A COMIC book about an infamous pirate has raised hundreds of pounds in memory of a talented Greenock artist who tragically took his own life.

The new title about Captain Kidd was launched at the Beacon Arts Centre by Magic Torch Comics CIC and proceeds will go to help prevent suicides.

Paul Bristow wrote the tale and his friend Andy Lee illustrated the book, which was sadly to be his last.

The poignant event at the Beacon was a tribute to Andy, who died three years ago, aged only 31.

Paul was pleased to see some of Andy's loved ones at the launch.

He told the Tele: "The event went well.

"Some of Andy's family came along too, which was nice.

All of the money raised from sales of the book will be going to the Man On Inverclyde charity, a local suicide prevention support group for men.

Although the book was finished almost four years ago it was shelved until Paul met Andy’s family and they confirmed they would be happy to see more of his work made available.

They agreed it could be released to raise funds to help support people who may be struggling with their mental health.

Paul says this will be a fitting tribute to his late friend.

He added: "Chris Paul from Man On talked about the work that they do and the difference they make in the community - it was very powerful.

"Between the launch and early website sales we've had £500 so far - which is a good start, but it is early yet.

"We're going to comic conventions throughout the month and we are also part of a Social Enterprise Scotland campaign, encouraging people to buy gifts that make a difference.

"So hopefully it will keep building."

*The book can be ordered via the Magic Torch Comics website.