Friday, 21 September 2018

Artwork up for auction!

The original artwork for my convention banner is in an auction right now at the Catawiki website:

It features several of my characters including Combat Colin, Brickman, Derek the Troll, Pete and his Pimple, and Tom Thug. (Also the 12th Doctor and a generic cartoon dog.) It's one of a number of pieces by various artists who were guests at the recent Nice Comic Con in Bedford. Money raised will go towards funding next year's event.

All the artwork in the auction are A3 sized pieces, and include work by Simon Bisley, Alan Davis, Dylan Teague, DaNi, Aneke, Ian Churchill, Esad Ribic, and many more. Check them out:

The auction ends on Saturday 29th September and if you wish to bid you'll need to register with the Catawiki website first. Good luck!

Here's a photo of how the artwork appears on my banner, coloured and enlarged...

If you have any questions about my artwork, post a comment below.

The 13th Doctor's first comic strip

The 13th Doctor's first comic strip adventures begin next month in various Doctor Who publications but her real first appearance in comics form was over a year ago! Or was it?

Back in Doctor Who Magazine No.516, published on August 24th 2017, my Daft Dimension strip parodied the television teaser that had revealed Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. As that issue is out of print now I'm showing the whole strip above.

Was this the official first comic appearance of the 13th Doctor? Well, it was in the official magazine... but it was a parody... so decide for yourselves. I'm saying nowt. (But I'd like to think so.) 

I'm still developing how I'll draw Jodie Whittaker when she appears in my strip again. She won't look like I drew her above, as I wasn't pleased with that attempt, and I'll probably draw her more cartoony to suit my style. You'll find out in a few months anyway. 

Here's the teaser trailer I was parodying:

...and here's the latest trailer for the new series that begins on 7th October...

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Preview: The Daft Dimension!

There's a new issue of the official Doctor Who Magazine out tomorrow (20th Sept.) and amongst the many exclusive features there's a new Daft Dimension strip from me. Once again, those Daft Daleks are involved, and the subject they're discussing is the 13th Doctor! 

Doctor Who Magazine No.530, 84 pages, £5.99.... or you can buy the packaged version with gifts, exclusive to WH Smith for £9.99. 

Getting Combat Ready!

I've met all my deadlines for this week so now I'll have time to get back to putting together Combat Colin No.3. Thanks for your patience, considering I originally intended to publish it in May!

I'll be scanning it directly from my original artwork, which will take a day or two, then I need to create a new cover, and produce some back-up features. Hopefully I'll send it all off to my printers next week and it'll be published sometime in October. 

That's the current plan anyway! Remember to bookmark this blog for more updates about Combat Colin and my other comics news!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Returning to STOKE-CON-TRENT

The next comics event I'll be at will be Stoke-Con-Trent 9 on Sunday 7th October. I've been a guest here a few times now so it'll be good to see friends old and new. 

The venue is Staffordshire University in Stoke-On-Trent, and you can find out more about the event here:

Monday, 17 September 2018

Back from ICE2018

Thanks to Shane Chebsey for another great International Comic Expo (ICE) in Birmingham on Saturday. I was busy all day doing sketches and selling/signing comics so thanks to all who stopped by. Here's one of the sketches I was commissioned to do...
As always it was fun to catch up with friends old and new. Too numerous to mention all, but nice to spend time with Dan Whitehead, Laura Howell, Paul Trimble, John Short, Nigel Parkinson, Dan Cornwell and Becky, John Wagner, Hunt Emerson, Tony Lee, Dennis Whittle, Staz Johnson, JP Bove, Jon Davis-Hunt and Helen, Ben Dickinson, and many more.

The photo at the top of this post is by David Hathaway-Price of the Beano panel. L-R Nigel Parkinson, Laura Howell, me, Hunt Emerson.

One of the nicest moments of ICE2018 was that a family I'd met the week before at the Hi Vis Festival whose young lad had bought Combat Colin No.1, came along to ICE to buy issue No.2. It's very pleasing to know those 30 year old stories can still appeal to today's kids.

The next convention I'll be at will be Stoke-Con-Trent on Sunday 7th October! Another guest will be my old mate Mike Collins , storyboard artist on Doctor Who.... and it's the same day as the new series of Doctor Who begins on tv, so come and grab a Daft Dalek sketch from me and a new Doctor sketch from Mike, then get home in time to watch the new series on BBC One!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

See you at ICE 2018!

Here's the floor plan for ICE 2018 that takes place this Saturday, 15th September, at the BCEC, Hill Street, Birmingham, just across the road from the back exit of News Street Station.

You'll find me at table 37, next to fellow Beano artist Laura Howell, and I'll be bringing along my comics Combat Colin, Derek the Troll, and Pedantic Stan, plus drawing sketches by request. 

From 2pm to 3pm I'll be joining Nigel Parkinson, Laura Howell, and Hunt Emerson on stage as we're being interviewed about our work on The Beano

Loads of guests from the world of comics. Lots of fun! ICE is a convention I always look forward to. I hope you'll join us on Saturday! 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Pedantic Stan at ICE

The next convention on my list is one I always enjoy attending; ICE, the International Comic Expo, which takes place in the centre of Birmingham on Saturday 15th September. 

I'll be bringing along my comics Combat Colin, Derek the Troll, and the newest collection, Pedantic Stan, for anyone who's interested. Plus I'll be available to draw sketches on request. 

I'll post more about this event in a day or two! You can also read more about it at their Facebook page here:

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Back from the Hi Vis festival

My thanks to Olly MacNamee for inviting me to the Hi Vis Street Culture Festival that took place in Digbeth, Birmingham yesterday. It had a unique mixture of dance, music, street art, and comics, so naturally the majority of attendees were not into the comics scene, but it was an interesting experience. Thanks to those of you who did drop by my table to buy a comic. 

It was good to catch up with Paul H. Birch and Steve Tanner again, and to see lots a families attending the event. Let's hope the event returns next year and can expand the comics presence. 

Friday, 7 September 2018

It's HI VIS this Saturday!

The next event you'll find me at will be on Saturday 8th September at the Hi Vis Street Culture Festival. The venue is the Market Hall at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. There'll also be loads of other things going on involving music, street art, and dance, so expect the unexpected!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Brickman Returns has sold out!

Brickman Returns has SOLD OUT! I have the handful remaining shown here to meet existing orders but I've just deleted it from my online shop as there's no more left. 

I'm not sure whether to do a third printing yet, or maybe combine it with Brickman Begins as 'The Complete Brickman'. Or just the best bits from Begins and all of Returns as simply 'Brickman'.

I'll think on it for a few months, but in the meantime I need to press on with Combat Colin No.3, which I'm now hoping to have ready in October. 

Thanks to all of you who bought Brickman Returns for making it a success!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Derek's quest continues

Don't forget that there's a new issue of digital comic Goof! out now and it includes another all-new chapter of Derek the Troll

The monthly online comic is packed with brand new humour strips from a variety of creators and is aimed at an all-ages market. 

Goof! No.2 is the latest issue but a £12 subscription means you'll have access to back issues too, along with future issues. Find out more by visiting the website here:

New TOXIC out today!

I'm not in the Beano at present but you'll still find my work in every issue of Toxic. Issue No.311 is out today and features another brand new Team Toxic story by me. Techno Troll returns to wreak havoc once again! In newsagents and supermarkets now!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Nice was nice!

View across the River Ouse.
I've attended comic cons since 1979, and been fortunate to be an invited guest since 1984, and NICE Comic Con at the Bedford Corn Exchange last weekend was easily one of the most enjoyable of the lot. Thanks to Jeff Chahal and his team for such a brilliant weekend and looking after us so well. 

It had a really good atmosphere throughout for fans and pros alike. Great to catch up with so many friends including Dylan Teague, Da Ni, Aneke Murillenem, Doug Braithwaite, Sarah Littlehales, Richard Faulkner, Anthony D Lee, Sean Phillips, Chris J Thompson, Alan Davis, Jatinder Ghataora, Ryan Brown, Mark Farmer, Ian Churchill, Hass Yusuf, Cam Smith, Dave Kendall, Peter Doherty, and to meet new people such as Esad Ribic, Ram V, and Alessandro Vitti and more. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table for a sketch or to buy a comic and making it a very busy and memorable weekend! (Apologies if I've missed anyone out. I usually do!)

Here are a few photos from the weekend....

Artist Esad Ribic in the blue shirt on the right there.

All set up ready for the con.
Some of my sketch commissions. Earthworm Jim, Roger Mellie, and a Beano-style Vampirella!

On a panel on Saturday with artists DaNi and Dave Kendell...
Photo © Wakefield Morys-Carter

Great to meet up again with friends from overseas Aneke from Spain and DaNi from Greece. Both amazingly talented artists and brilliant company...

It was really nice to catch up with my good friend Sarah who used to work at Nostalgia and Comics...
A really enjoyable convention that's 100% dedicated to comics, and it attracted a very nice crowd of people. The UK comics community is alive and well, and Nice Comic Con is one of its champions. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

See you at NICE 2018 this weekend!

The next destination on my 2018 convention calendar is Nice Comic Con at the Bedford Corn Exchange on September 1st and 2nd. As you can see from the impressive guest list above, it's going to be good, - and it's 100% dedicated to comics! 

So, if you love comics, or you're one of those who claims there are no longer any proper comic cons around, come along and join us! You'll find all the info including ticket prices here:

Friday, 24 August 2018

Preview: The final Big Eggo strip!

My run on Big Eggo ends next week. I've really enjoyed doing the strip over the past six months and grew quite attached to it. What an honour to create new stories featuring the Beano's oldest character and original cover star! 

The last episode is an emotional roller coaster of sorts. Here's a preview advert I've designed for it. I hope you'll pick up Beano No.3950 on Wednesday to see how the story ends. (And if you do, please - post no spoilers! Thanks.)

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

My current work, out now...

Hello and welcome to new readers I met at TFNation last week. For those of you who asked what I was up to these days, here's a brief rundown of the strips I have in print this week. Firstly, Big Eggo (above) uses a drone to try and find his missing egg in The Beano No.3949, on sale now!

Also out now is Epic magazine No.150, where the class of Hygiene High visit a radio station and cause chaos! Written by Niall Murray, drawn by me.

On sale from Thursday 23rd August is Doctor Who Magazine No.529, which features another Daft Dimension strip by me focusing on those daft Daleks! 

...and still on sale from last week is Toxic magazine No.310 featuring Team Toxic. Here's a photo of the issue alongside my original art...

The Dandy Annual 2019 is available to buy now from online sellers and should be in the shops any time now. I wrote and drew several Keyhole Kate pages for the book...

All of the above are available from newsagents and supermarkets (or bookshops in the case of the annual). If you like digital comics, I contribute a brand new Derek the Troll page to Goof! comic every month, and you can subscribe to that here:

There's also a number of my self-published comics available to buy directly from me. These reprint classic stories of mine from decades ago! More info here...

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

TFNation 2018

I had a brilliant weekend at TFNation 2018, the largest Transformers con in Europe. My thanks to Billy Edwards and his team for the invite and for the great hospitality. 

It took place at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. Last time I was there was in 1979 at my very first comics con as a fan. I slept in the all-night cinema back then. This time my accommodation was somewhat more comfortable...

A truly fantastic and memorable show. You can read more about it on my other blog here:

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!