Most children go through a phase of creating their own comics; sometimes it’s more than a phase.
Actually, I only returned to cartooning a few years back when, steeped in my Tove Jansson research, I knocked out a crude Moomin parody called Gloomin. Dressed (and speaking) much like Oor Wullie, this one-off joke took on a life of its own, to the delight of the readers of Popbitch Magazine. Gloomin wasn’t alone; he was joined by my Bad Horsey single-panel gags – even cruder in both humour and execution.
After a not-undeserved slap on the wrist from Moomin Characters, Gloomin made his farewell. But he’ll be back soon, albeit in a much-altered form. Physically, that is; the antics of the Gloomin family won’t change too much.
After joining the Cartoon Club of Great Britain, my work now regularly appears in The Jester. Most recently I’ve been drawing the goings-on of the Posh Interns, a pair of clueless, shoe-loving seahorses working in a major fashion house. I wish that I could claim to be joking when I say that a lot of the stories stem from actual events.
Another recent addition is Devil Take The Hindmost, a surreal strip based on the Puppeteer creatures from Larry Niven and Edward Learner’s Ringworld stories. Dr. Learner himself has put the seal of approval on this one.
All of the cartoons can be found at my dedicated Bad Horsey website.
It’s not all just cartoons though. As an artist, my work has been displayed in a number of group and solo shows, and has won both awards and commissions. The most recent of these was designing a Christmas card for Buzzhopper, and a campaign t-shirt for Jana Sanchez, who is running for US Congress in 2018.