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The Carrot Crusader – When Bananas Go Bad!

Carrot Crusader cover (blog)


Ok try not to get TOO excited, it’s just a cover – and a fake one at that (although I’ll make the comic some day) but when I found out about #CreatorOwnedDay on twitter, I just had to join in, so I knocked this up.
Creator Owned Day was a good way for everyone to show off their own original characters/comics, and as an aspiring comic book artist, it seemed like a waste to just let it pass by – there was some very interesting work about – try the hashtag yourself to see if anything you like pops up


I made badges!

I… *thumps chest* have made badges! (imagine that in a Tom Hanks voice, and continue for the rest of this post)

To help promote ourselves as up-and-coming Illustrators looking for work, our tutors suggested we look into unusual ways to get our name out there – something a little different from the standard business card/postcard route. I thought it would be fun to make badges (or ‘pins’ if you’re American) with my characters/web address on, and here’s what I came up with:

I think they turned out pretty well for a first batch 🙂
Featured from top to bottom:
1st Line: Mascot from my soon-to-be-website whereIdrawtheline.com, Cosmo Cat, and a Meteor Mouse
2nd Line: The Carrot Crusader and his side-kick PeeWee
3rd Line: The Carrot Crusader’s evil nemesis, Dr Potassium and Sour-faced reporter/token love interest Peachie Keen
4th Line: Name for my new website and Emo Cat, a character from my 2nd year work

Here’s a few shots of the badges in action…

 Dr Potassium Graduates

Strike that pose Emo Cat

Cosmo Cat: Relationship Guy

Please, tell Cosmo Cat all of your problem.

All that wine and she serves up tea – Dr Potassium is not impressed.

Grinning like a Cosmo Cat

“WKAC?” Cover Art

Quick post to show what I’ve been working on over the last couple of days – this week is now COLOUR week. It’s taken me forever and a day to ink my pages, but I’m confident they will all be coloured within the week (what this says about my digital colouring skills is debatable)…

So, here’s the final(ish) front cover of the comic I’ll be handing in for this semesters assessment: “Who Killed Artie Choke?” – a superhero whodunnit with a vegetable cast

I’m pleased with it at the moment, but as I said, another week to go yet, so I might make some alterations to the fonts/image size etc  – PANIC STATIONS EVERYONE!!

Defective Comics

The Carrot Crusader made it into print! My strip, as well as the other excellent comic strips by my fellow illustrators Ted, Andrew, Will, Daisy, Rosy, Adele, Charlie, Heather and James are finally available for purchase in the form of a collective anthology known as ‘Defective Comics’ (the name was Heather’s idea I believe, nice one Heather) – details on how to buy will follow in an edit as soon as I know what the arrangements are.

**EDIT** Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mister Ted, the comic is available here: http://tenbandits.bigcartel.com/product/defective-comics    – buy! Buy! BUYY!!

The comic didn’t do amazingly well at the Thought Bubble comic convention that it was initially intended for, but really, with the massive (and admittedly far superior) competition it would have had there, it’s pretty impressive that we managed to sell any at all, and I’d like to express my thanks to the brave souls who manned the Glyndwr University table, as due to an (extreme) lack of finances, I was unable to attend and help out – thanks guys 🙂 (EXTREME!!)

Below are some photo’s of the finished comic, printed en masse and relatively cheaply, at the Newspaper Club – why not have a gander, you’re here anyway…

As you can see by the final photo, we also had a series of more light-hearted gag-strips in the centre, as a break from the ‘Certainly Officer…’ recurring theme. We each had to draw  a short strip featuring anything we liked – my particular favourites are Daisy’s, Rosy’s and James’ particularly brilliant ‘Chicken Comics’… where the hell DID that chicken go?
Anyway, here’s mine:

The Carrot Crusader – Character Studies

To go with my recent comic-related post, here’s a post featuring a whole range (or ‘bunch’ I suppose you could say) of fruit and vegetable related characters from the Carrot Crusader Universe (which currently only consists of one city, and some countryside just outside it’s borders…). This is by no means all of the critters in my head, but I’ve already spent too long on this part of the project, so it’ll do. The first two images are the initial illustrations I did a few (4, maybe 5…) years ago of the Crusader, Dr Potassium and Peachie – I liked them so much I’ve been looking to weasel them into a project ever since, and now I finally have my chance 🙂 Incidentally, the original character of The Carrot Crusader was from a design that I drew when I was probably about 6, so he’s been around a while… sadly I have no idea where that first picture went… I wonder if mum knows?