Friday, 29 August 2014

Beano preview



Ivy the Terrible skips next week's Beano but the tiny tot of terror will be back the week after. However, Lord Snooty continues his run and here's a preview of next Wednesday's strip. Above is the original artwork before I scanned it into Photoshop to add solid blacks and colour and tidy up the art...


...and here's the finished version. After which it was e-mailed to DC Thomson and the word balloons were added by the comic's designers based on the script I supplied. 

Ok, showing you one unlettered panel doesn't exactly tell you much about the joke does it? Find out what's going on when you read the full strip in The Beano next Wednesday, September 3rd.  

Bid on Syd!

I have one of my old Viz pages up on eBay at present. The original artwork to a complete Suicidal Syd page. Black ink on Bristol Board. The auction ends this Sunday (31st August). All bids welcome!

Click HERE to visit my eBay site. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sheer Terror!

What's Ivy the Terrible's dad reacting to? What has The Beano's infant terrible done now? Buy The Beano this Wednesday to see the full story! 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Suburban Satanists!

Looking through some old files I came across a strip I hadn't thought about for a while. Suburban Satanists! I created this strip about a family of dysfunctional devil worshippers in 1997 for Geek, a Norwegain comic. Geek folded after a few issues but Suburban Satanists was picked up a year or so later to continue in Egmont's Herman Hedning anthology comic, published in Sweden and Norway (and Finland too I think). 

The strip ran for four (later five) pages an issue and was a regular feature until about 2004, so there are a lot of pages. It also had a one-off book in Norway in 2003. I own the rights to the strip and have all the artwork so one of these days I really must get it published in English language editions. 

I spend all my time focused on freelancing for various comics, and that's what pays the bills of course, but I do need to try and set time aside to get my own characters back into print: Combat Colin, Suburban Satanists, Derek the Troll, Brickman... 

Every year I promise myself I'll self-publish those old strips but I never get around to it. I will... one of these days! 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sheffield next Saturday!

Just a quick reminder that next Saturday (August 30th) I'll be a guest at the Sheffield Film and Comic Con at the Motorpoint Arena. The event runs for Saturday and Sunday but I'll be attending on Saturday only, and will be at my table doing sketches and signing comics (and selling copies of Brickman Begins!) so I hope to see a few of you there! 

Here's the event website for more details, ticket prices, travel info etc:
http://www.sheffieldfilmandcomiccon.com/

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Life's a beach!

Whenever appropriate for the story, it's traditional in British comics to have the strips reflect the time of year they're set in. The idea being that it helps the reader identify with them more. This week, it just so happens that strips in two of the comics I work for both have beach holiday themes. 

In Toxic No.242, Team Toxic face the Holiday Horrors of the Beach Bum! A giant monster bottom made of sand! 

In The Beano No.3748, Lord Snooty has a day at the beach with his pals Liz, Scrapper Smith, and Big Fat Joe. 

Typically, in reality the weather's turned a but chilly this week but summer lives on in the pages of the comics! 

Toxic is published by Egmont. A 48 page bumper edition plus a bag of gifts for £3.99.

The Beano is published by DC Thomson. 36 pages plus a bag of gifts for £2.99.

Ivy the Terrible mini-comic, - free!


This week The Beano official website has my latest Ivy the Terrible online for you to read for free! Simply go to the website http://www.beano.com/beano-comic/issue-3748 and click on the 'Issuu Clip' window, then follow the arrows to open the little Ivy digital mini-comic! (Works on a PC and Mac but not on the iPad, sorry.)

Script by John Anderson, artwork by me. Hope you enjoy it! (And don't forget that the latest issue of The Beano is out today!)