Swimming Lessons

The Transformers: Mosaic project is a fan-based project to get artists and writers working together to create fancomics.

This piece was written way back in 2007 but took until this year to find an artist. Once out it was extremely popular, which goes to show that people are obviously unwilling to draw anything that doesn’t feature Wheeljack kissing Starscream or whatever because taking a risk is sCaRy. But as we know now, Seacons RULE!

The wonderful, wonderful Randa Rivera (who, despite the name, is NOT a porn star) did the incredible art and Andy Turnbull provided the letters..

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 Tall Tales 3 Comments

Can MANTA Force Survive?

I’m on a bit of a MANTA Force kick at the moment as you might have gathered. Inside the box of Vile Stinkhorn’s Bog Rocket I found a delightful comic! Now I will share this archive material with you. I hope it is as magical to you as it is to me.


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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 Media 6 Comments

Manta Force – Vile Stinkhorn’s Bog Rocket

A video epic in which I relive my wasted youth!



Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 Videos 6 Comments

Mad German Transformer Comics

I’ve not been about much, you can blame the daily grind of work for that. But I’ve got a few exciting things I’ve been working on, fear not! In the meantime, I’ve been finding some really funky covers for German Transformer comics which I present for your enjoyment. I’ve not got them all sadly, and any information on them at all would be welcome. Most foreign Transformer comics just reused the US artwork, but in Germany, oh-ho, no they did not!

We kick off with issue 1, which is sadly the most boring of the lot. The cover is just a reprint of the cover for ‘Warrior School’, and I’m going to assume it is the same story within (how German fans were supposed to keep up with the selection of stories that the covers would indicate, I’m not sure). Notice Buster Witwicky though, the Germans seems to really like him… …more

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 Media 6 Comments

The Revenge of Yartek, Leader of the Alien Voord

Beware the man who knocks four times

BANG BANG BANG BANG. “HELLO?” Yartek continued to smash the phone against the brickwork. Some rather expensive technology started to crack and splinter under the strain.

Yartek didn’t care. It wasn’t his phone.

“I KNOW you can hear me!” he bellowed, his squeaky, girly voice echoing down the phone line. “I can hear you giggling.”
“That’s better.”
“What do I want? You know what I want? I want back in!”
“Yeah, I want to be in Doctor Who again.”
“Of course you can do it, you’re the producer.”
“Sod off! You brought the MACRA back!”
“I don’t care if they’ve got a good union. Screw the Macra.”
“Oh. Ew.”
“No, really. I’m like, the alien version of Che Guvera.”
“Yeah, I’ve sold millions of posters. Well, one.”
“Look, I’ve got this great idea. Basically I team up with the Borad and lead a crack team of dinosaur-riding Nimon through time and space to… hello?”

Yartek, former leader of the glorious Alien Voord, who once nearly ruled an entire planet sunk to his knees and started crying.

“Oh god pleeeeeease!”

The line went dead. Yartek snarled, throwing the phone angrily at the body of the man he had borrowed it from and slunk back to Voord Towers. He had called his home Voord Towers in the hope that it might convince poncy media-types that he was at the top of his game, but it was in fact just a few cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other covered in fairy lights and situated under a bridge.

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Tall Tales 4 Comments

The Meals Of Sin

The Transformers: Mosaic project is a fan-based project to get artists and writers working together to create fancomics.

After a lot of serious, sensible pieces, I threw a real curveball and produced The Meals Of Sin, a bizarre comic featuring McDonalds Happy Meal toys having an ultra violent fight in the style of Sin City. I was hoping it would upset and confuse people, but people seemed to really really like it. Oh well!

For those of you not experts in the field of Transformers fast food toys (shame on you!), the hero of our tale is the valiant Under-3 and his enemy is the evil Rally’s Rhinox, lovingly known by the fandom as Rallnox.

Due to the immensity of the challenge, Mark Kuggeleijn assisted me with writing duties, and  Andy Turnbull locked himself in a cave, shunning all human contact for ten years in order to truly capture the feel of the art.

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Monday, December 21st, 2009 Tall Tales No Comments

Blackest Night

The Transformers: Mosaic project is a fan-based project to get artists and writers working together to create fancomics.

Blackest Night is another of my one-page Transformer comics, and one of the most popular to date (currently it seems to be neck and neck with Voice In The Dark). It actually isn’t anything to do with DC’s Blackest Night, but it features all the black repaints up to no good, the pun was just too good to resist.

See if you can name all the characters in it, of course if you’re not a die-hard fan, not realising who anyone is shouldn’t spoil it in any way. At least that is the idea. Some of the characters in this were black repainted keyrings from Japan, see if you can spot a keyring loop in one of the panels!

Like with many of my other pieces, I wrote and coloured it, Jake Isenberg did the art, and Mark Kuggeleijn did the lettering.

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Monday, December 21st, 2009 Tall Tales 2 Comments

The Secret Diary of Generation 2 Jazz

The below torrid tale appeared in the TMUK: 25 Years Of Transformers magazine available at the 2009 Auto Assembly convention. It is reproduced here by kind permission of the mag’s editor, Andy Turnbull. Pictures are by the wonderful and crazy Ari.

March 2nd 1993

After years of peace, our worst nightmare has come true – Megatron has returned!

It was another quiet day on Cybertron. The Last Autobot was telling us about the time he scored the winning goal in the 1966 World Cup (he is such a liar) and Hot Rod wouldn’t leave that Primus-damned noisy Cybernet space cube alone. Just as I was about to insert the space cube into Hot Rod in a new and exciting way, the alarms sounded. It seems Megatron survived the destruction of the Ark, and teamed up with a ruthless terrorist organisation named COBRA. Luckily another ruthless terrorist organisation known as GI Joe was on hand to feed us intel from the scene.

Megatron is now a sweet green tank. He’s painted his face purple and shouts ‘Megatron Attack!’ a lot.

Since the end of the war, Optimus had been much less visible, retiring to a life of peace and calm. When he saw the reports however, he grew agitated, jumping up and down and demanding his own voice unit. I think he may currently be painting his trailer black. An elite team has been dispatched to take out Megatron.



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Saturday, December 19th, 2009 Tall Tales 7 Comments

The Final Lesson

The Transformers: Mosaic project is a fan-based project to get artists and writers working together to create fancomics.

Below is my piece, entitled ‘The Final Lesson’ featuring the super-duper obscure character The Student from the Marvel UK comics. Of course, it is written from the point of view that the reader will have no idea who he is, so all the information you need is there.

I wrote and coloured it, Jake Isenberg did the art, and Mark Kuggeleijn did the lettering. And I think it came out really well. Check the bitchin’ moustache at the end!

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 Tall Tales 2 Comments

Auto Assembly 2009

Last week was my birthday! Was I going to have a big party? No, I was in fact off to the biggest ever European Transformer convention, Auto Assembly. Go me!

In my defense, I’d been super excited about this for months. I’d been to conventions before, but not a Transformers one on this scale – a record attendance (over 500 people) and for a full weekend, it would at least be unique. There was also a load of people I knew that were attending, being the perfect chance to catch up with them. And for those that didn’t go, shame on you.

Friday night was mostly a ‘getting to know you’ event, with various people milling about. I met up with various people as planned, and took a look at all the wares on the various stalls. They were all set up on Friday night, but couldn’t start trading till Saturday morning. And given some of the rather insane deals, predictions of a rush to get in were well founded.

Who likes Pretenders? Me! Me!


Foolishly I volunteered for the ‘fan dub’ event. This was a good idea in theory – namely get some people on stage to do voiceovers for an episode. Unfortunately the episode in question was ‘The Rebirth’ with its six million characters, and no-one really knew what was going on. I shall never look at that episode ever again (and for some reason, all Nebulons go ‘MIMIMIMIMIMIMI’ instead of talking normally, who knew!). Most people then left for a trip to see Revenge Of The Fallen at the cinema again, but I didn’t. Because I don’t hate myself that much. …more

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 Random 8 Comments