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Gary Mackean, The Boy Who Draws Monsters, is the creator of the gremlin webcomic Barnaby and Loaker, Angus the Haggis Slayer and many other characters. Gary is an Edinburgh cartoonist and illustrator and is available for commissions and projects. garymackean@aol.com

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Mad as a Frog in a Sock...

 My first Muppet themed illustration. I'm working on a small limited run of Muppets cards featuring sayings, expressions and/or idioms that relate in some way to the particular Muppet character. In this cartoon featuring Kermit the Frog, the expression is "Mad as a frog in a sock" which originates from Australia. The expression means to be incredibly angry.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

ALIEN poster

My alternative poster for the 1979 Sci-Fi Horror film Alien. I made this for a bit of fun and to see if I could draw a Xenomorph properly or not. I decided to have the Xenomorph slowly coming out of the shadows as that's pretty much where it lurks for the majority of the film.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Fortune Cookie Monster #1

The Fortune Cookie Monster gives Oscar the Grouch some life advice....

Monday, 16 November 2015

Fortune Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster becomes Fortune Cookie Monster....

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Rainbow Rivals

George finally has enough of Zippy....

Thursday, 29 October 2015


A new superhero that I created while thinking about Halloween.

Super-Zombie is a normal zombie (of which there are many) captured by a shady government operation and given the ability to think for himself. His time as a member of the undead has driven him insane and given him a strange outlook on life/death. The organisation that kidnapped him turn Super-Zombie into a living weapon with the ability to absorb small amounts of people's lifeforce and transform it into concussive energy blasts transmitted through his gaunlets. The energy he absorbs also feeds his hunger for brains and gives him the ability to fly.

Super-Zombie thinks of himself as the world's greatest hero and therefore makes his own crimefighting costume to further distinguish himself from the monsters he battles on a daily basis.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bootleg Toys#2: Disney Knock-offs

Back in January of this year, I illustrated the popular bootleg toy/cheap knockoff of Batman- Silverbat- http://garymackean.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/bootleg-toys1-silverbat.html with the intention of creating a series of illustrations based on cheap versions of popular toys and characters. As usual, I got distracted with my webcomic work and commission based work.

The above image is based on a photograph featuring cheap knockoff versions of popular Disney characters- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.