Tuesday, 22 May 2018

'Behind Thick Glass' Now on Sale

My latest comic 'Behind Thick Glass' is now on sale at my website and at my Comicsy site.

It's 52 black and white pages with colour covers, and is sized at halfway between A4 and A5. It follows the adventures of a gang of gnomes. They are for sale at £6.40 with free postage in the UK. For the rest of the world please add £4 to your order using the button on my website shop page.

Thanks! Here's the first four pages so you can have a look. Click the images to make them bigger.

Monday, 21 May 2018

'Are You Feeling Any Better, Wullenwever?'

More rows of panels from my comic in progress. I am starting page twenty today.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

'Huff Huff'

Here's todays row of panels from my comic in progress. I was happy with these three panels.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

In The Pub

My characters are in the pub trying to find out information, in this row of panels from my comic in progress.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

'Pling Plong Pling'

Another row of panels, featuring the first appearance of an ominous lute player.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Street Scene

Here's another row of panels from my comic in progress.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Northwest Zinefest on Sunday

I'll be at the Northwest Zinefest this Sunday in Manchester. It's at Partisan on Cheetham Hill Road so not far from Manchester Victoria, and it's from 12 till 5:30. It's my first show of the year. I'll have lots of comics for sale including the third and final part of 'Volunteers' which has never been to a show before. Also I'll have lots of my older comics and zines. Please come along if you can, cheers!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A Damp Merchant

Another row of panels from my work in progress.

Monday, 23 April 2018

'Plap Plap'

Here's two rows of panels from page three of my new Hanseatic set story.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Here's a page of character designs from my new Hanseatic set story. They have come out nice and medieval, as I have copied them from paintings. If you are going to borrow character designs it might as well be from Hans Holbein.

Monday, 16 April 2018

New Hanseatic Story

I've started thinking about a new story, set in Hanseatic times. I don't know what it's about yet but here's a couple of early drawings.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

'Behind Thick Glass' Painting

Here's another little painting of a scene from my 'Behind Thick Glass' comic.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


'Behind Thick Glass' is off at the printers now. I was going to start trying to think of a new story but I've got some sort of flu-y cold so I can't think. Instead I have been doing a few paintings of the gnomes. Here's the first one.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Front Cover for my Gnomes Comic

Here's the front cover for my gnomes comic before I clean it up. It's called 'Behind Thick Glass' as it needed a pretentious title, so I think I got that alright.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Back Cover for the Gnomes Comic

Here's the back cover for my gnomes comic.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Untitled Gnomes Comic Preview

Here's the first four pages of my as yet untitled gnomes comic as a preview. I am up to cleaning all the pages this week. I still need to think of a title.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Schleswig-Holstein Holiday

We've just got back from a little holiday in Schleswig-Holstein, luckily the snow went away the day before we travelled so we got there without any problems. We stayed in Schleswig, Lubeck and a couple of nights in Hamburg. The Schleswig house was very nice, we had a view of the Schloss out the window and saw deer eating snowdrops every morning in the garden below. Now it's time for a week of cooking black peas, soup and amking the first ice cream of the year. I'll get back to scanning and cleaning up the gnomes story after that and then I can get it printed.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Gnomes Story all Drawn

My gnomes story is all finished now. Here's a photo of part of the last page. Now I have to think of a name for the story and draw the covers. It turned out to be fifty two pages long.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

'Oh I Get It'

This gnomes story is getting near the end now. I wonder what it will be called?

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Monday, 19 February 2018


More from the gnomes story. I'm on page forty two now and it's carrying on, so thinking it might be a forty page comic was wrong.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

New Sign for Markets

I've spent a lot of this week painting this new two sided sign for my farmers market business. Now I just have to varnish it so it can survive the rain, wind and snow.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

'Stars? What are Stars?'

Here's todays row of panels from my gnomes story in progress. I'm now up to page thirty nine. It's going to be a longer story than I thought.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

'Click Snap'

Here's todays row of panels from my gnomes story.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Bin Lorry

Todays panels from the gnomes story.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

'Our Hidden Trash Base'

Here's todays row of panels from my gnomes comic in progress. I am now up to page thirty three, I'm hoping it will be forty pages long.

Monday, 29 January 2018

'Huff Huff Huff'

More panels from my gnomes story in progress.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Emil Ferris - 'My Favourite Thing is Monsters'

I bought myself this book for my birthday as it had been top of loads of peoples 'Best Comics of 2017' lists. It's massive, 386 colour pages, and it's only the first part of the story. It's set in 1960's inner city Chicago and has ten years old Karen trying to solve the murder of her upstairs neighbour, the mysterious Anka Silverberg. She is the beautiful woman on the front cover. Karen loves monsters and nearly always draws herself as a werewolf. While she is detectoring she puts on a trench coat and hat, as a werewolf detective. The chapters in the book are separated with copies of pulp horror magazines, most of them seem to correspond indirectly with the story. The whole book is made to look like a spiral notebook that Karen is drawing in, there are holes for the binding, and the whole thing is on lined paper.

There is such a lot going on in the story. Karen finds tapes made by a reporter who met Anka where she tells the story of her horrible life. She was Jewish and born in Berlin in the 1920's. Her mother worked in a brothel where Anka lived too, and later sells her into child prostitution just before the Nazi's rise to power. The book also tells what Karen finds out about the people around her, her mother, her brother Deeze, the other people who live in their apartment block and her few friends . It's very grim at times, there is a huge amount of bad stuff going on and I feel it could all end up very badly for the characters. The Chicago Art Institute is also very important to the story, as it is Karen's favourite place. There are lovely drawings of the paintings, and Karen can crawl right into them and find things out.

The drawing is very very beautiful. There are lovely really lifelike portraits and drawings of all the characters on some pages. The drawings of Karen's mother are especially great. On others it gets much more scribbly and loose with little panels, whatever is best for the story.  Some of the crosshatching is amazing, all done with coloured biros and pens.

I really enjoyed this book and would tell anyone to buy it. It's a lot of money but it's a massive book and well worth it. I reckon I will be able to read it a lot of times and notice a lot more stuff each time. I'm going to get part two once it comes out, though I am worried for the characters.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

'The Process'

Here's todays row of panels.

Monday, 22 January 2018

'So Noble...'

Here's today's row of panels from my comic in progress.