Saturday, 31 December 2011

Cover art in progress

Work in progress...artwork for the cover of a mini Monstrum comic, due out soonish (will be online for free).
Did the preliminary sketch using my new Wacom Inkling:

And here are the inks:

It's on A3 Bristol board, will finish it off with some washes of watercolour. Think I'll use a limited pallette to make it moody.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Shark man and friend.

Maybe the strangest thing I've ever assembled....a shark headed man (I don't know why LEGO designed this, but I'm glad they did) on top of a shark. Thanks to Vicky and Chris for the shark, and Andy for the random shark man.

Also got a lovely surprise gift this Christmas...the new Wacom Inkling (also, thanks to Andy). Had a quick go, it's fun and will be useful for sketching. Planning on taking it out and about in the new year to do some doodles at the local museum.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Art Sale

I am selling off some artwork at super low prices (limited time only) - Originals, prints and canvas prints. Most are from exhibitions and come ready to hang.
Better for those in North East England (could arrange pick up or delivery) as postage will probably cost more than the actual pieces in most cases.

Click Here to see prices and descriptions.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Some favourite moments...with Hook Jaw

I know some of you visit here for the shark related posts, and usually I do stuff about shark movies but today I thought I'd share some of my favourite comic book moments.

Oh, that Hook Jaw. Such a mischievous little scamp!

That's not the...oh, never mind.

Stewardess school did not prepare her for this...

'Can I get some complimentary drinks to go with this pilot please?'

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Thought Bubble 2011 successfully completed.

Thought Bubble. Wow.
I won't even bother trying to do any kind of review because I really wouldn't know where to even begin.

This year I didn't bother with a stall, since a lot of my stuff is now available as a digital product rather than as physical books and my latest work has been published by other people (with bigger, better stalls) so it seemed pointless.
It worked out to my advantage, I got to meet a ton of people, actually ran out of business cards (first time EVER), and just got to do a lot of stuff I would've missed out on if I'd been stuck behind a stall all day. I don't go to many conventions anymore so it's lovely to catch up with everyone and see what they're up to. Also, I've been hooking up with more projects online and conventions are often the only chance I get to meet with my collaborators!
Brought a portfolio with me and had a great response from publishers, and some wonderful feedback from Marvel which made me almost explode with joy, also met lots of other great writers/artists/editors. Still managed to miss all the talks I'd planned on attending, but spent some time watching amazing artists drawing things so I feel like I learned something.
It was an exhausting but inspirational 3 days.

While I recover I've got a bunch of projects to finish up on. So I'll be spending the next few days drawing comics and storyboards, reviewing a years worth of footage (so I can see if there's actually a movie in there), and typing away at some new scripts. Luckily, I can do all those things from the comfort of my sofa with a big mug of tea.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Flying Sharks

 I did a comic in 2001 (I think? Maybe 2000? Sometime around then anyway.) about flying sharks. I haven't gotten around to doing a sequel yet (busy!), but if I did it'd probably look a bit like this:

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

2 - Headed Shark Attack

After a two headed shark was recently mentioned in the news I joked on facebook that I'd have to make a comic about it quickly before the Asylum made a film about it. But, they've beat me to it! Damn their super fast movie making skills!
Yes, this is a real movie. Yes, I will be buying it. 
It's due the end of January.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

It's November already?

I've been working away on my documentaries - even got to go back to London to do some more filming! Also busy with some comic projects / freelance work.
Feels like I've been working on some of these projects forever, hopefully I'll get to share them all with you someday!
In the meantime, please check out the Weekly Themed Art Blog (if you haven't already!). I've been contributing pretty regularly (my stuff is here) and the blog is full of great artists with a huge range of styles(with a blog list down the side so you can find more of their work too).
Horny Biker Sluts is getting back on track - pop over to the blog every Sunday this month to enjoy some lovely exclusive artwork. Get your crayola out because HBS is also looking for submissions!

This is a busy time for comic conventions too - with TWO new ones starting up : ComicsWest in Galway, Ireland (12th November) and The Canny Comic Con in Newcastle, UK (10th Dec.), as well as good ol' Thought Bubble in Leeds, UK (14th - 20th Nov.) I've also just seen that Tim Sale is doing a signing at Travelling Man, Newcastle on the 16th November! Wow! I've got a giant framed 'Spider-Man : Blue' poster in my living room. Wonder if I can drag that along?

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

New Illustrations.

Some new illustrations.
I found some random bits of paper at the back of a cupboard which are perfect for inking; Super smooth, a little glossy and quite heavy, but no good for watercolours. So I thought I'd do some simple inked illustrations on it. I have no idea what kind of paper it is or where it came from, I have a feeling it was packaging or something.
They looked a bit harsh to me in black and white (probably because I'm used to my own artwork being all watercoloury) so I added a drop of colour in photoshop.

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Canny Comic Con - Coming soon!

There's a new one-day comics event happening this December in Newcastle; The Canny Comic Con.

Check out the blog here for news on exhibitors/guests etc.  Guests confirmed so far are Bryan Talbot, Paul Davidson, Stacey Whittle, Terry Wiley, Andrew Waugh and me!
There'll also be talks, workshops and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Monstrum Redux!

Monstrum Horrendum now has its own lovely little space on my website, where you can read the books online ( I know a few people had problems downloading them from Lulu, so this should make things easier!) They have been repackaged with some shiney new covers. Check them out!

And a new adventure is on its way!

Here's some of the work in progress:



Wow. Looks like there's a lot of surprised and angry people in this issue! You'll have to wait a little while to find out what's causing all the commotion.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hello Kitty!

Steve Holder is an artist who I've wanted to collaborate with for quite some time. However, due to conflicting schedules, getting together on a project was going to be tough. The inital project I approached him with was a pretty epic book, which was just too big a project for either of us to really tackle at that point in time.

Then Steve had a great idea ; do a little project, just for fun as and when we get time to, using well known characters. His idea was to do something along the lines of Strange tales or Bizarro, to basically take established characters and give them our own twist.
So we wrote some scripts for each other to draw.

First up, Kitty Pryde! I'd asked Steve if he could do something based around a John Byrne era Kitty and he sent me this little gem.

'Dear Diary' Story by Steve Holder, Art by Leonie O'Moore.

P.S. All characters are owned by Marvel, we just did this project for fun!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Old Interviews Recovered! Graphic Novelists of the world rejoice!

My last blog got swamped with spam, had logging in issues and eventually just disappeared entirely (still not sure how that happened?).
 It didn't bother me because there was nothing important on there....although it was a lot more action/adventure than this blog (Martial arts! Shark diving! Apollo Creed Finger Puppets!) , it was still just general ramblings, work in progress and my other usual nonsense.
Then I remembered that I had a bunch of interviews on there, which I had done as part of my MA dissertation. They were a pretty good read, and useful for anyone else studying graphic novels. (Sorry to anyone who'd linked to them!)

Luckily, I've managed to retrieve them from the abyssal plains of the internet, thanks to the wonders of the Way Back Machine!

Here's the Bryan Talbot Interview from October 2005:

Andi Watson Interview, March 2006

Paul Rainey Interview, November 2005

Thursday, 8 September 2011


With all the recent internet buzz of Nike making Back to the Future 2 trainers, I was reminded of something else awesome from that film - Jaws 19. Back to the future 2 takes palce in 2015, so Universal only have 4 years to make 15 more Jaws movies.

Don't worry Universal, I got your back. Here's 15 Jaws movie scripts ready to go. I assume you'll start filming posthaste:

Jaws 5: Back to Amity

Ellen Brody and Michael Caine are enjoying a happy retirement in Amity, when an old friend comes to visit. And by 'old friend' I mean a 25 foot great white shark. Although some teenagers seem to have gone missing, no one, except Ellen, suspects a giant shark. Assuming she's gone as crazy as her late husband, the Mayor ignores her and goes ahead with the 4th of July celebrations....with disastrous consequences.

Jaws death: speared through the head with an American flag and blown up with fireworks. 4th of July, yo!

Jaws 6: Smile you sonnuva...

Ellen Brody has passed away from a heart attack, brought on from the stress of the last film. Thea Brody, her Granddaughter, decides to stay in Amity after the funeral. Thea is a budding director who wants to capture Jaws...on film.
She teams up with a tough young fisherman to find the shark that has plagued her family for generations. He gets eaten.

Jaws Death: Chokes on camera rig.

Jaws 7: Exorcism

The new Mayor becomes obsessed with the history of killer sharks around the island. He is convinced that it's been the same shark all along and that shark is infact an evil spirit that cannot be killed. So he calls in a priest to do an exorcism.

Jaws death:
A crucifix to the eye, drugged and airlifted in to a shallow pool of holy water.

Jaws 8: Jaws Vs Whale

Luckily for Amity, the exorcism didn't work. Luckily? That's right, because now there's another killer in the water, a giant rogue Orca, and only Jaws can stop it.

Orca death: Severe shark to the face.

Jaws 9: Amity Shore

Thea Brody returns to Amity as producer of a new reality show : 'Amity Shore'. Jaws promptly munches through the cast of bright orange twenty somethings.

Jaws Death: Who knew that ingesting fake tan was fatal to sharks?

Jaws 10: Just when you thought it was safe to go anywhere....

A freak tsunami engulfs most of Amity. Jaws has a great time.

Jaws Death: Overeating.

Jaws 11: Jaws vs Bounty hunters

The newest Mayor is sick of the ongoing shark problem and recruits a team of specialist shark hunters. A rag tag bunch of tough guys and gals, they've already taken out monsters such as Megashark, Dinoshark and Sharktopus. Surely Jaws will be no problem...

Jaws Death: Intricate 'Mousetrap' style death device involving logs, a fake lagoon and sharpened wooden stakes.

Jaws 12: Party of doom.

Bored of Amity, Jaws decides to go terrorise a holiday paradise during spring break. In 3-D.

Jaws Death: Brain explodes from constant high pitch teenage screaming.

Jaws 13: This one's for the earth.

After a catastrophic oil spill, Jaws decides to take out every oil operation he can get his fins on.

Jaws Death: Burning oil/ oil drill calamity.

Jaws 14: Jaws vs Squid.

A colossal squid has moved in to town, and no-one likes it one bit. Especially not Jaws. FIGHT! At only 25 feet, Jaws is the underdogfish. A heartwarming tale of courage in the face (and tentacles) of adversity.

Squid death: Acute shark related trauma.

Jaws 15: Jaws vs Commerce

An exhibition of Polynesian artifacts at the Amity Museum of stuff includes a curious amulet which falls in to the hands of a corrupt businessman. The amulet gives the wearer control over sharks and the businessman uses it to terrorise his competition. But, as the businessman soon finds out, there's one shark that doesn't like being controlled.

Businessman death: Eaten by shark. That's right. Old school.

Jaws 16: Shark week

Hearing tales of a huge indestructible shark off Amity, the Discovery channel decides to centre shark week around the goings on of the island. Having previously been killed by a camera rig, Jaws is not too happy with their arrival. But, on the plus side, best shark week ratings ever.

Jaws Death: Some TV 'expert' claims to know a sharks weak spots, but ends up just shooting it in the head. Like a zombie. Which Jaws technically is by this point in the franchise.

Jaws 17 : Land shark

Matt Hooper Jr. is a geneticist working with sharks. He's created a new breed of shark able to survive out of water for long periods of time, to give scientists more time to conduct tests when they are working in the field. However, the shark escapes and mates with Jaws. Their offspring are a new breed of supershark - able to attack in and out of the water!

Jaws death: Lured on to traintracks, electrocuted and then hit by freight train.

Jaws 18: Shark Wars: this time it's personal.

Not all the offspring died. Actually, they did die in the last film but they'd all inherited Jaws' 'Jason Vorhees'-like regenerative powers and are back to wreak havoc. The remaining ones breed at an accelerated rate (and can fly), so they launch a terrifying attack on mankind - ON LAND! In the ensuing war, people are forced to build vast undersea fortresses as their coastal towns are destroyed.

Shark deaths: deaths from all previous films re-enacted as a lazy 'homage'.

Jaws 19 : This time it's really really personal

The avenging sharks work together to attack the underwater cities. Gorefest.
Sharks win.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Whatever happened to P.R.E.S.S ?

P.R.E.S.S - Publishing Resource, Education and Social Space.

It started out so simple, so obvious, so worthwhile. But it just didn't happen. Here's a basic outline of why.

The idea was to bring small press publishers together and help them engage with the public. 'Small press publishers' meant anyone publishing low print runs independently - novels, poetry, comics, zines, artists books, prints etc. Mixing content in this way would help publishers, artists and writers learn new things from each other, uncover new opportunities and find new audiences. There would be a space comprised of a shop, a workshop space, a gallery, studios, a reading area and a cafe. The space would facilitate networking, learning, promotion and sales of small press stuff. There would be events, exhibitions, book launches, talks, workshops, meetings, and a wonderful shop full of rare and beautiful things.

It would be a social enterprise and it would be run in a professional way, would have a team of experts from each area as consultants, would offer opportunities and services for creators and also for the general public.

The first thing to go was the idea of having studios. The next thing was the cafe. Then there was some question as to whether or not a gallery was necessary. By the end, it was starting to look like a shop with a bit of extra space for readings and book launches. Then, even the store was an issue. It was turning in to a network that facilitated things, but even that wasn't quite right...

P.R.E.S.S. was never meant to be 'my thing'. It was just an idea I had, and knowing that I had the crossover knowledge needed to bring different publishers, artists and writers together, it made sense that I'd get things started. But, it also made things difficult. Wrangling a board in to place was a challenge. Getting people to see it as a group effort rather than a one-woman mission was also a challenge. Encouraging people to shape the business plan, without molding it to their own needs or altering it to the point where it's a completely different venture was a further challenge. This was just the tip of the iceberg.

So, what happened?
I discovered:

You can't just create a community, it needs to grow organically.

Trying to force a community together does not work. It takes time, patience, and a lot of networking.

Without a genuine community in place there is no sense of group ownership. At least, this is what I'd like to attribute the general sense of apathy to, but it could just be that people don't want to get involved.

After some market research it became clear that the majority of publishers wanted to get something from P.R.E.S.S. but not give anything. What I mean by this is that they are happy to avail of any services and events, but will not actively promote or mention PRESS on their blogs, sites, facebooks, twitter etc. They would like P.R.E.S.S. to keep an eye on all their ventures and offer to market their work and devise readings and events specifically designed for them. They do not want to have to contact P.R.E.S.S. and tell us about what they're doing or suggest how they could use the space. The only publishers willing to actively participate were the ones that already had good marketing, good launch ideas and a good network, i.e. the ones least likely to need our services.

This would be all well and good if we were only working with a tiny number of publishers, we could easily spend our time and resources (essentially) doing their work for them. But to be a viable business we needed to work with a greater number of publishers and not limit ourselves to just the ones working regionally.

The other problem with the lack of community was that there was no cohesion with in the network. We'd organise something and instead of everyone coming together to participate, people would turn up, complain about the poor turn out (even though they hadn't invited anyone or promoted it through their networks in any way) and then try and do their own version. So we ended up with a lot of unrelated but very similar things happening and no one would promote each other or P.R.E.S.S. Infuriatingly counter productive. And funders would look at our numbers and say 'There's not enough interest' and I'd say 'Yes, there is, it's just not concentrated in one place. It's different people at a lot of these events, if you added up the attendance you'd actually have a pretty big event.' And they'd laugh, because they could obviously see the futility of the venture.

Also, one of the nice things about a social enterprise is the shared sense of responsibility, and shared liability.

But no-one wanted to commit to any kind of responsibility or liability. It's understandable in the early stages, but you reach a point where you can't go any further without a group of people willing to put some risk into it. We hit that point. I certainly wasn't going to be solely liable for potentially tens of thousands of pounds for something I had no claim to, no gain from and no real control over.

Too many Fraggles, not enough Doozers.

Generally a problem in the creative industries, people who are creative aren't always the most organised. That's why arts management jobs exist. Also, the people who are both creative and business minded are too busy doing their own stuff to do other stuff as well. This is why we didn't get far with a board or a management team or any kind of workforce. The other problem was that the people who really could do a lot for P.R.E.S.S. weren't in a position to work voluntarily ( And part of the point of P.R.E.S.S. was to make sure people got paid properly and could make money out of publishing, so it would be contradictory to expect people to work for free) , but we couldn't generate money for salaries until we'd set up and we couldn't set up with out people working on it.....

Wrong place, wrong time.

Sunderland offered the best incentives for an arts sector social enterprise, but there was a resounding 'No' from publishers. Very few were convinced that Sunderland would be at all viable, mainly because people from Newcastle would not travel out.

Newcastle was tougher, less incentives more cost, but people felt there would be more visitors. But where in Newcastle? So, I had a lot of meetings and viewings to find somewhere suitable. There's lots of great places, Heaton Road seemed like a good location. Again, a resounding 'No'. It needed to be in the centre of town. So, I found some places in the centre of town.

The problem now was the timing. It was important that P.R.E.S.S. was professional and could establish itself as a proper self-sustaining business, so we'd need to kit out a building properly and for that kind of investment you need to know you'll be there for a while and that you are secure in your tenancy. However, around this time everyone was going crazy for pop-up shops. Perfect for many people, great for arts and collectives etc. Not great for a business, and that's what P.R.E.S.S. needed to be. But that's what all the landlords wanted, just some casual pop-up thing they could use while waiting for some 'proper' full rate paying tenants. This made negotiations very difficult and a lot of funding people who had initially been excited about the prospect of P.R.E.S.S. being run as a long term business now wanted to push us in to six month tenancies. Also, a lot of the things that P.R.E.S.S. would offer (such as workshop space) was now being offered by collectives in pop-up spaces, which looked to funders as though we weren't offering anything new. Even though we were....

I think P.R.E.S.S. or something like it could (and should) still happen. Something that brings people together and provides opportunities for people working in an overlooked and misunderstood sector of the arts. Something that gives the public access to unusual and low print run material. Something that acts as a starting point for beginners and also as support for established creators and publishers.
I think I will probably try again, but not in the North East and not anytime soon. And if I find somewhere financially viable for it, I'll do it as a straight forward business not a social enterprise. Then, if a community grows around it, great, and if not, then at least there's still a functioning business.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Hook Jaw that never was

Anyone who has visited this blog before will probably have noticed that I'm a huge fan of sharks and comics. So, to me at least, a comic about a shark is the greatest thing ever. 
Back in early 2006 I had an idea for a Hook Jaw comic that I thought would be awesome. The basic gist of it was to present Hook Jaw as a legend and have different artists/writers do self contained stories set in different times and places that would build up the mythos of the shark. I managed to get some incredible UK talent interested, including Pat Mills (which I still can't believe)!
Egmont, the copyright holders at the time were initially happy for me to use the character. But then it all got complicated. They decided that they did not want the risk of publishing it, and wanted me to publish it myself and they would get royalties. Then they wanted me to do an analysis of how many I thought would sell, as they were only interested if the project would generate a decent amount of royalties. To do that, it would need to be a big print run, with plenty of marketing. Not being rich (and before crowdfunding was popular) I had to give up on the project. I've always wished I could've done it. I see now that Strip Magazine will be reviving the character. I'll be interested to see what they do with it.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Current projects

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Detail from a new comic strip I'm developing for the comics/jewellery crossover project with designer Susannah Aynsley. It's in the early stages, but should come along a bit towards the end of the month. It's quite experimental and fun, can't wait to see what we end up with.

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Panel from a new graphic novel I'm working on. No publisher attached as yet, just working on it as and when I get time.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

My new favourite thing.

Getting a bit obsessed with the weekly themed art blog. I came to it via a facebook group and it's so much fun! So far I've submitted a Daggit for last weeks 'I,robot' theme and a Lo Pan for this weeks '80's action movie' theme.

In terms of actual work, I'm just finishing up on a comic strip for a collaborative project with jewellery designer Susannah Aynsley. I've also just signed up to Artflakes, so you can buy prints and greetings cards of some of my illustrations here.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Faeries, goblins and.....wookies?

I spent some time in schools recently working on a project for Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The exhibition is now up and you can see the work done by transition year students. We based the project on the Cottingley Fairies, the kids drew their own fairies and what not and then were photoshopped into a picture with their creations. As well as the traditional fairies, goblins, and pixies we also had some more unexpected characters like a cyclops, many unicorns and even some wookies! One finished piece was selected from each tutor group to form the mini exhibition.
The main exhibition is 'The truth about faeries' and features some exquisite illustrations, including work by two of my all time favourite illustrators, Arthur Rackham and Heath Robinson. They've also got the lovely old Ladybird book paintings and the flower fairy illustrations.
The exhibition runs until 23rd December.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Megamazing stuff for Charity.

The amazing Spirit of Hope anthology is now available through Amazon. Please buy and support a great cause (and also because it's a great book!)

I did four pages for the book and I have to say it's one of the best things I've ever had the good fortune to work on.

Also, if you're in London on August 14th, come along to the Madonna Odyssey, a huge Madonna celebration with all proceeds donated to Stonewall. There's a pre-party party at Edge, Soho, followed by the main event at Punk, Soho. There's a huge array of performers and all sorts of fun stuff happening. Check out the event page on facebook:
I'll be there filming part of a documentary, if you are coming along and you have a camera please let me know, the more the merrier!!!
Also, thanks to Herod McHugh for inventing the word Megamazing.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Targaryens and werewolves....oh my!

Some oddities have crept up in my sketchpad this week.

First of all, I've just finished watching Game of Thrones, and ended up doing a doodle just for fun. (While waiting for some paint to dry on my new comic!!)
It's just out of my head, with no reference, so if you're a massive Game of Thrones nerd please don't be offended if I've used incorrect colours or whatever :)

Anyway, DON'T SCROLL ANY FURTHER if you haven't finished watching Season One, or it'll be a



' I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the dragon'

And I also felt compelled to paint a werewolf. I think it's because I've had 'Werewolves of London' stuck in my head for the last few days. Awwwooooo!

I enjoy doing quick sketches and paintings inbetween 'proper' paintings / projects, just as a fun little diversion.
Any doodle requests? Let me know!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Free comics!

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Incase you didn't already know, you can read a few of my comics for free. Some are available online and some can be downloaded. Visit my comic page for details.

Monday, 4 July 2011

New Graphic Novel Underway!

Just working away on a new graphic novel.
Here's the first page in progress. First, the pencils:

Then, cleaner pencils and some watercolour washes:

Some more colour:

A little more clean-up and we're ready for the lettering:

I don't have any release date for this yet as I need to fit it in around other work, but I will let you know my progress!

Thursday, 30 June 2011

new Tag Team review

Tag Team just got a shout out on Indie 500 comics podcast.

Tag Team was a bit of an experiment I did a few years ago with a bunch of very talented writers - Dave West, Nigel Auchterlounie, Andrew Richmond, Michael O'Keefe, Colin Mathieson, Tony Hitchman and Ian Mayor.

If you like the sound of it, it's available from my store on Lulu.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Monstrum VS Sharktopus

Just did a quick doodle for my own amusement, Ella and Chuck (from Monstrum Horrendum) being set upon by Sharktopus. Not based on actual events. And, yes, I do have more important things to be doing...

Monday, 27 June 2011


I painted up a submission for Covered blog (one of my favourite blogs!), but in the time between checking the site and doing the painting someone else submitted the same cover. And I thought I was being pretty obscure choosing a 1940's Cat-Man comic.

But now my version is on there too. You can check out my finished cover next to the original 1946 cover at

If you like my version, I'm selling the original painting, unframed, for £45.00. Bargain!
If you'd like it, email me (leonieomooreATgmailDOTcom) to sort out payment and delivery
(I accept Paypal and the price includes postage to wherever.)
It's a watercolour and ink painting about A3 size.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Doc Update and a new Review!

Well, DocFest was a hoot, but I did not get commissioned. Sigh. So I'm going to try and beg, borrow and possibly steal enough equipment to just keep filming without any financial support while I continue to pitch it to some other places. There was some interest in it, and another doc I started last year is still in development hell (despite having a very respected exec. producer attached), so I guess these things just take time and persistence. As long as I still get the footage I can worry about everything else later!
Some highlights of the festival for me were:
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The travels of a Tribe called Quest (beware the annoying pop up ad on that page)
and Hell and Back Again
Didn't get to see as many films as I'd hoped but I got to go to the Nick Broomfield masterclass which was excellent, learned lots and it gave me a really different understanding of his work. Also, we saw Louis Theroux bumbling about as a regular paying visitor while all the documentary nerds swooned.

Meanwhile, the wonderful anthology book ( 'Spirit of Hope' ) that I contributed to has started getting reviews!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Lights! Camera! Muppet!

Photo by Steve Haigh

I've been working away on some documentaries over the last few years and tomorrow I'm heading down to DocFest  to pitch my latest one. I've directed a five minute teaser which I'm very pleased with and I'll be pitching it in the hope of making a half hour version. Fingers crossed everyone!
I don't want to give away the premise, but here's some behind the scenes photos so you know I'm not making it up. (And if you recognise any of the people in the photos then you probably have a good idea what it's about.) It's really hard to use a camera with muppet hands, but luckily I had camerman Andy Johnson around to help out. Big thanks to Editor extraordinaire Katie Connon too!
I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Faerie folk.

I'll be working in schools over the next few weeks, drawing faerie folk. It's part of an upcoming TWAM exhibition, which looks set to be awesome. So I'm off to work with kids and help them produce some cool stuff to go alongside the main exhibition. I haven't delivered any workshops in quite a while, but I'm looking forward to getting back in to it. The faerie pictured above was done with pencil and watercolour. I usually use ink, but I think the pencil actually works pretty good too, there's definitely advantages to it. I might do some more work like this, maybe even a whole comic. Off to DocFest this weekend to pitch a documentary. More on that soon....

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Spirit of Hope

An amazingly awesome new anthology is on its way. The Spirit of Hope book was created to raise money for those affected by the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan.
Contributers include: ME! And also:
Al Davison
 Gary Spencer Millidge
Glenn Dakin
Darick Roberston
Liam Sharpe
Nick Abadzis
Martin Eden
Mark Buckingham
Ciaran Lucas

And tons of other people you love.
Copies of the book can now be ordered in advance at £14.99 + £3.00 p&p. Please state your preference of cover - Michael Allred (pictured above) or Jimmy Broxton (pictured below). Advance orders will be sent out and will hopefully include 3 small limited edition prints of the covers and an extra picture. The address is: The Comic Book Alliance, PO Box 165, Marple, Cheshire SK6 7BL. Cheques & Postal Orders should be made out to 'The Comic Book Alliance'.

And to end on a geeky note- That's a MIKE ALLRED cover!!! He's one of my all time favourite, major inspiration comic heroes, so I'm extra excited to have been a part of this book!
Now, please go buy some copies.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Next Exhibition

I'm exhibiting at the Leazes Fringe Festival in Newcastle next month, check it out!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

New website!

Spring cleaning over at my website is now complete - please check out the new (and hopefully improved)

Feedback, as always, is much appreciated!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

From the TGT Vaults...part 1

There Goes Tokyo... was a publishing / event organising / general small press mayhem causing thing that some of you may remember. I recently unearthed a treasure trove of forgotten nonsense, which I will share with you. Not all at once though, it's best to pace these things.
Here's a fine mess of a comics jam about a man and his cat, all the way from 2004:
TGT comic jam at the Waygood art fayre

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Back soon.

Working on two documentarys at the moment and working on a big website overhaul, so things will be quiet on here for a while. Hopefully some new work and interesting stuff to show you all soon. In the meantime, check out my friends blogs, helpfully listed to the left :)

Monday, 28 March 2011

New comic work and some shark movies.

Working away on a new comic for a charity anthology. The image above is the 'inked, first wash of paint' stage of the process. Hoping to get it painted and scanned by tonight.

It's been a while since I did any shark movie reviews, so here's two quick ones for you, along with product links because I know you'll want to buy them straight away:

Part shark, part octopus, all killing machine! Sharktopus is a genetic experiment / military weapon that goes haywire and ends up on a killing spree. Terrible effects, poor continuity and no attempt at acting make this movie everything you'd expect. It could've done with being more outlandish (yes, I know it's about a half shark, half octopus...), they could've pushed it a bit further instead of letting it languish in a predictable tv movie hell. Megashark vs Giant Octopus (from relative newcomers to the monster movie genre 'The Asylum') gave us sharks eating planes out of the sky! The most Sharktopus manages is eating someone on a bungee jump, but even that is presented in a pretty pedestrian way. There are many missed opportunities in the film. Having spent much of the movie pointing out how smart an octopus is, they fail to actually demonstrate this at any point. When Sharktopus pulls a car into the sea I thought perhaps we'd see him drive up the beach in it later or use it as the basis for some A-Team style montage. Unfortunately, neither of these things happen. He is occasionally bullet proof though.
I'd hoped for something a bit more savvy, or at least ridiculous, from veteran B-movie producer Roger Corman.

The Reef:
People adrift in the ocean get stalked by a shark. It sounds like Open Water, but it's surprisingly different in tone and style. Like Open Water, this film is also apparently based on a true story (although the director also made the same film some years ago starring a crocodile instead of a shark...).
They've used live shark footage which puts this film head and shoulders above most shark movies, because you don't need to worry about how real the shark looks when you've got an actual great white sticking it's big nose right in the camera. The shark is written to behave in a pretty normal fashion too, no mutations, no laser eye beams etc. So it's quite a refreshing change from the usual sensationalist nonsense that I tend to watch. It could've been a bit more tense, given the predicament the characters are in. It's well shot, the acting is okay (for a low budget indie style film) and all in all it's actually a pretty okay little film.

The Arctic Marauder - Jacques Tardi
This just turned up in the post for me and it looks AMAZING! The artwork is beautiful!!! So I thought I'd share it with you (with a product link so you can go buy it right away)

Sunday, 6 March 2011


Some Greek myth illustrations, starting with Zeus, Aphrodite and Medusa.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Silver Shark

As I mentioned earlier, I'm working on an exciting new project with an amazing jewellery designer, Susannah Aynsley. She's doing a series of one-off pieces created with artists from other disciplines. I'm the first artist she's working with and we'll be creating something based around narrative.
Most importantly we had to start with a shark test. The final piece might not have sharks in it, but there's a very good chance it will. Here's our first experiment, using silver and perspex:

You may recognise it from my Jaws comic strip:

I'm really looking forward to working on this project this month. I'll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Read Book 2 for FREE

You can now download Book 2 of my comic Monstrum Horrendum for FREE!:

Monstrum Horrendum Book 2

Sunday, 13 February 2011

current projects

It's only February and already I've veered off on strange and exciting tangents. This is definitely another year of adventure. Right now I'm working on two comic scripts (and, as a heads up, I will be scouting for some artists soon), working away on my documentary (and I've made it on to the NFM NE Docs scheme, which is a huge help), building up a new digital business (also just been shortlisted, we'll see how that one goes...) and I've just embarked on a unique collaborative project with a jewellery designer / silversmith, which is going to be a lot of fun!
It's not all work though, I managed to take a few hours out last week to check out Crispin Hellion Glover's show at the Star and Shadow. It was amazing! If he tours near you, go see it. His book performance was awesome and the Q&A was great, he gave a wonderful insight in to film making and was even happy to talk about the notorious David Letterman appearance. His films are pretty challenging. The only chance you'll get to see them is on tour but the 'vaudeville' approach (as he terms it) definitely adds a lot more to the experience. This week I'll be taking a few hours off to go see Rob Zombie's new tour. It'd had better be good Mr.Zombie because I'm super busy!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Some new paintings



Also, as of March, I'll be available for freelance projects again. So, get in touch if you need anything, or visit my website if you're not familiar with my work ;
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