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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:39:01
Thought Bubble Festival!

Hi hi! It’ll be at the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds this Saturday and Sunday (23-24th Sept) in the Comixology Marquee in Millennium Square, outside the City Art Museum.

Here’s a map of the new city centre location, which is “well convenient”.

I’ll be at table 10, sharing with Marc Ellerby (we’re listed under his name). In a change from previous years, I will only be at my table for set times on the Saturday, which I’ll post up on the day. On Sunday I should be in situ for most of the day.

I won’t have a huge amount of stock this year but I’ll bring whatever books are in the shed, you can get your Giant Days comics signed, and based on the direction of the wind, I may open up Britain’s most powerful Deadpool drawing department once more. Most of all I just look forward to seeing you there.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:35:29
Giant Days 30 is out today

Travel with haste to your local comic shop (or to Comixology), for Giant Days 30 is out today. Written by me, with MAX SARIN (cover art + pencils), LIZ FLEMING (inks), WHITNEY COGAR (colours) and JIM CAMPBELL (letters). 

Issue 30 and select back issues are also available in my shop.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:28:17
Bad Machinery Volume 2 pocket edition

If you’re picking up the Bad Machinery books in the new Pocket Edition format, book 2 is in comic shops today, and bookstores from September 12th! The old, large-format books are quickly going out of print, so if you want to complete your collection, head to Topatoco and pick them up while you still can. We’ve got combo packs and hardcover editions!

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:09:10
Giant Days 28 and the Not On The Test omnibus

Giant Days issue 28 is in comic shops and on Comixology now! It’s another tale told by night, and I think it’s one of our best. If you have trouble tracking it down, I’ve got a few issues for sale in my shop. I also found a copy of issue 13, the sole appearance in the Boom! series of Eustace Boyce, which I’ve added for someone with fast fingers. If you’ve not picked up Giant Days, most of the issues are done-in-one stories - I recommend issue 26 as a particular favourite.


Also out this week is NOT ON THE TEST vol 1, a hardcover omnibus featuring Boom! issues 1-8, the first Boom!Box Mix Tape story I did, and the first of the self-published Giant Days comics that kicked this all off.


Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:35:31
The beginning of the end

Today I have a piece of news that is exciting, maybe sad, probably predictable, and overdue. Hard Yards will be the last story set in the little Tackleford universe we’ve been visiting nearly every day since 1998. While I still love the characters, I feel like I’ve done almost all I can with them, and for the last two years I’ve been trying to find ways to create a satisfying end to things, or a possible way to continue that felt somehow the same, but new. In the end I’ve had to settle on ending things.

Things might have been different if Giant Days hadn’t proved so successful – I figured that after its 6-issue run was over by autumn 2015, I’d start work in earnest on a new thing. Issue 28 is out on Wednesday, and no one has told me to stop yet. The new thing remains elusive, but some ideas are beginning to come together at last.

I don’t know exactly when the last strip will be, just that it will be before the end of 2017, so I’ll let you know when we get into the final straight. In the meantime, as you were.

One thing: while webcomics are still viable, I don’t want to pack up and go home. If possible, my new series will start the week after Scary Go Round/Bobbins/Bad Machinery/&c. finishes. The daily conversation with an audience is incredibly energising, creatively, and every day I get to sit and draw for you is full of discovery and purpose. It is a privilege.

So I’d better get back to it.

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September 23-24, 2017 - Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, UK

October 13-15, 2017 - Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, UK


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