Monday, 20 August 2018

Gateway City & The Wolfmen Collected Edition


I was lucky to be able to contribute a postcard image for Russell M Olsen's fabulous 'Gateway City' book, now funding on kickstarter. Check it out here and look at how utterly gorgeous it is. I love Russell's work, and I was honoured to be among a selection of other artists producing these little A6 postcards for one of the stretch goals.

I met Russell I few weeks back at the recent 'True Believers Summer Variant' that I attended (only my second show of the year) and I had a really good time, sold a few books and met lots of people, Russell included.

I've recently done design and production work on Accent UK's 'Enter the Asylum' book (again featuring Russell M Olsen on one of the stories) and also helped out with the production of Gary Crutchley's stunning 'Hard Country' graphic novel. Both books had successful kickstarters and I also did the videos for both projects, something I'm doing more and more these days.

I also did a mock-up of what the complete book of 'The Wolfmen' would look like.

Had great fun doing that, it's certainly something I'd like to finish but the amount of time (and work involved) is something that I would need to look at if it was to progress.


Never say never!

My last show of the year will be Nottingham, always a favourite of mine.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

An long awaited update, a new cover and decisions to be made!


Kept on meaning to write a new blog post, who knows if anyone actually reads them now but it helps me get my thoughts down, so in that respect I imagine it's worth it!

I did the True Believers Comic Festival in early February, after being ill again in January, then again with suspected food poisoning later on in Feb - not a happy time.

This was my 4th time doing this show and my expectations were good. Midnight Man: Gunspace had a very good launch in Nottingham in October last year and this was only the second show for the book so the omens were very good.

Sadly it was one of the worst shows I've done. Most of these shows start off quiet and pick up as the day goes on. This may have happened for others for not for me. It's true I'm not the most confident or assured person at these shows, I wish I was, but I always hope that the books themselves do the talking.

The show was incredibly busy (and there were so many talented creators there) it must have been hard for those there to decide what to spent their money on - but it wasn't on my books :-)

Was great meeting up with friends, but at the end of the day, these shows are there for you to sell your stuff, and if you're not doing that, then that's a problem. I spent most of 2017 with mild success at most shows but knew that the second Midnight Man book would help boost the table (and sales of the first book) but it didn't, at least not on this occasion.

I know this show could be a blip, but it certainly left me feeling very deflated, and with nothing booked until June (Cardiff) then that was a long way to go to pick myself up.

In that time I've been ill (again, as mentioned above) and had an amazing holiday to Mexico, where I became creatively restless and wanted to start something new soon as I got back.

It started off well, as I was asked to do the cover to the second issue of the 'Awesome Comics' anthology, by the three guys from the Awesome Comics Podcast (Vince Hunt, Dan Butcher and tony Esmond). They seemed to like it. Reaction was good online too, which was great.

Then I started to draw a page. I'm still on it now weeks later. I just can't get into it. My motivation is gone and it's like pulling teeth at the moment. I always knew this moment would come, when deep down I just didn't want to do it, but when you read others online so into creating their own books, you want to be like that too (and I still am to a certain extent) it's just the grind of sitting down for hours to draw a book that (let's face it) may or may not sell, is damn hard.

Thinking maybe I should do something else, get away from the style of work that I've done and break free, try my hand at an all-ages cartoon book. If I can find the right idea I might do that, but in the meantime I'm sat looking at that page again wondering if I'll ever finish it.

To be continued...

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Merry Christmas (and a Midnight Man review)!!

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.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Midnight Man: Gunspace makes Pipedream Comics' top 10 best of 2017 list!!!


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

Midnight Man: an interview and a review!!



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

MIDNIGHT MAN RETURNS!!


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

Return of an old favourite...


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...