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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. 

Dr Ripper’s Malevolent Mansion

Book release!

In 2016 I released my book Dr Ripper’s Fabricated Freaks which is a selection of 13 adult humour horror stories written in verse.

Despite me pushing the boundaries of good taste they seemed to go down well. The experience was also so fun as I drew the illustrations (of which there were many) live on Periscope.

So I began work on another, once again loosely based on friends of mine and set in a household called Malevolence Mansion, each tale telling a story of how the staff members came to be there.

Today I’m pleased to announce that book has been released!

Dr Ripper’s Malevolent Mansion is available on Amazon in most countries and I will also soon be selling signed copies from my site. Email for details.

Right, time to start writing the next one… 

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

* No real money is involved

Hiring a fun casino is an entertainment service for you and your guests. When your guests arrive, A K Casino Knights will supply everyone with fun casino money and your guests can exchange them at the tables to play for a prize, or for bragging rights!

For more information go to, call 01233635923 or email

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Periscope’s 2nd Birthday 

About 6 months into its life I discovered the wonder that is Periscope, an app that allows the user to broadcast live footage of whatever they do to the wide world.

I’d always loved using twitter as it could get me in touch with a much wider audience than before. My Random Doodle Time cartoons proved to be a fun little gimmick where people could suggest cartoons for me to draw and of course the aspect of sending celebrities cartoons was a great feature.

But Periscope was something brand new. My twitter friends Frank and Amy (@TheDaftPrawns on Periscope) brought the app to my attention and it opened up a whole new world to me, literally.

All of a sudden I had at my hands a tool where I could draw in the Doodle Cave while chatting to people all over the world. Dr Ripper’s Fabricated Freaks was almost completely created on Periscope and the following books will be too.

Periscope also got me in touch with some great scopers from across the water, @marty888nyc and @MaryNYC1 giving wonderful tours of New York, the hilarious Doug & Ally from @FrameableFaces with their morning show from their studio. There’s also @Claesgens scoping for Floscopetv, a mellow and refreshing show from the beaches of Florida. 

It’s also a great place for watching creative peeps, @serensketches creating awesome illustrations that she sells, @karensilbergceramics, a potter creating an amazing selection of products, all the while having fun with her audience.

These are just a few but there’s a whole world out there to discover and I highly recommend it. Yeah, there’s Facebook Live and Busker but in my opinion they don’t really come close.

To celebrate yesterday’s two year anniversary I scoped an illustration that people could suggest ideas for.. the result was a strange collection of weirdness. You can now buy the original here.

You can also watch the whole bizarre creation on the link below, just watch out for the odd bit of bad language..

Random Periscope Illustration

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