Trinity Continuum: ‘Aberrant’ Superhero RPG Comics – Silver Age Pastiche

Another comic I did for the ‘Trinity Continuum: Aberrant’ RPG book from Onyx Path Publishing. The comics in the book each riff on a different bit of superhero comics history. This one is paying homage to the ‘Silver Age’ of comics in the sixties, artists like Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Steve Ditko and so on.

Silver Age - 1960s - style pastiche comic for the Trinity Continuum: Project Aberrant RPG for The Onyx Path Publishing.

It’s also supposed to be an-universe document: a recruiting leaflet for a particular group of superheroes.
I pored over any silver age comics I had to try and get the feel of this one right… Sadly I am no draughtsman like John Buscema and I can’t get the bombast that Jack Kirby had…

Silver Age - 1960s - style pastiche comic for the Trinity Continuum: Project Aberrant RPG for The Onyx Path Publishing.

But I can try and bolster it up with jiggery-pokery like making it look like it’s on newsprint paper, the printing transfer isn’t great and there’s a phoney version of a four-colour printing dot screen… Which you can’t really see on this, but it’s there when you see it in print, honest!

Trinity Continuum: ‘Aberrant’ Superhero RPG Comics – Alternate History

Aberrant tabletop RPG book comic art, a recruiting leaflet for the superhero group ‘Team Tomorrow’.

Comic I did for the ‘Trinity Continuum: ABERRANT’ table-top role-playing game book from the storied Onyx Path Publishing. The theme of the game is comic book style super-heroes… So, comics plus RPGs together means its automatically me all over.
Not only that, but the chapters and the full-page art of the game book pay homage to different ages, styles and movements in the history of comics, which is sooo good to see. (If you’re down with that kinda thing, it’s magic. If not, ya might learn something.)

This comic was bit of a homage to Frank Miller’s ’Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’ series/graphic novel and it was great fun. ‘DKR’ brought in the MTV style, channel-surfing chatter of the eighties to comics and here that thread is used to inform on a quick primer for the ABERRANT setting.

Aberrant tabletop RPG book comic art, a recruiting leaflet for the superhero group ‘Team Tomorrow’.

(The ‘Aberrants’ are people who have developed super-powers, y’see.)
Onyx Path is the new name for White Wolf, the publisher of ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’, ‘Werewolf: The Apocalypse’ and all of the ‘World of Darkness’ games.

FIONN Graphic Novel Lettered Pages, First Batch!

First five pages of the FIONN graphic novel finished! Written, drawn, coloured, lettered.
Next step is to carry on finishing pages, to get a pitch to publishers together.
Have a look.

Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel lettered page
Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel lettered page
Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel lettered page
Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel lettered page
Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel lettered page

(Ironically, the great thing about finishing something is finding out how it needs to change. And change it will, the very beginning of the story needs to really work well.)
Anyway, thanks for your patience.

Happy Bealtaine!

Liath Luachra & Bodhmall from the FIONN graphic novel are herding their cow between two bonfires while festooned in sunny yellow flowers to mark the 1st of May.

Bealtaine card with Liath Luachra and Bodhmall from the Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel.

The May-Day celebrations stem from Bealtaine – one of the four major Celtic festivals of the year – when sprigs & branches in bloom were gathered. In Ireland, Gorse, Rowan, Primrose, Hazel catkins and Marsh Marigold flowers were all plucked and cattle were (and are) herded between two bonfires before they’re turned out to pasture for spring. Fires are extinguished, set alight again (maybe even by a passing,officiating Druid) and may even burn all the way through the night.

Roughly, ’beal-’ means ‘shining’, ‘-taine’ means fire and the whole affair is lit by bright fire and the beaming of golden sunshine.

It’s also linked with Benelus (or Benelos), a (mostly) continental Celtic god of the sun, who received widespread worship, back in the day.

In the UK, the May Pole associated with May Day started out as the most handsome straight branch or tree trunk anyone could find, which was then decorated with flowers. All this ‘pagan’ stuff is still all around us.

Metronomy’s ‘The English Riviera’ Album Tenth Anniversary Edition… Tea Towel!

Metronomy English Riviera Tea TowelApologies for subjecting you to my mug, it makes a change from all of the art and I have great news! I was stupidly lucky enough to be able to come up with a design for a… TEA TOWEL for the British band Metronomy.

Metronomy English Riviera Tea Towel

Here’s the artwork itself, the idea is that it’s Joe METRONOMY’s favourite spots in The English Riviera (the Torbay area of coastline in south-east Devon, UK).

You can only get yourself a tea towel by buying the Tenth Anniversary double vinyl LP version of Metronomy’s ‘The English Riviera’ album from the Drift Record Shop.

Metronomy English Riviera Tea Towel

An alternate wave design (possibly inspired by a real wave lapping against Paignton sea front).Always loved this album, always loved Joe and Metronomy.

Metronomy English Riviera Tea Towel

All the shouts out to METRONOMY’s label, Because Music.
The idea is that it’s a spin on the tourist trap tat souvenir tea towels you used to get. It’s still making me chuckle.

Metronomy English Riviera Tea Towel

And a very early rough. I’m still obsessed with this record, even to this day, ten years after its release. It’s all about being from the bit of the country I’m from, the sun-drenched, sea-side, technicolour… Melancholy? The track ‘The Look’ is a stand-out one, if you’re short on time. ‘The Bay’ has more of the titular English Riviera conflicted feeling to it though.

Locations include; the YMCA Skate Park and Shoreline Cafe in Paignton, the Avon Dam, Torquay, Totnes, Stoke Gabriel and more.

Dry Cleaning Band ‘New Long Leg’ Album Window Painting

Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.

Faux cheesy laundrette window painting to celebrate the release of the band Dry Cleaning‘s debut album ‘New Long Leg’, out on the famous 4AD record label.

Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.

This is probably the most ambitious window painting I’ve done at Drift so far, definitely in terms of the multiple colours this time around. There’s even a tiny bit of metallic gold paint in there too!

Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.

The band are British – from London – are are some proper, head-down, high-speed, chugging yet acrobatic guitar goodness, laid over with a full flow of compelling, stream-of-consciousness lyrics that are more like poetry. Go seek out!

Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.Dry Cleaning band 'New Long Leg' album laundrette window painting mural at Drift Record Shop in Totnes.

I was kinda freewheeling with all the bubbles towards the end there… Didn’t look too bad in the end there!

Anyway, here are your huckleberries, for context:

Happy Holidays 2020

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and yours all the very best.
If you made it through the year and also remain unscathed by mental illness or poverty, congratulations. We’re sure you’ll just love 2021.

Highly Questionable Santa is pretending to be Dominic Cummings here, the British Prime Minister’s unelected advisor who was recently sacked; not for flaunting lockdown regulations, not for unpaid tax, not for disparaging comments about elderly people, not for colluding to suspend parliament, not dodgy dealings with the campaign to leave the European Union, not concerns over his links to Russia or any of that stuff, but instead because he was snarky about his boss’ girlfriend.
Soon afterwards he was photographed shuffling off with his possessions in a cardboard box.

Political alliances broken and humiliated by the press and the general populace… Could this be the end for Highly-Questionable Santa?

What a year. We were eyeing COVID-19 this time last year, but we couldn’t quite see just how badly it could effect quite so much of this year, which has seen great upheaval but also a profound stasis.

Please take care, please stay safe.
All the very best from Lee, Becky & Seb. 

Happy Samhain

Happy Samhain (okay, alternative, old-skool Halloween) card with Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Sabh & Aillen Mac Midna of the Tuatha de Dannan.

Happy Samhain, folks. Didya know that Samhain’s pretty much the origin point of modern Halloween? It can be Celtic New Year too. In the Fionn Mac Cumhaill story, Fionn fights Aillen, son of Midna – a fiery member of the fearsome Tuatha De Dannan race – on Samhain night. (It’s pronounced “Sow-in”.) Some Celtic ritual sites point towards the sun today too. Celtic mythology intones Samhain a lot, including; Fionn and his Fianna defeating werewolves and other Tuatha de Danann, the Nemedian settlers having to give the monstrous Fomorian forerunners an annual tithe, Ulster being invaded in the popular Cattle Raid of Cooley of stories, the grand battle of Magh Tuireadh that signals the end of Ireland’s mythic ages… And many more times besides.
Sleep tight.
(This isn’t Aileen’s final look, but he’s getting there. I don’t think I’ve really shown off Sabh looking like this before, but she does now!)

FIONN GN Art Pages

Fionn Mac Cumhaill Graphic Novel page 1 art.

Fionn Mac Cumhaill Graphic Novel page 2 art.

Fionn Mac Cumhaill Graphic Novel page 3 art.

Okay, first look at some kinda-finished art for the Fionn Mac Cumhaill graphic novel pages. Page one, two and three.

Eastern Ireland, sometime around 200CE. The fag-end of the Iron Age, teetering on the edge of the bleak centuries of the Dark Ages.
Some guy turns up somewhere he shouldn’t be. He’s not quite right.

In time, he’ll unite the people of the land, lead the elite group of the country finest warrior poets, defeat inhuman menaces from the past, find love, become a father, know loss and unravel mysteries.

Let’s not get get ahead of ourselves… We’ve got to find out a little bit more about where he came from first.

Art for Weapon Deal

Warforged Cleric of the forge, Tubal Cain, chosen of Moltok.

Brushpen and watercolour piece I made as a gift for someone. That someone made me a gift of a full-size, fully-functional, Celtic style sword out of steel(!) and wood. Just because I helped run some games nights at the local comic shop. You don’t do an amazing thing like that and not get something from me back in return..!
So this is a drawing/painting of one of my sword-gifter Ian’s D&D characters, a Warforged Cleric of the Forge. He’s called Tubal-Cain and his god is called Moltok. Here he is rescuing a priest of another faith from a burning church, because he’s just that kinda nice (living statue robot) guy.