Smokey Digital Seahorse

I done a comic strip!

There is even a launch party! Next Friday night (3rd October) at Gosh! Comics in Soho. More detail here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/251566828380370/?fref=ts

Next week sees the publication of Tempo-Lush Tales, an anthology of comics written by Richy K. Chandler. Richy is one of those people who is a bit sickening, being very good at a lot of different things. We originally met probably just over a decade ago when my friend Deborah and I were pulling together a band. He could drum, y’see. He slipped me a CD of his self-produced songs. The guy can basically play lots of instruments, and, it turns out, in the 10 years since we last met, he’s also been making some basically awesome comics including stuff like Lucy The Octopus, Rosie & Jacinda, Adventure Time and Wallace & Gromit. All of which you can read about here: http://www.tempolush.com . So he can write, he can draw, he can play a bunch of instruments and he can write songs. I know, right?! I bumped into Richy at a couple of comic cons and we talked about working on something together. Shortly after the script for Smokey Digital Seahorse landed. “Blimey.” I thought to myself. “This is a bit good.” Which is what I say out loud when I’m thinking “OMGOMGAMAZING!”

Smokey Digital Seahorse is a very intimate story about time travel, life, loss, and seizing the moment. I really enjoyed drawing it. I actually miss drawing Susan, the lead character. Early warning to everyone I ever work with from now on: I’m probably going to sneak her into the background of every comic I ever draw from now on. I felt a bit bad that I’d spent most of the 10 pages drawing her moping quite a bit so thought I’d cheer her up a bit in a little sketch that got a bit out of hand.  So here you go:

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Look at her happy face! And in sneaky peaky stylee, here is page 1:

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So yeah. Come to the launch party. And if you’re so inclined, join me after for Nuis@nce at the Buffalo Bar (https://www.facebook.com/events/284111281782479/?fref=ts), where I’ll be DJing with the usual Britpop obsessed crazies. And buy this thing!

Richy’s website

Emily Kane

I recently went back and started redrawing elements of the Emily Kane comic I drew for the Art Brut app last year. Mainly for a portfolio piece, but also just to apply some new stuff I’ve learnt. I’ll be doing a full colour, relettered version as a freebie download later in the month, but in the meantime, here are the black & white pages. In case you’re interested, like. EK_01 EK_02 EK_03 EK_04 EK_05

Any Questions?

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I was decidedly chuffed to be asked by Eddie Argos to illustrate the cover for his latest book, Any Questions? The Complete Art Brut, a collection of his lyrics over the last 10 years. And, to be fair, they are BRILLIANT lyrics. You can buy it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/any-questions-the-complete-lyrics-of-art-brut-2003-2013 . I’ll probably do a post about the design process at some point, as it was a lot of fun with lots of back-and-forth between Eddie & I.

20 pence to the first person to guess which book cover is referenced by the design, and a further 20 pence to anyone who can spot the Doctor Who reference.

 

(Have been using a lot of red recently. Red period, anyone? Or Steve Colours Red. Yes, that’ll do).

CALMzine Cover

CALMzine is the magazine of the Campaign Against Living Miserably. You can find out more about their excellent work at http://www.thecalmzone.net . The next issue – out on 25th November features a cover illustration of main interviewee Frank Turner and a couple of pages of other bits of art by, well, me. Hurrah! Without the text it looks like this:

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