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Cutrist Comics is an indie comic book publisher based in London, UK. The company was founded – like many things – over a drink between friends in December 2015. Both driven by their love of comics and blind dedication to doing something with their “art”, Phil Tottman and Tom Dryland got to work planning an all new fictional universe.
Rather than going the traditional route of crowd funding and launching paid-for comic books through all the major channels, Cutrist decided that they wanted to give their (at the time non-existent) audience something that they could enjoy everyday, on the social channels they use regularly, and most importantly for free.
Phil’s obsession with all things zombie, meant he was intent on creating a zombie-torn apocalyptic world… And so “Zombie Daily” was born. Posting a new entry from the diary of a young girl, the story follows her and her family’s journey through the zombocalypse in search of salvation…
Their second original series came from both Phil and Tom’s interest in the world of monsters and the supernatural. Weekly posts deliver a completely new and original beast, released by a mad scientists experiment gone wrong. Scribe – Oscar Amadeus – has set himself the task to document each and every monstrosity that has stepped into our world in order to banish them back from whence they came…
More projects are on the way from Cutrist Comics, as well as from some contributing artists and writers. They pair intend to keep the free content flowing, but readers can expect some big things with an upcoming series of horror shorts called “Filthy Fables” as well as a new graphic novel series in the not-to-distant future.
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Phil, a former musician and pub manager ended up going to university in pursuit of a career in journalism. Starting off working for the likes of Zoo Magazine and Empire Magazine, he ended up in the world of technology writing for Newbay Media in Hertfordshire, and Incisive Media in London.
However a self entitled “creative” at heart, Phil wanted to do more with his writing. After discovering how truly competitive the creative-writing industry was, he decided to open up his own entertainment and publishing company – Cutrist Comics – drafting in Tom as head-illustrator, to together tackle the competition from a different angle.
Although still in its infancy, Phil has big plans for the business and promises an exciting road ahead.
Having no formal Education before college, Tom devoted most of his free time to exploring and honing a variety of artistic techniques and practices.
Trying his hand at sculpting, painting, scriptwriting and traditionaldrawing methods, he soon discovered his vocation in comics and the stop motion mediums.
London proved to be an ideal place for turning many of these hobbies into small independent projects and has given him the opportunity to curate several exhibitions within which his own work was displayed alongside various other young artists.
Once he had built up a portfolio of work Tom started to get a number of one-off commissions in and around London such as tattoo designs and portraits. It was at this stage he met Phil – a like minded creative who shared his ‘’do it yourself” mentality… And the rest, as they say, is history.