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Mameshiba on the Loose is the tale of the adventures of a group of beans with tiny dog faces - yes that's right, BEAN DOGS. Bean dogs that love trivia. The book is illustrated by Jorge Monlongo, with scripts by me.

Super Animal Adventure Squad is about the adventures of the world's most elite team of anthropomorphic secret agents, as they thwart evil scientists, battle pirates and eat lots of cake. It is released on the 6th of October 2011 and is completely drawn and written by me. All of it! There is also a facebook page for it here

If you like Beaver and Steve I am pretty sure you will find these books exceedingly enjoyable, so please check them out! (these links will take you to the amazon UK website, but they are also available from many other retailers and will hopefully be in shops too!)

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This comic very nearly didn't get made, and the story of the events of last night is not one for the faint-hearted. Those of you of a nervous dispostion are advised to simply enjoy the comic and move on, blissfully unaware of the UNIMAGINABLE HORRORS I faced last night. For those of a more corageous nature, please brace yourself as you read on: I cannot be held accountable for anyone who spotaneously expires out of sheer fright.

As summer enters full swing the nights are starting to get decidedly clammy, and so I decided employ nature's air-conditioning (also known as 'breezes') and leave my window wide open, to keep cool while I drew the comic. I was happily drawing the strip when suddenly a baleful sound met my ears: FLIK-A-FLIK! It sounded like the gargantuan beating wings of some deamonic bat, but in my heart I new the reality was far, far worse. The beast that had entered my room was none other than the greatest villain of the animal kingdom, that satan on dusty wings: a MOTH.

After flying around for a bit the black-winged fiend eventually lost interest in repeatedly dive-bombing my head and took up residence on the wall. Taking advantage of this remission in the onslaught I finished the comic and went to my computer to scan and colour it. Little did I know that reinforcements were waiting to ambush me there.

I made several attempts to scare it away by stabbing it with the mouse pointer, but to no avail, so with gritted teeth I did perhaps the bravest thing I have ever done: I coloured the comic while there was a moth on the monitor, and I did it all for YOU. Admittedly when the moth did inevitably launch itself directly at my face I did give a small shriek and stand on the bed for a bit, but that is beside the point. I am a hero, and from now on today will be declared an international holiday. World 'Comics in the face of moth-based adversity' Day. We'll have little flags and everything.

Today's cool comic link: Michael's Exciting Life. I always admire the bravery of anyone who can appear in a photocomic. But they're still not as brave as people who go up against moths obviously. MOTHS.

- James
9 Jun 2006

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