Monday, June 29, 2009


Greetings. I posted art for a cover i did for issue 1 of BOOM! Studio's POE series a while back. Well, i also did the art for one of the covers of the second issue. Here's the final line art. I'll post a cover-process thingy once i get a chance.


Saturday, June 27, 2009


Hey all. I've already posted the Tim Bradstreet and Sean Phillips covers for issue 1 of 28 Days Later, but i saw this recently; the third alternate cover by Brett Weldele

He drew a graphic novel called The Surrogates that's being made into a movie. I dug around a bit and found the has posted more 28 Days Later covers too. Check them out here.

(That was an easy post; didn't have to draw anything for it for once)


Thursday, June 25, 2009


Just framed the Rocketeer piece i did for the Eclectic Micks blog today. It's been accepted for an exhibition next month. Considired yourself invited. Yes, i mean you. And that guy beside you. Not the other guy though. He's weird. More about the exhibition here.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Here's the last of the documented sketches from the 2D Festival a few weeks ago.

Really happy with this one. Probably the only decent Silver Surfer drawing i've ever done. With these sketches i tried to get as experimental as i could, so i drew the shape of the surfer and his board and used the negative space to define it, using layers of greywash to get some sense of 'depth' in the space background.

The person looking for a sketch asked me to draw them as an Infected, since i'm drawing 28 Days Later and all, so that's what i went and done. Thought it might need some deinition when i finished it, so drew a thick black outline around the figure. Wish i hadn't now. Looked better without it. Ah well, live and learn i guess.

Definitely one of the weirdest requests ever; Michael Jackson as a zombie, a la his Thriller video. Drew this from memory. Haven't checked to see how accurate is is since, but i think it's fairly close.

I quite like this one too. A girl saw the Local drawing i had done for the Eclectic Micks blog and asked me to draw a girl like that. Took me a while to figure out a composition i was happy with, but it was worth it; i like how this one came out in the end.

Right; that's it for the 2D Festival sketches. Have no idea what i'm gonna post next in a couple of days. Will have to come up with somethin' i guess.


Sunday, June 21, 2009


Here's some more sketches from the 2D Festival; all of them of Batman. Batman is a good default character for me to sketch; everyone knows him and i always enjoy trying to come up with a graphic-looking sketch. Plus, you can be a little more experimental when you're using a character that is easily identifiable like Batman.

This one is a standard, symmetrical-looking cape. Tried adding a lot of texture with the ink/inkwash.

This one is pretty similar to the previous one (i try not to repeat a sketch) but i started by drawing a random shape on the page and then work the composition of the cape around that shape. Fun to try.

Really like this one. The person looking for the sketch actually asked me to do a silhouetted image of Batman (which he'd seen me do for someone else earlier), which i roughed out on the page. I was gonna black out most of the page and leave his outline, just so it would be a little different but once i'd blacked out the background, i really liked the negative space left on the page. Added some rough ink lines, blacked-out the Bat signal and it was done. Really wish i had a good scan of this one. Ah well; a fuzzy photo will have to do.


Friday, June 19, 2009


As promised, here's some sketches from the 2D Festival in Derry. They're photos, not scans, so the quality is a bit weak, but you get the gist of them. The Batman one was the very first sketch i did, so that's why it's probably a little more ...well ....boring. I was starting to find my 'groove' by the time i drew Gambit.

I'll post more sketches in a couple of days.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Just heard Frankenstein received an award on Friday; given by the Association of Educational Publishers in America, for Distinguished Achievement in grades 9-12. I've been told very notable educational publisher enters these awards, so for Classical Comics to win with their first attempt is a great accomplishment.

Congratulations to Clive Bryant, Jason Cobely, Jon Haward, Jason Cardy, Kat Nicholson and everyone else involved. This is great news.

A full list of the winners can be seen here.


Monday, June 15, 2009


Well, here it is; my 2D report.

As opposed to the previous event i attended in 2008, this year i was asked to participate in some workshops on the days leading up to the actual Saturday. Safe to say i met some very talented kids (along with some teeny girls who had an unusual fascination with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine). We were all treated like royalty (which is a dramatic change from how i'm usually treated like a boxcar hobo)

Some of the 2D guests who were also participating in workshops; myself (w/deep-fried ice cream), Rufus Dayglo, D'Israeli, Bryan Talbot, Bridgeen Gillespie, Garry Leach and 2D organiser David Campbell. Photo by Bridgeen Gillespie.

On Friday morning Mike Collins and myself had a talk about our work for Classical Comics. Mike's A Christmas Carol has been gathering praise from all corners and it was very flattering to contribute to a talk with him. We covered many aspects of trying to adapt classical literature into a graphic novel format and we showed examples of pages and the process by which they come together (i ended up using a lot of the 'process' images from this very blog)

Mike showing his pencilled pages from 'A Christmas Carol'.

Mike discussing his work for Classical Comics

Myself, talking about my 'Frankenstein' graphic novel and the 'Sweeney Todd' project i'm currently in the middle of.

Mike and myself having a laugh. God only knows what about. Probably laughing at something i drew. Thanks to D'Israeli for the above photos

After more workshops, the event moved to Sandino's where a couple of panels were set up. Not really sure why, but i was asked to host both of them. Probably because of my talent for rambling nonsense. The first panel; The State of Comic Art' was something i was interested in discussing and hearing the other artist's opinion on how mainstream art has changed over the years, the impact of technology on art, etc, was all really interesting. To me, at least.

'The State of Comic Art' panel with myself, D'Israeli, Rufus Dayglo, Mike Collins and Andie Tong. Photo by Bridgeen Gillespie.

After that was an 'Eclectic Micks present Homegrown Heroes' panel. A ramshackle panel to match the ramshackle podcast we did a while back. Seriously though, it was a good laugh; myself and fellow Micks Mooney, Roche and Sliney got a say along with Phil Barrett, Bridgeen Gillespie and Deirdre de Barra. We covered all things Irish-comics related. As best as i can remember i was a bit pessimistic regarding an Irish comics 'industy' but there were plenty of folk there to argue with me, and do a good job too. It was nice to have a whole panel to discuss the comic scene in Ireland, so fair play to Dave for organizing it.

The full Eclectic Micks panel; Myself, Stephen Mooney, Will Sliney, Nick Roche, Deirdre de Barra, Bridgeen Gillespie and Phil Barrett.

More talking. And laughing, it seems.

Nick flexes his patented charm

Mooney and Moojoo (Mooney Jr) share a chuckle

Mooney and myself debate serious life issues. And comics. All above photos by D'Isreali.

Of course, 2D isn't 2D without all the Open-Day shenanigans. Here are some photos robbed from Facebook. Most likely from Ciaran Flanagan or Bridgeen Gillespie.

I took some photos of sketches i did over the day; i'll post them during the week.

EDIT: How could i forget! A HUGE thanks to organiser David Campbell and all his crew who really took care of all of us who attended the festival. Thanks guys!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Hi All. Sorry i haven't posted in a while; i was in Derry the bones of a week and had to wrap up issue 1 of 28 Days Later once i got back. Can't be missin' those deadlines you know. Plus, i'm trying to do a write-up on the Derry weekend but need to gather more photos, so in the meantime, here's a Batman sketch i did in Derry that someone was kind enough to send a photo of to me.

I'm off for the weekend, but normal services should resume on Monday.


Tuesday, June 02, 2009


This weekend is the 2D Festival, but i've no images regarding it, so here's a detail from this weeks's Tuesdec drawing for the Eclectic Micks blog. Go look.

Yeah, there won't be any post for a few days as i'm off to this year's 2D Festival tomorrow to do some workshops ahead of the main day itself.

For those not in the know, 2D is a completely free event offering free admission to workshops and panels about comics and an open day with a host of comic book creator talent. I can't recommend it enough; and it's free dammit; FREE! Guests this year include seasoned pros like Bryan Talbot, David Lloyd, Liam Sharp, Glen Fabry and Will Simpson, along with some of the UKs best talent like Andie Tong, D'isreali, PJ Holden and Rufus Dayglo. Of course, The South will be well represented by Nick Roche, myself, Stephen Mooney and Will Sliney, who appears hot off the heels of his new Farscape series. Us Micks will actually have a panel of our own on Friday night; Homegrown Heroes at 8pm in Sandinos bar. Do come, and see how anything i have to say will be drowned out by all the other dicks. I mean.... Micks.

For lots more info, be sure to visit the 2D website here.

Hope to see ye all there.