The Pudding Factory (What? AGAIN??)

Repeated again this year. my first blog posts from 2007. 
Unchanged and uncorrected (though it sure needs to be)

Even though the day shifts are done the aroma of
hot nuts and sweet fruits stray through the city in the
chilly winter night.

The Pudding Factory warms the heart of the city,
especially at this time of year. The family of workers
bustle and graft producing puddings, fancies and
delectables for all occasions, special or not.

Tarpin Espenny, corporate ogre and corpulent scumbag
regards the Factory with disdain. It is happy and generous
and many other things that he holds in contempt.
Securing the obedience of the malevolent keeper of the
neighbouring zoo, Tarpin attempts sly sabotage.
Randolph pokes the wild beasts of the reptile house through the
adjoining wall into the pudding factory.

The ensuing cross contamination and perilous food hygiene
became a real concern for the factory's loyal patrons.

Almost without exception, customers of the pudding factory
were forgiving and tolerant of the unusual incidents. The zoo's
kinder staff recovered and returned the beasts as they appeared
and business continued as the Yuletide grew nearer.

This good will clearly displeased the sour Tarpin
who viciously resolved to escalate his assault on the pudding factory.

Randolph relished the opportunity to practice with his explosives
 and the timers tick on into the night.

The first explosions freed the zoo's wildest captives,
the following charges steered the stampede toward,
 and then into the pudding 

The whole animal riot charges through the pudding factory,
crashing through festive comestibles and
industrial appliances with equal abandon.

At this stage pudding production was on an indefinate hiatus.

Damage was done to both pudding stocks and to vital ingredient
supplies. The factory staff battled against the misfortune and were abley assistant again, by the good staff of the zoo.

The joined forces of the pudding staff and the zoo keepers
set about the clean up and removal of all those animals
gentle and small enough to stay still. While the larger and
wilder beasts did pretty much what they liked, for the meantime.

Of course the wild rumpus could not be confined to the factory
and the animal mob takes to the chilly winter evening.

Much to the smug approval of the vile Tarpin who
watch the commotion from his window.
Gleefully savouring their struggle, the truly unpleasant swine.

Despite Tarpin's point of view a steady resolve was making a difference
and animals and festive delectibles were separated
and returned to their respective quarters.

As it turned out, the animlas themselves helped to restore order.
The zoo patched up its cages and the factory filled its gappy walls.

Unsettled at the growing harmony Randolph, again, raises the stakes.
Whilst the factory staff and zoo keepers struggle to resolve matters,
he takes his service revolver and sabre he incites the wilder animals to a frenzy.
Though someone has spotted this nefarious activity.

Randolphs nefarious actions had been noticed by a glad hearted stranger
who tackles the ruffian appropriately. With the malevolent catalyst
subdued, the pudding factory problems should be resolved in time for Christmas.

The strangers influence settled the brutes but the peace would not last long.

Out of doors the remaining animals were returned safely to the zoo staff.
The ingredients and kitchen chaos was collected and tidied.
Pudding factory workers, zoo keepers and customers and anybody
passing by had lent a hand. Peace crept through the chilly winter night.

Disregarding the harmony now rampant in the factory,
Randolph had gain the upper hand in his set-to with the red rescuer.
The severest blow however, was stayed by the hand
of a grateful stray, yet to return to his home.

At last, the engineer of the Christmas chaos reaches his sticky end.

The puddings, pies, cakes and treats where finished and
distributed all in time. The staff at the factory shared a celebratory
sweet feast with the zoo keepers. Glad satisfaction warmed
the city in the chilly winter night, followed by the aroma
of hot nuts and sweet fruits.

But what of that dastardly humbug?

Merry Christmas, to those who deserve it.

TG time

Been busy all over lately. Lots on and getting things done at a near geological pace. Working on covers for Tank Girl at the mo, these aren't them but this is the sort of thing i've been up to getting into the project.


Coloured sketch


Commissions again.

I am doing all sorts of bits at the mo but here's a few more commissions.



Johann Krauss


The Iron Giant

James Corcoran's Tiger Boy



I have been taken commissions in recent weeks which has been cracking fun, never quite sure what people are going to ask for next. Details about ordering a commissions are at my shop here.
The limit is the A4 page but the more characters you want in , the smaller they are going to be.

Any ideas can be undertaken, my own characters if you like that sort of thing, or a character of your own.

Here are the colour art from a few of the recent commissions. (Some repeated)

Dr Strange


Jeeves and Wooster

Lucky Luke

Marty McWolf

Peter Venkman

The Shadow





Off to Leed's Thought Bubble Festival this weekend. This has to be the UK's best comic event, certainly the most universal with the world's finest pro's shoulder to shoulder with Small Press and all in between. Also, the most thoroughly attended as far as us exhibitors go. It is one place that seems to most travelled to by the British comic fraternity/ family or whatever. (though sadly a number of plans have gone astray for probably all sorts of reasons with some attendees and they will be missed, hopefully the ones that can will come back next year)

Anyway. I will be there with a load of discount old stuff. A few new bits, Karagöz for a start, and work from the recent Day of the Dead exhibition. Disappointingly, my main books will fail to show, once again but Gungle is growing and i'll post about that soon.

I will be sharing a table there with the excellent and heroic Robert Ball. We both participated in the Alter Ego exhibition at the other end of this year. He'll have excellent prints with him and also his first wonderful looking comic, Winter's Knight. Day 1. I've been busting to see it.

Robert Ball's 'Winter's Knight' (flipping lovely looking)
So come and see us. We are at Table 10 in The Royal Armouries Hall all weekend.



Karagöz Cover by Nadine Redlich

I won't have much new at Thought Bubble this year, still battling through my books (that I'd hope to have ready by TB last year if not the one before!) but I will have some (not many) copies of Karagöz.

Organised by the magnificent Thomas Wellmann and Nadine Redlich and supported by the excellent Rotopol Press this is a 36 page B/W comic zine. With work by 9 amazing creators and me. Other than myself, Thomas and Nadine are; Olaf Albers, Max Fiedler, Rita Fürstenau, Lomp, Michael Meier, Lisa Röper and Andreas Schuster.

'Ahem', i'll also have the remaining interior pages of my strip 'The Black Imps' for sale (this was the cover)

I'll post a link when Karagöz is available online.


Commissions and Thought Bubble

I've put up a spot for commissions in the shop (as well a few other bits) if anyone fancies something. A favourite character, one of mine, or one of your own but with Thought Bubble this coming weekend, anyone wanting one could save on postage by collecting it from me at the show. There are a few underway already, possibly need to get in quick if you want one for the show.

More Thought Bubble news to follow.

Turtles ink

Dr Strange ink 

Strange colour
The Shadow