Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Tim Skinner; Total Scumbag cover

Just heard from Andy Winter that copies of our new collaboration Tim Skinner; Total Scumbag has come back from the printers so we're all set for the Dublin City Comic Con this weekend. Of course, i'll have copies of Frankenstein on hand and i hope everyone gets one, but i'm really looking forward to seeing the reaction to Tim Skinner. Myself and Andy really wanted to do something together again, especially after the success of Hero Killers and i honestly think this is one of the best things either of us have done. From the back cover blurb:

"Soon after Tim Skinner inherited his grandfather's old comic book collection he discovered something extraordinary - it was magic and by making a simple wish he could step into the pages of any of the fabulous four-colour fantasies his heart desired. He could hang out with cowboys, futuristic robots or whingeing adolescent mutants.

Unfortunately, Tim is a loathsome piece of garbage and instead of enjoying fun and frolics in a universe of action and adventure he brutalises and exploits his comic-book chums for his own nefarious ends.

Truly, Tim Skinner is a total scumbag!"

Page one of Tim Skinner; Total Scumbag

I don't mind showing the first lettered page of the book, as i posted the inks about a year ago! I've said this elsewhere, but when i read Andy's script i was blown away with how sharp and funny it was. Plus, it was a nice change of pace from classical adaptations. Another big reason for doing it was that Andy was keen on doing a book in full-colour; that would mean i could finally have a go at colouring my own work. Obviously, Frankenstein is my first work that has been published in colour but i'm sure you'll notice a dramatic difference in how that was coloured and how this book has been coloured. I finally had a chance to do my own work in flat colour. Who's to say i'll ever get that chance again? Anyway, from all my rantings i'm sure you can tell how happy i am with this project and how i hope all who read this blog pick up a copy at the Dublin con, or order in through Diamond in a month or so.



David Baillie said...

Looks good, Deco.
I'll have to grab a copy off Andy next time I see him.

You missed a good Thought Bubble. The afterparty was chaos in a casino. Like a very low budget James Bond film.

Roberto Zaghi said...

A solid black and white work like this is perfect for flat colors, it's my favorite mix too! You've had a great chance to color it yourself.


luke f said...

What font do you use?it`s looks great

whole thing looks pretty bitching,anyway.

Kevin Mc Namara said...

ha cool idea! and nice art hopefully ill have some cash come the day to pic up a copy!

Stephen Mooney said...

Dying to read this. Have you a table at the con or where can folks pick it up?

Declan Shalvey said...

Hey Dave, gutted i missed Thought Bubble; looked like a great day. If there were Bond ladies at said casino .........maybe i would have found a way to make it.

Hi Roberto, thanks for the comment.

Luke, i drew, inked and coloured the whole book. Lettering it all too was the last thing on my mind. Andy lettered it, i dunno what font though. Ask him at the Dublin con.

Hey Kev, If tou can't afford the €15 for Frankenstein fair enough, but Tim Skinner is only €3. Nuff said.

Hey Moon, yeah myself and Andy have a table at the con. Dtying to read it myself to be honest.


g gfdg said...

I can't wait to see the finished thing, it looks like you had a lot of fun drawing it.

Colm Keegan said...

Is the scummer on sale in sub city?

Declan Shalvey said...

Hey John... yeah, i really did. A lot of work, but a lot of fun.

Uiscebot, no, it won't be in Sub City for a bit. I might hand a copy into Rob so some people can have a peek, but basically it's not gonna be in shops 'til it's picked up by Diamond. So if that happens, it could take about 3 months to get in the shops.


Anonymous said...

Hey Dec,

Was looking forward to ctaching up with you at Thought Bubble - but alas - not to be.

I'll be at Dublin on the weekend so will definitly see you there. I'll send you some PDFs of the sketches I nabbed at Tthought Bubble.

Declan Shalvey said...

Hey Wade!

Ah sorry man, i should have told you i wasn't gonna be able to go. Just too much work on, but yeah, i'll see you at the weekend for sure.


David Ferguson said...

I'll have to pick up a copy from you and Andy at the Dublin Con and maybe a copy of Hero Killers too if Andy has any left and another sketch if you're free.

Declan Shalvey said...

Sure thing man, no problem.


Kevin Mc Namara said...
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Kevin Mc Namara said...

hey actually would you have copies of hero killers with ya? it would be cool to get a copy of that!plus tim skinner too, you'll have ta sign em lol!

Declan Shalvey said...

hey Kev, I don't have any copies of Hero Killers myself and I know its nearly sold out, but I'll ask Andy to bring over some if there's enough left.


Kevin Mc Namara said...

Cool man i'd really appreciate it im i'd love to read the book!