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Motor City Con …and Cats!

(click above to go to their site)

Heavy Metal #286 – with the next installment of ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’ – will be in shops May 17th

(with usual – yet, to me, inexplicable – variant covers)

Diamond order code FEB171717

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CATS!!!

We’ve been staying at a friend’s place looking after their–what else?–cats.

I’ve taken over their dining room and have been busy sketching chapter two of

Grant Morrison’s story, ‘The Dream of the Absent Cat’.

Now… I just have to piece these into an eight page layout with the lettering.

And draw it all full size, ink and colour it.

It’s a slow process… then I’ll have only 32 more pages to go.

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Cats and Dogs

I got me a copy of Heavy Metal #283

from my local comic shop: Retro Rocket Comics (thanks again, Chris!).

Not sure when—or even if—I’ll get my contributor copies and I was very curious to see how it printed.

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You know… if someone had told my teen-aged self that I’d be published in Heavy Metal someday, I’d have freaked out. If they then told me it wouldn’t be until I was 57, I’d have been dubious. And if they then said that it’ll be a story about anthropomorphic cats, I’d have had a good laugh and gone back to drawing my dragons and spaceships; the stuff that’s SUPPOSED to be in Heavy Metal.

This story, ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’, is Grant Morrison’s  25-years-in-the-making heart-felt tribute to mad cat artist Louis Wain.

The complete story will be released as a 48-page hard-back volume some time after I get the rest of the script.

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From cats to dogs…

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Sun Dogs, that is.

As seen the other day from the field next to our tree-house.

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Colours, Covers and Absent Cats

The colours out back of Pride Stables during our fall session:

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The colourful sprinkles on Shelley’s birthday doughnut:

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The sketch covers I did for Charles:

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The issue of Heavy Metal magazine with my art for ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’ story should be on the shelves.

Now I just have to find me one of those shelves.

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It’s official…

My first eight pages of Grant Morrison’s ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ will be in issue 283 of Heavy Metal Magazine.

On the stands October 26 or for pre-order here.

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Here’s a look at the pencils/computer mock-up/inks/colour

for one of the pages:

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I hope people like it.

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Seems like we just got home…

…and we’re off to Hamilton for the con.

At least this one is just a short drive away.

And! It’s being held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

which is just off-the-scale cool.

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Here’s me desperately trying to finish the first eight pages of

Grant Morrison’s ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ before the deadline

under Elsa’s strict supervision.