Friday, 27 February 2015

Think Of A City

In case you didn't know, there's a fantastic art project running on Tumblr called Think Of A City. Curated by Alison Sampson and Ian MacEwan, the idea is a mass storytelling project where each artist riffs on the previous drawing, taking a colour and making a thematic link, no matter how tenuous, with that drawing. I noticed that the last few illustrations had been going back and forth between largely digital to mostly hand-drawn. There was a kind of ping-pong game going on and the last splendid piece by Roque Romero was probably the most purely digital of them all.
So I decided to make my piece the most hand-drawn I could make it. I usually work hard on making my drawing print-perfect, redrawing and retracing - even when the result is quite expressionistic I've probably redrawn it three or four time before I was happy with it.
The drawing below was sketched in fountain pen ink and then a wash applied. Now fountain pen ink is tricky. It is extremely soluble. You only have to look at it sideways with a damp brush and the line starts to bleed. You only get one chance. You can't 'correct' anything. It was a little nerve-wracking to say the least.
I'm not entirely happy with the result but I am very happy with the process.
The only digital effect is the pasting of Roque Romero's art into the phone's screen.
You can check out the art in its proper context here.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cartoon Museum - Comics Creators

I'll be giving a short talk at the Cartoon Museum in London on Saturday 7th March to celebrate the launch of its new Comics Gallery. Details are here: Comics, So What? - The Comics Creators Launch
The event starts at 1pm and continues throughout the day with appearances by Hunt Emerson, David Lloyd, Steve Marchant, Karrie Fransman, Posie Simmons and Asia Alfasi. My talk is at 4pm.

It's free entry but you must book here.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sc-Fi Scarborough

Science-Fiction comes to Scarborough again next month with the return of the wonderful Sci-Fi Scarborough event.

You can see some of the highlights from last year here. I've been asked to come back as a guest. If you're there, look out for my banner:

Friday, 13 February 2015

Poison Candy

Back in September of 2007, Tokyopop published the first volume of my manga-style comic, Poison Candy, with art by the brilliant Hanzo Steinbach. We completed the second volume but it was never published...until now! You won't find it in print, but both volumes are now available on Comixology. 

Click to go to the Comixology UK page

Here are some of the never-seen pages from the new volume...

Click this one for full monster-truck size

And here's what happens when the bad guys try to mess with Marlowe...

Yeah, you don't want to mess with Marlowe. 

Here's a whole team of new characters. This is kind'a like the X-Men practicing in the Danger Room, only with cutlery...

Of course, there have to be bad guys...

Click to see Slaughterhouse Nine in all their glory (and yeah, I know there are only six of them)

And finally - Never trust THE MAN...

There you go. If you like what you see, head over to Comixology and download these comics. Volume 1 is around 180 pages and volume 2 around 170 pages and will cost you only £3.99 or $5.99 for each volume.