Hocus Baloney
Where slightly troubling dreams come true

The ‘Moody’ shirt! On sale now.

Moody demon dark web version


Found an old sketchbook page of a little demon expressing his dizzying emotional range, and, as is my compulsion these days, I’ve turned it into a t shirt design, or rather, two t shirt designs for you, yes YOU! To wear: the above version is the dark version, but a light background variation is also available. I’ve uploaded both versions to both merch shops, Teepublic and Redbubble. See what works for you, cash and postage-wise.

Should that be your bag.

Here’s Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/marxtafford70/works/39940546-moody-dark-version?asc=u&ref=recent-owner

Here’s Teepublic: https://www.teepublic.co.uk/t-shirt/5274844-moody-dark-version?store_id=212862



Wear my Art! Merchandise and such!

dragon chick t copyRighto, I’ve got pages on both Teepublic and Redbubble, so you can surround yourself with Hocus-Baloney merch. I doubt it’s going to make me rich, but I do enjoy turning odd pieces of sketchbook nonsense into t-shirt designs and the like.

The idea that my art is being worn by strangers and baffling their friends keeps me warm at night.

here’s my Teepublic shop:


and here’s the Redbubble;


The shops have slightly different ranges at the moment, but that will doubtless change over time. They have sales on occasion, so keep checking.

And buy stuff.

Of course.

Meanwhile magazine

From Meanwhile#1

From Meanwhile#1

The Bad Bad Place is a dark tale of new town enervation and supernatural revenge, unrolling chapter by chapter in the pages of Meanwhile magazine, written by David Hine and rendered by yours truly.

There will be ten chapters in all, and the magazine that houses it also fetures Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven, and a revolving Brit-centric line-up of other strips. There’s been some fantastic work in there so far. Have a shufty, it’s worth buying direct from publisher Soaring Penguin’s site; http://soaringpenguinpress.com/

latest: http://soaringpenguinpress.com/product/meanwhile-6

back issues: http://soaringpenguinpress.com/product/meanwhile-1-4

and digital versions are available from Sequential: http://store.sequential.cc/catalogue/book/meanwhile__5_by_david_hine_and_gary_spencer_millidge_and_mark_stafford/857



Save Our Souls Magazine

from SoS#1

from SoS#1

Save our Souls is/was an anthology magazine edited by David Ziggy Greene, of Private Eye and Charlie Hebdo renown.

It mixes comment pieces, reportage, illustration, and a lively mix of personal, satirical and journalistic comic strips to great effect.

It feels good to be a part of it.

There were three issues .

My stuff is in all of them.

I have no idea if there are going to be any more, and I can’t find an online presence.

happy hunting.



Hocus-Baloney Merchandise!

taking care of business.

taking care of business.

Is your life lacking?

Do you want to distract yourself from the emptiness athat gnaws  away at the very core of your being with a whizz-bang colourful geegaw or trinket?

Yes? Well then welcome welcome welcome!

I have trinkets galore!

Come one !

Come all!

( though maybe not that guy…)

I have set up a Redbubble page , in a fit of larcenous greed, and so some specially selected and skilfully transmuted bits of my art, like the chap above, are now ready to be printed across a range of desirable products- t shirts, dresses, tablet and phone covers, bags and duvets, mugs and leggings. It’s all available here; https://www.redbubble.com/people/marxtafford70  and I’ll be adding more designs as and when the mood strikes.

Look spiffy.

Live spiffy.

I heartily endorse this product or service.



Despite years of dedication to retaining such anonymity and impoverished financial straits as befits an artiste of his calibre, Mark’s work has encroached on the commercial realm, and is available in bookshops across our fair isle. Details of what on offer can be found on the comics page

happy happy joy joy


Commission-'A romantic scene between Lucifer and a Donkey."...

Commission-‘A romantic scene between Lucifer and a Donkey.”…

For the last… ooh, 10 years or so Mr Stafford has been producing tiny, finely crafted canvasses… “for the ladies”. And now, in a fit of boundless generosity, he has decided to open up this service to you, yes, you.

Just let him know what your heart desires, cross his palm with silver, and he’ll create one of these original, one off beauties, just for you.

Commission a painting here.

Lovecraft Anthology book

Copy of spacecolour10 copy

First published in 2011, The Lovecraft Anthology vol. One is available from Self Made Hero. Great collection of creepy tales from a fine line up. Dave Hine and myself got great notices for our ‘The Colour Out of Space” adaptation, but the book’s full of fine, tenebrous. eldritch, stygian things…

Here’s the book on the Self Made Hero site: http://selfmadehero.com/title.php?isbn=9781906838287&edition_id=154

Aaand on amazon Uk; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lovecraft-Anthology-Vol-1/dp/1906838283/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497632753&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Lovecraft+Anthology


Cherubs! goes digital with Sequential, The Man Who Laughs out!

Hey Kids! Do you like looking at things but feel guilty about killing trees? well congratulations!A spiffy digital version of the Talbot/Stafford supernatural comedy apocalypse graphic novel is available from Sequential: http://store.sequential.cc/catalogue/book/cherubs_by_bryan_talbot_and_mark_stafford/776

Meanwhile, in the land of proper books with paper and all that;

The Dark Horse print version of Cherubs is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Cherubs-Bryan-Talbot/1595829849/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497634168&sr=1-1&keywords=cherubs+talbot

Though I notice that, after four years, no buggers’s actually reviewed it, so if you buy a copy, give it a go, eh?

And The Man Who Laughs:-Nominated for the ‘best book’ category in 2013’s British Comics Awards, My collaboration with the writer Dave Hine on Victor Hugo’s misshapen 1869 masterpice, for Self Made Hero is bloody marvelous, even if I do say so myself, and I don’t have to, because lots of other people are saying it for me.  So buy a copy.

Here’s the Self Made Hero page:


And here’s the amazon page