Sunday, December 30, 2007
The Thing is...
NO agonizing with this one...it's 'ordinary' stuff that's hard to draw.
Speak to you in 2008 - cheers!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Belated best to you and yers.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Words AND pictures
I've only bin dumped once, which I'm eternally grateful for(but at the time i felt like a puddle of piss ).
My career IS always stalling or taking a nosedive, due to some 'ill health and misfortune', but mostly down to my ever-growing disillusionment with an ever-increasingly shoddy industry; dumb and dull PlayStation-generation comics, editors who change minds at the last minute, and writers who never keep their word.
And sometimes, there's just better things to do.
My first rented property had a leaky roof AND a leaky ceiling. More the fault of dope-loving cowboy builders than a gypsy curse(though they could've bin related.)
Our boiler has never conked out, good job, since I'm not even sure where it is.
In the last five years the TV has bin replaced once, cus we wanted a bigger one - the screen is a lot easier to hit with a sponge house brick
Yes, broke specs many times, and also dropped a contact lense down the bog.
Burn toast often(that's how the birds like it), good job there's no batteries in the smoke alarm, cus my ears would be bleeding.
Don't miss doctors appointments, just turn up late, or on the wrong day.
There's no such thing as 'buses'.
Yeah, forget a lot of birthdays, but never my own.
Tread in dog shit rarely(even though we have a dog and a garden full of poo-mines) - usually it's cat shit.
Never walked into a lamppost, but I've seen a lamppost walk.
Don' drink red wine, but spilling Ribena is just as bad.
Never burn my hands since years of intense pencil-squeezing have robbed them of feeling...
Editors and writers - see above.
Only crashed the computer once, but we were drunk and well over the speed limit.
And, yes, like the sun going down, and the moon a-rising, Tiscali and Blogger remain forever shite.
Better add some pictures quick...
Son of Droop.
Cousin of Droop.
Sketching a look for two vampire characters, for a comic in progress.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Eight red pegs
Don't know why; it could've bin a double-glazing salesman, or a Jehovah's witness, but maybe i thort it was the Fed Ex man with a box full of complementary comics from across the seas, or an over sized gift from an adoring fan.
Whatever the reason, it's one i will forever regret.
The tiny bent woman, laden with bags and battered shopping trolley, stood looking up at me, with a toothless grin she wished me the best of the day, then tried to sell me a bath sponge.
I nodded a 'no thanks'.
Then she tried to sell me some tea towels, then some biro's, then cotton buds, and...and i kept nodding the no thanks nod. Each nod more forceful than the last, and slowly i started to inch the door shut. She persisted, her hand holding out a bag of eight red pegs, reaching past the door frame and into the 'personal space' of my home. I'd had enough, my patience was gone, i swore under my breath and pushed on the door, nearly trapping her hand.
Just as the door shut i saw her face glaring at me, her left eye yellow and wide, the pupil tiny and black. And that's when it happened, that's the moment. That's when i was cursed.
The gypsy cast a black spell. And i was cursed.
Since that day.
That's why I've suffered ill health and misfortune. That's why girlfriends have dumped me, why my career is always stalling and taking nosedives, why my roof leaked, why my boiler conked out, why I've replaced my TV four times in five years, why i broke my specs, why i always burn the toast and miss doctor's appointments and buses and birthdays. That's why I'm always treading in dog shit, walking into lampposts, spilling red wine on carpets, burning my hands on saucepans. And it's why editors and writers ignore my e-mails, and why the computer crashes, why sometimes i can't get on line and why sometimes i cant FUCKING post pictures on this blog!
'Technical difficulties', that's horseshit, it's the CURSE, it's not Tiscali or Blogger, it's bad magic.
No eight red pegs, no Uggly Monday, no Freaky Friday.
Careful next time there's a knock at YOUR door...
Friday, November 23, 2007
Freaky Friday; Twitch
Friday, November 16, 2007
Freaky Friday; Doug and Lug
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Uggly Monday; Olaf(i nearly cried)
Friday, November 02, 2007
The Dead Never Stop
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
For Halloween i offer a pic of The Shape - better known as Michael Myers. John Carpenters movie blew me away and however many times i see it, I'm always left impressed. And unlike it's imitators,(including the misguided 'white trash' remake)it's a film with genuine mood and tension; with a cast that you care about, and a 'Bogeyman' that is truly frightening.
Have a good un!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Uggly Monday; Crackling Annie
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Happy Birthday to Elsa!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Cock-up on blogging front
Friday, October 26, 2007
Albion Unseen; Final Part
Captain Hurricane waiting for his cuppa.
The captain gets all misty eyed - original pencils from #3; and one of the most sloppily inked - barrage balloons became clouds!
The two that got away, due to copyright; Clever Dick and Werewilf.
That's yer lot, hope you enjoyed the show .
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Albion Unseen Part 2
Incidentally, The Spider was supposed to have a deathly pallor, but Wildstorm chose to ignore the colour notes. Here's the final 'beefy' version.
Dr.'Ratty' Rat was another joy to draw(from the pages of Cor!!) - however brief, just wished we could've got a 'flashback' with him against 'The Agents Of BIFF (The British Institute For Foiling Felonies)'.
The Steel Claw had an ash-blond crew cut originally, but it was decided it was too similar to his cellmate pal, Tim Kelley.
And a referance guide of his claw for Dave Gibbon's cover to #6.
And, The Cloak. Sadly. Other than two very fleeting glimpses, he didn't feature in the story. But i did get to speak with the characters creator; Mike Higgs - who gave me his blessing and shared a coupla entertaining anecdotes from the glory days of British comics, nice bloke.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Can't for the life of me remember the name of the obligatory 'fat one' but I'm sure it'll be something like; Big Bertha, Tubby, Fatty, Greedy, Piggy or Cakehole. Anyone recall?
Eagleton quickly became a bore to draw, wished I'd stayed with my first version, or at least kept the pipe, always a good visual prop.
Faceache(Fred Akeley), in contrast, was an utter delight to draw - scrunge!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Uggly Monday; Those responsible...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Happy belated Birthday to Bela!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Beware the Moon!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Uggly Monday; The Three Ronnies
Monday, October 08, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
A Crow pic(k)
But sometimes it's just bad luck; the cool editor who wants to do your cool comic, gets sacked, or drops dead, or moves to Marvel, or they put you 'on hold' or replace you with a 'bigger name', or the company goes bust.
That's what happened(and ALL of the above, for that matter)with KITCHEN SINK in the 90's, just as Jamie Delano and mesen were ready to sign on the dotted line, they went down the plughole.
So you never got to read one of the best comic book series that Jamie never wrote; which was also the best Crow comic you never read. Binning the punk rock vigilante vs. gangster thing, for a period set weird western, full of hellish visions, catholic guilt and gothic decay, all draped under a luxuriously thick shroud of blood and terror. Real shame, especially since Todd McFarlane ended up with the franchise, and we all know what a stand-up guy he is, right?
Anyway, other than Jamie's crackin synopsis, all that was done was one drawing, pencilled by me, and inked by me old mate, Mark Buckingham(who was gonna ink the whole 4-issues). Found the art tuther day, thought it was worth sharing...
And if you didn't already know, Jamie is still 'out there', raging against the machine, read his words at; http://www.jamiedelano.co.uk/ but have a coupla stiff drinks first.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Quick on the draw
And i forgot how important, how exhilarating it is. Me, 2 pens, an A5 sketchbook and a knee. Love it.
Rain in Spain...