Now, whilst I came up with the idea for The Pride a while back and started scripting a couple years ago, I did at first have trouble finding an artist who had time to work on the project with me.
Thankfully, in stepped Gavin Mitchell. Gavin is the artist I was already working with on Stiffs, the zombie horror-comedy story set in South Wales that I co-write with PJ Montgomery and Drew Davies. Gav knew how much The Pride meant to me, and he agreed to come on board and help me get the project finally heading in a good direction.
It’s with Gav that I collaborated with to design the characters, and who really created much of the initial visual feel of The Pride. And for me, it was a wonder to see how talented this young, new artist was as he made a style that was recognizably his own but looked far different than his work on Stiffs. The Pride was more colourful, hopeful and with it’s tongue firmly in cheek at times, which is a different tone and comic styling to Stiffs.
Here’s a sample of his work across both projects for you to enjoy. Sadly, Gav couldn’t stay with the series for the full run, and had to step back to focus on Stiffs and his other comic projects (as demand for his work continues to increase). Gavin Mitchell drew issues one and two of The Pride, as well as a short in The Pride Adventures #1 and will have a couple more pages to feature in The Pride #5.
Also, if you’re interested in getting some commissioned work by Gav done, he’s open for a few slots of small black and white portrait style sketches at £30 each. If interested, get in touch.