Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Partners in Crime: Pete Mason

The frankly astonishing Pete Mason and I have developed quite a back-catalogue over the last couple of years. He was first pointed out to me by Manny Armario, owner of and evil genius behind Canterbury's Whatever Comics shop, and he proceeded to walk me through what turned out to be a stunning portfolio of his work. He's absurdly talented and creatively fearless, which is a beautiful and dangerous combination.

Pete's first project with me was Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours, for which he coloured Graeme Howard's legally insane artwork with feral intensity. He went on to colour Row Bird's art in Gateway Drugs, our contribution to the British Showcase anthology by Markosia, and is now drawing a full-length graphic novel of mine, colouring another one and both drawing and colouring our 8-pager in Brett Uren's upcoming Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg - so he's essentially inexhaustible.

Pete recently launched a YouTube channel, featuring "Let's Draws" of whatever inspiration randomly collides with the soft tissues of his brain on any given day. If you ever want to get an insight into an amazing artist's process, you should definitely take a look. Personally, speaking as someone for whom comics artists are nothing less than true magicians, I find this stuff fucking hypnotic.

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