Friday, August 31, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 27: Top 3 Creators

The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online. A discussion on some of our favourite comics creators.

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From the web:
Is exactly what we did to our guest on episode 27 of That Comic Smell.
We were joined by the oh so amazing Olivia Hicks! (2000AD writer, Betty & Veronica and Cloak & Dagger Lover)
We all bring our own top 3 creators to the table and one by one present them and discuss some of the works that really made us decide that they were the ones for us.
There is also many a usual wild tangent and what we have currently been reading.
All that and so much more on the only podcast that can be understood by household pets and various wild birds.
That Comic Smell!
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Here are some of the titles mentioned:
John Byrne - Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-men
Moebius - Lt Blueberry, The Incal, Silver Surfer
Paco Roca - Wrinkles, El Invierno del disbujante, Los Sucos del azar
Sam Henderson - Magic Whistle, Humour can be funny
Mary Fleener - Life of the Party, Slut Burger
Al Williamson - Star Wars
Akira Toriyama - Dragon Ball, Dr Slump
Bill Finger - Batman
Walter Simonson - Thor
Kate Beaton - Hark a Vagrant
Katie Skelly - My Pretty Vampire
Kathleen Jacques - Band vs Band
Sergio Aragonés - Groo the Wanderer, M.A.D, Bogie Man
Bryan Talbot - The Tale of one Bad Rat, Grandville
Darick Robinson - (w/Warren Ellis) Transmetropolitan (w/Garth Ennis) The Boys
Derf - Trashed, My Friend Dahmer, The City
Daniel Clowes - David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson
Bill Watterson - Calvin & Hobbes
Some Honourable Mentions:
Tony Millionare - Maakies
Todd McFarlane - Spider-man/Venom
Garth Ennis - Preacher
Kate Leth - Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat
David Robertson - Dump I, II & III, Zero Sum Bubblegum, Wow! Retracted, Berserkotron"

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Here's my latest comic strip on the Tay Bridge disaster.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 26: British Comics

The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"AY UP! It's only ruddy bloody British Comics... INIT?!
Hello folks and welcome to another episode of the only podcast to come to you through the far reaches of time and space. That Comic Smell!
This time the folks here are talking Britannia. We delve into the world of British comics and talk about some of our very own shining examples of what we have collected from this side of the pond over the years. You'll notice that one of us truly out shines the rest.
Then it's on to the usual recommendations, what we've been reading and so much more.
So get that kettle boiled, grab a fresh packet of hob nobs and join us at the table for some comics time!!
Here are some of the titles we discuss:
Shuggie & Duggie
Whizzer & Chips
Roy of the Rovers
Tiger & Scorcher
Scream (All Various Artists, writers and publishers although surprisingly a lot of DC Thomson)
D.R. & Quinch (Alan Moore, Alan Davis)
Classwar (Rob Williams, Trevor Hairsine, Travel Foreman)
Batman & Judge Dredd (Various 2000AD but mainly, Alan Grant, John Wagner, Simona Bisley, Todd Klein)
Some Comics by Stephen Collins (Stephen Collins)
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil (Stephen Collins)
Various Small Press Comics (Treehouse, Sol, The Works of Our Very own David Robertson, Video Games For Good, Left, Hot Schitt, Awesome Comics, Wired up Wrong, The Devil in Disguise, DTH RTL, FLD, Space Captain, The Never Ever After and much much more)
Jack Falls
Terror from the Other Side (Joan Edam {Jon Adam})
Saltire (John Ferguson)
Suffragette (Mary M Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, Bryan Talbot)
Shako (John Wagner, Pat Mills, Ramon Sola)
Young Death (John Wagner, Peter Doherty)
Sláine (Pat Mills, Angela Kincaid)
Robo-Hunter (John Wagner, Ian Gibson)
Grandville (Bryan Talbot)
Spleenal (Nigel Auchterlounie)
Little Star (Andi Watson)
Alec - How to be an Artist (Eddie Campbell)
Monster Fun"

Sunday, August 12, 2018


This new book covers the cultural impact the first three Star Wars films had on the UK. The author was a young kid living through it.

Many aspects of the merchandise available are covered in depth - toys, records, books, etc. All lovingly covered in detail.

The comics are discussed too. The Marvel UK series, and the newspaper strips by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, as published in The Sunday Express Magazine.

I was pleased to see I am quoted regarding the latter, talking enthusiastically about the cuttings I took from these.

I've still got them. A really nice wee collection...

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sunday, August 05, 2018


Here's my latest comic strip on the Tay Bridge disaster.

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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Friday, August 03, 2018

THAT COMIC SMELL 25: New Comics Chat

The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.

Have a listen at iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.

From the web:
"WOOHOO! We are two years old, TODAY!!!
Yes, just 2 short years ago we decided to start recording our comics chit chatter and haven't looked back since. It's been such a great 2 years as well, from being approached by publishers and creators to review their work to making a tremendous amount of comics friends. All by way of this little podcast as well. We want to thank each and everyone of you for supporting us this past 2 years and we look forward to many more.
To celebrate, we have this brand new episode in which the folks here discuss some of the books we received and/or bought recently. There is also a little added part by Tom where he goes through even more recent titles since the podcast was originally recorded. With titles from people such has Avery Hill, Good Comics, Lucy Sullivan, ComixTribe, Matt Garvey, Awesome Comics, Little Heroes and so much more.
So sit back, relax and raise a glass to That Comic Smell Podcast... the little nipper is growing up so fast! *sniff*"