Monday, 1 September 2014


Pheasants are possibly the most stupid creatures on Earth, and they definitely have no idea what road safety is. I've never hit a pheasant on the road, but it's been a close run thing sometimes. I drive to work every day down rural B-roads in Kent and Sussex, and you quite often find yourself rounding a corner to find a dumb bird in the middle of the road, and when you swerve to avoid him he will walk deliberately into the path of your car.

How stupid are pheasants? I was cycling down a country lane once when I came across one next to a wooden fence. The pheasant ducked behind one end of the fence, walked behind it and then appeared at the other end. I got off my bike to say hello to it and it hid behind the fence again. When it reappeared at the other end, I was there waiting for it. Eeeek! It went behind the fence again, I walked back to the other end and the pheasant popped its head out once more. Repeat this sequence for half an hour. (To be honest, the pheasant is probably telling the same story to his friends, only he starts it with 'How stupid are cyclists?')

Friday, 29 August 2014


Time can go a bit wibbly in cartoon strips. By one measure, just 24 hours have passed since Smith and Jones escaped from the cattery. By another measure, six weeks have gone by. Which is why the fields in the background are now newly harvested expanses of stubble.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


This is possibly the first time I've ever used a font in Smith apart from the urls below the strip. As I've mentioned before, I tend not to like the use of fonts in cartoon strips as they look too mechanical and never match with the artwork. You can tell when the writing and the artwork on a page don't match.

On the other hand I'm a real font nerd, and a road sign which didn't have the right typeface on it (MoT Transport Medium in this case) would drive me mad. So I've taken care to use the correct font, but then skew and distort it just enough to match the shaky line of my own artwork.

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Monday, 25 August 2014


Don't worry, this story arc is not going to end with that cop-out to end all cop-outs: "..and then Jones woke up in the shower and found the last two months had all been a dream". I have a real ending for this all worked out.

The animals staring at Jones are a fox, a badger (hello, Scott) a stoat, a rabbit and a goat.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Gimme Shelter

Jones' arachnophobia reappears. One of those strips where all the action takes place between the panels. The explosion isn't really needed, the humour is in the aftermath.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Don't have a cow

Note how the colouring is getting darker as the day progresses. Just for this essipode I've introduced some shadowing as well.

I'm quite proud of the last panel. I've managed to give the impression of a charging cow without having to draw all those difficult legs.

Monday, 18 August 2014


You wouldn't believe the number of times I've seen this. I'm convinced there is no such thing as a bad dog - just bad owners.