Friday, 30 December 2016

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Corner of Some Foreign Field

Available to view online, eight-page folk horror creepiness The Corner of Some Foreign Field.

This project came about from myself and Martin Hayes kicking over and back a few things to best maximise our venn diagram of interests and to hopefully create a little story that would engage both of us creatively. I've worked previously with Martin on the Aces Weekly serial 'The Gentlemen Ghouls', had a blast on that and was keen to tinker on something else with him. I threw at him random points such; nature taking over, Swamp Thing Moore/Bissette/Totleben era, rural folk weirdness, Alan Garner, Nicolas Roeg films... All a real scattershot of points. He did sterling work coming up with this tight weird little chiller.

After script and inked linework was completed we were fortunate to get the colouring services of Chris O'Halloran, who did a great job I think of depicting the sharp clear unnnerving quiet of a bright warm sunny day in the countryside. Chris is steaming ahead with professional colouring work with titles for Dynamite etc.

And finally Bram Meehan came along to do final lettering on the project, have worked with him before on Gentlemen Ghouls, he comes in, does tidy, solid professional work with little if any issues raised. All in all the creative team were just great to deal with; diligent, down to earth, hassle-free, job done.

Enjoy this little trip in to folk horror rural weirdness...

Saturday, 29 October 2016

EIR on Kickstarter

Ryan K Lindsay got in touch with me some time ago to see if I was interested in doing an all-ages one-shot comic. Had a read of the script and saw the potential to have a lot of fun on this project. And I was right, it’s been a blast working initially with Ryan then seeing my linework coloured by Triona Farrell.

Having grown up reading kids comics such as the Beano then the Eagle for a bit before moving on to other more adult-orientated stuff and now also seeing my nieces and nephews growing up devouring reading material, really think it’s important that the comics industry as a whole can offer material to younger readers, to get them on the first step of reading comics and getting them potentially (unfortunately) hooked for life and creating the next generation of adult comic buyers and supporters. If it’s just a case of pulling up the ladder and offering only adult/cool/gritty material for knowing older readers then things are just going to wither on the vine. Well, that’s my take on it anyway.

With EIR itself, had a lot of fun creating the character designs and getting to know the character of the little girl Sasha, a perfect balance of strength and vulnerability. To counterpoint Sasha had a blast creating weird and wonderful cosmic creatures and landscapes.

Once linework was finished, myself and Ryan cast the net out to find a suitable colourist. I saw Triona’s work samples on Twitter and thought her fizzing, popping colour palette would be a great fit for the alien environments. She didn’t disappoint, she really took ownership of the job in hand and brought some really strong concepts and ideas to the project. Have to say I’ve really enjoyed seeing my clean black and white linework just completely explode into outer space with her colouring applied. Since working on these pages Triona has powered on to become a full time colourist working at companies such as Boom Studios.

It’s been a real joy working with Ryan. He’s just so diligent and hard-working and seeing how much he gets done around work/family life has been an inspiration. He just keeps mining ideas and coming up with leftfield things that really benefit the project. Great to see gears turning for him when it comes to comics writing in the industry now.

Special mention to Ryan Ferrier who just knocked the lettering out of the gate in practically one pass. Love how he designed the helmet’s speech bubble. It’s just great seeing creative solutions from others that you would never have thought of yourself. The guy’s a real hard working pro.

Along with working on the comic pages themselves, I’ve also done a large amount of other stuff for the Kickstarter project; I created the animated promo video above, page designs for the additional material PDF, artwork for additional material such as pin-up and creator shots as well as design and artwork for other pledge level surprises.

Will also be offering on Kickstarter pledge levels of original pages and original cover/pin up artwork as well as the chance to get your hands on original inked artwork of Sasha as well as original inked artwork of whatever the hell you want.

Further details over on Ryan's site, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Get on board!

Friday, 28 October 2016

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kickstarter: Latin Drawn & Quartered

South American & Cuban Sketchbook project. 

From the start of May to the end of August 2016 my wife and I threw everything up in the air, pressed the reset button on our lives and went travelling around South America and Cuba. It’s been an experience I’ve been very fortunate to have had, taking in such a range of sights, wildlife, cultures, beliefs, mythologies, everyday lives lived and food and drink.

]From urban sprawls to odd out of the way pagan monuments, it’s been fascinating to realise that wherever you go, decent people are decent people and culturally we all tie back to the same roots of a fascination with the sun, moon and the lengthening of shadows. And maybe the most important realisation: if it can ferment it can get you drunk.

I took a sketchbook with me and along the way, it got battered, bent, damp and nearly ended up at the bottom of the sea but fortunately it got back in one piece. It’s been filled in with pages of impressions, inspirations, in situ sketches and random brain farts which seemingly have nothing to do with the trip. The pages range from very quick loose work to more tightened up pieces.

The pages have been scanned, tidied up and formatted into a nicely designed package. With accompanying notes to shed light on the where, when and why of the illustrations within.

This is my first Kickstarter campaign so have a very modest funding goal and with the way I've priced things I'm going to have a very close race breaking even if this meets it's funding goal and beyond. So, not in this for wealth and fame, just to get it out there. From self-financing my three issues of Charlatan Tales I know it's a serious hit stumping up for printing costs so I hope that there's enough people out there interested in this to see it and support it and help get it out there. All interest and support greatly appreciated.

Special mention to old-timey friend Ciaran McDevitt for supplying the original music that accompanies promo video. Much appreciated.
60 pages
Full colour cover - Perfect bound
Interior pages - B&W/Greyscale