Saturday, May 30, 2009

TALES: 30/5/2009

CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Pounding headache.

Todays panel:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

TALES: 28/5/2009

CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Bear McCreary - Caprica End Theme

The USS Giacchino command insignia.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


TALES... 27/5/2009

CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: The screaming of my retinas begging to look at anything else besides Photoshop.

This mornings panel...

And a colour test...

Though you won't see it at this stage, later pages will have a TOS era space battle akin to the Second Battle of Chintoka, involving the Enterprise, a fleet of Klingon ships, and an ancient enemy of Kahless...

But got other stuff to do first.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TALES: 26/5/2009

CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Two Steps from Hell: Legend "Down With The Enterprise Live"

This mornings panel...

The various computer displays will be added in photoshop.

Monday, May 25, 2009

TALES: 25/5/2009

CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Michael Giacchino, STAR TREK OST, 'Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns'

I'm trying to keep to at least a panel a day to post up, and this time ideally in sequence. So, todays...

Some background: the ill-fated Giacchino, in case you've not got the gag yet, is named after the composer of Lost and Fringe, Michael Giacchino. Ironically I had decided on the name of the ship long before I knew he would be scoring JJ's reboot. I think his work on Lost especially has some strong themes, but BSG's Bear McCreary is leader at this point. Therefore, the particularly non-canon Allegro NCC 1300's class of starship you see above cartwheeling through space are named after 21st Century composers. Just for my own amusement really.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

T.F.T.D. 24/5/2009


The ill-fated USS Giacchino, from a panel immediately before the panel in the previous post, but still from page 3. Just to confuse you. Inks and colours.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

TALES... 23/5/2009 PART TWO


Two posts in one day. Shocking. The ill fated USS Giachinno: inks and colours comparison WIP.


CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: The hamster inside my PC having a tea break, apparently.

As a distraction from inking my TREK pitch, had an idea I wanted to try out in photoshop. Several hours later, and done some colour/texture tests. Aiming for a grainy feel. Not quite there yet.

Also got the first of my late birthday presents today from Amazon: Signature Killers by profiler Robert D Keppel, part of my research for the Millennium VS6 project. Cheery stuff.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Rumbling stomach telling me to go make tea.

Day spent mostly designing tshirts for the B2FB campaign. Then returned back to my STAR TREK pitch. Feels like almost learning to walk again, its been so long since I've been sat at the board.

Monday, May 11, 2009



Back from Bristol Comics Festival few hours ago. Continue to be plagued by post Mexico fatigue. Going to bed for few hours. But hey: just signed up to Twitter!

Thursday, May 07, 2009


CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Annoyed fiancée.

Catching up on stuff we missed while in Mexico, and just watched the last few episodes of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (or TSCC). After a fairly weak middle of a season 2, it finally got into gear with the final episode: Weaver revealed as a T1000 but apparently against Skynet; a miniture HK drone crashing through the office window; Cameron puts her chip into John Henry's body and timejumps to (presumably) the future; Derek gets shot in the head; John and Weaver timejump to a future where apparently, JC never became the big JC, having removed himself from the timeline; meets his dad Kyle Reese, meets Alison, meets Derek... and that haunting last line. So, question is: who is leading the resistance? Why is there a faction of Terminators rejecting Skynet? Why would John (in one timeline at least) offer an alliance with them? How can Fox kill a series just when it's getting good?

Oh, that's right. It's Fox.

There's little I hate more than unresolved cliffhangers. Millennium, Firefly, Angel, Jericho, and now TSCC, if the rumours are true and it's looking unlikely to be picked up for a 3rd season. The show had a lot of potential that we never saw enough of in season 2: Jessie's quest to divorce Cameron from John, because in the future he's considered to be too close to 'metal', putting reprogrammed Terminators into every resistance bunker and facility, and a growing disillusionment with JC's leadership; the potential of multiple alternate futures caused by so many timejumps by Terminators and resistance fighters; even the possibility of soldiers going AWOL, tired of fighting for survival and choosing coming through to the past instead just to escape.

So much potential... if the show doesn't get picked up, there's always the comic book.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009



It could be because I've been up all night finishing these pages in Indesign, but isn't Tahnee Cain and the Tryanglz' 'Burnin' in Third Degree' just one of best songs ever?

Still negative on the swine flu btw.

Sunday, May 03, 2009


CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Time slipping away...

As is typical, my PC decides to put it's feet up when deadlines approach. Opening an Indesign file takes the better part of ten minutes. Plenty of time for tea breaks, not so good for getting work done.

Until I can post what I'm working on, heres some pics of Amy, now 12 months and 15 days old, from last week in Mexico. I really like the grain in them, thinking of getting them blown up for my studio.

Saturday, May 02, 2009


CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Jet-lagged baby.

Back from Mexico yesterday and still recovering. Tons of work to catch up on. But glad to see my MILLENNIUM three season recap was finally posted to the backtofrankblack blog while I was away.

I'm really glad people are responding to the artwork and if it brings at least one more person to the cause to bring Frank Black back to screens big or small, then it was all worth it!

As I've mentioned many a time on TIWWA's message boards, I'd love to draw Frank in an ongoing comic book format, and doing this recap made me even more passionate to do it. Hopefully someone somewhere will see the potential and grab the rights.

And if Mr Spotnitz fancies writing it, I'd be more than happy to bring his words to life.

In the meantime I'm finishing off some other commercial work but hope to illustate Frank again, if only for my own interest, and will be posting it up here soon.