Sunday, 18 June 2017

Train in the Woods


Here's a panel from the first page of 'Volunteers - Issue Three'.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Japan Sketchbook Pages

As it's Japanese season on BBC4 at the moment here's a few different pages from my Japan Sketchbook that I drew in January and February this year. It's still on sale at my website if you would like a copy.




Monday, 12 June 2017

'Hi Sally!'


More from 'Volunteers - Issue Two'.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Engine with Signals


More from 'Volunteers - Issue Two'.

Monday, 5 June 2017

'What's On Your Butties, Mark?'


More from 'Volunteers - Issue Two'.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

'How's the Campaign Going?'



Here's some more panels from 'Volunteers - Issue Two'.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Panels from 'Volunteers - Issue Two'



Here's some panels from 'Volunteers - Issue Two'. I'm up to about twenty eight pages.

Friday, 12 May 2017

'Volunteers - Issue One' Now on Sale

My new comic 'Volunteers - Issue One' is just back from the printers and is now on sale at my website and at my Comicsy site. It is 36 pages, black and white, sized halfway between A4 and A5. It is priced at £4.70 with free postage in the UK.

For overseas sales please visit my website shop and click the add postage button at the top of the page, it is £4 postage for how ever many comics you buy so why not buy a few to make it worth while.

This is the first part of my new comics series set amongst the volunteers on a preserved steam railway. I think it will have three volumes in total. Here's the first three pages so you can have a look. Thanks!




Sunday, 7 May 2017

Comic Pop Up Shop in Brighton - Saturday 13th May


Simon Russell is running a pop up comic shop in Brighton this Saturday. Here's the website. It's a great idea and he is kindly selling some of my comics along with work from loads of other creators. He will have some copies of 'Corporation Pop', 'Ragnar the Cheesemonger' and 'Flying Sausage Academy 1'. Why not go along if you live anywhere near Brighton, there are lots of things happening on the day too.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Covers for 'Volunteers - issue One'


Here's the front and back covers for my latest comic, 'Volunteers - issue one'. I'm sending it off to the printers today. This is the first thirty six pages of my new story. I think it will have three parts.

Monday, 24 April 2017

'Casino'



More panels from 'Volunteers - Volume 2' (that's what I'm calling these trains comics). Volume 1 is going to the printers this week, after I finish the covers. It will be 36 pages long.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Richard Swan - 'Parallel Lines'


 This is a cool wordless book by Richard Swan. It describes a little world of odd creatures. A group of sort of robots are mining coal. They have shovels for hands and their bodies hold the coal. They are overseen by another strange creature. A few of them wander off from work while on a break and find a doorway in a tall brick wall. Sometimes it leads to a beach but huge machinery like a train comes out of the ground, and can move the doorway so it leads to other places. The overseer becomes worried about all the missing robots and not hitting his targets with the mining and rings an alarm in his hut. This brings his overseer along to see what the trouble is. Lots more strange things happen.

I liked it a lot, the drawing is really cool with a lot of detail, and with very interesting and unique creatures. I didn't work out why it was called Parallel Lines though.

Monday, 10 April 2017

'Happy Xmas'


More Christmassy scenes from my comic in progress.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Research



We walked to Bury yesterday in the sunshine, along the old closed Bolton to Bury train line. We had a drink at the Trackside Pub in Bury so I was able to sit there drinking on the platform and take some research photos for my new comic. I've done 56 pages of it now, I am going to bring out the first forty pages in time for Leeds Thoughtbubble.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Paul Rainey & Robert Wells - 'Thunder Brother Special'


This is a great comic from Paul Rainey. It's got two complete new Thunder Brother stories and another story 'Connected' written by Paul and drawn by Robert Wells. Both the Thunder Brother's are really good. In the first one a woman who was extracted from a soap world tries to force Sally to get her put back, and in the second a new producer sends a woman into a soap world to break up a couple, in order to get higher ratings. I was wondering what happened to Thunder Brother, we still never found out much about the Library King, who was the mysterious villain of the series.
I liked 'Connected' a lot. Jonathan is given a chip for his smart phone by his inventor brother, which allows him to access something called the 'Universal Network'. This is like a galaxy wide 'ask your phone for help' thing. It was funny and reminded me of the ultranet in 'There's No Time like the Present'. Robert Wells drawing is really good. Highly recommended.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

'Christmas Scenes'



More Christmasy scenes from my new comic.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Comics for Sale


Here's a reminder that I have lots of comics on sale at my website and also at my Comicsy shop. Here's my drawer of comics, looking very full. I can see 'RhiZome', my 'Japan Sketchbook', 'The Storytellers', 'Ragnar the Cheesemonger' and 'Flying Sausage Academy'. There's more underneath. Why not have a look today.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Paddy Johnston - Ballgame #1

This is a nice little comic by Paddy Johnston. It's almost a sports comic, I wonder if the second issue will show some games, but this one is more of an autobiographical comic. Paddy grows up trying to like football to fit in, but he never really gets into it. He goes to try out for the football team but plays really badly and doesn't like all the swearing. He is very into Peanuts and so has a romantic view of baseball but the one game of softball he gets to play at school ends in disaster. The final page shows him as the captain of the Hawks Softball Team, as they practice for a game in London, so issue two will have to show how he ended up there.

I went watching a game of baseball once in Korea and it was very boring, I bet it's a lot more fun to play than to watch. Also you probably have to support one of the teams to get into it, and have some idea of what is going on. There were a lot of flashing lights and noises from the scoreboard, like I'd imagined there would be.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

'Santa Express'


Here's another long panel from my new comic. It seems very weird to be drawing pictures of Christmas in March.

Monday, 27 March 2017

RobotCon Sheffield Report

It was RobotCon on Saturday so I had a half table next to Nick Soucek. It was a lovely sunny day which hurt the numbers at the show, I think, a lot of people had gone for a day out in the sun instead. It was a bit quiet and I had very poor sales early on and got quite depressed. Luckily it picked up after two o'clock  so I did ok in the end. It was very nice to meet up with all the cartoonists again and catch up. Thanks everyone who came along to my stall and looked at stuff or bought something! It was a nicely set up show again, in a good room, with some actual windows so we could see the sunshine.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

'Flying Sausage Academy' Reviews

Optical Sloth is reviewing all the rest of my 'Flying Sausage Academy' series.

Here's a new review of 'Flying Sausage Academy 2' from Optical Sloth. Thanks Kevin!

Here's a new review of 'Flying Sausage Academy 3'

Here's a new review of 'Flying Sausage Academy 4' 

I'll have all the issues for sale at Sheffield RobotCon on Saturday or you can buy the whole series from my website.

RobotCon Sheffield on Saturday


I'll be at RobotCon in Sheffield on Saturday at the Millenium Gallery in the city centre. I'll have lots of comics with me, such as 'Ragnar the Cheesemonger', all four issues of 'Flying Sausage Academy', 'RhiZome' and my new 'Japan' sketchbook. Why not come along if you live nearby, it was a really good show last year.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Nekojiro - Nekojiro Udon 1


This is the last of the manga books I bought on holiday. I remembered Nekojiro from 'Secret Comics Japan' or 'Sake Jock', one of those early books of underground Japanese comics. Do you remember when that was the only way to see any weird manga? This collection has the story from there, the one where they hold a court to judge insects in their backyard. The other stories are all different types, a lot are dark, weird or philosophical. The stories usually star the brother and sister cats. They can be cruel, but they are cats after all.


Here's a double page from a story about priests trying to convert the cats, but they are not keen.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Talking on the Train


There's a lot of talking in my new comic.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Matsumoto Taiyou - No. 5 Volume 1

 This is a very fancy manga from Matsumoto Taiyou. It has lots of colour dustjackets and fold out paintings. It's about a group of global security masters who are protecting the world. One of them goes rogue so the others decide whether to kill them or what else to do. It's a lovely looking book so well worth buying for the artwork, as always with Matsumoto. This was the hardest of my manga purchases to follow so I didn't understand the story properly, the first two came out in English but they never finished the series which is a shame.

 It is full of drawings of animals, nearly every page has at least a few.

 There's a lot of violent fights in some sections as the masters try to kill each other with assassins or by battling in the thick dark forests.
There is a very fancy colour fold out painting at the back of the book, with a lot more animals.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Illustrations






I've been drawing a load of illustrations for my Dad's new longer allotment story. Here's half of them. I hope he likes them.