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Batman Live commission

Catwoman, victim and Harley Quinn. Art by Roger Mason

Recently I drew this commission for the boyfriend of a dancer who had won a part in the Batman Live Arena Tour, a significant career step and something to be marked. I came up with the concept, which was to feature Harley Quinn — I added Catwoman — and placed Michelle, the dancer, in between the two hellcats. After that, it seemed to create itself with these strong characters demanding me to go their way. Indian ink on A2 bristol board and a lot of fun to do.

Schrodinger’s Cat cartoon

Schrodinger’s cat cartoon by Roger Mason

If this is not one of the most alluring subjects in physics for cartoonists, other than Einstein’s hair and equations, I will be surprised. Sent this to Viz and Private Eye, alas, no luck.

The Mice graphic novel banner. © Roger Mason 2013

Miss Oatlash from the pages of Preacher

Miss Oatlash from the pages of DC Vertigo’s Preacher comic. Art by Roger Mason

I’ll be taking some time off from tomorrow, to re-charge my batteries after a particularly hectic bout of storyboarding, so I thought I would go out with a bang. To anyone who this image comes to as a complete shock I recommend you look at the DC Vertigo comic Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

A chap called Ryan Ballard is putting together a compendium of sketches based on the afore-mentioned comic, and I jumped at the chance to produce my take on Miss Oatlash and her sexual preferences. Ryan's blog: http://thepreacherproject.blogspot.com/

Preacher is, in my opinion, one of the best entry points into modern comics and a highly entertaining, stomach-churning thrill ride with humour and a body count to match. Great story-telling from Dillon and a pin-sharp script from Irish writer Ennis, both of whom used to work for 2000AD. Apparently Ennis thinks his run on Judge Dredd wasn't much cop (no pun intended), I thought it was great.

BICS went very well, sold 12 copies of The Mice and put one in the hands of Dave Gibbons.

The Mice graphic novel banner. © Roger Mason 2013

BICS and an apology to the 'kids'

This weekend I will be on the Scar Comics table at the Birmingham International Comic Show (BICS) at the Holiday Inn, city centre. Should be a good time, looking forward to selling some copies of The Mice, doing some sketches and catching up with my publisher to find out about the broader distribution plans for the book.

I would like to say about the previous post, that I regret the caption 'Fucking kids'. The kids are alright in my opinion, much maligned and only formed, apparently, a low proportion of the rioters and looters who recently blighted London. A knee-jerk response cartoon like this one does no good whatsoever, so I am saying sorry, to the kids.

Set the Destroyer storyboards

Storyboards for Set The Destroyer music. Dir. Craig Murray, art by Roger Mason

Recently I produced seven key frame illustrations for film-maker Craig Murray who is making a music video for the band Set the Destroyer. I had fun with this, depicting a wasted young girl staggering up Kingsland Road, being sucked into a floor in a bunker and then being re-born up on a rooftop as a blond.

I think I need to see the video to work out what's going on here and if you want to find out more about Craig's work then go to www.youcameinhereastranger.com. Craig sits next to me in my studio in Dalston, in the Bootstrap Building, home also to the Dalston Roof Park. He doesn't drink tea but isn't averse to instant coffee in a plastic beaker, trivia fans.

Judge Dredd 3 – ‘Outgunned’ pencils

Pencils for Judge Dredd-themed artwork, by Roger Mason

This piece of paper has been flapping around in the drawing board vicinity for a few weeks. The judge’s face was originally facing forwards so we would be unable to see her face. It took me some time before I figured out that for me to be interested in taking it further, I would want to see her face, so I turned her head.

Many minutes have been spent on her bum and right leg. This is not a commission, I am just enjoying drawing female judges and am wondering if this is somehow not done to use an existing property on one's blog – because in a way the Dredd tags may bring people to me, so will I get a snotty letter? – plus I'm musing on the fact that once upon a time I would have started inking this by now, rather than writing about it here.

Life drawing class in Bow

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Talking of kapows, another one has come along. Quick plug to say please have a look at this flyer, I will be hosting a life drawing class in Bromley by Bow this Sunday afternoon, mixing observational drawing with cartooning techniques that will help approach the figure and get better results. All are welcome.

Scar Comics at Kapow!

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It is with great pleasure I post this pic up on the blog. I found this online just now and as I do not tend to carry a camera I can miss moments like this, of which I am very proud so maybe it's time to get a camera... Anyway, from left to right, myself looking knackered holding a copy of The Mice: The Factory Menace, Shane Chebsey holding Madame Samurai and Ben Dickson holding Slumdroid.

Shane is one half of Scar Comics, who are, in my opinion, England's hottest independent publisher of graphic novels and Ben is the writer of Slumdroid as well as the acclaimed Falling Sky. My book is available only at conventions at the moment but will soon be more widely available and when that happens I'll be blogging it.

This picture was taken at the amazing Kapow! convention in Islington, London, April 2011, which was the best UK con I have ever been to and well worth going to next year if you get the chance. The Mice sold really well and we at Scar had interest from a big figure in the UK comics publishing scene, which was tantalizing to say the least.

For a preview of The Mice go to my website, www.looksgoodonpaper.co.uk and click on the link.

Judge Dredd 2 – ‘Two surfboards’ chase

Characters based on Wagner and Ezquerra's Judge Dredd, published by Rebellion. Art by Roger Mason

I have been reading Kirby's Fantastic Four and this influenced the giant hand on the doomed perp. Am extremely pleased with the nimble and relentless judge who reminds me of the British character Billy the Cat.

diary comic strip 2

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Another extract from the Kochalka-style ‘page-a-day’ diary from the end of last year, detailing a trip up north when I guest-lectured at the University of Teesside and fell foul of bureaucracy. Or did I...?

Judge Dredd 1

Judge Dredd by Roger Mason

I have been drawing some Dredd-related imagery recently and will be posting it up here over the next few weeks. This week, Dredd sits on his bike gurning. Stay tuned for some deadly-but-slinky female judges.

BNI ‘Givers Gain’ cartoon

BNI ‘Givers Gain’ cartoon by Roger Mason

I am a member of London’s BNI Sherlock chapter, who meet every Thursdays at the Ishtar restaurant at 12 pm. It’s 10-12 Crawford Street, London W1U 6AZ and if you are interested in checking out this amazing organization let me know.

Diary comic – Triggered Off

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diary comic strip

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Been drawing a lot of storyboards lately and some really nice, taxing things I have been asked to draw. It would not be a good idea to put them up here though due to confidentiality issues. Here's another page from my diary comic strip, where, Kochalka-style, I produced a page per day for about a month and a half.