Hello!

Cartoonist, comic stripper, and book illustrator. Appears every fortnight in Private Eye (Forgotten Moments in Music History), has also worked for Penguin, Random House, The Times, Spectator, Reader's Digest, The Beano (Billy Whizz) and The Dandy, to name but a few.
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Friday, 16 December 2011

Dandy Christmas Special

Yes, the Dandy Christmas Special is now on the shelves of all quality retail outlets (hem hem).
In it you'll find another Wilbur double-bill, as Rocky's Horror Show is back for a special xmas episode...
(Don't forget, if you have excellent taste and want to see more Rocky's Horror in The Dandy, tell the editor!
Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher is in there too, taking the lead in 4M's Christmas assembly -- a role he was surely made for...
It's also crammed with loads of other great stuff, er... so I'm told... Still waiting for my copy to arrive, actually.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Late conkers!

One slight problem I have is that I get ideas from things around me, but I'm working (as far as The Dandy is concerned) three months ahead of the schedule... So I got this idea for a Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher page about conkers in November, but that's ideally when it should've been published...


I managed to persuade them to bring it forward a bit, but it's a difficult one to resolve because things going on around you are always likely to give you ideas... I suppose I could squirrel them away for a whole year, but then you never can be sure if your strip -- or even the comic in which it's published -- is still going to be around in a year's time!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Reworked limousine cartoon

...one of a pair of mine from the latest Private Eye. 


It was a reworking of this old unpublished gag. 
It took several years before it occurred to me that it might work better with a woman.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

This week's Dandy...

...sees the last Rocky's Horror Show of this initial season (except for a Christmas one to come later)


If you've enjoyed Rocky's Horror Show and want to see it return to The Dandy, get in touch with the editor and let him know!


Elsewhere, this week's Mr Meecher the Uncool Teacher strip is notable for the fact that Mr Meecher doesn't appear in it! It's another strip loosely based on the harsh realities of my (short) career as a teacher...

Plus of course all the usual great stuff from the rest of The Dandy squad, including a new contributor -- my cartooning pal Royston Robertson's 9 year old son Fergus came up with this week's Lord Booger idea for The Bogies. Go Fergus!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Private Eye annual 2011

...is now on sale.
Here's one of a couple of mine in it.
You've never really embraced consumer culture have you?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Shakespeare in The Dandy

Yes, i'm proud to say that i got some actual lines from Shakespeare into this week's Mr Meecher strip, in which Meech reveals himself to be a bit of a luvvie.
Elsewhere in the comic, Rocky's Horror Show continues with the tale of Big, Bad Riding Hood, plus there's the return of Jamie Smart's Space Raoul, which i'm rather looking forward to reading...

Go on, get yourself a bit of culture!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Dandy Halloween special!

Yes, comics fans, it's time to rush out to your local newsagents (or possibly Sainsbury's) and purchase The Dandy, a Halloween special this week featuring lots of great stuff, including the return of Andy Fanton's Boo in a one-off (I gather) double-page spread, plus Rocky's Horror Show (one of the few strips NOT to be a Halloween special, but then it's pretty much Halloween all year round at Rocky's HQ...), and a Meecher Halloween story.


I spent quite a long time on the final panel of this one, here's a glimpse at it (I'd feel a bit naughty posting it bigger as it isn't far off half the page -- if you want to have a better look, you know what to do!)
(EDIT: 8th November: I've now put the whole strip in the comics section, so you can see it at a decent size)
I've always loved this kind of cartooning (see here, for example), so it was nice to have a go at something like this in a Meecher strip.

Bonus for Meecher fans: Here's a little video of me drawing Meech, which those fine folk at The Dandy have put on their youtube site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suoLb9Y1aCw

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Friday, 14 October 2011

My kids in the Dandy

Had a lot of fun doing this week's Mr Meecher strip in The Dandy -- it features drawings of Mr M by my children, including this title panel by my seven-year-old son:










I love the way he made his eyes a bit red -- dunno what that was all about!
I also put some other youngsters' work in it, including Dandy superfan Harry Rickard (a talented young cartoonist in his own right )
I'd have been super-thrilled to have been published in The Dandy at the age of seven, but my own kids, of course, took it in their stride. Oh well. Harry and I enjoyed it anyway. 
Rocky's Horror Show continues this week with Psycho Demon Kid From Hell (Exorcist spoof in The Dandy? Why not -- your kids'll love it!) -- all the usual other good stuff, too. Buy one if you can find one.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Swamp Bloke!


My strips Rocky's Horror Show and Mr Meecher the Uncool Teacher both continue in this week's Dandy.


Rocky's Horror is now at its regular one-page format. This week's story, Swamp Bloke, is already easily the most talked about individual comic page I've ever produced! Thanks to all those who've tweeted, or sent other messages and comments of appreciation!


And if that's got you curious -- get down to Sainsbury's and buy yourself a Dandy!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Buy the Dandy this week!

If you've been considering checking out The Dandy but still haven't got round to it, this week's issue is an excellent jumping-on point for Wilbur-watchers. It features the long-awaited (by me hem hem) debut of my new strip Rocky's Horror Show -- a double-pager this week to open with.

The issue also features Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher. At the time of writing i'm not sure which page it is (they don't always publish them in the order i draw them) -- but if it's the one i think it is, it's a personal favourite.

So what more reason do you need? -- you need more reasons?! -- okay, how about cracking material from Jamie Smart, Alexander Matthews, Nigel Auchterlounie, Andy Fanton and the rest of the Dandy team? Go on, support this great British institution -- buy The Dandy! 


PS I'm not certain about the rest of the country, but where I live it's best found in Sainsbury's.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Thursday, 18 August 2011

burn_the_strimmers!

Back in the Spectator this week with this one...


It was pre-riot, by the way, nothing to do with any of that -- i just wanted to do something against strimmers!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Mr Meecher update

My character Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher continues in The Dandy -- this week his lesson plan really is a pile of crap. It's out tomorrow, folks!




The good news for Meecher fans is the current run, which was twelve, has been extended -- i've been asked to draw more Meecher, no number specified at this stage.


Here's a little Meecher extra: The first character design i did. I'd already had this approved by the ed when i decided on changing him -- I didn't like the ponytail, but mainly i wised up to the fact that a character i'm going to be drawing a lot should maybe not have quite such a complicated outfit. 
EDIT -- While we're in Meecher mode, there's an interview with Dandy editor Craig Graham, plus another chance to read the very first, slightly awkward-looking Meecher strip, here.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Apocalypse now!

The signs are all there, i tells ya!



From the latest issue of The Spectator.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Film sketch 2

Here's another film sketch. I reckon this one is a bit more challenging -- can you name the film?

Friday, 5 August 2011

Horse crap

An illustration for this week's issue of the local paper, the Bucks Free Press.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Bond cartoon in the RD

Here's the other cartoon from the Reader's Digest Money section this month.
Having drawn a Robin Hood one, i also got to draw another iconic, quintessentially English hero.
This one accompanied a bit about *safe* ways to gambling.
The game's Bonds. Premium Bonds.


If i'd not been working so close to deadline, i might have noticed i only put a *shine* on one stack of gambling chips. 


Or perhaps the other stacks just weren't very shiny...

Monday, 25 July 2011

Robin Hood cartoon in the RD

A couple of my cartoons in the Reader's Digest this month. Unusually they were commissioned, to illustrate the Money pages. Knowing a cartoon is going to be published gives the opportunity to put a bit more into the drawing than you can generally afford to with speculative submissions. Regular visitors will know how much i like drawing trees and wooded areas, so i was pleased when they went for a Robin Hood scenario among the roughs i offered...  
'We rob the rich and give reliable investment advice to the poor'

I was on a bit of a tight deadline, and looking at the composition as it neared, i did think if i'd had more time i might have made sure it didn't look like there's a tiny Will Scarlett balanced on the end of the branch Robin's standing on...

Friday, 22 July 2011

Night doodle

So, fired with the enthusiasm of having my brand new shiny blog, i'm going to try and keep posting new stuff on here regularly, even if it's just doodles and sketches...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Never seen before Bodkin and the Bear pages!!!

(...unless you've already found them in the new comics section)


Yes, among the new stuff i've added to the revamped site are these two previously unseen pages from B&B, which ran towards the end of the life of the ill-starred DFC comic.


Twelve pages were published in the comic before it folded, and then three on the DFC website, but these last two were never seen, and they're probably my favourite two pages of the lot (i was getting better)


(Click to enlarge)




Friday, 15 July 2011

Mr Meecher hits the road!

...in the first part of a 4-page summer adventure in The Dandy -- a double-page spread this week and next, in which the uncool one rides out for the summer! 


It was supposed to coincide with the school summer holidays, really, but those Dandy folk just couldn't wait to run it!

As usual loads of other great stuff in there too -- support Britain's oldest comic, get yourself or your kid a copy today. Or maybe one each to save fights over who reads it first.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Kicking off in a statuesque manner

Kicking off my new blog with my contribution to the latest issue of Private Eye:






















"Best living statue I've seen"


Curiously, some of the shaded areas disappeared in the printed version, leaving the horse with a few white patches. This is the kind of fascinating inside information you can expect from this blog. Do come by again. 

Monday, 11 July 2011

Just stretching my feet under the table...

...at my new webspace...
Until I get round to my first proper blog post, please feel free to browse my updated portfolio (above), or look in on my old blog