Sunday, August 31, 2008

Good news for all lovers of naked three-eyed tentacle-headed Lovecraftian she-things...

Cover art to Cthulhu Tales #8 is up for auction over on eBay, five days to go. Spend before the recession leaves you without any pocket money.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Albion and Frankenstien for sale!

Seven Albion pages up for grabs, £45 each, price includes p&p. If you want to see better quality, unwonky scans, am happy to oblige.








And up for auction on eBay is the two Curse of Frankenstein pics i did for Little Shoppe of Horrors #21, along with a pre-raging portrait of Captain Hurricane.



Thursday, August 14, 2008

Zombies, tentacles, etc.

Two covers from BOOM! and moi. Both should be on the shelves in time for Halloween.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Peace


In between the blood, monsters and dead-things, i do enjoy a day off, and a coupla Sundays back we were blessed with full-hat-on sunny weather. So we piled into my mums car for a belated birthday trip to Biddulph Grange Gardens.
Biddulph Grange was 'created' over 150 years ago, as a series of gardens within a garden, each with it's own distinctive theme and character.

I know, i know, that might sound REAL scary, all walking sticks, varicose veins and hearing aids, and hardly where you'd picture a skulking 'lord of the dark ink', especially in daylight. But, Biddulph Grange is one of my favourite places in the whole world, well, the whole world I've seen.

First time i visited was around 10 years back, just after I'd met me gal, Suzanne. She used to live 20 minutes from the gardens, knew it well. Me, lived in Staffordshire all my life, and never heard of the place. So Suzanne took me for a visit, and it was one of the most non-illegal-drug highs I've ever experienced.

Walking around it's eccentric landscape i forgot about the drab and ordinary, and felt like i was walking into a Lewis Carrol story; an Egyptian Courtyard complete with sphinx and pyramid and obelisk-shaped trees; an oriental garden, temple, bridge and Joss House, a Dragon Parterre and a Golden Buffalo; tunnels, stone stairways, hidden paths; a lake, and brooks snaking thru plants and flowers from all over the world, and quiet. Lots of quiet.




Like there was a giant muffler over the grounds.
No noise, no litter, no fat mums with crap tattoos and 6 squawking kids, no chavs in shellsuits swigging cheap cider, just folk soaking it all up, and letting the day just take it's time...slowly.

And the place was still THAT place, just more in bloom.

A blissful day, made all the better since we spent it with my parents, who i don't see as much as i should.



And the tea room serves killer scones!





Normal service will be resumed next time, y'know, zombies, tentacles, etc.

Friday, August 01, 2008

A Pitch from the Vault!

Just before the Albion mini-series happened, i was busy bombarding publishers with pitches, left, right and centre. Most were in collaboration with a writer, but a couple i was hoping to write and draw all by mesen. Had very little response, which i think was down to my art style and the whole 'idiosyncratic tone' of my stories, since i was pig-sick bored with 'deep and meaningful' and 'dark and gritty', and wanted to do something that was more playful/joyful and a little old fashioned.

My aim was to do a character that may have existed, if, back in the 60's, the British comics industry had taken a different path, kinda an 'alternate reality' comic, but, at the same time, i wanted to celebrate everything i loved about classic escapist TV shows, like The Avengers, Dr. Who and the Gerry Anderson stuff, along with all the IPC and Odhams comic strip greats.

Obviously it never happened, but i was able to channel a lot of that energy/enthusiasm into Albion.

And in a selfish way i was trying to push for that feel and attitude when working with Alan, John and Leah, cus I thought readers might've bin more receptive to Albion, if it had jumped right into that whimsical 'otherplace', and, y know, just had more fun with it. But maybe not...



I did many drawings for this particular 'dream project', which is best summed up as a supernatural detective horror comedy; Spellbinder playing Dick Barton.

Here's some of the art that went with the pitch, and, yes, he's supposed to look like Grimly Feendish.