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Hello, if you’re new around here or new to me (and I’m sure someone is) I shall now attempt to do a potted “About Me”.

I’m a Belfast based comic artist, who’s worked for 2000AD drawing Judge Dredd (and more!) for the past decade.

In the time, I’ve also drawn Grim Future War for Warhammer and Grim WWII for Dynamite (and Garth Ennis).

I’ve only been working in comics full time for the past couple of years. Up until then it was a part time gig. It’s taken me 10 years to give up my day job (it was a good day job).

I’m currently working on a creator owned series called “Numbercruncher” with Si Spurrier, trying to find a home for a second creator owned series and, when I’m not drawing, I’m a stay at home husband and dad of two young boys – Nathan, 6, and Thomas, 2. They eat up MASSIVE amounts of my time.

Once young Thomas gets to school, I hope to actually be able to take up comics full time (instead of the two days a week plus evenings that they currently are).

You can find me saying either stupid things or profound things (depending on how much booze you’ve drank) on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/pauljholden

You can find some art of mine on Deviant Art at http://pauljholden.deviantart.com

And you can listen to me say stupid stuff all the while playing a larger than life character (I say this only for legal reasons) on the Sunnyside Comics podcast at http://www.sunnysidecomics.com (now in its second season!)

Anyhue, that’s me. Who are you? Say hello!

-pj

Portfolio

Here’s what I’m shopping around as a portfolio – this is a bunch of single pages from comics designed to show off range (not something I’d normally suggest doing, as editors want to see you can tell the story.)

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>> 2000AD The 86ers

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>> Johnny Woo – Ghost Story
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>> Rogue Trooper
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>>> WWII Battlefields: Happy Valley (written by Garth Ennis)

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>>> Kids Comic “Nanas and Custard” for TOXIC!

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>> Numbercruncher – new 2000AD series.
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>>>> Ragnarok Thor (character design sample)

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Ragnarok

I’ve decided my portfolio needed a bit of beefing up in terms of Character Design/ Games development. And, since the easiest way to do that is to just make up a game, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

RAGNAROK

Is the story of the god of Thunder, Thor, who must journey towards the Midgard Serpent all the while collecting the mountain-crushing hammer, Mjöllnir, the belt Megingjörð, the iron gloves Járngreipr, the staff Gríðarvölr. The tools by which he MIGHT defeat Jörmungandr.

In other words: it’s a bloke running around collecting items before fighting and end of level baddie. Ok, not the most original of games. But it doesn’t have to be. It WILL though, give me a chance to feed my imagination to start drawing the type of big ugly blokes and monsters that the video game industry lives by.  Essentially, I’ll be drawing up Norse mythology (using wikipedia as reference) while ramping up the sci-fi (avoiding Kirby/Marvel possibilities) with a view to how they’d work as video games characters.

Here’s the first of them, Thor.

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Here’s some additional thoughts (not important, but part of the fuel that’s firing the imagination engine, as it were): Far future/Distant past. Thor has a dimension hopping suit (that fires up a multicoloured rainbow effect when it’s on). Collects his weapons through different worlds, ice giants in one frozen world, for example. Before meeting up with the Midgard Serpent to defeat him. All, of course, part of Loki’s plan who’s convinced Thor he can win. This time.