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Tuesday 30 April 2024

Happy International Panic Day!

Happy International Panic Day everybody! Your cast iron excuse to run around screaming for no discernible reason!

Witch Hunt! (Merry Walpurgis Night!)

Witch Hunt

 It's a witch hunt!

Merry #WalpurgisNight (also known as 'Walpurgisnacht' and 'Night of the Witches', is a pagan festival celebrated each year on 30 April.)

Sunday 21 April 2024

Happy birthday to the inimitable force of nature that is Iggy Pop!

 I can't explain how much poorer my life would have been without the presence of James Osterberg - otherwise known as Iggy Pop. If you haven't witnessed him live you're missing one of the most joyful things in life! I must have seen him about 7 or 8 times over the last 35 years or so (I first saw him in 1988 for the first time & was worried he might be a bit 'past it' but he just gets better & better!)

Happy birthday Iggy!

Tuesday 26 March 2024

COVER REVEAL! 'Poo Crew Adventures: Journey to Poo-topia'


If you’ve ever used the toilet, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

After my initial ‘you want me to draw a book about WHAT!?!?’ reaction I thoroughly enjoyed bringing the anarchic  & educational together in this absolute romp of a book. 

James’ text has been a laugh out loud joy to illustrate & I now know more about various digestion systems - humans to wombats & beyond - than I ever thought possible! 

This is being published in August by Farshore Books.

"Join small poo Ploppy and his fearless guide, Professor Poo, on a bold venture into the Secret Intestines of the Universe to discover answers to the most important Digestion Questions in Poo Crew Adventures: Journey to Poo-topia 💩.
From creative POO-werhouse James Turner & Steve May, this brand-new graphic novel is FLUSH with facts about the human body and digestion."
Pre-order today:

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Night Terrors

As those of you who follow me on other social media you'll be aware of my sleep struggles so with a cheeky nod to Francisco Goya I've been drawing a few in tired desperation in my sketchbooks which you might enjoy (more than I do!)


Sammy And The Extra Hot Chilli Powder

 There's a nice write up about my new book 'Sammy And The Extra Hot Chilli Powder' on my agent's site here

Steve May masterfully illustrates the latest adventure by Charlie P. Brooks as we emBARK on a rip-roaring diamond heist adventure.

This week we celebrate the publication of Sammy and the Extra-Hot Chilli Pepper, written by Charlie P. Brooks with a stunning jacket and internal illustrations by Arena’s very own Steve May.

Setterpoo Sammy is a dog with an extraordinary sense of smell, in fact, she has the best nose in the business if you're a sniffer dog! She can sniff out ANYTHING - diamonds, watches, explosives and even parrots! But in an incident involving some extra-hot chilli pepper she completely loses her sense of smell.

This spells disaster for Sammy! Not only is she unable to smell her favourite treat (sausages) but also, she is 'retired' from the Border Security Dog Unit. But every cloud has a silver lining when Harry her handler finds a new home for Sammy in a small village called Bloomington with a little girl called Beanie and her mum. The pair soon become best friends and it's not long before Sammy's sense of smell starts to return. When mysterious events begin to occur the pair leap into action and become the village investigators. Mogpuss the cat goes missing, Farmer Gerard's eggs are stolen and then half of the villagers lose their broadband connection - DISASTER! But - in a dramatic turn of events, Sammy's expert sense of smell is needed back in London to help foil a dastardly plot to steal a precious diamond. She’ll have to use ALL her instincts to save the day!


Steve’s illustrations bring a comic magic to this brilliant read, from stinky bins, smelly socks and sausages to fish heads, burgers and stale eggs. Steve’s intuitive sense of humour and fun shine through and will ensure that this book really grabs the attention of a host of young story seekers. 

You can take a look at an extract HERE.

 "I love drawing dogs although I usually approach them with a fair amount of 'Steve May' artistic licence but this one required specific breeds so I enjoyed the challenge of drawing Sammy and her pals. There's also a wonderfully snooty cat cat called Mogpuss who was rather fun to imagine too!" - Steve May

Steve is a prolific doodler, artist, rock star and animator and has worked with the likes of Phil Earle, Francesca Simon, and Harry Hill alongside clients such as the BBC, The Economist and Discover Story Centre. Based in London, Steve works digitally and in pen and ink with a spontaneous freedom which joyfully leaps off the page. With many projects including the Dennis the Menace brand under his belt, his talent for creating chaotic attention-grabbing, cartoon style characters are unparalleled.