Saturday, June 25, 2022


 A couple of days ago I told Tom the name of my next comic, and he wrote the following piece.

“When David first handed me a copy of Dump: The Difficult Turd Album, from his Fred Egg Comics imprint, I wondered how this guy I knew, a guy who hosted these comic meetings out of a library had produced his own one. I remember thinking “He must be rolling in it. Selling these off at a fiver a piece. He must have hundreds of these and just punting them around everywhere making a name for himself” I envisioned all of these comic shops and book shops stacked with copies of Dump and them being picked up alongside every book order and people grabbing the newest instalment the second it hits shelves.

Although I would later learn about and fall in love with the indie scene and find out that’s not EXACTLY the case, it still holds true in some respects. 

I have been friends with Dave, Mr Fred Egg Comics himself, for some time now. He has kindly gifted me his newest comic each time he brings a new one out. I have been with him in comic shops as he speaks to those in charge and hands them a stack of the latest Fred Egg published instalment to be sold in their store. We have spoken about how he has travelled to places and just so happened to have comics with him to hand into the local shops. These comics can be found all over and that really does make me smile. It brings so much joy because I know that people will see these tremendous works first hand. They will see not just the newest comic but the highly impressive volume of work the precedes it. Not only does Dave produce his own comics, not only does he write, draw, put together, collaborate with other artists he enjoys to showcase their talents, edit, work with printers to make sure every aspect is perfect, sell in stores and online, distribute and much else any self publisher worth their salt, takes part in to make sure their work gets out there. But he does so at such a high rate. These things come thick and fast. It shows two things very clearly. One is that Dave has so many ideas just bursting to get out that he gets them down on paper as quick as possible and the second, following on from that, is the ethic and sometimes words to live by “There are a thousand reasons to not make comics and only one reason to… because you have to” 

This “get up go/just get on with it” and “make your comics, now” attitude completely exudes off the pages of every one of Dave’s comics. Whether it’s the friends exchanging magic paint for their battling robots in Berserketron, taking a school library on a leap forward in time in the pages of Bell Time, exploring the local comics scene in Dundee Comics Comic, finding out the history of The Tay Bridge Disaster and certainly in the many anthologies like Break The Cake, Mount a Rescue, Booze Ha Ha, Zero Sum Bubble gum and many many more, one message is always clear as hell… Enjoy comics. Read them, make them, smell them, talk about them. The thought of that being available in many different comic shops and online. The fact that someone will hold those comics in their hands, pour over them and be able to take that influence away, even subconsciously is tremendous and we have Dave’s endless ideas, passion, sheer fastidiousness and mastery of the craft/art to thank for it. 

“Reject All” is another in the long line of Fred Egg Comics manifestos that I for one look forward to picking up the minute it hits shelves and soaking it in, becoming even more inspired with each turn of the page. 

Long may it continue. ”

Thank you, Tom.

(Hear more from Tom on That Comic Smell podcast)

Saturday, June 04, 2022


After That #65, edited by Micah Liesenfeld, features Charles Brubaker, Borpo Deets, Dmitri Jackson, Paul Kortjohn, Tom Motley, Steve Willis, and Jeff Zenick.

I am in there too with a comic called, "Drive Legal". Page 1 of 4:

After That! #65 is available here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022


When I was a teenager, I travelled from Dundee to Glasgow Forbidden Planet quite regularly. It was exciting going through back issues, accessing new comics, magazines and books not distributed to regular newsagents, and buying cool collectibles (The Hulk TV show cards were a notable example). 

During an early visit, after a couple of hours perusing, I was stood in the fairly large queue with my goodies waiting to pay. I spotted Great History of Comic Books by Ron Goulart on the shelf with the books, above the comics. Looks interesting, I thought, and had a look through. 

After a few minutes it was my turn to be served, and so I reached up to put the book back. I watched as I caused a slow motion chain reaction of the entire row of books falling onto the floor. I was mortified. I walked over to the desk apologising over and over and just bought the Goulart book, almost as an apology. The staff did not provide the balm of “It’s okay.” A steely fury was present throughout the entire transaction.

I’ve never been able to visit the shop without thinking of that day. 

In recent years it’s been a discount outlet and I’ve picked up many bargains. 

I'm sad to hear it’s closing today.

Monday, May 09, 2022

THAT COMIC SMELL #100: Issue 100s

The latest episode is out now. A discussion on issue 100s!

Have a listen here.

From the website:

"[Episode 100 of That Comic Smell is dedicated to Ian Kennedy and Steven Walsh. Thank you, for everything]
First of all we want to give a MASSIVE thank you to Richter FM (AKA, Paddy Johnston of Good Comics) for composing this amazing track/new theme music. Please follow the links above and give the Hibiscus EP and the rest of Richter FMs music a listen and follow. Also a HUGE thank you to Chartsmasher (AKA, Joan Edam) for allowing us to use their track for so long.We hope you enjoy the new intro and outro. It’s nice to change things up a little but we’re not changing too much around here. It’s comics, comics, comics, as usual. Seeing as it’s episode 100 as well then why not issue #100s to celebrate.
There is also a little focus on how some titles seem to get published/publishers, a particular comic that Mike managed to get his hands on (De Cape et de Crocs by Alain Ayroles & Jean-Luc Masbou) and a certain ‘Krazy’ collection of Sunday strips that could double as a paving slab.
This and all the usual comics chat on…
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The Thing and Ben Grimm #100 (John Byrne, Ron Wilson)
2000AD and Starlord #100 (IPC)
Archie Madhouse #100 (Dexter Taylor, Stan Goldberg)
Star Wars Weekly #100 (Chris Claremont, Mike Vosburg, Steve Leialoha, John Costanza, Bob Sharen)
The Defenders #100 (J.M. DeMatteis, Don Perlin, Joe Sinnott, Sal Trapani, Jack Abel, Al Milgrom, Frank Giacoia)
Starblazer #100 (Various, Jesus Redondo)
Justice League of America #100 (Len Wien, Dick Dylan)
The Nutty #100 (DC Thomson)
Master of Kung Fu #100 (Doug Moench, Gene Day, Mike Zeck)
Dark Horse Presents #100 1&6 (Various Dark horse Contributors)
Iron Man #100 (Jim Starlin, George Tuska)
Showcase #100 (Joe Orlando, Joe Staton, Dick Giordano, Paul Levitz, Paul Kupperberg, Joe Staton)
The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk (Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, Gary Frank, José Ladrönn)
The Comics Journal #100
X-Men #100 (Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum)
Doctor Who Magazine #100
Conan #100 (Roy Thomas, Jon Buscema, Ernie Chan)
Eagle is 100 (Alan Grant, Ian Kennedy, John Wagner, John Burns, Alan Hebden, Jose Ortiz, Vanyo, Rex Archer, Manuel Carmona, Scott Goodall, Heinzl, Dave Follows, John Cooper, Fred Baker)
Marvel Age Special 100th Issue (Fred Hembeck, Tom DeFalco & various Marvel alumni)
Amazing Spider-Man #100 (Stan Lee, Gill Kane)
Marvel Team Up #100: Fantastic Four & Spider-Man (Frank Miller, Chris Claremont)
Cerebus #100 (Dave Sim)
The Simpsons #100 (Bill Morrison, Jason Ho, Nathan Kane)
The Beano 100 (DC Thomson)
The Walking Dead #100 (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard)
Penned Guin Strip 100 (Alan Henderson)
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THAT COMIC SMELL: Comics Chat/Reviews MK III

"In this episode the TCS crew conclude their review/comics chat from episodes 96 & 98. We dig a little more into the recent Europe Comics title sent to us and just have a good old fashioned, chin wag about what’s been wetting our appetites this time around.
Just as a warning, we didn’t catch that a bowl was slightly too close to the microphone so there may be a couple of loud points. Just to make you aware going in.
This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!"

Listen here.