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Gary Mackean, The Boy Who Draws Monsters, is the creator of the gremlin webcomic Barnaby and Loaker, The Scottish Superhero Angus the Haggis Slayer, The Baboon God Ba-Boom and many others. Gary is an Edinburgh cartoonist and illustrator and is available for commissions and projects. garymackean@aol.com

Friday, 14 August 2015

Am Fear Liath Mor

A new comic book that I'm working on. The comic will be a three issue series based on Am Fear Liath Mor, otherwise known as The Big Grey Man. This particular monster is Scotland's answer to Big Foot and the Yeti. The series will deal with a hunting party of Big Grey Men as they confront an even greater threat on their mountain home.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Dark Side- Darth Maul

The second cartoon in my Dark Side series.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Dark Side

The first of several cartoon images based on the many Siths of the Star Wars series.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Escape from the Planet of the Smug Apes

A new cartoon poster based on the 1971 sci-fi sequel Escape from the Planet of the Apes. It is the third poster in my Smug Ape series.

The movie tells the story of three surviving apes who fled their planet's destruction in the last film. The apes manage to travel back in time to when humans ruled the earth. Their advanced intelligence is soon discovered and the couple are interrogated at length. Fearing for their lives and the life of their unborn son, The couple flee from the ever increasingly paranoid humans.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Beneath the Planet of the Smug Apes

A new cartoon poster based on the 1970 American sci-fi movie Beneath the Planet of the the Apes, the sequel to Planet of the Apes. The film was directed by Ted Post and starred Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter and James Franciscus. Beneath the Planet of the Apes tells the story of Brent, an earthling sent to find the missing astronauts from the first film. Brent discovers the same futuristic earth ruled by talking apes as well as discovering a cult of mutated humans who live below the earth and worship an atomic bomb.

This is a follow up poster to my Planet of the Smug Apes, a poster that dealt with the smug and superior attitude of the apes who now rule the planet. An image of the original poster is shown below-

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Casper: Origin

Here is my version of Casper the friendly ghost. This cartoon shows my version of how he became a ghost. Casper was created in 1939 by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo for a children's book called The Friendly Ghost. The character has since appeared in a 1945 animated series, in his very own Harvey Comics title and in a 1995 film starring Christina Ricci.

The character's ghostly status has caused controversy amongst fans and critics. Early cartoons depicted Casper as the ghostly form of a dead little boy. However his death and his friendly nature was always a mystery. In the 1960s and 1970s, Harvey comics suggested that Casper was always a ghost because his parents were ghosts when they had him. In the 1995 movie, It was once again suggested that Casper was originally a human boy. The film also told the audience that Casper had died of pneumonia.

Due to the ever changing status of the character and the original cause of his death as a human boy never being depicted until the film, I decided to show my own version of how Casper may have became a ghost.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Hannibal Lecter

Red Dragon Silence of the Lambs Hannibal

 Three individually hand drawn posters all about the Hannibal Lecter book series written by Thomas Harris. The posters are also influenced by the film series starring Anthony Hopkins.

Each poster has Hannibal Lecter dining on a different meal related to the novel/film (Red Dragon has him eating generic prison food, Silence has the famous liver and fava beans and Hannibal has the character eating a dish with brains on it). The posters also have a quote from each novel/film. The quotations are all semi-romantic in nature.