Saturday, 19 April 2014

At last, a Toxic Annual!

I didn't want to mention it until the publisher broke the news but now that the book is on Amazon I can tell you that there will be a Toxic Annual out later this year. Although Toxic magazine has been published regularly since 2002, there has never been an annual before! 

I've written and drawn a brand new 4 page Team Toxic strip for the book, featuring the Team up against Techno Troll (above) and Butt-Face!

More info about Toxic Annual 2015 on my other blog:

Friday, 18 April 2014

Original Viz artwork

There's just one piece of my artwork on eBay this weekend, but it's a special festive illustration I did several years ago for a Christmas issue of Viz. It features various Viz characters. In fact it's the only time I've drawn some of them, such as Roger Mellie, Gilbert Ratchett, Nobby's Piles, Fat Slags, etc. 

Remember, Viz is for adults only so the cartoon is a bit rude in places! Don't bid if you're easily offended or a child. And if you are a child, what are you doing with an eBay account you fraud? Off to the draughty step with no jam butties and a ban on your Z-Box, (or however naughty kids are dealt with these days). 

If you are interested in bidding on this illustration, here's where to go:

Good luck! Auction ends on Sunday.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Behold... Fartacus!

Kids who like gross humour in comics (which is a lot, according to sales figures) will hopefully enjoy the debut of a new baddie in my Team Toxic strip this week. Fartacus is his name, and his deadly bottom-burps have made him the champion of the arena on Planet Stinky!

It all begins when Bog, Team Toxic's resident living poo, is abducted by a UFO to fight in the galactic farting games. Don't miss Slave of Planet Stinky in Toxic No.236, on sale now! 40 pages of features and fun plus gifts for just £2.99. (Although check your receipts as the WH Smith I bought mine from rang up £3.99 on the til until I challenged them about it. They blamed the barcode.)  

Rasher Returns

After being absent for the last two issues, my Rasher mini-strip returns to The Beano today. I'm not sure why it skipped a couple of issues. Replaced by an ad? Squeezed out by Beano fun-power overload? Anyway, the pig is back! Hopefully he'll stick around now until the end of his run.

The latest issue of Britain's longest-running comic, The Beano, is out now. £2.00.   

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Looking ahead

Work on the comic annuals has always been done way in advance due to various scheduling reasons including printing. All the strips for the 2015 dated annuals were completed last summer, even though they won't be out until July to September of this year. 

Today, I was commissioned to produce a bunch of pages for the Dandy Annual 2016 and three for the Beano Annual 2016. Yes, 2016 cover dates, - books that won't be in the shops until late summer next year! Stories that many readers won't actually see until Christmas Day 2015, if they have the annuals as Christmas presents. 

I won't reveal any more at present as I've yet to write the scripts, then they have to be approved before I set to work drawing them. However, it's shaping up to be a very busy time over the next six weeks so if I don't get the chance to update my two blogs very often you'll know why. I'm sure you're as pleased as I am to hear that although the weekly Dandy was axed in 2012, the annual still survives.

In the meantime, above is a quick glimpse of Smasher, back in the next Dandy Annual! 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Second chance to buy Brats

The Vampire Brats page of original artwork I put on eBay last week didn't sell so I'm offering it once more. Full page complete story, black ink on Bristol Board. The actual art used for an issue of Buster in the late 1980s.

Starting bid £15. Good luck! 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

He must be Joe King!

If you buy today's Mail on Sunday with its free 32 page all-new Beano you won't find any strips by me in there unfortunately BUT you will find a series of little vignette head drawings that I did, running along the foot of several pages. It's the return of Joe King to The Beano, and recently I was commissioned to supply numerous head shots of the character to accompany the joke strips that now appear at the end of each story. 

They use six of those drawings in the free issue, and I presume you can expect to see the others over the coming weeks in the regular Beano. I've noticed that reader surveys often show they'd prefer more jokes in the comic so this is a good way of including them without taking up a page. Reminds me of the gags that would run across the foot of some pages in the early issues of Wham! Sure, some of those jokes aren't exactly new to us, but for The Beano's young readership they'll be as fresh as a daisy.

As an aside, it reminds me that I can still clearly remember the first joke I was told, 50 years ago at infant school. Yep, it was the old "Why did the chicken cross the road" gag. Told to me by classmate Dave Gadsby, in the playground. I was five years old. I thought it was hilarious. Like most of us, I soon took jokes for granted, especially when the same ones kept rolling around, but the memory of that first one still remains. That gag was ancient even by 1964, but I guess when you're that young, every joke is someones first!