Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Facebook! Twitter!

Are you on Facebook? If so, this is my public page where you can keep up with my latest comics work etc. (I do have another Facebook page but that's for friends only and personal stuff.) 
https://en-gb.facebook.com/lewstringercartoonist/

I also have Twitter account which you can follow here:
https://twitter.com/lewstringer

Beware the Trolls!

What is Techno Troll's latest devious scheme? Find out in Toxic No.285 this week! On sale Wednesday 1st March. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Don't lose your head this Wednesday!

There's a new issue of D.C. Thomson's Epic magazine out this coming Wednesday, and it contains another four strips I've drawn. There's two pages of Hygiene High, plus three mini-strips Eric Fail, Terrible Movies, and Zombie Sports! No prizes for guessing which strip the above panel is from.

Don't miss Epic No.129 on Wednesday 1st March!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Pups preview for March 1st

I have several strips in print next Wednesday that I'll preview closer to the date but here's a quick glimpse of the Pup Parade strip from the next Beano. As you can see, it guest stars The Bash Street Kids! 

No Ivy the Terrible next week but it'll be back in a fortnight. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Day of the Trolls!

Here's a quick glimpse of my next Team Toxic strip, entitled Day of the Trolls! yes, Techno Troll is back and he's invaded the surface world. 

Can Team Toxic stop him? Most likely, but how? Find out in Toxic No.285, on sale from newsagents and supermarkets from March 1st!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Free Trump!

I usually write my own material but Beano editor John Anderson wrote the one for this week's Pup Parade as he wanted it to relate to the free gift of a Top Trumps card featuring the pups. I've always liked strips that tied in with the free gift so it was good fun to draw. It's right up the front of the comic on page 2 too, which is nice.

This week's issue also has another Ivy the Terrible strip written and drawn by me. I'm really enjoying being back on the Beano again! 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

New event, and updated convention list

Another one for my "tour dates" :). I'm very happy to announce that I'll be a guest at ROBOT: ILLUSTRATION AND CREATIVE ARTS CONVENTION on 25th March in Sheffield, along with my comic pals Bambos Georgiou, Fiona Stephenson, David Leach, Mychailo Kazybrid, and more! This is a new event for me and it sounds very interesting. I'll be bringing along my Brickman and Derek the Troll comics, plus sketching for attendees. Looking forward to attending and seeing some of you there I hope. More info at this link:

http://www.robotcon.co.uk


Here's my complete convention schedule for 2017. The three marked 'T.B.A.' are to be announced later. Hopefully I'll see you at one or two!

ROBOT: ILLUSTRATION AND CREATIVE ARTS CONVENTION
25th March 2017
The Millenium Gallery,
Sheffield
http://www.robotcon.co.uk


STOKE-CON-TRENT
9th April 2017
Staffordshire University,
Leek Road,
Stoke On Trent,
Staffordshire
http://stokecontrent.co.uk


ENNISKILLEN COMIC FEST
5th and 6th May 2017
Enniskillen,
N. Ireland
https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen-Comic-Fest-1030761763641321/


INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BRIGHTON
10th June 2017
Hilton Metropole,
Brighton
https://brightoncomicexpo.wordpress.com


T.B.A:
25th/26th June 2017
More info soon.


T.B.A.:
1st July 2017
More info soon.


INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BIRMINGHAM
9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,
Birmingham
https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com


T.B.A.
23rd September 2017
More info soon.


COVENTRY COMIC CON
1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
Coventry
CV8 3FL.
http://www.coventrycomiccon.uk


LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL
13th to 15th October 2017
Kendal,
Cumbria
https://www.comicartfestival.com


LOUGHBOROUGH COMIC-CON
22nd October 2017
Venue to be announced soon.
https://en-gb.facebook.com/loughboroughcomiccon2017/


T.B.A.
25th/26th November 2017
More Info soon.

Friday, 17 February 2017

See you at Stoke-Con-Trent!

I'm pleased to say that I'll be a guest at Stoke-Con-Trent again this April. I was there last year and the hospitality and organisation was great, and there was a good crowd of friendly attendees, so I'm looking forward to returning.

Stoke-Con-Trent is a convention that has actors and comic creators on its guest list but there's a nice equal balance to it. I'll be sketching and signing comics so come along and say hello. To find out more about the event, visit their website here:
http://stokecontrent.co.uk


My 2017 convention schedule so far. Hopefully I'll see you at one or two!

STOKE-CON-TRENT
9th April 2017
Staffordshire University,
Leek Road,
Stoke On Trent,
Staffordshire
http://stokecontrent.co.uk

ENNISKILLEN COMIC FEST
5th and 6th May 2017
Enniskillen,
N. Ireland
https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen-Comic-Fest-1030761763641321/

INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BRIGHTON
10th June 2017
Hilton Metropole,
Brighton
https://brightoncomicexpo.wordpress.com

INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BIRMINGHAM
9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,
Birmingham
https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com

COVENTRY COMIC CON
1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
Coventry
CV8 3FL.
http://www.coventrycomiccon.uk

LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL
13th to 15th October 2017
Kendal,
Cumbria
https://www.comicartfestival.com

LOUGHBOROUGH COMIC-CON
22nd October 2017
Venue to be announced soon.
https://en-gb.facebook.com/loughboroughcomiccon2017/



MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lakes International Comic Art Festival

I'm pleased to be able to announce another convention date for this year. I'll be a guest at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal (13th to 15th October 2017) along with people of incredible talent such as Sergio Aragon├ęs, Stan Sakai, Brendan McCarthy, Emma Vieceli, Sean Phillips and many more. Hope to see you there! More info at the link...
https://www.comicartfestival.com

I was a guest at the Festival three years ago too, and was impressed with how well organised it was, and how it covered a wide variety of comic styles. I'm very much looking forward to returning in October!

My convention dates for this year so far. (Four more to be announced as soon as the official sites release the info.) Hope to see you at some of these venues!

ENNISKILLEN COMIC FEST
5th and 6th May 2017
Enniskillen,
N. Ireland
https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen-Comic-Fest-1030761763641321/

INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BRIGHTON
10th June 2017
Hilton Metropole,
Brighton
https://brightoncomicexpo.wordpress.com

INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BIRMINGHAM
9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,
Birmingham
https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com

COVENTRY COMIC CON
1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
Coventry
CV8 3FL.
http://www.coventrycomiccon.uk

LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL
13th to 15th October 2017
Kendal,
Cumbria
https://www.comicartfestival.com

LOUGHBOROUGH COMIC-CON
22nd October 2017
Venue to be announced soon.
https://en-gb.facebook.com/loughboroughcomiccon2017/


MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day Thug

Here's the Tom Thug strip I did for the Valentines Day edition of Buster way back in 1991. In hindsight I can see all the flaws in my style now, and I wish I had access to computer colouring in those days as I was never really comfortable with colouring with a brush. Nevertheless, Tom proved to be a popular strip in the comic so what do I know? Script, art, colours by me, lettering by Jack Potter.

Wishing a Happy Valentines Day to those of you in a relationship and a Happy Independence Day to those of us who are single! ;-) 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Convention timetable shaping up

I've been in discussions with three convention organisers this morning and will be announcing more con dates soon. I'm pleased to say I'll be attending 10 events so far in 2017, all over England, (and one, I've already announced, in Northern Ireland for the Enniskillen Comic Fest). 

I'll be doing at least one a month from April through to November, with the exception (so far) of August. More news soon. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

New event!

I'm very pleased to announce that I've just been invited as one of the guests at Loughborough Comic-Con 2017, which will take place on Sunday 22nd October. For more info, check out their Facebook page:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/loughboroughcomiccon2017/

Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Eight strips in print this week

Freelancing for various comics and magazines that have different frequencies means that sometimes new issues all come out in the same week. This week being an example, where I have eight different strips in print across four titles.

On Wednesday (February 8th), Toxic No.284 sees the return of Frankendrac in the two-page Team Toxic story. (That's Frankendrac above.) Published by Egmont UK.

The same day sees the Valentines Day themed issue of the Beano in the shops, for which I did Pup Parade and Ivy the Terrible...



Wednesday also brings us Epic No.128, which features four strips drawn by me (written by Niall Murray). Two pages of Hygiene High, plus mini-strips featuring Zombie Sports, Eric Fail, and Terrible Movies...






The following day, Thursday 9th February, sees Doctor Who Magazine No.508 published, which includes The Daft Dimension...
Toxic, Beano, Epic, and Doctor Who Magazine are all available from newsagents and supermarkets across the UK.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

STIKKUMS!

If any of you have young children or nieces and nephews, the Stikkums app that I did the artwork for might be ideal. There's now a "lite" version that's completely free, (then you pay 99p for each add-on pack) or a "premium" version (only £2.99) that comes with all the add-ons. In basic terms it's like a digital version of the Letraset Action Transfers, but with the advantage that you can move the characters around, resize them, flip them, colour them, and create as many scenes as you like.

Here's the info at the Stikkums website:
http://www.stikkums.com

Friday, 3 February 2017

Advance Peeps

I have quite a few strips in print next week so here's a sneak preview of one in advance. The next Beano will have a Valentines Day theme (and will be bagged with gifts). Here's a panel from Pup Parade, where Peeps receives a Valentines Day card. Who's her secret admirer? Find out when the issue goes on sale on February 8th!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

SHAKE!

Here's a comparison between a photo of my original art and my finished version after I'd coloured it in Photoshop. As you can see, I do the roughs using blue pencil, and the scanner only picks up the black inks, not the pencils, which saves hours a year in erasing. 

You can see the published version in Pup Parade in the latest Beano, No.3870, on sale now!