Sunday, 30 August 2009

Robot Shorts - A to Z. B is for ............

In hindsight I guess this is going to be a bit odd. As people pick up on this they will enter the alphabet at some letter between A and Z, and then move down the list to A ... so .. maybe it should have been called Z to A .... anyway ... here's the latest .. there's plenty more where these came from ... well .. 24 more to be precise ...

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Robot Shorts - A to Z. A is for ............

OK ... so as a break from Strange Times, I've been playing with building a little book all about Robots ... it'll always take a back seat to Strange Times, but once that has been finished I'm hoping that my Robots book will be well on its way ... part of the book is an A to Z of Robots .. inspired I guess by Edward Gorey .... and maybe a little Dr Seuss ... putting these images somewhere more public than my study will hopefully get me to finish them off .. so here we go .. A is for Androx ... I'll aim for one a week .. see how I get on :o)

Friday, 21 August 2009

Strange Times are here ....

Well it has arrived ... or perhaps I should say ... they have arrived. I've had 100 copies of my hardcover collection of the Strange Times webcomic printed at MPG Biddles ... I've had to greyscale it for cost reasons but it looks really great ... thanks to Andy Bloor's work designing it from cover to cover ... asking for extra doodles here and there ... and generally nudging me along the way to get it done.

The book contains all pages on the web (and a few that aren't there yet), extra pages here and there, pin-ups from the likes of Andy, Garen Ewing, Shane Oakley, Colin Mathieson, Will Kirkby, Dave Hughes, Steve Holder and of course INDIO. It also contains a 'not to be seen on the web' Secret Origin of Mr Rock special feature ... who could resist ... oh yeah .. also .. I've put it all in chronological order ... starting 9 months after the beginning, going through the days it all started and ending a thousand or so years into the future.

The hardcover little A5 book runs to about 170 pages and costs a tenner ...

You will be able to pick up a copy at the UK Cons .. or through the webcomic itself over on ... or you could avoid it by keeping well away from such places :o)

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Fiends Reunited

Well, Andy said he thought my little image would make a great T-Shirt when he first saw my 'Fiends Reunited' one page strip from the upcoming PREDATORS anthology ... and actually .. I think he's right ... he certainly has a great design sense doesn't he. He can make even my doodles look good ....

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Wolfman vs. The Mummy

Well ... I've finished all of my contributions to the latest Accent UK anthology ... this little image has tickled Mr Bloor ... and is from a single page little comedy that I've managed to sneak in ... now it's on to Strange Times Book 2 .... the printed Book 1 should be arriving any day now ... but probably after CAPTION which is in Oxford this weekend .. typically :o)
If you're at CAPTION then Colin Mathieson and I will be there for the Saturday ... and we'll be staying for Garen Ewing's talk ... which is 5.30pm to 6.30pm I believe .. see you there.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Rainbow Orchid Discovered in Stockport.

Well the wait is over. I finally got my hands on a copy of Rainbow Orchid, an adventure graphic novelfrom good friend Garen Ewing.

In fact I bought my daughter a copy too, as when she reads a book she lives with it .. it ends up collecting food, folded (groan ..) corners, spends the odd night under her sleeping body and finally ends up on the floor of her bedroom amongst other well loved books and soft toys.

My copy however will be read wearing cotton gloves ... in a room that has had all moisture removed from it and will then find its way onto a book shelf .. well .. OK .. maybe the bit about the cotton gloves was a lie but the rest is pretty close.

It's a fabulous looking book .. the production is glorious ...the design excellent ... the story and artwork I know are top notch as I have a few versions of this as it has pulled itself through and then out of the Independent Comic world and into the welcoming arms of Egmont.

As I paid for my copies (and actually went back for a third as BORDERS seems to have a 2 for 3 deal on) I spoke to two of the staff, as it went through the tills. Both said they'd not noticed it, both said it looked great, very TinTin, and that they'd have to get a copy. This book is going to do exceptionally well ... and deserves all the success it gets.

The only thing left for me to do then was to pop back to the shelves to do a bit of re-merchandising (I moved a couple of copies into a more prime location at the end of the aisle) and then get home as quickly as possible so that I can read it.

Wonderful !!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Frankenstein versus Lightning.

Well, I came across this posting as a Comment on Andy Bloor's Blog ..

'' I am attempting to amass a large collection of portraits of Frankenstein's Monster in as many different styles and in as many different media as possible as an ongoing art project. The only stipulation is that the size is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (standard artist trading card size) and that each card has name, date, location, title and anything else you care to add on the back.I welcome cards from both amateur and professional artists.I will be leaving blank cards with instructions and mailing address in galleries, colleges, art shops, on buses, handing them out in the street and wherever else I can think of.If you think you can spare the time to produce a little something, please send a portrait to:A Patchwork Of Flesh45 Silversea DriveWestcliff on SeaEssexSS0 9XDUnited KingdomEach card I receive will be uploaded at to produce an on-line gallery, I then hope to put on an exhibition of these cards in a gallery''.

So I thought I'd contribute ... why not have a go yourselves ... it's fun doing things like this ...