Monday, 30 December 2013

Last Post

Well the year is nearly done and I've finally managed to finish the art for WESTERNoir book 4.
It were touch an' go there fer a moment I kin tell ya.
All I gotta do now is wait on Dave West to get the edits for the lettering all sorted (spelling, grammar and such)  and the cover to be coloured by Matt Soffe: -
And then it's off ta the printers.
It 's been a busy old year: - two books done and the scripts for the next five sorted...
Managed to get to a couple of conventions (but missed a couple I really wanted to attend.
Those I attended I had loads of fun so I can't complain too much.
There was loads of interest on Josiah's exploits and we had some really excellent reviews.
Dave and I are well pleased on the favourable reactions of fans and we plan more of the same next year.
Also we're planning a "Tales of WESTERNoir" book which will be....hmmm now that would be telling, more on that book later.
Thank you for reading these rambling posts of mine (you know who you are people) and I hope you continue to follow these irregular (far too irregular in some cases) muses of mine next year.
Hope ya'll had a corker of a Christmas and wishin' ya all a Happy New Year.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Thought Bubble

Both Colin and Dave have put up their thoughts on Thought Bubble.
Have a looksie at what they gotta say fer themselves.
It's all interesting stuff fer those that like to read these types of goings on.

Jest try not to be put off of me grinning like an idiot in a couple of the photos..

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Black and White cover to WESTERNoir Book 4

Book four's nearly finished (and I know I've been saying that fer a while now, but it is.)

So I thought I'd show you good folk the black and white cover all finished.
Neatly spruced up with all the letters and such, done to grand effect by that wonderfully crackin'
artist, graphic designer and all round talented bugger:- Andy Bloor.
He's come up trumps ain't he just.
Just waiting on Matt Soffe to finish the colours and then it's back to Andy fer the main logo.
Can't wait....
Can you?

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Video Review

We got ourselves a video review of all three WESTERNoir books, which is great.
Certainly a first anyway for me anyway.
Mosey on over to hear what Aaron has to say.
Y'ain't gonna be disappointed.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Though Bubble 2013

Managed to get to Thought Bubble in Leeds for Saturday only, after much ooohing and aaarhing...
and I gotta say I had a really terrific time.
Nothing like seeing friends you haven't seen in ages to brighten up a persons day.
Terrific seeing Mark Buckingham, Irma Page, Matt Brooker, GM Jordan,  after such a long time.
And cracking to meet
Rowland Bird in person at last . We worked together on Mel Smith's Death Race comic 
Also, grand standing by AccentUK table and finding folk eager to talk about WESTERNoir and better yet wanting to buy. Copies seem to fly off the table.Loads of folk genuinely interested in where Dave and I are take Josiah Black. Fact was we so busy with signing and selling I couldn't get to see everyone I wanted to.

I only managed a quick look around the three halls and I only bought a few books. 
There were a few titles I wanted to buy from Titan comics but they didn't have them for sale which was a pity.
But fer all that It was a real corker of a Day.
Only one downside and that was I couldn't stay for both days: but I've only got meself to blame for that, with all me procrastinating.
It was completely different from Comica where I went three weeks before... 

More of yer actual comic buying geeks at Thought Bubble.
One thing though, not as many cosplayers in attendance...Oh they were there Ok
but not as many as say the big MCM shows that I've been.
I always promise meself that I'll take loads of photos and I never do...
I think I managed to take two...and one of them is of some poor woman being blinded
by the flash of me camera.
But definitely going again next year and for two days next time...
Come what may.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Book 3 review.

We got ourselves 'nother review.
This and Books 1 & 2 will be on sale at Thought Bubble this weekend on the
Accent UK table along with all their other books.
Come along an' have a looksie why don'tcha.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Scripting Chores

Ain't nothing more satisfying to nail a script that you've been strugglin' wth for a month or so. WESTERNoir Book 7 done.
Now on to Book 8.
Books 5,6 and 9 already done and dusted script-wise that is...just gotta draw the damn things.

Friday, 1 November 2013


Off to London tomorrow with Dave West and Colin Mathieson to attend Comica.
Not been one of these before so looking forward to it. If'n you're in the neighbourhood
why not stop and say hi.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

More sketches and such

More sketches fer the WESTERNoir packs.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sketches fer the WESTERNoir packs

Got some conventions coming up that AccentUK will be attending.
The lakes this weekend, London November 2nd and Thought Bubble 23rd-24th November.
So I've done more sketches (around twenty different ones) fer the WESTERNoir packs.
here's some of  'em if'n you plan to go to any of these events and ya fancy copies of all three books.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Westernoir update

I am still working me nuts off to get Book 4 finished...A lot of the art is honestly, mostly talking heads to do.
Written the first drafts of Book 5, 6 and 9...working on Book 7 as I type.
Done new sketches for the packs, they will be available for the Lakes convention next week end, then Comica and Thought Bubble..
i promise to show loads of layouts and studies and sketches soon.

Accent UK interview

Ok here's me asking Dave West and Colin Mathieson loads a questions about the running of Accent UK. Go and have a looksie. It's free to download and it's a great little mag.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

A whole heap o' stetches and Layouts

These are some of the pages of sketches and Layouts for book 4. There will be more on show soon.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Josiah Black Print.

Dave wanted an image that we could give away with copies of WESTERNoir so I came up with the Black and White scene below.

Then the tremendously talented Matt Soffe coloured it and bought the image to life.
So here it is in all it's glory.
It's just awesome.
Nuff said.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Book 4 teaser.

Here's the first page from Book 4, jest ta whet ya appetites.


The first three books. Looking rather good aren't they.
Ya can order yours from...
And if'n you buy all three in one order then I'll throw in a free sketch as well,
can't say fairer than that.

Monday, 19 August 2013

All things Dave WEST.

Once y'all have read the review for book 2, why don't ya mosey on over to me Pardner-in-writing: - Dave West and have a look what the man hisowngoodself has been up to.
He and Colin (who pretty much make up the nucleus of Accent UK ) went to Carlisle on the Saturday just gone, for a mini convention.
Stop and visit awhile...Kick ya shoes off and don't fergit ta tell 'im I sent ya.

WESTERNoir Book 2 Review.

I know I'm spoilin' ya with these reviews.
It does warm the cockles knowing that there are folk digging what Dave and I do.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

WESTERNoir book 4 cover

The cover to Book 4 all inked up.

The two folk on the other two wanted posters are based on friends, Andy Bloor and Colin Mathieson. Funny thing is, both of them complained separately that the reward money on their wanted posters wasn't enough.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Book 4

Working me doodahs off to get Book 4 finished by the end of September. So I can have a bit of a break and work on something else.
Well into it so I thought I'd show some sketches and ideas for the cover at least, just ta whet ya appetite.

More to come.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Interview: -part 1

First part of an interview that I did for with a good friend of mine: - Paul Birch. It is for the work Paul and I did on "The Final Death Race" the three part comic published by Bluewater Productions.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Plans, plots and ideas.

Spent the last few days thinking about Josiah Black after Book 8 (I like to think well ahead).We did say we would end it around this issue but I've had some ideas on where to take Black if we carry on.
Planning to talk to Dave next week in a pub and have a loooong chat about the future of good ole Josiah.
To let you know where we are:- well into the art on Book 4 and the cover is all inked up, I show ya all a sneak preview soon., Dave and I have almost nailed the script on Book 5, working out plot, pacing and ideas for Book 6. And got ideas for Books 7&8. Well, when I say ideas: we know how it sort of wraps up we just need to sort out all the details, so we are cracking on ahead.
I'd like to bring out the issues on a more regular basis, but it does take about 5 Months from sitting down with Dave to discuss what's gonna happen in an issue to our good friend Andy Bloor (catch him here on his blog where he'll show ya all sorts of crackin' art creating the PDF to send to the printers.
Least ya get a little bit more with 40 pages.
Bye fer now.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

WESTERNoir book 2 review.

I sent Terry Hooper-Scharf copies of WESTERNoir books 2 & 3.
And he's kindly reviewed book 2.
Terry is powerhouse on the independant Comic scene and he's worked for just about everyone in this crazy buisness, including folk you wouldn't think would be interested in comics.
His Comics Bit's Online website gets about 20,000 hits a day so when this man says something people do listen.
So have a looksie and see what he thought of Dave and mine little book.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

WESTERNoir Book 3

It's on sale at and at various conventions around the country so here's the first three pages...
Jest to whet ya appetite.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Printed and on Sale WESTERNoir book 3.

Picked up copies of Josiah Black's latest tale on Saturday.
A tale full of hope, love and betrayal.
Oh yes and Mermaids to boot.
If'n you're a reviewer for a website or blog then get in touch (the email address can be found on the Accent UK website) and we'll send a copy your way.

Friday, 14 June 2013

A new WESTERNoir reader.

How awesome is this...
Peter Snejbjerg (yup THAT Peter Snejbjerg: - Artist extraordinaire) reading WESTERNoir.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Sketches fer Copenhagen

Accent Uk have gone a travellin' to Copenhagen this weekend (1st and 2nd of June) and I did some sketches/vignettes that they could take with them to hopefully, help sell the books.
I did 10 altogether and here's four of 'em.
More to be post later.

Monday, 27 May 2013

WESTERNoir Book 3

Book 3 is now complete.
All edits have been done (that is, unless we spot some more) .
The final PDF is with Dave as he goes through it one more time
When he OK's it, I'll send Hi-Res tiffs of all the pages to the incredibly talented
Andy Bloor so he can perform his design skills to make it shine.
And then, finally off to the printers.

Right no time to rest on with book 4.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

A mini break

Have been away for a few days last week with the lovely Karen.
Three days in LLanberis, so up Snowden (on the train) and a visit
to Portmeirion Village were in order.
A thoroughly enjoyable break for Karen (who needed it more than me, cause she works harder than me) and me.
I didn't think I'd enjoy it quite as much as I did.
I did miss three days of not drawing though.
But I soon remedied that when we got back.