Christmas already - where has the year gone?!
I haven't posted that much to the blog this year - does anyone still read blogs? I kind of use it to achieve stuff like reviews etc so I know I've always got access to them if I need too.
Midnight Man: Gunspace came 6th in Pipedream Comics' best small press and indie comic of 2017 which both Mo and I were really chuffed with, thanks to everyone who voted for us.
Tony Esmond reviewed the book way back in October for Downthetubes, I should've posted this up ages ago!
I will again be at the True Believers Con at Cheltenham Racecourse at the start of February (one of my favourite shows, such a great family atmosphere, superbly ran by Stuart Mulrain and his team).
There is a charity anthology comic produced by Stuart to debut at the con and there's a single page brand new Midnight Man strip in there, alongside lots of other talented creators.
I've also done 5 pages for Mike Garley's latest (and last) Samurai Slasher book - Volume III The Final Chapter! My first go at colouring sequential pages myself (and I'm no colourist) I've got a copy of the book though and it does look amazing. Honoured to share a book alongside artists such as Gavin Mitchell, Rory Donald and Jim Lavery. Mike is such a talented writer too so it was a great project to be part of.
Unusre what 2018 will hold, got plenty of projects in various stages of development (or I may just take the year off) I'm honestly not sure yet. I need to rest up (and recover from a nasty sickness bug too!) and see how I feel after my break.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
See you in 2018.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Friday, 8 December 2017
Following the books successful launch at the recent Nottingham Comic Con (I will do a con report soon!) the new Midnight Man book has been picking up great feedback!
We had a good review thanks to the guys on the Awesome Comics Podcast, and also Tony Esmond gave it a great review on his blog!
But best of all, the book has been featured in the top 10 'best of 2017' list from the guys over at Pipedream Comics!!
There were so many amazing books listed from number 40 onwards, but to be featured in the top 10 alongside such great books & creators such as 'Porcelain', 'NPC Tea', 'Samurai Slasher' and 'The Trolltooth wars' is a massive honour.
There is a vote to decide the overall winner, which you can vote for us here (if you like)!
Friday, 13 October 2017
Pipedream Comics, a superb small press & indie comic based website (who also publish the fantastic 'Pull List' magazine) interviewed Mo and I about Midnight Man: Gunspace (launching tomorrow at Nottingham Comic Con!!):
And they also reviewed the book as well:
Couldn't be happier with those, so many thanks to Alex @ Pipedream for taking the time to do the interview (and the review).
Pretty much all set for tomorrow's book launch. Books came back from the printer (always a top notch job by the fabulous Rich Hardiman at Comic Printing UK) last Saturday, boxes and banners are ready and I'm just waiting for some A5 mini prints to arrive from a local printer which while go in the new sketch packs I'll be selling. This will contain both books, a badge, the A5 print and also an original sketched card of Midnight Man.
The A5 print features art by comics superstar John McCrea (Hitman, Mythic) and coloured by colourist extraordinaire Dee Cunniffe (Redneck, The Dregs) who I was so lucky to get to colour John's piece, it was John was basically talked him into it on twitter... so thanks again John!!
I'll be back after the weekend to talk about the con, see you soon!
Monday, 25 September 2017
Pleased to report that MIDNIGHT MAN: GUNSPACE will debut at the years Nottingham Comic Con on the 14th October.
Taken me a while to get it finally finished and as always it's been a tough journey but the end result has already got the thumbs up from acclaimed comic writer John Reppion who called it 'bonkers but brilliant'.
Straight after the con, the book will be on sale afterwards via my online shop!
More on this very soon!
Friday, 15 September 2017
Hello again my old neglected blog!!
September already... blimey, this year has certainly gone very quick!!
Since I've posted on here I've done shows in Cardiff and Gloucester, decided not to go to Thought Bubble in Leeds (despite being lucky enough to get a table this time!) and skipped ICE in Birmingham altogether. Why? Various reasons actually, which I'll go into in a blog piece where I reflect on the few comic shows I've done this year.
I've been pretty busy, designing books again for my old friends at Accent UK and drawing (when I have the spare time!) hopefully the results of that should bear fruit very soon!
In the meantime, thought I'd share some art (not exactly new as it was drawn a couple of years ago) for the long delayed, thought dead-in-the-water, but might actually not be dead after all - Wolfmen 3 (AKA Last of the Wolfmen). I dug the art out, scanned, cleaned up and toned it today.
More on that very soon... beware the moon...
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
I did this short 4 page strip for the Nottingham Comic Con charity anthology late last year, the original strip I started didn't work out (more here), so rather than let Kev Brett (organiser of the NCC and a fabulous cartoonist in his own right) down, I hastily wrote and drew this short 4 page strip starring a character I created a long time ago 'Ba-Boom Baboon!'
I always loved the character, but for some reason never got chance to bring him back... until now.
The strip is presented here, hope you all enjoy it.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
I attended my third True Believers con just a few weeks ago and it was without a doubt the best one I did.
Very easy to get to and held at a superb location at Cheltenham Racecourse, the event is run by Stuart Mulrain and his team and is up there with some of the best run cons I've been too.
I went with my friend John who had his own table selling his cool superhero themed business cards, my table was next to the small press area (much improved from where I was last year) and setup was easy and was done in plenty of time before the event opened at 10.30.
I was sat next to a very talented artist, Grahame Puttock who was great company during the day (check out his graphic novel) and remembered my name by the Wolfmen comics I did (those again!).
The day went by in a flash really, sold more books than I expected (better than both the other TB cons I'd been too), sold some art and prints and came away very happy and positive (a rarity for me I know!).
I even sold some books before the event even opened, when that happens you know you're in for good event. Lots of positive comments about my work and the books which bodes well for the release of Midnight Man 2 later this year (more on that very soon!).
As I was so busy I wasn't able to wander around and meet friends and other creators very much, but did manage to chat to Emily Owen, Chris Imber, Vince Hunt, Tony Esmond, Andrew Richmond among others (sorry if I missed anyone out). All in all a very good day and one event I'm looking forward to returning to next year.
I've been lucky to secure a table for this years Thought Bubble event in September this year, plus I've booked up for the fantastic Nottingham Comic Con again this year and am also planning on going back to Cardiff for the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo, a long drive for sure but a great little con. I don't do many cons (finances and travelling distance really) so have to choose the ones I do very wisely.
I'm also going to returning to help my friends at Accent UK out on a few books, which will be a lot of fun.
Before I go, spotted this review for Midnight Man (from last year) on the We Be Geeks website!