Thursday, 11 October 2012

Jimmy Savile is the Devile

Look, I don't want to come across all judgemental, but did anybody seriously ever look at Jimmy Savile and not think he was a sex offender? Creepy, straw haired weirdo who had a huge robotic chair and gave kids a quick go on a rollercoaster as long as they sat on his knee?

I'm only surprised it took this long for it to become news.

Quite rightly, his headstone has been taken to landfill, it looks as though he's posthumously losing his knighthood and even the website for Saviles Hall (the venue in Leeds in which Thought Bubble is hosted annually) has had all traces of his name removed, so I guess it'll be renamed very quickly.

Anyway, he's a prize arsebag and I made him into a demon.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Buy Once Upon a Time Machine!


Well, my writer/artist/partial letterer comics debut has finally hit the shelves. Yep, I have an 8-page twisted retelling of The Three Little Pigs which is part of Dark Horse Books and Locust Moon Press' Once Upon a Time Machine.

It's been a long road, over three years since the project began life. With over 50 creators and in excess of 400 pages of stories, all re-imagining fairy tales in a future setting, it's a bargain at $24.99 (and you'll find it cheaper - $13.43 on Amazon) or £18.99 (£12.45 on!

Want more reasons to buy it? Okay, here's a few of the creators involved:

Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Khoi Pham (Scarlet Spider, Daredevil), Farel Dalrymple (Prophet, Pop Gun War), Marcio Takara (Irredeemable, The Incredibles), Cary Nord (Conan, X-O Manowar) and a whole bunch of writers, artists, letterers, colourists and editors with whom I've shared a lot of funny, constructive conversations, tip, critiques and dreams of making it. These would be people such as (in no particular order) Gav Heryng, Gary Heaney, Jim Giar, Chris Stevens, L Jamal Walton, Scott O. Brown, Jason Rodriguez, Andrew Carl, Chip Skelton, William Blankenship Jr, Jason Copland, Fred Duran, Drew Moss and Lee Nordling (I'm sure I missed some, sorry!)

Simply put, this is a dream achieved for a lot of people. It started as a fun project to get people excited, but it's ended as a VERY well-received anthology which will no doubt be the start of a lot of careers. If you have any interest in sci-fi, fairy tales or just great stories and art, you should pick up a copy and let us know what you think! Support the little guys!

Enough now, here's the cover, by Farel Dalrymple:

Links to where you can buy it:

Forbidden Planet

Amazon (UK)
Amazon (US)
Barnes & Noble

And links to the glowing reviews so far:

The trailer:

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

My Polyphonic Spree poster

Just been given the go ahead to show this, so here's the first look at my gig poster for The Polyphonic Spree's show in London on October 31st (that's Halloween, in case you hadn't noticed)! Now, unless I'm very much mistaken, this will be the band's first appearance in the UK since 2007 and as they're one of my favourite bands of all time and yet fate has never allowed me to see them live (many near misses, though), the fact that I'm going to be at their show along with 100 prints of this poster (all signed and numbered) is... well, it's all I can do not to explode.

I strongly suggest you come along. Some Rocky Horror Show tunes, some Spree originals, fancy dress, shenanigans, art, wildebeest (okay, maybe not wildebeest)... you'd be mad to miss it.

Monday, 8 October 2012

May LaFours be with you

I scoured the internet last night and discovered something startling: nobody has made anything of the (in retrospect) obvious pun which can be put together using LaFours (from Butch and Sundance) and 'the Force' (from Star Wars). Considering that Star Wars is one of the most plundered properties for internet humour, this came as a hell of a surprise. Recent searches have turned up precedents for 'Doctor Hoot', 'Centaur of Attention' and at least two more puns, so how the hell this has happened is beyond me.

Never one to let the opportunity slip by, I woke up this morning and started on my Star Wars/Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid mashup.

If you don't get the pun, you probably need to watch Butch and Sundance (or even Mallrats, maybe).

Friday, 5 October 2012

Upcoming events


If you find yourself in Manchester between the 12th and 21st of October, why not pop to the Cornerhouse on Oxford Road and get your portrait drawn in the Sketch-O-Matic? The details are all there in the link, but the basics idea is that it's like a photo booth with an artist instead of a camera. Dozens of artists are doing one-hour shifts (mine is Oct 15th, 4-5pm). Obviously, I won't have time to do vectors, so it'll be markers and other pen-shaped tools. Should be a larf!


I'm one of many artists contributing to Gallery of Mo next month. In addition to growing a sure-to-be enviable moustache on my unenviable face, I'll be drawing portraits to order throughout the whole of November. Sorry, Movember. This will be in my vector style and because it's for charity, each of my portraits will be £20. Be ready when the site starts taking orders and I'll draw an angular version of you with a hairy lip.

Hopefully, it'll be more accurate than my portrait of Bob Mould, iconic member of Hüsker Dü, influence on the grunge scene and currently ripping up the airwaves with his amazing song The Descent. Sorry Bob, you deserve better than this...


Disclaimer: I don't have any Bob Mould tracks, so the music on the video is provided by the equally amazing Weather.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Portrait and process

It's past 2am which is quite late for me these days, being an old man, so I'll keep this brief.

Despite deciding yesterday to finish my Rock Frontmen series with Josh Homme, I made another one. Someone on Twitter asked me about my artistic process, which led me to have a go at livestreaming. Naturally, I went with a portrait as it's been my thing recently and as I was listening to Incubus' Light Grenades (mint album), I decided on their singer Brandon Boyd as my subject.

While the resemblance may be debatable, I hope at least that it's a decent image and that the video (reduced from 1 hour 40 mins to just over 12 mins for the sake of your sanity) gives you some insight into how I work. You may be surprised to note there's no sketching at all. You may not. You may be a bison. If so, fair play to you for navigating the internet to this point.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Three more portraits

Three portraits, three different approaches, although it may not look like it.

First is a simple, cartoony affair (appropriately enough given that the subject is a cartoon character). Here, I really tried to go back to the minimalism I originally used on the Chad Kroeger and George Lucas portraits which I guess is easier given that I'm not necessarily concerning myself with a likeness.

Next, I allowed myself the luxury of curved lines for a change. This is the first female portrait in this style, which I haven't exactly been looking forward to as this style works best with strong, preferably exaggerated features. Well known women on the whole tend to be less exaggerated than men in terms of basic stuff like nose length, brow size, etc. Some (a lot of) men are the same, actually, but I don't mind playing up men's cartoonish (ugly) features, plus they sometimes have beards which can help. I feel guilty making women look like Transformers (yes, I'm from the 1950s with my gentlemanly ways).

Anyway, I attempted to draw Lauren Laverne. It proved difficult, and maybe I went too far again into details. I asked for people to guess who it was and nobody got it...

Lastly, a return to the style developed over the past few weeks. Part of the rock frontmen series. I found this one incredibly easy to do, and I hope it's obvious who it is supposed to be. If not, maybe I'll go eat a wall or something.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Mister Grohl

I need to re-buy the first three albums. The Colour and the Shape is one of my all-time favourite rock albums and New Way Home is a great, great ending.