Friday, 18 August 2017

Get Woke Concept Cover




The swirls effect doesn't quite work on some devices. Best viewed on desktop PC.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New Art Commission

Us writers are a highly secretive and paranoid bunch when it comes to sharing our ideas. The wild imagination required for conjuring up new worlds and fantastical plotlines also generates shadowy figures round every corner trying to steal ideas like sinister child-snatchers (for these stories are definitely our babies). Truth is, ideas are ten a penny. Good ideas are rarer, but ultimately it's the getting up off your arse and doing something about them that really separates the creatives from those with just ideas.

I'd like to share with you a good idea for a comic book series I had that I found so cool I commissioned awesome artist Dean Beattie to sketch up the characters. Check out his process below...








The brief: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Bigfoot and the disembodied brain of JFK battle evil in a world where conspiracy theories are true.

I'll be posting more about this idea in the coming weeks so stay tuned. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rumblebot Rampage Preview

It's always pleasant when an email arrived containing artwork for a script, and that's exactly what happened this morning. Rumblebot Rampage is a 4 page sci-fi/comedy that is due to appear in the 20th issue of 100% Biodegradable (released March 2018). Beautifully drawn and lettered by Ed Norden (Torsobear, Murky Depths) this story has it all, fighting, robots, aliens and jokes. Here's a little preview panel below...


Friday, 4 August 2017

The Day I Got Fired

Not posted for a while so just going to drop this out here for some Friday comic goodness. I've submitted this story to Dirty Rotten Comics and I'm still waiting to hear back so I may have to take it down if they want to print it in their newest edition.

A 2 page story, based on real life events what did happen in my real life. It was 20 years ago so much of it is blurred nostalgia and BS but the story is how I remember it even if the images have been embellished a tad. Hold the press though, I drew this bad boy myself. Check it.



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Latest Update #4

It might have gone a bit quiet round here lately bit there's been movement and all sorts of excitement going on behind the scenes.
  • I've found an artist for story i wrote waaaaaaay back in 2010 called 'Caught in a Moment'. Nice to finally catch a fish for this as it's stalled on 2 occasions before. IF this does get completed this time round (and I've seen the rough sketches so it's promising) this 2 page story will be going in to this year's Hallowscream.
  • Hallowscream itself is coming along nicely. We've had several approved submissions and final strips completed and looks set to be another scare-fest this Halloween.
  • Killer Bytes, my first anthology, is pretty much complete. There's a couple of stories being tidied up by the artists/letterers but once that's done it's ready to print!
  • I've teamed up with super-cool artist Laura Sorvala for a brand new 2 page script which we will be submitting to Self Made Hero's Corbyn Comic Book Competition.  If accepted it'll be printed alongside some of the most well know political artists and sold at the Labour Party’s Annual Conference in September 2017.
  • I've submitted a brand new story (2 pager again!) to the Strange Romance anthology for their 3rd issue. You can find the previous 2 issues on Comixology and they look great! Would love to be a part of this. fingers crossed for the submission (which is awesome IMHO).
  • I've landed a small PAID lettering job for a submission bysome chap I bet online. Only 6 page but every little helps.
  • Finally, and most excitingly, inspiration finally struck for a full length series which I believe has a ton of potential. While Kill Spree, my first series, is now back-back burner, this new series could be worth pushing quite hard as it may have broad appeal and plenty of resources to build its world. I'm still formulating this in the lab so very early days for this project at the moment.
As you can see, busy busy.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

FutureQuake2017

The latest edition of FutureQuake is now available to purchase from the FutureQuakePress store. Why should you buy this? Well apart from the fact it is 100 pages of awesome comic book gorgeousness, filled with 18 amazing sci-fi stories from some of the top names in indie comics, it contains LONDON ROCKS, a 7 page face-melter of a story written by Tim West and drawn by Rafael Romeo Magat. Behold, the cover...





Are you still here? Go. Buy. Consume. Enjoy.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Drac's Back...



The follow up to the extremely popular Cunt Dracula post is now up on Reddit. I'll be monitoring this all day although I'm not expecting to hit the whopping 14.9 thousand upvotes of the first strip. This second strip is a little esoteric, a little longer and a little rushed in the art department.

EDIT: 24 hours on from posting on Reddit and Cunt Dracula 2 has a woeful 26 upvotes. I can't say I'm surprised. Lessons learned are:

  • If you're going to follow up on a hit, don't wait 3 months to post the second part.
  • The nature of viewing web comics on mobile means user prefer 4 panel shorts as they fit perfectly on a smartphone screen.
  • Don't flog a dead horse.

Monday, 26 June 2017

My Anthology Cover & Name

The first anthology by ME is cruising stylishly towards completion. I am pleased to announce the title of this collection of comic strips will be... KILLER BYTES. Here's a sneak preview of the cover (work in progress)



With my fondness for horror and my association with Hallowscream I'd always assumed by first comic book would be a horror anthology, which I'd been planning on naming Terror Bytes. It turns out that what I have written is a mix of horror, sci-fi, historical and comedy stories! Terror didn't quite sum it up but I think Killer I can get away with. I almost went for Killa Bytes but I'm far to nerdy to get away with a title as street as that!

Friday, 16 June 2017

My Anthology

Here's a work-in-progress preview picture for my upcoming anthology. Yes, that's correct, I'm currently compiling the pages for a new collection of stories that I've had printed in other comics over the last 4 years.



It's a clear sign of how awesome the indie comics scene is here in the UK, that I've been able to collect 36 pages of comic strips, which I have written, that have been drawn and lettered FOR FREE by fellow comic book enthusiasts. Very cool indeed.

I'm still unsure on the title of the comic but hopefully it'll be completed later this year so I can take it to sell at a few comic conventions.

Friday, 9 June 2017

God takes care of his own

Another story from the Hallowscream archives, 'God takes care of his own' appeared in the 8th issue launched October31st  2016. This story was drawn by Glenn McPartlin who got in touch with me early last year and offered his artistic services.