Monday, 16 October 2017

Great weekend at LICAF

My thanks to those of you who attended my Comics Gold talk at the Lakes International Comic Art Expo yesterday (15th October). A whirlwind tour through a condensed history of British comics, then an interesting question and answer session. Many thanks to John Freeman for co-hosting it with me, and for his invaluable experience providing more background to modern publishing. 

The whole weekend was very enjoyable, with a diverse range of guests and a good, varied selection of panels. I'll post more about it on my Blimey! blog when I have time. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Come and see COMICS GOLD next weekend!

This coming weekend (13th to 15th October) I'll be up in Kendal, Cumbria, for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. A friendly, well-organised event that's devoted to comics. 

On Sunday, 15th October, I'll be presenting Comics Gold, along with editor/writer John Freeman. This will be a powerpoint presentation covering the highlights of the history of British comics, from the 19th Century to the present day, from Ally Sloper to Aces Weekly! Hope to see some of you there! 

There'll be a lot of guests from all over the world coming to the Lakes, and it's an honour to be amongst them once more. For more info, see the festival website here:

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The slap-up feed!

The 'slap-up feed' has been a traditional image in British comics since the beginning, often as a reward for a good deed. It stems back to the days of poverty (and, later, rationing) when a big meal was considered to be a special treat. It's still used in comics for comedic purposes and here's a detail of a panel I drew for a future issue of Toxic, with Kid Zombie stuffing his face with Pie and Chip Sarnies. As he's already dead he doesn't need to worry about his health, but you can see what happens next in Toxic No.297 when it comes out later next month.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Combat Colin in 3-D!

Mighty Mel Horton, a fine comics fan I've known for a few years now, has just completed this brilliant sculpt of Combat Colin! He's based it on the Combat Colin postcard (shown below) and I think he's done a great job! 

This is a one-of-a-kind production so I feel honoured that Mel's taken the time to do it. Thanks, Mel! 

He also runs his own blog with some interesting stuff on it so zip over there now:

Again, apologies to those of you who ordered Combat Colin No.1 recently are are waiting for it. Snowed under with work and preparing images for my presentation at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival at the moment but will send them to you soon!