Saturday, November 30, 2019


The new issue from Barnstormer Comics is out now, featuring work from Robin Barnard and Martin Hand.

They've also began running my Blade Runner tribute comic, "Los Angeles, November 2019."

More information on Barnstormer Comics can be found here.

Sunday, November 24, 2019


The latest episode is now online.

Documenting our trip to Thought Bubble!

From the web:

Welcome to this very special episode of TCSPod in which our heroes, David, Mike and Tom, take a trip to Harrogate to visit the 2019 Thought Bubble Comic Festival. We document from when we arrive to just before we leave. There is some sleep deprivation, some purchases talk, some creator interviews with the likes of Olivia Hicks (@missoliviahicks) Charles H Raymond (@not_so_tiny) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) & Vince Hunt (@jesterdiablo) , what our accommodation is like, how we were setting up, what went wrong over the weekend and so much more. CAUTION! Must be given though as we record bit at the festival and at a pub after when we got food, so there is A LOT of background noise at points. You have been warned.
This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to survive on coffee and a wish for the best part of 3 days…
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Cover by Julie Campbell.

A new comic is out from Universe Publications. It features work from Mark Brown, Julie Campbell, Mark Cruncher, Tori Hage, Damon Herd, Olivia Hicks, Garry Mac, Harper McBride, C. McClue, Hannah McGann, Metaphrog, Chris Murray, Jenna Roberts, and Vicky Stonebridge.

I have a comic in there, too. Here's a wee preview:

More detail on the launch event for the comic can be found here.

Monday, November 18, 2019


Bell Time is available now at the Fred Egg Comics shop here.

A kind of body swap / time travel tale written and drawn by me. Also, one page school tales from my family.

"This book is absolutely as fun as it sounds and manages to cross all those great school comics and tv series we remember with the world of time travel. David has a simple and iconically British style and he understands how a comic should flow.
Highly recommended."
Tony Esmond, Never Iron Anything

"The art style of Bell Time has clear echoes of Bash Street, fitting for a comic that is straight out of Dundee – the real Beanotown. The legacy of Leo Baxendale and David Sutherland seeps through British comics and is a welcome element of Belltime. One kid looks like an older version of Oor Wullie…Wullie with a bumfluff moustache and an attitude."
Alister Black, Daredevils & Warriors

“This comic is a very unique comic! It’s also a very psychological comic. The concept is very smart. The characters overall are very well developed. The story has good pacing, and the storytelling was also good.”
Alkyone, Exploring Comics

80 pages. Colour.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


The latest Funtime Comics & Art Zine is out now.

It features Aaron Christiansen Santiago Cornejo, Simon Fletcher, Shaun Garea, Bob Gibbons, Matt Graham, Ryan Green, Andrew Kepple, David Mcdonald, Arcadio Esquivel Mayorga, Austin Milne, Karen Phelps, Kristof Haines, Jared Lane, Tony Scanlan, Ryan Scott, Isaac Taylor, and Brent Willis.

I'm also in there with two comics, "Big Bubbles" and "Tea Break at the Razor Factory".

You can order Funtime Comics #32 here.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wednesday, November 06, 2019


Alkyone has discussed Bell Time in her latest Exploring Comics video.

Click below to view the show:

Tuesday, November 05, 2019


The latest Awesome Comics Podcast discusses webcomics.

Around about the 1.38 mark, Tony reviews Bell Time.

Have a listen here.

Monday, November 04, 2019


I was a guest on Leonard Sultana's An Englishman in San Diego.

Alongside Lucy Sullivan (Barking), I discussed Bell Time, comicons in general, and Thought Bubble in particular.

Click below to watch:

Sunday, November 03, 2019


Alister Black has written on Bell Time over at Daredevils & Warriors.

"The art style of Belltime has clear echoes of Bash Street, fitting for a comic that is straight out of Dundee – the real Beanotown. The legacy of Leo Baxendale and David Sutherland seeps through British comics and is a welcome element of Belltime. One kid looks like an older version of Oor Wullie…Wullie with a bumfluff moustache and an attitude."

Have a read of the article here.

Saturday, November 02, 2019


Tony Esmond has included a review of Bell Time in his "Some Comics to Look Out For at Thoughtbubble 2019."

"This book is absolutely as fun as it sounds and manages to cross all those great school comics and tv series we remember with the world of time travel. David has a simple and iconically British style and he understands how a comic should flow.
Highly recommended."

Have a read of the entire article here.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

THAT COMIC SMELL 55: Horror II (Halloween Special)

New episode now online!

“Listener beware, you’re in for a scare”
OOOOooooooOOOOO! Helooooooooo and welcome to a spooooooky rendition of That Comic Smell Podcast. Well, not really. The folks here have just brought along what they would consider their Horror picks for this Halloween season.
We cover a whole new load of Horror comics as we discuss that it has been 3 whole years since we last covered the genre.
There’s some chat about films and much much more

This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to come to you from beyond the grave…

That Comic Smell!

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and most places you find podcasts."

Comics discussed:

2000AD: Luke Kirby (A. McKenzie, Jon Ridgway)
Awesome Comics Anthology: Murder Road (Vince Hunt)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison, Dave McKean)
Billoo: One Crore Rupees (Pranis)
Crossed (Garth Ennis, Christian Zanier)
Crypt of Shadows (Marvel Anthology)
Draupadi (Various)
Dump 3 (David Robertson)
Eagle (Various)
Ferals (David Lapham, Gabriel Andrade)
Frankenstein Returns (Various Dundee Uni)
Ghosts Etc. (George Wylesol)
Happy (Josh Simmons)
Haunted Skatepark (Sammy Borras)
Hellboy (Mike Mignola, James Sinclair)
Hello Dolly (Jon Tucker)
Hopeless Maine (Sloth Comics)
House of Mystery (Various DC)
House of Secrets (Gerry Conway, Nestor Redondo)
The Incredible Hulk (Sharad Devarajan, Suresh Seetharaman)
Mars Attacks: High School (Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Hugh Haynes, Armando Gil, Brian Stelfreeze)
Monstress (Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda)
Rose Black (Rough Cut Comics)
Saga of the Swamp Thing (Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben)
Scary Tales #1 (Charleton Comics)
Strange Embrace (David Hine)
Students of the Unusual (Boys Productions)
Taboo (Spider Baby Comics)
Terror from the Otherside (Joan Edam)
Tinkle (Various)
Treehouse of Horror: Simpsons (Bongo Comics)
Vampirella (Mark Millar, Mike Mayhew)
Vampires Everywhere (Cult Empire Comics)
Vietnam Zombie Holocaust (Cult Empire Comics)
The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore)

Image result for draupadi comic

Saturday, October 19, 2019


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

It features Freya and Karis Lambert, Lydia Christine, Dave Crane, Tom Eglington, Iris Hable, Joe Latham, Jennifer Lynas, Anni Movsisyan, Manuel Rodriguez, and Anja Uhren.

And I have a comic in there called, "Coming of Age". Here's a wee preview:

For more details, go here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


I was the guest on Samuel George London's Comics for the Apocalypse podcast lately.

A great idea for a podcast; a kind of Desert Island Discs for comics.

Have a listen here.

Here are the comics I talked about:
The Cute Manifesto - James Kochalka; Eagle - Ian Kennedy; From Hell - Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell; Hate - Peter Bagge; The Incredible Hulk Pocketbook - Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko; Perry Bible Fellowship - Nick Gurewitch; Rosalie Lightning - Tom Hart; Star Wars Weekly #15 - Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin.

Friday, September 27, 2019


Adam Falp, creator of The Fragment, has put together a 28 Page tribute book to Jack Kirby.

It contains work from Adam himself, James Corcoran, Tom Curry, Paul Harrison-Davies, Daryl Forpe, Charles Glaubitz, Matt Grant, Sarah Harris, Graham Hicks, Sandy Jarell, Lukasz Kowalczuk, Iain Laurie, Eric McDuck, Paul Jon Milne, Finn Moxon, Xamie Navarro, Russell Mark Olsen, Russell Payne, Luke Ridge, Owen Sherwood, Son Of Ken, Dan White, and more!

I'm in there too! A reproduction of panels from one of my very favourite Hulk pages:

The book is available now from Adam's webstore, with all proceeds being donated to The Kirby Museum. 

More details can be found here.

Friday, September 13, 2019

THAT COMIC SMELL 52: 90s comics

The latest episode is online now.
From the web:

“Get ready to see some serious shit”
Well, well. We hit the 90s. What folks term as the absolute dregs of comics. The decade that killed comics, but is it that simple? Of course not. We wouldn’t have almost 2 hours worth of chat if that was the case. We go to show you that the 90s was filled with absolute gems and that, that nostalgia hit is going to come at you thick and fast.
So strap yourself in and get ready. There is going to be some blasts from the past hurtling their way towards you.
This and all the usual comics (and snacks) chat on the only comics podcast to come live from the Liefeld space ship…
That Comic Smell!
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Thanks again for listening and supporting the podcast

300 (Frank Miller, Lynn Varley)
Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Aliens: Hive (Jerry Prosser, Kelley Jones)
Amazing Spider-man #388 (David Michelinie, Mark Bagley)
Batman (Doug Moench, Kelley Jones)
Batman Adventures (Various)
Battle Angel Alita (Yukito Kishiro)
Bone (Jeff Smith)
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs: Time in Overdrive (Mark Schultz)
Captain America (Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins)
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)
Daredevil: Guardian Devil (Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada)
Deadpool (Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Madureira, Lee Weeks)
Death Of Superman (Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson)
Dragon Lives (Peter Quinones, Ron Lim)
Fleener (Mary Fleener)
Frank: Real Pa (Jim Woodring)
From Hell (Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell)
Give Me Liberty (Frank Miller Dave Gibbons)
Hate (Peter Bagge)
Hellblazer (Garth Ennis, William Simpson)
Hellboy (Mike Mignola)
Hulk #474 (Joe Casey, Javier Pulido)
Hulk: Future Imperfect (Peter David, George Pérez)
Infinity Gauntlet (Jim Starlin, George Pérez, Ron Lim)
Kingdom Come (Alex Ross, Mark Waid)
Long Halloween (Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale)
Madman (Mike Allred, Laura Allred)
Manga Mania (Magazine)
Marvels (Alex Ross, Kurt Busiek)
The Mask (John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke)
Sin City (Frank Miller)
Spider-man 2099 (Peter David, Rick Leonardi)
Spider-man (Todd Macfarlane)
Spider-man: Carnage & Venom (David Mechelinie, Mark Bagley)
Star Wars: Dark Empire (Cam Kennedy, Tom Veitch)
X-Force (Rob Liefeld)
X-Men (Jim Lee, Chris Claremont)
X-men Unlimited (John Francis Moore, Paul Smith)
Yeah! (Gilbert Hernandez, Peter Bagge)"

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Here's the cover for my next comic, "Bell Time", which is launching at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, 9-10 November 2019. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 06, 2019


I've done a comic for Good Fridays.

Have a look here.

Many thanks to Samuel C.Williams, Paddy Johnston, and Rozi Hathaway at Good Comics.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

BARRIE TOMLINSON'S DEATH WISH: Eagle, Tiger, Turtles, and Speed

Barrie Tomlinson worked as an editor and writer for IPC/Fleetway from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. He has recently written two books of interest to comics fans, "Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff" and "Comic Book Hero". His story Death Wish, originally serialised weekly in Speed comic, has been collected in one fine volume. I enjoyed rereading these stories after all these years, and reached out to have a chat with him...

David Robertson: How is it seeing the comics you worked on decades ago finding a new lease of life?

Barrie Tomlinson: It’s really very satisfying that stories I wrote so many years ago are now being shown to a new audience.  I think they have survived the test of time and still look good. Great art from Vanyo! I was lucky to have top artists illustrating my stories.  One of the benefits of being editor/group editor is that I could chose the artists who worked on my stories!

DR: I read Death Wish in Speed when it started, and then again in Eagle and Tiger when it showed up five years later. An eternity in kid years! It was so fascinating the way the story had moved on from the initial premise of looking for an action packed way to die, to a ghost hunter type of scenario. Consistency given by, as you mention, the great art of Vanyo!

BA: I wrote all the scripts but I think I like the Speed and Tiger ones best.  But Vanyo always delivered no matter what I threw at him!

DR: What prompted such a radical change - the inclusion of supernatural elements in the story?

BA: Ghostbusters was very popular at the time, so it seemed a good idea at the time. I’d launched Scream and some of the Scream stories made their way into Eagle. I thought Death Wish could go alongside them.

DR: Did you read comics growing up? Which ones do you remember?

BA: I originally read Dandy, Beano and Radio Fun.  Later, I bought Lion, Tiger and Eagle (original version!).  I little realised that one day I’d be producing comics myself!

DR: How did you get started working in comics?

BA: I was trying to get a job in journalism and someone showed me an advertisement saying “Beginners wanted for children’s comics”. I had an interview at Fleetway Publications and got a job. The rest, as they say, is history!

DR: How did Speed come about?

BA: Most of the comics I launched  were my own idea but this one was an idea, I think, from the group editor of the humour group.  I was asked to produce Speed and I think we produced a good publication.  Maybe it looked too much like Tiger!  Everything about the title was fast, including the speed in which it disappeared from the newsagents’ shelves!

DR: I was lucky enough to get the first issue of Eagle in 1982. Really enjoyed that series. Was there any resistance to the idea of reviving a 30 year old comic?

BA: It was always my ambition to relaunch Eagle but it took many years before I could persuade the management to have a go at a relaunch. The original Eagle was a hard act to follow but I think we didn’t do too badly, considering the new version lasted 12 years. Everything we did was a tribute to the original title.

DR: The photo comics were an interesting development. Did that idea come from the girls' comics?

BA: The original Eagle was always full of new ideas.  The photo stories hadn’t been tried in a boys’ comic so I thought  we would give it a go, particularly as television was playing a big part in children’s lives.  Of course, in those days we didn’t have the advantage of using computers to produce special effects, which would have helped with dramatic, action-packed scenes but I think the photographers and our own art staff did well in producing exciting photos.

DR: You did a lot of publicity events, and had celebrities write for your comics. What would you consider the most memorable and/or successful?

BA: I was fortunate to have the knack of persuading famous folk to write for my titles.  I suppose the Duke of Edinburgh was the most famous writer. He wrote for the first issue of Roy of the Rovers.   Eric Morecambe also wrote for Roy, with Ernie Wise writing for Tiger. Lots of big name sportsmen wrote for Tiger, including Geoffrey Boycott, Gordon Banks, Trevor Francis, Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Malcolm Macdonald, Mick Channon, Jack Charlton and many others.  Of course, Sir Alf Ramsey took over as manager of Melchester Rovers after Roy was shot. All those celebs were great to work with. I was able to introduce ‘name’ annuals to Fleetway annuals. I produced the Big Daddy Annual, the Suzie Dando Annual and the Geoff Boycott Annual.  Great fun to work on!

DR: One story I always wondered about was Robo Machines. Specifically, it ran concurrently with Go-Bots, which seemed to be the same group of characters under a different title. What was the story there?

BA: You’ve got me here!  Were those stories in one of my comics? The memory banks are not responding!

DR: It was in Eagle. It was a story based on toys, much like the Transformers. It seemed that the line was called Go-Bots in other territories. It was a good story, printed with the black, white and red colours.

BA: It’s strange but I still have a blank on that. It’s funny how the odd story vanishes from memory.

DR: You edited the UK Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles comic. The turtles were a huge phenomenon at the time. How did you get involved with that?

BA: When the publisher got the contract to publish a Turtles comic, there was a bit of competition to see who should edit the title.  I was very pleased when the comic was given to me to edit.   By that time, I had edited a few sponsored titles and had some experience with such things.
I was absolutely delighted to take Turtles up to a circulation of about 800,000. This was at a time when comic sales were falling. At first we reprinted American material and then went on to produce our own stories and artwork.  By that time I was working freelance producing the comics via my own company and selling the complete titles to the publisher.   I think the title won an award for being the launch of the year but the publisher chose not to tell me, the editor, and I wasn’t invited to, or told about, the presentation ceremony.  That’s show business!

DR: Before we finish, this is the perfect opportunity for me to ask you about something I’ve had in my head for decades. I remember getting ready for school one day and a TV ad coming on for the new comic, “Speed”. It featured a live action scene of “Speedboy” running through a crowd of school kids. Did I imagine this, or did it really happen?

BA: I’m struggling with this one as well. I wasn’t responsible for TV advertising and I think I have a vague memory of seeing this when Speed was launched. But otherwise I can’t recall much about it.
I think I was lucky. I had the best job in the world, first as a sub editor, then an editor and finally as a group editor.  Plus I was able to write lots of scripts, including The Hard Man for Roy of the Rovers, Loner and Turbo Jones for Wildcat, Johnny Cougar for Tiger and Death Wish for Speed, Tiger and Eagle.
After I finished working on the comics I was lucky enough to write and produce the Scorer picture-strip for the Daily Mirror. That lasted, six days a week, for 22 years.

DR: You’ve written about your comics career in a couple of books, haven’t you?

BA: Yes, I’ve had two books published, which are still available on Amazon and at other places.  The first book is: “Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff” … all about how Roy and myself worked together to make him top of the league for football.  The second book is “Comic Book Hero”, about all the other comics I edited.

DR: Do you have any other books, or collections of your comics on the horizon?

BA: I’ve just finished my third book which contains more stuff about the comics I worked on, as well as the rest of my life story.  Watch this space for more news about the new book!