I drew a 5 page story, 'Blatherington Manor', for 'The Fitzroy' comic anthology, and it's available now from all comic shops of taste and refinement. It's a comic tie-in to the forthcoming The Fitzroy movie.
You can also get it online at the Dead Canary Comics website:
'1950's Britain, the UK is covered in a poisonous gas but society struggles on, confident in the belief that nothing important has really changed.
The Fitzroy explores this world through six twisted tales of death, mayhem and the finest tea from the dark edges of the British Isles.'
Blatherington Manor, written by C.S. Baker, is a charming tale of post-apocalyptic survival, Jeeves and Wooster style. This is the first time I've drawn a story that I didn't write - and also probably the first story I've done that doesn't contain any blood, death, or spurting genitals. I thought it'd make a change, and I think it turned out pretty well. I had fun, as always, designing the characters and nailing their facial expressions..
I was interviewed about my abnormal comics-making techniques, influences etc. for the new Process comics podcast by Steven Walsh of Gosh! Comics. Listen in horror as I try and explain myself, HERE: Episode 1: Krent Able — Hold Fast Network
T shirt design for the band's upcoming UK tour. I 'sampled' the shadowy figure from the sleeve of one of the band's previous albums, Travels With Myself And Another (designed by Michael Byzewski at Aesthetic Apparatus), and messed with it on Photoshop. Kind of reminds me of the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti.
Here's what the design looks like with a few of the layers removed (quite nice, I think):
I'll be making a SPECIAL PERSONAL APPEARANCE at the Comica Comics Festival at The British Library this Saturday afternoon (16th Aug). Find me at the Knockabout table. If you ask nicely I'll draw something horrible in one of my books for you.
It's also the last weekend of the excellent Comics Unmasked exhibition, so you could make a day out of it. Yes, there's a bar. No, it's not free drinks.
More info: COMICA Festival Weekend
Here's some illustrations I did for an article at Vice.com, 'How We Finally Turned Into A Nation Of Paedophile Hunters'.
I've basically recast celebrity paedophiles as Batman villains - Jimmy Savile as The Joker, Rolf Harris as Two Face, and Max Clifford as The Penguin. Credit due to the editor at Vice.com for coming up with the concept.
There's an exhibition private view and launch for the new book from the publishers of Your Days Are Numbered at Orbital comics this Friday evening (4th July). You should come down and help me drink the free beer.
I designed the front and back of the book - that's the cover above, and a detail from the back, below. The book is an anthology of comics, based around the theme of short wave radio and cockroaches. The title of the book, When Will The Creeps Meet, is from William Burroughs.
The image above (with different lettering) is also on the front of the next issue of YDAN, which will hopefully be out for the launch.
The event is from 6-9pm, with Shaky Kane and David Quantick signing their (excellent) 'That's Because You're A Robot' comic for the first hour, then the launch/private view from 7pm. I've got some original art in the exhibition, alongside Ed Piskor, Boneface, and Gilbert Hernandez. Shaky will also be doing some live action painting. I might do a bit too, depending on how much I drink and the alignment of the moon.
Here's a Videodrome inspired drawing I did for comics legend Hunt Emerson's forthcoming (hopefully) Calculus Cat book. There's a Kickstarter for it here: Calculus Cat by Hunt Emerson — Kickstarter Please consider pledging a bit of cash and help to make it happen. I'd love to see this badboy printed on actual paper.
Update- the Kickstarter worked out, so the book will be going ahead. Nice.
Update 2 - I have the book in my hand, and I can now see that I forgot to draw whiskers on Calculus. Dang.
I'll be at Gosh! Comics next Wednesday evening talking about my comics-making process, along with the team from YDAN who will be discussing how they put the magazine together and working with comics creators. There's also the opportunity to pitch your own comic to the editors.
More info here: process: Pitch a strip to Your Days Are Numbered. Come down, it's free and it should be fun..
I'm proud/excited/aroused to have some work included in the massive Comics Unmasked exhibition, at The British Library from 2nd May to 19th August. It's Britain's biggest ever comics exhibition, focussing on the subversive, anarchic and controversial. Pretty much unmissable if you have any interest in comics or art.
Here's a double page illustration I made for the Christmas NME.
I only had about 4 days to do it, so I drew it straight into Photoshop, with a Wacom tablet. You don't get the same kind of control you have with pen and paper, but it's great for moving all the elements of the picture around. Pretty useful for a complicated picture like this, with 23 characters in it. It also gives a kind of effect that reminds me of woodcuts, where you can 'cut' into the black areas with white lines.
Here's what it looked like before I coloured it in and sent it off for the NME art department to add their lettering: