Thursday 8 December 2011

The Office

Here's a drawing I was commissioned to draw of The Office TV show earlier this year. I say "commissioned" but I did it as a favour for a mate. I say "favour" but I did it begrudgingly because I wanted to be paid for it. Anyway, the upshot is, I did a drawing of The Office for a mate for free and here it is.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Me in the Press!

There's been some lovely coverage of my comics over the last few days. I was nominated by Peet Clack for Andrew Collins and Josie Long's Celebrity Of The Year and received an encouraging mention on their BBC 6 Music radio show on Saturday. You can listen to it again here for the rest of the week if you don't believe me!

2000 AD script droid, Al Ewing, has written a column for Traveling Man's blog where he reviews Too Much Sex and Viloence, to which I contributed some pages of art, and There's No Time Like The Present. "It’s a staggering work of SF – of fiction, full stop – and deserves a place on everyone’s shelf." Read the column here if you don't believe me!


Monday 31 October 2011

Dundee Comic Prize Runner Up

I've known for a few weeks now, and I think that I'm allowed to tell you, that I am a runner up in the Dundee Comic Prize. The presentation took place yesterday but unfortunately I was unable to attend because I had work to do. My entry, Jack The Robot, was joint runner-up with three other entries which, as far as I am concerned, puts us all in joint second place.

Two of the strips will appear in in print in a DC Thompson title, probably The Beano or The Dandy; the winning entry and one of the runner-up entries. Unfortunately, it isn't mine. This means that even when, technically, my strip is free to them, The Beano or The Dandy still refuse to publish my work! Sheesh! I'm not gonna have to pay them, am I?

You can read Jack The Robot here.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Too Much Sex & Violence

I am a long time admirer of writer Rol Hirst's comics and I'm delighted to be able to inform you that I am involved in his latest project, Too Much Sex & Violence. Rol describes the comic on his website thus; "Welcome to the northern seaside town of Fathomsby; home to retired super-heroes, monster DJs, mutant prostitutes, pier-owning gangsters, disgruntled policemen and a woman who knows exactly what you're thinking about, whenever you're thinking about...S-E-X."

For Too Much Sex & Violence, Rol has used different artists for each scene including Andrew Cheverton, Kelvin Green, Nige Lowrey, Mark Renhard, Martin Eden, Adrian Bamforth, Rob Wells and Davey Metcalfe-Carr. For issue one, I have drawn a three paged scene.

Copies of issue one can be ordered from Rol's website for a surprisingly good value £2.50. (Seriously, I don't know how he gives so much for so little.)


Saturday 17 September 2011

Orbital Comics Self-Portrait Exhibition

The great Orbital Comics are holding a Self-Portrait Exhibition in their Central London shop between. September 19th and October 15th.

As you can see, there are a terrific selection of artists taking part including ME?! If you're in the area, you should pop in and take a look.

Thursday 26 May 2011

West Stray Bullets

Don't let the fact that I've been a little bit quiet on here fool you into thinking that I haven't been doing much recently. I've been working on a number of secret projects, including the successor to There's No Time Like The Present. Amongst them is four pages for the new West comic, Stray Bullets. The latest issue is an anthology and features contributions from Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Jenika Ioffreda, Emma Price as well as regulars Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable.

You should know that I rate West very highly and I was very flattered to be asked to contribute to this one-off special. Copies of Stray Bullets can be ordered from here for £3.50.

Wednesday 9 March 2011

Jimbo Mechanical Elephant

For the recently completed Adventures In Comics exhibition, I was challenged to produce a two paged comic strip inspired by the theme of "Mechanical Elephant". My response was called Jimbo Mechanical Elephant, which can now be read here.


Friday 25 February 2011

The Two Pauls Orbital Q&A

I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday's signing and Q&A that I took part in with Paul Cornell at Orbital Comics. For me, a little bit of attention can be a dangerous thing, but everyone at the shop was very helpful and lovely while Paul was a complete gentleman throughout. Many thanks if you came along. It was great to see and to meet you.

The hour long Q&A session, compared masterfully by Tom Oldham, was filmed by Robin Harman and has been uploaded to You Tube for you to watch if you want to. Personally, I won't be watching it for a while, if ever; I remember being over excited early on while in the second half, I started to ebb and ended up mumbling something about "Doctor Who getting you boobs".

I also drew a sketch for Orbital Comics's wall which, hopefully, should be going up in a few days. Here's a scan I took, just for you.


Wednesday 23 February 2011

PJANG 5 Review

As you may know, I recently drew a twelve paged strip for the fifth issue of Rol Hirst's comic PJANG. This week, a review of it has appeared on the always vital Forbidden Planet blog. Writer Richard Bruton says, "/Rainey's/ art on the first strip “Derek” is great – with a more open and maybe more relaxed feel to it (I imagine it must have been freeing to get away from the tight, controlled layouts and small panels of TNTLTP). The bigger style really suits his work."

Copies of
PJANG 5 can be ordered from Rol via his website. for just £1.75 including postage to the UK. They're also available to buy from Orbital Comics. I know this because I lef a big pile of them there when I was there the other day.


Tuesday 15 February 2011

The Two Pauls in Orbital

This Saturday at Orbital Comics in London I will be taking part in a signing followed by a panel discussion with Paul Cornell. This should be an interesting event because there will be me, the writer, artist and publisher of small press and online comics that only you have heard of, sharing the limelight with a creator who has written episodes of Doctor Who, Robin Hood, Primeval, Captain Britain and Action Comics. I fully expect for there to be a large crowd queuing to see Paul Cornell and wondering who the hell I am.

Actually, I'm really looking forward to the event. Everyone at Orbital Comics is lovely and I'm sure that they will facilitate my determination to have an enjoyable day. It would be great to see you there if you're able to attend either or both the signing and the panel. The signing starts at 4 PM and the panel starts at 7 PM.


Monday 31 January 2011

Adventures In Comics

If you missed the That’s Novel exhibition at the end of 2010 which I had the honour of producing artwork for, then you have another chance to see it as it will be on display as part of Adventures In Comics. This exhibition will be displaying the four There's No Time Like The Present extras I drew along with other comic work.

Also being exhibited will be a series of two paged strips drawn by a wide variety of comic artists produced especially on the theme of Mechanical Elephant. A sample from my entry can be seen below.
The Adventures In Comics exhibition runs between February 4th to 20th at Marine Studios, 17 Albert Terrace, Margate, Kent. More details can be found here.


Thursday 13 January 2011

TNTLTP; Best of 2010

Orbital Comics in London have included There's No Time Like The Present in their highly selective and otherwise tasteful Best of 2010 list. My comic is in there with the likes of The Walking Dead and Bulletproof Coffin. Tom says, "The strength of Paul Rainey’s ‘There’s Time Like The Present’ lies in it’s ability to juxtapose relatable personal drama with lofty cosmic science concepts". Copies of all thirteen parts are still available to buy from the shop section of my website or directly from Orbital.

Orbital Comics like my work enough to have invited me to take part in an event in their shop with Paul Cornell on Saturday February 19th. Paul is a highly regarded writer whose work includes Captain Britain, Action Comics and episodes of Doctor Who. Details can be found on Orbital's website and I'll remind you here nearer to the time.