Light Relief: Brad Tuttle’s Brassneck and Robot Archie for Inktober

Brad Tuttle's Brassneck and Robot Archie

After the gloomy news British comics fans had this weekend, I’m more than delighted to be given permission to post this fun “Inktober” art by Milton Keynes-based tattoo artist Brad Tuttle, featuring two classic robots from British comics gone by to cheer you on this cold great October day here in the UK.

Brassneck, best friend of Chuckler Chaley Brand and built by his uncle, first appeared in The Dandy in November 1964 (Issue 1202) drawn by Bill Holroyd and in recent years by the likes of artists such as Steve Beckett and Lew Stringer, who reflected on the character in this handy post here.

Robot Archie is one of the most popular figures in British comic history, created by writer George Cowan and artist Ted Kearon, who first appeared in Lion Issue 1 in February 1952 and whose adventures continued into the 1970s. His adventures have been re-published across the globe.

Built by Professor C.R. Ritchie to be the world’s most powerful mechanical man, originally, he was dubbed “The Jungle Robot” (due to his early adventures taking place in the jungles of Africa and South America), and was controlled remotely by Professor Ritchie, along with nephew Ted Ritchie and Ken Dale, his best friend.

Inktober 2016 Prompt List
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month, a project initiated by Jake Parker back in 2009, initially as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.

An illustrator based in Utah in the United States, Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books for the last 15 years and now freelances out of his home studio.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing – and there has been a lot of inking going on this month, as you’ll find here on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The rules are:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.

Brassneck © DC Thomson | Robot Archie © TimeUK

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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