Watch the trailer film for my graphic thriller DRAGMAN


New book coming soon…

DRAGMAN is a 336-page graphic novel set in a version of London sometime in the past… or maybe in the future… Whenever it was that a man named August Crimp lived there and discovered that when he puts on a dress he can fly…

Dragman is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on March 12th 2020.

Publication in the USA is on April 7th from Metropolitan, followed later in 2020 by Podium, Holland and Éditions Denoël, France.


Room 9a – The Carlton Arms Hotel, New York

I spent March 2016 as one of nine artists in residence at the Carlton Arms Hotel, staying in New York for free in return for painting a room. The Carlton Arms is one of very few remaining relics of old New York, a leftover from the days of artists, punks, crazies and weirdos. It’s special and wonderful and there’s nowhere like it. As the Carlton Arms T-shirt says: it’s the hotel you’ll never forget. Here are some photos of my visit and of 9a, the room I painted.

Fog of ideas

Fog of ideas


My LOOMUS cartoon strip ends in the Guardian

Due to cost cutting, the Guardian have decided to end Loomus after a run of ten years. The final episode will appear in the Family section on May 28th, 2016, and after that… who knows? I’ll continue to contribute to the Guardian from time to time but will also be working on personal projects – two books, an exhibition of drawings and etchings, a stage show… and whatever else comes along or I can think up!

Watch this space (I’ll try and become more diligent at posting news).

xx Steven



Calendar of appearances 2014

I’ll be showing images and talking about my work at various events over the next few weeks. Here’s a list:












Saturday June 7th at 4.00pm I’ll be in conversation with the wonderful Martin Rowson at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. We’ll be showing work and talking about our utterly different approach to being cartoonists. For details and tickets click here:


Also on Saturday June 7th at 9.00pm to 11.00pm I’ll be on stage at The British Library with Black Francis (of Pixies) and Josh Frank to celebrate publication of The Good Inn (SelfMadeHero), written by them and illustrated by me. Our discussion will be chaired by journalist and writer David Quantick. There will be films and a free French drink for ticket holders. For details see here:


And on Sunday June 22nd at 5.00pm I’ll be at The Literary Kitchen Festival talking about working on The Good Inn. ILYA and Oscar Zarate will also present their latest graphic novels, followed by a discussion between the three of us, chaired by Steve Walsh from Gosh! Comics & South London Hardcore.




The Good Inn, by Black Francis (of Pixies) and Josh Frank, illustrated by me, is published by SelfMadeHero in the UK on June 12th. There will be a launch celebration at The British Library from 9.00 to 11.00pm on June 7th, featuring all three authors, films, conversation (chaired by David Quantick) and an absinthe fountain (I’ve no idea what that is but it sounds fabulous!).

For full details and to buy tickets click HERE


Black Francis and us

Black Francis and usBlack Francis and us


‘Steven Appleby’s Guide to Life’ – the collected Loomus cartoons – is available in good bookshops everywhere!

Buy it from Amazon or support your wonderful local bookshop! For example: Gosh! Comics, Soho, BOOKSELLER CROW, Crystal Palace, or REVIEW Books, Peckham.

Come to the book launch on 12th October 2012

Receive this FREE signed limited edition print (205mm x 190mm) when you purchase the book from Gosh! Comics in London or online (while stocks last):

The Coffee Table Book Of Doom now published in the USA! See articles on Huffington Post and US News.

Summer 2012 – here I am with my BT Artbox – photo by Fiona Hanson

The Coffee Table Book of Doom


The Coffee Table Book of Doom by Steven Appleby & Art Lester

ISBN 978-0-224-08695-0

Everything you need to know about the end of the world – but were too terrified to ask!

LOOMUS online

Back issues of LOOMUS, the cartoon strip I wrote and drew for The Guardian’s Family section on Saturdays, can be read online here.