Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Stoke Con Trent!


I'm very pleased to add another event to the list of conventions I'm attending this year. On Sunday 17th April I'll be one of the guests at Stoke Con Trent! This will be my first visit to their convention so I'm looking forward to it. You can find out more info at their website:

...and all the latest updates on their Facebook page:

Monday, 8 February 2016

Work in progress 2007

Here's a photograph I took on October 9th 2007. On my drawing board was the Team Toxic strip in progress for that year's Christmas issue of Toxic. (I always draw my pages in two halves.) This was during a time when I was using a dip nib to ink my pencils, a practice I've long since abandoned in favour of uniPin fineliners and Zig Cartoonist Mangaka Felxible pens. 

I only used dip nibs for a couple of years I think. The results were always variable so I was always on the lookout to find better tools to suit my style. Before then, for many years, I inked with Rapidographs, doubling up the lines to give them weight and effect. (Most of my Oink!, Buster and Transformers pages were drawn with Rapidographs.) Then the type of Bristol Board I used became obsolete and I found the new stuff wasn't suitable for using Rapidographs on. These days I find the uniPin and Mangaka pens are ideal for use on Canson Bristol Board. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Team Toxic preview

It's been a busy week and I have a busier few days ahead drawing the next Daft Dimension, plus the start of a new series for a certain comic, and a one-off job. (More details about those at a later date.) I won't have a lot of time for blogging so here's an advance preview of a couple of panels from next week's Team Toxic adventure. You'll find it in Toxic No.267, on sale Wednesday 10th February from newsagents and supermarkets everywhere!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

More Daftness!

Here's a little clipping from part of my next Daft Dimension strip that you'll find in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (No.496). It goes on sale Thursday 4th February, available from WH Smith, Asda, comic speciality shops and many other locations. Don't miss it!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Enniskillen for May

I'm pleased to add another event to my busy convention diary for 2016. I've been invited to the Enniskillen Comic Fest on May 6th/7th. I've never been to Northern Ireland before so I'm looking forward to it! 

I know that some of you can't always make it over to England for the comics shows here so I hope to see you at Enniskillen! For more info, check out their official Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen-Comic-Fest-1030761763641321/

Friday, 22 January 2016

Visit The Astral Gypsy

I was in Coventry today taking my records to my accountant, so I thought I'd drop in at The Astral Gypsy in Fargo Village. This is an excellent shop selling art supplies, comics, and graphic novels, and is run by the fantastic artist Al Davison and his wife Maggie. It was good to have a chat with them and I bought a few tools of the trade while I was there, namely Zig Cartoonist Mangaka Flexible pens that I always use now, a new clutch pencil with blue leads, and a Kuratake brush pen, which is new to me.

If you're in Coventry, I reccommend you pay Al a visit at his shop. You'll find more info on The Astral Gypsy Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheAstralGypsyCoventry/