Friday 30 June 2023
Wednesday 28 June 2023
I'll be doing sketches on request, plus selling my comics, - and I might bring along some small items of original comic art to sell if there's room in my case.
Tuesday 27 June 2023
I've listed more of my original pages for sale. This week there's a Pete and his Pimple page from OINK! No.59 (1988)...
...a Vampire Brats page from Buster (1989)...
One of my very early strips, an original Captain Wally page from Marvel UK's Spider-Man Comic (1985)...
...and from 2016, a Daft Dimension strip featuring the Daleks, as published in Doctor Who Magazine No.498...
Auctions end on Tuesday 4th July. All bids very much appreciated. Good luck!
Sunday 25 June 2023
Here are the comics events where you'll find me in the weeks ahead...
Macclesfield Town Hall.
July 7th to 9th (three day event):
LFCC (London Film and Comic Con).
September 2nd and 3rd (two day event):
NICE Bedford Comic Con.
Bedford Corn Exchange.
Comic Expo Bristol.
The Double Tree by Hilton hotel, Bristol.
At all events I'll be bringing along my comics and doing sketches on request. See you there!
I'm also booked for one event next Spring! But more on that at a later date.
Saturday 24 June 2023
I've scaled back on the number of comic cons I'm attending this year but I couldn't resist an invite to NICE Bedford Comic Con. I was there several years ago and had a great time. A well organised event with a strong line up of guests and pleasant attendees who enjoy comics! NICE is totally dedicated to comics.
Above you'll see the impressive guest list so far. It's a two day show, on September 2nd and 3rd, and you can find out more info and book tickets at this link...
Wednesday 21 June 2023
Here's a clipped image of the 8th Doctor from part of my latest Daft Dimension strip for Doctor Who Magazine. You can read the full version in the latest issue which goes on sale Thursday 22nd June. Hey, that's tomorrow, - or today if you're reading this a day late... or maybe you've only just discovered this blog at some point in the future, in which case the mag could be on issue 1,000 by now.
As it stands, the current issue is No.592 and here's the cover to look out for in newsagents, supermarkets, and comic shops...
Sunday 18 June 2023
Bit by bit, everything needs to go.
I've listed more of my original art for sale if you're interested? This week, the last Robo-Capers I have available for sale, a 1987 Tom Thug strip from Oink!, and a Mini-Marvels strip featuring Kang the Conqueror from Panini UK's Rampage magazine (2006). Bidding ends a week tonight (Sunday 25th June). Good luck!
I think this is the final line up of comics guests for LFCC (London Film and Comic Con). A massive three day event over 7th to 9th July at Olympia. With nearly 80 guests from the world of comics it should appeal to everyone! More info at this link...
See you there? Place a comment below...
Tuesday 13 June 2023
Monday 12 June 2023
If any of you would be interested in buying the original artwork to this blog's new masthead (drawn only yesterday) I've put it up for sale on eBay. Only £30 plus postage. Snap it up quickly if you want it as it'll only be at a Buy It Now price for a few days.
UPDATE: SOLD WITHIN A FEW MINUTES! Thank you.
Just a quick reminder that my latest art auction ends tomorrow on Tuesday 13th June.
Up for bidding this time is a Tom Thug page from Oink!, a Vampire Brats page from Buster, and a Robo-Capers strip from The Transformers. All original art from the 1980s.
I know some of you have been asking me to open my auctions up to international bidders and I have with these three so I hope you'll bid.
Bear in mind that through eBay's Global Shipping system you'll pay extra postage to your country.
Here's the link...
Sunday 11 June 2023
More BUY IT NOW listings of my original art. This offer is only available until tomorrow evening (Monday 12th June). Combat Colin! Doctor Who! Pete and his Pimple! Something for everyone. All purchases really appreciated!
UPDATE: ALL SOLD! Thank you.
Saturday 10 June 2023
There's a full colour Tom Thug page from 1994...
...and a Pete and His Pimple page from 1989...
Not forgetting that I also have other pages up for auction that ends on Tuesday...
I felt it was time to spruce this blog up with a new logo so out goes this header that I've used for years...
...and in comes this brand new one...
The font used for the main titles is Geek Speak from that wonderful font company Comicraft.
The font underneath the image is Arial Bold which comes supplied with every Mac.
I'm not saying this new header is permanent. I may tweak it from time to time, or even do another redesign before long, but for now this is the new blog header. Can you name all the characters? (The tentacled eye on the left is just a random nameless creature.)
Thursday 8 June 2023
Tuesday 6 June 2023
This time I've opened up the auction to overseas bidders which I hope will please those of you who have been asking me to do that. Bear in mind I'm using eBay's Global Shipping Program so postage costs will be extra than the price noted.
These auctions run until Tuesday 13th June so good luck with your bids!
Here's the link:
(I'm also selling three key issues of Strange Tales from 1975 if you're interested!)
Monday 5 June 2023
UPDATE: SOLD! Original art for sale. I don't have many of my Robo-Capers pages left. This one is 'Buy It Now' at £50 + postage. It dates back to 1987 when it appeared in Marvel UK's Transformers comic. This one is only available at this price this week, after which I'll raise the price for auction. Grab it while you can!
PS: Sorry to those who missed out. It sold very quickly. However I'm going to put some pages up for auction this week (possibly Tuesday night) so details will be in the next post.
Thursday 1 June 2023
Like most comics people I know I'm my harshest critic but I hope you'll forgive me today for feeling somewhat proud on achieving 40 years in the comics business.
Back this time in 1983 I was feeling despondent after various rejections from publishers when Alan Moore, who'd become a good friend from meeting him at various events, suggested I try Marvel UK. I must admit it hadn't occured to me to try Marvel, as (at the time) they were mainly reprinting American material and, apart from a couple of things, didn't seem to favour humour strips. However, their Daredevils monthly did feature some brand new material (such as Alan Moore and Alan Davis' Captain Britain) so Alan introduced me to his editor Bernie Jaye at one of the Westminster Comic Marts we all often frequented.
"Yes, send me something" said Bernie, "But if we do publish it you won't be able to use it anywhere else or you'll get sued". "Well that's a good start to my career" I joked, not knowing that moment was indeed the start of a long career.
Upon returning home I thought up a short series of 'What If' cartoons and sent them to Bernie. I didn't hear back, so assumed she hadn't liked them. Several weeks later, at the next Westminster Mart I tentavely asked if she'd received them. "Yes, I really liked them" Bernie replied, "We're starting to use them from the next issue." (The first one appeared in The Daredevils No.7, dated July 1983, but published in June.)
I was on cloud nine for the rest of the day, happily telling my friends in comics my good news. After the mart I excitedly rushed to the nearest phone box to call my mum, who'd always been so suppprtive of my work.
That first commission led to more work for Marvel UK including Robo-Capers, Captain Wally, and of course Combat Colin. As I became more experienced, other publishers started showing an interest too, leading to me creating Tom Thug, Pete and His Pimple and others for IPC, and many other strips over the years for numerous comics. I've also had the opportunity to take over classic characters such as Pup Parade, Rasher, Big Eggo and others for DC Thomson, and The Pathetic Sharks and others for Viz. I've manily written my own material but I have at times drawn strips written by others (as with UT comic for example), and also provided scripts for others to draw (such as on Sonic the Comic).
A few months after selling my first cartoons I was fortunate to work as an art assistant to Mike Higgs, who'd been a comics hero of mine when I was a kid. Those few months working with Mike on various children's books taught me a lot and Mike became a firm friend (and still is).
I'll be forever grateful to Alan Moore, Bernie Jaye, and Mike Higgs for opening the door for me 40 years ago, and also to all the editors I've worked for since. I'm particularly grateful to all the readers who have enjoyed my strips over the past four decades and meeting them at conventions always means a lot to me.
I'm not sure what the future holds right now for one reason or another but I can look back on those 40 years and be happy with the variety of comics and magazines that I've worked for. Here's a list, as best I can remember, of the various things I've done. I'm sure there are some I've forgotten about but this is mostly complete...
The Daredevils (What If cartoons)
The Mighty World of Marvel (What If cartoons)
Spider-Man Comic (Captain Wally, Snailman)
Learn With Moonbird (children books, ghosting Mike Higgs' art)
Swiftsure (Rock Solid, Brickman)
Brickman (Harrier Comics one-shot, 1986)
Transformers (Robo-Capers, Combat Colin)
Action Force (Combat Colin)
The Real Ghostbusters (Early episodes of Blimey! It’s Slimer)
Secret Wars (Macho Man)
Thundercats (Early episodes of One Cat and His Cod)
Jackpot Annual 1986 (Scooper)
Whoopee Annual 1987 (Bookworm)
2000AD Annual 1985 (article on old comic heroes)
Warlock (Derek the Troll)
White Dwarf (Derek the Troll)
Oink! (Tom Thug, Pete and his Pimple, Pigswilla, lots of others)
Buster (Tom Thug, Pete and his Pimple, Vampire Brats, Specky Hector)
Viz (Pathetic Sharks, Felix and his Amazing Underpants, Norman the Doorman, various others)
Sweet FA (various)
C’Mon Ref! (Whitley Baywatch)
Sunday Sport (Norma Snockers)
Daily Star (short run of Whitley Baywatch Wanderers)
Speakeasy (Pedantic Stan the Comics Fan)
Triffik! (Tough Guy)
2000AD Action Special (article on old UK comics)
Sonic the Comic (scripts on Sonic, Amy and Tekno, Tails, etc)
CiTV Tellytots (Scripts on Sooty, Mopatop’s Shop, Dog and Duck, etc)
Lego Adventures (Scripts)
The Seven Deadly Sins graphic novel (art on The Glut, written by Dave Gibbons)
Toxic magazine (Team Toxic)
Marvel Heroes (Mini-Marvels)
Spectacular Spider-Man (Mini-Marvels)
Lucky Bag Comic (Horror Bags, Cheeky Monkeys)
Geek (Norway) (Suburban Satanists)
Herman Hedning (Sweden/Norway) (Suburban Satanists)
Beano (Super School, Rasher, Pup Parade, Big Eggo, various others)
Dandy (Postman Prat, Kid Cops, Keyhole Kate, a few others)
Beano Max (Super School)
Know How! (Various artwork)
Forstads Satanistine (Norway, 2003. Collection of Suburban Satanists strips)
Fun-Tastic Comic (Cover only)
Jokes and Magic (various strips)
Brickman Begins! (USA) (book reprinting Brickman strips)
Epic (Hygiene High, Eric Fail, Zombie Sports)
Aces Weekly (digital) (Combat Colin)
Doctor Who Magazine (The Daft Dimension)
Elephantmen (USA) (Brickman Returns)
Grindhouse (USA) (Li’l House of Grind)
Comic Heroes magazine (articles on old comics)
Comic Scene magazine (articles on old comics)
You Are The Hero (book. New Derek the Troll page)
Stikkums (art for digital app)
TV21 (Network edition for Gerry Anderson boxset. Zoony the Lagoon)
Liverpool Heartbeat magazines (various)
Cor!! Buster Specials 2019/2020 (Buster)
Battle Special 2020 (Specky Hector the Comics Collector)
Monster Fun Halloween Special 2021 (Wiz War)
Animal Planet (Bad Pets)
The Kirknewton Story (Close Encounters)
Stingray Comic Special (Network edition for Stingray box set) (Oink the Seal)
This Comic Is Haunted (Short Sharp Shocks)
Extra: Before I turned professional I also contributed to a lot of fanzines. I can't remember all of them but here's a short list...
BEM (article on Power Comics)
The Owl's Effort (Fandumb At Large illustrations)
Chain Reaction (Fandumb at Large comic strip)
Camera Obscura (Prisoner fanzine for which I did Rogue Rover and Alistair Sadgitt)
Self published comics:
After Image (1979, various strips and articles)
Metamorph/Fantasy Express (1981 articles and strips)
Blimey! It's Brickman (1983)
Brickman on Toast
The Early Brickman
Combat Colin Summer Special 1967 (in reality published in the 1990s)
Combat Colin Special (c.2000)
Yampy Tales (Combat Colin and Brickman)
Rogue Rover (collecting the strips from Camera Obscura)
The Microlife of Alistair Sadgitt (collecting the strips from Camera Obscura)
Brickman Returns! (collecting the Brickman strips from Elephantmen)
Combat Colin (reprinting strips from Action Force and Transformers)
Derek the Troll (reprinting Derek strips from Warlock and White Dwarf plus Rock Solid strips from Swiftsure)
Pedantic Stan the Comics Fan (collecting all the strips from Speakeasy)
Barmy Comix (digital, reprinting selected Brickman, Combat Colin, Derek the Troll, Pedantic Stan strips)
Tough Guy and Scruffy (Digital. Collecting the strips from Triffik!)
Obviously some strips I've worked on lasted ran for longer than others. 16 years on Team Toxic, 10 years on Tom Thug, 4 years on Combat Colin, and so on but all in all it's a lot of ink and a lot of typing! Thanks to everyone for being there for part of the journey if not all of it.
I picked up my complimentary copies of This Comic Is Haunted No.2 at Lawless last weekend. A 40 page British horror comic for mature readers, and published by The77 Publications.
My contribution was another complete Short Sharp Shocks full page strip, this time featuring my take on Frankenstein. I've missed doing comedy horror since my 16 years on Toxic magazine came to an end a few years ago so I very much enjoy contributing my page to this new comic.
Edited by Dave Heeley, other contributors include Jo Heeley, Ian Stopforth, Alan Hebden, Lee Milmore, John A. Short, Chris Askham, Paul McCaffrey, Ade Highes and more.
Cover is by Paul McCaffrey (left) with the variant cover by Lee Milmore. You can order the comic directly from The77 Publications website at this link: