Earlier in the year I collaborated with Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson on an episode of their political cartoon Green Benches, which is published in the magazine Blue and Green Tomorrow.
Carl laid out the page and drew his House of Commons scenes, I then had to draw our hero’s daydream panels.
I put my pencil drawings through the Photoshop watercolour filter (a deed of which I am not proud) and assembled everything, including the lettering, in Manga Studio.
Manga Studio makes lettering a breeze, a far cry from my first attempt at same. Me and Dave Gibbons were sharing a studio (1981, Botham’s Ashes) and I was envious of his ability to letter straight on the board. So when I was asked to draw The Greatest Gamble for Doctor Who Monthly I decided to give it a go.
We’d just bought an electric eraser, a machine so powerful that it regarded the deletion of india ink as a mere baguetelle, so what could go wrong?
To cut a long story short, I had soon erasered a hole through some very thick Bristol Board before I’d even got past the first caption. Grrrr…