Friday, 21 December 2012

Wishing You A PECULIAR Christmas...


This is my Christmas card for 2012.  Well, it's the one I did to send to my friends and any neighbours and family members who have read, or at least know about, my comics.  I drew a different card to send to everyone else, which is basically a boring version of the Department of the Peculiar card, with me and my wife (and our dog) replacing the DOTP gang.  Here it is:


Happy Christmas!


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Bottom of Solace


This is the other James Bend pic I did for Martin Eden.  Martin ended up using the first image ('The Man With The Golden Bum') in the Spandex Black & White mini-comic that came with Spandex #7 (highly recommended), but I think I prefer this one.  The other one is funnier, but this one is better drawn. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Man With The Golden Bum


Here's something I did for the Spandex Black & White mini-comic that came with #7 of Martin Eden's excellent superhero series, Spandex. This is Martin's character James Bend who, as his name suggests, is a gay version of James Bond.  I also did another (less-cartoony) James Bend pic which I prefer, so I'll post that on here, too, once Martin has posted it on his own site.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

That Poor Yellow Bastard / Firefly


Here's a couple of things I drew recently for the Weekly Themed Art Blog, which I joined a couple of weeks ago (I am unable to post stuff to the blog myself as I don't have access yet, so I'm just posting to the Facebook group page for now).  Last week's theme was 'the mean streets of the big city', which made me think of Sin City, which I've never been able to take all that seriously, hence the above image.  The week before that the theme was 'the films and TV shows of Joss Whedon', which led me to produce the hurriedly drawn, piss-poor image of Inara from Firefly that you see below. 


This week's theme is 'The Hobbit', which is going to be a real struggle for me because I've never read the books, have never particularly wanted to read the books, and only ever watched the Lord of the Rings films because my wife wanted to see them (I really enjoyed the second one but was very bored during the other two).  If I manage to come up with something, I'll probably post it on here, too.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

More DOTP #2 Inks


Here's the inked version of that panel from Department of the Peculiar #2 (page 12) that I posted in pencilled form last week.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

London Super Con / DOTP Pencils


I am pleased to announce that I will be attending the London Super Comic Convention at the ExCel Centre in London (obviously) on the 23rd / 24th of February 2013.  Also attending will be my close personal friends in the comics industry Neal Adams, George Perez, Herb Trimpe, and Roy Thomas (don't mention my name if you see them, as they tend to get embarrassed about all the free publicity I give them).  With any luck, there will also be a lot of women dressed as Red Sonja there, too.  Department of the Peculiar #2 should be out by then.  I'm half way through it at the moment and so far it is looking better than the first issue, even if I do say so myself.  Above is a panel of pencils from page 12.  I'll post the inked panel later in the week (unless I ruin it, of course, in which case I will never speak of it again).  

Thursday, 8 November 2012

New Website



A few weeks ago I got rid of my website, because I was paying way too much in hosting fees, and since then anyone heading to crispbiscuit.co.uk (yes, you, madam) has been redirected here.  However, I missed having a website and think I need one, so I have got myself a much better hosting deal and now have a site again (same old address).  Actually, it's more of a webpage than a website at the moment, but I will probably add more pages in the coming weeks and months.  For now, it's somewhere you can go if you want to buy some of my comics (there are some good bundle deals at the bottom of the page), or if you want to find out where the name Crisp Biscuit Comics comes from.  My Comicsy shop is still open, and the prices listed there are the same as on my site, but shipping costs for customers outside the UK will be automatically added when you check out with Comicsy, which is not the case with my site.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Department of the Peculiar #2 Inks


Here is the inked and lettered version of that panel from DOTP #2 (page 6) that I posted last week.  I suppose I'd better move on to page 7 now.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Website News!


Just letting everyone know that my website, www.crispbiscuit.co.uk. which was mostly an archive of my old strips, no longer exists and that all traffic to that domain will be diverted here from now on.  I was paying way too much in web-hosting fees and I just couldn't justify the expense any more, particularly as most of the strips on the site are still available in print form, in comics that I want to sell, and sales from the site were always very slow, to put it mildly.  From now on, I will focus on promoting my comics through this blog -  although I might try Tumblr, too, or even instead, if I can get my head around it - and my comics are currently available to buy online from my Comicsy shop (only my most recent comics are on there at the moment, but I will add the rest this week, as well as a few bundle options). 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Department of the Peculiar #2 Pencils


Here's a panel of pencils from Department of the Peculiar #2 (page 6), which I am busy drawing right now.  I will probably post the inked and lettered panel later in the week (unless I ruin it, in which case I will post a different panel).

Thursday, 20 September 2012

DemonCon 4


This coming Sunday I will be appearing at DemonCon 4 in Maidstone.  I will be bringing along copies of Department of the Peculiar #1, as well as copies of all my other comics (well, all the ones that are still available, which is most of them), a drawing pad and pencils / pens for sketches, some original art for the raffle, and a laminated poster of the cover to DOTP #1 that I spent way too much money on (I really hope there is somewhere to put it).  I will also be bringing along a stick, so that I can fend off any female fans that get carried away, so watch it!

P.S. I was going to say 'so that I can beat off any female fans that get carried away', but I didn't want to give anyone the wrong impression - I'm a gentleman, and a married gentleman at that!

P.P.S.  My original art for the raffle (see below) is A3-sized, pen and ink on bristol board.  My hand lettering has got a bit sloppy, but I really like the image, so it may end up on a back cover, or at least an inside cover, some day.

  

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Body Pop!


The digital edition of Strip Magazine #6 is now available to buy from iTunes, and this issue contains a six page story called Body Pop, written by Paul Rainey and drawn by yours truly (that's me).  This is something we put together last summer as a competition entry, and I really worked hard to get it finished by the deadline (I somehow managed to draw the whole thing in just over a week!), so I am especially pleased to see it finally get published.  It's also in the paper version of Strip #5 (there isn't going to be an #6 because the magazine is going to be relaunching soon, so #5 is a bigger-than-usual issue), which has apparently been printed but is currently stuck at customs.  Hopefully, that should be on sale very soon. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Department of the Peculiar #1 is out now!


Department of the Peculiar #1, written by Rol Hirst and drawn by me, is back from the printer and available to order now, for £2.95 (including postage within the UK).  I'm not usually one to blow my own trumpet, but I think this is the best art I have ever produced, and Rol's script is pretty great, too.  Still not sold?  Well, here's how Rol's describes the series:

From the writer of Too Much Sex & Violence, PJANG and The Jock (Rol Hirst) and the creator of Crisp Biscuit and Colin Comix (Rob Wells) comes a new British super-powered action/comedy/drama thingy about the government department established to investigate peculiar occurrences, people and phenomena.

You see, in Britain, super-powers are not seen as the next level in evolution… they’re something you go to the doctor about (if you can get an appointment). They make you feel, “a bit peculiar”.

Bitten by a radioactive daddy longlegs? Your average Brit doesn’t put on a costume to fight crime… he takes two weeks off work and writes a letter of complaint to his local MP.

Growing three indestructible claws out the back of your knuckles? Better get down the chemist and hope there’s a cream for it! 

Suddenly able to run faster than a locomotive? You just know there’ll be leaves on the line.

Yes, we’re a sick nation… and we’re only getting sicker!

Into this weary world of whinge comes former American superhero Viral Mal, a man with a power that will sicken you. With just a click of his fingers, he can make you come down with anything from a sore throat to the bubonic plague… and he hates himself for it. You might think he’d fit in perfectly… but Mal has other ideas. Having left the States to get away from all the superhero slugfests and evil mastermind revenge plots, Mal wants nothing more than to disappear into a life of anonymous drudgery. But insidious, irascible and indestructible Department of the Peculiar director Lisa Cole has other ideas, enlisting Mal to join her elite squad of malingerers and misfits in the fight against the fantastic afflictions that threaten our once great nation…

Their very first case? High cholesterol gone bad. We guarantee: you’ll never eat a ready meal again…

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?  This first adventure is a two-parter, which concludes next issue, but if this does well, there may be more.  I certainly hope so!  You can order the first issue now, either from the shop section on my website or by clicking the button below now:  





There is also a Kindle version available from Amazon:



The above link takes you to Amazon.co.uk but it is also available from Amazon.com, .de, .fr, .es., .it, and even Amazon India!  Modern world, you never cease to amaze me!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Coldplay Suk



Here's another one of the Underdog cartoons / illustrations that I've done for MusicTech magazine.  This one accompanied an article about opinionated arseholes who post comments on the internet.  Feel free to post your comments below. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

MKomix Comic Fair



I will hopefully be attending the MKomix comic fair at the MK Gallery in Central Milton Keynes tomorrow evening.  I say hopefully, because I still have a very bad back and an even worse right leg, thanks to two prolapsed discs, one of which is pressing on a nerve that runs down my leg to my foot and has left me unable to drive since February and unable to walk more than a very short distance since April.  I did have some steroid injections in my back last Monday, which were supposed to bring down the inflammation in my discs, stop the pain and enable them to heal, but so far they don’t seem to have worked (I was told that they could take up to four weeks to work, so they may still do the job, but I think I should have had at least some relief by now).  Still, this seems like it is going to be a really good event, so I am going to drag myself out of my sick bed and go along anyway.  My wife is driving, so all I have to do is endure two hours in the car each way and three hours sitting behind a table in agony.  The guest list is impressive, so it should be worth it (check out the other attendees here).  I will be sharing a table with Rol ‘Too Much Sex & Violence’ Hirst and will be bringing along copies of all my comics and a drawing pad / pencils / pens, in case anyone wants a sketch.  I would rather sketch my own characters, but if you are going to ask me to draw Venom, which happened at the last event I attended, at least buy one of my comics afterwards, otherwise I'll just end up feeling like a twat again.  

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Department of the Peculiar is Coming...


Those of you with long memories may remember me announcing, quite some time ago now, that I was drawing a comic called Department of the Peculiar, written by Rol Hirst.  Well, I did draw the first five pages last summer but then I got distracted by some other stuff and didn't really get back into it until earlier this year.  Even then, I kept getting distracted by other stuff - including a couple of paid illustration jobs - and since February I have only been able to sit and draw for two or three hours a day most days, thanks to two prolapsed discs in my back, and a trapped sciatic nerve.  However, I am pleased to announce that DOTP #1 is nearly done - I'm half way through pencilling page 23 (of 24) at the moment - and should be out in August.  I am usually quite dissatisfied with my own work but Rol's great script has pushed me to draw a lot of things that I would normally avoid, and I think that this is the best art I have ever produced.  I can't wait to see it in print, and to get started on #2!  While I have been working on this, I have been going around telling everyone that I am working on a superhero comic, but that actually doesn't describe DOTP that well at all.  Luckily, Rol wrote this for the FPI blog, who previewed the first five pages (and an early sketch I did of the three main characters) today:

From the writer of Too Much Sex & Violence, PJANG and The Jock (Rol Hirst) and the creator of Crisp Biscuit and Colin Comix (Rob Wells) comes a new British super-powered action/comedy/drama thingy about the government department established to investigate peculiar occurrences, people and phenomena.

You see, in Britain, super-powers are not seen as the next level in evolution… they’re something you go to the doctor about (if you can get an appointment). They make you feel, “a bit peculiar”.

Bitten by a radioactive daddy longlegs? Your average Brit doesn’t put on a costume to fight crime… he takes two weeks off work and writes a letter of complaint to his local MP.

Growing three indestructible claws out the back of your knuckles? Better get down the chemist and hope there’s a cream for it! 

Suddenly able to run faster than a locomotive? You just know there’ll be leaves on the line.

Yes, we’re a sick nation… and we’re only getting sicker!

Into this weary world of whinge comes former American superhero Viral Mal, a man with a power that will sicken you. With just a click of his fingers, he can make you come down with anything from a sore throat to the bubonic plague… and he hates himself for it. You might think he’d fit in perfectly… but Mal has other ideas. Having left the States to get away from all the superhero slugfests and evil mastermind revenge plots, Mal wants nothing more than to disappear into a life of anonymous drudgery. But insidious, irascible and indestructible Department of the Peculiar director Lisa Cole has other ideas, enlisting Mal to join her elite squad of malingerers and misfits in the fight against the fantastic afflictions that threaten our once great nation…

Their very first case? High cholesterol gone bad. We guarantee: you’ll never eat a ready meal again…

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?  Watch this space (or Rol's space) for further updates...

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Adele Cartoon


For the last couple of months, I have been producing a monthly cartoon / illustration for MusicTech magazine ('the magazine for producers, engineers and recording musicians').  These illustrations accompany the 'Underdog' feature, which is why there is a grumpy-looking grey dog in all of them, and this is a regular gig, so my illustrations will hopefully continue to appear in the magazine for quite some time.  I've had illustrations published in two issues so far (#109 and #110) and have just finished drawing one for #111, which should be out very soon.  I will probably put them all on my website eventually, but I need to wait until the magazine each illustration appears in has been on sale for a while, so for now here's the one I did for #109.  This accompanied an article bemoaning the lack of controversy at this year's Brit Awards.    

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Too Much Sex & Violence #3


Issue three of Rol Hirst's Too Much Sex & Violence is out now.  As well as two pages drawn by me, this issue features art by Adrian Bamforth, Kelvin Green, Stephen Prestwood, Nigel Lowrey, Andrew Cheverton, Martin Eden and Chris Askham.  It's another great issue, so you might want to pop over to Rol's shop and buy a copy.  

Monday, 16 April 2012

Crisp Biscuit Comics #2


Bloody typical.  I don't publish any comics for years and then three come along at once.  Yes, the third comic I have had professionally printed in the last month, Crisp Biscuit Comics #2, is available to buy now (for £2.50, including postage within the UK).  This 20-page, colour comic collects another batch of short humour strips, most of which were produced for this blog last year, including The Green C**k Ring's Final Crisis, Rise of the Planet of the Mice, The No.1 Rhinos' Detective Agency, way too many X-Factor-related pages, my short-listed entry for last years Observer / Comika Graphic Short Story Prize, Halloween Parade, and more.  I promise not to publish any more comics now for at least a couple of months!  

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Colin Comix #1 (Fancy Pants Colour Edition)


The new printing of Colin Comix #1 is available to buy now (for £2.95, including postage within the UK).  The first printing was something I put together using my printer at home back in 2004, and it had a black and white interior, which never looked right because these strips were originally produced in colour.  However, this fancy new printing has been professionally printed on glossy paper and is full-colour throughout.  And it looks rather nice, even if I do say so myself.  This 28-page comic contains a couple of Colin the Rhino strips, the first episode of Twenty-Bore, Who Is Cecelia Doom? and several one-page strips of variable quality.  It also contains rather a lot of swearing.  While I was putting this together, I found quite a few more unpublished strips from the same period, so I may put together a belated Colin Comix #2 later in the year.  Crisp Biscuit Comics #2 went to the printers today, and should be with me by the end of next week, just in time for DemonCon 3.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Crisp Biscuit Comics #1 (fancy new printing)


The new printing of Crisp Biscuit Comics #1 is available now (get one by visiting the Buy Crap page on my website, or by clicking on the PayPal button below).  The first printing was something that I knocked out on my printer at home last summer, so that I'd have something to take to Caption (a small-press comic convention in Oxford), but this second printing has been professionally printed on glossy paper and various mistakes from the first printing have been corrected.  This is a 20-page, colour collection of some of the one-page humour strips that I produced for this blog last year.  As well as several episodes of Twenty-Bore, you will also get to meet Peter Pentel the Amazing Spider Man, Cheryl Coal Tit, and the Green C**k Ring.  Also: Amazing Political Fantasy!  Crisp Biscuit Comics #2 is nearly ready (I just need to draw a front cover) and should be going to the printers by the end of next week, while the new, colour printing of Colin Comix #1 is at the printers right now (I saw a proof copy yesterday and it looks really nice) and should be with me by the end of this week.  

Friday, 23 March 2012

DemonCon 3


On Sunday the 22nd of April, I will be attending the DemonCon 3 comic convention at the Exchange Studio in Maidstone, Kent.  This is the first time I have ever had a table at a con – which is pathetic really, considering I have been drawing and self-publishing comics on and off since 1991 – but I just can’t miss this one, because I live in Maidstone and the Exchange Studio is only a 15 minute drive from my house!  The line up of guests announced so far is pretty good, and includes professionals like Kieron Gillen and Dan Abnett alongside small press creators like Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable, creators of the excellent ‘West’ series.  Best of all, there will be a live wrestling show (yeah, I know this has nothing to do with comics, but I used to love wrestling and I am more excited about this than anything).

I will be bringing copies of all of my self-published comics with me.  I am having some more copies of Crisp Biscuit Comics #1 printed up at the moment – the first printing was done on my printer at home but these are being professionally printed and the proof copy I got looked really nice – and CBC #2 should be going to the printer next week.  I am also planning to get some colour copies of Colin Comix #1 printed up – the first printing of that was also done on my printer at home and had black and white interiors, which didn’t look that great because the strips in it were originally in colour – and I have realised that I have enough unpublished material from around the time Colin Comix #1 came out (2004) to fill another comic, so I may even get some copies of Colin Comix #2 printed up, too.  I will also be taking along copies of the first three issues of Too Much Sex & Violence, as well as a drawing pad and some pencils and pens, in case anyone wants to see how badly I draw when people are watching.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Spandex #6


The sixth issue of Martin Eden’s Spandex is out now, and it’s another corker (with a lovely cover).  This really is the most enjoyable super-hero comic around right now.  The last few issues have reminded me a lot of Claremont and Byrne’s classic X-Men run – this issue even has a bit of a ‘Dark Phoenix’ moment – and as those were the comics that got me hooked on comics in the first place, that’s no bad thing at all.  This issue even comes with three free mini-comics, written by Martin and drawn by other artists.  Cherry Blossom girls is drawn by T’sao Wei, Hag is drawn by Garry McLaughlin, and Bear-Man & Twinkle is drawn by, err, me.  Yes, this is a shameless plug.  But even if I hadn’t drawn Bear-Man & Twinkle – which is a lot of fun – I’d still be plugging Spandex.  All six issues are available to order here, and in May, Titan Books will publishing a hardcover collection of the first three issues.  That’s listed in the latest Previews and is also available to pre-order from all the usual online retailers.  If I were you, I’d go and order a copy right now.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Too Much Sex & Violence #2


The second issue of Rol Hirst’s Too Much Sex & Violence is out now, and it’s great!  I drew three particularly nasty pages for this issue, and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed drawing anything as much as I enjoyed drawing the nasty bits on my pages, which probably makes me a bit weird, considering what is going on in those panels.  Other pages are provided by Stephen Prestwood, Neil Cavenham, Dave Metcalfe-Carr, Nigel Lowrey, Mark Renhard, Ryan Taylor, and Tony McGee, all of whom did an excellent job.

Rol has created some great characters for this series, has cleverly juggled the scenes to allow for a rotating crew of artists, and has produced a really, really strong script.  I am a fan of Rol’s writing anyway, but I was honestly surprised by how good this issue is.  It’s much better than the first issue, and that was bloody good.

TMS&V issues one and two (I also drew two pages in the first issue) are available to order from Rol for £2.50 each (including postage within the UK).  Alternatively, both Gosh and Orbital in London have the first issue (Orbital definitely still have a few copies left, I’m not sure about Gosh) and if you are an Ace Comics customer, I know that Biff also has the first issue (it may be available elsewhere, but you’ll have to ask Rol).  Hopefully, the same establishments will soon have this excellent second issue, too. 


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Bear-Man & Twinkle / Another Update


Meet Bear-Man & Twinkle, the stars of a new mini-comic written by Martin Eden and drawn by yours truly, that will be coming free with issue six of Martin’s excellent comic, Spandex (which should be out before the end of February).  Bear-Man & Twinkle is one of three comics I have drawn recently / am currently working on that have been written by other writers, the other two being Too Much Sex & Violence and Department of the Peculiar, both written by Rol Hirst.  I have drawn three (nasty) pages for Too Much Sex & Violence #2, which should be out very soon (it’s at the printers right now), and am currently drawing two pages for #3, but Department of the Peculiar is 48 pages in total (two 24 page comics), and so far I have only drawn seven pages.  As well as these projects, I am on the verge of committing myself to writing and drawing about six pages for another comic, and I have also decided that, once all this stuff is out the way, I am finally going to start drawing a graphic novel idea that I have been thinking about doing for years, but have never quite managed to get going with.  Tentatively titled ‘The Embarrassing Body’, I am going to try and write at least the first part of this story while drawing all this other stuff, and as soon as all my current drawing commitments are done with, I will begin drawing it.

The upshot of all this is that I have decided to knock my weekly strip on the head for now, so that I can focus on other things.  I was only ever going to produce 52 weekly strips anyway, before moving on to a longer project, so I made it about two-thirds of the way there and I at least have enough material to put together another issue of Crisp Biscuit Comics now.  I will still be putting new strips (and sketches and preview pages) on this blog from time to time, it just won’t be (nearly) every week, and once I start working on ‘The Embarrassing Body’, I will probably serialise that online, too, so please do check in from time to time.  


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Weekly Strip #36 - The Many Hairstyles of Cecelia Doom


I'm cheating again this week, by salvaging another old strip.  The Many Hairstyles of Cecelia Doom is something I drew back in 2004.  The original version had 32 panels and all of the panels had captions, but some of the panels were rubbish, some were a bit rude, and the captions were either obvious or unfunny.  I hated this at the time but I liked some of the drawings, so I've picked 16 of the best ones (I liked the two rude ones but didn't think they were suitable for this blog), removed all the captions, and have rearranged them into a (somewhat pointless) one-page strip.