Thursday, 16 October 2014

New interview

John Freeman of Down the Tubes has interviewed me in advance of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival which I'll be attending this weekend. If you're interested in reading it you'll find it here:

Please excuse the huge close up photo! Hope it doesn't put you off your lunch. 

See you at the Lakes! Full details here: 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Beano Halloween-o

Here's a quick preview of the Ivy the Terrible strip I drew for today's Beano! It's a special Halloween issue. A bit early, but that's the strangeness of modern publishing for you. I'm sure it all makes sense from a sales and marketing viewpoint. 

Here's the cover to look out for. A brilliant Minnie the Minx illustration by Nigel Parkinson and a logo dripping with red stuff! In the shops now!   

Monday, 13 October 2014

History of Humour

This coming weekend I'll be at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival giving a talk on 100 years of British humour comics. (Actually, it'll be more like 130 years or more , but 100 was a rounder figure.) 

Researching the power point presentation I came to realize that it was more a case of what to leave out, than what to include, but I hope there'll be something in there for everyone. From Funny Folks to Funny Monsters, I'll be covering the history and development of UK funnies from over the years. Although I've done lots of panel discussions over the last 30 years this is my first solo presentation so I'm a bit apprehensive but I hope to see some of you there. Here's the details:

There will also be many more guests at the festival over the weekend of course. A virtual who's who of comics, with many events taking place in Kendal. Here's the guest list:

You can find out all the info on events, ticket prices, venues etc at the festival website here:

Sunday, 12 October 2014

These are the FACTS

Last week I was commissioned to write an article for an issue of Marvel Fact Files magazine, which I really enjoyed doing. I'll tell you more about it in January when the issue I contributed to is published! Meanwhile, here's a photo of some of the recent issues. It's published weekly at £2.99, although I think newsagents now only have it on standing order. (I think comic shops stock it though.) The best way of obtaining it regularly is by subscription from the Eaglemoss website:

Saturday, 11 October 2014

It's Daft week!

There's a few things I've worked on recently that I can't tell you about yet unfortunately but all will be revealed in the near future. Meanwhile, this coming Thursday (Oct.16th) , it's time for the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine to hit the stands. Above is a sneak preview of my Daft Dimension strip for that issue. Don't miss it! £4.99 for 84 pages of Doctor Who news, interviews, reviews, previews, and views! (Plus 12 pages of comic strip, not counting my own.)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ivy on a trike!

Here's a preview of the Ivy the Terrible strip I drew for today's Beano, prior to it being lettered by the DC Thomson staff. The comic is the shops now for just £2. 

Anyway, it's 3.45 a.m. and I've just sent off a strip to one comic, now it's time to catch a few hours sleep before I set to work on an Ivy half pager for a future Beano. Then I have to write a feature for a magazine, and sort out images for my talk at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on October 18th. More on that next week. Busy times!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Tom Thug on eBay

It's been a few weeks since I listed anything on eBay but I've sorted out a few items to sell. It's a bit of a Tom Thug special this week with three original pieces of artwork:

A complete half page Tom Thug strip that was drawn for Oink!, written by the late Mark Rodgers and drawn by me.

A full colour Tom Thug page for Buster from 1992. 

A pencilled Tom Thug page on layout paper. 

You can see all the items and more photos of them on my eBay page by clicking here

Auctions ends on Sunday 12th October. All bids appreciated. Good luck!