Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 23: Glenrothes Con Swag

The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
After the Glenrothes comicon, we looked over our hauls in a restaurant.
Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the website:
"The great LL Cool J once said "Don't call it a come back!" and you you really shouldn't, we've only been away a couple of months.
We are back folks and we are back with a brand new plan of attack... Did we say attack? We meant Theme song. Yes, the incredible "Chartsmasher" AKA. @JoanEdam with his track "Dial Up" is the official theme of That Comic Smell Podcast and we could not be happier about it.
This is just a short episode to ease y'all back into the swing of things around here and we will be bi-weekly from there on out.
David, Mike and Tom all went to the magnificent Glenrothes Comic Con and afterwards took a trip to Edinburgh in search of some comics gold! During lunch the boys unveiled their swag from the day.
So join us on our dinner date after a full day of comics."

Sunday, July 08, 2018


Steve Ditko has died. A real comics legend. Great storyteller, imagination, and very individual and dynamic art style.

I looked through my Ditko comics yesterday to scan and post in tribute. Click images for larger views.

I'm not sure when I first saw his art. He was always around.

In the late 1970s a paperback book was released with the first six Hulk comics reprinted therein. Maybe that was the first thing for me:

(That's sellotape holding together this well thumbed copy).

There were many 1960s Marvel comics being reprinted in the UK and the US as the 1970s went into the 1980s, so I was exposed to both eras of work from Ditko.

Here's another Hulk story from the 1980 Hulk Annual:

The British Spider-Man Summer Special was a black and white reprint of the 1960s Sinister Six story. This remains a favourite of mine:

Also in the UK, Alan Class was reprinting 1950s work from Ditko. In Sinister Tales, I read Grulla:

A fascinating story was presented in Strange Tales, Dragon Lord:

Marvel US were also reprinting Ditko Spider-Man in their Marvel Tales series:

In 1984, Marvel UK started their Transformers comic. The back up story was Machine Man:

Ditko drew a good few Indiana Jones comics:

And was regular artist on Rom; comics based on a robot toy:

Here's Daredevil from 1986:

Ditko drew a new superhero comic for Marvel in 1988, Speedball:

The same year, a new number 1 issue of "What If?":

So as you can see, Ditko was still very much a current artist at Marvel.

In 1993, he did a one-off comic at Dark Horse, "The Safest Place":

It was the late 1980s before I started frequenting comic shops. The search for back issues was given a considerable boost by this. Here are some of the Ditko goodies I've picked up over the years.

Ditko's Doctor Strange is wonderful:

Destructor from Atlas Comics, 1975:

Not often you see Ditko draw Batman. Here he is in Man-Bat, 1975:

I liked the Micronauts comics by Michael Golden, and the annuals drawn by Ditko were a nice variation on the characters:

Charlton were good about aiming their comics at fans. They'd label them, "All Ditko Art" on the covers. This is from "Giant from the Unknown" in Monster Hunters, 1978:

Another landmark character from Ditko was The Question. This is from a 2000 reprint edition:

The Missing Man, from Pacific Presents, 1982:

A Black Lightning solo story from The Outsiders, 1986:

Static, from Eclipse Monthly, 1983:

An older one from 1967. Captain Atom:

The Ditko comic I bought most recently was last month. An issue of Jack Kirby's Secret City Saga from 1993:

I saw the news of his death Friday night as it was first announced, and involuntarily let out an audible "no".
It was the Hollywood Reporter article ("published 2 minutes ago"). I went to his wiki page to see his birth date listed as if he was still with us.
Refreshed a minute or two later and there was his date of passing added. Gone.

R.I.P. Steve Ditko.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018


Beginning today on the blog - Bell Time!

I'll be posting a new page each Saturday.

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Monday, June 25, 2018


Here's my latest comic strip on the Tay Bridge disaster.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018


I've written a new comic for Francesca Mancuso, that she's now posted online at her website, Dreams Addict.

Have a look here.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Inkthology - the Ink Pot Studios anthology - was launched this week at Dundee Comics Creative Space.

There were DeeCAP performances from Damon Herd, Norrie Millar, and Andrew Strachan.

I read my story from the anthology, "Ink Drive":

After the performances, Olivia Hicks moderated a discussion on anthologies with Letty Wilson, myself, and Catriona Laird.
I talked about Lewis Trondheim's "Boomerang", from Fantagraphics' Measles anthology, and about my own experiences working for anthologies.

Photo by Damon Herd.

An enjoyable launch event for the anthology comic.

Saturday, June 09, 2018


A new anthology is out now from the comics creators at The Ink Pot studio, Dundee.

It's edited by Norrie Millar and Damon Herd, and features all new work from Kathryn Briggs, Zu Dominiak, Andy Herd, Rebecca Horner, Catriona Laird, Ashling Larkin, Seumidh MacDonald, Monty Nero, Helen Robinson, Andrew Strachan, Gary Welsh, Letty Wilson, and Norrie himself.

I did a story too, called Ink Drive.

A really nice collection!

Friday, May 04, 2018


My fourteenth Tay Bridge disaster strip is now online over at the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

Have a look here.

Friday, April 27, 2018


ComicsFlix runs a fun article called My Perfect Comic wherein participants put together a fantasy roster of great comics.

I had a go and it is now online here.

Thanks to Tony Foster and all at ComicsFlix!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 22: Treehouse Special

The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
This one opens with an anecdote concerning Yak Face.
Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.
From the website:
"*Music: Chartsmasher - Dial Up*
Welcome to a very special episode of That Comic Smell podcast in which we have the extra special creators of Treehouse Comics ( in TCSPod HQ!
Stuart and Neil very kindly dropped by to talk all things comics with David, Mike, Tom and Nando. They gave us a little insight into how they got started, their creative process, what they think about comics, cons and so much more.
We had Nando coming through to ask questions via. Skype. (Warning: Rather Loud)
It's veritable Treehouse bonanza as Mike and David are both heavy contributors to the Treehouse anthologies also and give their point of view on what it's like to put forward their pieces to the collective and how they find that experience overall.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the newest sunshine (Weather not guaranteed) on the only podcast to be coming to you from an actual Treehouse (Location not guaranteed)
That Comic Smell
P.S. You can vote for us at the British Podcast awards for the listeners choice award here..."

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


My thirteenth Tay Bridge disaster strip is now online over at the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

Have a look here.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.
From the website:
"Welcome! to a brand new episode of That Comic Smell. You're gonna LOVE this one... I'm sorry.
In this episode the folks here dive head first into the real heart of comics. They discuss different kinds of love in comics, what some of their favourite picks are with love as a theme and even some in the title and really pump through some amazing books (ok, the puns are done. Hand on heart, I promise)
We then wrap things up by having a little talk on some books we were very kindly sent by Centrala publishing. Have a little listen and pick out a good one to grab for yourself
All of this and much much more on the only podcast that comes to you in 4D!! (Not guaranteed to actually come in 4D)
That Comic Smell!!
Here are the titles we discussed:
Le Scorpion (Stephen Desberg, Enrico Marini)
Raptors (Jean Dufaux, Enrico Marini)
The Far Side (Gary Larson)
Modern Slorance [Torts and Tinder] (Neil Slorance)
Blue is the Warmest Colour (Julie Maroh)
Love & Rockets (Los Bros Hernandez)
The Sculptor (Scott McCloud)
The Story of Sex [From Apes to Robots] (Laetitia Coryn, Philippe Brenot)
Ethel & Ernest (Raymond Briggs)
The Lovely Horrible Stuff (Eddie Campbell)
Weird Love (Various)
Boy in my Pocket [Billy Dogma] (Dean Haspiel)
X-men [Scott and Jean] (John Byrne)
Spider-man Annual
Drawn Together (Aline & R.Crumb)
Batman [Mad Love] (Paul Dini, Bruce Timm)
Samurai Executioner (Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima)
Silver Surfer [Rebirth of Thanos] (Jim Starlin)
Slaine [The King] (Pat Mills, Glenn Fabry)
The Mighty Thor (Walt Simonson)
Hellblazer (Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette)
Liberty Meadows (Frank Cho)
Blankets (Craig Thompson)
Saga (Brian K Vaughan)
Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Moscow (Øystein Runde, Ida Neverdahl)
Erik the Red (Søren Mosdal)
Comics Cookbook (Various)
Staring from the Hill (Norbert Rybarczyk)
Chernobyl [The Zone] (Francisco Sánchez, Natacha Bustos)
Forest Beekeeper and the Treasure of Pushcha (Tomasz Samojlik)
The Awesome Comics Anthology Volume 1 (Vince Hunt, Dan Butcher, Tony Esmond, Daniel Marchant, Nick Prolix)
Comichaus [App] ("

Saturday, March 24, 2018


I recently completed my weekly blog project, "I Stand with the Hoojibs", which collects individual panels from the Star Wars comics published by Marvel between 1977 and 1986. 

The creative teams and years are tagged, and so these serve as an index.

It was a fun undertaking. I have another series in mind to do the same thing with later.

Monday, February 26, 2018


Cover by Craig Murray White.

The latest Treehouse comic is out now! New work from Jon Adam, Thomas Heitler, David Peter Kerr, Neil Scott, and Mike Sedakat.

I have three stories in there. Some excerpts:

The launch event was held at Forbidden Planet in Edinburgh, featuring Jon Adam, Neil Scott, Mike Sedakat and myself. It was a triple-header with Treehouse 12, Jon's Terror from the Other Side, and Wow! Retracted.

Friday, February 23, 2018


My twelfth Tay Bridge disaster strip is now online over at the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

I liked the graphic look of these trains all lined up, but halfway through drawing the second one, I wanted everything to end.

Have a look here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 20: Christmas Swag (Best of 2017)

The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.
From the website:
"After some technical issues we are back online for 2018!
Hello folks and welcome to That Comic Smell Podcast Episode 20!! Can you believe that we have 20 in the bag so far?
In this episode the folks here discuss what they got for crimbo, making our way around the table and unveiling what was hiding in Santa's sack for us all.
In doing so however, we also discover what our best picks were for 2017, what we managed to get a hold of and what we thought ticked off that top spot for 2017.
So sit back, relax and pull up a chair.
Listen to the only podcast that ages like a fine wine... or a Tesco £3.99 deal, whatever you fancy.
That Comic Smell!
Here is a list of the titles we spoke about:
Grandville Vol. 5 (Bryan Talbot)
Lucy and Andy Neanderthals (Jeffery Brown)
We told you so comics as art (Story of Fantagraphics)
Wow! Retracted (David Robertson)
Spitting image komic (Various)
Etrigan the demon (Jack Kirby)
Mister miracle (Jack Kirby)
How comics work (Dave Gibbons, Tim Pilcher)
Valerian (Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières)
Seven to eternity (Jerome Opeña and Rick Remender)
2000ad graphic novel collection (Various)
Fax from sarajevo (Joe Kubert)
Portugal (Cyril Pedrosa)
Wired up wrong (Rachael Smith)
Our super American adventure (Sarah Graley)
Trashed (Derf Backderf)
World of madina
Iznogoud (René Goscinny, Jean Tabary)
The coming of galactus (Jack Kirby, Stan Lee)
Dilbert (Scott Adams)
Providence (Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows)
Untitled apes epic adventure (Steven Tillotson)
Shaolin cowboy (Geof Darrow)
Baking with Kafka (Tom Gauld)
Avery Hill (Publisher)
Good Comics (Publisher)
Micronauts (Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden)
FIRE!! (Peter Bagge)"

Tuesday, February 06, 2018