of the Grabber!

There's a new issue of Toxic out today and it contains the second part of Team Toxic's three-part adventure in space. Still stranded on an alien world, the Team encounter... The Grabber! Find out what happens next in Beware of the Monsters in Toxic No.287, in newsagents and supermarkets now!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Next stop on the road trip: Enniskillen!

The next event I'll be at will be the Enniskillen Comic Fest in Northern Ireland on May 5th and 6th! I was there last year too, and had a splendid time meeting the attendees, so I'm very pleased to be invited back. 

It's now an official celebration as part of 2000AD's 40th anniversary and you'll find guests there such as John Wagner, Alan Grant, Carlos Ezquerra, Steve MacManus, Cam Kennedy, and more!

Other guests will include Nigel Parkinson and Nika Nartova from the Beano and there'll be lots of local creators there too. As organiser Paul Trimble says, Enniskilen Comic Fest is "all about the comics" so if you live in Ireland, head to the Comic Fest next month!

More info:

Yesterday at STOKE-CON-TRENT

Top comics talent Simon Donald, Marc Jackson, Laura Howell.
I didn't take many photos at Stoke-Con-Trent this time but here's a few from yesterday. Thanks to all who stopped by my table. Great to catch up with comics pals Mike CollinsJessica MartinLaura HowellMarc Jackson,Simon DonaldKev HopgoodJohn CharlesGary Crutchley, Kev Gunstone and more. Also good to hang out with Trev and Simon again and to meet Sophie Aldred again. Many thanks to Adrian Tooth and his team for their hospitality over a very enjoyable weekend and for their organisation of the event. 
Cosplay in the sunshine!

Multi-talented actor. singer, comic artist Jessica Martin.

Dalek meets Wookie!

The comics community wouldn't exist, and most of us wouldn't know each other, without the hard work that convention organisers put into setting up such events so I'm always grateful to those who put on the shows. We're living through a golden age for conventions/festivals/expos at the moment!


The next event I'll be a guest at will be the Enniskillen Comic Fest in just under four weeks on the 5th and 6th May. More info here:

Friday, 7 April 2017

See you at STOKE-CON-TRENT this Sunday!

Come along and meet us at Stoke-Con-Trent this Sunday, April 9th, Staffordshire University. More info here:

...and here:

Yes, they confused me with Lew Temple but we'll BOTH be there!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

In print this week...

There's a new issue of Beano out today, and it contains a couple of strips from me again. In Pup Parade, Sniffy isn't too keen on what he finds when he tries to bury his bone, while in Ivy the Terrible, her dad shows Ivy how to cartwheel. It won't end well. (Actually I hope you'll think it ends hilariously but I mean it won't end well for Ivy's dad.)
There's also a new issue of Doctor Who Magazine out, and, as I mentioned the other day, there's another Daft Dimension strip in there from me. 
Beano and Doctor Who Magazine; in all good newsagents and supermarkets now!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Combat comics

I've been loosely working out the pagination for the Combat Colin comics I'm working on and it looks like it'll probably take six issues to reprint everything. If I stick to my plan of publishing two or three issues a year (more likely two this year) it'll be covered in about three years. 

I know some of you wanted it to be a done-in-one book, but it's going to work out much better all round if I do it as six comics. A 200 page graphic novel would take me ages to get all the pages ready to print and it'd be a big expense. I think it'll be better for the readers (and for me) to spread the cost out over six issues. Before anyone suggests crowdfunding; no. Call me old fashioned but I'd rather pay my own way up front, but thanks to anyone who would have been willing to pledge. 

With a six-issue series you'll not only have the advantage of spreading the cost over a few years you'll also get a brand new cover every issue, as opposed to one cover on a book. Plus one or two new pages of strip every issue as introductory pages. (And hopefully a letters page every issue too, if enough people write in.)

Anyway, there's still a way to go yet, and at the moment I need to get back to mainstream work as deadlines on Beano and Toxic are beckoning! More news on Combat Colin at a later date. 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Coming in the next DWM...

Here's a sneak preview of my next Daft Dimension strip that will appear in Doctor Who Magazine No.511, in the shops this Thursday (6th April). This is the first time I've drawn the Doctor's new companions Bill and Nardole so I hope I've done them justice. They only appear in this one panel but I think it means this is the first time those characters have appeared in a Doctor Who strip. Hey, collector's item! Don't miss your copy this Thursday!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Eric fails again

©D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Here's a scene from the latest Eric Fail strip in the new issue of Epic magazine, out now. Eric always tries to help but disaster is just around the corner. Script by Niall Murray, art by me. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wiggy's Quest

Here's a quick preview of the strips I did for this week's Beano. Bash Street Pup Wiggy tells the rest of the gang about his strange quest to an ancient pyramid in Pup Parade...

...while in Ivy the Terrible, dad suggests that Ivy finds something else to do than play video games all day...

That's in the latest Beano, which also features lots of other strips of course and this week is bagged with a bunch of pranks! £3.50

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Return to MACC-POW!

I'll be returning to Macclesfield this summer as it's my pleasure to be one of the guests again at Macc-Pow!, a one-day comics event on Saturday 1st July. Hope to see you there! Here's the PR....


Today we officially announce this year’s MACC-POW! the one day comic-art festival in#Macclesfield This year, we are working once again in partnership with the mighty Barnaby Festival and will be bringing comics and cartoon art to the town on Saturday 1st of July. This time, we will be situated in the historic Town Hall building, slap-bang in the centre of town and will be welcoming guests from last year, as well as newcomers to our festival. We can promise it will be bigger, brighter and even better than last year!

Check out our website for more details and the full line-up of those attending! Plus, look out for the posters around town and see how the businesses supporting will be getting involved, closer to the time! #MaccPow

New in EPIC this month

The latest issue of D.C. Thomson's Epic magazine is out today so here's a quick preview of some of the strips I drew for it. Written by Niall Murray and illustrated by me, Hygiene High try their hand at acting. As you might guess, their acting stinks, as do they! 

There's also three mini-strips written by Niall Murray and drawn by me, including a new one, Bin Man

Don't miss Epic No.130, out now!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Combat Colin: 30 Yampy Years!

It's been 30 years today since my first Combat Colin strip appeared in print! I've written a retrospective on my Blimey! blog here:

Monday, 27 March 2017

Updated Convention Listings

Here's an updated list of the comics conventions I'll be at this year. Hopefully there's one near where you live, or that you'll feel like travelling to. Come along and meet the guests!

25th March 2017
The Millenium Gallery,

9th April 2017
Staffordshire University,
Leek Road,
Stoke On Trent,

5th and 6th May 2017
N. Ireland

10th June 2017
Hilton Metropole,

24th/25th June 2017
Birmingham City University

1st July 2017
More info soon.

5th/6th August 2017
More info soon.

9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,

23rd September 2017
More info soon.

1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
CV8 3FL.

13th to 15th October 2017

22nd October 2017
Venue to be announced soon.

25th/26th November 2017
Rivermead Leisure Complex


In the latest Beano, Ivy the Terrible has a nightmare. What could possibly have caused that? Find out in the issue on sale now!

...and there's also a Pup Parade by me in there too!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

100 years in comics!

I saw my old pals David Leach and Bambos Georgiou at the Robot: Illustration and Creative Arts Convention in Sheffield yesterday and it occurred to me that the three of us have a combined experience of nearly 100 years working in comics! I've known Bambos and David since we started out in the business over thirty years ago and it's not often these days that our three paths meet at events so it was great to catch up with them again. Nice to finally meet Bambos' wife Jane too (who took this photo). 

In case you didn't know, David Leach is the creator of Psyhco Gran and is an editor at Titan Comics, and Bambos has recently worked on The Bash Street Kids for Beano with Mychailo Kazybrid (another artist who started out 30 plus years ago). They've all done much more than that over the past three decades of course!

You can read my report of yesterday's convention on my other blog here:

...and there's a video news item on the event at the Sheffield Live! site here:
©Sheffield Live!
The next convention I'll be at will be Stoke-Con-Trent on 9th April.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


There's a new issue of Toxic out now, bagged with a bunch of gifts. I've contributed another Team Toxic two-pager, which sees the Team set off into space. That's Toxic No.286, yours for £4.99 in shops now.

Monday, 20 March 2017

See you at Sheffield!

This coming Saturday, 25th March, I'll be at Robot: Illustration and Creative Arts Convention at the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield. I'll have a table selling my Brickman Returns and Derek the Troll comics, plus various prints such as The 7 Ages of Fan. I'll also be doing sketches, so come along. It'll be good to see you. There's my banner (above) to look out for. 

More info on the event at the convention website: