Sunday, 18 March 2018

Photos from Bath Comic-Con

Conventions are always a gamble and no one can predict how well they'll go, but Bath Comic-Con yesterday was a resounding success. Far busier than anyone expected, and a very enjoyable day. My thanks to Paul Waidley and his Creed Conventions team for organizing the event and looking after the guests. 

Great to catch up with Graham Bleathman, who I've known for 40 years now (but rarely see at events) since the days when we started out doing our fanzines way back in the late 1970s! I think we both turned pro around the same time too. You'll know Graham's famous cutaways of course, of various Gerry Anderson craft and more that he did for Thunderbirds the Comic and more, and he's also illustrated many covers for The People's Friend. See his website here:
I also enjoyed catching up with Lee Townsend, Simon Wyatt, Sam Denham, Jonathan Green, Andy Richmond, John Anderson, and more. Many thanks to all those who stopped by my table for a sketch or to buy a comic.

Here's a few more photos of the day. Some taken by me, some are screengrabs from Twitter... 
Young Theo in the photo above gave me this smashing picture of Combat Colin that he'd drawn. He's a better artist than I was at his age! Keep drawing, Theo!




Friday, 16 March 2018

Derek the Troll will return!

I can't reveal too much about it yet but I'm working on a brand new series of Derek the Troll strips for a new digital comic!

Derek the Troll is a humour strip set in the time of pre-history, involving dragons, wizards, barbarians and all that stuff that's perfect material to parody. I originally created the character for Games Workshop's Warlock and White Dwarf magazines in the mid-1980s, and collected those stories into the one-off Derek the Troll comic a couple of years ago. 

I always felt that Derek had potential for more stories so when I was invited to pitch a character for a new upcoming digital comic I thought it was the ideal opportunity to revive one that's already developed, to plunge him into an all-new adventure. 

I'll reveal more about the new Derek the Troll series, and where it'll appear, over the coming months.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Combat mail out

I'm just about to post another stack of Combat Colin comics to those of you who have ordered them recently. You should have them by the weekend.

Don't forget that I'll be at Bath Comic-Con this Saturday (17th March) and I'll be bringing along copies of Combat Colin, Brickman Begins, Brickman Returns, the last few issues of Derek the Troll (second print coming soon) and a bunch of prints. I'll also be sketching on request, so I hope to see some of you there! 

Strax: Pencils and finished art

I thought you might like to see part of my pencils for the latest Daft Dimension, compared to the finished version. This one featured Strax, a Sontaran from Doctor Who. I took the photo on the left when I was working on the strip. As you can see, my pencils are quite rough and I tidy things up a bit and add a little more detail and shading when I ink the work. Then I scanned the inked strip into my Mac (and the scanner doesn't pick up the blue pencil lines) and coloured it in Photoshop. 

The printed strip is in Doctor Who Magazine No.523, currently available in newsagents, supermarkets, and comic shops now. Mote info here:

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Convention list 2018

Here's my updated list of conventions I've been invited to for 2018. Three new ones added this week! If you're attending any of these shows please drop by my table for a chat. I'll be bringing along my comics to sell and drawing sketches on request.

Saturday 17th March 2018
Bath Pavilion
North Parade Road


Staffordshire University.
Sunday 15th April 2018


Saturday 12th May 2018


Saturday 26th May 2018


South Manchester
9th June 2018


Saturday 23rd June 2018
Town Hall,


ICE 2018
Saturday 15th September
Hill Street,

More dates to be added throughout the year.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

...and another event announcement!

I'm pleased to be able to announce that I'll be one of the guests at Wigan Comic Con on Saturday 26th May! This will be my first visit to Wigan (although I've passed through many times) so I'm looking forward to meeting new faces - and any friends who live in that area. Hope to see you there!

More info at their Facebook page:

Another convention announcement!

As it's just been officially announced on Twitter, I can now reveal that I'll be a guest again at Stoke-Con-Trent. The event takes place on Sunday 15th April at the LRV Staffordshire University. Looking forward to it! Come along and join us! More info at their website: