Tuesday 31 March 2009

Scott McCloud on

No pictures to share with you just yet, so instead I'm posting a link to this fascinating talk given by Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics.

Wednesday 25 March 2009


Here's an automatic drawing from my sketchbook archive. I think this style of drawing is sometimes known as "taking the pen for a walk", because you're not making any conscious decisions about what you're trying to say with a given piece. You kinda give your unconscious free reign. For this reason it was quite a popular past-time with the Surrealists back in the 1920s, as well as the English artist and magician Austin Osman Spare, who likened it to a kind of trance.

Thursday 19 March 2009

My favourite subject

A new approach I've been playing with. Note the position of the signature, which probably signifies something or other...

Wednesday 18 March 2009

Amber Nectar

I created Amber as a one off when Ben "Doctor Simpo" Simpson asked me for some pages for the fourth issue of his surrealistically satirical underground comic Freak. Turns out she was far more appealing than the degenerate stoner characters I'd been drawing up till then, and so his associates at Glasgow's Hope Street Studios asked me to revive the character for their dope humour mag Northern Lightz.
She's been revived more recently for Lightz' successor title Wasted. I went along to the launch signing in London in autumn of 2008, which was a tremendous buzz because most of the people involved, folks like editor Alan Grant, cover artist Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant and Jon Haward, are far more established in the field than me.
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Tuesday 17 March 2009

World's End Comics

"World's End" was a comic strip I created for a Leeds-based independent magazine called The End is Nigh, published by writer/journalist Michael Molcher. As you can probably guess from the title, the whole mag has an apocalyptic theme. It also has interviews with the likes of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie, and quite a few high profile contributors as well, including Boo Cook, Leah Moore and John Reppion, and many, many more besides. You can still buy copies from