Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Couldn't really time this strip better.
Hey guys! So the Patreon is up and running and has gotten off to a great start!

Becoming a patron is pretty cheap! It starts at $1 a month (About 80p sterling) and gets you access to my Patreon comic "The Bunker: Tales of the last frontiersman" which is updated every friday!
$3 a mnth gets you access to the comic as well as access to behind the scenes stuff and even access to my one page comic strips (Example of that sort of thing above!)

Promo for the upcoming second chapter of The Bunker. You can read the story so far on Patreon!

"The Bunker" is approaching the end of its first chapter and I'm currently drawing the second one but you can read the entire story so far at any point when you sign up!

Here are some examples of the $10 reward tiers perks!

There are more tiers including ones with original art sketched on the back of postcards I have designed! If this sounds good, get involved here!


Monday, 13 February 2017


For anyone who didn't know, I have been in the process of building a Patreon for a while.

Well, today I launched it!

I set it to go live this morning and had the intention of uploading ten pages of my new webcomic, "The Bunker: Tales of the Last Frontiersman"


I'd managed to upload five pages for public viewing and had uploaded four pages that would be Patron only and then I... tripped over a router cable and kinda broke the router... BUT it's back up and running now and I have managed to get the tenth page up and running too!

So Patreon is somewhat similar to Kickstarter in the sense that you can back someones project. The main difference being that Patreon is a month subscription thing instead of something for a sole project. People can back you to support your work in exchange for a variety of different benefits!

For example, with MY Patreon I've set it up so that:

$1 gets you access to my webcomic "The Bunker"
$3 gets you access to "The Bunker" and my behind the scenes stuff as well as access to my one off comic strips that others wont have access to.
$10 gets you all of the above AND a monthly postcard bearing one of my designs that I will doodle all over and send to you!

and so on and so forth...

Anyways, I hope you guys will have a look at it and if you like what you see, become a Patron!

The link to the page is HERE!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Druid Investigations #2 and Patreon news!

Hello everybody and a Happy New Year to you all!
It's been a while since I posted an update, so I thought I would give you an update about what's been going on with me!
I've recently finished the artwork on #8 of my other comic book, Lou Scannon. That's currently in the hands of two of the other guys I make the comic with who are in the process of colouring it. Then it will be sent to the fourth member of the team to get the comic lettered! It's been a long process but we have finally got there with it.
WHAT THIS MEANS is that i *should* hopefully be able to make a start on issue 2 very soon. This will take a while but the issue is written and primed, ready to go. I write, pencil, ink and colour Druid on my own so forgive me, I work as fast as I can, but I may take a while. It WILL be done though, I promise you! I miss drawing those guys! 
Would have been so much easier had I just done the whole thing in black and white... but probably wouldnt have looked as good!
Being a self employed illustrator can be quite tough at times though. I take the work as it comes in which takes time away from time I could otherwise spend on drawing comics. Which is why I'm looking to start up a fun Patreon account very soon. For that, I will be updating a couple times a week with a new comic strip I've been working on in one of my other styles, in the little spare time I've had. It's a simple, fun style with a limited colour palette, meaning I can draw up the pages a lot quicker. 
The comic strip is called "The Bunker: Tales of the last Frontiersman" and I'm going to show you guys a preview here now.
Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5
If you like the look of the comic and would like to be kept posted on when the Patreon is ready or if you would like more information, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me a message! Tweet me! If you end up choosing to support me (I'm hoping to have a tier starting at $1 and working up from there!) then you will be enabling me to spend more time on the projects I want to instead of the ones that I have to take to pay the bills (Meaning Druid 2 will be ready quicker :D)

The hope is to post Bunker updates twice a week! 

The Patreon will also include some one page comic Ideas I have as they come to me, as a sort of interlude to the Bunker stuff every now and then. These will look something like any of the following:

The one page strips will be posted to Patreon before anywhere else whereas The Bunker is a Patreon exclusive only (Until the day I can do a printed collection)
So if you like what you see and fancy supporting a struggling artist, I would love you forever ;)
And for those of you who didn't already know, I also do geeky prints. I'm currently having a January sale on some of them on the Pencil Pirates facebook page. Here's what's currently available in the sale:
These are A4 in size and normally £10 each (Plus P&P). So you could save yourself a whole £5! :D
If you're interested in any of these or would like a better look at them, you can click on the above picture to be taken to the Facebook page! Then you can message me there or on here to arrange me hooking you up with them! The Labyrinth/Dark Crystal/Princess Bride mash-up has been rather popular! 

I genuinely hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Year and look forward to hearing from you guys! 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

New prints!

I've recently been working on a couple of new print ideas in between pages of Lou Scannon issue 8.

I've been focusing on Final Fantasy 7 specifically and have come up with these two bad boys:

The one on the left is the main one. I did the one on the right first but then wanted something a bit more... dynamic, so I did the one on the left.
This main one is going to be limited to just 100 copies hand signed and numbered and will be available for £10.
The one on the right will only be available as part of a bundle with the first one and the two together will be priced at just £15. There will be an exceptionally limited run on this print. 20 in total.
This bundle is literally the only way to get both of the prints.

I've also had my 80s mashup print redone so if you have been waiting around for that one, you will be able to get it VERY soon!

comment here if you'r interested in the prints or you can follow the Facebook page over at www.facebook.com/PencilPirates!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Bruce Outback: Now on Kickstarter! and other Attic Studios news...

As those of you who follow my blog will already know, last year I ran a successful Kickstarter for my new comic book: Druid Investigations.

Back from the Printers! Two covers but one was a Kickstarter Exclusive and is no longer available.
The book has been on sale for near two months now. I've worked one comic con with it thus far. It's had some great feedback and has been reviewed by Pipedream Comics.
If you've liked my posts on twitter or instagram or even if you liked the Kickstarter campaign but didn't back it and you like the look of the book you can get yourself a digital and/or physical copy of the comic from the Attic Studios Website!

Pipedream Comics also ran an article based around the idea of Indie comic creators having been assigned to work on various different books for the new DC rebirth. I was quite chuffed to see they put me as working on the big guy in blue! Read the full article here.

From one Kickstarter to another, my friend and colleague, Kris Carter, is currently running his own Kickstarter campaign for a comic book that he's developed based on an idea he, Jim Bampfield, Kirsty Winskill and I had one night a few years ago.

Art by Kris Carter

The campaign is currently just under the half way point with 16 days to go!

As Kris states on the campaign:

"Bruce Outback is Australia's greatest detective, sent back through time with his Koala to help crack previously unsolved crimes!"

It's sort of like Crocodile Dundee meets Quantum Leap. Kris and Jim wrote the story and Kris has done all of the artwork for it with a print design from me along with variant covers by me and our small press compadre, Dean Beattie!

It's a great book and is going to lead on to some even more epic storylines. It's worth a punt at the very least! If not only for the cracking video that we made to go with the campaign.

Kris talks about the book on the latest episode of the Awesome Comics Podcast. This show is great. I've been on it myself and it makes for great Monday afternoon listening! Follow them on twitter, here.

If you like the sound of Bruce Outback, then follow and/or back the Kickstarter, here!

Finally, for this update:

As mentioned above, the Awesome Comics Podcast is a bloody awesome show and a great way to learn of other Small Press comic book titles that you may not have discovered otherwise (I've picked up a few myself, based on their recommendations.).

The podcast is hosted by Vince Hunt and every week he's aided by Tony and Dan.

On the most recent podcast, they have annoucent their combatants for their own version of "The Hunger Games".
It features an incredible gathering of Small Press comic book characters, including Attic Studios very own Lou Scannon and Bruce Outback!
I present to you: THE AWESOME GAMES!

Lou is in District 6, Bruce, 11.
I'm really stoked and excited to see out characters included in this!
The one thing I didn't do, was put for Merlin from Druid investigations for the book.
This is maaaaainly a case of fairness. In my book Merlin is already over 1500 years old and he has an incredible amount of power, drawing from the earths natural magic. So it would be pretty hard to beat him.
All that taken to account, I'm intrigued to see how they will work this and I'm even more intrigued to see how many of the characters creators will disagree with their rulings (Myself potential included in this too!)

You can check out the back catalogue of their awesome comic podcasts HERE.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Druid Investigations is going to print!

Yes! That's right! the Kickstarter I was talking about in my last update was successful and the comic is now ready to be sent to print!

Also: This is my first post of 2016 so HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Things have been a little all over the place since the turn of the new year and I have been frantically trying to put this book together without screwing it up!

Seems like I have just about managed it *touch wood*

Got some cool new things to show you So I shall get to it!

I have recently joine a group on Facebook known as the Crafthulhu Collective. It's a bunch of awesomely talented folk who make some really cool shit and then make it available for purchase. The majority of whom are able to make stuff and not just cheat by drawing like I do :p
Every month there is a different theme which is done partly for fun and partly as a way to cross promote each others pages whilst potentially being able to make a little money from it.

This past month was Circus or "Under the Big Top" themed and boy did everyone knock it out of the park!
I took this as an opportunity to draw someone I hadn't considered before. I drew Captain Spaulding of Rob Zombie fame!
Here he is:

If you're interested in him, send me a message here on the Pencil Pirates Facebook Page.
The image is A4 in size drawn on 110gsm cartridge paper and coloured with Copic markers.
He can be yours for the small price of £25 and this INCLUDES Special delivery postage and packaging (Domestic and International)

If you like some of the other items in the Crafthulhu image above, you can check them all out on the below links!:

With Love from Hollie
Totemly Weird
Saint Angel Productions
Steventon's Monster Emporium
Nobody Likes The Boy

There are also some other pages who normally take part but weren't able to this month. Check out their pages here:

Katie Abey Design
Sophie Corrigan Illustration
Heart Felt Design

Everyone is talented and lovely so hit them up! They (As do I) take commissions!

Now, with the new comic due to come out very soon, I realised I needed a banner. Something to have behind me at my table so that I wouldn't get lost amidst the other awesome creators that so often populate these cool conventions. It took a lot of thinking on but eventually I came up with something I was very happy with. It was this bad boy:

I think it turned out pretty nice! Killian is the character in the front and has a very different colour scheme to those in the background so that the thing doesn't look too busy.
I also partly went down this road for the colour scheme as i figured it would counter balance and compliment the original Lou Scannon banner we use at comic conventions:
Proudly on display in Kris' house way back in 2011 I think...
My drawing has come a long way since that original banner but I think it's still alright!

As I often say, I hope to update this blog more this year... but it may actually be true now! I have a chance at a potentially awesome job coming up and if I land that, I may have some really ultra cool things to share! NDA permitting...

In the meantime, as if you didn't already know, if you want to keep more up to date with what I'm doing or see more regular art updates, I can be found via the following information: