Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A Klaus review from Design Week

I'm still drawing my six page Klaus comic for Kus (a page a day, between job applications) so for now there's no new work that I can show. But here's a nice mention of the book by Design Week;

"In a very different tale, Short’s Klaus the anthropomorphic cat, a witty little Moomin-like devil, stars amongst a cast of peculiar creatures including ‘humanoid rats’ and his feline ‘libertarian doppelganger Otto.’

In a departure from usual comic language, the dialogue is packed with literary allusions, anachronistic speech inflections and poetic quips, making for a brilliantly funny, surreal read."

The photo of the book and poster above was taken by Roman Muradov, whose work is lovely.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Nether-le-Nudd, page 1 of a football comic

I'm drawing a six (or so) page Klaus comic at the minute, so nothing new will be posted for a week or so. I thought I'd post this first page of a football comic in the meantime. I haven't drawn a second page, the punchline page, the point of the story, as I didn't like this first page. But here it is. The one below is an older football comic page from earlier in the year. It's 'about' the Brazil team of the 1970 world cup.

Monday, 28 November 2011

A Klaus review from Forbidden Planet


It's a good one, saying:

"There’s a delicious sense of timing and visual gags all through the pages, often a funny downbeat payoff, or more accurately, the moment just before or immediately after the actual payoff. You do the work, Short just delivers the means to connect the jokes…"


"over the course of the book the gags continue to work, the themes develop, and what you get in the end is some strange mutated traditional comic strip."

and finally;

"With it’s laid back, contemplative philosophising, it’s an attractive and enthrallingly entertaining read. Klaus is a pocket sized delight of a work. You could do far, far worse than to try it as a surprise stocking filler."

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Two new cat comics

I'm not overly enamoured with these ones, which were drawn yesterday. I'm going to start working today on a longer Klaus comic for an anthology submission.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Klaus on It's Nice That


"Klaus Richard Short

Klaus is a Cat that looks like a Moomin and acts a lot like Garfield but has a much higher IQ and hangs around with a gang of humanoid rats. His philosophical musings provide the hilarious narrative to otherwise fairly uneventful stories. In this first edition, Richard Short collects together the best spreads from two previously self-published editions and throws in some new material for good measure. Razor-sharp, charming and incredibly well-paced, this is a must for anyone who grew up on a diet of Charles Schulz and the aforementioned stripy feline."

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Some photos of the Klaus book

From Nobrow's Facebook page. You can buy it here. My dad has read it (the only book he's ever read, according to my mam) and he laughed (out loud) three times.

Monday, 14 November 2011


Was good. You can hardly see it here, but Nobrow made a polystyrene (?) point of sale out of my drawings. I liked it, even if no-one else did.

The photo was taken by Okido magazine, who also had a table there.

Friday, 11 November 2011

The final old cat comic ...

Before I start posting up new ones.

The Klaus book should be winging its way to buyers today, and I'm going to be sat at the Nobrow table at Comiket on Saturday (where Kus/Kush (from Latvia) and Famicon will also be selling comics). Ta.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

An early Klaus comic

From when I still had Klaus living in a house. This one isn't in the book.

Monday, 7 November 2011

The Klaus book has arrived!

From the printers in Belgium. I'm really happy that I have a copy in my hands now. Nobrow and the printers have made a lovely job of it. These are some end paper designs I did which weren't used in the end.

An older cat comic

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Nobrow 6 Klaus

I have a two page Klaus comic in Nobrow 6 (The Double), a very good 120 page illustration and comics anthology (which you can now buy). 

An oldish cat comic

Friday, 4 November 2011

Monday, 31 October 2011

Two old cat comics

These are very old Klaus comics, from about two years ago. Neither of them made it into the Nobrow book.

Friday, 28 October 2011

An old cat comic

I thought I'd post some old cat comics, between now and the Klaus book coming out on 11th November. After that I'll get back to posting up new ones. These old ones were all in the homemade Klaus 1 and 2, which were out at the end of 2010. I think they're pretty much all in the Nobrow book.

A new cat comic

Which will be the last one for a while, due to other commitments.