Sunday, November 28, 2010

Judge Dredd Superhero Squad!

An update on my crazy life later...but for's an idea I've been toying with to submit to 'Zarjaz' fanzine.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


It's been a bit since I updated. The main reason being that I've taken part in 'National Write a Novel Month' . It's going okay but it's very, very time consuming. So, after Thanksgiving I'll start updating on a more regular basis and I'll have a status update on projects that I'll be working on for the New Year.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

2000ad Mash-Up - Part Three!

I couldn't resist doing a Slaine combo. First I thought, Slaine v 2000ad's Blackhawk and then said..nah! Slaine and 'The Living Axe' from 2000ad's Dan Dare strip. Seemed a perfect combo because of Slaines 'Kiss My Axe!' slogan.

I still think the Zombo/Ace garp combo one is the best. Gotta do that one up proper!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Influence Map - Update

Two more additions and then I move onto writers.

Erik Larsen
I'm a big fan of Larsens mainly because of his attitude towards creating comics. I remember reading somewhere that he doesn't have a sketchbook, that he just draws straight onto the page and if the panel looks strange...he doesn't redraw and redraw it. He just moves on and says to himself that he'll get it right next time. I love that attitude. I may not totally agree with him on politics but his comics approach, I can get behind. His approach to the medium is a big influence on me and 'Savage Dragon' is one of the best books out on the market at the moment.

Cam Kennedy
Panel layouts. Subtle posing. Great Storytelling. And nobody draws future war as great as Cam Kennedy. I always look at his work and marvel at it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2000ad Mash-Up - Part Two!

I'm having so much fun with this! I got plenty more.

Monday, October 18, 2010

2000ad Mash-Up!

From the 2000ad forums.

The Idea

"Mixed up 2000ad, the greatest crossovers that never happened. Nemesis and Dan Dare together for the first time, Nikolai Dante and the Space Girls? Dredd taking out Big Dave? no? Well if you think you can do better you think of one!"

My idea....Zombo meets Ace Trucking Co. I'll draw this up proper later. I still have two or three other ideas to do. back to sketching. You'll see them up here soon.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back from the New York Con

Picked up a whole lot of books at the con, spent a small fortune too! Rich brought me a John Higgins sketch that he got at BICs! Sweet!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Bride of Frankenstein - Final

Probably my last update before I head off to the New York Con. I had lots of fun doing this watercolor. Part of me wants to keep it but...C'est la vie. It'll be in Rich McAuliffe's hands in NYC on Friday. I'll try for another post before I leave.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Influence Map - Update

Carlos Ezquerra
As I said in the last post Carlos has always been a constant. His work looks so simple...but like so many Great Masters, it is deceptively so.
For more, read this:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Carlos Ezquerra Project

The 'Secret Project' page I was working on can be revealed!
It's for a 'Get Well' book for Carlos Ezquerra.

Mark J. Howard (legendary Shark on the 2000adOnline forums) found out that one of the greatest artists ever to draw for 2000ad (and one of the greats overall), the guy responsible for co-creating many characters including Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Major Easy, Carlos Ezquerra had lung cancer. Carlos had an operation to remove the cancer and was recovering in hospital. Mark took it upon himslef to round up as many contributors as he could and put together a nice 'Get Well Soon' book for Carlos. It became a 'secret project' because he didn't want Carlos to know, but rather to surprise him.

Carlos received the book and was blown away by how much he is loved and appreciated by the fans.

Why not? I say.

Carlos has been a constant influence in my life since I was a nipper reading 2000ad and that is an over 30 year relationship!

Get well soon Carlos. You'll always feel like part of my family.

To read more about this amazing project go here...,29439.0.html

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Influence Map - Update

Ron Smith
I didn't really have much of a appreciation for Ron Smith when I was a youngster reading 2000ad. Mike McMahon and Brian Bolland were the 'flashier' artists to me back in those days. I really gained a better understanding and appreciation for Ron Smith when I got older...pretty much the same thing I saw with Jack Kirby's art.

Ron Smith, for me, is and was the definitive Dredd artist of the 80's. He added a certain 'American' look to Dredd. Almost superhero-ish without being a superhero. And his near impossible poses worked perfectly for him. Something he has in common with Kirby. To me Ron Smith is the english jack Kirby.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Influence Map - Update

Harvey Kurtzman
EC 'War' comics, Mad magazine, Little Annie Fanny, Jungle Book!
A great storyteller! I would study his layouts for hours to try and glean some knowledge of his pacing and storytelling. A Master of composition. Simplicity itself.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Influence Map - Update

Wally Wood
My first exposure to Wood's work was a teenager. There was a Marvel UK weekly B+W reprint, (As far as I can remember, I can't remeber the title of the comic book!) that reprinted some of the sword and sorcery comic strips that Wood drew. It instantly stood out to me and I've been inspired/influenced by him ever since.

There are a lot of stories about Wally Wood. I remember hearing one story in particular. It was when Wood had received a fan letter saying that his work was past it and not up to scratch and that his assistants handled all the work, not him - in other words, he was washed up. Wood saw this as a challenge and produced, what is too me, his greatest work 'To Kill A God' .

This story was told to me when I worked at Fox Animation Studios by Jun Lofamia. Jun brought in the strip in question to show me...and I blew it up on the copier on paper 24x36 and i'm not kidding you. The attention to detail is amazing and some of it gets quite lost 'regular' size.

And the thing is...he probably drew it drunk! Wood was an alcoholic!

Below is the first page of the strip. if you it out. Well worth the time looking.

Wally Wood - Genius!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Bride of Frankenstein - WIP #2

Here's the latest update on Rich's Bride pic. I got sidetracked working on three 'secret' projects. Hopefully, in the next month or so, I'll be able to reveal what they are. They're all biggies, but one is HUGE!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Influence Map - Update

Alan Davis
For me, he is the definitive superhero artist. His work is so fluid and alive. He can draw anything. He is the only artist that can draw 'serious' and 'cartoony' in the same story and get away with it. I love his 2000ad work, his Marvelman (that's right, Marvelman...none of that Miracleman bullshit!) Captain Britain, Detective Comics...Excalibur, X-Men, Avengers etc I can go on. Oh and the talented so and so can write too!

He's always an inspiration to me.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Influence Map 4

Art Adams
My first exposure to Art Adams was an Action Annual featuring Batman and Superman. And it blew me away. His art, to me, is very illustrative and the amount of detail he slips into his background panels is amazing. Whenever I look at any of his work...I usually find myself just in awe at the amount of detail he puts in. I can spend literally hours looking at his work. Oh, and he too, can draw the ladies. really, really well!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Influence Map 3

Adam Hughes
Probably the best Cheesecake artist there is at the moment. He's the 'Good Girl' artist that all others aspire to be. I first came across Adams work on Maze Agency and then his Justice League run and even back then you could see that there was something special about his work.

He just went from strenght to strenght and I avidly started to buy anything Hughes. I would find myself buying pure crap just coz a Hughes drawing graced the cover of it.

For me, he's right up there with Mucha and Vargas.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Influence Map - 1,2

Okay. Everyone is doing an 'influence map' these days. So, why should I be different? Well, I'm gonna be. I'm going to do an 'Influence' and 'Inspiration' map. It seems to be a better fit for me. Because there are a lot of people who's work I look at that inspire me, rather than influence me. And I see them as just as important as the ones that 'influence' me. Does that make sense?

First up..the Master...

Will Eisner
Growing up in Ireland reading comics, I had no clue to who this guy was until a work friend (Who became one of my best friends, Jim Seville) introduced me to some of his work...namely The Spirit. I was hooked ever since. What Eisner did with the comics medium was amazing.

I was also fortunate to have Mr.Eisner as a teacher waaaaaay back in the day. I learnt more about storytelling from those few weeks with Mr.Eisner than I have ever since!!!

Below...proof of my boast! (Look how skinny and fashion challenged I am!)

Frank Cho
Coz, I like the ladies. Well, the way Cho draws 'em. I'm a big cheesecake fan! (Oh, really, you say sarcastically!) And Mr.Cho is one of THE best. No skinny malinks for Cho...his babes have got meat and bones to 'em. Whenever I'm in a rut...I lookee at his doodles. They be teh arsom!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Bride of Frankenstein - WIP

I've started in on a watercolor (haven't really decided if it will finally be!) of the Bride of Frankenstein for Rich McAuliffe. I promised him this a looooong time ago. hopefully I can get it done in time for the New York Comicon.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Thugs! Issue Four - Cover Image

Back doing Thugs! again.
This is the image I was going to use for the cover of issue 4. But it doesn't look the way I'd like, back to the drawing board.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Crazy Eyeball

Another collaboration.

Thursday, September 02, 2010


This is a drawing that I did for a friend. I handed it over to him to 'tidy-up' and make it looks nice in Illustrator. He didn't disappoint.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Secret project - Done!


Finished. And sent off a good few ours before the deadline. I hope it's resized correctly. In the UK, they use different paper sizes. This one pager was reduced down to A5...which is smaller, and thinner than a usual US comic book page.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Secret Project!

Good news is...I finally finished the 6 pages of the Strontium Dog strip. Inked, lettered and resized and zipped off to the good folks at 'Dogbreath'.

Now I'm concentrating on a 'Secret Pin-Up' page and again...I can't show it until it's been published.

It's a fun little project and I've only got the rest of tonight and tomorrow to finish it! The deadline is Wednesday. The pencils are complete.

So, the minute I get home from work I'll have to ink like crazy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Strontium Dog Update!

I can't show any of the complete pages till the strip sees two are completely finished! Resized and lettered!

Hopefully I can get the rest finished tonight and mail 'em off.

Monday, August 23, 2010


All 6 pages are fully inked!

Now to scan and letter them. I'm still on target for the deadline.
Another partial panel on display. Oh, just realised...Rich didn't call the triple boob babe 'Tess'. Crap! I'll have to change that.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Der Gronk!

Nearly done!

Only got two panels left on Page 6!!! Then the scanning and lettering begins. I'm ultra confident I'll get this finished waaaaay before the deadline!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page5 - Panel 5 - Inks!

I couldn't resist posting this whole panel. Rich's script called for a 'Total Adi Granov Iron Man rip off.' And I fully obliged.

One of my favorite panels!

Page 5 fully inked...all that's left is page 6. The pencils on that page need a lot of work!!!
Hopefully, I'll have something to post up tomorrow.

Strontium Dog - Page 4 - Panel 2 - Inks!

Partial inked panel...again to avoid Spoilers.
Finished the inks on page 4! Nearly there.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page 4 - Panel 2 - Pencils

Partial pencils. Again...I don't want to show too much! Don't want to spoil it.

Strontium Dog - Page 3 - Panel 4 - Inks

I can't show too much of this page or it will spoil the surprise!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page 2 - Panels 5,6 - Inks

Page 2 and page 3 inks - Finished!

But can't really show too much of page 3 or it will spoil the surprise. I'll post one panel from it tomorrow...a spoiler free one.

Still tightening up the last three pages.

The pressure is on!!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page 2 - Panel 1 - Inks

Two pages completely inked and a third partially!

I swapped out the controversial 'Glitter' character for Old Green Bonce himself - Tharg, The Mighty...complete with styrofoam cup!

I need to step up my game a bit more to finish the strip before the beer more or 'Red Dead Redemption' for me till I'm done!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page1 - Panel 1 - Inks!

So, I tightened the pencils on the first three pages of the strip and loosely pencilled the remaining three. And I sat down to ink the first page.

I initially wanted to keep it simple as possible...try and keep it 'my style'! (Whatever that is?)
and then decided...Screw it! I'll do my best Carlos Ezquerra impression!

Not too shabby. Now if I can only keep up the quality throughout.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page 2 - Panel 2 - Pencils

Click to make big!

Can you spot...
1. Power Girl
2. Ernie Hudson
3. Gary Glitter (Complete with asian accessory)
4. The Mekon
5. E.T.
6. Mel Gibson
7. Rich McAuliffe (AKA BlueMeanie)
8. And for 2000ad forumites...The Legendary Shark!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page 2 - Panels 5,6 - Pencils

More Johnny Alpha goodness!

I'm getting a little bit more comfortable trying to mix my lack of style wth Mr. Ezquerras!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page1 - Panel 1 - Pencils

Moving slowly along!!!

Another Stront panel.

The more I draw this strip...the more I think Ezquerra is a talented genius! (Not that I didn't think something along them lines anyways!). He makes everything look deceptively easy!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Phoenix ComicCon - Post 2

Just two pics this time. A Lady Death...
And, my favorite doodle of the con...Storm!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Phoenix ComicCon - Post 1

I had a good bit of fun at the Phoenix ComicCon on Memorial Weekend and this really nice guy took a chance on me and had me sketch a Boba fett for him. His sketchbook was 'A 100 Boba Fetts' and I felt honored that he chose me to contribute.

As you can see from below...not too bad. it was my first ever Boba Fett drawing

Now we come to Bob Bretall. Bob always keeps in touch with me and Al and because we had a table...he popped by. He got another Zatanna out of me!
Quite proud of this one.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Strontium Dog - Page1 - Panel 5 - Pencils

I've started in on Rich's script for a Strontium Dog story. He's such complicated character to draw. At least I'm finding he's complicated.

Alpha is one of those characters that is so closely associated with his's nearly impossible to do the guy justice...unless you're Colin MacNeill!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Star Whores Complete!

Not bad for a weekend of inking and slapping together! Sent it off to Rich to post.