Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Caption 2010

This weekend I will be attending Caption, the Oxford based small press event that I've been visiting off and on pretty much since the early days. This year, it has the honour of being the event to premier the final part of There's No Time Like The Present. Every year Caption has a theme and this years is Mad Science. For once, I've remembered to draw a sketch for the programme. Here's my tribute to the great Magnus Pike. See you there, if you're going. I'll probably be in the bar.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

TNTLTP 13 is go Go GO!

The final episode of There's No Time Like The Present is now available. Part 13 is the super-sized (well, a little bit longer than usual) conclusion to the long comic strip, or 'graphic novel', I started work on in September 2004. Because of its length, part 13 costs £3.25, but if you order from me using the Paypal button on my website, that price includes post and packing to the UK. (International customers, please visit The Shop.)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

West Justice

If you have never read West by my friends Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable then may I point you in the direction of West Justice. This is the definitive collection of the first five stories, beautifully reproduced in hardcover. West Justice is a fantastic example of disciplined comic strip story telling that benefits even more from being read in a single volume. You don't necessarily need to be interested in Westerns to get great pleasure from this book, trust me.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Recent Booty

This week I ordered Rob Jackson's latest comic, Goblin Hall, from his website. It's a big, in both shape and length, one-off tale set during the middle ages. Goblin Hall is a very eerie, often surreal fairy tale that's meticulously illustrated throughout. Buy it.

I also received Ralph Kidson's latest, Hootiebits The Magic Owl. Ralph Kidson absolutely never fails to be funny and this is no exception. The characterisation, the jokes and the comic timing are perfect. In fact, it's a wonder to me why he doesn't have his own TV show. However, I don't think Ralph even has a website, but you can email him here for details about his comics. Tell him I sent you.


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Book of Lists Review

Dr Jonas Christ has posted a very positive review of Book of Lists to his blog, Crabbed Into Sunlight. "This is highly entertaining. Many sections are funny, some are serious, but all are very honest and open. He concentrates on the small details that make you laugh but are normally quickly forgotten." He also took this photograph comparing my looks with a Megabus driver called Norm. I'm in no position to dispute that. Copies of Book of Lists are still available to order from my Shop.


Friday, 2 July 2010

TNTLTP Finished

I drew the final page to my long comic strip, or graphic novel, There's No Time Like The Present on Tuesday. After six years of obsessive work, I have finished the biggest project of my life so far. I am currently going through the process of getting the final issue, part 13, ready for the printers so that it's available for sale at this years Caption. In the meantime, here's the black and white artwork for the cover.