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Whoops, left it a bit too long since my last post, what with the Christmas period and taking time off. I also wanted to leave the advert for The Mice book at the top of the pile as well.
Moving on into 2012, appropriately enough here’s an image I produced last summer. From time to time I work for Big Smoke Media, who are a London-based promotional company who create and stock the postcards that you find in a rack in restaurants, bars and cinemas in the South East, often while on the way to the loo.
It’s been great to know them and they have been kind enough to pay me with my own distributed postcard when I do an illustration for them. This is one for them, a take on the royal wedding. The postcard I had made subsequently featured the grinning soldier you will have seen at the top of this blog and I hope that if you have been in the city you may have seen either of them and taken one.
The Mice: The Factory Menace is now available to buy from Scar Comics online shop, here . £7.99, 80 pages, black and white, it is a complete story and also the first book in a proposed series of four, with the second book almost completed.
It tells the story of the giant alien factory Order Nine, and the humans who live there, who are treated like vermin and trying to fight off the aliens who, it must be said, don’t much care and hate their jobs. Humorous, action-packed, romantic and deadly, here are some reviews:
“Small press comics at its absolute best… 9 out of 10.”
“This is a gem and worth seeking out.”
“Roger Mason’s fully-formed future scenario pits tiny terrorists in the Land of the Giants against occupying alien forces. A rollicking SF epic brought to life with splendidly fluid chiaroscuro brushwork by one of the UK’s most exciting young talents.”
Gary Spencer Millidge, creator of Strangehaven
A Preview can be read on my website , click on The Mice link, and here’s a couple of pages…
Monday morning and just taken my brother’s crazy fun dog Barney for a walk in the hills around Sheffield. I went to Thought Bubble(Balloon?) in Leeds yesterday and sat on the Scar Comics table, selling copies of The Mice. A good day, if a bit quiet on the punters with cash front.
Treating myself to a spend at the Top Shelf table, I enjoyed catching up with Chris Staros and buying the big Alec collection by Eddie Campbell as well as Superfuckers by Kochalka. I caught up with Sean Azzopardi and read his diary comics, beginning with 100 Days of Winter which I enjoyed very much.
From 2007, when I was working with Red Bee Media at White City on the branding work for the TV channel BBC Three. The idea was to create a planet that the idents would feature different parts of and I was asked to help visualise this world.
Here are colour visuals of various parts of this imaginary world, including a rough layout, useful to let the team know I was on the same wavelength as them before investing more time in the image.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A response to events in London, drawn on the back of an envelope.
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.
Fountain pen on top of pencils, sometime in April, I think.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…?
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.