This Publishing section of the Story Works site chronicles my involvement with such cult publications as Starburst, Doctor Who Magazine and 2000AD as well as looking at the books I've authored over the years.
Magazines: My involvement in publishing began with House of Hammer, a comic/magazine hybrid devoted to the famous horror film studios of the 1960s & 1970s. From there I went on to work on Starburst magazine and Doctor Who Monthly.
Books: After leaving Marvel Comics, I authored my first book, The Harrison Ford Story. Since then I've also written books on movie special effects and drawing comic strips.
Picture Research: Around the same time, I was supplying movie stills to publishers of film books from my own collection.
Comic Strips: In the late 1980s I began selling comic scripts to 2000AD, then joined the editorial staff as a contributing editor, finally becoming editor in 1993.
To follow the story chronologically, use the "next" link in the lower right of the page.
<< How to Draw and Sell Comic Strips
began life in 1986 as a project for Quarto Books who sold the package to a US publisher, Northern Light. Titan Books picked up the UK rights and the book was published in 1987, around the time I was joining the staff of Britain's best-selling comic, 2000AD
Much later, around 1997, I was approached by Quarto to produce a Second Edition.The changes weren't huge and consisted of some abridging of the early chapters and adding some information about the emerging computer technologies for colouring and lettering comics.
Then in 2005, Quarto commissioned a Third Edition which involved a radical re-write and updating almost all the images to full colour, a big job, but immensely satisfying.
Click on the image to the left (actually the US edition) to go to Amazon.co.uk where you can read more and buy a copy!
The link How to Draw
above takes you to pages of extra material that, for whatever reason, never made it into the published edition.
Click on that cover image to be taken to Amazon.co.uk, where you can purchase a copy of the UK edition.