Saturday, August 29, 2020

THAT COMIC SMELL: You Make Comics?!


The new episode is online now.

From the web:

"This time we take a look just outside the world of comics to find those writers, artists etc that have made comics but are very much known for other things. We find famous authors, actors, chefs, scientists, wrestlers, musicians and many more, all dipped and continue to dip their toes into the wonderful world of comics. There are some huge names and some real surprises during this topic. 

This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!
Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thatcomicsmell
Get us on…
Apple Podcasts:
and most places you find podcasts.

Anthony Bourdain: Chef (Get Jiro, Kitchen Confidential)
Anthony Daniels: Actor (Star Wars: The Protocol Offensive [Droids])
Bill Hader and Seth Myers: Comedians/Talk Show Hosts (Spider-man)
Brad Meltzer: Author (Identity Crisis)
Brian Posehn: Comedian (Deadpool, The Last Christmas)
Charlie Huston: Author (Moon Knight)
Claudio Sanchez: Musician (Armory wars, Kill Audio)
CM Punk: Wrestler (Thor, Master of Kung Foo, Drax, Strange Sports)
Denise Mina: Author
Frankie Boyle: Comedian (Clint)
Gerard Way: Singer (Umbrella Academy, Killjoys)
Grayson Perry: Artist
Harlan Ellison: Author
Ian rankin: Author (Dark Entries)
j michael straczynski: Screen Writer (Supreme Power)
Jurassic Park (Gill Kane, George Perez, Walt Simonson)
Kareem Abdul Jabbar: Basketball Player (Marvel 1000)
Kevin Smith: Director (Spider-man & Black Cat, Green Arrow, Batman 66, Bionic Man, Green Hornet)
Lenny Henry: Comedian (The Quest for the Big Woof) (Steve Parkhouse)
Max Bemis: Musician (Centipede, X-Men, Lucy Dreaming, Evil Empire)
Michael Moorcock: Author
Nic Cage: Actor (Voodoo Child)
Paton Oswalt: Comedian (The Goon, JLA, The Simpsons, Serenity)
Rashida jones: Actor (Frenemy)
Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther) (Romita JR)
Sam Jackson: Actor (Cold Space)
Shia LeBoufe: Actor (Self Published Graphic Novels)
Ta-Nehisi coates: Author (Black Panther)
Thomas Jane: Actor (Bad Planet)
Tom Morello: Musician (Orchid)
William Stout (King Kong)"

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

NEVER IRON ANYTHING: Starblazer #69 - Nightmare Planet


I enjoyed another conversation with Tony Esmond regarding a favourite comic on his podcast. 

The old classic Starblazer series.

Have a listen here.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY! layouts, draft 2, pg1

A second pass at the script today, this time stretching it out over two pages.

It gave me more room to move. The main addition was a bigger picture of the fish like creature moving out of panel 2, overlapping into the other panels.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020



Here are layouts for a story I'm drawing from a script by Mike Sedakat.

It has seven panels over the page, so it was a bit busy but was working out okay, until panels six and seven. Here the text became just too much to fit in, even after a few attempts which got panel seven to work. Six became pure text!

I asked Mike if he could cut down the text in these panels at all, and he suggested making it a two pager instead. So I will have another crack at laying it out tomorrow.

Monday, August 17, 2020

NOBODY colours

Today was spent doing colours for the story I'm drawing which was written by Tom Stewart. 

I decided to go digital with this one as I wanted the solid blocks of colour behind the character.

I was also replicating a comic cover, and the digital colour works better for that than paint.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

THAT COMIC SMELL: Dark Horse Comics

The new episode is online now.

From the website:

"Just a nice short one today for everybody. We do a spotlight on Dark Horse Comics. A company that has always been consistent In getting out comics. So much so that they often are forgotten. We delve into some of their back catalogue, a little on the not so pleasant side and discuss where we know them from mainly. All in all it’s great to focus on a publisher that isn’t the usual big two.

This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!

Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thatcomicsmell
Get us on…
Apple Podcasts:
and most places you find podcasts"

Comics discussed include:

Age of Reptiles (Ricardo Delgado)
Aliens (various)
American Splendor (Harvey Pekar, Various)
Axe Cop (Malachai Nicolle, Ethan Nicolle)
Blacksad (Juan Díaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Various)
Conan (Various)
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)
Dark Horse Presents (Various)
Flaming Carrot (Bob Burden)
Give Me Liberty (Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons)
Hellboy (Mike Mignola)
Herbie (Shane O' Shea, Ogden Whitney)
John Byrne's Next Men (John Byrne)
Madman (Mike Allred)
The Mask (Doug Mahnke, John Arcudi, Mark Badger, Chris Warner, Keith Williams)
Monkeyman & O'Brien (Art Adams)
Nexus (Mike Baron, Steve Rude)
Predator (Various)
Predator vs Judge Dredd (John Wagner, Enrique Alcatena)
Reset (Peter Bagge)
Ronin (Frank Miller)
The Seeds (David Aja, Ann Nocenti)
Sin City (Frank Miller)
Star Wars (Various)
Terminator (Various)
Turok (Various)
Umbrella Academy (Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá)
Usagi Yojimbo (Stan Sakai)

Friday, August 14, 2020


I spent yesterday colouring the page only to have the file get corrupted just as I finished.

So today it was time to do it all again. An exercise in not going bonkers.

Above is a clip featuring Sarararara and Danny Zuko from Grease.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020



Today's inked page. Next to scan and tidy up.

The pen I was lettering with had a mini explosion.

Will move on to colouring tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020


I've been working on a comic for Olivia Hicks' Sarararara. 

I sent the script to her, and got a few editorial changes to implement. 

Ready to start pencilling next.

Thursday, August 06, 2020


I'm experimenting with not having panel borders for this story. 

I'll be painting it, so that will do a lot of the work in the composition.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

NOBODY pencils

Here are pencilled layouts for a one page story called "Nobody", written by Tom Stewart.

Monday, August 03, 2020

AWESOME COMICS PODCAST: Brainstorming Comics!

I had a great time on the latest episode of Awesome Comics Podcast, available online now.

Have a listen here.

From the website:

"A whirlwind of creativity abounds, as the Awesome gang try out a creativity exercise using the awesome Narrata playing cards to brainstorm a bunch of comic book pitches! From dinosaurs, death row, sex crazed villains and tragic love stories involving tortoises and horses - this ones got it all! Not only that but the amazing David Robertson (Break the Cake, Bell Time) joins in on the fun and helps recommend some awesome indie comics you should check out too!

Great stuff to check out this week - David Robertson, Fred Egg Comics, Mount a Rescue, Bell Time, That Comic Smell, Narrata Storytelling Cards, Humanoids Humble Bundle, Knockout & Tiger Style, Skrawl, Knights vs Pirates, Sappy Flu Year, Tim Kelly, Usagi Yojimbo - Bunraku, The Boy Who Became a Dragon, Hedra"

Saturday, August 01, 2020

THAT COMIC SMELL: Comics aimed at children

The new episode is online now.

From the web:

"On this brand new episode of That Comic Smell we are still coming to you remotely. This time we just get right into it. We did have a chat beforehand but that was just between us about something coming very soon… But you’ll have to wait to see what it is.
In this we tackle “Comics aimed at Children”, we didn’t go massively in depth but just touched some of our favourites, and had a brief chat about what classes as all ages and should the libraries review how the classify comics ages.

This and all the usual comics chat on…

That Comic Smell!

Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thatcomicsmell
Get us on…
Apple Podcasts:
and most places you find podcasts.

Adventure Time (Various, Pendleton Ward)
Asterix (Albert Uderzo, René Goscinny, Jean-Yves Ferri, Didier Conrad)
Babysitters Club (Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan)
Batman: Gotham Adventures (Ty Templeton, Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty)
Be Prepared (Vera Brosgol)
Bone (Jeff Smith)
Broons and Oor Wullie
Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Count Duckula
Dear Justice League (Michael Northrop, Gustavo Duarte)
Dick Tracy (Chester Gould)
Dino Riders
Dragonball (Akira Toriyama)
Fantastic Four (Stan Lee, Jack Kirby)
Fantasy Sports No.1 (Sam Bosma)
Fast Forward (Various)
Franklin Richards: Not-So-Secret Invasion (Chris Eliopoulos, Marc Sumerak)
Hilda (Luke Pearson)
Jungle Book (Gil Kane, Mary Jo Duffy, Craig Russel)
Little Heroes Anthology (Various)
Lookin (Various)
Looney Tunes
Lucky Luke (René Goscinny, Morris)
Mini Marvels (Chris Giarrusso)
Panini Pocket Books (Marvel)
Peanuts (Charles Schultz)
Popeye (IDW Reprint)
Roland Rat Annuals
Science Comics: Dogs (Andy Hirsch)
Sisters (Raina Telgemeier)
Smile (Raina Telgemeier)
Space Ghost (Alex Toth)
Spirou & Fantasio (Various)
Tin Tin (Hergé)
Wild Lives (Claire Hubbard)
World of Quest (Jason t. Kruse)
X-men Adventures"

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