Friday, 28 December 2012

Graduation caricature - Nursing student

I previously explained the Venetian tradition of irreverent graduation posters in this post. I have been recently commissioned another one, this time I was asked to draw a nursing student whose passions are vodka, cooking, model-making, € 500 notes, couches and tits... this is the result:

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Fumetti disegnati male - 2013 calendar

A couple of months ago I gave a contribution to the Italian comic webzine Fumetti disegnati male (Badly drawn comics); they also do a calendar for the new year and the assigned theme for 2013 was "the flavors of Molise", so this is the drawing I did for the occasion:

But don't miss the other months and all the other pages of the calendar, with fantastically wacky badly drawn comics from Emiliano "Mattioli2" Mattioli, Francesco Orto, Davide "Lario3" La Rosa, Charlie Brown and Luca "Spyro" Speroni. You can download it from this link.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

America's got judgement

You all know how much I like Judge Dredd, so I did - without a particular reason, just to keep the pen moving on the paper - this drawing last week at the Pints and pencils. Enjoy.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Pints and pencils - December 2012

I went again to Pints and pencils, a local event I was talking about in this post. This time my assignment was "Madonna - massaging - Spider-man - in the Millennium Falcon cockpit", and again I did my best to figure out how to develop a 4-panel story based on this:

Actually I am not completely satisfied with this drawing - before that I went to my fist boxercise class and my hand was a little shaky XD But I won a prize also this time (three collections of fantasy, vampire and vintage comics postcards) so I'm definitely happy anyway :)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Article about Dredd 3D

This post is not about something I've drawn, but something I've written: a 4 pages article, in Italian, about the movie Dredd 3D (but with a wide overview on Judge Dredd in general) for the 6th issue of Italian webzine Sbam! Comics.
So it may be of interest only to my Italian readers, however that is an occasion for them to better know this great comic character which is (unfortunately) not very well known in Italy.

You can download it from here (or here, if the previos link doesn't work) and my article is at pages 142-145.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Leeds International Film Festival - The BLOODY Brunez Report

A new Brunez publication! This is an "instant" A6 zine I did in the few spare time I had in the last couple of weeks, containing short reviews and cartoons about the movies of the Leeds International Film Festival I've seen this year. It is bloody because most of the movies contained a remarkable quantity of blood, so I decided to print it in black and red.
The titles you can find in these 16 pages are:
  • Django (1966) by Sergio Corbucci
  • Django Kill! - Se sei vivo spara (1967) by Giulio Questi
  • Antiviral (2012) by Brandon Cronenberg
  • Asura (2012) by Keiichi Sato
  • Judge Minty (2012) by Steven Sterlacchini
  • Electric man (2012) by David Barras
  • Nekromantik (1987) by Jorg Buttgereit
  • The Death King - Der todesking (1989) by Jorg Buttgereit
It is available in my comic shop here in the blog and in my Comicsy shop for the price of £1. If you buy the digital edition (.pdf file) or from me in person the cost is 50p. A couple of inside pictures:

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Journalism and new media

Another contribution for the Leeds Student newspaper (Volume 43, Issue 7, out from Friday 16 November 2012), this time the cartoon is supposed to be about the difficulties of television news with regards to the much faster circulation of news on the Internet, often leading to cases of incompetency (also mentioning the recent resignation of the director of BBC). This is the original strip but you can read it along with the article by clicking here.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Revengeful Squid

Last night I went to this Drink & draw event, part of the Thought Bubble comic festival, organised by Travelling Man Leeds, which I enjoyed very much having the chance to have a chat with some real comic artists and other comic enthusiasts. The randomly selected theme for the drawings was squids, and this is what I did, completely improvised on the moment and drawn straight with pen (on an A3 sheet so click on it for a bigger size image).

PS: I have to say thanks to Kristian Donaldson, who is a proper and much talented comic artist and one of the special guests of this event, since I've drawn the following comic with his ink pens he kindly shared with me. That was an honour for me :)

Monday, 12 November 2012

What if... Quentin Tarantino were the director of The Empire Strikes Back

A quick thinkg I did just for the taste of drawing (and awfully handcoloring... Luke's uniform completely changed colour after scanning, but whatever).

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Christmas German market in Leeds

Not exactly a new thing, since I did it one year ago (but posted only on Facebook at that time). Actually this cartoon can be 100% understood only by people living in Leeds, but let's say 80% by everybody so enjoy it.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Leeds Zine Fair 2012 and Django

So yesterday I went to the Leeds Zine Fair at the Wharf Chambers here in Leeds. And I have to say that this was another great experience, in the name of self publishing and its complete freedom of expression. You can see some photos I did yesterday here. As it happened at the Alternative Press Festival in August, also this time we did a zine in a day, an official anthology of the event collecting contributes made yesterday at the fair. And, since in these days I am in a "Django mood" for this reason, after  I ended up drawing this:

Many thanks to the Footprint Co-op which organised all this, hoping that we can have more of this kind of events around (actually I would like to have something like this to go to at least once of month).

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Another contribution for the Leeds Student newspaper (Volume 43, Issue 5, out from Friday 2 November 2012), this time the request was to portray Obama and Romney for an article about the next USA elections.

I acknowledge that realistic portraits is not exactly my speciality, but it was nice to try something different from usual cartooning. I used as references two photos of the two candidates, and I know that there are plenty of realistic artists that could have done them much better than I did, but I'm quite happy of the results especially because realistic drawing is not what I usually do (actually I'm happier of the Romney portrait, it makes me think that this is how I would portray an Italo-american mafioso... but just to clarify I stand for Obama).

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Brunez on Comicsy

One thing I forgot to mention in my last post is that I opened an account on Comicsy, a recently established website aimed at becoming a gathering place for the UK small press community, where each artist/zinester/writer/whatever can open an online shop to showcase his artworks among the others. Mine is

and for now there is only The real Sherlock Holmes (I promise, I'll do something new soon!), available at the same conditions I'm selling it on the online shop here in the blog - £2 including postage to the UK. But on Comicsy you have the advantage to buy it together with a lot of other very good stuff from great comic artists from all around the United Kingdom (and not only, I suppose)... or else you can just buy comics on Comicsy from somebody else and not mine, as you prefer :D

Monday, 29 October 2012

Sexism in university culture

This is a cartoon that has been published one and half weeks ago on Volume 43 Issue 3 of Leeds Student, the University of Leeds student newspaper. They asked me to draw something about the weird influx of sexism in university culture, with regards to a recent controversy on a fancy dress themed event called ‘Pimps and Hoes’. The topic is delicate, and I definitely agree that there is some confusion on the perception of sexism in a young environment such as the university... so that's what I came up with.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Leeds Zine Fair 2012

Time to go out and promote my comics in person again! This time in my city, Leeds, at Wharf Chambers 4th November 2012. I will be selling booklets of The real Sherlock Holmes on the communal table, £1.50 a copy. This is going to be a very nice event, so if you would like to come you can find more infos at the organisers' website and the Facebook page of the event.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Pints and pencils - October 2012

Last Thursday I went to this event organised by the Leeds University Union Comic Society and the comic shop Travelling man at Fab Cafe, a funny drawing competition where you are supposed to draw a four-panel comic based on randomly selected combinations of action, places, situations and celebrity (fictional and non-fictional) names. Mine was "Megatron - accidentally seeing an old lady in a toilet - with David Cameron - on a very busy motorway". The result is the following, (sorry for the bad quality but this is the best I can get from scanned pencil drawings - click on it to see it larger):

Apparently the judges liked it and I won! :) The prize was some free drinks and a £20 voucher to be spent at Travelling man... and that's what I bought with it (yes, I'm still deep into 2000AD readings):

Friday, 5 October 2012

Fumetti disegnati male 11

Even though I don't live in Italy anymore, I still try to keep myself active also on the Italian side of my cartooning activity. And in this occasion I am delighted to announce my debut on the pages of Fumetti disegnati male (Badly drawn comics), an awesome Italian webzine collecting works from la creme de la creme of the Italian webcomics such as Emiliano Mattioli (who is also FDM's editor), Davide La Rosa, Luca Speroni etc.

You can download the issue 11 in pdf clicking here or on the image above, and among all the other fantastic things you can see my comic strip at page 10.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Deerstalker Hat

I know some of you are waiting for the new adventures of the real Sherlock Holmes... in the meantime please enjoy this strip about his hat's bad behaviour. Clearly this is one of the most idiotic things I have ever drawn, but it's not the worst thing I did... stay tuned and you will discover what I am talking about soon.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Game of Thrones XXX: A Porn Parody

Another quick thing. I guess even just the title of this post is going to cause a huge increase of visits to this blog, but apparently there is not yet a movie with this title (although there are plenty of [whatever famous American movie or tv series] XXX: a porn parody). If you came here for this reason sorry for that.

In case you have never seen Game of Thrones, all you need to know is that this is a fantasy HBO tv series. If you do not know what you usually see in an HBO series, you can guess it from the cartoon below (but I acknowledge usually that their series - in particular this Game of Thrones - are also quite enjoyable).

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Dredd vs. Anna Karenina

Actually this is a one week old thing, but I forgot to post it so I do it now. Basically last weeks' UK boxoffice duel was between Dredd 3D and Anna Karenina, as some magazines said - but from my point of view there was no doubt at all: I have nothing against Anna Karenina and I didn't even know about this movie... maybe its good, but Dredd had the priority! However, although the 18-rating limitation Dredd was the winner. So in something like 3 minutes I did this silly and awfully drawn cartoon, straight from my mind to pen on paper, where I represented this victory merging the biggest moments from the two movies (I mean, I haven't seen this Anna Karenina adaptation but if it is faithful to the original I suppose that's what happen).

PS: it's not that I have badly drawn Keira Knightley, this is exactly how I see her - sexy like dead branch.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Judge Dredd vs. Andy Capp

Last Friday I went to see the new movie adaptation of Judge Dredd, and it was awesome! In the past couple of years, since I moved to the UK, I had the possibility to appreciate Judge Dredd adventures straight from the pages of 2000 AD and it has been a pleasure to see this great comic series properly transposed on the big screen... I really hope they are going to make a sequel.

However, this was just to introduce this new cartoon I did in this Dredd-inspired state, and what I did is a mashup with another popular British comic strip belonging to a completely different style.

If you don't know Andy Capp by Reg Smythe you probably have lived on another planet during the past 50 years, it is quite well known even in Italy since it was published for decades on La settimana enigmistica.
However, just in case, you can read his strips on the Daily Mirror website (don't be worried about the surrounding tabloid stuff).

Sunday, 9 September 2012

The real Sherlock Holmes is bored as well

I haven't been posting much stuff in the past couple of weeks, it' a period of academic commitments and other activities. However I wanted to share a quick, spontaneous (and quite ugly) cartoon I did yesterday at the NoGloss Film Festival, a fantastic event here in Leeds at his first edition (I hope there will be a second edition, and maybe I'll submit a short movie next time) on one of these long paper sheets made available for random drawing. And since so far I haven't depicted Sherlock Holmes doing one of his favourite spare time activities, I did it.

About The real Sherlock Holmes, I have to say that I already have a couple of new stories in mind for a second series, but I want to assemble some more ideas before officially starting it. Anyway, stay tuned!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

We are open for business

A couple of days ago I have set up a new page here in this blog, as you can see in the bar above. It is the brand new ONLINE SHOP, where you can buy hard copies of my comic books.
Everything is explained on that page, I just want to remark that prices are including free postage in the UK and for this reason they are some pence higher than what is usually the price for the same item at zine fairs, festivals, conventions etc... So if you buy comics from me in person they are a little cheaper because of this.

At the moment you can find in the shop only The real Sherlock Holmes comic book, but I will add some other stuff in the near future such as posters and other kind of artworks I'm currently working on... stay tuned.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Keep Calm posters

In the last few years you certainly have seen those Keep Calm and Carry On posters (and all their variations, parodies etc.) more or less everywhere. I've done a couple of them as well, inspired by some of my favourite comics and movies:

Saturday, 25 August 2012

2000AD's Sinister Dexter cover remake

Maybe you already know the Covered blog; if not, this is a blog where artists can submit their remade versions of (more or less famous) comics covers with their own style - and the more different from the original the style is the better it is. I wanted to contribute as well, and I've chose to remade the cover of 2000 AD prog 1190. This is my artwork:

But if you want to see a comparison with the original cover this is where it was originally published:

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Brunez at Caption 2012 - Oxford - this Saturday

Just a little reminder about the fact that the day after tomorrow, Saturday 18 august, copies of my comic book will be for sale at Caption 2012, Oxford's annual small press comics convention. The venue is the East Oxford Community Centre, and you can find my comic at the Caption table. I will be there on that day, but the event is going to end the day after. Visit the website of the convention for more infos about how to get there etc. (you can also find it on Twitter and Facebook)

What you are currently reading is a caption about Caption's logo
(my apologies for this silly word game)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Graduation caricature - Papiro di laurea

In Veneto, the region of Italy I come from, we have a particular tradition to celebrate someone's graduation (in particular in Padua and Venice, even though now it's spread accross other cities of northern Italy): friends and family craft a big poster stating the fact that the guy has just graduated, with a more or less obscene caricature of him containing all his most peculiar features, surrounded by a long poem narrating the story of his life, with particular attention to the most embarassing moments.

This is one of the most prolific drawing activity I did in the past few years. In this post I'm showing you the last one, that is the caricature of one of the very few people on this Earth I would call a real friend. He graduated around couple of weeks ago in medicine, so he really deserved to be properly honored with such a portrait (unfortunately I couldn't go to Italy to celebrate this event, but he said he appreciated my drawing):

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Self-publishing your comic book - step by step

As you probably have seen in this post, I prepared a kind of miniposter for the communal table at the IAPF2, and I wrote that I may have posted that artwork in the near future. Well, I did a little more: since the cartoons around the writing COMMUNAL TABLE were showing a guy in the act of self-publishing a comic book (the whole process from the original idea to the printed booklet), I re-arranged them in their sequential order, and finally got the following panel:

I did it thinking about how I crafted myself the comic book I recently prepared. Clearly there is no need to say what the yellow shirt with the black zig-zag refers to :)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Mazzini & Garibaldi troll hunters

Some time has passed since I posted some drawings or comics, with the self-publishing thing and the IAPF2 around, but it's time to get back on track. The real Sherlock Holmes series is currently paused, so I'll be posting some drawings and other various stuff, in this case a fake movie poster parody (I don't know exactly how to call it) I did inspired by poster and themes of the movie Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter. Actually I haven't already watched this film (but I've seen its ripoff version, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies), but I basically took its idea and I remade it in the Italian way.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

2nd International Alternative Press Festival: the report

Here we are, back from the IAPF of yesterday! I have to say that this was a great event, I really enjoied it, getting in touch with talented artists and other interesting people. A very positive experience for me, since it was the first time I was showcasing my comics in the UK, and I think that I couldn't have gone to a better event for this debut (and my comic book sold well too :D)

Some (quite random) photos I took yesterday:

A small poster I did for the communal table (maybe I'll post the original image later)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

My comic book at IAPF2 and CAPTION 2012

This is just a reminder of the fact that I will make my public debut on the British alternative small press scene the day after tomorrow, Saturday 4th August, at the 2nd International Alternative Press Festival, to be held at Conway Hall in London. A number of hard copies of The Real SHERLOCK HOLMES - containing all the strips + an unpublished one, with the conclusion of the series - will be for sale for the whole day (while stocks last) at the communal table.

More details can be found at, on Twitter at #IAPF and the Facebook page of the event. But this is not the only event I will attend to this month:

In fact I will be also at CAPTION 2012, another small press comic convention to be held in Oxford on 18-19 August 2012. Again, I will be there, with my booklets, only the first day, 18 August, again my comics will be available at the communal table. More infos at and its Twitter. So see you in London, or Oxford, or both!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Midsummer Murders - Part 1

I wanted to do a parody of the famous tv series Midsomer Murders since a while; then I got the right occasion when the creator of the series said some things about the fact that the series wouldn't work with racial diversity in it, literaly saying that Midsomer Murders is the last bastion of Englishness. So that's what I did, a kind-of episode very full of this so-called "Englishness" in it. Clearly I know that fox hunting is now banned, that tea-time at 5pm doesn't actually exist etc., but I hope you get the meaning of this parody.

To be honest I'm not very satisfied with the result: John Nettles/Tom Barnaby ended up being difficult to draw to me, so what we have here is an approximation which doesn't completely satisfies me; and I don't like the scanned versions of the pages, maybe it's a little to bright. Maybe I'm going over it again in the close future, even for coloring... but not now, so enjoy the first part (the end of the story will be published in a couple of days).

Friday, 20 July 2012

The real Sherlock Holmes - The valley of fear

...and with this one, we have finished the comics based on the novels by Conan Doyle with Sherlock Holmes (but there are still plenty of short stories).
I went back on black & white, because even though colored comics look much better it is so much time consuming doing it. Also I did this comic in a hurry so I was not very accurate in doing it in details: take a look at the edges of silhouettes in the third frame on the second page, they are almost invisible XD I also went for the rounded rectangles for the balloons, to do them a little more quickly... But I hope you enjoy it the same.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The real Sherlock Holmes - The red-headed league

I'm not going to say what I wanted to homage with this comic, since I suppose all of you already know it (at least you should) :)

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sherlock Holmes + smartphone

I know he doesn't really look like Benedict Cumberbatch, but I suppose the meaning of this drawing is clear.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Brunez at the 2nd International Alternative Press Festival

A couple of new adventures of The real Sherlock Holmes are on their way. In the meantime, I am delighted to announce that I will be at the 2nd International Alternative Press Festival, that is going to be on 4th and 5th August 2012 at the Conway Hall, in London.

I will be there only on the first day of the event, 4th of August, at the communal table, with some copies of The real Sherlock Holmes comic book; this will be basically an hard copy version of most of the comics you've read on this blog, in the form of a self-published booklet, containing also a new, unpublished adventure of my Sherlock Holmes that is going to be the end of the first season of this series (!!!)

More infos at the official website of the event.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

From the past: Starsky & Hutch

I have one last comic from the past to show you, in this case a fancomic devoted to one of my favourite tv series, Starsky & Hutch. Again, I have no specific date to precisely locate on the timeline this comic, it should be around 2004. And, again, it is an unfinished work: as you can see in the third page the story is suddenly interrupted. Note also the lack of professionality of inking a story that is not even finished not only with pencil, but also at the level of script, since I was inventing the story while I was drawing it and I didn't have a clear idea about how to carry on this adventure :D

Sorry to the non-Italian readers but today I am too lazy to translate this comic in English; I hope you can enjoy it the same.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

My homage to Banal Pig Comics

Steve Tillotson is a talented independent cartoonist from Leeds (the city where I live), and his series Banal Pig Comics is absolutely awesome, full of funny characters such as Banal Pig itself, Incompetent Shark, Fez Man, Cat Dad, Feeder & Wife etc.

His blog celebrated its 6th birthday on the 29th of June 2012, and for this occasion Steve opened a competition where the contributors are invited to submit their own personal interpretations of his characters (the deadline is tomorrow!)... so I decided to do something with Incompetent Shark - an unlucky office worker shark with a miserable life and self-esteem problems - in a kind-of mashup with one of my favourite cult movies, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.

[Originally posted here]

Monday, 2 July 2012

The real Sherlock Holmes - The greek interpreter

New adventure for the real Sherlock Holmes, introducing his brother Mycroft. This time I made Sherlock the kind-of winner of the situation, I think he really deserves it!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

The origins of The real Sherlock Holmes

A new adventure of The real Sherlock Holmes is coming. In the meantime I'm sharing with you, in this post, the very first drawing I ever did with the two protagonists of this series:

As you can see, some things changed when I started the series, e.g. Sherlock's nose and other little dressing details. At that time I just wanted to do a quick drawing with Holmes & Watson, I didn't already know what I would have done later with these two characters. So they are potrayed in their traditional activity: investigating, rather than the everyday life housemate troubles I'm making them playing, reintrepreting the title of Conan Doyle's novels and short stories.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Thursday, 21 June 2012

The real Sherlock Holmes: Steampunk

The movies by Guy Ritchie - and above all this version of Sherlock Holmes - have given a steampunk touch to the adventures of the famous detective. However, this is my version of a steampunk Sherlock Holmes.