Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DUMP #3 at MIDNIGHT FICTION


Dump #3 is listed here over at the Midnight Fiction website.
Many thanks to Richard Krauss for the mention.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS 6 - FINI

It is always comics making time!

Last page today.

In the course of drawing this one, a change in the events occured to me. I thought it got my story across more strongly than what I had originally written, so I went with it.

Here are the pencils:


 Here are the inks:


I had also left a storytelling problem I knew I had on this page hanging, trusting I'd come up with something at the drawing stage. I did! So a succesful session at the board today.

Tomorrow night I will have a look over the four pages for any glaring mistakes I've made, or changes I want to do. Then I'll scan the pages and send them off.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS 5

Yes, it's still comics making time.

Today I've been working on page three. Here are the pencils:


It's important after a few hours at the drawing board to stretch your legs and have a break. I'd recommend a cup of tea and some buttered toast.

 

Then on to the inks. Here they are, all done:



One page left to do. It's great to get these under the belt, one at a time, slowly but surely.

Friday, June 26, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS 4

Hey. It's comics making time.

Here are the finished inks for page two:


As with inking, the first things to be done on the pencil page are the lettering, captions, speech balloons, etc. Here are the beginnings of page three:


I'm aiming to have the four pages done by Monday night. On track so far.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS 3

Hiya. Here I am again. Third day on this comic.

Here are the pencils for page 2:


You may notice panels 3, 4 and 9 are blank. This is because they are the same picture as panel 2, and so I can ink them using that panel.

I should explain that I ink using tracing paper over my pencilled pages. I started doing this years ago after destroying one nice set of pencils too many with my awful inking. This way I keep the pencils and inks and it's interesting to compare them retrospectively.

Here's the inking started on page 2. I generally do the panel borders, caption boxes, speech balloons and lettering first...


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS 2

Hey! Here we are, another night working on this four page comic.

First photo is the completed pencils and inks of page one...


Time to start pencilling page two, working from the layouts below...


More to come! Three pages more to come...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS 1

I'm working away on a four page story at the moment.

Thought I'd show some photos as I go along over the next week or so.

First, here's a photo with my layout book on the left and the pencils so far on the right.



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

REDBIRD REVIEW INTERVIEW


Eileen Budd interviewed me recently, and our conversation is now up at Redbird Review.

Have a look here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TIN ROOF SUMMER EXHIBITION 2015


I went to see Treehouse Comics editor Neil Scott last Saturday. I picked up some copies of #6 and we talked about about setting up an exhibition in the public library later in the year.

Neil is a member of Tin Roof, and our chat led us onto the upcoming exhibition by this group, starting this Friday 19th June and running until the 25th. Neil happened to mention that it was not limited to members - anyone who has had work on display before could do so again. I am indeed not a member, but I've had stuff up as part of Treehouse.

Okay, so when is the deadline? Monday.

Right, let's go. I had a one page story in mind that I'd already written and laid out very loosely. It's called "The Ascent of Man". Here's what I had ready to go:

I worked on that over Saturday night and Sunday. Come along on Friday to see how it turned out!

Monday, June 15, 2015

STATE OF THE SMALL PRESS NATION: WEBSTORES


Another chapter in Andy Oliver’s fascinating series on the UK small press comic scene has been published over at Broken Frontier. This time, it concerns online sales and webstores, and features the views of this here newbie!

Have a read here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ADVENTURES IN COMICS 5


I've contributed a two page strip to this annual anthology project, and it is now up at their website.

Please go here to have a look.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

TREEHOUSE #6


The new issue of Treehouse is out now, with this great cover by Avril Smart.

I've three stories in there. Their titles are Bruce the Rat in ‘One Adventure Too Many’, Junior Scrabbl and Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: An Introduction.

Bruce the Rat in 'One Adventure Too Many'
Junior Scrabbl
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: An Introduction

Also includes stories and art by John Alan Birch, Rebecca Horner, Asuna Ikeshima, Balazs Lorinczi, Norrie Millar, Chris Murray, Ross Purdie and Neil Scott.

It’s available now from the Fred Egg Comics shop.

Friday, June 05, 2015

DUMP 3: SHORT STORIES


Dump 3 has 9 short stories, ranging in size from 1 to 4 pages each.

Here's are some excerpts:

Bum Monster
I Don't Give a Fuck
The Orb
Room Tour
Things to Do at 3 O'Clock in the Morning
Visitor
What a Difference a Day Makes
What Is It?
Why it's Good to Feel Pain

Thursday, June 04, 2015

DUMP 3: THE GUEST ARTISTS

A personal highlight in putting together Dump 3 was working once again with tremendous guest artists.

I enjoy writing for others, as they invariably always do something that surprises you.

Six artists this time around; some returning from Dump 2, some brand new to Fred Egg Comics. All did superb work. It was a thrill to see each page as it came back to me.

Have a look at these preview panels and you will see why:

Damon Herd
Donna Law
Neil Paterson
Ludi Price
Keara Stewart
Pam Wye

Brilliant artwork, I am sure you will agree!

Thanks to all my contributors for their magnificent efforts.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

DUMP 3 - PREVIEW

The name Dump is a deprecating title for my comic, reflecting the fact that it is a collection of stories I did for various venues over the course of the last year.

Not all the stories have previously been published. There is an artists' alley section with six stories I wrote, drawn by others. And there is also the eponymous main story in which the central character Bert Ainsley works in a council dump.

Here are the first four pages. Have a read, I hope they manage to pique your interest...

Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Between doing Dump and Berserkotron, which also starred Bert Ainsley, I've been writing this character for several years now. I don't currently plan to do another story with him in. It feels odd to not have him there to go back to, inbetween all the other comics I do. I like to think that I gave him an apt send off though.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015