Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Oh you pretty things

Quick note for you chums.

Following a handful of requests, I've started to put together a pre-show commission list for Thought Bubble.  If by any chance you'd like to pay me to draw you something ahead of everyone's-favourite-Leeds-based-comics-show, then do drop me a line at theboytaylor at hotmail dot com, and we can have a hopefully pleasant chat about the whole thing.

(Ziggy commands you)

I shall leave you to it then chums.  Some exciting news about the next edition of the Grinning Mask will be appearing here in the coming weeks.....


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cold as ice

Well chums, I'm running around in excited readiness to get my stuff together for ICE this weekend. 

Hopefully I'll see you my solitary gentle reader there?  It promises to be a top wheeze and I shall be trying to sell comics, junk and sketches in earnest.  I've even got some freebie comics (whilst stocks last) for anyone popping by my table and saying the secret pass code 'Everything's all and it's rosy, it's a beautiful day'.

Pop by my table to say hello and feast your eyes on the goodies neatly stacked thereon....

Toodle pip

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Astronomy Domine

Howdy chums,

Some duff news and some good news for you now I'm afraid.  The slightly duff news is that I won't be having a new issue of the Grinning Mask ready in time for the lovely ICE show in Birmingham.  Boo I hear you cry in unison.

The rather splendidly good news however is that the reason for this, is that I'm merrily working away on a super strip called Grace's Imaginary Menagerie which will be appearing very soon in the award winning Aces Weekly.  Hurrah you now cry eh?  The more astute of you may remember it from very early appearances on this blog.

Seriously, I am very, very, very excited to be working on this one.  Not only am I having loads of fun drawing and writing this (with the plethora of animals that it entails), but it will be published in a massively exciting digital format.  Just look at the very talented people who've also worked for this comic - aside from David Lloyd himself of course, Lew Stringer, John McCrea, Shaky Kane, Herb Trimpe, David Leach (of Come Dine With Me fame of course) far too many more talented people to mention, and now by some fluke of luck, me.

(Ok, I'm not getting quite as excited at this pesky comics colouring lark, but you can't have everything)

I will have a portfolio full of pages from this one for preview at ICE, and maybe even some extra bits and pieces for my table.  I look forward to seeing you, my solitary gentle reader there.....

Toodle pip chums

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


Grrrrrr.  In honour of the forth coming return of Birmingham's favourite comic show, I'm giving away freebie pdf's of ALL of my comics over at Comicsy from now until then.
Go grab them why don't you?

Monday, 5 May 2014

Happy Shopper

What ho chums!

In honour of the recent Free Comic Book day, I've updated my digital comics store over at the very lovely Comicsy site with freebie digital downloads of a couple of my comics.  That's right, you can believe your ears....

Pop over there now and grab some free comics why don't you?  I'm not planning on ending the super sale any time soon.

Your chum

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


What ho there chums - it's been a while has it not?

I thought it best to dash off a quick blogpost for my earnest reader whilst I can.  It's been a busy couple of months so let's have a mini think of what arty stuff I have been up to????

First off, the very splendid Comic Heroes magazine saw fit to do a very splendid write up of my work in a recent issue.  Fame at last gentle reader, fame at last....

That's not all - I was also invited by the equally lovely, but noisy Kerrang! to join in the fun of their Kerrang! Komic.  My humble scribblings featured Asking Alexandria - a popular beat-combo or so I'm told.

In other news, whilst I procrastinate away, I idly wondered if anyone out there in internet land would be interested in commissioning me to draw them something?  I'm exceedingly reasonable and none too shabby with a pencil.  Drop me an email at theboytaylor (all one word) at hotmail dot com with what you'd want (if you're in any way interested) and I'll get back to you.  Tell your friend as well why don't you?

Your chum



Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Wagon

How splendid is Thought Bubble then gentle reader?  The answer (in a superlatives fail me type of manner) is wonderfully splendid.

This indeed was mine and chum Bolton's first trip to the festival and we had a tip-top time.  The whole shebang was well organised, there was lots to see and do and best of all, there was a fabbo 'chum-like' feeling to the whole weekend.  Huzzah for the team of volunteers on hand at the show - from their careful managing of the queues for signings that threatened to overwhelm us small-pressers tables, to the merry distribution of drinks and sarnies to us over the weekend.  It's quite often the case that the work of the folk behind the scenes at these sort of shows gets overlooked, but their work was indeed invaluable. 

Huzzah also then for the folk who organised and put the show on.  I know that I'm not the most experienced of convention-comic-seller, but I'd be massively surprised if this doesn't become my favourite show of them all. 

(Am I managing to sell this to you yet?)

Like I said, we had a grrrrrreat time.  I sold a fair few comics (and brought a whole lot more), talked to a whole load of lovely people (far too many to mention) and got simply overwhelmed by the amount of fantastic work that is being done in the comics world - all handily gathered in Leeds the past weekend.  I've come back from up north nothing but inspired by the work I've seen and really can't wait to get cracking on with new stuff of my own.

The only criticism then (and hardly a fair one), is that there was almost too much to see there.  I did only nip away from the table for an hour or two over the weekend but have come away kicking myself about the people I was keen to meet and talk to, but simply didn't find the time.  I'm looking at you, Paul Rainey, Rob Jackson, etc, etc, etc.

So, some piccies then......

Meself and Bolton's table - just up the road from the very pleasant Peter Doherty and equally lovely Geof Darrow.  I do hope that they weren't too intimidated by sitting this close to my humble scribblings gentle reader.

The obligatory bag of swag what I came back with....

I'm not going to list these in too much detail (they're all worth your while picking up), but honourable mentions here to Laura Howell's always-super Gilbert and Sullivan, the second issue of the fabbo Hitsville, the spook-tacular Boo! anthology, and my personal hit of the weekend - the fantastic Fever Dreams by Adam Murphy.

(Top also to catch up with chums Steve Quirke, Kel Winser, fellow MC2ers and Stephen Aryan, amongst other peeps)

Our only task now is to sort through the pile of cracking entries what we had to our drawing competition over the weekend.... Leeds was indeed full of very talented young (and not so young) artists.  Watch this space for news on the winners.....

 Yippee for Thought Bubble then chums.  I'm already looking forward to next year's.....

Your chum