Monday, 15 September 2014

Attack Eyebrows

This Thursday sees the publication of a new issue of Doctor Who Magazine which includes my second Daft Dimension comic strip. I can't really show much from it or it'll spoil the joke so here's part of a panel blown up to focus on the 12th Doctor's distinctive 'attack eyebrows'. Who or what is he struggling against? I'm hoping you'll buy the mag to find out! 

This issue also features part two of the strip serial The Eye of Torment by Scott Gray, Martin Geraghty and David Roach, plus loads of features on the TV show past and present. Here's the cover to look for...

Doctor Who Magazine No.478, 84 full colour pages for £4.99, on sale Thursday 18th September. You'll find it in WH Smith racked with SFX, Empire, and the Panini Marvel comics. (Not to be confused with the junior title Doctor Who Adventures, which apparently some of you thought of last time.)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Ivy the Terrible: preview

Ivy the Terrible, getting bored at a bus stop. What could possibly go wrong? Find out in The Beano this Wednesday, September 17th. (At least I think this is the episode scheduled for this week. We'll soon find out!) 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Beano No.3751 preview

Here's a quick preview of the strips I have in this week's Beano (out now). I think this will be the last Lord Snooty strip for a while, but there's a couple of unused ones that should appear in a month or so. 

Ivy the Terrible continues at present though, and is great fun to draw. What's Ivy done to annoy her mum this week? Find out by buying The Beano! Only £2, - the cheapest comic on the shelves, and the funniest! 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Noisy comics!

I've always enjoyed lettering the sound effects on my strips, and this week's Team Toxic adventure has no less than three instances where the sound FX dominate the panels. I know some fans don't like comic sound effects because they think they're childish, but I've always considered them a vital part of humour comics, helping the reader to 'hear' the impact in their heads.

To me, designing the sound effects has always felt like a natural extension of the drawings. Computer fonts are brilliant of course, (particularly those by Comicraft) and I've used those too a few times, but I prefer to create a specific sound effect that suits the moment. I'm sure there are professional letterers (or 'balloonists' as DC Thomson call them) who could do a slicker job, but I prefer to do it myself where possible. I don't receive an extra fee for it but, as I said, I consider it part of the drawing. (Dialogue lettering is different of course. I'm paid extra for that when I do it, although these days it's mostly done by the in-house designers.)

Anyway, these are three panels from the latest Team Toxic two-pager, The Land of Living Farts, in the current issue of Toxic available right now! 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Return of the original Keyhole Kate

In a story I did for The Dandy Annual 2015, now on sale, today's Keyhole Kate travels back in time to 1937 to encounter her ancestor... the original Keyhole Kate. It's one chapter in a three-part time travel story within the book, which I hope will appeal to Dandy fans old and new.

I noticed today that WH Smith currently have a special offer on annuals, - buy one, get another for £1, so this is the time to get 'em! 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Snooty roughs

Here's what I'm working on today; a Lord Snooty page for The Beano Annual 2016. That's a photograph of my pencil roughs. I'll modify a few things before I ink it. 

Also today, I'm working on a script for a page for an upcoming American comic. It's for quite a high profile publisher. I'll reveal more when the strip is in the can in a week or so. 

Lots to do this week so it's back to work now...

Saturday, 6 September 2014

New event: Malta Comic Con

As mentioned on my Blimey! blog yesterday, I've been invited as one of the guests at the Malta Comic Con, in the city of Valetta, 29th / 30th November 2014. I feel very honoured and pleased to be added to the guest list, along with fellow UK comic creators Mike Collins, Yishan Li, Dave Taylor, Andrew Wildman and more, plus comic stars from Malta and other countries.

I've visited Malta twice before, many years ago on holiday, and enjoyed it very much so I'm looking forward to returning this year. 

For more details visit the Malta Comic Con website:

Guest list: