My Adventure With Scientists

I’m counting the days until I can engage a babysitter and rush off to the Orpheus. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is almost here.

I live in Bristol – once famous for its pirates and also the city where the film was made – and I’ve been following director Peter Lord’s behind-the-scenes tweets, so my anticipation has been growing for a long time.

I love pirates
, and my kids, of course, love pirates* but it’s the second part of the title, “In An Adventure with scientists” which has made me particularly anxious to see this film.

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to spend a fortnight on a ship off the Atlantic coast of South America. It was an adventure! There were scientists!

After Darwin: A Graphic Biography was published in 2009, Dutch broadcasters VPRO invited me aboard their clipper which was following the route of Darwin’s Beagle voyage, making weekly TV shows as they went.
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Some old faces

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Until tonight I hadn’t seen these drawings for years. I’ve lost the original files, but discovered these JPEGs online, on an abandoned website.
At the time I’d only just started trying to escape from a tight, laboured style in favour of looser, more expressive marks like these. It was a bit of a turning point.
I also found some sketches of 2000AD characters on the same site, and have uploaded them.

Work in progress

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Finished pencilling a page before lunch, which means an afternoon of inking to look forward to!