Saturday, 13 January 2018

Toxic No.300 is coming!

Egmont's Toxic magazine reaches its milestone 300th issue this Wednesday. A remarkable achievement for a kids' mag these days. The title began in 2002 and it's been a pleasure to contribute to every issue (apart from about 14 months when it went reprint, but even then they reprinted my material). 

I'll be posting more about Toxic No.300 on the day of publication, but, for now, here's a preview panel from my Team Toxic strip, with the gang having a slap-up feed in their own fashion.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Postman Prat in production (2010)

From 2010, a photo of a page of my original Postman Prat artwork and the colour version I was working on in Photoshop. No, I can't remember what the story was about either. Postman Prat appeared in The Dandy and was a real pleasure to draw. I later wrote episodes as well. He still appears in The Dandy Annual every year, but not next year I'm afraid. 

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Preview: EPIC No.141

Here's a panel from my Hygiene High strip in the next issue of Epic magazine, No.141, on sale in supermarkets and newsagents from this coming Wednesday, 10th January. Script by Niall Murray, artwork by me, published by D.C. Thomson. 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Things to come...

A new year sprawling ahead is always unpredictable but here's a few things I can show you that I've worked on and will be arriving over the coming weeks...

January 10th sees the next issue of Epic (No.141) on sale, and the stinky kids of Hygiene High go for a swim! Script by Niall Murray, art by me. (Preview above.)

Comic collector Grumpy McGrumpychops returns in the Team Toxic story for the milestone 300th issue of Toxic, on sale Wednesday 17th January. More on this significant issue soon!

The following issue of Toxic, No.301, introduces the pompous new mayor of Spud City in the Team Toxic strip, and his plans for space!

There'll be no Daft Dimension strip in the next Doctor Who Magazine as it's been squeezed out for space, but it'll be back in the February issue.

Looking further into the year, I've written and drawn a few Keyhole Kate pages for The Dandy Annual 2019, which will be out around August 2018.

In case you missed the news earlier, Combat Colin No.2 is scheduled for late January, collecting the early Combat Colin strips from The Transformers comic of the late 1980s. More info about that here:

I've been invited as a guest to five conventions this year, with more to be added soon hopefully. The latest addition is Oldham Comic Con in May. 

Saturday 17th March 2018
Bath Pavillion

To be announced:
24th/25th March 2018
More info soon.

Saturday 12th May 2018

Saturday 23rd June 2018

ICE2018 International Comic Expo
Saturday 15th September 2018

More dates added soon.

There's also a few things I can't talk about yet, but when I can, this blog will be the first to announce the news!

Thanks for following this blog. More updates soon!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Preview: COMBAT COLIN No.2

HAPPY NEW YEAR! If this goes as scheduled, this post should go live in the first moments of 2018. I hope you're all having a good evening wherever you are. 
Here's your exclusive first look at Combat Colin No.2, which I'll be sending to the printers this week and it'll be out later this month. As with the first issue, No.2 will have 40 pages packed with classic Combat Colin strips from the late 1980s. This issue starts with the ones when The Transformers and Action Force merged into one comic, and features over 70 half page strips running from February 1988 to well into 1989. 
You'll see Combat Colin and his sidekick Semi-Automatic Steve encounter villains such as Madprof and Mr.Magno for the first time, plus the return of the evil Aunt Arctic of the Antarctic, the secret of the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, the introduction of the Giggly Sisters and much more!
©2018 Lew Stringer
Most of the strips have been scanned directly from my original artwork, and I've added dates to the foot of every strip so you know where and when it first appeared.
This issue also includes a letters page, Combat Correspondence, with your thoughts on issue 1.

Combat Colin No.2 will be published in late January and will be available to buy directly from me, either by mail order or at conventions I'll be attending in 2018. I'll post an update on this blog and on social media when it's available to order so don't worry, you won't miss it! 
©2018 Lew Stringer
The first issue (and my other comics) are still available from my online shop, and Combat Colin No.2 will be added when it's available:

Bookmark this blog for future updates, and if you're on Facebook, give a 'like' to my page there for updates too:

Thanks for following this blog and, again, a Happy New Year to you all!

P.S: As a special New Year bonus, exclusive to this blog, here's how my pencil roughs of the cover looked prior to a few alterations and inking:
©2018 Lew Stringer

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Happy New Year!

2017 was a good year for me. Work was steady, producing strips for Beano, Toxic, Epic, Doctor Who Magazine and The Dandy Annual. I also finally self-published Combat Colin No.1, the first in a series of comics collecting the classic strips. I was fortunate to be invited as a guest to a lot of conventions and attended 12 in all, in various locations across the UK. 

It really has been a boost to attend so many events and meet readers past and present. It's also been great to see old friends from the comics industry, and to meet new people too! 

Closer to home, it's been brilliant to hang out with my friends and have a good laugh, and to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in years. 

As you can see from the photo compilation above, 2017 was full of laughs, travel, and friendship, and I'm always grateful for that. I never make long-term plans as that can lead to disappointment and stress, so I take things as they come and hope for the best. Hopefully 2018 will bring more of the same and some nice surprises too. 

I know that this year has involved losses for some of you but, take it from me, even though it's a cliché, time is a great healer. The grief never completely disappears, and can come crashing back some days, but it happens less over time and the comfort from the company of friends can bring peace of mind. I wish you all good health and happiness for 2018. Onwards and upwards!