Comic artist Smuzz – whose credits include ABC Warriors for 2000AD, award-winning art for the SF magazine Interzone – has just launched his own children’s book as a delightful digital edition.
In If I had a Dog, a little boy imagines all the exciting things he could do if only he had a dog. In the end, it’s not the dog, but his imagination that makes the magic…
“If I had a Dog began as one of a series of drawings to entertain my four year old son in between ‘serious’ work,” says Smuzz of the book’s origins.
“The book incorporates all the things most popular with him on Library visits.”
The illustrations are just stunning – these small samples below don’t do Smuzz’s work real justice – and it’s a moving read.
Smuzz has been an illustrator and comic book artist since 1987. He started work as Sms, but is now known as Smuzz to avoid confusion with mobile phone services. He has won two “British Science Fiction Awards” and been regularly voted best artist for the UK SF magazine Interzone and is currently working on Crucible, a comic strip with John Freeman, out in 2013. The strip has no actual dogs but lots of strange animals.
• Check out more Smuzz artwork at www.smuzz.org.uk
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.