And so Tozo and Klikker go quietly on to new adventures…

Dear Tozo readers and friends,

You’ll see the little yellow box with THE END so dramatically displayed at the bottom of this strip. And yes, this is the end for Chapter 5 and the end for Tozo – The Public Servant. However, it is not the end of Tozo’s story.

For the past five years, Tozo has been a major part of my weekly routine and I’ve loved every second of it. I never thought I would actually make it this far! I’ve enjoyed telling the story and bringing Tozo’s world to life. I’ve been thrilled that there are readers who have wanted to read the tale and have kept with it over the years, in spite of its sedate pace and the occasional irregular postings. I’ve treasured the comments and emails, and meeting readers at conventions. Thank you all so much for your kind words, patience and just plain friendliness.

But, like Tozo, I’m in need of a break. A chance to recharge, practice my craft, and do other, different things. I’ve been fortunate that – through some of the people I’ve met from drawing comics like Tozo – I’ve found myself with some opportunities that I’d like to explore. Not comics, necessarily, but other creative endeavours. And so I’m going to put Tozo to one side for a while: the end of this arc feels like a sensible, timely place, without leaving Tozo, or the reader, in too much limbo.

I’m not going to use the dreaded ‘hiatus’ word that has developed such a sense of finality about it when applied to webcomics. Tozo’s story is one I’ve had with me for years and I am determined to tell it. So I invite you to join me again after a-year-and-a-bit of holiday for the start of Tozo – the Empire of the SpiderIt all kicks off on Wednesday September 4th 2013.

The website will stay up, although I will be giving it the long-needed overhaul at some stage. I’ll also be posting when the print version of Chapter 5 becomes available (early autumn), as well as the collected edition, so do add Tozo to your RSS feeds if you haven’t already. If you like, send an email to tozocomic at gmail dot com with the subject ‘mailing list’ and I’ll send out an email reminder when the time comes. If you’d like to keep in touch with what I’m up to in the meantime, feel free to follow my blog at http://scribblehound.com.

Thank you once again for reading and I hope to see you back here in a year’s time.

With very best wishes,



Last time: The fighting intensified.

The Pontiff’s ovo-throne is my little tribute to Moebius and Jodorowksy’s The Incal saga, to celebrate the release of The Incal Classic Collection from Humanoids. I bought the Titan edition that came out in the 80s and it’s a well-thumbed series of books, more influential on Tozo than I’d care to admit. This new affordable hardcover edition looks rather lovely. Self Made Hero will be releasing a UK edition later in the year.


Last time: Tozo interrupted the hookball match.

This had to be shown in one piece really…

And that’s the end of Chapter 4! There’ll be a little epilogue next week, which I think you’ll like, then I’m going to take a couple of weeks off to recharge my batteries before commencing Chapter 5.


The fashion house Hermès are using some gorgeous illustrations by my favourite comic artist Moebius to promote one of their fragrances, and they are available to download. It’s one of those websites with convoluted navigation, I’m afraid (bear with me):

Go here, then click on the little Voyage d’Hermès image (bottom left on my screen). There is a link at the bottom of each image for download. Click on the bottle label to get to the next image (9 in all). Nice hi-res versions with lots of detail to drool over!


Last time: Grand Cardinal Cornelius and the Spiritual Cashier watched the hookball game with interest.

I should write the rules to hookball at some point. At the moment it’s become a bit like Calvinball.

News: I’ll be at the London Web and Minicomix Thing at the end of the month – my favourite convention of the year.

This year I’ll be sharing a table with the amazing Warwick Johnson Cadwell, who is not only a great artist, but might well be Captain Haddock’s ginger twin as well. Check out his blog for some of his fantastic work.

More about the Thing at a later date – in the meantime here is WJC’s version of himself as drawn by me looking at my version of him. If that makes any sense.


Last time: The Ombra Society assassins observed the Doge at the hookball game.

If you were a fan of the late, lamented UK children’s comic “The DFC”, you might be interested to know that a series of collected editions of some of the stories is available in March, with more to follow in September. Designed with children in mind but recommended for all those with a love of good stories, they are available for pre-order on Amazon already. More information here.


Can anyone recommend any decent manga? I read Akira years ago (pretty but loooong) but that’s about the limit of my experience. The local bookshop is full of the stuff so there must be something good, but a random flick-through hasn’t inspired me. I’d prefer it if I can tell the male and female characters apart and I’d rather not read anything set in a school, but if you think there’s something that’s really worth looking at, I’ll take a look.