Sunday, November 23, 2008


Stickleback © 2008 Rebellion Developments/2000AD
Stickleback created by Ian Edginton & D'Israeli.
Drawn by me.

The cat is well and truly out of the bag so I may as well show you a sneak peek from the story I've drawn for the 2000AD Christmas special (Prog 2009) which I mentioned back in September. It's a festive Stickleback story written by Ian Edginton. Stickleback is usually drawn by D'Israeli who's artwork for the series is three things; absolutely gorgeous, distinctly Stickleback and a blooming hard act to follow.

Many thanks to Ian, D'Israeli and Tharg for this opportunity. I had a blast doing it.


Unknown said...

It does look like you had a blast doing it just from that one picture.


I. N. J. Culbard said...

Excellent. Glad you like it :)

Rob Davis said...

Nice! can't say i buy 2000ad anymore (let's just say it's not tailored to my tastes!!!) but I did seek it out when Stickleback was in it - Disraeli's Breccia-esque artwork was a joy to behold and the story was pretty cool too. Now I shall buying 2000ad again - at Christmas!

You must have a pretty fast turn over, how many pages a week are you doing?

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Glad you're picking up the xmas special.

How many pages a week? I think five is a healthy number.

Rob Davis said...

Hey, just noticed the Dorian Gray review by Oliver Parker down the side here (have you just put that there or am I not very observant?).
Despite a personal wish to drag 'graphic novels' free from film storyboarding, I still enjoyed seeing someone from outside comics recognising your skill. Nice one.

Oh, and 5 pages a week is motoring where I come from.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

I've fought the temptation of telling you it was there all along and making you think you'd lost your marbles. Added it the other day. Trying to figure out how to lay the page out so there's a sidebar on the left and right. I'll get my head around it soon enough.

5 pages is a comfortable pace. It really all depends on the project I suppose. Big factor about graphic novels is it takes about forty pages to 'learn' how to draw the book. After that the book shifts into another gear and suddenly I find I've almost doubled my page rate. I've just this week shifted into another gear with Holmes and that can be anywhere from 5-7 pages a week at the moment. Roughly a month from now that'll be 7-10 and so on. That momentum will carry over into the next book. But if I then did a three page story right after that (different subject matter, different era/setting), the momentum burns off, because a different story's a different mind set and it all shifts down gear accordingly again.

Rob Davis said...

Well, look at that - it's moved to the left!

I'm not as daft as I am cabbage-looking, y'know!

Oh, by the way, more than 10 pages a week is obscene - I'll be getting the Cartoonists Union on to you!