Tuesday, 17 April 2018

It's Beano and Epic week!

On sale Wednesday 18th April is Epic No.145 featuring a new Hygiene High two pager written by Niall Murray and drawn by me. This time, the pongy pupils go to the school disco! Chaos is certain. 

The same day, Beano No.3931 will also be published, and the Bash Street Pups are back! Only as guest stars though! I always enjoyed drawing Pup Parade for the comic so this week I thought I'd put them into the Big Eggo strip. Never Be Without A Beano to find out what happens!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Thank you, Stoke-Con-Trent!

It faced competition from several other popular comics events taking place around the UK this weekend but Stoke-Con-Trent was a well attended show and good fun. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table for a sketch or a comic, and thanks of course to organiser Adrian Tooth and his team for their hospitality and hard work running the show. Great to see comics pals Mike Collins, Lee Sullivan, and David Leach again, and to meet new people too such as Ben Krefta and Red Queen Art.


More confusion over who's who between Lee Sullivan and me. Not just because of a passing similarity in looks and choice of clothes, but other spooky coincidences. This time the hotel got our rooms mixed up. To simplify matters here's a photo for easy identification. I'm the one on the left... er, right.... I think.


Friday, 13 April 2018

Destination: Stoke-Con-Trent

Last reminder that I'll be one of the guests at Stoke-Con-Trent this Sunday (15th April) which takes place at Staffordshire University at (you guessed it) Stoke-On-Trent. Lots of artists will be there, including newcomers who could be the superstars of tomorrow! Come along and meet everyone!

STOKE-CON-TRENT
Staffordshire University
Sunday 15th April 2018
http://stokecontrent.co.uk

Here's the rest of the comics shows I'll be at this year....


OLDHAM COMIC CON
Saturday 12th May 2018
https://en-gb.facebook.com/oldhamcomiccon/


WIGAN COMIC CON
Saturday 26th May 2018
https://www.facebook.com/WigancomicconNWCCEvents/


STC25
Fab Cafe, Manchester
Sunday 3rd June 2018
https://www.facebook.com/stconline/


WYTHENSHAWE COMIC CON,
South Manchester
9th June 2018
https://www.facebook.com/wythenshawecomiccon/


MACC-POW! No.3
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Macclesfield.
http://maccpow.co.uk


To be announced:
27th - 29th July 2018
More info soon.


To be announced:
18th, 19th August 2018.
More info soon.


To Be Announced
1st/2nd September 2018
More info soon.


ICE 2018
Saturday 15th September
Birmingham.
https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com





Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New event for June!

Now that it's been announced on the convention's website I can reveal that I'll be a guest at STC25 on Sunday 3rd June, at the FAB Cafe in Manchester. The event celebrates the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Comic, a title I was a writer on during the 1990s. 

This will be the first Sonic event I've attended so I'm looking forward to catching up with friends from those days, as well as meeting readers who read it back then! Find out more details at the event's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/stconline/





Preview of TOXIC 304... and a few thoughts

There's a new issue of Toxic in the shops today, and that means a brand new Team Toxic adventure; Day of the Giant Bottoms!

Butt-Face is back with a new Ro-Butt... but Doc Shock creates a cheeky monster of his own to stop it! Find out what happens in Toxic No.304! Here's the polybag it's in to look out for...
Unfortunately, I've noticed there's an element of comics fandom (and even some pros) who have a sniffy attitude towards magazines like Toxic, rubbishing them as "bagged tat" and a blight on publishing. Most comics reviewers tend to ignore them, as though comic strips in these magazines somehow don't count. Perhaps they should bear in mind that Toxic and similar magazines often have more readers in the UK than most highly praised American comics do in the whole of the USA. 
Not that I'm advocating that DC and Marvel should bag their comics with water pistols and football stickers of course. Perish the thought! However, a less dismissive attitude towards modern British comics/magazines would be welcome. Toxic is aimed at children. No one is expecting adults to get the same kick out of it as a 7 year old would, but just to acknowledge that if its target audience is enjoying it (and that the mag has survived for 16 years so far) then it must be doing something right. 

Here endeth the sermon!


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

See you at STOKE-CON-TRENT!

This Sunday, 15th April, will see Stoke-Con-Trent 8 take place at Staffordshire University. There's a lot of guests appearing from the worlds of comics and entertainment and I'm pleased to say I'm one of them.

So... if you're interested in an exclusive sketch drawn to your request, or buying my comics, or just want to stop and chat, come along on Sunday! 

For more info and the full guest list, see the convention website:
https://www.facebook.com/StokeCONTrent/ 



Monday, 9 April 2018

Don't give up!

Here's just a few of the stack of rejection letters I accumulated in the years when I was breaking onto the business. I'm posting a photo of some of them here as an encouragement to those of you with ambitions and passions to keep following your dreams. I know how discouraging it can be to have knockbacks or, worse, if they don't reply at all, but perseverance and practice deliver results in the end! Keep developing, keep trying. Stick at it and good luck!