Saturday, September 18, 2021

DUI - Drawn Under the Influence

DUI - Drawn Under the Influence is out now. It's an Awesome Comics Podcast community anthology.

It features the talents of Kevin Couling, Clifford Cumber, Pete Doree, Damian Edwardson, Helena Edwardson, Tony Esmond, Jordi Perez Estevez, Martin Feekins, Forpe, Jason Garrattley, Sarah Harris, Alan Henderson, Garry Hill, Dave Hingley, Gareth A. Hopkins, Neil Johnson, Rob Jones, JWC, David Livens, Alan Purdie, Ken Reynolds, Matt Simmons, Zeke Simmons, and Joseph Simons.

I've written a couple of stories for it, too. “Syd Cleans Up” is drawn by Andy Hanks, and “Journey to Vilcabamba” is drawn by Susie Gander.

Here are a couple of previews:

The comic is available now here.

Saturday, September 04, 2021


I discussed Spleenal by Nigel Auchterlounie with Tony Esmond on his podcast. A bit of a British comics classic, in my opinion.

Have a listen here.

Monday, August 30, 2021


Damon Herd's new comic, "Whatever Happened to Ticking Boy" is out now. A collection of stories written and drawn by Damon.

I am in there too as a guest, with a story I wrote and drew called, "Ticking Boy Meets Fred Egg Uptown". Here's an excerpt:

More info on the comic can be found at Damon's blog here.

Friday, August 13, 2021


The Tay Bridge Disaster Comic is now available to read on Comichaus - The Netflix for Comics.

Have a look here.

Monday, August 09, 2021

THAT COMIC SMELL: 5 Year Anniversary (General Comics Catch Up)

The latest episode is online now.

We use five years of the podcast to meet up (in person!) and discuss comics we've been excited about lately,

From the website:

"Five Years later…
We are still here. This episode is just a general comics chat and catch up but we celebrate our 5 year anniversary and what a time it’s been. We have made so many friends, talked about incredible topics, had a laugh, chatted to amazing creators, had interviews with heroes, went to cons, made a comics together, just generally enjoyed ourselves and so much more.
We will never be even able to begin to thank you all for sticking with us and listening this whole time. It’s been an absolute pleasure and we will keep putting them out as long as it keeps being as fun as it’s been.
If this is your first one then welcome! We have 5 years worth of a back catalogue to catch up on and thanks for joining us now.
We really hope you enjoy this, as much as we enjoy making it.
(P.S. That’s us now on our way to another big moment as well. We’re on the road to 100!)
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Pogo (Walt Kelly)
Taxi (Alfonso Font)
Rohner (Alfonso Font)
Houdini: The Handcuff King (Jason Lutes, Nick Bertozzi)
Battle of Britain (Ian Kennedy)
Monsters (Barry Windsor Smith)
Habibi (Craig Thomson)
Terror From The Other Side (Joan Edam)
Blacksad (Juan Díaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido)
Frank Miller (Jose Joaquín Rodriguez)
Contrapaso (Teresa Valero)
El Eternauta (Hector G Oesterheld, Francisco Solano López)
Albert Oehlen vs History (Griffo, Wendy Gondeln)
Battlestar Galactica (Battleship Galacticon) (Various Marvel)
Crash Site (Nathan Cowdry)
Sea-Diver Vol.1 (Nathan Cowdry)
Bubbles Fanzine
Baron Bean (George Herriman)
George Mayhem (Tony Esmond, Darrel Forpe)
Hobo Mum (Charles Forsman, Max De Radigués)
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & Trues Stories (Edited by Ivan Bunetti)
Perfect Example (John Porcellino)
It's a Good Life if you Don't Weaken (Seth)
Love and Rockets Companion (Marc Sobel, Kirsty Valenti)
The Junction (Norm Konyu)
My Hot Date (Noah Van Sciver)
Blammo 1-5 (Noah Van Sciver)
Justice League Tornado's Path (Ed Benes, Brad Meltzer)
Justice League Identity Crisis (Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales)
Sonata (David Hine, Brian Haberlin)
TMNT: The Last Ronin (Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz)
Detective Comics (Mariko Tamaki, Victor Bogdanovic)"

Sunday, July 25, 2021


When Batman: The Killing Joke came out in 1988, it was unusual for a prestige format DC comic in that it had distribution right away in venues other than comic stores.

I remember seeing it on sale in Virgin Records (alongside newly released Duran Duran live video "Working for the Skin Trade").

My first thought was "Oh, that Batman comic has the name of the band".

This has always been part of the comic for me, and I presume for most people who know of the band. 

I listen to them every so often, and this time around I got to thinking that many years and decades have gone by now, and maybe some comic readers don't know of the band?

They're bloody good, and have recorded some great songs!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

THAT COMIC SMELL: Justice League International Volume 5

The new episode is online now. A return to discussing Justice League International.

From the website:

"Guess who’s back with a brand new plan of attack?!
Yes! The TCS crew are all back together in the same space. We got a really nice day weather wise so took the chance to sit outside and catch up with our favourite DC superhero squad. We are back chatting about the Justice League! In this JLI Vol.5 conversation we sift through the next collected volume whilst also admiring the single issues we each have, from different parts of the world as well. We compare the printing, colouring, different editorials/collections over the decades and of course (most importantly) the smell.
It was so great to sit down and just have the band back together chatting comics again.

We really hope you enjoy, as much as we do…

That Comic Smell!

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Monday, June 14, 2021


Modern Fairytales is the latest edition of the Big Brown Eyes anthology edited by the Lambert sisters.

It features Freya Lambert, Jon Halls, Ken Best, Linda Vuorenvirta, Michael Powell, James Patricks, Emily Dixon, Nadev Rosenbloom, Joe Latham, Ross Billingham, and Karis Viola Lambert.

And I have a comic in there called, "Love in Lockdown". Here's a wee preview:

For more information, click here.

Sunday, June 06, 2021

NEVER IRON ANYTHING: Power Man and Iron Fist #68

I discussed issue 68 of Power Man and Iron Fist by Mary Jo Duffy and Kerry Gammill with Tony Esmond on his podcast. A fun comic I hadn't read before!

Have a listen here.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

THAT COMIC SMELL: Captain America

The new episode is online now.

From the website:

"This time we tackle a very special 80th anniversary of a Joe Simon and Jack ‘The King’ Kirby creation. Yes! It’s CAPTAIN AMERICA!!
We dive into our recollections, past issues, what we still have, what we thought of them and the character and so much more.
We also answer those burning questions that listeners had for us on social media before we started recording.
This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!

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Captain America #414 (Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins)
Avengers Unconquered (Brian Michael Bendis, Alan Davis)
Avengers Unconquered #7 [Civil War] (Mark Millar, Steven McNiven)
Mighty World Of Marvel #80 (Fabian Nicieza, Tom Grummett)
Marvel Legends #31&32 [Civil War aftermath] (Christos N. Gage, Jeremy Haun)
Captain America & Falcon #213 (Jack Kirby)
Captain America #200 (Jack Kirby)
Captain America Weekly (John Byrne)
Captain America #305 (Mike Carlin, Paul Neary)
Daredevil #233 (Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli)
Truth: Red, White and Black (Kyle Baker, Robert Morales)
Justice League America #47 (Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis)
Fighting American (Joe Simon, Jack Kirby)
Captain America #110&111&113 (Jim Steranko, Stan Lee)
Captain America and The Falcon (Jack Kirby)
Captain America #247-255 (Roger Stern, John Byrne)
Captain America #274 (J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck)
Captain America #286 (J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck)
Captain America Annual #8 (J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck)
Captain America #1 - 21 (Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Steve Epting, Mike Perkins)
Marvel Vault
Secret Wars"