Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Night Train

Another panel from 'Volunteers - Issue Three'.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Carriage at Night


Here's a new panel from 'Volunteers - Issue Three'. I am up to page twenty one now.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

'Volunteers - Issue Two' Now On Sale

My latest comic 'Volunteers - Issue Two' is just back from the printers and is now on sale. It is priced at £4.70 with free postage in the UK (please add £4 to your order for the rest of the world) at my website and at my Comicsy site. It has 36 black and white pages and is halfway between A4 and A5 in size.

This is the second part of my 'Volunteers' series and continues the story set amongst the volunteers at a preserved steam railway. This issue contains romance, intrigue and lots of drawings of trains. Thanks!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Re:alloted Exhibition at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

The illustrations I did for my Dad's stories about allotments are up in the allotment themed Re:alloted Exhibition at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.  It's on from Fri 28 Jul - Fri 1 Sep.  Here's a couple of the illustrations.



Lawyer in a Tracksuit

Here's another row of panels from 'Volunteers - Issue Three'. Issue Two should be back from the printers on the 1st of August, so then I'll get it on sale.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Robert Wells - Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain)


 I really enjoyed Robert Wells new graphic novel 'Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) which has just come out. I leant it my brother, who doesn't read a lot of comics, and he really liked it too.

 As it says on the cover it is 'a rather graphic novel about living with embarassing health problems'. Robert has lots of awful problems and chronic pains with his balls, his digestion and his back and unsurprisingly gets really depressed at times as he tries to deal with them. He has terrible trouble trying to find out what is wrong with him. He goes to see loads of doctors and specialists and they all treat him very differently, some don't believe him at all and think he's making the whole thing up. Others give him perscriptions for many different drugs or send him for operations, some of which seem to make things worse.
It is written with a great sense of humour and is very funny, even though it has the most drawings of balls and the most and harshest descriptions of chronic ball pain I have seen in a comic.

I really liked it, very highly recommended. It is the best comic I have read so far this year.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

'Click Click Click Click'


Here's a big panel from 'Volunteers - Issue Three'. I've had to get a new computer this week as my old one died, but things are working again now.

Film Festival

Here's another row of panels from 'Volunteers - Issue Three'.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Covers for 'Volunteers - Issue Two'

Here's the front and back covers for 'Volunteers - Issue Two'. It's at the printers now.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

'Volunteers 2'

I'm getting 'Volunteers 2' ready for printing this week. I've scanned and cleaned all the pages, so today's job is doing the front and back covers. Here's a page I like from the comic.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Crowds



Crowds are coming to a special event in 'Volunteers - Issue Three'. If it stops raining today I'll go down to the photocopiers to start the process of getting 'Volunteers - Issue Two' ready for printing. I want to have it on sale before ThoughtBubble, but that should be easy.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sunday, 25 June 2017

'What do you Reckon, Mark?'


More panels from 'Volunteers - Issue Three'.

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.