Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Summer of '76

1976, age 17, Trafalgar Square, hair and flares.
People say "time flies", but this really does feel like all of its 42 years ago. This was the day I first visited a comic shop (Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, which was then in Berwick Street), and bought a load of comics fanzines which re-ignited my childhood ambitions to work in comics!

It'd take several years before I sold my first cartoon (in 1983, to Marvel UK) but all that time gave me valuable experience, producing fanzine strips, getting feedback and advice, quitting my old job, making new friends in comics, both fans and pros, etc. Happy days from long, long ago!
Summer of '76. Reading Jack Kirby's 2001: A Space Odyssey adaptation.

Monday, 23 April 2018

I'm a Scary Monster!

The latest issue of the American magazine Scary Monsters features a plug for me and my Blimey! blog. I'd given the mag a review several weeks ago and they were kind enough to reciprocate. A nice surprise, and a privilege to be featured in their magazine. 
If you haven't heard of Scary Monsters, it's a quarterly magazine devoted to classic monsters of film and TV. The current issue (No.108) looks back at The Outer Limits TV series of the 1960s, along with stacks of other articles in its 180 pages. If you liked classic horror mags such as Famous Monsters of Filmland, Monsters of the Movies, and suchlike you'll enjoy this! 

Available from Forbidden Planet and all good comic shops, or by mail order from eBay sellers and Hemlock Books:

More about Scary Monsters Magazine at their website:

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Wythenshawe Comic Con

I've been invited to quite a few conventions up North this year, including the first Wythenshawe Comic Con on 9th June. Looking forward to it! You can find out more info from the details on the poster above or visit their Facebook page here:

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

It's Beano and Epic week!

On sale Wednesday 18th April is Epic No.145 featuring a new Hygiene High two pager written by Niall Murray and drawn by me. This time, the pongy pupils go to the school disco! Chaos is certain. 

The same day, Beano No.3931 will also be published, and the Bash Street Pups are back! Only as guest stars though! I always enjoyed drawing Pup Parade for the comic so this week I thought I'd put them into the Big Eggo strip. Never Be Without A Beano to find out what happens!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Thank you, Stoke-Con-Trent!

It faced competition from several other popular comics events taking place around the UK this weekend but Stoke-Con-Trent was a well attended show and good fun. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table for a sketch or a comic, and thanks of course to organiser Adrian Tooth and his team for their hospitality and hard work running the show. Great to see comics pals Mike Collins, Lee Sullivan, and David Leach again, and to meet new people too such as Ben Krefta and Red Queen Art.

More confusion over who's who between Lee Sullivan and me. Not just because of a passing similarity in looks and choice of clothes, but other spooky coincidences. This time the hotel got our rooms mixed up. To simplify matters here's a photo for easy identification. I'm the one on the left... er, right.... I think.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Destination: Stoke-Con-Trent

Last reminder that I'll be one of the guests at Stoke-Con-Trent this Sunday (15th April) which takes place at Staffordshire University at (you guessed it) Stoke-On-Trent. Lots of artists will be there, including newcomers who could be the superstars of tomorrow! Come along and meet everyone!

Staffordshire University
Sunday 15th April 2018

Here's the rest of the comics shows I'll be at this year....

Saturday 12th May 2018

Saturday 26th May 2018

Fab Cafe, Manchester
Sunday 3rd June 2018

South Manchester
9th June 2018

Saturday 23rd June 2018

To be announced:
27th - 29th July 2018
More info soon.

To be announced:
18th, 19th August 2018.
More info soon.

To Be Announced
1st/2nd September 2018
More info soon.

ICE 2018
Saturday 15th September

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New event for June!

Now that it's been announced on the convention's website I can reveal that I'll be a guest at STC25 on Sunday 3rd June, at the FAB Cafe in Manchester. The event celebrates the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Comic, a title I was a writer on during the 1990s. 

This will be the first Sonic event I've attended so I'm looking forward to catching up with friends from those days, as well as meeting readers who read it back then! Find out more details at the event's Facebook page: