Comic strips are one of my great loves in life, ranking happily alongside cooking, swimming, drawing, and playing musical instruments. Tastes change over the years, but I’ve still a lions share of my heart dedicated to British stalwarts, Viz and 2000ad. In fact, I think I’ve been buying Viz for over 25 years now; it’s possibly the only link I have left with the young-short-trousered-rory of yesteryear.
My own comics
It’s a mammoth task working on a comic strip, and one that needs to be grabbed by both horns. Composition, character design, colouring, layout, lettering, speech bubbles, not to mention the writing if you’re doing that too, all add up to taking an astonishing amount of time. Even for my whizzing pen, it still takes an age, so the comic’s I produce are few and far between. Below are a few that I’ve been involved with over the years.
Chloroforms – Aces Weekly Vol.4
This was a chance to experiment with a few ideas I’d been mulling around in my head in terms of layout. Using photographic reference taken whilst on a road-trip around Utah, I created backgrounds in glorious detail, then drew individual panels to place on top. In theory it was a great idea, but in practice, it just meant that the lions share of the background art was lost, and I got frustrated. Ah well, c’est la vie, you live and learn.
Jonathan Cape competition, 2009
This is a golden oldie, but still a firm favourite “The road to nowhere” detailing a train journey I undertook through the desert in Tunisia. Beautiful.
Varga, La Settimana Enigmastica
I drew up the puzzling adventures of Murder Detective Inspector Varga for 5 years. Non of the stories have speech bubbles so you’ll just have to imagine what goes on. But… needless to say, he always gets his man / woman. You just have to work out how.