Hello! I’m Gareth Sleightholme. I draw and write comics (amongst other things), mostly about monsters and the people that hunt or are hunted by them…

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And welcome to the shinier Iron Shod Ape Comics blog*, if you’ve just stumbled across us, we are a creative collective of comic book fans now making our own books… and occasionally working with others on theirs.


If you are interested in collabs, pin-up art, cover art, straight forward work-for-hire interior comics art for your comic, or even bonus art for your comic kickstarter, you can contact us via – hesir@hotmail.co.uk or tweet/DM me @hesir. For more about all that, follow this >LINK<

2018/2019 Quick Round-up.

The last eighteen months have been weird but great. I quit my job at the art school I had worked at for the last ten years, not an easy decision, despite feeling like I’d had my hand forced for a number of reasons. So it was with some trepidation I found myself saying the words out loud, “…right, that’s it, I’m now doing comics!”,

And though I’ve certainly got a long way to go to turn this into a fully viable path, I am enjoying it. As you might have seen if you’ve seen me at the various cons I’ve tabled at over this last year and a half, TBF19 & 18, Glasgow, True Beleivers, Nottingham, The lakes and Bridlington & Hull Comic Cons.

And I have to say “Cheers!” to everyone who has shown enough confidence in me so far to allow me to contribute to their projects. And thanks for the great support from those who have given us great shout outs and RTs etc. 

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So what am I working on? Well there’s Space Warp (early promo art above), from none other than the Godfather of British Comics, Pat Mills and his Millsverse books. I’ll be talking more about this on the IronShod blog but, needless to say, its great to be part of this, working with a writer whose work and legacy has been such a big part of my (and many others) formative comics years. You can also see Pat talking about some of the designs I sent through in the early stages of the project HERE.


I’m also the new artist on Steve Tanner’s Flintlock (above), over at Time Bomb Comics. Again a great project to be involved with. You can read more about that HERE.


There should also be another book from the ongoing collab’ with Madius ComicsRob Jones, though on hold for a little while there, it should be out this year. The third in a trilogy of our Viking Saga stories and this one is going to be a doozy, all pencils are complete and I’m part way through inking it.


There is also the book I’ve been working on with Vince Hunt (Writer/Artist of the Red Mask From Mars, and one third of The Awesome Comics Podcast), more to come on that later, but we should see that this year too.


It was also great to be involved with the excellent Kickstarter pulled together by Rob, Mike and Alisdair (Madius, Little O) for the collected edition of Tragic Tales of Horrere. Its been out a while now in this new printing (120+ pages), but it is beautifully put together, and It’s great people are getting to see it on the tables at this years events/comic-cons.

And though it’s hard to believe, there’s yet another, still to be announced comic project I’m working on, which should be great. Looking forward for that immensely.

All that, plus new work on my The Cthulhiad books, and maybe some other fun comics and comics art stuff too. Again, check out the blog for more on all that.


Oh! And now that I mention it, about The Cthulhiad… Books 1 & 2 – “Severed Head Cult” and “Vanitas” are now available on the Comichaus app if you are a subscriber… get over there and check it out, leave a review. (you can find a bunch of reviews of the series here along with reviews of other comics work).

Oh, and in amongst all of that I somehow found the time to get married to Sarah, the woman who nearly a decade ago stood next to me at Thought Bubble as punters, and said. “So how come you don’t have a table here? You love this stuff, I don’t get it, you should get a table”.  Its really all down to her to be fair.

So all in all, I guess it’s going pretty well.


Cheers to those of you who said cool stuff about us on the internet, you have no idea how much it helps, thank you. If you get the chance drop by our future con tables and say Hi… more info here:

*…our previous blog is still available here – https://ironshodape.wordpress.com/ – should you wish to see some of the old posts.