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Go Ape with Zox

Ever since my little girl was born I’ve been exploring extra ways to use my art.

As well as my Dr Ripper and Co books I’ve been working on all sorts of crazy projects, one of which is Zox, an awesome creation from the Kuiper brothers from LA.

Zox straps are elasticated wristbands/bracelets that feature art from different artists across the globe. They are reversible so you can change your strap to feature a different design. They are also limited edition and every strap is numbered on the inside which makes them very collectible.

I’ve since discovered a whole bunch of collectors out there with box loads of these straps, and these wonderful fun loving folk in the Zox family are affectionately known as “zoxers”

You can check out the Zox site and see what they have to offer at

Not only that, but now I am proud to announce my first design is now available to buy!

To get your own little ape design to sit on your wrists, visit the link below while stocks last!

Happy Zoxing!

Purchase Go Ape here!!


Seren Tippity reads

I love the little community that’s grown around my books.

Most of the advertising for my books is through self promotion on social media so I have a little following of readers rather than a vast horde of Dr Ripper fans.

But sometimes, just sometimes you find someone goes that extra mile and helps spread the word on my behalf. This was the case a few days ago when @serensketches from Periscope decided to read the story loosely based on her, Seren Tippity & her self inflating aviation titties from Dr Ripper’s Sinister Shipmates. Yes, my books are quite adult in case you didn’t know.

If you’d like to hear the full tale read by the girl herself you can do so here.

Seren is also an amazing artist, specialising in awesome colour illustrations of nature. Follow @serensketches on Periscope to watch her live or get her art on all sorts of products at

It’s great fun as a writer to hear someone reading your work.. particularly with the fact that I would become tongue tied trying to read my own stuff.

It has been suggested to me by another scoper that we get everyone to read their tales.. what a lovely idea!

Up for it folks?!

The Doodler reads.. “Back, Sack & Crack (and Brain)”

I met Robert Wells recently at a local comic festival and am very pleased to say I bought a copy of this graphic novel.

Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) is a very honest, brave and downright hilarious slice of life tale about one man’s suffering at the hands of an unsympathetic medical world.

Robert tells the tale of a young man with a whole collection of mysterious & embarrassing illnesses, most notably testicular pain that renders him almost unable to function in modern day society.

That description would give you the impression that this would be a bleak and dismal book to read, but Wells has a unique light hearted approach to these difficult subjects that have you sniggering to yourself whilst wincing and holding your nether regions. Maybe not a book for reading in public places then.

With crisp and stylish illustrations throughout, this novel has the feel of a Daniel Clowes book with a gritty subject matter.

Couldn’t recommend it enough.

You can find this graphic novel on Amazon

Dr Ripper’s Sinister Shipmates

So I just last week published my third comedy horror book, Dr Ripper’s Sinister Shipmates.

It’s been great fun producing these little rhyming comedy tales and packing them with crazy illustrations and I shall be selling them at different events across the uk this year. First up will be the Medway Comic and Screen Festival on 24th & 25th March and then the week after at Steampunk Village at the Festival of Steam and Transport on 1st & 2nd April. Come along and get a caricature and a book of fun creepy illustrated poems!

Next up I plan to write a story for all ages set in the same world and featuring my daughter Skye. You can get exclusive access to my sketchbook and ideas for this by becoming a patron for my page at

My books are available on Amazon (Dr Ripper & Co) or signed copies in the Doodle shop at

AK Casino Knights

What are the benefits of having a fun casino at my wedding?

Fun casino hire is a great source of entertainment for your wedding, for many reasons and here’s just a few

* Keeps the men occupied

So the wedding is mostly about the bride, the hair, the shoes, THAT DRESS! And rightly so…… however, having a fun casino is a great way to keep the groom and the groomsmen happy! A little healthy competition is a great way to entertain

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Adjusting to the Little Doodler

Wow, parenting. They always say it can take a lot out of you but I doubt any parents to be are really prepared for the onslaught of sleepless nights, smelly nappies and ear piercing screams that become a regular part of life.

For someone that spends half his week working from home I had been under the assumption that my wife would look after the baby in one room while I would work in the office. She of course is completely able and happy to do this while I work but the slightest whimper from the baby and I find myself running to her aid, which is rarely needed.

Commissions and my ongoing third book Dr Ripper’s Sinister Shipmates are something I tackle when the baby sleeps, that is after I have spent 15 minutes, sometimes more,  admiring her little sleeping form. I was saying the book would be released in time for Christmas and I still think there is hope, though I say that with less certainty every day.

There is of course also the distraction of horror stories, subtley provided by doctors and health visitors.. and the odd unwise google search. “Don’t let the baby sleep on the sofa as they will suffocate” “make sure they get tummy time 15 minutes a day or they won’t grow properly” .. these are things that haunt me all day as I draw!

The other distraction is the lovely part.. the fact that our little one is at her best from 5am to 9am, where I spend that time making her giggle and pulling stupider faces than my natural one all morning. All good fun but not aiding in sleep.

Forgive me if you see me at events and my hair seems thinner, my eyes more bloodshot or I slur the occasional stupid comment.. I’m not drunk or having a breakdown, I’m a new Dad.

AK Casino Knights

What are the benefits of having a fun casino at my wedding?

Fun casino hire is a great source of entertainment for your wedding, for many reasons and here’s just a few

* We can be as big or as small a part of your entertainment

A K Casino Knights offers flexible time slots of up to three hours so we can be a big part of your wedding entertainment or a small part. Our staff at the gaming tables will always cash people out for the cutting of the cake and the first dance. If you have any other significant events planned during the course of the evening we will stop play for that too. Just let us know when you fill out your booking form and A K Casino Knights will run your event according to your plan

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Photo Books of your day!

For a while now when I attend weddings and events I have brought a camera along and took snaps of the guests with their doodles.

I’m no genius when it comes to photography but it’s nice when I upload pics to my Facebook page so that brides, grooms or whoever has booked me can get to see their guests with their cartoony counterparts in hand. Indeed it always gives me a laugh to see reactions once more in the comments under each picture.

This week I stumbled on a relatively cheap way to make photo books for those that have booked me, so will now be offering that after each event is completed. At the moment with an introductory price I am making next to nothing from this venture but it is nice to have it on offer in any case.

If you’ve booked me for an event please wait until after I have uploaded photos to Facebook before ordering a book, as with it being a third party creating them I want to make sure they are still available when your date comes.

Always fun to ever expand the world of The Artful Doodler.. of course you never know, in 15 years or so it may be The Artful Doodler & Daughter!

The Doodler’s Mini-Me

Working as a Cartoonist is a bit like trying to be an eternal child. I’ve avoided all sense of responsibility by having a job that couldn’t be further from a 9 til 5.

But eventually in life responsibility is something you can’t avoid, and I’m quite pleased about it. For on Monday my wonderful wife gave birth to my baby daughter, Skye Harper Nairn.

I never really saw myself becoming a dad and didn’t really believe all these parents I met that said it is the best thing in life. But it’s so true, and it’s a sentiment I truly believe can only be fully understood once you have heard your child’s first whimper.

After a difficult birth and a few days in hospital, we drove home with our beautiful (and I don’t say this just because I’m her dad.. she is gorgeous) baby girl in the car seat. I looked to my wife and said that I don’t ever remember being this happy. It’s a wonderful feeling and I’m looking forward to watching this little beauty grow up.

Maybe in a decade or so there will be a mini Doodler to take up the mantle of my business. The Artful Doodler & Daughter.. it has a ring to it. 

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