Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Stick'r stick'r stick'r

Can you believe I've almost run out of the "Oh Prease" stickers? You'd think I was giving them away! Oh wait, I am. So I have designed another one. I hope you like it but if you don't, I won't be putting out too many buckets to catch my tears.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Actual conversation from earlier in the day

"That new tote bag is great! I bet you are rolling in money, John. Give me some of your money".

"I have sold 7."

"I bet this never happens to the man who draws the stick man comic about mathematics."

Actually, I did that wrong, didn't I. Drawn correctly it's more like this:

(The brutal compression applied to these images is indicative of disdain.)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Get Dancin' '08

Has it really been so long? I am pleased to offer the full seven minute version of Get Dancin' (parts 1 and 2!!) by Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes for people who didn't wear out their ears last time I suggested you listen to it. This is like a secret club and not everyone is going to want to be a member.

Monday, January 21, 2008

And, AND

I am working on a new tote bag, this a rough deal with placeholder writing and no colours but I liked it enough to want to put it on here. It's quite ladylike. Ladies-ish.

Triple bill of shame

I have had this one in the works for a while. I entitled it "Prisoner of Conscience In A Post 9-11 Artscape (Analogue 4)"

Designs which failed on this occasion included "Picnic Riot", "Bear On A Chopper Bike" and "Flying Saucer Race". I am still looking at "I Saw A Fish"... a tricky design which may falter on the cold concrete doorstep of public opinion.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Here's a link to the page with all the cards I did, it's a bit of a bandwidth-er so I'm going to take it down in a week.

BLARDS BLARDS BLARDS! The two broken images at the end are The Boy and Hugo, who I never drew.

In other news, I think Quebecor World are about to go into administration so I'm not desperate to publish my next book with them. This has led, alas, to DELAY.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I had a dream, I had an awesome dream 1

Awesome is an adjective and one that only Lionel Richie is in a position to use every day.

Last night I dreamt that I had been invited to a launch party for Black Kids' (hot rock tips for 08!) new single. But while the single was played (I love dreams where you hear music that doesn't actually exist), the main thrust of the evening was pushing Black Kids' range of associated merchandise. I am proud to recount what you could get:

1. "Action Van" in three sizes
2. Speedboat being ridden by plastic stag
3. Pickup truck
4. Limited edition set of two pickup trucks whose cabs were threaded through one another like a chain (I was given the hard sell on this one)
5. 12" remix record and accompanying embroidered crochet blanket.

I woke up at 4.10am in kind of a panic. What can all this mean?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cards cards

You may remember that I mooted a set of Scary Go Round playing cards about a year and a half ago, a project that I abandoned due to cost. I can't remember if I ever showed the artwork (which was 95% done when I gave up - great use of time!) If I didn't and you'd like to see it, make some effusive noises in the comments. It was the last concerted Adobe Illustrator project I did and came out really nice.

Monday, January 14, 2008

He's predictable

Today I felt the urge to paint for the first time in about 2 years - probably no surprise as the current comics are a lot more computer intensive than they've been for about... 2 years!

I guess I'll eBay it, so if you want it, keep an eye out for an auction announcement later this week! (As always, the flash is a bit brutal - it looks a lot nicer in person).

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Recent panics

"Omigod omigod do I still own Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette?"

You, you, you oughta know whether you still own Jagged Little Pill, John.

The answer: YEAH!

I am going to listen to it and report back what the twelve years since I listened to it have done to this particular disc.

UPDATE (about two minutes later): I don't think I can keep going much longer

UPDATE (a further minute later): this has to stop right now

"Omigod omigod do I still own Fairweather Johnson by Hootie and the Blowfish?"


Saturday, January 05, 2008

Creative decisions

I decided about two months ago that I wasn't going to censor and exorcise 98% of the Anglo-centric references from Scary Go Round, as I have done for the last 9+ years of cartooning. I have always taken pleasure from learning about American culture from US media and it is time for a valve to be fitted in the opposite direction.

You're very welcome to write to me if you don't understand something! I will not, however, reply.

Wait, no, here's my reply: INFANT PAVEMENT

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Let's not mess it up

Happy new year, blog readers. Thank you for continuing to read my self-regarding nonsense. I see a bright future on the horizon, harnessing plentiful bamboo, spandex jackets and clean, cheap geothermal energy. It's the future, we made it.