Saturday, 4 April 2015

Munich Comic Festival 2015


I'll be at Munich Comic Festival in June with Jock, Dave McKean, Mike Perkins and a whole bunch of amazing artists, come and say hallo!!

Thanks to Steven Cook for allowing me to use his great photo of Brett Ewins on one of Tankie's 


Look forward to seeing some of you there! XXX

Monday, 16 March 2015

WHITE TRASH tribute piece


Pencils for our WHITE TRASH Book plate tribute piece. Simon Morse will be inking. Love to Marty Fuckin' Emond, and Gordon Rennie.
White Trash will be back in print next month...  Marty was always proud of this book, go check it out afresh.
XXX Rufus

Sunday, 15 March 2015

BAD COMPANY pomo art.... a how to guide!

Over at 2000ad Covers Uncovered webpage, I've written a little step by step guide about how I prepared the art for the Bad Company launch announcement!

Go check it!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fall in with.... BAD COMPANY!

 I'm really happy to announce I'll be pencilling the new BAD COMPANY - FIRST CASUALTIES series for 2000ad weekly.
Story will be by the great Pete Milligan, and with inks by Jim McCarthy.

Our dear friend Brett Ewins who pencilled the original Bad Company series passed away three weeks ago, so this is a bitter sweet announcement, but I'm really happy we can dedicate this to him, and keep his ideas in print. He was very excited about the new series, and was very supportive.

     Brett and I started working on a Bad Company prequel over 10 years ago (and did a few pages as samples, and designed some 'new' characters) , but his ill health stopped us from working on it. We did manage to get some Johnny Nemo stuff done though ( which was recently printed in the new Titan Comics collection of Johnny Nemo ), and a few Bad Company illustrations for Covers etc for 2000ad.
A couple of years ago at Thought Bubble Comics Festival, Pete and I started talking about Hemingway, and turned to more recent conflicts, and we proposed a new dark Bad Company...and it's been slowly gestating ever since... and finally it's happening!

Bad Company was one of my childhood favourite Comic book strips.... I want to make sure this series is special, as both a tribute to Brett, and as a love letter to the comic that inspired me to want to be a Comic book artist. in the first place.

 Brett was very kind and supportive to me when I was younger, and I want to pay that back in kind.
 Much love and thanks to you Brett, for your encouragement, your kindness, and your beautiful art and characters. I hope we can do you proud.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Berlin, boxes, and 2000ad Covers....Uncovered!

Here's a little article on the fabulous 2000ad Covers Uncovered website about my latest 2000ad cover (shown above.) I supplied the rough art, and work in progress, so you can see how the cover was put together.

This week is also my first full week working in my new studio in Berlin. I'm really excited to be back to doing some actual drawing, after weeks of packing and unpacking... Maybe I'll onl be able to draw boxes...
Can't wait to show you what I'm working on! Exciting things to come later this year!

XXX Rufus

Friday, 27 February 2015

Brett Ewins - In Memoriam

Brett Ewins - In Memoriam

My good friend Brett Ewins died on the 16th of February.... my first day in Berlin, my new home.

I'd done quite a bit of work with Brett, helping finish off his recent Johnny Nemo collection, and some Bad Company illos, and a proposed prequel to Bad Company as well ( we even did a few pages, and some character designs).
 Brett was a very generous and kind man. He helped out so many people. He gave many people there first break in the Comics industry... notably Jamie Hewlett with Tank Girl in his Deadline magazine.
I'd go and hang out with him in his house in Hanwell, and venture down to the pub, or his local Indian restaurant.. and we'd talk art, music (Bowie, of course) and various other topics he loved, like the Templars, Moon landings, and fashion.
We started work on some stuff recently, which will see publication later this year... and Brett was happy and excited about it...I can't wait to announce it soon.
People like Brett are what make me love Comics... He was a good friend, a beautiful spirit, and a gentle and extremely thoughtful man. I was lucky to know him... he was part of my family, and I love him, and miss him.
I know that everything I do is informed by his work, and his kindness. It's up to us to pay that forwards to others.
Have a lovely weekend, and love to you all.

Monday, 9 February 2015

"Get Lucky" Art show for Valentines Day, and Born to die in Berlin!

 Here's my finished piece for the "Get Lucky" Art show for Valentines Day .
It's based on the Classic Vivienne Westwood "Cowboys' t-shirt which she and Malcolm ripped off from an amazing illustrator called Jim French (who worked as COLT 69 ).
Jim French's original art. Thanks Jim xxx

Westwood's ripped off image on her shirt. Sid's favourite.

  I always loved this shirt, and would stomp around mistakenly thinking I was Sid Vicious while wearing it... so I thought it was the prefect shirt for a Love Sex / Hate Sexism exhibition.

I'm now packed for my move to Berlin at the end of the week. I have so much bloody stuff, I thought I'd never finish packing!!
   I'm so excited for the new adventures ahead, and so grateful for all the love and kindness my friends and family in London have always shown me.  I look forward to showing my friends and family around my new home town.
Lastly, congratulations to my dear friends Sofie and Christopher, who welcomed baby Edwin into the World yesterday. They are the most beautiful couple I know. I'm so proud to be friends with them, and they will be the best parents ever.

My love to you all,