Comics as Advertising
Comic strips can be used to present new products , or ones which have an existing backstory. Strips tell a story, which captures the mood the client wants to convey, while getting their information across.
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
This comic was commissioned by SkyTV as the prize in a competition to promote the TV series, starring James Nesbitt. Entrants had to submit their “luckiest moment” and it would be drawn by me, and signed by Stan Lee, legendary figurehead of Marvel Comics.
Story/Script/Art by Brian Williamson
Comic to advertising the web series
Nissan car advert
Comic strip campaign
Arrow video channel
Direct mail comic strip
Labels and packaging. Recent clients include Karken Rum, Apothercary Mead and Bruichladdich Whisky
The legend of the Kraken Black - Spiced Rum
Promotion for a new brand
The brief was to create a story of a Kraken sinking a ship and the one barrel that survived becoming the black, spiced rum.
I created the script and characters in conjunction with This is cow
Client Kraken Rum
Bruichladdich - Classic Laddie Whisky
A rare opportunity to research in the field, when I was invited to the Bruichladdich Distillery, on the Isle of Islay, to tour the facilities.
They wanted a novel way to highlight their values – purity of ingredients, openness as to their sources, and the traditional methods used in producing their signature single malt whisky, The Classic Laddie, and decided on a comic book format as a way of highlighting this in an, I hope, entertaining way.
Adam Hannet, the chief distiller, was a good sport about being turned into a time-travelling action hero, and several other actual people from the Bruichladdich distillery also make an appearance in the strip. With advertising work it’s sometimes necessary to… stretch the truth a tad, but everyone I met there really believed in what they were doing, and I had a great time on the island. The free samples didn’t hurt either.
Client Bruichladdich Distillery
New bottle label illustration for Apothecary Mead, based, appropriately, in Nottinghamshire.