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Hey Beaver and Steve fans, I have two new books out!

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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My wrist is still on extended vacation, but today's comic is a collaboration between myself and the talented Gordon McAlpin - I gave him a rough outline of the story and Gordon worked his magic on it and turned it into the majestic strip you see before you. Hurrah for Gordon, my surrogate wrist!

I enjoyed letting someone else do the hard work for me but I really hope my wrist is going to be ok to draw the comic again this thursday. The idea that I might not be able to draw for a very long time worries me on all sorts of levels. I am impelled to insert a colon followed by a capital letter S to indicate my anxiety: :S (if you are just starting at the internet you will need to turn your monitor on its side to see what that is. Experienced users of the internet have their monitors on their sides all the time)

In an ideal world I would work on the comic every single day (barring carpal tunnel Problems) filling everyone's lives with joy and happiness and rainbows, but this is not a perfect world. Instead, because of my feeble organic body's dependance on 'food' and 'shelter' I am forced against my will to get on public transport 5 days a week, ride across town and sit in a darkened room in front of a computer for 8 hours. This is called a 'job' and I would not wish it on anybody.

The whole of last year my 'job' was to help to make a film called 'Sunshine', but it is not as cheerful as it sounds. There are no rainbows and no unicorns. It is kind of sad. However it is coming to a cinema near you pretty soon, and if you stay right up until about 10 minutes past the end, after the name of the guy who drove the donut truck, and the guy who is really good at gripping things, you might actually see my name in the credits. I think.

Or you could just save yourself a couple of hours and watch this trailer which basically spoils all the good bits anyway.

- James
30 Jan 2007

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