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A loooong time ago, Wil Overton gathered a mob of artists from Rare and produced a family-friendly, 2000AD style comic called Smart Bomb, featuring a bundle of individual little stories.
He's finally found the time to put together the next collection, with a post-apocayptic tale of mine among them.
The whole thing is available for purchase here:
It's digital-only at the moment, but there are plans to produce a hardcopy version.

As part of a promo for Rare Replay, Rare are releasing little clips featuring folk who worked on the various games, talking about their contributions.
Guess who shows up among them?

I do look a bit....rumpled, there. I didn't realise it was going to be filmed!

The other chap in the clip is Ryan Stevenson, who did most of the character concept work in the game.
Top notch artist. He still works at Rare so most of the content he produces is under wraps, but try to find some if you can! It's well worth keeping an eye out for!
An interesting looking drama is bound for our screens. The Gamechangers is the tale of video game Grand Theft Auto’s development, release and the political hysteria it kicked up.…

It stars Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton as Sam Houser and Jack Thompson.
As with most characters from the video game development community, Sam Houser probably isn’t a well-known name. I certainly neither knew it nor cared. I just enjoyed the original game he helped make. Jack Thompson, on the other hand, is much more well-known, because he’s the dick who said we weren’t allowed to.
Thompson was one of those attention-seeking individuals who seemed to have trouble telling the difference between fictional violence and real-world violence, claiming that video games were creating a “nation of Manchurian Candidate video gamers who are ready, willing and able to massacre”.
He’s still around, and probably still bitching about fantasy violence and bad language, but in 2008 he had his legal teeth pulled by the Supreme Court of Florida, who disbarred him for making false statements, but not before flat out telling him to shut the f**k up, describing his filings as "repetitive, frivolous and insulting to the integrity of the court".

I'm a dunce with tech and I'm in need of some advice, should there be anyone in the know out there:
I've just got myself a new laptop but I can't plug my old-model Cintiq into it as there's only an HDMI port.
A Cintiq can plug into either a VGA or DVI, and I know there are adaptors for VGA/DVI to HDMI, but is it just a case of picking up some bog-standard cable, or am I going to need to shell out for something more expensive?
Fun new meal. I call it the "Hungry Gyro Captain".
First, buy a couple of novelty cocktail cups that look like bean tins.
Then, throw together some basic meat and gravy (or just buy a separate tin of the stuff. Stewed beef in gravy is a good one. Has the right look about it)
Serve in aforementioned cocktail cup.
Eat with wooden spoon while watching Mad Max 2.

(Guess who's been playing the Mad Max game?)

Horror film-maker, Wes Craven, has died at the age of 76…

When I think of horror as a genre, Craven is one of those names that immediately springs to mind, which is a bit of a triumph as there are only really 3 of his movies that I really hold in high regard.
But what movies!
Nightmare on Elm Street is obviously one of them. Freddy is one of the all time great cinematic bogey men. I remember being at a party as a kid, the kind where your parents drag you to one of their friend’s places and which goes on into the late hours, so you’re told you have to sleep on the strange floor of a strange house? Anyway, the adults all sat down to watch all the Elm Street movies (there were only 3 at the time) back to back. All the kids got shooed off, put down to sleep in another room, but we heard the adults screaming at whatever they were watching. For years after, I really wanted to watch the movie. Oddly enough, I don’t remember it being disappointing when I finally did.
Scream followed the same horror/comedy formula as Elm Street, and is a wonderful time capsule of the 90s. I love the closing shot in it where the camera pans back to show the lonely looking house in the middle of rural California. For years I’ve been meaning to write something with such a setting.
Finally, Cursed; a somewhat forgotten werewolf movie from 2004, starring Christina Ricci and her massive forehead. I liked it because it didn’t have any of the bull-sh*t “tribal” tropes that have come to plague such movies. It was simply about the monsters and the curse in a modern, urban environment.
I keep thinking that it’s amazing there are still lost treasures in the world, but I really shouldn’t. Human civilization, when it’s not being neglectful or forgetful, has a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, leading to things being misplaced indefinitely. If an ancient hoard is found, it was not buried with the intent of it being hidden long term. It only remained there because everyone who knew about it ended up dead.
Take the Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in a field in 2009. This was an Anglo-Saxon trove that contained what archaeologists and academics generally refer to as a “sh*t-ton” of gold. It was most likely buried while the owners were on the run from someone, with said owners either being killed or unable to return, not because a hole in the ground was considered a bank in ancient times.
Being on the lam, you ditch what’s slowing you down, especially if what you’re carrying will give your pursuers more reason to beat the crap out of you. Which brings us to Ze Nazis.
More and more of the lucre plundered by the Third Reich is turning up thanks to modern tech. At the end of the war, they were hurriedly secreting it around Europe as armies from several pissed off nations closed in.

Turfing crates into lakes was a popular SS pastime in 1944.

Ground penetrating radar may have turned up something new, near the city of Walbrzych in south-west Poland: a buried train.
There are local legends about an armoured Nazi train, loaded with valuables, which went missing in the closing years of the conflict, and an apparent death-bed confession of one involved in its hiding led a pair of unidentified treasure hunters to the area.
The radar images apparently show a train with gun turrets, we can assume sealed up in a forgotten tunnel.
Through lawyers, the treasure hunters have been discussing the matter with the German and Polish authorities, mostly to negotiate their cut of anything found.
Though the site has not been disclosed, the Polish Deputy Culture Minister has warned the public about potential dangers that may be present. The tunnel could be booby trapped. The train might be carrying now-unstable bombs or chemicals. Maybe even Nazi zombies!
It is an exciting thought (the loot, not the zombies). Quite a few famous treasures are unaccounted for, such as the famed Amber Room. If anything like that is on board, this story and the people who found the train will become legends!…

Oh, the things I stumble upon…..
There’s a project on which I am currently working, that I have yet to make any official mention of, which involves a Naga; one of the serpentine deities that appear across several Asian mythologies.
As with all my projects, I nose around on the internet to make sure my designs aren’t inadvertently similar to existing ones. With everyone being exposed to the same content thanks to global communication, the risk of likeminded individuals with no connection producing similar material is increasingly common. This led me to the discovery of a character called Miia and cause for me to once again write: “Dear Japan. WTF?”

Monster Musume, a manga, a video game and an anime, is described on Wikipedia as a “Fantasy Harem Comedy”. The “fantasy” aspect stems from its gaggle of female characters being mostly titted versions of cliché RPG encounters. The one whose depiction led me here, Miia, is a snake woman who shared a couple of minor physical similarities with my design: elf-like ears and scaly sideburns. Details that I plan to change, because I don’t want to run the risk of people suggesting I was inspired in any way by this product.
Why? Surely the sexy character design is just my thing?
Visually, certainly, I could watch that centaur lady bounce around all day, but there’s more to a character design than that. The creatures on display here are the most 2 dimensional wank fantasies you’ll ever find.
This is the first “harem” anime I’ve ever watched simply because the concept is so f**king offensive I’ve actively avoided it thus far: a mob of females fawn all over a single, “unlucky” male, doing all they can to be what the writers perceive as perfect bride material; subservient bimbos who will cook and clean and happily pork the Master of the house whenever he’s in the mood.
Now, it doesn’t matter what you dress this up with, be it the unusual spin of the girls being monsters or it being a comedy (the Japanese interpretation of it, at least: Benny Hill meets Robert Rodriguez), it’s so devoid of dignity and insulting to the intelligence of all that the concept is unforgivable. It is beyond redemption and you’d be hard pressed to imagine a way it could be made worse.

But they give it a go.

Papi is the second monster girl to show up in the series. She’s a harpy who looks about the age of a school girl. Yeah. You know enough about Japan to know where this is going. That sinister obsession they seem to have with underage girls? It’s here, as the cover art suggests it is in most “harem” series. But what makes Papi’s presence so much more “wrong” than in other examples is that here they actually try to make an excuse for it. They try to make it sound just fine that she can be seen as a potential partner for the “hero” of the piece: Harpies, we’re told, have smaller, child-like bodies, so that they may fly. She may LOOK like she’s 12, but it’s OK: she’s the same age as her busty house-mates, so you don’t have to feel guilty at all! Continue jerking off.

I will admit to having watched 5 or 6 episodes. To start with, I thought it was going to be a self-aware parody that was mocking the genre. When I found out that wasn’t the case, I kept going as I was morbidly curious to see just how bad it was going to get. Beyond that, my main reason for hanging around was the irritatingly catchy theme tune:…
I’ve no idea what the lyrics are (probably something about how much they enjoy housework) but it’s got itself firmly stuck in my head.

I’m done with it now. I've had enough. I can't stand any more. I need to go watch a cocktail of Batman The Animated Series and X-Files to try and purge this horror from my subconscious.

The latest Demoncon, which, despite the name, is the most pleasent convention I attend, is being held in Maidstone on the 23rd.
I'll be down there, should anyone want to stop by for a natter and a sketch :)……

I did the poster art for this one, too:

The concept of "quickfire sketches" seemed to go down quite well, so I'm going to do another round of them.

10 slots are available on the quickfire sketch list. Each slot will cost £10GBP. For that, I'll produce a (single character) digital image on par with the pic of Scarlet at the bottom of this journal entry. All you have to do is let me know what you want drawn, providing reference where possible.

Should you want to be on this quickfire list, just submit a comment below, reading "Add me to the list".
First come, first served.
I'll contact applicants in sequence to discuss what you're after.
If you do not respond to my note within 24 hours or if you change your mind, I'll move on to the next person on the list (so if you're the 11th applicant, there's still a chance you might get in on this).

1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

12 years……woah. It was 10 last time I looked.

2. What does your username mean?

“JollyJack” is the handle I used when I played my first multiplayer FPS game, Quake 3 Arena. I chose it partly because my name is “Jackson” and partly because I was really in to Victoriana at the time, and nothing said “Late 19th Century” like Jack the Ripper, who was oft referred to as “Jolly Jack”.

3. Describe yourself in three words.

Really quite busy.

4. Are you left or right handed?

Which is which, again?

5. What was your first deviation?

Mature Content

Flying Carpet by jollyjack

6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

I like to tell stories with my art, so, anything that can effectively relay a narrative.

7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

Digital painting. I’m quite happy with my linework, but I really wish I could apply colour in the way far better artists do.

8. What was your first favourite?

P . A . R . A . D . I . Z . E by KmyeChan ……huh. I was expecting something a little more salacious.

9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

I love slick, dynamic linework and colouring.….. which is a classier thing to say than “BOOBIES!!”

10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

There are 36 million artists on DA, and you want me to pick ONE?

11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

It’d have to be :iconfredgdperry:. I must shake that chap’s hand.

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

I first encountered :iconfredgdperry:’s work in 1999, and both his art and style of writing/world building have been the benchmark I aim for ever since.

13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

Just give me a pen and paper and I’m a happy bunny, but for polished projects I love my Cintiq. Best bit of kit I ever bought.

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

The bathroom. Don’t ask me why, but when I seal myself up in there, I write really good stuff.
I’m not on the throne taking a dump or anything. I sit on the floor, listen to the whir of the extractor fan or I have the shower running and just seem able to focus more on what I’m doing. I can spend an age in there.

15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

Reading that people have found advice which I gave them useful.
In warfare, if the Brits are known for one thing, it’s lunacy. Read the history books and you’ll see the most bat-sh*t plans and proposals usually come from their demented generals and mad scientists. Go to war with them and there’s every chance you’ll win, but not before they’ve given you several reasons to go “what the f**k?!”.
During the Second World War, the Germans had technological superiority over the entire world. They had pretty much the best of everything and the resources of Europe with which to make everything even better. Britain, by comparison, had a few shoelaces and a bit of wood with a nail in it. So, they had to be clever and/or mental. The Nazis had scientists in fully equipped labs. The Brits had crackpot inventors in garden sheds.
Aircraft carriers made from icebergs, exploding rats, inflatable tanks, miniature submarines, a flying jeep, bombs filled with anthrax-laced darts, even RADAR was born from an attempt to build a Death Ray. The general attitude seemed to be: if you can’t achieve victory over your enemy, just f**k with their heads.
And it didn’t really matter how heavily fortified a target was, the Brits would come up with some deranged plan and take a shot at it.
The U-Boat pens and dry dock facility at St Nazaire in France bristled with armaments and was watched from all angles by anti-aircraft cannons, railway guns and 5000 German troops. Attacking it would be madness….. so the Brits built a floating bomb, loaded it with commandos and ploughed into it.

One of the more famous raids involving crazy people using crazy weapons was Operation Chastise, or as it has become more commonly known: the “Dambuster Raids”.
In 1943, the Ruhr valley in Germany was an industrial hub, powered by hydroelectricity from a number of large dams. Dams which the Germans knew would be prime targets for Allied bombers, so they put in place antiaircraft guns, barrage balloons and torpedo nets. Defences to counter all known forms of attack. So the Brits made up a new one: the bouncing bomb.
They were large, barrel-shaped devices that hooked under specially fitted bombers. When rotated backwards at a particular speed, they skimmed over the surface of the water, over any torpedo nets and into the dam wall.
Sounds like genius, but British genius is always partnered with British crazy. In order for the bombs to function properly, the planes had to be flying low. Very low. Very, very low. How low? One of the planes approached its targets by way of a firebreak in the surrounding forest. THAT low. And remember: this isn’t a fighter plane, it’s a bomber.
Also, in order to gauge their exact height prior to dropping the bombs, the aircraft had to point spotlights at the surface of the water. Which the Germans probably noticed and would have interpreted as the universal sign for “shoot here”.
The raid took out two of the three targets and 11 of the 19 bomber crews made it home.

Today, Squadron Leader Les Munro, the last of the Dambuster pilots, died at the age of 96. I felt it worth making mention of both he and his balls of solid steel.……

I was never really a wrestling fan, but I love John Carpenter flicks, and They Live, in which Piper starred, is pretty much the definition of "Cult Classic".
It was also a hoot when he turned up in Saints Row 4 to assist in the rescue of his co-star, Keith David.

As tribute to both he and one of the greatest lines in movie history: let us all chew some bubblegum..... and once we're out: kick some alien zombie ass.

Lots of people have been asking for commissions lately, but I'm afraid I can only take on a handful of "full" commissions during the spare moments I have between project work.
I want to try something out, though, to see if I can't provide for a few more fans.
I'm going to make available 10 slots on a quickfire sketch list. Each slot will cost £10GBP. For that, I'll produce a (single character) digital image on par with the pic of Scarlet at the bottom of this journal entry. All you have to do is let me know what you want drawn, providing reference where possible.

Should you want to be on this quickfire list, just submit a comment below, reading "Add me to the list".
First come, first served.
I'll contact applicants in sequence to discuss what you're after.
If you do not respond to my note within 24 hours or if you change your mind, I'll move on to the next person on the list (so if you're the 11th applicant, there's still a chance you might get in on this).

This is just a test and will not impact on any existing projects or commissions.
If successful, I'll do more of them in the future.

Some little ball of faecal matter posted a comment on my profile, proudly announcing “Tom Preston finally left DA”, no doubt in an effort to stir something up.

Now, I don’t know a huge amount about Tom Preston (AKA Andrew Dobson), I’m just aware of the sketchy details: he drew fetish stuff, he tried to deny it, he posted some incendiary journal entries and some people claim his art is no good.
Excluding the denial part, that sounds eerily familiar to my online shtick. The only difference seems to be in our approach to faceless internet hate. Where TP appears to have taken it very, very personally, thus fanning the flames, I treated mine for what it was: faceless.

That’s the first thing you should always remember when reading through comments about your work: everybody is a phantom. An avatar with a silly name. Their comments could be good, their comments could be bad, but ultimately, unless you’re certain the individual behind them has some influence over your future, the words only have as much meaning as you yourself give them.

I love positive feedback. It’s an indicator that I’m providing what people want to see. But, at the same time, I like negative feedback. Especially irrational hatred, though I don’t receive it nearly as much as I once did. The more absurd someone is and the more petty their argument, the more fun I can have with it. It’s ammunition. A catalyst for more cartoons, tailored just to spite them. They try to turn them back on me, of course, branding them as “strawmen”, but that’s just another word issued by a faceless heckler. I now have a visual that will forever stand there, simultaneously staring them down and, with my name plastered all over it, bolstering my online presence. People share it around when similar topics are discussed elsewhere. It spreads while the detractor’s anonymous bile is lost and forgotten.

Of course, that success is entirely dependent on you following the second key guideline: don’t be a dick.
The internet has a memory. If you don’t want something to be known by all, then don’t post it. If you have an opinion, make it as bullet-proof as possible, and unless they have proven themselves unworthy of it: treat people with respect.
You don’t do that and it will be you providing ammunition to potential haters, rather than the other way ‘round.

Run when you really need to, sure, but never let yourself be chased from a favoured internet haunt because some impotent nobodies said bad things about you and your work. Face them down with your art. Bombard them with it. Show that you’re here to f**king stay and there’s not a god-damn thing they can do about it.

Watch any kind of Bear-Grylls-let’s-drink-some-tasty-urine survival show on TV and the pee-swilling host will invarably bring up the matter of humans detaching and distancing themselves from the source of their food. Namely the farms and slaughter houses.
As with anything in the first world: if we can pay people to do it for us, we do. There’s nothing wrong with this, nor is there anything wrong with electing to hunt down your own food.
There is, however, something very wrong with hunting down and killing an animal just for the sake of it, be it a common deer or something more exotic:…

“Hunting is a legitimate sport!” Some people will no doubt cry, while stroking their favourite firearm.
No. It’s not.
Waiting for an animal to wander over to the bait you laid out for it so you can shoot it in its dumb face with a ranged weapon from your beer-can littered sitting position will NEVER be a “sport”.
“We can’t forget our hunter/gatherer roots!” is usually the next thing they throw out there, which is as bull-sh*t an argument as the previous one.
If you stalked the thing and took it out at close quarters with a knife, OK, yeah, that’d be a display of skill and physical prowess on par with the ancestors you’re supposedly venerating. You’d be facing the same hardship and desperation as they did, and it would make you appreciate just how easy we have things in this modern world.
But you’re not doing that, are ya?
What you’re doing is playing the FPS of life in God Mode. All so you can say that you, for no reason other than psychotic blood-lust, killed something that had a bigger dick than yours.

Well done, Walter. You killed an animal that would normally have run away from a human. You brave, nobel hunter.
The Chloe statues, modelled by the talented :icontexelion: are now available in 3 different sizes via Shapeways.

Should you be interested on one, just follow the links found here: Chloe Available on Shapeways by Texelion
When I was at the London Super Comic Con back in March, a few people brought me some cool gift art which I had been meaning to show off here on DA. I kept getting sidetracked, but now that I finally have a moment:

Thanks so much!
OK, numerous people have done this and I'm not trying to get at any one individual by bringing it up. I know you lovely people are just being polite, maybe even a bit timid (dunno why. There’s only been one fatality during correspondence with me. And in all fairness it was their fault for holding the aubergine incorrectly), but if you have a question you want to pose me: just ask it. Don't send me a message or note reading only "can I ask you a question?". The answer is always going to be "Yes. I'd be delighted to answer your question as best I can. Please; fire away", which is a waste of both our time.
I love answering questions.
I hate wasting time.
Waste my time and….well…..there will be aubergines.

Well, we’ve all seen the trailers now. Watching the current WB/DC “We must catch up with Marvel” cinematic universe gradually be revealed is like watching a car crash in slow motion.
Obviously we need to actually watch Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad before final judgement can be passed, but the trailers make one thing fairly clear: the casting is terrible and the world being presented is just…..ugly. Not deliberately so, in the way that many depictions of Gotham’s backstreets has been rendered by people with an actual flare for imagery; I mean it’s uuuuugly. Urban decay has a macabre charm. What we’re seeing here is just a charisma-free mess…..of which the walking, talking embodiment is that new “Joker”.
When it was first announced that Jared Leto was playing the role, I looked the guy up. He struck me as your run-of-the-mill, bland, Hollywood pretty-boy. The kind of blank canvas you actually need to paint a character as big as The Joker. Unfortunately, the artist obviously doesn’t know what The Joker looks like, because they’ve given us Keith f**king Flint.

The latest Bats v Supes trailer also shows us Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor for the first time.
A lot of people were saying “wait and see” and pointing toward the “Attention” monologue from The Social Network. Well, I waited and now I’ve seen it, and if that “The Red Capes are coming!” line in the trailer is the example they chose to try and get us hyped, god knows how devoid of personality the lesser parts of his performance will be.
I posted a picture of Lex Luthor from the comics when Eisenberg’s casting was first announced, and I’m going to post it here again. Take a good look:

Now I shall pose one question: Why the f**k wasn’t Ben Affleck cast as Lex Luthor?
His performance in Runner Runner was PURE Luthor: a charming villain who lures everyone over to his side so that he can manipulate them into doing what he needs them to.
We could have had that…..but we’re getting Eisenberg: An actor only really suited to providing the default voice on a SatNav.

My ideal casting for the WB/DC universe, as we thus far know it, would have been:

Henry Cavill as Superman (I guess it kinda worked in Man of Steel. I can’t think of any better options. Weirdly, he looks more like Superman in The Man From UNCLE than he does in either of the DC movies!)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman (I’ve said it before. He’d have made a great, grizzled Batman)

Ben Affleck as Lex Luthor (As said above)

Gina Carano as Wonder Woman (This was a no-brainer. She looks the part! Instead they ran with that twig-with-lips, Gal Gadot)


Michael Emerson as The Joker (He actually voiced The Joker in The Dark Knight Returns, and a more mature Joker would go well with a veteran Batman. Just give him a prosthetic nose and a purple suit)