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Friday, 13 July 2018

Sole Mates

Not strictly comics but animation, which is close enough to me. This is an old project I created for Uni several years ago. The story of what happens to lost socks.


Friday, 6 July 2018

Mr Giggles WIP

With Halloween 3 months away I thought I'd better get a few stories created for Hallowscream as time has a deceptive habit of moving quickly when you're not watching your deadlines. So, I wrote a new script for a 3 page strip titled Mr Giggles. Then, I went fishing for an artist.

As a new approach I posted the full script on Reddit along with this message:

[UNPAID] Artist for 3 page horror script
As per title, I'm looking for an artist to draw a 3 page horror story (B&W or colour).

Sadly, I can't pay but I run a small annual horror anthology Hallowscream, which the story will definitely be included in, due for release this coming October.

As a fun experiment, I'm going to include the whole script below so you can try before you buy. If you likey, please send me a PM with a link to some previous work. The script is one of those that would benefit from having the 'right' type of artist.
Me: I've had over 30 short stories published in various indie anthologies and am currently working with a fantastic artist, found on these boards, to create a series we're planning to launch later this year.
Thanks for looking.

After dangling the hook for a day I was direct  by two artists who were interested in illustrating the script. Not an amazing response but successful nonetheless. While I was pondering which artist to choose (an artist's style needs to match the story) I received a direct email from a third artist who had found my email via the Hallowscream website and took it upon themself to sketch the first page of the story.
I've been doing this for ten years so was surprised at the artist's pro-active approach which I've never experienced before.  The artist got my seal of approval and was awarded the "job". It just goes to show that getting yourself out there and showing an eager attitude can help you win pieces for your portfolio. Mr Giggles will appear in Hallowscream 10, due for release October 31st 2018.





Monday, 25 June 2018

Logo and Lettering Service

I've been lettering comics for years and, in my job as a web/graphic designer, I've been making logos for years too! So, I've compiled a selection of comic logos and lettering samples and added them all to a single site.




Moving in comic circles, I often see posts online requesting lettering or logos for comic series. I intend for this site to work as a portfolio of my previous work and hopefully, help me land a few more paid jobs. I really enjoy doing it so why not try and get paid as well.

If you need a shiny new comic logo or your pages lettered visit www.comicbooklogo.com

Monday, 18 June 2018

The Travelling Salesman

Comic strip time. This story, from the vaults, dates back to 2014, when it appeared in Issue 25 of sci-fi anthology FutureQuake. Drawn by Matthew Harrower, written by Me!




If you want to see it in print, you can purchase a copy via the FutureQuake website.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Mika Concept Sketches

My eyes exploded yesterday after receiving a fantastic email containing concept sketches from the super-talented Rafael Romeo Magat.

Raf is working on a 7 page story titled Mika and the Godheart which is set to appear in an upcoming issue of sci-fi anthology FutureQuake. Take a look at the gallery below...

(Warning: Clicking on the images below may result in the explosion of your eyes)











Monday, 4 June 2018

The Psychedelic Journal of General Wizardry

The mystical Psychedelic Journal slithers out of the ether for 2018, this time shining its warped light on the world of Wizardry. This fabulous anthology contains 50 pages of magic and mayhem including a 4 page story, titled The Wizards of Westside, drawn by Jonathan Scott, lettered by Chris Mole, and written by one Tim West.

Here's the lovely cover below, illustrated by SKD and coloured by Owen Watts.



The Psychedelic Journal of General Wizardry was launched at the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo last weekend! You'll currently only find it on the comics circuit so make sure you get out there and visit some conventions.

Here's a little teaser panel from the strip just to whet your appetite. Westside!


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Hallowscream 10 Submissions Now Open

For those not in the know, I co-edit a yearly horror anthology comic called Hallowscream. Details have been released regarding submissions for the 10th issue which will be released on 31st October 2018. Full info below...



It’s the time of the year, (Beltane, apparently), when we at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our freaky free annual pdf horror comic, HALLOWSCREAM, so here are the submission guidelines…

Submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut.

We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Anything already completed is far more likely to make it into the comic.

Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 pages in length.

Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.

To get an idea of the sort of stuff we’re after, you can download previous issues of Hallowscream here.

If you’re looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we’ll give you details of available scripts to see if anything suits your fancy.

We’ll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.

Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpeg or png.

Submissions can be sent to merjeagles@yahoo.co.uk or ghastlymcnasty@backfromthedepths.co.uk

As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.

DEADLINES :

Scripts, articles and text submissions : Monday 30th July 2018

Artwork : Tuesday 16th October 2018

Completed strips : Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

The finished issue will be available online as a free pdf by October 31st, with a physical copy becoming available via Lulu.com, soon afterwards.


You can also keep up to date with Hallowscream news via the Facebook Page.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mommy's Little Angel - WIP

I received a little slice of joy in my inbox this morning in the form of a photo from artist Darren Chandler (AKA RoboMonkey147) who is currently working on the art for Mommy's Little Angel, a 4 page horror story written by me. Check it...



This strip should hopefully be completed in time to appear in Something Wicked 2018 from the ever-awesome FutureQuake Press.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Get Woke Awakens

Need to post more, need to post more, need to post more. Posting private conversations between myself and the artist? Sure, what could go wrong. Apologies Kevin. I'm just trying to keep the content on this blog fresh and share the experience of making comic with the world.

What follows is the online conversation between myself and Get Woke artist Kevin McCullough on the ComicBookCollabs subReddit. Short version: I got lucky, mixed with right place, right time, brandishing a bad-ass fucking script.

I'm an artist looking for a fun side project (not looking to make money, at least not the primary goal), so if you are a writer who has a script ready to go then we may be a match. I don't really want to wait around for weeks/months while a writer works on a new script, as I'd like to get started asap. Ideally I'd like the project to be in the 1-4 issues, or maybe a ~100 page GN. And like I said I'm not looking to make money off this, so I do not require any upfront payment. If by chance the project gets sold or makes money upon completion then I'd just want to be fairly compensated (at least 50/50).

I'm fairly open to what type of story, can be anything from horror to superhero, just as long as its something interesting to draw and is a good, original story. I'd prefer something on a bigger scope (bigger cast, lots of locations, quick pace).

I'm an animator by day but like to draw a lot in my free time. You might recognize me from my caricatures I've done for the r/roastme subreddit for the past two years or so. But I've also done a couple reddit comic collabs before, one before this sub even existed! Samples from that comic are in my portfolio here. Here's also a link to my instagram where I post a lot of the art I do for fun.

I don't feel like I really have a distinct personal style and am open to and interested in trying new styles. My main comic influences are Greg Capullo, Sean Gordon Murphy, Skottie Young, Francis Manapul, Joe Madureira, Siya Oum and Kevin Shah.

Kevin
Hi Kevin

I saw your post on ComicBookCollabs and thought I'd get in touch. I would imagine you've been swamped with requests as your portfolio looks great and desperate writers outnumber artists by a zillion to one.

I've a 40 page 1st issue written and ready to rock, which would totally suit your style. There is a catch, the characters in the story are all real people so making money is not really an option. But hey, I make comics for the love of it.

I'll drop this link here. I had a cool artist sketch up a cover to encourage me to write the script which has turned out to be marvelous.

COMIC NAME: Get Woke
CONCEPT: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Bigfoot and the disembodied brain of JFK battle evil in a world where all conspiracy theories are true.
STYLE: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror.

If interested, please get in touch.

Tim
Haha damn that is an awesome concept, it sounds hilarious. I'd really like to read the script if thats okay with you. You can email it to me at itstopsecretmotherfuckers

Kevin
I've attached the script plus a little character guide. Apologies if the script pages appear a little unformated but the document was written in Word and has been warped slightly as the computer I'm on has an older version.

Hope you enjoy.

Tim
Hey just gotta let you know I'm all in on this. Awesome script and I'm really excited to get started. Just going to take the next week or two to draw the crap out of the main characters to get a feel for them and figure out exactly what the books going to look like.

Just curious though about how you mentioned that its not a project that can make money, but reading the script it seems to me like it would easily fall into the fair use/parody laws that things like Family Guy and South Park rely on. Again my main goal in all this is not to make money but I think its an interesting enough story that it could at least be sold digitally. I'd be just as happy to put it up for free but I think compared to a lot of the indie stuff I see its much more accessible and original.

Cheers,

Kevin
That is absolutely fantastic news, thank you, I'm looking forward to creating something special with you.

I'm delighted with this as I think you're the perfect fit for the comic style and your skills in caricature means you'll be able to tackle a project that's filled with celebs.

With regards to the money making, I personally agree with everything you've mentioned. I did some research in to copyright and stuff and, to me, it does seem totally in the realms of parody and the fact they're all dead gives us an added bonus too. I think the problem is that these are some of the biggest icons of all time and are quite well known for having legal teams that have an 'enthusiastic' approach to maintaining the estate of the names. I've tried to keep the tone positive, portray the characters as heroes, and keep well away from casting any shadows on their names (NO Michael Jackson pedo jokes!).

That said, I'm fully prepared to go balls deep with commitment and am happy to get it printed and sell it at some conventions. It is a solid and highly accessible concept with serious legs and I think 'conspiracy theory' is so very very zeitgeist right now that it could be hit. I've no problem with indie but on the chance it does take off, (and I'm no fool, getting lucky in comics requires a miracle these days so expectations remain grounded) if the cash does start to flow, then and only then, would the lawyers step in. They have no interest in a couple of dudes making indie comics. Also, happy to go fully 50/50 on any future profit.

Take as long as you need for prep. I'm going to quickly wave the story under a few editor friend's noses to iron any issues and get it as mint as it needs to be. There's a couple of clangy bits in the script but I can't foresee any major changes and I'll keep tweaking the script until you're ready to begin. There's always new tweaks and ideas that pop in to my head on every reading.

Very exciting times,

Tim
Just checking you received my last email and I haven’t scared you off. I’ve been trying to play it cool but I’m too excited to not confirm that you’re still in.

Tim
Oh yeah I'm still in, haha, just been sketching away. I'm all good with those plans, we'll make the best book we can and see where it goes. Your're right though, if it does get to the point where a publisher is interested then thats when the lawyers can take it off our hands and figure out any potential issues.

Don't worry about me dropping out at this point, I'm just as excited as you haha.

Kevin

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

FutureQuake 2017

The latest issue of FutureQuake has now been launched by the legends at FutureQuake Press. The 2017 issue contains 20 scintillating sci-fi tales to get your teeth stuck in to. One of those lovely tales is a cheeky little 1 pager titled Misery Business, written by Tim West, with art by Jerome Canty. Take a googly-eyed gander at the cover by legendary comic artist Gibson Quarter...



You can purchase a copy of FutureQuake 2017 via their website.