Monday, March 30, 2020


Today, I'm drawing another writer's story.

An interesting exercise.

You don't decide what's in the story, but put your efforts into deciding where everything goes.

I'm used to doing both.

Here I am sorting out how I'm going to tackle the script.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Well, firstly, I hope everyone is well in these strange times.

I’m drawing the last two stories for my next comic, Mount a Rescue. It’s 80 pages, around 20 stories varying in length from 1 to 26 pages long. 

I’ve been working on this comic for well over a year (the earliest story is from October 2018). 

Suddenly, I feel somewhat removed from the entire contents. The stories are from a different time. The time we were in 2 weeks ago. So many things look a bit odd now. People hugging, crowd scenes. It’s having an interesting effect on the reading of the stories.

It's also making me think about what I’ll do next in a new light.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

THAT COMIC SMELL: Holy Grails and Intention Fails

The latest episode is online now.

From the web:

“If at first you don’t succeed, wait a couple years and come back to it I guess ”
Hello! Hello! Welcome to another edition of That Comic Smell. This time we are discussing the books that we have sought after. The ones that have sat on the shelves with a proverbial halo around them and angel chorus. We are talking about our absolute holiest of “Holy Grails” but in the same breath we are also discussing the ones that have sat on our shelves dormant and unused, waiting for us just to pick them up one day and actually flick through without putting them straight back and declaring them “Intention Fails”

This and all the usual comics chat on…

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Mike: Holy Grails
• De Cape et de Crocs (Cloak and Fangs) (Alain Ayroles, Jean-Luc Masbou)
• Marvel Heroes Annual
• Secret Wars #1
• Captain America #308

Nando: Holy Grails
• Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salted Sea by Hugo Pratt
• Kamandi omnibus by Jack Kirby
• The Contract with God trilogy by Will Eisner
• From Thorgal by Van Hamme and Rosinski : Arachnea, The Blue Plague, The Kingdom beneath the Sun, The barbarian, Kriss of Valnor, The Sacrifice, Los tres ancianos del pais de Aran, La galera negra.
• From Blueberry by Charlier and Giraud: Sombras sobre Tombstone, OK Corral, Los montes de la supersticion, Dust, Geronimo el apache.
• Master of Kung-Fu issues: 59,60,64,66,68,71,72,74-76,79-82,97-101

David: Holy Grails
• Black Hole [La Trou Noir] (Jack Kirby) (GOT!)
• Incredible Hulk #1 (Stan Lee/Jack Kirby)
• Star Wars Contemporary Motivators (Linda A.Cadrain/Charles Nicholas)
• Original art: Kirby page from Hulk.

Giuseppe: Holy Grails
• belt up - thelwell's motoring manual
• Valiant or vulcan annual
• Groo the Wanderer, 1 to 3, 5 to 8, 10 and a few more...
• other Aragones stuff i'm missing such as a few Louder Than Words and a few Actions Speak
• Some master of kung fu from Gulacy period
• Missing Vigilantes 19, 25 and 50 of this series
• Sandman 1 to 4, 6, 74 and 75. issue 1 cheapest on ebay just now £35 i think, then it's up to 90 and up
• some shade the changing man

Tom: Holy Grails

• All Calvin and Hobbes! (GOT!!)
• An original Calvin and Hobbes page
• The Complete works of Paco Roca
• The Fourth World Series
• Eightball (Dan Clowes)
• Omega Men #3

All of our Intention Fails:

Potugal (Cyril Pedrosa)
Blankets (Craig Thomson) [COMPLETED! YAS GIUSEPPE! ;) )
Killing and Dying (Adrian Tomine)
Secret History Omnibus Vol.1 (Jean-Pierre Pécau, Igor Kordey, Carole Beau, Marshall Dillon)
Joe Kubert Presents (Various DC + Joe Kubert)
The Dumbest Idea Ever (Jimmy Gownley)
Last Gig in Shnagrlig (Gilbert Shelton)
Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? (Brian Fies)
Black Hole [La Trou Noir] (Jack Kirby)
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (Sydney Padua)
King (Ho Che Anderson)
Flesh: The Dino Files (Various 2000AD)
Marvel Super-Heroes Omnibus (Various Marvel)
JLA: Year One (Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, Barry Kitson)
Robin: Year One (Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Javier Pulido, Marcos Martin)
Batman: Black and White (Various DC)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

PHAGWARA comic pencils page 2

Another day, another page of pencils.

My son wrote the script for this, and boy, he's given me a lot of work to do. 24 panels over 2 pages, with most of them requiring reference photos.

I'll be taking the pencils to him for approval. Got to get those airplanes exactly to his liking.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

PHAGWARA comic pencils

My son has written a comic for me to draw for my next book Mount a Rescue. It's twenty-four panels over two pages.

I've been pencilling it today.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


With many comics folks stuck at home in mind, here is a free pdf of my comic Break the Cake, featuring  Marc Casilli, Zu Dominiak, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Védís Huldudóttir, Paddy Johnston, Tim Kelly, Francesca Mancuso, Norrie Millar, Neil Paterson, Ludi Price, Katie Quinn, Mike Sedakat, and Pam Wye.

Have a read here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

THAT COMIC SMELL: Justice League International Vol.4

The latest episode is online now, where we discuss Justice League International volume 4 - or as I prefer it, Justice League issues 23 to 30.

Yes, the thorny issue which first reared its head with volume two - that of whether these comics function well as book collections - comes up once again.

There is also a short discussion on Columbo, and why it's among the best TV shows ever made.

First though, I make good on numerous promises I made to bring in comics which were previously discussed.

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Monday, March 02, 2020


Tony Esmond recommends my comic Zero Sum Bubblegum on the latest episode.

He specifically discusses the stories A Book with Death in the Title, Tiddlywinks, No-One is Keeping Score, and Junior Scrabbl.

Have a listen here.

Sunday, March 01, 2020


The new Star Jaws issue 32 is out now from Barnstormer Comics, featuring work from Robin Barnard, Martin Hand, and myself!

More information at the Images Degrading Forever website here.

Sunday, February 23, 2020


I'm working on a comic for Robin Barnard and Barnstormer Comics' Star Jaws.

An A-Team comic!

Here's a blurry wee snapshot of  the pencils:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

MOUNT A RESCUE cover colours

I've inked the cover for my next comic Mount a Rescue. (See the pencils here.)

Here's a detail:

I began colouring today. I decided to paint the back ground with acrylics, and do the figures in Photoshop.

In order to do this I put the acrylics on, and then tidied up all the colour that went inside the lines...

Finally, added the digital colours to the figures...

Pleased with the final effect. I like the mix of the digital and traditional.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

MOUNT A RESCUE cover pencils

My upcoming comic is called Mount a Rescue.

A title I like the sound of, should it really be "Mount a rescue... mission"? Is it a mispronunciation of Mountain rescue? In any case, when it came to thinking about what to put on the cover, I had to consider the fact that last year I put out But a Dream!, which has a mountaineer on the cover.

So that was out. I decided after a while on pulling four images from the stories inside, maybe a bit like the style of the Kirby painting I did.

Then I thought about those movie posters with a plethora of characters for the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Marvel superhero films. I was always amazed they make movie posters that look like 1990s Marvel comics.

So I decided to do something in the style of those for Mount a Rescue's cover.

Here are the pencils, completed today.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

BELL TIME review video by BOOBOO CHILD

A nice surprise today to find this video review on Booboo Child's YouTube channel.

Have a watch here.

Saturday, February 01, 2020


The new Star Jaws issue 31 is out now from Barnstormer Comics, featuring work from Robin Barnard, Martin Hand, Rozi Hathaway and myself!

More information at the Images Degrading Forever website here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

THAT COMIC SMELL: European Comics

The new episode is online now.

From the web:

“¡Aquí! Necesitas escuchar este episodio de ese olor cómico o de lo contrario”

buen día! bonne journée! Schönen Tag! And a good day to you! Welcome to our all European comics special. We last did one of these before the mics were even turned on. Literally the meeting before we decided to do a podcast so this is a very special one for us. You will hear us figure out how long it’s been that we have been meeting up (roughly) to do these. We also talk about a whole host of incredible European titles from all over. Of course there is also a fair bit of rambling. We really hope you enjoy.

This and all the usual comics chat on the only comics podcast to go from Paris to Berlin but every disco we went in our hearts weren’t quite pumping for love…

That Comic Smell!

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13 Rue Del Percebe (Francisco Ibañez)
Asterix & The Sassenachs (René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo)
Blacksad (Juan Díaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido)
Booth (C.C.Colbert, Tanitoc, Hilary Sycamore)
Corto Maltese [Magazine] (Various)
Eileen Gray: A House Under the Sun (Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Zosia Dzierzawska)
Exterminator (Enki Bilal)
Groo vs Conan (Sergio Aragonés, Thomas Yeates)
Harum Scarum (Lewis Trondheim)
Illegal (Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano)
It Was The War of the Trenches (Jacques Tardi)
Iznogoud's Nightmares (René Goscinny, Jean Tabary)
Logicomix (Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, Annie Di Donna)
Mortadelo Y Filemon (Francisco Ibañez)
Novelty (Mohar Kalra)
Il Punitore (Belter of a Punisher story)
Revelations (Max Bertolini)
Speciale Batman [Magazine] (Various)
The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots (Philippe Brenot, Laetitia Coryn)
Super Lopez (Jan)
El Tesoro Del Cisne Negro (Paco Roca, Guillermo Corral)
Thorgal (Jean Van Hamme, Grzegorz Rosiński)
Valerian (Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières)
Vampire Loves (Joann Sfar)
Zonzo (Joan Cornella)"

Monday, January 20, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Print and digital copies of Bell Time are now available at Comichaus - The App and Marketplace/Database for indie comic books!

Have a look here.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020


"A brand new decade, with the same old stories..."

The new Star Jaws issue 30 is out now from Barnstormer Comics, featuring work from Robin Barnard, Doug Chapel, Martin Hand, and myself!

More information at the Images Degrading Forever website here.