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There will be another 7 page Ace Trucking strip in this year's Christmas prog, seven pages this time, once again written by Eddie Robson and drawn by me.
Ace Trucking 2017 by handtoeye
  • Listening to: Phoebe Bridgers
  • Reading: E. E. Doc Smith - Masters of the Vortex
  • Watching: QIXL
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Alpen
  • Drinking: milk
Death Ingloria - the Wolf Onboard launches on 16th November at New Cross Inn, London, a seven track concept EP accompanied by a 7 page comic strip scripted by Hilary Robinson and drawn by me. I'll be chatting, sketching, signing and selling prints from 2pm onwards. The evening features a live performance of the EP. Details are on Facebook
  • Listening to: Iron Butterfly
  • Reading: Atomic Robo
  • Watching: Bahubali 2
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: grapefruit
  • Drinking: tea
There's a new 10 page Ace Trucking strip by Eddie Robson with me on art in the 2000AD Christmas issue, out next week:

www.2000adonline.com/post/1162
  • Listening to: Hybrid
  • Reading: The Prose Edda
  • Watching: Westworld
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: toffees
  • Drinking: tea
Out now from Arcturus Press. 60 odd (sometimes very odd) Lovecraftian colouring images featuring favourites such as the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep etc. Available on Amazon or from bookshops. I should also be getting some copies to sell direct.

The Cthulhu Colouring Book by handtoeye
  • Listening to: Aurora
  • Reading: Ship of Destiny Robin Hobb
  • Watching: Nashville
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: as little as possible
  • Drinking: tea and Lemsip

I've finally finished the last of 61 pages of art for a Lovecraft-themed colouring book, to be published by Arcturus Publishing. I don't know a publication date yet, or whether I will be allowed to post any teaser art from the book, but fingers crossed I'll be allowed to as I've had a great time doing it.

  • Listening to: Dope on Plastic
  • Reading: Ship of Magic Robin Hobb
  • Watching: Line of Duty
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: muffins
  • Drinking: tea
If you are a fan of Jon Haward's work (johnny-retro65.deviantart.com/) and can spare a few quid, please head over to crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Jo…

It's not easy at the best of times making a living as a comic book artist and Jon's been going through some very rough times, so if you can help, please do.Dr Strange commission  by Johnny-Retro65
  • Listening to: Emmy the Great
  • Reading: Ship of Magic Robin Hobb
  • Watching: War and Peace
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: crumpets
  • Drinking: tea
Interview with me in the current issue of digital magazine Stencil:
issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issu…
  • Listening to: Emmy the Great
  • Reading: Ship of Magic Robin Hobb
  • Watching: War and Peace
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: crumpets
  • Drinking: tea

Three days left to support the Kickstarter for BAYANI AND THE NINE DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON by Travis McIntire with lovely art by Grant Perkins - an all ages comic based on Filipino folklore. They only need another $800 to fund it, so please check it out or SHARE if you know anyone who might be interested. One of the rewards is an exclusive piece of artwork by myself (rough shown)Bayani rough by handtoeye

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

  • Listening to: Wolf Alice
  • Reading: The Bone Clocks
  • Watching: Nashville
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Jaffa Cakes
  • Drinking: tea

If you get a moment, please check out the fabulous work of artist Grant Perkins. He's available for paid work and commissions and his unique style will transform any character into something fresh and new. Check out www.facebook.com/thegrantperki… and
www.thegrantperkins.com/
and please share if you know anyone who'd be interested.
He'll also be at MCM this weekend so call in to see him if you're there.Grant Ad by handtoeye

  • Listening to: Tkay Maidza
  • Reading: 500 Words You Should Know
  • Watching: Nashville
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: fruit loaf
  • Drinking: tea
There's a Kickstarter running to put on a 'Sonic The Comic' con in York. I've already said I'll be attending myself. Details here if you're interested:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/t…
  • Listening to: Live
  • Reading: Chronicles of Conan
  • Watching: Utopia 2
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: cereal
  • Drinking: tea
I've been touting for suggestions on my Facebook for characters to draw to celebrate when I get to 25000 page views. A couple of oddities which I'll do separately, but it's looking like it's going to be a Sonic-fest featuring (so far) (Sonic Boom) Knuckles, Perci, Antoine, Cedric the Elephant, Grimer, Zachary, Ebony, Pyjamas, Blaze and Rouge.
  • Listening to: Live
  • Reading: Chronicles of Conan
  • Watching: Utopia 2
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: cereal
  • Drinking: tea
I've confirmed I'm happy to do this year's Summer of Sonic. Hopefully this year I'll be able to do the art classes that were cancelled last year. Unless there's another fire....
  • Listening to: Sisters of Mercy
  • Reading: Homicide
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: toast
  • Drinking: tea
I'm going to be writing and drawing a new 48 page strip - eight six-page episodes - redeveloping an old character for a new publisher. Very excited about this. I'll reveal more as and when I can.

I'm also doing the linework for a regular 3 page strip for Redan's 'Sparkle World' magazine called 'Goblin Princess' - one for the younger readers this!

Other comics stuff includes inks and colour on an anniversary strip for STC online, written by Nigel Kitching, a new Robohunter cover for Zarjaz fanzine and more illos for Dogbreath fanzine
  • Listening to: Mika
  • Reading: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Watching: Ripper Street
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: lemon curd on toast
  • Drinking: tea
Hot and spicy!

The Chili book is finally finished. 88 pages of all ages superhero fun - one you can share with the kids or lovers of spicy food. The book will be on sale at the London Super Comicon in February, but is available for pre-order at a substantial discount from publishers Markosia:
www.markosia.com/

Enough pre-orders will make sure the book isn't cancelled by Diamond, as has happened to Markosia in the past.

Written by Chris Rodriguez and Chris Campanozzi, with art by Marcelo Salaza, Kal J. Moon and me on colours and letters, everyone involved has worked really hard to make this a great read. More on the book can be seen at:
thechili.wordpress.com/

Check it out if you're interested.

I'll be there at the London Super Comicon along with writer Chris Rodriguez signing copies of the book.
  • Listening to: Chicane
  • Reading: Great Expectations
  • Watching: Rookie Blue
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Toad in the Hole
  • Drinking: tea
I've just been told that I've got the graphic novel project with Walker Books that I was after. It's black and white, 140 or so pages. I'll be doing art and letters. It's part of a horror series adapted from a teenage novel and should be quite a challenge.

I'm very excited (and nervous) about this. I haven't tackled anything quite like this before. I'm not sure what I'll be allowed to post, but I'll put stuff up if I can.
  • Listening to: Lemon Jelly
  • Reading: Chaos for Beginners
  • Watching: Spiral, Nurse Jackie
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Left over Chinese
  • Drinking: tea
I've just turned in my last ever Spiderman and Friends artwork. Between me, Rik Hoskin on scripts and Lee Carey on occasional linework or pencils, we've notched up 66 consecutive issues - 67 actually because one was completed but never printed (it featured a version of the Super Adaptoid, which mimicked the other heroes' powers, but was rejected because Marvel felt that would confuse the readers). That's over six and a half years' work, my longest run on any single 'strip'.

It could be a surreal experience at times. The character designs with their Popeye forearms and massive feet (even the girls), the fact that Christmas could be alluded to but never mentioned by name (not even a Christmas tree could be shown in later issues and the basic concept of Marvel superheroes as (seemingly parentless) kids building sandcastles and playing in a treehouse.

Weird highlights for me include Doctor Octopus' automatic dog washing machine or his bad hair day, dressing Spidey up as Doctor Strange for Halloween and doing a version of Civil War set in a park.
  • Listening to: Strip Me ~ Natasha Bedingfield
  • Reading: The Life of Pi
  • Watching: Chicago Code, Hellcats, Teen Wolf
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Allotment raspberries
  • Drinking: tea
The prints for Summer of Sonic have arrived and are looking good. There'll be 50 available of the collaboration with Tracy Yardley, 20 of the STC online cover. The price will be £6 each or two prints for £10. If any are left over after the day, I'll put up details of how they can be ordered by post.
  • Listening to: School of Seven Bells
  • Reading: Wuthering Heights
  • Watching: Fringe, Chicago Code, Hellcats, The Shadow Line
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Crumpets
  • Drinking: tea
You may have read that Disney, having taken over Marvel Comics, has decreed that no originated Marvel product can now be created in Britain. I have worked on every issue of Panini's Spiderman and Friends title (for pre-schoolers) for over five years, but after a few more issues, that will all be over.

The thing that really sucks is that this is not a decision based on sales of the comic, which still seem to be healthy. If it was, I would understand completely, but simply seems to be a heavy-handed way on Disney's part to take control of their new 'empire'.

Spiderman and Friends was a great way to draw very young readers into the world of Marvel and comics in general.

It will be a great blow for Panini UK to lose these Marvel contracts. I hope they manage to survive this.
  • Listening to: Karnivool
  • Reading: Barkbelly
  • Watching: Rookie Blue, Fringe, Blue Bloods, Doctor Who
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Crumpets
  • Drinking: tea
The next issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine - issue 310, on sale 27 April - contains the interview with me.

Not seen it yet - I'll be interested to find out what artwork they use for it.
  • Listening to: TesseracT
  • Reading: Barkbelly
  • Watching: Rookie Blue, Fringe, Blue Bloods, Doctor Who
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Scrambled egg
  • Drinking: tea
Because I've recently felt the need to put something out there that is purely mine, I am endeavouring to produce a regular weekly web strip - RejecTeds. I've spent days trying to sort out an RSS feed for the site, without success, so you can subscribe for update alerts via my Wordpress blog at nigeldobbyn.wordpress.com:

nigeldobbyn.wordpress.com/

This is a new venture for me and it's early days yet, so please don't be too harsh if you wish to comment!
  • Listening to: Voulez Vous
  • Reading: Animal Farm
  • Watching: Rookie Blue Fringe
  • Playing: at being an artist
  • Eating: Toast
  • Drinking: tea