Saturday, March 27, 2021


I had a good time this week taking part in the Gosh! Comics / Broken Frontier Drink and Draw.

The fun began a couple of days before when I provided a prompt drawing to present to the group.

The participants in the group, and online at Twitter, drew a picture based on the prompt. I had to judge this round and pick a favourite!

After that, came another two rounds chosen by others. The second was "Wholesome Violence" from Josh Hicks, and the third was from Andy Oliver - "That Comic Smell".

As @thatcomicsmell was tagged in the original tweet, all the drawings that were posted sent multiple notifications to Tom (from That Comic Smell)'s phone. He didn't know what was happening for a minute there!

I had a great time, and it was nice to meet (sort of) new friends in the comics community.

Photo pinched from Andy Oliver's Facebook.

Friday, March 26, 2021

THAT COMIC SMELL: Intention Fails Revisited (Plus Xmas Swag)

The new episode is online now.

From the web:

"Come back with us to the start of the year. Christmas had not long been, Santa had not long visited the TCS HQ and all of us were bestowed with comics goodies and ready to show them off and talk about them.
Now cast your mind back to the start of 2020. The Folks here at the pod went through their “Intention Fails” the comics in which they bought with reading being the number one priority, then it never happened. Well, we revisit those top 3 intention fails of ours and see how we got on. Did we manage to read them? Do we have more for the comic year? What are stuff do we waffle on about?
You’ll have to listen to find out. Here on…
That Comic Smell!
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The Dumbest Idea Ever (Jimmy Gownley)
Last Gig in Shnagrlig (Gilbert Shelton)
Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? (Brian Fies)
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (Sydney Padua)
King (Ho Che Anderson)
Flesh: The Dino Files (Various 2000AD)
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)
Atomic Hercules: Goes Commando (Tony Esmond, Adam Falp)
DC Through the 80's: The End of Eras (Various DC Creators)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 (Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird)
Maus (Art Spiegelman)
Marney the Fox (Scott Goodall, John Stokes)
Judge Dredd Volume 1: The Complete Case Files (Various)
What we Don't Talk About (Charlot Kristensen)
The Story of Sex (Philippe Brenot, Laetitia Coryn, Will McMorran)
Daredevil: Born Again [ARTIST EDITION] (David Mazzucchelli)
The Celts (Hugo Pratt)
Daltokyo (Gary Panter)
CABBIE (Marti)
Batman: Strange Apparitions (Marshall Rogers, Steve Englehart, Dennis O'Neil)
Laika (Nick Abadzis)
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (Penelope Bagieu)
New York Drawings (Adrian Tomine)
Challengers of the Unknown (Jack Kirby)
Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes (Paul Levitts & Various)
Wonder Woman 75 Years (Various)
Regreso al Edén (Paco Roca)
Universo! (Albert Monteys)
On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden)
Box Office Poison (Alex Robinson)
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories Vol.2 (Various: Edited by Ivan Brunetti)"

Wednesday, March 24, 2021


I had a lot of fun guesting on Stuart Mulrain's Why Comics? podcast.

A good, open format, wherein he asks that simple two word question as the starter for a conversation on comics, and whatever else comes up!

Have a listen here.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

NEVER IRON ANYTHING: The Incredible Hulk #312

I discussed the influential issue 312 of The Incredible Hulk by Bill Mantlo and Mike Mignola with Tony Esmond on his podcast.

Have a listen here.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

THAT COMIC SMELL: Environmental Messages

The new episode is now online.

From the website:

"We are getting on the hot topic items here at TCS this time. We are talking “Environmental Messages” in comics and we have some absolute belters as well. We cover all aspects and ways in which creators have tackled this extremely important topic. Some serious, to the point, more informational and even fun. It really does show you though that the environment has been on creators minds for some time and how we should have always been taking this shit seriously. Before we go deep on that though, we have a right good laugh. Get ready for some mad tangents in this one.
This and all the usual comics chat on…
That Comic Smell!

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Sharks (Bernard Solé)
Science Comics: Trees (Andy Hirsch)
Gon (Masashi Tanaka)
Godzilla: official compendium (J.D.Lees, Marc Cerasini)
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs (Mark Schultz)
Flesh (Pat Mills)
Raze (Claire Spiller)
Lost Light (Claire Spiller)
Trashed (Derf)
Animal Man (Grant Morrison)
Captain Planet (Marvel)
Saga of the Swamp Thing (Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben)
Nausicaa (Valley of the Wind) (Hayao Miyazaki)
Asterix (Dogmatix) (René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo)
Crisis: World War Three (Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra)
Concrete (Paul Chadwick)"

Tuesday, March 02, 2021


Leonard Sultana has written on Tay Bridge Disaster comic in the Kickstarter Profile over at The Convention Collective.

Have a read here.