Monday 23 March 2009


It's the UK Comix Web Thing on Saturday which I'm looking forward too. I am at table 18 and will have Bog Wizards 2 for sale as well as all my older comics!
I went to the Manchester Comix Collective Drink and Draw on Sunday which was great. The theme was edible drawings, here is my feeble effort, my icing skills are weak....
Some of the other cake drawings are great and so is this Comic Jam, drawn on a delicious lime cheesecake. The best thing about drawing on cake was if it went wrong you could eat it, and if it worked out you could take a photo and then eat it anyhow....

Friday 20 March 2009

80's Lovecraft Fish People Arcade

For some reason I spent my evening doing this drawing of fish people in the arcade.

Thursday 19 March 2009

Foto AG

I was just thinking that I haven't put a post on here linking to my good friend I met in China, Eric Giemza. His awesome photography website is here...............
That's him on the bottom photo sitting by a lake.

Here's a few cool photos he sent me while I was in Korea of his holiday up in the north near the Mongolian border in China (scans haven't come out too well i'm afraid). He stayed in a yurt. And there's the envelope covered in Chinese stamps. It had been opened by the suspicious Korean authorities by the time I got hold of it, and carefully looked through for Communist propaganda...

Wednesday 18 March 2009

Jeffrey Brown - Be A Man

I just found my copy of 'Be A Man' on my shelf and am reading it again. It's one of my favourite things by Jeffrey Brown, it's really very very funny. I bought it at a Bristol show a few years ago now and read it all the way through at once laughing to myself, and then started showing it to other people who were passing cos I liked it so much...
I'm looking forward to his new book 'Funny Misshapen Body'.
I've not got much to read comic-wise at the moment, there seems very few new books coming out at the moment. Lots to come in a month or so though.

Monday 16 March 2009

Great Deeds Against the Dead

Here's a little peek at the start of my new story, 'Great Deeds Against the Dead'. I havent cleaned it up or added the grey tones yet. It's a horror story but definately not about zombies. More of an old spooky house type of a story. Hopefully it'll turn out well ....

Thursday 12 March 2009

Lots Of Lat - Lat in London

Here's the first four pages of Lat's story 'To London' from 'Lots of Lat'.

Lots Of Lat - Lat

Lat is an awesome cartoonist from Malaysia, in case you haven't heard of him. Here's the front and back covers of his 1977 book 'Lots of Lat'. How great are these? Hopefully this one will come out in English (this book is half English and half Malaysian) but it will be a long time, only two of his books are out in English translations so far and I highly recommend both of them... They are 'Kampung Boy' and 'Town Boy'

Sunday 8 March 2009

The Story of Greggs

I've finished my 4 page story 'The Story of Greggs' for the Pasty Anthology.

Korean Art Gallery Catalogue

When I went to the art gallery in Taejon Korea one of my students who worked there told them I was a visiting European artist and I got this for free. The further you go from home the more famous you can be ... it was very cool. I was doing some cartooning at the time so I did deserve it. People there always seemed very happy if they saw me drawing pictures of their cities and buildings, they would come and shake my hand and smile.
I like the painting below the cover by Lee Hung-duk.

Saturday 7 March 2009

Osamu Tezuka - Una Biografia Manga - by Studio Tezuka

I wonder if this biography of Osamu Tezuka by his assistants at Studio Tezuka will ever be published in English? This is just part 1 and it would be a vast long book all put together, so my guess is no.
Above - the cover - a page showing the famous scene from his youth when he was punched out by an American G.I. - and a photo of Tezuka at the time as a young medical student.

It's got all his childhood stuff in here, his love of insects, the war, and his starting a career as a medical student. And then at the end he starts his new career as a manga artist. There are loads of pages and panels from his early comics, and all his characters appear to say things in the corners.

Friday 6 March 2009

Pasty Anthology Painting

I've been doing some painting. The actual colours look much better than this, they havent come out too well on the scan.

Thursday 5 March 2009

Jeffrey Brown

Just saw on Comics Reporter that Jeffrey Brown has a new blog. Thats cool! Another blog which I can check every day at work to cheer me up.

R Crumb - Hup no. 4

I'm feeling somewhat depressed at the moment, what with the DFC getting cancelled, just heard today that Ted May has stopped doing anymore of his Injury Comic which I always enjoyed due to the new Diamond disribution minimums, and the crappy economy in general, so I thought I'd talk about an old classic by Crumb.

I often forget just how funny Crumb is in his later stuff. In this one he's like a classic comedian on top form with his humour. It's got the headless devil girl story in too (as seen in the film Crumb). All the other stories are really funny and brilliant such as Crumb going to the Academy Awards (see, it's funny already) to cover them for Premiere Magazine, and 'You Can't Have Them All - Magnificent Specimens I Have Seen' (another of his 'Troubles with Women' series). Also you get Crumb's take on religion in 'Can You Stand Alone and Face up to the Universe'. Even the Mr Natural stories are pretty funny in this one and they are my least favourite of Crumb's stories.

Wednesday 4 March 2009

Pasty Anthology - Back Cover

Here's my back cover picture for the Pasty Anthology. I'm going to sort out the colours a little more yet.

There's still room in this fantastic anthology for anyone else who would like to do a few pages, any takers?