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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

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Harrison.


My cat plays with rubbish.

  Sleepy Harrison.

Two new cartoons about my cat Harrison. I plan to make these into small 6x4 prints that I can then sell and use the money to help out the local cat shelters in Fife/Edinburgh.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Pigs: Wolf Hunters



Pigs: Wolf Hunters is a retelling/sort of sequel to the fairytale "The Three Little Pigs". It was an idea that I had for a couple of years and I'm only just getting round to working on it (Hopefully I'll actually make a book of this soon).

Pigs tells the story three pigs- The eldest and hardened Stein, The cautious but brave middle brother Holz and the headstrong youngest sibling Stroh- who have now all become feared and legendary wolf hunters in their own right after their well known encounter with The Big Bad Wolf. The story will focus on how each of the pigs have come to terms with what happened to them and their new lives as wolf hunters.

There will be themes of brotherhood, deception, loyality, obsession, betrayal and recovery running throughout the story.

There have been several retellings and different takes on the original fairytale, This is my own version of what happened to these pig brothers.

Friday, 3 October 2014

"Planet of the Smug Apes"



Here's my cartoon for my "Planet of the Smug Apes" It is one in a collection of recent film posters that I've been working on (Others include Saw: The Musical, Jaws and the Giant Peach, The Fly and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes).

The idea for this one came about after a conversation with Lydon Fergus. We realised/decided that all the monkeys and apes from the original "Planet of the Apes" come across a little smug and rude despite ruling over the planet with an iron monkey fist.

This poster is based on the original movie poster in 1968 which sees Charlton Heston breaking down after discovering that he is actually on a future version of our Earth. (Apologies for the brief spoilers but if you haven't seen the movie by now then you should be ashamed of yourself!)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Saw: The Musical

 
Saw: The Musical

Here is my poster for a musical version of the horror film series Saw.

The fictional musical features such songs as "There's a key, There's a key, There's a key behind your eye", "Tears Behind The Pig Mask", "Ode To A Puppet-Boy", "Play A Game With Me" and "Girl In A Bear Trap".
 
The idea for a musical version of Saw originally came from a joke with my friend Matt Stockl many years ago. We never really got around to taking it seriously but I thought I'd make a poster for the potential musical.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

"The Fly"

 
The Fly

This is my film poster for the Science Fiction Horror film "The Fly".

The Fly (1986) was directed by David Cronenberg and stars Jeff Goldblum. 

The film tells the story of a scientist who accidentally begins to transform into a hideous giant human fly hybrid monster after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

The tagline comes from a discussion I had with my friend Rick where we joked about how Jeff Goldblum slowly becomes a horrible fly monster but for a brief period in the film he gets all hunky and the female lead starts to become sexually attracted to him.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

 

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! is a 1978 comedy horror film directed by John DeBello and starring David Miller.

It is a spoof of B Movies and has spawned three sequels- "Return of the Killer Tomatoes!" (1988), "Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!" (1990) and "Killer Tomatoes Eat France!" (1991).

The film deals with a group of scientists who must band together to save the world from killer mutated tomatoes.

The film (and it's sequels) is one of my all time favourite guilty pleasures. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

ANGUS



Angus is a character that I created several years ago. Originally he was known as Angus the Haggis Slayer and was one of the main features at my Masters of Fine Art in Illustration degree show (some years ago now). Since then I have been working and re-working the character by adding more back story and increasing the pathos and internal struggle of the character.

Angus, As many of you will know, was originally a haggis slayer. The Last Haggis Slayer. He was the only survivor of a great haggis war and continued to fight demons, haggises, monsters and magic even without his ancient peacekeeping clan.

In the revised version, Angus is now a disgraced former Haggis Slayer infected with the Were-Coo virus at a young age, An incurable disease that is slowly turning him into a vicious Were-Coo. He becomes the last link to the Slayers after they are wiped out in the Haggis War much like in the original story. However he must now struggle with honouring a family who abandoned him and also fighting his primal urges.

His comic, which I hope to finish and publish soon, is no longer titled Angus the Haggis Slayer. His adventures will now be collected in the simple title of "Angus". This was done to show that he is a former slayer and to concentrate more on just Angus.

I have changed the design of Angus by giving him the golden eyes and the budding horns of a were-coo. I have also changed how I create the image by digitally colouring it rather than making it hand painted.