A New Jerusalem (Myriad Editions / New Internationalist)
1945. The war is over.
Eleven year-old Ralph lives with his mother, plays in bombed-out buildings, and dreams of the day his father will come home and tell him all about his heroic battles. But when his father actually does return, he’s far from what Ralph expected: his father is sullen, withdrawn and refuses to discuss the war at all. As Britain looks to a future fit for heroes, Ralph’s father struggles to adjust to civilian life. Susceptible to fits of crying and uncontrollable rages, his behaviour starts to directly impact Ralph and his mother, and the community around them.
Although I’ve drawn a few of my own stories in the last decade, with the exception of Falling Sky (at 80 pages) they’ve all been fairly short. At 144 pages, this is by far the longest story I’ve ever attempted to draw myself.
A New Jerusalem is also available in any high street book shop.
Fight the Power! (New Internationalist / Seven Stories Press)
Co-written with Sean Michael Wilson and illustrated by Hunt Emerson, John Spelling and Adam Pasion, this is a history of protest movements in English-speaking countries over the last 200 years. The idea of the book was to demonstrate how political change happens, and that many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy were fought for through protest and civil action, rather than being granted by governments. The book gives a broad overview of 14 protest movements, beginning with the Luddites and ending with Occupy, and aims to help the reader identify the similarities between them, and learn from the things that did or didn’t work in previous protests.
Fight the Power! is also available in any high street book shop.
Santa Claus vs the Nazis (Aces Weekly / Markosia)
Illustrated by Gavin Mitchell, this story came about one Christmas when I found myself wondering: If Santa Claus was real, what would he have done in the Second World War? It’s designed to feel like a classic war comic, but with just the right amount of Christmas sentiment. It’s obviously very silly, but part of the point of the book was to take the concept seriously and really think through the implications.
It was originally published online by Aces Weekly, in 3 page chapters. You can read it there in volumes 2,3,6 and 7 at www.acesweekly.co.uk (along with some other really great stories in those volumes). Alternatively you can read it at Comixology, or you can buy the printed graphic novel from Markosia.
Crazy Neighbours (Enlight Media)
Gavin Mitchell and I have been producing one-off short stories for this German stoner anthology since 2013, and it’s been a lot of fun. (I’ve also done a story with Rory Walker, and also introduced them to Hunt Emerson.) Crazy Neighbours is mainly sold in head shops in multiple languages across Europe, and actually does very well – it’s been difficult to bring it to the English language market, but we’re hoping this will happen sooner or later. Here’s a 3-page short story from the latest issue.
Buy copies and read more stories at crazy-neighbours.com
Not One Minute of Silence (Ctrl Alt Shift)
Commissioned by Ctrl Alt Shift for their “Exposing Corruption” anthology, and Illustrated by Warren Pleece, this is the true story of a friend who went to Colombia to record human rights abuses, and becoming witness to a murder. The story was later translated into Spanish, and was circulated in Colombia.
Buy Ctrl Alt Shift Exposes Corruption from Amazon
Monophobia (Accent UK)
For Accent UK’s “Phobias” anthology, and illustrated by William Volley, this is a short story about the fear of being alone – but with something of a twist.
Buy Phobias from Accent UK
Divinity, Existence and Toast (Accent UK)
My favourite of the short stories I’ve produced, this was made for Accent UK’s Robots anthology, and is usually the short story I show people when I want to give examples of my work.
Buy Robots from Accent UK
Spirit of the Apocalypse (Accent UK)
Another story commissioned by Accent UK, this was for their Zombies anthology, and portrays an ordinary man trying to carry on with ordinary life as best he can – during a zombie infestation.
Buy Zombies from Accent UK
2013 – present – Crazy Neighbours (with Gavin Mitchell and Rory Walker)
Multiple stories for a counter-culture German humour anthology, from issue 2 onwards
2012 – The Lovecraft Anthology, Vol 2 (With Mick McMahon, Self Made Hero)
Short story adaptation (“The Picture in the House”) for Self Made Hero’s HP Lovecraft anthology.
2012 – Who on Earth Was Thaddeus Mist? (with Leonardo M Guiron, Accent UK)
Short story (“The Vagabond Boy”) for an experimental anthology graphic novel, edited by Owen Michael Johnson
2008 – Heavy Metal Magazine (with James McKay)
Short story (“Serum 39”).
2006 – Monsters (with James McKay, Accent UK)
Short story (“Purity or Nothing”) for an anthology on the theme of Monsters.
2005 – Falling Sky (Scar Comics)
My first full-length original graphic novel. It won Ain’t It Cool News’ “Indie Surprise of the Year” award, and later was named one of their best books of the decade.
2004 – Marraquai (with James McKay, Scar Comics)
A 16 page short story, published independently.
Editor, Letterer and/or Designer:
2017 – Bioenergy – A Graphic Introduction (letterer and designer, with James McKay, Supergen Bioenergy Hub et al.)
2016 – A Dream of a Low Carbon Future (editor, letterer and designer, with James McKay, Leeds University)
2013 – The 47 Ronin (letterer/designer, Sean Michael Wilson & Akiko Shimojima, Shambhala)
2013 – Dreams of a Low Carbon Future (editor, letterer & designer, with James McKay, Leeds University)