Sunday, December 26, 2010

Swan Song

A belated Merry Christmas/Season's Greetings to one and all.

I watched the movie Black Swan yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Natalie Portman was amazing in the lead role and towards the end pulled off a bit of a Gloria Swanson 'Sunset Boulevard' moment quite nicely (no pun intended!)

While watching, I did some doodling. The second illustration feels slightly more successful than the first. Or maybe neither are successful, you can decide...

Not really a Xmas post though is it? Well, don't forget, while your stuffing your face with turkey that other old bird: the Queen is stuffing hers with Swan! It is a well known fact that the Royals dine at this time of year on Swan rather than Turkey, and is just another way to let us little proletarians know who's boss...

I will not do into the details of how Prince Philip actually stuffs the bird, but let's just say that it not a stuffing in the traditional sense of the word...

Have a great holiday season and as the late great Dave Allen would say " Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you"


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Page 29 and 'You(U)can Kiss(X)my love Bom-mm-mmb(B)'

The latest page is now over at UXBCOMIC.

This page is placement only. I had intended to revise...but again time was against me. Page 29 will in fact become two pages and rather than having the guys just walking towards cam, will show a little more functionality of the suits. My reasons for uploading this page was mainly due to the fact that this will be the last post on the comic site until the new year, completing the first issue(chapter) of the book. So rather than leaving a large gap I thought at the very least I should book-end the end of the year with a semi-complete story; hence the page...

Posting will resume again on the 16th January, giving me a little time to play catch-up over the Holidays!

You may have found that the comic towards the end did become a little too linear. Originally as I was pitching it, I wanted to have a complete little package that tied everything together, so that the reader wasn't scratching his head too much.

Of course I had a synopsis/plot breakdown as well, but I always find the best response is to the visual. So the last couple of pages (27,28,29) on the comic site were tagged on at the end solely for that purpose. Originally I had it scripted that there would be a lot more cutting back and forth between the present and the past. For example: after the monkey incident I had intended that we would cut back to the present and continue with our boys in London. The suit functionality and their current predicament would be hinted at and explained more through the character's dialogue, rather than direct exposition in the form of a narrator.

So I do foresee that further down the line (and once there is a more substantial amount of content)... some serious editing will take place .

Love to hear you thoughts on it!

Oh yeah, and before I forget. I should mention that Foster and Allen just sent me the above pic through the post! Apparently they have written a song about the boy's exploits...

It's called: 'You (U)can Kiss (X) my love Bom-mm-mmb (B)'

Darlin', I am growin' older, mmm
Silver threads among the go-old
Shine upon my brow today-ay-ay, mmm
Life is fading fast away-ay
You can kiss my love bom-mmm-mmmb...

But, my darlin', you will be as you will be
Always young and fair to me
Yes, my darlin', you-ou will be-ee-ee
Always young and fair to me-ee
You can kiss my love bom-mmm-mmmb...

When your hair is silver whi-ite
And your cheeks' no longer bright
With the roses of the May-ay, mmm
I will kiss your lips and say-ay
You can kiss my love bom-mmm-mmmb...

Oh my darlin', you will be, you will be
Always young and fair to me...
Yes, my darlin', you-ou will be-ee-ee
Always young and fair to-oo me
You can kiss my love bom-mmm-mmmb...

Kiss it tenderly, before it ex-plodes up in your face!


Doesn't seem to reflect any of the comic's actual content guys... but powerful stuff anyway. Thanks.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Stuff...

Here's some sample pages from something that is not UXB for once! I worked these up some time back(with a writer) for a project that never got any further than the pitch stage. I have also thrown up some of the initial character sketches for the two main characters...

It's a great story with a lot of potential. Hopefully we can return to it at some point...

Covers were to be by this very talented chap.

John Peel

On -This is your life. Mark E, David Gedge and Bowie to name but a few. Worth checking out.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Keep your feet off the upholstery Ronnie!"

Yet another page is up over at

I decided not to share the pencil/inks version of this one as you may feel I was taking the piss ;)

So instead; here's some Adam and the Ants for you:

Dirk Wears White Sox is still one of my all-time favourite albums. Makes you wonder what Adam(Stuart Goddard) could have achieved if he hadn't decided to go a more commercial route...