Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas

I'm very sorry but I've not got around to making a Christmas card this year. Instead, here are some of my favourite cards from recent years for you. I hope these will suffice. 


From 2009. If I were drawing this now I would include Jesus in the line-up.

This is my favourite although not everybody who received the card liked it for some reason.

Undoubtedly, two classic British beauties still.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Jim'll Fix It

I drew this strip a couple of years ago after Shane Richie hosted a one-off episode of Jim'll Fix It over the Christmas period. A few months later, the recently deceased Jimmy Savile, the show's original host and to whose memory this revisit was a tribute to, was outed as a serial paedophile and sex offender. These revelations left me with a strip I had drawn that, for ages, I didn't feel able to do anything with. However, after posting my recent Catalogue of Rejections, I was reminded of it and realised that I probably have a thing about the actor Shane Richie. What that thing is, I'm not entirely sure but I'm worried that he might be my muse. 

Jimll-fix-it-bw

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Catalogue of Rejections

Often, my submissions to Viz take the form of what I refer to as 'pitches'. These are rough versions of the finished strip that give the editors a good idea of what to expect should they accept the submission and make me feel better about the amount of work I put into drawing it should they reject it. Here are some pitches that Viz decided weren't for them.
I think I might have been successful with this pitch if I had made the reference to Horrible Histories more clear by calling the strip Unpleasant Pasts or Yucky Yesterdays or something.
My occasional collaborator and proof-reader, Robert Wells, describes this as 'too rude, even for Viz'.
Had I submitted this around the time Richie appeared on the comedy panel show Would I Lie To You boasting about his sexual conquests whilst he was doing The Daz Doorstep Challenge adverts and married to Colleen Nolan I might have stood a chance but instead I left it too late.
Maybe Viz just don't find jokes about erections as funny as I seem to.

Monday, 9 December 2013

X-O Men

X-O-Men

I drew the above strip for a comedy night fanzine a few years ago. I have no idea if it was used (and experience has taught me not to assume that it was). I was reminded of it recently after reading the latest issue of Spandex by Martin Eden and I saw this panel in it.


My comic Thunder Brother: Soap Division also makes a brief cameo in the new issue. It took me three reads before I found it.