I received a lovely little package of comics from Peter Beare earlier this week containing four issues of Dangnabbit that feature various strips in the form of brief tales, sketches, vignettes and gags. Peter has a lovely relaxed style with drawings that ooze life and great observation, so I definitely recommend taking a look through his fabulous online archive (I love this one featuring a cat and a packet of Jaffa Cakes).
If it hasn't been enough that Neill Cameron's Mo-bots have been blowing you away every week in The DFC (what about that spidery-bot in the school canteen!), then you can get more Neill goodness over at his blog where he's giving you a Santa a day until Christmas. Today's, and my favourite so far, is Kung-Fu Santa.
Talking of The DFC, if you're a subscriber you'll be getting the special Christmas issue this Friday, which is really rather exciting - I believe it's a double issue, and there's all kinds of DFC favourites lined up. If you're not a subscriber, don't forget you can try a single issue (see here) or you can even get a mini four-issue subscription through Amazon. The DFC is doing great things for British comics, and even greater things for anyone who enjoys a decent comic strip or three. Coming soon are Frontier and Mirabilis. Yum!
Turning to a completely different area of things, two books came out recently on different aspects of the Second Anglo-Afghan War, of which I had some small involvement. The March to Kandahar concentrates on Lord Roberts' role in the campaign, and includes three images from my own private collection (including the front and back cover). And History Press have published a new book on Maiwand that focuses specifically on the 66th Foot. As well as chipping in on the research and doing some fact checking, I illustrated all the maps and plans, and (uncredited) wrote the introduction - which you can read online here.
Lastly, a couple of weeks ago I had a small drawing in a secret art sale run by architects Levitt Bernstein in aid of the charity Shelter. Can you spot my contribution? Laika author Nick Abadzis had one in there too.