Saturday, 19 September 2020

Next week's elephant antics...

Ellis's Great Escapes is back in The Beano next week. Script, art, and colours by me. Here's a sneak peek at one panel. What's he up to? Find out on Wednesday 23rd September when Beano No.4054 hits the shops! Only £2.75. 

Here's the cover to look out for. Plug and Danny drawn by Nigel Parkinson...

Productive day

As we're all well aware, this year has been a struggle in one way or another, and there's no light at the end of the tunnel yet. I hope you're all bearing up. I also hope that my work helps to raise a smile even if only for a moment.

I've had a productive day, writing a script for Ellis's Great Escapes this morning for the Beano, and finishing the art for Part 3 of Sgt.Shouty for the third issue of The77. I won't show you much from the Sgt.Shouty page as it'll give away too much key information but I've posted a close up of a bit of the original art above. Who's the little guy? Just an incidental character, but I thought you'd like to see him. 

I'm pleased to see that The77 has proven to be a great success. So far, every issue has exceeded the Kickstarter target, and No.3 was fully funded in just five hours! It's an exciting new comic to work for and I hope it continues to reach a wider audience. 

If you haven't backed issue 3 yet you can do so at this link:

The77 No.3 will be published next month. See you there! 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

In the shops this week

There's no episode of Ellis's Great Escapes in the Beano this week unfortunately as it was replaced by an advert, but I thought I'd just post a reminder that you can still catch Specky Hector in the Battle Special (out today) and The Daft Dimension in Doctor Who Magazine (out tomorrow)!


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Fresh air and green fields

I thought I'd share with you some photos from today's walk by the local lakes and countryside. I'd intended to go for more walks anyway before the pandemic hit but I think I appreciate the green track more than ever now. I don't mind the solitude when I'm walking in the fresh air. Everything feels peaceful and timeless when you separate yourself from the stress of global situations, and it's a good way to recharge. 



This glorious weather has been the only good thing about 2020. I hope you've all found your own ways to find peace in this mad year.





Monday, 14 September 2020

Into BATTLE with Specky Hector!

One comic I never expected to contribute to was Battle, not least because it ended in 1988 and rarely featured any humour strips. Now Rebellion have revived it for a new one-off special and there's a Specky Hector, Comics Collector strip in there by me leading off an impressive package of contents from today's top talents such as Garth Ennis, Keith Burns, Simon Coleby, Staz Johnson, Alex DeCampi, Glenn Fabry, Tom Paterson and more. 

The Specky strip is an old one of mine that appeared in black and white in Oink! in 1986 but I've digitally remastered it and coloured it for a new generation.

The 100 page Battle Special is out this Wednesday from comic shops and selected newsagents! The red logo is the standard cover for shops. Purple logo an exclusive from the Rebellion website.



Daft Time Lord Victorious! DWM 556 Preview

Doctor Who Magazine No.556 is out this week! It includes a 20-page supplement featuring Part One of Time Lord Victorious: Monstrous Beauty, a new Ninth Doctor comic strip. PLUS a Time Lord Victorious guide, giant poster, TARDIS diorama, Big Finish audio download and much more! 

My contribution to this special issue is a Daft Dimension strip that spoofs the Time Lord Victorious!

The whole package is £9.99 and arrives in shops on Thursday 17th September. 

Here's a preview of the magazine's cover plus John Ross' cover art to the comic suppliment...


Saturday, 12 September 2020

Listen up! Here's a new podcast interview

In the unavoidable absence of comic cons we've seen an increase in comics podcasts about the world of comics. A few weeks ago I was interviewed via Zoom about my life and career by Shane Chebsey for his ICE-CAST and it's now uploaded onto his site if you want to listen to it. Runs for slightly over an hour...

Friday, 11 September 2020

Combat Colin still in limbo

I thought I owed you all an update on the situation regarding my Combat Colin collections. Sorry to say the comic is still on hold at the moment and I have no immediate plans to publish issue No.5 yet.

I had hoped to publish Combat Colin No.5 in October, and there's even a podcast interview coming out soon (recorded weeks ago) where I announced that, but on reflection I'm holding fire for now. 

This pandemic situation has affected me more than I realised. Health wise I'm ok, so far... physically anyway. The restrictions have affected my mental health more than I expected though, not socialising with anyone for six months, and worrying about what the future holds for us all. I met up with a few local friends last week and that helped a lot though. I miss my comics pals and comic shows a lot

Obviously everyone living alone is in the same boat so I'm not trying to make out it's all about me! It's far worse for people with families that have been separated by the situation. 

It has taken its toll more than I realised though, and I need to get back on track into a more productive schedule. I do have more work coming in now, and I also need to catch up with existing projects, so for the time being Combat Colin and all other self-published ventures are on hiatus while I focus on my mainstream comics work. 

As things stand now, there won't be another Combat Colin comic until next year. I may do another digital compilation like Barmy Comix No.1 but that's at the back of my mind at the moment. 

Anyway, I thought I'd be open with you all about the situation so that's how things are right now. I'm sure we all know how hard it is to be optimistic at the moment and I appreciate that delaying a comic is of no importance in the bigger picture. 

Meanwhile, this blog will continue to report on all my mainstream comics work that's coming up, and I'll dip into the archives at times too to show you some pages from the past, so I hope you'll continue to check in regularly.

Stay safe, wear a mask, avoid the idiots, and best wishes. 


Monday, 7 September 2020

This week's Ellis

I've just received my subscription copy of Beano No.4052 so here's a sneak peek at the next episode of Ellis's Great Escapes! The comic will be in the shops on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, I'm drawing a future episode today, which will appear in November. Personally I'm hoping this long summer continues and the weather remains mild by then as the good weather has been the only saving grace of 2020! Well, I can dream.


Friday, 4 September 2020

Currently in print...

A quick plug for the comics / mags currently on sale that I did some work for:

Buster and Gums strips for the Cor!! Buster Easter Special.

The Daft Dimension mini-strip for Doctor Who Magazine.

Ellis's Great Escapes for The Beano.

Sgt.Shouty for The77.

Postman Prat for The Dandy Summer Special.

Postman Prat and Keyhole Kate for The Dandy Annual 2021.

Lord Snooty mini-strips for The Beano Annual 2021.

Coming up:
Specky Hector, Comic Collector mini-strip for the Battle Special.

(It sounds like I've been busy but the annual and special strips were drawn long before the pandemic.)

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Ellis is back today!

I had a pleasant surprise today to find that my strip Ellis's Great Escapes is back in the Beano this week! (I expected it to return mid-September.) It feels good to be part of the Beano community again after a long and stressful summer. 

I believe the strip will run until sometime in December. I'm currently working on the ones for November anyway. 

Here's a glimpse of my original art for this week's strip... 
The Beano No.4051 is in the shops now! 36 full colour pages for £2.75. 
Cover art by Laura Howell.