Thursday, March 27, 2014




Page 1 and a couple of additional panels from my contribution to Nowbrow 9. The theme this time around was "It’s Oh So Quiet" so not a word passed the lips of the characters in the strip, which was based upon an auld ballad.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Shadow

A high octane commission for Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972 on Twitter) - Clap your peepers on his extraordinary collection of Shadow art at http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerydetail.asp?gcat=8618.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Crook Frightfulness



An illustration for an article written by Daniel Wilson in the September edition of Fortean Times, alongside a couple of sketches for an alternative idea I was playing with.

A sketch of a ne’er do well. Originally a monochrome ink-wash image, Dan Berry was kind enough to walk me through the wizardry he uses to colour digitally.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Join Eddie Ross and I at the Edinburgh Book Fest


It's two weeks until Eddie Ross and I cover a rich tapestry of comics topics as part of the Stripped programme of events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Last night, over a number of beers, Eddie and I discussed a few nuggets that will likely make it into the talk, from the motivations behind our work, to the many ways you can get involved in the comics scene. As you might expect I can heartily recommend joining us:

Friday 23 August
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

I'll even be scrawling drawings of fishermen into any books I can lay my hands upon.

You can buy tickets here, and whet your appetite for Eddie's upcoming book Filmish 4 here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wedding bells

My brother is soon to be thoroughly wed to a very good friend of mine, which is a wonderful in and of itself and is also one less address on my hypothetical Christmas card list. They asked if I would do something for their invite and inspired by Sarah Mcintyre's sublime prints of a Greenwich Park tree I set about my first lino cut since I was a school boy.

Well as you can see from the below mine turned out to be a fair bit cruder than Sarah's. One of my errors may have been to buy the traditional lino rather than the easy cut stuff. I did so under the false assumption this would grant me instant artisan status. Instead I sat for hours in my freezing Edinburgh studio, hunched like Bob Cratchit, attempting to soften up that lino with a hair dryer. Novices be warned!

Tom and Urs wedding

Guns...Lots of guns

I was lucky enough to get to illustrate a story in the hallowed pages of 2000AD earlier this year. A high octane blend of heavy metal and horror, it was written by the excellent David Baillie and was just the excuse I needed to dust off my Maiden, Megadeth and Metallica records.

Below is a short sequence from the story, which appeared in Prog 1836 and can still be procured here.

The Death Magnetic Page 3 copy

To get the opportunity I took part in the 2000AD Portfolio competition, which takes place annually at the excellent Thought Bubble festival. Under the scrutiny of 2000 AD greats Rob Williams, Simon Fraser, Peter Doherty and Frazer Irving I was fortunate enough to get the thumbs up. Anyhow here's a few panels from that submission.

2000AD comp entry 3
2000AD comp entry 2
2000AD comp entry 1


Thursday, February 21, 2013

A salty night was had by all!

Just thought to post a couple of images from the launch of The Silver Darlings at the excellent Gosh! Comics last Friday evening.

Gosh! The Silver Darlings launch - City Shanty Band

The band of fellows above are The City Shanty Band. Whilst their experience at sea may be limited, their shanties were an unforgettable part of the evening and drew many an intrigued wanderer-by into the shop.

Gosh! The Silver Darlings launch - Signing

This here is the very first book of the night I signed. More accurately this is the "illustration" of a robot unicorn I scrawled across the poor young man pictured's sketchbook. You can see more robo-corns at the Robot Unicorn Tumblr.

Gosh! window design

Exhibit C is the original design for the painting destined for Gosh!'s windows and below is the window emblazoned.

Gosh! final window painting

This was considerably easier than the Nelson window painting I worked on, always at the mercy of the Posca pens. Gosh!'s rich supply of colours even allowed me to top the character's dome with a crown of ginger.

All that remains to be said is a huge thank you to Gosh!, The City Shanty Band, Tunnock's (for their exquisite Caramel Logs), Blank Slate Books and of course to all the hardy souls that come along on the night.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Launching the Silver Darling - Gosh! Comics, 15th Feb, 7-9pm

I'm starting to run thin on sea-faring puns to tie in with references to my book The Silver Darlings, which launches at London's incomparable Gosh! Comics on Friday 15 February. This post's title refers to the fishing boat at the heart of the book, the Silver Darling, and deserves little more explanation than that.

The folk at Gosh! and especially Tom Oldham of Beserker Magazine and Breakdown Press have been really supportive of the book, for which I'm very grateful. This all kicked off with an exclusive bookplate edition of 200 (pictured below), which is still available free with every copy of the book bought at Gosh!

 Gosh bookplate final_web 

Next up is the launch itself. Details are on the flyer below.


I'm currently working on a design for the shop's window and on the night there will be an exhibition of original art whilst I merrily sign and sketch in copies of The Silver Darlings. 

Of course no launch would be complete without a a wee drink for all those that come along and what's more Caramel Logs (as rare as hen's teeth south of the border) are being generously laid on by Tunnock's. If you want to discover the secret behind Tunnock's Caramel Logs listen to the ad at this link (NB: No dragons are harmed in the making of Tunnock's Caramel Logs).


Finally, the salt-crust that will lend the evening a truly nautical flavour is a performance from Hackney's own City Shanty Band. I'll leave you with one of their numbers and hope to see you on the night!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Standing on the shoulders of giants

I've recently treated myself to the opportunity to draw characters created by a couple of beacons of UK comics, Glyn Dillon and Warwick Johnson Cadwell...

Nao of Brown fan art

Nao Brown - Glyn's book is totally unique, utterly absorbing and beautifully, beautifully drawn. But don't take my word for it, take the word of the Angouleme Festival judging panel who awarded it the Prix Sp├ęcial du Jury.

Warwick Johnson Cadwell's Hunch Parsons

Hunch Parsons - Shrouded in mystery it seems Hunch may take a little while to surface. Thankfully we can console ourselves with Warwick's upcoming run on Tank Girl and Dangeritis his web-comic based game of tag with the equally excellent Robert Ball.