Saturday, 21 January 2012

Monstrum Horrendum : Mermaid Mayhem

This is just a short adventure, set before the current story arc. It works as a stand alone story. It's only a 16 page book, Monstrum issues usually run at 52, although issue 3 looks set to be even longer.
The story is based on Issue 2 Vol 1 of Monstrum, which I think was released in 2004. It only had a tiny print run, so I thought it was worth reviving the storyline and updating the artwork and giving it a bigger release.
Click here for more Monstrum Horrendum adventures.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

This Weekend.

images from the new issue of Monstrum Horendum
I'll be posting up the new Monstrum Horrendum comic this weekend. It's only a short thing, but you read it all here (or on my site) for free!

Also, my art sale will be ending soon (31st Jan.) so please check it out and grab yourself a bargain.
Includes this stuff:

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Almost done.

Almost finished the Monstrum Horrendum mini comic, just a couple more pages to do, then scanning, lettering, collating etc.  How quickly it gets finished depends on the rest of my work load, which is horribly unpredictable at the moment.

Cover painting is finished though! (Work in progress pics here.)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

2011 - The year in sharks.

Shark Night 3D
After a slew of straight to SyFy nonsense, 2011 saw shark movies return to where they belong - on a cinema screen in 3D.  The plot of Shark Night 3D was every bit as flimsy and idiotic as anything SyFy has to offer, but it had better effects and was in 3D. There was a good variety of shark on offer, even the ridiculous cookie cutter shark got in on the action. The constant giant plot holes were a bit unnerving when witnessed on a large screen with surround sound, a constant reminder that the only reason this made it to the cinema was the 3D-ness of it all.

Super Shark
When trailers first appeared for this online I instantly assumed it was another spoof - along the lines of 'Ghost Shark' or the more recent 'Shark Pool'. So I was pretty surprised (and secretly happy) when it turned up on SyFy in all it's schonky glory. It begins (and ends) with a shark on land fighting a tank with legs. The shark also has it's own song. That's really all you need to know.The effects are very poor, even by my standards.
Fun facts: The main actress in it also starred in Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus. The guy who directed Super Shark is the dad of the guy who directed Mega Shark vs Crocosuarus.

Swamp Shark:

Some weird looking shark gatecrashes 'Gator Fest'. Starring Kristy Swanson, who also starred in another movie about a shark in a swamp (Red Water - 2003). Awful.

Sand Sharks:
Yet again, the trailer would lead you to believe that this is a spoof. It isn't. It's an actual movie made by actual people. I haven't seen this yet, but it looks like it's about spikey sharks that can swim through sand and are intent on ruining some beach party. It stars Brooke Hogan, who will also be featuring in the Asylums upcoming Two-Headed Shark film.

Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week:
Wow. The internet went crazy for Discovery's Shark Week. It's a pretty big deal for Discovery anyway, but this year it seemed to be a meme, a took over the internet. I don't know what the viewing figures were like, but apparently 2010 had 30.8 million viewers. Not bad for some shows about fish.
I've probably watched more Nat Geo stuff than Discovery in 2011, they just seemed to have better shows this time. I've particularly been enjoying Nat Geo's series 'Shark Men' which follows a group of scientists (who aren't all men - stupid title) as they tag Great White Sharks.

Gamma Ray Sharks:
I haven't read any Hulk comics in a really long time, but thanks to the huge clunky chunks of exposition in this comic I was able to get up to speed on everything that was happening. I only bought it, like many other people, because there are hulk sharks in it. The only good thing in the comic were the sharks.

Note to Marvel: The Marvel universe needs more sharks.

Bye Bye Jaws Ride:
The Jaws ride closed it's waters to the public at the start of this year, making 2011 the last ever year to go visit Bruce in his Floridian holiday home. I didn't realise that at the time, and I never got to go see it, AND NOW I NEVER WILL!! But thanks to the magic of the internet, you can pretend you got to go:
I guess after being shot at and mutilated a few times a day the shark was probably due for retirement.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to share your favourite shark moments of 2011 in the comments.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Eagle Awards 2011

The Eagle awards are open for voting, and some lovely person has nominated me. Unfortuntely, I'm in the same category as comic legends such as Tim Sale and Duncan Fegredo, so no hope of winning, but I'm still very excited to have stumbled across my name on the list of painters. Maybe next year there'll be a 'most sharks' category and I'll be in with a chance.
The awards this year are a good reflection of the growing comic scene in the UK and Ireland. There's tons of homegrown talent on there, a great variety of work and lots of new titles.
Go vote for your favourites:

Monday, 2 January 2012

Some new art for Luke's Lemons

A few months ago my nephew Luke (age 7) was diagnosed with leukemia. He and his brother decided to raise money to help other children with leukemia, but rather than open up the traditional lemonade stand they decided to sell 'digital lemonade' and so 'Luke's Lemons' was born. Lukes Lemons is a non-profit organisation that helps to raise money for leukemia research.

Luke's been really brave, he's going through a lot and keeps on fighting with a strength and determination well beyond his years. It's wonderful that he and his brother were so quick to think of others and they've already managed to raise and distribute $2000 towards leukemia research.
If you'd like to help them you can buy digital artwork for a small fee via their Monkeybars page.  All the money goes to charity.

I contributed some artwork to the cause:
A lemon themed picture (of course)

And a sea turtle (because Luke likes sea turtles)

The lemon artwork is currently available to buy.
You can purchase it here:

Or check out Luke's Lemons for more art:

The sea turtle painting will be realeased at a later date.
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