Thursday, October 20, 2016


What a good day it was today.

I was at Ian Kennedy's live drawing session this afternoon. I've known Ian for years, and been a huge fan of his work for decades before I ever met him.

I've interviewed him, commissioned him and had some nice chats with him and his wife.

But one thing I've never done is actually watch him work. How does he draw those beautiful comic layouts and paint all those wonderful colours?

What a thrill to watch him apply the brush to a picture of the Mekon he'd previously drawn in his own distinctive style.

He's doing another masterclass this Saturday at Dundee Comics Creative Space. If you are interested in comics, or painting in general, I'd seriously recommend going along to that. Details can be found here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I've put together a complete collection of my first self-published comics Berserkotron 1 & 2.

It's a 56 page story with a new 10 page "behind the scenes" making of section, which was fun to put together.

A lot of material in here that made me cringe. I was tempted to "fix" the most obvious howlers, but in the end I didn't change anything. It is what it is!

I wanted it finished in time for this year's Thought Bubble convention, and here it is.

Hopefully see you there!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Poster by Elliot Balson.

Yesterday was the opening of the Ink & Pixels exhibition of comics produced in Dundee, which I am very pleased to be included in. Curated by Louise Quirion, it is a fun and impressive collection of artworks.

Photo from the Dundee Comics Creative Space Facebook page.

The show has all four pages of my story 'Silently Falling' from Zero Sum Bubblegum, my wraparound cover for Treehouse issue 7, and another wraparound cover for the new collected edition of Berserkotron, which I will say more about tomorrow.

Go along to see the free show if you can, as it is very inspiring. Runs until 27th November.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

NANDO page 2 pencils and inks

I've posted the latest update on progress working on my new twelve page comic for the MLitt course at University of Dundee.

Page 2 has been pencilled and inked.

Have a look here.

Monday, October 10, 2016


More work has just gone up detailing my progress on a new 12 page story for the Creating Comics module of the MLitt course I am doing.

Have a look here.

Sunday, October 09, 2016


The new episode of That Comic Smell is now online.
Have a listen at Soundcloud here or YouTube here.
From the website:
"This month, the folks at "That Comic Smell" discuss the Eisner Awards 2016 that were held at San Diego Comic Con in July of this year. We cover all the nominations and the winners. We are all very shocked at how little we know about the vast array of nominations and how our reading lists will now grow.
There is also mention of when the folks first learned how to ride a bike and a brief word about another fine comics podcast.

Plus there is a brief chat about what we have all been reading this past month.

All this on the brand new episode of That Comic Smell.

[These are some of the titles we discuss on the Pod]

La guerra civil española [Novela gráfica] (Paul Preston & José Pablo García)
Wrinkles (Paco Roca)
El invierno del dibujante (Paco Roca)
I dreamt we got back together (Tim Kelly)
Superfuckers Forever (James Kochalka)
Commando [1989 & 1990 Annuals]
Love & Rockets [Amor Y Cohetes, Human Diastrophism & Heartbreak Soup] (Gilbert Hernandez)
{NOTE: There are 11 volumes, so far, in total}
Superman Man of Steel #70-#79 (Louise Simonson, Scot Eaton, Dennis Janke)
Lieutenant Blueberry (Jean-Michel Charlier, Jean "Mœbius" Giraud)
Elstree 1976 [Star Wars Documentary Film] (Jon Spira)
Image+ Magazine
Lantern City (Matthew Daley, Paul Jenkins, Mairghread Scott, Carlos Magno)
Batman: Serenata Nocturna - El origen del caballero oscuro {Night Serenade - The Origin of The Dark Knight} (David Hernando)
Banana Sunday (Colleen Coover, Root Nibot)"

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Friday, October 07, 2016


Here's a page I drew recently as part of an assignment on the Comics MLitt course.

The task was to do a presentation talk on an aspect of The Beano. I did a creative element too. The starting point came from course leader Chris Murray who suggested, "The Bash Street Kids taking the comics masters".

It was a good challenge to research the different art styles down the decades, find relevant panels and try to ape them. This Bash Street Kids comic is also designed to mirror the changing format of the Beano through the decades.