Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Friday, May 26, 2017

red, black and white 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

from the archives 

John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 6, date uncertain

Only going to show these two spreads from this book. The rest just isn't much cop...

Click for a close up.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

from the archives 

John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 5, begun May 2004

Must have been coming up to Christmas at this point as these drawings (and some on the previous spread) relate to my Christmas card book for 2004 A Horrible Christmas (essentially all the old Universal horror film monsters - Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, etc. - celebrating Christmas in a retirement home).

Click for a close up.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

a more recent sketchbook page  

A6 Seawhite Eco sketchbook.

Click for magnificatitude.

from the archives 

Crikey, not done this in a while (but I'm quite excited about our new, much better, scanner, so maybe I'll get back on it from here on - you never know).

John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 5, begun May 2004

Click for a close up.


So, I just realised that I never posted the last piece of the puzzle...

... or the full wraparound artwork...

(click to see it a bit bigger)

... of the second volume of my slapstick comedy noir comic strip: Good Dog, Bad Dog: Double Identity which came out back in November. I am very behind in mentioning this because I have been busy being very behind with quite a lot of other things. Hey ho.

Incidentally, book one of Good Dog, Bad Dog is currently out of print but I'm hoping to have some news about that quite soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


The book is already out but the launch party is tomorrow. Pop by and say hello (and drink some wine and eat some dog-shaped gingerbread) why don't you?

Monday, October 24, 2016

coming soon 


Friday, October 21, 2016

coming soon 


Monday, October 17, 2016

coming soon 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

a public appearance 

[click image for biggerness]

The very fabulous Bookshop Band launch their new album That Ghost Belongs To Me - featuring cover artwork, ukulele-playing (deftly edited into competency) and a reading from Thirteen Chairs by me - on Wednesday October 19th. To mark the occasion there will be a party/performance/event at Foyles bookshop in smelly London, featuring the band playing in their usual brilliant fashion, and with proper writers Kate Mosse and William Fiennes, and me attending and chipping in along the way. (I'm not being vague about what we're all doing as an attempt to seem mysterious, it's just that I don't know yet. Ask me again when it's all over). I am confident, despite my own involvement, that it will be bloody marvellous and so I urge you to attend (and say hello if you've a mind to).

I daresay there will be albums and books on sale too. And I shall bring along a pen or two in case anyone wants me to write or draw on anything. See poster above for how to get tickets. Then get tickets!

See you there.

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