Wednesday, June 07, 2017

BERSERKOTRON in XEROGRAPHY DEBT #41


The collected Berserkotron is reviewed in the latest issue of Xerography Debt.

Copies with this striking (Grace Jones inspired?) cover are available now here.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

THAT COMIC SMELL - TIMES THREE!


Three new episodes of the podcast are now available online!
The topics are:


VERTIGO

From the website:
"This time around the folks here at That Comic Smell are joined by a special guest, Allan Lowson! www.amazon.com/Allan-Lowson/e/B00J9CXP16
Allan is best known for his work “Tinker Tales” in motorbike magazine “BSH (Back Street Heroes)” and we were lucky enough to have him join us for a couple of sessions, with this being the first.
We delve into the dark, funny and incredible world of “Vertigo Publishing”
The folks here discuss it’s inception, some of the beloved titles that have came from the imprint and tell of some of their favourites and firsts.
All of this and more on the podcast that just loves Karen Berger. It’s true.
[These are some of the titles we discuss]
Black Orchid (Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean)
Hellblazer (Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon)
Fables (Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Mark BuckinghamSteve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton)
Flex Mentallo (Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely)
V for Vendetta (Alan Moore, David Lloyd)
Top 10 (Alan Moore, Gene Ha)
Preacher (Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon)
Shade the Changing Man (Peter Milligan, Chris Bachalo)
We3 (Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely)
Sandman (Neil Gaiman, Various Artists)
Tansmetropolitan (Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson)
Jack of Fables (Bill Willingham, Lilah Sturges, Tony Akins, Andrey Pepoy)
The Exterminators (Simon Oliver, Tony Moore)
The Invisibles (Grant Morrison, Various Aritsts)
Federal Bureau of Physics (Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez)
Greek Street (Peter Milligan, Davide Gianfelice)
DMZ (Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli)
Saga of the Swamp Thing (Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette)
Northlanders (Brian Wood, Various Aritsts)
The Books of Magic (Neil Gaiman, Various Artists)
iZombie (Chris Roberson, Michael Allred)
Kid Eternity (Ann Nocenti, Sean Phillips)
Outlaw Nation (Jamie Delano, Goran Sudzuka)
Sheriff of Babylon (Tom King, Mitch Gerads)
Sandman Mystery Theatre (Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle, Guy Davis)
American Vampire (Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque)
Ministry of Space (Warren Ellis, Chris Weston)
Lobo (Alan Grant, Simon Bisley)"



From the website:
"This time around the folks here take some time to talk about a specific book. We explore the epic world of our favourite Justice Leaguers in Justice League International Vol.1
We go through the first volume from cover to cover (Almost) and talk about some of our best bits, least favourable bits and answer the main question… Did we all enjoy it?
All that and more on the only podcast that has the biggest affinity for Martian Manhunter. That Comic Smell!
[Some of the other titles we discuss]
Formerly known as the Justice League aka. Super Buddies (Keith Giffen, J.M.DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, Joe Rubinstein)
Godzilla Oblivion (Joshua Fialkov, Brian Churilla)
Black Science (Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera)
Batman & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Freddie Williams, James Tynion)
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)
Sandman (Niel Gaiman, Various Artists)
Valerian and Laureline (Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières)
Treehouse (Various Creators & Artists)"


COMICS WITH MEANING

From the website:
"Your ears are being invited to join us in discussing “What makes a Comic meaningful?”
The folks here let us know what comics mean to them and what they define or don’t define as a “Meaningful Comic”
So pull up a chair. Grab a cuppa. Grab a biscuit or a slice of cake. Hell, grab an alcoholic beverage if that’s where you are right now and become the extra member at the kitchen table for another rousing episode of the only podcast to be due some commission from Paco Roca. That Comic Smell!
[Some of the titles we discuss]
The Sketchbook Diaries (James Kochalka)
Wrinkles (Paco Roca)
Death of Superman (Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway)
Battle Angel: Alita (Yukito Kishiro)
Thanos: Redemption (Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Chris Ware)
Next Wave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen)
La Muerte De Guernica (Paul Preston, José Pablo García)
Chronology of ALL Star Wars Comics (David Mas)
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)
RASL (Jeff Smith)
David Boring (Daniel Clowes)
An Asterix Adventure: The Mansions of the Gods (Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo)
Justice Riders (Chuck Dixon, JH Williams III, Mick Gray)
Justice League of America: The Tornado's Path (Brad Meltzer, Ed Benes)
Strong Female Protagonist (Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag)"

Friday, May 19, 2017

UOD 50 YEAR MURAL

The University of Dundee is celebrating its 50 year anniversary. To mark the occasion Dundee Comics Creative Space and Ink Pot artists Elliot Balson, Anna Coughlan, Damon Herd, Rebecca Horner, Catriona Laird, Norrie Millar, Andy Strachan and myself designed a mural running across part of the campus floor.

The mural is split into sections, each highlighting important events from down the decades. The artists chose topics to work on. I picked keyhole surgery which was pioneered at the university in 1998.

We were given 2 colours to use (3 if the grey of the slabs was included). Our designs were to be turned into stencils.

Here's the design I did and sent to the team:


The design as it appears on the walkway:


The designs all in a row on the path:



A very interesting process!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

TREEHOUSE #11

Cover by David Peter Kerr.

The latest Treehouse comic is out now! New work from Jon Adam, Miguel Black, Kathryn Briggs, Asuna Ikeshima, David Peter Kerr, Ross Purdie, Neil Scott and Surian Soosay.

I have three stories in there. Some excerpts:

In Concert
I Live with a Killer 3

The launch event included a recording of the latest Treehouse podcast in front of a live audience, featuring hosts Neil Scott and Stuart McAdam with guests David Lumsden and Paul Jon Milne. They discussed their own comics Boat and Guts Power, and also Wolverine and The Crow. It was a fun discussion, so look out for the podcast when it goes online.

Friday, March 31, 2017

REWORKING WALTER SCOTT

Cover by Helen Robinson.
Today was the launch of Reworking Walter Scott, as part of an event at the University of Dundee.

It includes comics from Monica Burns, Damon Herd, Rebecca Horner, Norrie Millar, and Helen Robinson. There is art from Elliot Balson, Catriona Laird, Ashling Larkin and Andrew Strachan. There are also essays from Lucy Linforth and Chris Murray.

It's a nice package, and I am glad to be in there too with a four page comic called "Patriotism".


It was nice to see a page of mine blown up to poster size.

As a preview of the comic, here are the other images that decorated the room.

Elliott Balson, Norrie Millar/Rebecca Horner, Ashling Larkin.
Monica Burns.
Damon Herd.
Catriona Laird.
Helen Robinson
Andrew Strachan.

Reworking Walter Scott was produced by Ink Pot Studio and published by UniVerse Comics.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BERSERKOTRON at BLACKGUARD


Stratu has written on my comic Berserkotron over at the Blackguard website.

Have a read here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DUNDEE SHMUNDEE! #7

My seventh Dundee Shmundee! strip is now online over at the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

Have a look here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

COVERS ALBUM

I was delighted to take part in the Covers Album series over at Broken Frontier.

Have a read here. As well as the three artists listed above, there is also a classic Kirby cover!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

COMICS PRODUCTION COURSE: Comichaus project


I recently did a project to design a poster as part of the Comics and Graphic Novels MLitt course at Dundee Uni.

Click here for an account of the process.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

DUNDEE SHMUNDEE! 6

My sixth Dundee Shmundee! strip is now online over at the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

Have a look here.

Friday, February 24, 2017

THAT COMIC SMELL 8: Science


She blinded me with science comics!
The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
Have a listen at Soundcloud here and YouTube here.

From the website:

" It’s alive… It’s Alive… IT’S ALIVE!
It’s That Comic Smell Podcast and the folks here are grabbing their test tubes, firing up the Bunsen burner and concocting a brand new episode. Episode 8 covers that topic of SCIENCE.
The guys have a chat on whether it was easy or not to define between science or Sci-fi. Mike blows us away with his sheer volume of books. Also we tip it all off with some news on what’s been happening over the past month. 
All of this and more on the only podcast to discuss “Who would really win in a fight? Dinosaurs or Aliens?”
Enjoy.
[These are some of the titles we discuss]
Thanos Rising (Jason Aaron, Simone Bianchi)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill)
Dinosaurs vs Aliens (Grant Morrison, Mukesh Singh)
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage (Sydney Padua)
Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Transformers: Best of Starscream (Various)
Farside Collection: Unatural Selections (Gary Larson)
Science Comics: Dinosaurs (M.K.Reed, Joe Flood)
Alita: Battle Angel (Yukito Kishiro)
Dr. Slump (Akira Toriyama)
Tinkle: Where Learning Meets Fun [No. 187] (Various)
Bomb Queen: Gang Bang (Jimmie Robinson)
Aliens: Hive (Jerry Prosser, Kelley Jones)
Batman, Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham (Simon Bisley, Alan Grant)
Spider-man: Origin of the Hobgoblin (Bill Mantlo, Roger Stern, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, John Romita JR., Marie Severin)
Art of Gundam Wing (Shuko Murase)
Frontiers of Science (Professor Stuart Butler, Robert Raymond, Andrea Bresciani)
Spineless (http://newcastlesciencecomic.blogspot...)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip.K.Dick, Tony Parker)
The Zoohunters (Peter Steigerwald)
Logicomix (Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, Annie Di Donna)
Top 10 (Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Zander Cannon)
Valérian (Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières)"

Thursday, February 23, 2017

STAR JAWS #15

The new issue of Star Jaws is out now. 
I've a story in there called "The Making of Space Film Episode 7". A wee preview:


Star Jaws also includes stories and art by Robin Barnard, Martin Hand and Andy Smith and is available from better comic shops! 
It's an intriguing and fun comic. More info on Star Jaws can be found here.

Friday, February 10, 2017

TWO COMIC READINGS!

As part of an event which was the launch of both the H.G. Wells anthology comic and the newly rebranded Ink Pot studio, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony and a certificates presentation before a series of comics performances from Damon Herd's DeeCAP began. This included performances from Kathryn Briggs, Andy Herd, Stuart McAdam, Norrie Millar, Damon himself, and me.

I did two readings. The first was a story I wrote and drew previously - "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: an Introduction", and the second - "George vs Herbert", was done specifically for "Time & Space".

Here they are:



Many thanks to Tom Stewart of That Comic Smell podcast, who filmed these!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

TIME & SPACE

Cover by Norrie Millar.
This new anthology comic is based on and inspired by the works of H.G. Wells.

It features work by Adam Clark, Madeline Gangnes, Rebecca Horner, Molly-May Lockhart, Colin Maxwell, Norrie Millar, Chris Murray, Michael Philp, Helen Robinson and Andrew Strachan.

I am in there too, with a new story. Here is a preview:


Friday, February 03, 2017

HOURLY COMIC DAY 2017

Wednesday was Hourly Comic Day, where the challenge is to make a comic for every hour you're awake. This can take any format you choose.

I decided to do a three panel strip for each hour. It's a good discipline,boiling down an idea into this format.

Here are my strips then, covering 7am - 10pm. Click for larger versions. I hope you enjoy them!





Wednesday, February 01, 2017

THAT COMIC SMELL 7: Politics


The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
Have a listen at Soundcloud here and YouTube here.
From the website:
 
" WELCOME… to the WORLD OF TOMORROW!!
Yes folk, it is 2017 and we are here with a brand new pod for everyone to sink their ears into.
To start off this year with a rousing yet, at times, controversial bang we are talking politics. The folks here cottoned on to our news worthy last year and start to this year and thought they would ride the wave/contribute by talking about comics that are politically based or have a certain political theme/satire about them.
We also discuss what we got, picked up or interested us over the holiday season. We then sneak in a few news talking points at the end.
Join us. Pull up a chair. Become the 6th member at the table of discussion from here in the kitchen. Most importantly, enjoy episode number 7 of “That Comic Smell”

Here are some of the titles discussed on this months pod:

V for Vendetta (Alan Moore, David Lloyd)
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
Che: A Graphic Biography (Spain Rodriguez)
Castro (Reinhard Kleist)
Ex Machina (Brian K Vaughan, Tony Harris)
Green Lantern/Green Arrow: Hard Traveling Heroes (Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams)
Civil War (Mark Millar, Steve McNiven)
Superman: Red Son (Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett)
Siege (Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel)
DMZ (Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli)
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (Chris Claremont, Brent Anderson)
Give Me Liberty (Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons)
Suicide Sqaud: Trial by Fire (John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell)
King (Ho Che Anderson)
Hallblazer (Jamie Delano, John Ridgway)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill)
Private Eye: A Cartoon History (Nick Newman)
Malcom X for Beginners (Bernard Aquina Doctor)
Iznogoud and the Women (René Goscinny, Jean Tabary)
Batman: Earth One (Geoff Johns, Gary Frank)
Charley's War (Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun)
March (John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell)
Transmetropolitan (Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson)
Star Wars: Marvel
Maus (Art Spiegelman)
Palestine (Joe Sacco)
Bumf: Vol.1 (Joe Sacco)
Munch (Steffen Kverneland)
Godzilla
The Wes Anderson Collection
The Story of Sex: Form Apes to Robots (Philippe Brenot, Laetitia Coryn)
Wrinkles (Paco Roca)
Love & Rockets: Beyond Palomar (Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez)"

Saturday, January 28, 2017

COMICS PRODUCTION COURSE

This semester on the Comics MLitt course, I've started on a "Comics Production" module.


The first class concerned logo design. Logo design utilising Adobe Illustrator, which I have no clue how to use! A new challenge.

Have a look at the latest blog post on this here.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

COPY THIS #35


I have a cartoon in the new issue of Copy This! - #35.

It’s the latest "All Art!" issue, featuring Charles Brubaker, Matt Feazell and many other cartoonists. The cover above is by Michael Kraiger.

Copy This! is available from D.Blake Werts for $2 each in the US, $3 in the UK. Contact him at bwerts@vnet.net for details.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DUNDEE SHMUNDEE! 5

My fifth Dundee Shmundee! strip is now online over at the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

Have a look here.

Friday, January 13, 2017

NANDO: cover


Here is the wraparound cover for Nando. I really enjoyed doing this comic.

Thanks to everyone who's been following along and for those who haven't, you can see the whole project here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

NANDO: Page 12 and page 1

With page 12 going up, the story is now finished. I've also coloured the first page.

Have a look here.

I'll be doing a cover too. Look for that tomorrow.

Monday, January 09, 2017

NANDO: Page 9 pencils and inks


I'm getting back to work on my 12 page story Nando.

This week I'll complete and upload the remaining 4 pages, then add some acrylics to pages 1 and 12.

Page 9 is up at the blog here.