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Comic Book Illustrator

Darren Shan’s Zom-B Gladiator Illustration Roughs

Darren Shan‘s latest Zom-B book, Zom-B Gladiator came out early last month while I was slaving away on another project so I missed the publicity blitz then, but better late than never. Here’s a couple of my sample roughs from the interior illustrations.zomb6_2copy

I guess you’d call that a ‘head shot’.

And now for my self-portrait close-up Mr.DeMille…

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And here’s a little eye-catching colour from the cover art by Cliff Nielsen…

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Art by Cliff Nielsen

The next instalment in the Zom-B series will be book 7, Zom-B Mission, on sale in the UK and Ireland from March 27th. More details, as always at Darren’s website.

Malta Comic Con 2013

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I’m attending this weekend’s Malta Comic Con hosting Zom-B drawing and storytelling workshops and drawing and sketching, courtesy of the lovely people at Wicked Comics. There’s a host of comicy talent going this year, including Charlie Adlard and Sean Philips to name just a few. Full details here.

Zom-B Baby breaks out today!

Today, 26th September, sees the release of Darren Shan’s Zom-B Baby in the UK and Ireland. Here’s a couple of the pencil roughs I did for the interior illustrations.

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All together, aahhh, cute lil’ fella.

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Check out Cliff Nielsen’s adorable cover image for the book at Darren’s website.

Early Alby Figgs and Jessie London character studies

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Discovered yesterday while trawling through my unconventional filing system looking for something else, this 7 year old character study from a Pleece Bros graphic novel that never quite got off the ground, Jessie London, featuring a young bequiffed Alby Figgs.

Alby Figgs back tomorrow!

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This Friday , September the 20th at around tea-time, everyone’s favourite 70 something amateur natterer, Alby Figgs, returns for brand new adventures in psych-babble street philosophy and elasticated truth stretching. After this season 2 opener, there’ll be a new monthly schedule, every first Friday from October, expanded stripage (two tiers–good), full colour colouring in and a brand new wooly jumper.

All this at the ridiculous cost of no pence to you. Keep your browsing fingers and thumbs hovering over this link http://albyfiggs.wordpress.com/ till then!

Post Edinburgh post

Here’s a link to a short piece I wrote for the Cape Graphic Novels Tumblr page about my recent very enjoyable experience being a guest at this year’s Stripped festival, part of The Edinburgh Book Festival, plus a photo of some shady characters masquerading as 2000AD contributors. That’s water by way, for the re-hydration purposes.

From left to right, Dan Abnett, Moi, Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray. Photo courtesy of Deborah Tate.

From left to right, Dan Abnett, Moi, Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray. Photo courtesy of Deborah Tate.

Stripped: Edinburgh Book Festival interview

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Ahead of my appearance at Stripped, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival tomorrow, Friday the 23rd here’s a link to a recent interview now up on their website, talking about Montague Terrace, The Great Unwashed, Velocity, Darren Shan’s Zom-B books and much much more.

Just to recap, I’ll be holding a Zom-B drawing workshop from 18.30 and sharing a panel with Roger Gibson from 20.30 on Friday, talking about Montague Terrace. Then on the Sunday I’ll be sharing the stage with David Bishop, Dan Abnett and Robbie Morrison talking about 2000AD at 15.00.

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More details here from the Stripped website

Stripped Festival

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Tickets are now on sale for this August’s Stripped Festival, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival which runs from 10-26th August. I’m hosting a Zom-B drawing workshop from 18.30-19.30 on Friday the 23rd giving tips and tricks to budding artists on drawing zombies and the living dead (well, I just have to look in the mirror most days, but you kids might need some insiders knowledge) and talking about Montague Terrace later that evening from 20.30-21.30, where I’ll be sharing the stage with Roger Gibson, author of the Harker book series.

Then on the Sunday at 15.00, I’ll be joining a panel along with Dan Abnett to discuss the past, present and future of 2000AD.

There’s a whole host of amazing talent taking part throughout the festival. To find out more and book tickets in advance, check out the Edinburgh Book Festival site.

Darren Shan’s Zom-B Angels

Here’s some of the interior illustrations I drew for the latest Darren Shan Zom-B book, Zom-B Angels, recently published in the UK and Ireland by Simon & Shuster and coming out on July 9th in the US and beyond. I thought I’d also include an example of a rough pencilled version next to the final inked one to give you that extra ‘spesh’ behind the scenes tour. Brains anyone?!

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