Vladimir the Medico gets a makeover

I’m planning to reprint an old (1994) story featuring Vladimir The Medico, previously published as Anarchic Hospital Tales. As part of this process, I thought it would be nice to add halftones to the drawings. To show work in progress, here’s a before and after of page 11.

Club Dog 1987

As mentioned recently, here’s my Club Dog drawing for City Limits magazine from March 1987. Somehow, I found this image was being reproduced by the club owners on their flyers, without my permission. I think I even saw one of them, and was struck by what an amateurish job they had done. I telephoned Savage…

Forbush-Man

Here’s a drawing by me of Forbush-Man from 1994. This was for a UK small-press publication edited by Darryl Cunningham, where independent artists were invited to draw a sketch of their favourite Marvel Comics character. (You can see a scan of the cover in this gallery.) I don’t say this is a particularly good drawing,…

Club Dog in Colour

Here you can download three separate drawings for an unfinished and unpublished comic strip, from around 1988. I had just come back from a comics festival in Treviso, courtesy of Paul Gravett who kindly asked me to join him at this amazing event, and I met some friendly artists and lovely people. I must have…

Primitif Painting

A colour painting of Primitif, undated, prob. from the mid-1980s. I used this image at least once inside a Primitif anthology book, but it’s never been printed or seen in full colour. Gouache, or water-soluble acrylic paint, with indian ink on top.

Drawing for The Ash Tree

In 1988 I worked with Savage Pencil on a series of drawings for The Ash Tree, the ghost story by M.R. James. The work was commissioned by the editors of Escape magazine and appeared in Escape 17 (the “Spellbound” issue) in 1989. This was one of the smaller spot-illustrations; the main event was a grisly…

The Big Sneeze by Phoenix

Here we have the cover for an early small press comic The Big Sneeze by Trevs Phoenix (now Woodrow Phoenix), published under his Catopants imprint. This “Sumo Conceptual Comic” comprised drawings of sumo wrestlers and starred Henry Sumo Sumo as the main character. The cover is brown A4 card folded lengthways, like a greetings card;…

Fragment of an Astorial Anecdote

Around 1994 or 1995 I wrote a number of short Astorial stories (stories set in the imaginary Astorial Hotel) and sent them out to fellow cartoonists and friends, in hopes they may wish to draw them up as comic strips. Denny Derbyshire, Chris Reynolds and Ros Garbles all responded, and their completed strips were published…

French Graphiste Stickers

No idea about these…I found them in a glassine envelope with “Comme Image” printed on it. It contains these stickers / postage stamps drawn by various artists. I recognise one of them as the work of El Rotringo, so I’m assuming for now they’re all French graphistes from some time in the 1990s. Any information…

Some Fear-Fraught Occasions

Original art for a one-pager “Some fear-fraught occasions of Charley Dome, related by himself”. I’m 90% sure this is Caspar Williams under an alias. From 1986, this is probably a submission to Fast Fiction magazine. Good gritty atmosphere in the drawings, nice shadows, use of Letratone. The Totally Evil Insect Kid is a potentially strong…