Sunday, August 30, 2009
Darn! Another coincidence, this time with fellow Brit and King Features cartoonist Alex Hallatt of 'Arctic Circle'. I do remember a conversation where we were both thinking of a scrabble joke but had no idea we were doing it for the same day.
BTW Alex has a lovely new site for her strip to celebrate it's 2nd birthday in syndication. Click here for a peek.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
If you haven't seen Sylvain Chomet's Belleville Rendezvous then you're in for a treat. The animation is just stunning. The backgrounds are to die for but there are two truly gorgeous scenes I wanted to show you. The first is the house witnessing the march of time and the second is the fantastic freight ship chase across the sea. Isn't that a cool way to draw a ship? Cyclists amongst you will love the story too. Enjoy.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Like a lot of us I'm a big fan of Stephan Pastis' 'Pearls Before Swine'. I was delighted to see today's PBS being very similar to a joke I did a while back. I know Stephan works a long way in advance so there's every possibility he did this first but, hey it's nice to see the greats thinking like us small fry.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Stephen really exists. He's my oldest (and shortest) friend from school. I was best man at his wedding, he IS a lawyer, charges at least that much per hour and... actually he can't draw. Plays hockey for England though, but that's another comic.
He's grown now.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
A laugh out loud moment in the paper this morning and it wasn't the comics...
This cheeky ground squirrel popped up in the foreground after Melissa Brandts and her husband had set the timer on their camera for a picture of them by Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
This is the view I have from my attic studio. It's where I do all the computer bits of my strip (scanning and coloring). We live at the top of a hill so my view stretches to the horizon. On a clear day I can see London over to the right. The sunsets can be fab from here and it's a really cheap spot to enjoy the town fireworks on bonfire night (Nov. 5th).
Friday, August 07, 2009
Ok, this is a pretty lame strip and I bet you can guess where the idea came from. I write in coffee shops and enjoy the noise of life going on around me. I even pick up good comic strip topics from overheard conversations which is always a bonus. One thing I do have to endure, though, is screaming kids. I've had two of my own so I'm not really complaining but there are times when you think the child really needs to leave 'cos it's been screaming the place down for half an hour. Some parents eh?
While I'm on the subject, the results are in:
Best Americano Coffee... Costa (although it does keep me awake till 2am)
Best Decaff Americano... Cafe Nero
Worst Decaff Americano... Starbucks (I have never tasted anything so foul. I honestly thought they must have scooped a mug of dishwater out of the sink).
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
This is my "Lucky Plant" given to me when I moved to a new studio in 2006. Within days King Features contacted me saying they wanted to syndicate my comic strip. Wow, it had worked!
Since then it has flourished in the same way that the comic industry has.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
I'm really pleased with that final frame. I tried coloring everyone in normal colors but it just didn't work so I went for red throughout. I like it so much I now use it for the reverse side of my Ollie and Quentin business card (except I've taken that frown off Quentin's face).