Friday, 3 February 2017

Zombie Piranha featured on the Expo site

We're excited to announce we will officially be exhibiting Zombie Piranha at the PLAY Expo Leeds!

Check out the site here:

Please come along to show us your support and try out the game!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Updated Zombie Piranha Poster

A quick update for 2017

Things are moving forward with more book and illustration projects coming together for 2017. I've also been working with Rich who has made great progress with bringing together a new more arcadey version of Zombie Piranha. I will post more updates and progress pics on the Putty CAD Games page here. We're aiming to have a fully playable version for the Leeds Games Expo in April.

I'm proud to once again be a judge and ambassador for Children's Reading Festivals UK. please check out the website for more details and if you have children make sure they check out the Poems and Pictures Poetry initiative created by Christina Gabbitas which is now in it's fifth year! Make sure you tell their teachers too, as the best poems will appear in the next volume of Children's Poems. The topics this year are Seasons and Climate Change.

I will also be attending the Selby children's Reading festival on Saturday 25th March. Please come along if you want a signed copy of my children's book A Knight Before Christmas. Click on the image below to visit the website.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

A Knight Before Christmas

The North Pole has been invaded by a fire breathing dragon. Santa must travel back in time in search of a brave knight, to deal with the menace, or Christmas will be ruined forever!

My new rhyming picture Christmas storybook A KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is out now on Amazon. Available as PAPERBACK, KINDLE and AUDIO it's an essential stocking stuff for the little ones! 

;) Ric

If you buy it please rate and review to make sure as many people as possible can get to read it in time for the festive season! Ho Ho Ho!

24 pages full colour - written and illustrated by Ric Lumb

Story and illustrations and all related materials  (c) Ric Lumb
Audio narrated version by Beacon Audio Books

#christmas #story #book #kidlit #rhyme #funny #santa #santaclaus #dragon #knight #aKnightBeforeChristmas #riclumb #puttycad @cartoonsbyRic

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A Knight Before Christmas - Paperback OUT NOW

A new paperback version of "A Knight Before Christmas" has been released on Amazon!

The North Pole has been invaded by a fire breathing dragon. Santa must travel back in time in search of a brave knight, to deal with the menace, or Christmas will be ruined forever! A Rhyming picture storybook for all ages!

At 8.5" x 8.5" square with 24 full colour pages would make an ideal stocking filler for the little ones this festive season!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Dinki's Dinosaur Adventure Colouring Book OUT NOW!


My first colouring book is out now! Please send photos if you buy it and let me know on twitter @cartoonsbyRic or @dinkidinosaur CHEERS! ;) Ric

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Dinki;s Dinosaur Adventure Colouring Book - Coming Soon

I've been testing Create Space to try to get more stuff out quicker.

I first converted the Dinki comic collection which took a while to get the formatting right but it's now available on Amazon here:



Now working on a Dinki colouring book!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Cartoon Indie Game Box Art Posters!

Fellow game devs, here are some of the posters I've made for our own and our friends games. Got a game of your own you'd like me to design a poster, boxart or book cover in this this style? Get in touch! Mates rates for indies!!! ;) Ric

Games shown (c) PuttyCAD and 100 Tin Soldiers

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Appy Times are here again!

A while ago myself and Rich Hanson released a series of fun mobile games under the name "Appy Times" we are now updating and re-releasing them as Putty CAD exclusive games. Initial releases will include variations of the popular match 3 game "Clone Zoo"

Under Appy Times we achieved over 50,000 downloads of the most popular games so we are hoping to supercede this with the inclusion of new achievements and social boasting built in.

We uploaded Clone Zoo last year to keep things ticking over and it should go live today with the new features and new branding. Here's the current version...

Friday, 26 February 2016

Share Some Secrets - supporting Barnardos

The book I illustrated for Christina Gabbitas ( Share Some Secrets ( which deals with the delicate subject of child abuse is supporting Barnardo's in their 150th Anniversary year. A new version has been printed especially to coincide with this. The book has been praised by the NSPCC and is also available in their library.

Christina will be signing the book at various locations in the coming weeks along with the Felicity Fly series and children's poetry books.

If you can get along to any of her events please do! Also please check out her websites for the poetry initiative which is currently running where children have chance to be published in an actual book.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

New book for 2016 - Dinki - Mount Boom

Started the new year with a new book. I had the idea for Mount Boom a while ago a tale where the valley where Dinki lives and the local nursery for dino eggs is threatened by the volcanic eruptions of Mount Boom. As if that wasn't enough to contend with, could there really be fire breathing monsters beneath the mountain?

I'll be releasing new panels for the story every Friday in 2016 to keep the book moving and allow time for my other work, so there should be around 2-3 pages a month.

Keep track of the posts on twitter via @DinkiDinosaur, here and on the Dinki Dinosaur facebook page.

As the new year started on a Friday, I posted the first panel online with an updated cover.

I hope you and your loved ones have a really fun 2016!

;) Ric

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dinki - collected comics on Kindle!

Hello my friends! Just wanted to let you know that the Dinki comics collection is now available on Kindle as one bumper book featuring all 12 mini comics!

It's less than £2.50 for ALL 12 issues from the year of Dinki daily doodles 2013.

Grab it now on Kindle! If you need the app it works on all major platforms and devices!*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Monday, 16 November 2015

A Knight Before Christmas - OUT NOW on Kindle

My first children's picture rhyming book I wrote and illustrated is out now on Kindle.

Please check it out if you haven't seen it yet, if you don't have a kindle you can download the free kindle reader app for Windows/Mac and mobile devices:

Amazon Kindle - A Knight Before Christmas

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

V & A Children's Illustration awards

Author/publisher Christina Gabbitas (Poems and Pictures Ltd) has nominated the illustrations I did for her Children's Poetry books for a V & A award. You can read all about it on the official V&A website here:

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

NEW BOOK - Children's Poems Volume 3 - OUT NOW!

The third volume of Christina Gabbitas' poetry book is now out. I had great fun illustrating this and reading the children's poems. Please help to spread the word about this great book encouraging reading and writing for children!

Monday, 24 August 2015

New poetry book - cover illustration

Here's the final cover artwork for Christina Gabbitas poetry initiative volume 3.
This years topic is Exercise and Healthy Food and all the poems were written by children.

For more information regarding the annual children's initiative please visit

Monday, 22 June 2015

Putty CAD - new logo in top 20 Serif designs

In a strange turn of events my newest Putty CAD logo got throught to the final stages of the Serif Design contest!

To vote for the logo, all you need to do is visit the Facebook link and "LIKE" the image!

Please take 2 seconds to do so if you can!


Very much appreciated! ;) Ric

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Art competition - please vote for my Panda Cars game poster!

PLEASE VOTE: Panda Cars - poster for my upcoming game. by Ric Lumb - Serif Blog … #comp #win #serif #drawplus

If you could please lend your vote to my artwork it will really help! I'm trying to win the new version of Serif Drawplus, software which I use every day. It only takes a click to vote, no signup or anything needed! Many thanks in advance! ;) Ric

Friday, 29 May 2015

Children's Poems book wins TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

The book Ric Lumb illustrated for Christina Gabbitas, Poems and Pictures Has won the TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author from The-Peoples-Book-Prize. Christina set up the children's poems initiative and invited school children to submit their own poems to appear in the book. The initiative creates around 50 new young authors every year who are thrilled to see their poems in print. Now in it's third year with a new book being released in the autumn.

CLONE ZOO - re-released on Google Play

CLONE ZOO is now available on Google Play for most Android Devices.

The game is currently Free To Play with absolutely no In-App-Purchases or Adverts.

Please download, rate and review the game while we work on getting the other games re-released along with new titles we've been working on!

Clone Zoo - Out now on Google Play

Programmed by Rich Hanson
GFX by Ric Lumb
(c) PuttyCAD

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Putty CAD games

I have set up a new Putty CAD google play account where we will be re-submitting the best of the Appy Times games along with some totally new ones!

The first two games announced this week are:

Panda Cars - An retro styled endurance racing game.

and Dinki Eggs - A match 3 puzzle game based on the "Dinki" comics by Ric

They will hopefully be submitted for general release on Google Play towards the end of the week and will be shown at the upcoming GA_MA_YO event in Leeds on Thursday.