Monday, 29 June 2015

Watch out!

Here's a preview of part of a sketch I did yesterday. You may recognise the character, but whether you do or not, you'll be hearing about her soon. I'll post more news when the publisher reveals the details. I'm very pleased to be one of the people invited to contribute to this project.  

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A time for happiness, not anger

I awoke the other day to the news that the American Supreme Court had ruled that same-sex marriage could be legal all across America. It's also been legal here in the UK for a while now too. As a straight man, this change in the law has made absolutely no difference to my life... except it has in one major way; it made me pleased for the happiness of others who have finally gained the equality they deserved. 

Of course, if my Tom Thug character was still around today he'd have hated it. I nicknamed him the 'Brainless Bully' and one of the most loathsome types of bully is the bigot. Tom would have kicked and screamed and had a tantrum and made himself look a right pillock with his impotent rage. So I thought I'd draw him doing that in the picture above, with him furious at the very thought of this act of equality. 

Happiness is far too elusive in this world, and finding a soulmate is even harder. I was never fortunate enough to find true love, and I've come to terms with the likelihood that I never will now, but I'm happy for those that have. If two consenting adults want to celebrate their love with the ceremony of marriage, good luck to them, whatever their gender or orientation. Life's too short to resent people's happiness.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

My newest creation

My latest one-off strip for American publisher Dark Horse is out now. A cautionary tale for misogynistic dinosaurs and entertainment for the rest of us, here comes Sex Pest! (Don't worry; he gets his just desserts.) You'll find the loathsome insect on the back cover of the brilliant Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out No.6. Definitely not for family viewing. A comic strip about pubic lice. Have I gone too far? Let me know.
The main strip in the comic is Part 2 of Lady Danger, Agent of B.O.O.T.I. by Alex de Campi and Muele Jarvis. You'll find copies in your nearest comic book store and online. Go for it!  

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Dark Newt!

Although I've been working full time in British comics for over 30 years, one of the standout moments for me was creating a brand new character for one of my all-time favourite comics, The Dandy. I'd drawn other strips for the comic but The Dark Newt was the only one created from scratch by myself. A pondlife parody of Batman, The Dark Newt ran as a six part series in the summer of 2012. This episode is from The Dandy No.3592.

Will The Dark Newt and his sidekick Sarcastic Tadpole ever return? I don't know, but I'd certainly be happy to bring him back. There are a million tales still to tell about life in the small pond. Well, one or two anyway. It is only a small pond after all. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Incoming Daftness

Doctor Who Magazine No.488 will be in newsagents this Thursday, 15th June, and it'll contain another Daft Dimension strip I did. (That's a close up of a section of one panel above.) That's just a small part of 84 paged pages of other material by other folks of course, including interviews, reviews, and the latest 12 page Doctor Who strip. Don't miss it! 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A drawing of me, by my Dad (1971)

As it's Father's Day I thought I'd share something that's quite special to me. It's a drawing my dad did of me for our amusement one evening in 1971 when I was 12 years old. I was always drawing and making my own comics right from childhood and this shows me at work with my 'tools of the trade' and a cup of Nu-Choc to keep me going. (I should mention that the cigarette lighter and ashtray were my dads.) This was around March or April but I was using parts of Christmas cards for some design elements in the comic. 

My dad wasn't an artist but he liked to doodle now and then. He passed away in 1974 so he never saw me become a professional cartoonist but I think he'd have been pleased.

To this very day I still use the pencil box that's shown in the drawing.
Below: My dad and me at Blackpool in 1962.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Sand Witch in Skegpool

The latest issue of Toxic sees the return of the Sand Witch to cause trouble for Team Toxic. The Sand Witch is a villain I created several years ago and I always like to bring her back for a Team Toxic summer strip. 

This time, she casts a spell to create a Seaweed Monster. What happens next? Find out in Toxic No.256, on sale now in newsagents and supermarkets for £2.99. (Bagged with several free gifts.) 
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