Saturday 30 October 2021


I feel very proud and privileged to be part of this book, The Most Important Comic Book on Earth. A mighty 350 page softback out now, to raise awareness of environmental issues. Over 300 contributors including Chris Packham, Dame Judi Dench, Lucy Lawless, Alan Moore, Ricky Gervais, Sir Lenny Henry, Doug Braithwaite, Robert Kirkman, Aneke, Dani, Davey Jones, and many many more contributing their time for free for this worthy cause, including The Return of Pedantic Stan the Comics Fan written by John Freeman and drawn by me. 

Pedantic Stan was a strip that John Freeman and I created for Speakeasy fanzine in the 1990s. I published a collection of his stories in 2018, but this is the first new Pedantic Stan strip in 30 years!

Rewriting Extinction is a global campaign to raise funds and awareness to support projects devoted to saving the one million species in danger of extinction.

Rewriting Extinction is founded by Paul Goodenough, who invited people from the arts and sciences to contribute, and it wouldn't have been easy keeping this on track with so many diverse contributors, so well done Paul! See the Rewriting Extinction Facebook page for more info...

Published by DK/Penguin Random House, The Most Important Comic Book on Earth is available now at just £20. You can read more about it at John Freeman's Down the Tubes blog here...


Friday 29 October 2021

Reach for Monster Fun!

A reminder that the Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular is still on sale and would be perfect reading material this weekend. You might need to search for it in WH Smiths though because some branches have inexplicably put it on the top shelf alongside 2000AD and Viz

To clarify, although it can be enjoyed by young and old, the target audience for Monster Fun is children, and it should be alongside Beano, Toxic, Horrible Histories and the other children's comics and magazines. 

This isn't the first time that Smiths have taken it upon themselves to decide comics aren't suitable for young children. It dates back to 1986 when they moved Oink! away from the children's section. 

Bearing in mind that publishers pay a lot of money for shelf positioning it's a problem that needs addressing, but it's impossible for publishers to check every branch to see if Smiths are honouring their agreement. 

Anyway, grab a copy of Monster Fun and you'll see it is indeed packed with fun. 52 pages of it in fact, including the two page Wiz War strip that Kek-W and I did. 

Monster Fun becomes a bimonthly comic next April and although I unfortunately haven't been invited back next year I wish it well and hope it succeeds.



Tuesday 26 October 2021

Prat to the future

It's been 11 years this week since Postman Prat made his debut in The Dandy as part of the big revamp of 2010. Sadly that attempt to turn back declining sales (which had been falling for many years) only gave it a short reprieve and the weekly Dandy was cancelled at the end of 2012 after 75 years. Even so, a 75 year run is a phenominal feat considering many comics never even reached 12 months. The Dandy was the longest running comic, until The Beano took that crown a few years back.

BUT The Dandy Annual has continued, and Postman Prat has appeared there from time to time. There'll be several all new Postman Prat mini-strips in The Dandy Annual 2023, out next August! 


Friday 22 October 2021

Drawing for 60 years

I've told this story before but as it's now been 60 years since this photo was taken I'll tell it again. I've been drawing for as long as I could hold a pencil, - or crayon originally. I used to draw on the kitchen cupboard door until my mum bought me that blackboard and easel to use instead. Gotta get those ideas drawn somehow!

Drawing for 60 years. No wonder I feel tired! :)


Thursday 21 October 2021

New! Beanotown Search and Find book

One job I was commissioned to do a while back was drawing a busy two page spread for a new Beano project, and the book is available to order now.

Beanotown: Search and Find is a 32 page hardback book that you can have personalised with your own name as a character throughout. You (or your child) becomes the hero of the adventure. As each book is obviously printed to order and every edition will carry a different name/character, the price reflects that at £24.99 but it's a unique item ideal for Christmas.

The spread I drew includes The Bash Street Kids charging out of school and, as with the other spreads, there are characters and items the reader has to find in the picture. But wait, you might be thinking, there are only 11 Bash Street Kids so how can that comprise a busy picture? Well, remember that in the early days of the strip in the 1950s there were many more kids featured in the scenes, and this reflects that. The comic strip only focuses on one class. There are loads of kids attending Bash Street School, and here they are. 

Captions and text will fill the empty areas.

The other spreads are set in various areas of Beanotown and are by artists such as Laura Howell, Nigel Parkinson, Hugh Raine, and more, plus a strip drawn by Nigel. Interested? Here's the link where you can order your copy. Because of each book being unique, they won't be available in any shops and are only available from the publisher... 

Monday 18 October 2021

Busy month

We all have regrets in life and there are times in this business even after 40 years when we lose out, but you just have to climb back on that metaphorical horse and ride on elsewhere. 

This whole pandemic, and life in general, has been getting on top of me recently (as it has with many of us) but it's time to appreciate what I do have and focus on that. I'm going to be very busy over the next few weeks catching up with deadlines and getting work finished off for the 2023 annuals and other things. 

Now, it's at this point where people usually say "Glad you're busy!" and assume I'm doing great. Well, not so great these days. I'm very busy at the moment, but by December I don't know what I'll be doing. Freelancing isn't like being on a regular salary, and a lot of us aren't even earning minimum wage these days. Everything I'm earning right now will be quickly spent on bills and basics, so I'm hoping something else will come along by the end of the year. It'd be nice to have more regular work to survive through 2022 but every year gets harder so time will tell.

The comics industry in general is doing well these days but there are a lot of new creators around now and this is their time in the spotlight. So it goes and that's only right.

People have asked if I do commissions, and, yes, I hope to fit some in if I can, but not this month as I need to catch up on current work. I'll let you know when I'm free to do a few. 

Do I do workshops? No. Seems that more creators are expected to be confident performers and teachers these days but that's not me I'm afraid. I'm a comics creator not a showman.

Anyway, this is just to let you know that I might not be blogging much this month as I'll be too busy at the drawing board. I've probably been more open than I should in this post but I always like to go for straight talking instead of being phoney.

I'll do some posts about anything new I have published when it's out. I hope you're all doing OK in these increasingly difficult times and I appreciate you giving up some of your time to follow this blog.

Saturday 16 October 2021

Secrets of the Lewniverse!

From The77 Annual (2021).

Here's an exclusive reveal for you. In the upcoming The77 Annual, I've done a new two page Sgt.Shouty story, The Origin of Dr.Plank, which I hope today's readers will enjoy...

...and as a special in-joke for those of you who have followed my work for years, it ties into one of my old strips from the 1980s! 

Without giving away any spoliers as to how or why it happens, the destruction of Earth took place in my Rock Solid, Space Hero series in Swiftsure comic back in 1985, - and now we'll see it from another perspective in Sgt.Shouty for The77 Annual here in 2021.

From SWIFTSURE No.4 (1985)

I've always liked to connect my strips into one universe, or Lewniverse, whenever I can. Not in a major way that requires people to buy every comic, but just in subtle ways such as the fictional town of Skegpool cropping up in various strips, or when Combat Colin appeared in my Brickman series in Image Comics' Elephantmen. Obviously I can't do it with strips I don't own so you'll never see any Beano characters I've worked on turn up in Derek the Troll

This Rock Solid / Sgt.Shouty connection is only a minor crossover, and Rock Solid himself won't appear in Sgt.Shouty because of what happened to him back in his own series, but as I was doing another series set in the far future it occurred to me to keep in in the same universe. 

(and if you DID want to read those old Rock Solid stories they're all reprinted in the Derek the Troll comic I've published.

As for The77 Annual, the Kickstarter campaign ends tomorrow (Sunday 17th October) so get in quick if you want to order the exclusive hardback version of the book. Details at this link... 



Tuesday 12 October 2021

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE: 42 years old this week

It's been 42 years this week since Doctor Who Weekly was launched back in 1979! A lot has changed in the world since then, including the mag's frequency as it soon became a monthly. Now, Doctor Who Magazine is published every four weeks and the next issue will be in the shops this Thursday, 14th October. 

The packed issue features news of the upcoming new series plus interviews, reviews, and the return of the Doctor Who comic strip which has been absent for a few issues. There'll also be a new Daft Dimension strip from me and, as you can see from the preview above, this time it features the Yeti! 

This celebratory issue comes with some extras including a 28 page bonus mag, a TARDIS diorama, and four art cards. 

You'll find DWM in WH Smiths, supermarkets, comic shops and all good newsagents, or you can order it directly from the publishers at this link:

An unbroken run of 42 years is a great achievement for any magazine and I'm proud to be a contributor for the past seven years. I'm also pleased to say I still have that first issue!



Monday 11 October 2021

Convention announcement for 2022!

The announcement has just gone out for the Lawless Comic Con for next year, and I'm pleased to reveal that I'll be one of the guests.

I'd been invited to the ones planned for 2020 and 2021 but of course the pandemic prevented that and they had to be cancelled. Hopefully this will be a case of third time lucky! 

The two day show takes place over May 28th and 29th at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bristol. That's the same venue where many happy Bristol Comic Expos took place years ago so I'm looking forward to returning! I've heard good things about the Lawless events and the guest list looks great, with more to be added!  

Hope to see some of you there, - and I should have Combat Colin No.5 out by then too, all being well! Tickets will go on sale in January. In the meantime, follow the progress of the event on their Facebook page...  




A Bit of a Plank

A sneak preview clipping from the two page story.

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is when I get the opportunity to create new characters, especially barmy villains or monsters. The dafter the better! A recent one is DOCTOR PLANK, the bad guy from my Sgt. Shouty strips in The77 comic. 

I've just completed The Origin of Doctor Plank, a two page story which will appear in The77 Annual this November! Yes! A brand new annual for Christmas with 144 pages of new material from established creators as well as relative newcomers! Steve Pugh! Glenn Fabry! and more!

Who is Doctor Plank? How did he get a plank of wood for a head? Find out exclusively in The77 Annual which you can back on Kickstarter now! The hardback edition is only available to people who pledge for it on Kickstarter and will not be available in comic shops. The softback version will be on general release.

The Kickstarter campaign ends soon on October 17th so here's the link...


Sunday 10 October 2021

Remember the Yeti?

The Yeti were a memorable monster when they appeared in Doctor Who in the 1960s, controlled by the Great Intelligence. I'm currently watching Web of Fear on DVD and it still stands up as one of the best Doctor Who serials of the Troughton era. 

I decided to put the Yeti in my next Daft Dimension strip for Doctor Who Magazine. There's a snippet above of how it looked during the inking stage. I'll show a colour version in a day or two when I preview the cover for the next issue.  

Saturday 9 October 2021

Keep a Dandy Handy!

Another reminder that The Dandy Annual 2022 is out now in all good bookshops (but no annuals at all in my town yet for some reason). 112 pages of all new strips including four Keyhole Kate pages written and drawn by me. (I also did the colouring and lettering 'cos that's how I roll.)

The Dandy weekly ended nine years ago but the annual (and summer special) continue. There'll be one next year too!  

If your town is as useless as mine in stocking annuals these days you can order The Dandy Annual 2022 directly from the publisher and it'll arrive well packaged for protection:

Thursday 7 October 2021

Classic Comics

I've posted out all the orders I had this week so if you bought any comics from me they're either on their way or should have arrived. I still have copies left though. Combat Colin and Derek the Troll are self-contained comics reprinting strips of mine from the late 1980s. More info on each listing at the link...


Wednesday 6 October 2021

MONSTER FUN is back on the shelves!

It's been absent from shops for decades but today Monster Fun returned to the shelves! The Monster Fun Halloween Special is out now in WH Smith, all good newsagents and comic shops. 52 pages of all new material for £4.99. It will then return as a regular bi-monthly comic from April 2022.

It looks fantastic and I'm pleased to be in there with writer Kek-W as we revive Sixties strip Wiz War for a one-off story. Sadly it appears I won't be in the ongoing comic but I wish the team all the best for its future.

You can also order it directly from the publisher at this link:


Monday 4 October 2021

Thanks for the bids!

Thanks to those of you who bid on my art auctions last week and shared the links. I really do appreciate it. 
I'll be putting more artwork up for auction at some point, although possibly not this week as I'm busy. As ever, when I do I'll be plugging it here. Thanks again for your interest in my artwork. It really means a lot.


Saturday 2 October 2021

MONSTER FUN is here!

Wednesday October 6th will see the arrival of the Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular to all good newsagents. 52 all new full colour pages reviving classic characters by today's creators. 

I'm pleased to be one of those creators, working with esteemed writer Kek-W (author of many 2000AD strips) on a revival of Wiz War, a strip that originated in the pages of Pow! back in 1968 when it was drawn by Mike Brown.

Wiz War is about two rival wizards in the Middle Ages, Wizard Prang and Demon Druid. For our two page revival we've maintained the same premise and I've kept the characters exactly as they were, following Mike Brown's original designs. In the Pow! strips, which were usually in black and white, Demon Druid wore a black robe and hat but as our version is in full colour I chose to make his outfit dark blue so it wouldn't be too dreary. BUT the shade of blue I chose is the same as that which the old Odhams comics used to substitute for black on their covers, so it's still authentic. I also used the original 1960s logo, digitally remastering it for the new strip.

The Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular looks fantastic, featuring a wide variety of creators including Cavan Scott, John Lucas, Tiernan Trevillion, Abigail Bulmer, Simon Furman, Edward Whatley, Tom Paterson and many more. 

The great news is that next year Monster Fun will become a regular 32 page bimonthly comic in April 2022! The first new ongoing mainstream UK kids' humour comic since The Phoenix

It saddens me to say I haven't been commissioned to continue on the comic for 2022, but I wish the very best of luck to all those who did make the cut and hope you'll support it. 

You can order the Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular directly from Rebellion at this link:

...and you can subscribe to the ongoing comic here: 

TOM PATERSON's fantastic cover!

The website Comicon.Com has been granted permission to show lots of samples of the strips from the special which you can view at this link...